For the past several years I've really been noticing Christmas creep -- retailers creeping up the time of year when they roll out their Christmas sales push. Step #1, of course, is putting up Christmas decorations, especially the eye catching lights. I think this is the earliest I've seen commercial decorations going up.
I took these pictures in Sarasota three days before Halloween. A large crew from a company called Christmas Designers was stringing lights in the palm trees along University Parkway, a busy thoroughfare which leads to and from a major shopping mall.
Even with a dozen workers and several bucket trucks on site, I was told it would take more than one day to get everything done. One guy mentioned that dealing with Christmas decorations is a full time job and that's all he does year round. Imagine that! They were a very happy, enthusiastic group of workers, getting the job done while having fun. And, I'll note that the music they had playing was not Christmas-themed -- whew! (Perhaps we can hold off on that until after Thanksgiving? Although, yesterday, I received a notice from Pandora that their Christmas channel is up and running and ready for my listening pleasure.)