This needs to be said.
Things don’t need to look a lot like Christmas before one commemorates those who fought tyranny.
It’s beginning to look too much like Christmas for some Canadians.
As images of wreaths and holly start sprouting up the day after Halloween, there is a growing movement to urge retailers to hold off on their holiday decorations until after Remembrance Day.
The sound is being amplified on social media, where #RespectOurVeterans has become the battle cry for Canadians fed up with the commercialization of Christmas.
“We encourage businesses to refrain from Christmas marketing until after Remembrance Day,” the Strathmore and District Chamber of Commerce (Alberta) posted on Twitter and Facebook.
The Good Earth Coffeehouse, with 40 locations in four provinces, is not following the lead of larger competitors like Starbucks and Second Cup, both of which started using Christmas cups on Nov. 1.
“We will continue our tradition of waiting until after Nov 11th to launch our holiday campaign,” the chain said on Twitter.