Maybe it was the excitement of the end of a century, but folks seemed eager to rush the end of 2000. Shopping malls and even municipal light poles were blurring the seasons more than usual. Early last fall, I saw a store display with Santa surrounded by glowing Jack-o-Lanterns.

I know there is no hard and fast rule (and certainly no law) governing when it is appropriate to put up decorations for each season, but how much further


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