I managed to go until November 19th before I heard my first Christmas music on the radio. Still, it was a bit too early for me.
I enjoy Christmastime. Really I do. I'm not really a misanthrope or a curmudgeon. However, I do have my limits. I really, really prefer to celebrate one holiday at a time.
Even more egregious than the music - I went in to a local big-box home improvement store to get something at the end of September - there were both Halloween and Christmas decorations on display. About a week later, I went in to a local pharmacy - they had displays of Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas decorations on display. At the same time. It hadn't even been Columbus Day weekend yet.
I know that economic times are tough and that retailers make a significant amount of their profits on holiday shopping at the end of the year, but it would really be nice if we could just celebrate one holiday at a time. I usually wait until at least the first week in December before I decorate for Christmas or will even think of putting Christmas music on. I might do a bit of holiday shopping before the 1st of December, but only if I find something special or unique - and I certainly don't go out on "Black Friday" or "Grey Thursday" as they're now calling Thanksgiving Day shopping. The commercialization of the holidays - and particularly Christmas - is getting out of hand.
Let's remember the true meaning of the season and all of the holidays that everyone celebrates at this time of year.