Halloween had barely ended when the first tinsel and red and green decor started going up in Wilmington area drug stores this year.
Commercial Christmas is upon us - nearly a month and a half ahead of schedule. Some Charlotte stores were revving up "Jingle Bells" in September.
With the exception of local performance groups, who start practicing Christmas and holiday music in September for early December concerts, why does the Christmas season seem to get earlier each year?
Is it an economic thing, maybe stores jumping the gun earlier and earlier each year to gobble more cash before the Thanksgiving turkey even gets stuffed? Early Christmas layaway deals are enticing many to get into the holiday spirit sooner.
Last year, The Atlantic did a series on Santanomics about whether or not the holiday season was actually bad for the economy.
Santa Claus is even coming early to Wilmington this year, arriving at Independence Mall on Nov. 17.
But does celebrating Christmas, even passively, for a month longer than usual twist the holiday's meaning? When is too soon to start Christmas?