It's that time of year again. Okay I kid, I fully expect this kind of thing from department or grocery stores - they all have at least a corner dedicated to storing and selling merchandise for whatever holiday is coming up next. But you too, chemist? Medication is something I really feel should not be presented with festivity. Or is it I who misjudges such things, and the average customer really does buy that much extra herbal shampoo or nail varnish or vitamin pills in the presence of tinsel?
Wait. Given the slowly increasing advertising from the grocery store, that last one wouldn't actually surprise me. Well played, chemist. Well played.
Okay, now I'm curious... what kind of medications did they put in their holiday display?
Technically the advertisement that I noticed was for the supposedly low price of their 'beauty products' (in the obvious shape of a Christmas tree), but there was tinsel over the whole store. I can understand most stores having a constant holiday display for Christmas after Halloween is over - they're not going to leave the shelf space empty, rearranging it twice would be impractical, there's no reason for them not to start stockpiling the Christmas merchandise now given how much they presumably sell, holiday themed food is perfectly edible any time etc. The chemist doesn't really change it's products though, and it feels a little off-putting to be presented with that kind of a jovial atmosphere when I'm going in for drugs that I sometimes need to counter hay fever or migraines.
My worst irritation is Xmas carols playing - and in the Supermarket I visit, it is the exact same tape playing for three years in a row, my visits are now double fast to what they were before. No tinsels yet, also none in the pharmacy, BUT some of the stores in Dubai Mall started with tinsels before Halloween. And before Eid Al Adha.