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Holiday Jeer

Premature holiday spirit can put customers in grinch mode.

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This story appears in the October 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You won't find bright-colored lights and giant Santas in Diane Robinson's Silly Goose Toy Store in October. In fact, the Essex, Massachusetts, shop doesn't display its low-key holiday decorations until a couple of weeks after , bucking the trend among many retailers to haul out the holly right after back-to-school season.

"I always hated that whole -in-your-face feeling starting in September," says Robinson, 48. "We don't decorate until six weeks before Christmas." Getting too early a start on decorating your store for the holidays can backfire, says Donna Geary, founder of Impact Visual Merchandising in Peterborough, Ontario. Geary advises her clients to wait until after Halloween to put up the December décor.

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