the Historical Society Blog you'll find a repost of last year's "Christmas Creep" article.
I notice this morning that many retailers are reporting brisk Thanksgiving Day sales. It seems pretty obvious that the old holidays are merely cover for the new Selling Season: Christmas now begins at Halloween, a holiday designed to teach children how to ask for gifts, and then migrates to Thanksgiving, where families check to see if they can dine together peacefully, and exchange gift lists.
That makes Halloween "PreMas" and Thanksgiving "PracticeMas," both of which lead up to Christmas.
After that, of course, comes the Fourth Sunday Before Super Bowl--and the new year begins!
Modern America really has two big seasons: Football and Christmas, broken up by March Madness.
Oh, and the 4th of July. We don't want to forget that. When else would be buy our new cars?