I have never been one of those who complains about Christmas merchandise popping up in stores this time of year. I get it. It's fall, after all. People are starting to make their Christmas shopping lists and think about their holiday activities with family. Some of my OVERACHIEVING friends are already working on Christmas cards. And it takes retailers time to transition from one season to the next. They can't change their store inventories and decorating themes overnight. So I get it.
But come on. This morning on my walk I saw a house in my neighborhood with one of those electric, light-up Christmas trees already placed in the yard. REALLY? ARE YOU SERIOUS? I'm not big on Halloween. But whatever happened to pumpkins and mums and scarecrows? I'll even put up with your witches and ghosts (although I personally dislike spooky/creepy Halloween decorations). But please, can we hold off on the Yuletide decking of the halls (and yards) until, say, at least November?