There is a good post on my Facebook feed - a picture of jolly santa, with the caption "Calm down you little bastards - it's only November".
We have just had halloween - which is now the second biggest 'event' in the retailers calendar. According to news yesterday this has enabled Morrisons to report growth in like for like sales single handedly.
So now the Christmas juggernaut is getting up to speed. I have even seen internet posts asking when the John Lewis advert is coming out - this is now a 'thing'.
I am not anti-Christmas - but have just decided to do things a bit differently this year. We are having lasagne on Christmas day, and I have asked for no presents myself. Obviously giving to others will continue.
Together with deciding not to watch X-Factor, or the Apprentice this year, this is part of my plan to take some of the stress out of modern living.