The first TV commercials started around Halloween. Mall storefronts began to change over around the same time.
Yes, Christmas starts early these days. But not everyone likes the mid-autumn kickoff to the holiday season.
One sure sign of having the holiday spirit is when one starts listening to holiday music. Locally, WASH-FM switched to all Christmas music on Nov. 16, while SiriusXM turned on its Holiday Traditions channel on Nov. 1.