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It looks like the award for earliest "Christmas creep" for 2013 may go to: Garden Ridge stores.

Garden Ridge, a nationwide chain that sells discount home goods, is already setting up its Christmas displays, in at least some of their stores.

We found it not in a back corner, where you might expect to find Christmas items in early August, but right up front near the main entrance of their Cincinnati Tri County store.

Trees are on display already lit up with lights, surrounded by racks of ornaments, Santas and front yard inflatables.

The holiday goods are replacing summer lawn furniture, bypassing back-to-school deals, and Halloween and Thanksgiving themed items, at least at the front of the store.

Trend Gets Earlier Every Year

The website The Consumerist calls this push toward an earlier holiday shopping season the "Christmas creep."

The Consumerist's all-time winner for earliest Christmas displays is Hobby Lobby, where they found Christmas going up on June 19, 2010, followed by a different Garden Ridge on August 13 a few years ago.

Lowes, Sam's, and a few other stores now set up Christmas displays in September.

Of course, Michael's stores sell Christmas items year-round, as do trim-a-tree shops at Disney World and other tourist places.

But a big storefront Christmas display in early August is a bit disconcerting.

Wherever and whenever you do your holiday shopping, don't waste your money.
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