Someone on the radio mentioned seeing Halloween stuff in a store -- in the last week of July. July!
At first this bothered me. Personally, I don't want to see Halloween decorations before October. September should be about Labor Day (even though it's a commie idea), the end of summer and back to school. August should be about nothing but the fact that it is about nothing (dog days, "silly season," everyone is on vacation). So Halloween decorations on sale in July seems premature.
After a second thought I reconsidered; the store probably knows what it is doing. Selling decorations is entirely different from using them. If a store can make a profit selling Halloween stuff in July, why shouldn't it? The people who get upset about this are confused about the retailer's purpose. His purpose is to make a profit, not to celebrate holidays. The retailer has to put the holiday items out before people use them in order to get the business.
So go ahead retailers: make it Christmas in July if you want. If nothing else, you provoke angry radio hosts to talk about you. You know the old line -- no publicity is bad publicity.