I would like to formally register my complaint:
Friday night, Brian, Ethan, Luke and I went to Kohl's and noticed all the seasonal displays; very fun but the wrong season given that one of the displays featured Christmas tress and ornaments. I would like to note that Fall officially starts on September the 23rd this year according to my calendar. Christmas occurs in winter, last time I checked. According to my math, this display is up more than three months before the actual holiday occurs. That is one quarter of the year spent with Christmas decorations available for purchase at our local Kohl's.
I now have proof that Christmas is starting earlier and earlier each year. I used to think it was bad when the Christmas decorations came out the day after Halloween since it seemed like Thanksgiving was being swallowed up by the ravenously hungry reindeer but now it seems that Halloween is a casualty too. I mean, we haven't even had school pictures yet! And my boys are already asking about getting out tree up...
This time of year should be spent drinking pumpkin spice lattes and enjoying the beauty God created in the changing colors of the leaves and giving thanks for everything He has provided. Somehow, beginning the focus on the commercial takeover of the holiday of Christ's birth really ruins it for me. It bothers me that we, as a culture, have to be continually be looking out for the next best and great thing without being able to appreciate all that we have been blessed with, hence my soapboxy rant. It is my sneaking suspicion that the retailers believe that this Christmas is going to be so weak that they need to start now to get everyone "in the spirit". But, that's not the real spirit of Christmas.