In an ordinary year, I start playing the carols and decorating on December 1st. The lights go up, the garland is dragged out, and all the little sentimental bits and bobs are placed here and there.
This year, that has all gone out the window. The stockings have been up for a week, the carols are blaring and the lights are already flashing 24/7.
I've noticed there are far fewer complaints out there too about Christmas ads being aired just post Halloween.
I think we all need a little extra cheer this year. No matter what holidays we celebrate. We need some sparkle, some love, some reassurance that circumstances will allow us to be together again.
So put up the tree, buy some eggnog and sing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the top of your lungs WITH all the side effects.
It might be only November, but the holidays are here!