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If feels too early to me. It's still November, after all.
It's a bit funny because, just a couple of weeks ago, everyone was complaining about the stores starting the Christmas season too early. It gets earlier every year. At least it does according to those that somehow keep track of these things. I don't think it really gets earlier every year. It's pretty much standard operating procedure the stores will go all out with Christmas stuff the day after Halloween. That's nothing new.
In defense of the early decorators, the season of Advent has started. Contrary to the cardboard Advent calendars that only include 24 days, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year, that was yesterday, November 27th. Maybe it's those with religious fervor who've put out their Christmas decorations in celebration?
I'm guessing it's more that the weather was nice, people had long weekends and wanted to get it done before the busy month of December.
It still feels too early to me, though.
If you put it all up now, you've got to live with it for a month or more. It'll start to look cluttered and dusty before the second Advent candle is lit. If you get a real Christmas tree, it'll be desiccated by Christmas day.
Small children or pets will have a ball with all the decorations. There's a good chance something or many somethings will be broken and disheveled by the time baby Jesus is born. Not only that, but, as we all know, little kids aren't the most patient of creatures. That pre-Christmas anxiety some kids get will be off the wall if you fully embrace the holiday weeks before the actual holiday.
No wonder people are anxious to take down their decorations as soon as they wake up the day after Christmas.