IT may only be August, but Christmas has come early to an Enniskillen retailer.
Card Factory is the first high street store in the town to launch Christmas and according to staff shoppers are getting into the spirit by flocking to buy their festive cards .
Store manager Marian Caldwell explained how the move is already reaping dividends.
“Lots of our customers look to spread the cost of Christmas so we make sure we launch our Christmas range in plenty of time. They seem to be going down very well with customers and the staff are enjoying getting into the Christmas mood.”
When told of the news local Enniskillen councillor Debbie Coyle replied: “Are you joking?” She stated her belief that August is simply too soon for Christmas cards to be on the shelves.
“I do think it is too early, it takes away the whole Christmas spirit because by the time it comes around you have just had enough of it.
“Not only that, at this time of year you find there’s a huge selection of cards taken away from view. There are great selections moved out of the way for four months it is ridiculous.”
When asked if she would be striding into Card Factory to get her Christmas cards sorted in the coming weeks Debbie replied with a resounding ‘no’.
“I will certainly not be rushing in to buy, it is only the middle of August. I have seven children and eight great grandchildren and I could be buying things all year for their Christmas presents, but not cards, I think that is silly.
“I love Christmas and that’s why I don’t want to see it in August and September. I want to get excited about, not get sick of it.”
Whether it’s too soon or not, Card Factory located at 8 Townhall Street, Enniskillen is now selling its Christmas stock.