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At first I thought it was left-over boxes from last year, however, the production codes indicated they were made recently. Actually, they were made after the 2015 Xmas sets 40124 and 40125 which are from week 29.
Indeed, when the actual bricks were moulded nobody knows.
Who said it was retired? As others have said, it's common for seasonal sets to sell out or disappear after the Holidays and then make a return during the next season. Even the Winter Village sets follow this pattern.
If you want to start playing the game of doublethink, then that's only going to end up one way. They'll say a seasonal set is retired. People will interpret that as meaning it'll be back next year. And when it isn't, they'll complain that they've missed out because they've not done what they usually do, but what they've said!
The new Toy Shop is likely to be retired after Christmas. You'd be stupid to assume that it'll be back next year.
The exception to this of course was Post Office. A one off? Who knows? I don't what's going on.
I'm not aware of any Winter Village set however, other than Post Office being around for only one season. Following the release of Post Office, since both Cottage and Market were around for two seasons, it's not unreasonable to expect Santa's Workshop to have followed. I just wouldn't consider a seasonal set retired just because Christmas has passed for that year.