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We’re barely a week out from Halloween, and already we’re hearing the sleigh bells ring.

But the real question is: are you listening? Every year, there seems to be a debate over whether Christmas comes to the retail world too early. But if tacky Christmas music coupled with shelves of Santa-themed decor has your candy canes in a knot, we’re here to help. Before you go full Grinch and curse the twisted minds that unleashed this holly jolly nightmare upon us, consider these amazing advantages of an early Christmas season:

You can take some time off work

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The phrase “I’m going to take Christmas off” has new meaning when “Christmas” refers to the two month span between Halloween and New Years.

People are nicer to each other

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Volunteers helping to feed the homeless. Strangers greeting each other on the street. Cats and dogs, living together in peace and harmony. If being subjected to Christmas ads for two solid months is the price we have to pay for a little more good will, that seems like a pretty fair trade-off.

You get to get “festive”, if you know what we mean

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There’s no better time to imbibe than the holiday season. If the retail world wants that season to start at the beginning of November and run until mid January, who are we to disagree?

You have license to be lazy

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Mittens here has the right idea. Christmas time means you’re allowed to bundle up and park your butt on the couch for a while. If anyone complains, just yell “back off man, it’s Christmas!” and pelt them with your moccasin.

You get to put up Christmas lights

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Do it now, and you won’t have to deal with it when the temperature dips below freezing. If your neighbours criticize you for immediately replacing jack-o-lanterns with jingle bells, inform them that The Bay already did it, so you can too.

You can build a snowman

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Don’t let early November’s lack of snow stop you. Rotting pumpkins and balls of dirt covered in leaves make perfectly suitable alternatives.

You can swap your morning coffee for morning hot chocolate

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Why? Because Jesus’s birthday is two months from now, that’s why.

You get to go carolling

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If businesses are allowed to run Christmas ads in early November, then dammit, you’re allowed to go carolling. People will probably assume you’re just a late trick-or-treater, but then you might get some candy out of the deal.

Did someone say deal?

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50 percent off doorcrasher deal, to be exact. If retailers want to give us a bigger window for nabbing these bargains, we won’t complain.

Egg nog. All day, every day

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Your arteries say no, but your taste buds say yes. And because it’s Christmas, it’s totally justifiable. Rum is a highly recommended addition.

Kids get super excited

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What’s not to love about all that positive energy? Oh, and they’re also super well behaved, for fear of pissing off Santa. Win-win.

Four words: Swiss Chalet Festive Special

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That hunk of stuffing, the cranberry sauce, those delicious Lindor chocolate truffles… you know what? Let’s go ahead and push the Christmas season up a few more months.

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