I must start by saying that I think Christmas season is too long, and it seems to get longer every year. I participate in Buy Nothing Day. I refuse to get a christmas tree until december.
But, today we went to Raleigh's Christmas parade. It was actually kind of fun. It really had a hometown sort of feel. Lots of highschool marching bands, tons of Shriner (though sadly very few little cars, they had powered tricycles, minimotorcycles, and golf carts, but only a few cars), fire trucks, local celebrities, and of course, our own Chicken Man. He painted our house last year, and has quite an impressive show with his chickens. He was rapping about himself, standing on the front of his truck with a chicken on his hat, and several other chickens carried by fellow chickeneers. It was definitely the highlight. We were both tired from standing and holding Sophie aloft so she coudl see. She was of course, more interested in the little dog near us, or the other kids, but that is fine.
So, I guess Nov 20th is the official start of the X-mas season.