Ho, Ho Ho! It is not too early for those little words. Christmas is just around the corner. Actually, it is here at PriceSmart.
The retailer had Christmas goodies on its shelves Monday.
The ornaments and train sets are awaiting early shoppers. Also on display are dolls and candle holders. The full weight of the Christmas inventory is not yet on the shelves, but some shoppers were surprised by how early the store is beginning to push the holiday.
Universal usually erects a giant Santa at its La Sabana branch sometime in September. Christmas is still four months way.
U.S. citizens usually expect to begin the Christmas season the day after Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 24 this year. But even there retailers are pushing the start of the holiday earlier and earlier. This is particularly true this year when economic uncertainties might jeopardize the shopping frenzy.
Costa Rica still has its independence day in September and the Día de la Cultura in October before most eyes turn to Christmas.