One store at the mall has had Christmas stuff out since August. Now, here in South Louisiana, it's about 100 degrees (with the heat index) in August. Last thing I want to see is a faux-snow covered fake tree. It just irritates the crap out of me. The Christmas stuff picked up in early October, and is now in full swing since the Halloween stuff went away on the weekend...before actual Halloween. At least it's getting kind of cooler outside...finally!
The whole early Christmas stuff has really put me off the fall holidays entirely for the past several years--really, since I started working full time. Before, I wouldn't notice because I was knee-deep in studying for exams right up till Christmas. Now it is my least favorite time of the year due to the crazed, stresed people and the rampant commercialism.