In Germany, according to the shops, Christmas starts around end of August.
I accidentally dropped the gingerbread in the pool after I saw it... 😋
Here (U.S.) to visit relatives by plane, rent a car, etc. is suddenly double the cost of last year, because Thanksgiving/U.S. is on the 28th this year, last Thursday of the month as always, and it starts off around the 21st/22nd and slowly gets later in 7 year cycles. This is the worst for sellers, as it is already just about December, and not the extra time for "Black Friday" sales. A frenzy here, in mall-land, competing with the online deals. Sucks for air fares. Basically, calendar + greed.
Oh, and always I give Trump credit for_ everything_! Wonderful economy. Act now! Step Right Up!!