I don't even want to talk about Christmas yet, but some shops are already advertising Christmas items. The opening date for Christmas gets earlier each year.
I happened across some Christmas items from Christopher Radko ornaments, today. Of course Santa is there in all his confusing glory - I always ask myself how does Santa manage to look like so many different people each year? But some of the other ornaments on display have got me a bit flummoxed as to their relevance to Christmas. There's the Thick Pink Nick Breast Cancer Awareness Santa ornament, for instance, or the Important Piece Autism Awareness Santa. These are collectables, I guess, so you can put them on your shelf (they only cost around US$50 a throw) and remind all your friends about breast cancer and autism as they go ooh and aah at each item.
There's Papa Plumage (he's a pretty-looking fellow, but his relevance to Christmas escapes me) and Claus for a Cure - HIV AIDs Awareness. Plainly we can't just have Christmas, we have to be reminded of something else at the same time. Admittedly there is a Nativity scene in the range, called Holy Reflections. Jesus, Mary and Joseph all feature in it. But since this appears to be the only one of its kind in the design catalogue, it tells us a good deal about what people think Christmas is actually about.
Though with items like the Jolly Jockey, the Gift Giving Emperor Penguin, Mr Mcbroom, Vest of All it may not be surprising people can't remember.