It seems like every year the Christmas shopping season begins earlier than it did the year before. It's hard to believe that we're about two weeks away from Halloween, yet many big department stores are set up to sell Christmas stuff already. I was in K-Mart today at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton when I saw an entire section devoted to Christmas decorations. There were artificial Christmas trees, Christmas yard ornaments, Christmas lights ... everything you could want to decorate for Christmas. I just couldn't believe that Christmas is here already. Well, that's because it is not here yet.