I’m not much one too complain when the stores put up their Christmas displays in October or Christmas carols come on the radio. Not being a Christmasian, the timing of Christmas really doesn’t bother me.
No, what gets me is seeing the new Christmas episodes of TV shows during the first half of December — because it can only mean that we’re getting nothing but reruns until after New Years.
(By the way, speaking of New Years: It’s been announced that Regis Philbin will fill in for the hospitalized Dick Clark this year. As my pal Mark Evanier points out, most of the material besides the ball dropping has probably already been filmed. As such, you can probably count on some careful editing as the folks at the various pre-filmed party locations toss back to the host.)