12/07/2011 10:26:00 AM
Head past the busy parking lot of the Christmas Place store in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in July and you’ll be reminded that there are people who are busy thinking about holiday decorating throughout all seasons of the year. However, Google searches indicate that for most, the official kick-off for holiday decorating is the weekend after Thanksgiving. No time is wasted before we swap our pumpkins for candy canes and clear our cornucopia arrangements to make room for garland centerpieces.
And while many of us will brave the annual trip up to the attic to retrieve boxes of our time-honored holiday decorations, there always seems to be room on the mantel for an additional snowman trinket and space on the tree for a new ornament. What are consumers looking for when it comes to updating holiday décor this year? Google searches reveal several trends for decking the halls in the 2011 holiday season:
- Perhaps following in the footsteps of Charlie Brown's tree choice, consumers are increasingly heading online this year to find real Christmas trees
- Grab the glitter, the glue guns, the ribbon, and construction paper - homemade ornaments are a breakout search this holiday as consumers look to add a personal touch to holiday decor
- And speaking of personal touch, personalized stocking searches are among top rising terms related to stockings this year
- Clark Griswold should take note: With energy-saving efficiency and durability, LED lights are rising to the top of holiday light-related searches. (And speaking of lights, we can’t help but wonder if there will be a rival to the Halloween Party Rock Anthem light show this holiday season)
- Since unseasonably warm weather this year makes it seem unlikely that most the US will see the real thing anytime soon, search volume is larger than ever for fake snow
- And finally, there are many searchers (myself included) who are starting with the most basic search for holiday decorating ideas and hoping to find inspiration for completing this year’s holiday decorating theme
What holiday decorating trends are delighting you this season?
Posted by Kristin Patterson, The Google Retail Team