First to answer your questions:
Socratic Question 1.) How would they punish people who disobey the decoration deadlines?
They should not, whoever "they" may be. The issue at hand is not to forbid early advertising under punishment of law. The issue at hand is for
retailers to regain the common decency they have cast aside in favor of profits.
Socratic Question 2.) What would be a convincing reason for denying children candy based on it's shape?
Well, if your looking for a valid shape based reason then I can assure I disapprove of cigarette shaped candy for kids. I would also never offer kids
"adult" shaped candy. Closer to the topic at hand I would never give kids candy canes on Halloween for two reason. One it would be the wrong time of
the year and two they would probably be candy canes left over from the previous year ... So I would choose fresh candy reflective of the season such
as candy corns or taffy.
Socratic Question 3.) Should an effort be made to keep a season of hope, joy, and cheer from expanding? Why?/Why not?
As an atheist I personally wish that the season was confined to its relative days. Not everyone celebrates Christmas and therefore not everyone wants
the season to expand to a year round celebration of ideas not shared by all.
Now I have to address something else you said earlier.
Despite a dwindling economy Christmas sales are at an all time high, pulling companies out of the red.
I, strongly beg to differ. Retailers nervous as Christmas traffic is poor
The current state of the economy has many a person in a sour holiday mood. Many a person still lacks the desire to admire Christmas decorations.
Regardless of the peoples moods holiday retailers are ever more eager to display Christmas in the hopes of making that ever important holiday green.
Unfortunately the fear of alienating customers has made the merry part of Christmas into a PC Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings thus draining some
of the genuine holiday spirit and washing it down into a sterile generalized well wishing of whatever your faith maybe so long as your willing to shop
at the store with the biggest light display.
Now you suggest some people, the elderly, may have trouble putting up decorations and therefore and therefore they should be allowed to put them up
early before the cold. I agree. More to the point I believe we should all go out of our way to offer assistance to those of extended ages that may
need help putting up and taking down decorations. And if age as affected an elderly persons mind and you see them putting up Christmas decorations in
July the right thing to do would be to inform them of the month and ask if it was their intention to decorate Christmas in July.
In todays fast paced, disposable, instant gratification, commercialized world it is a welcome reprieve to slow down and gather with family in the
autumn. And as our attentions turn to the thoughts of holiday decorations people often ask "When is the right time to put up our decorations?". Many
turn to the internet for just that answer. Link
The majority of the
answer found on the internet agree one two points. One: people should decorate when they feel it is appropriate. Two: that appropriate time is anytime
Question one: Why do you only see salvation army Santas outside ringing their bells after thanksgiving and not before?
Question two: How do you think those that can not afford nice decorations feel when they have to look at other peoples superior decorations earlier
Question three: When did you put up your Christmas decorations last year?
I turn the floor over to you.