• Polito's Take: Twas the Night Before Labor Day

    Twas the third week in August, when all through the malls
    No shoppers were stirring, no decking the halls
    Summer clothes were on clearance, Halloween stuff on sale
    Retailers were worried, their businesses could fail.
    Back to school shoppers had spent all their cash
    The tax free weekend, drew them out in a dash
    The stores' bottom lines were feeling the pinch 
    But they had an idea, worthy of a Grinch.
    We'll start Christmas early; it's just a white lie
    We already have sales called Christmas in July
    The bean counters' eyes lit up with a flash
    They drooled over the thought of early holiday cash.
    So they put out their wares, overflowing the shelves
    While it's still vacation time, for all Santa's elves
    Their doors flew open, expecting the crowds
    But most shoppers just shouted, for cryin' out loud.
    It's still summertime, stop playing jingle bells
    I'm wearing shorts, t-shirts, it's hotter than… a really hot place
    Don't tell me I'll save, or how little I'll pay
    Have you no shame, it's not even Labor Day.
    So please don't give in, to the temptation to shop
    Let's make this sales gimmick a major flop
    If we don't stop them here, you know what they'll try
    You'll be eating Thanksgiving turkey on the Fourth of July!

    Next Up: