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Holidays arrive early on Upstate store shelves

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Christmas and other holiday items are on display and for sale at Upstate Walmart stores. (Oct. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina) Christmas and other holiday items are on display and for sale at Upstate Walmart stores. (Oct. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Move over Halloween and step aside Thanksgiving, there's another holiday moving onto store shelves a few months early in the Upstate.

For some, the thought of Christmas decor before handing out Halloween candy is mind-blowing.

"So, you're going celebrate Christmas for six months? I mean?" asked Marcia Rogers of Greenville. "I like it one at a time. First we have Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas and then you do it all over. One after the other."

But retailers like Walmart in Greenville see it differently.

The National Retail Federation said about one-third of people start window shopping and browsing long before they buy in November and December.

"I think it's great. It's definitely allowing the customer to get their shopping trips done early in the year and not have to wait for the end of the year," said Vanh Chaleunsack of Greenville.

"I don't want to fight through all the crowds just to get to certain items and not have it there when I go there," said Briana Wattenberg of Greenville.

So, if people are willing to shop and even buy holiday items before Halloween, retailers are ready to meet demands.

"The holiday season is approaching. When it's fall you think about the holidays so the earlier the better," Wattenberg said.

"You get to decorate your house longer if you get the items early so that way you get the most out of your money," Chaleunsack said.

The National Retail Federation is forecasting a 4.1 percent increase in holiday sales this year.

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