Tuesday I heard a woman at the craft store say "Wow, Christmas really snuck up on me this year." -It was November 17th!
Seriously, I like it.
I too, used to complain about Christmas being commercialized, but now I find it a blessing in a sense. Christmas is being eradicated from the schools, public buildings, and other PC venues. It's true that businesses do it for the revenue, but at least they are honest in admitting that a large part of our society celebrate this event, and they know that they can tug on our heartstrings a little because Christmas is special to us.
We can teach our children what Christmas really means, and even tone down the commercialism with a tradition of giving homemade gifts. But I would much rather live in a country where Christmas was hyped with a joyful hysteria than a place where there was no mention, no display, and believers had to quietly shuffle home to have their private celebration.
So keep that in mind the next time you see an all out festive commercialized Christmas display!