However, yesterday, when we were up at our favorite dollar store, Deals, picking up school supplies for The Girls, they were already taking DOWN the school supplies (two weeks before school starts!) in order to put UP ... the Christmas stuff!!!. I'm sorry, but that is insane.
Now, admittedly, back when I was "a drinking man" I used to have 90% of my Xmas shopping done by Halloween, and have all of it wrapped and labeled and ready to go by Thanksgiving, but that was because the closer it got to the holidays, the more likely I was to be, uh ... incapacitated ... and might very well not realize exactly where we'd gotten to in the calendar. THAT, however, was an extreme case of an obsessive/compulsive nature intersecting with over-enthusiastic substance abuse. Outside of a situation along those lines, there is NO good reason why ANY Xmas stuff should show up until the week after Thanksgiving ... and having the Xmas crap go on sale a full quarter year before Thanksgiving is inexcusable!
Bleh ... stupid humans!