Christmas in July! I start getting the Christmas fever stronger than ever when QVC airs their Christmas in July program and Hallmark introduces their new ornaments.
As far as decorating, it starts November 1st and takes several days. The outdoor decor get set out after Thanksgiving.
I agree with you about Thanksgiving, it's just as big for me as Christmas Day itself. It feels like another Christmas Day for me with the Thanksgiving Day parade introducing Santa. Then we watch the football game, Go Cowboys! The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the malls are filled with Christmas activities. We don't really shop, we just love the crowds and Christmasy things going on.