OK, I'm not the first person ever to notice that the commercial effects of Christmas are being felt earlier and earlier each year. When I was a kid, open season on Xmas started the day after Thanksgiving - this year I saw Xmas-ish ads running the week before Halloween. That's bad enough, but now I am noticing the merchandizing effects starting to touch not only traditional holidays earlier, but also holidays that had no particular season associated with them.
Has anyone else noticed the big push for lights and other decorations for Halloween? Sure, we had pumpkins and might have stuck a paper ghost or witch in the window but driving down the street, the lights almost rival Christmas. I've noticed card shops now have entire racks devoted to Thanksgiving cards and I've also seen St. Patrick's Day cards too. What next? Exchange gifts on Arbor Day?