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Costco releases Christmas range early, dividing shoppers

It may not be Christmas in July (or August, for that matter), but that hasn’t stopped another major retailer from cracking out the Chrissy decorations a little early this year.Shoppers have already spotted Christmas trees and decorations for sale at some Costco stores around the country.Customers eagerly shared photos of the new range in the…

It may not be Christmas in July (or August, for that matter), but that hasn’t stopped another major retailer from cracking out the Chrissy decorations a little early this year.

Shoppers have already spotted Christmas trees and decorations for sale at some Costco stores around the country.

Customers eagerly shared photos of the new range in the Facebook group Christmas Mums Australia, according to 7 News.

Wreaths, ribbons, baubles, garlands and trees with all the trimmings are already available at the Crossroads store in Casula.

“It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas!” one Facebook user wrote.

“This makes me so happy!” another added.

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But while some shoppers were thrilled by the festive items on sale, others branded it “madness” as others asked if it was a “joke” on Facebook.

“There’s a lot of things wrong in the world right now but this takes the cake,” one said.

“This is going to cause more depression amongst some people. No jobs, money tight,” another pointed out.

“It really is a joke. Doesn’t need to come out until late November,” someone else mused.

It’s believed Costco is trying to brighten 2020 by bringing some festive cheer early, being the first major retailer in Australia to release its Christmas range.

And it seems Costco has welcomed an early Christmas not only in Australia, but across most of its stores internationally.

Shoppers from all over the world – including Canada and the United States – have taken to social media to remind everyone that Halloween hasn’t even happened yet, but we can already deck the halls thanks.

Costco’s Christmas early mark comes just days after a “festive tree” was erected in Sydney’s iconic QVB.

Photos of the grand tree were uploaded to the Queen Victoria Building’s Facebook page, despite being 121 days out from Christmas.

After some social media users pointed out it was a bit early, QVB said it was a “2020 Tree” and not its official Christmas tree.

“The 2020 Tree is a reinterpretation to spark a little joy right now,” the QVB says on its Facebook page.

“Our usual Christmas tree will still be up from early November for the festive season.”

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