It seems that U.S. retailers are rushing the holidays earlier and earlier each year, especially one-day celebrations.
Halloween and Thanksgiving cards were on display side-by-side here in Nashua, NH in mid-August. These holidays are celebrated at the end of October (31) and November (23).
At this rate, maybe Christmas-themed merchandise will be in stores by mid-September. Guess I'm showing my age, but when I was growing up, hometown stores didn't have Christmas decorations up until right before or just after Thanksgiving — just like in classic films, Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th Street and similar ones.
What about you — seen any early holiday merchandise in your area yet ?