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Pardon my grinchy point of view for a moment and try to understand my opinion on a somewhat strange matter.

On Monday, I was running some errands in North Dartmouth and noticed something a little out of the ordinary in the Dartmouth Towne Center, where Chuck E. Cheese and Bed, Bath & Beyond are located.

What first looked like a sign company fixing perhaps a letter or some bulbs in the T.J. Maxx sign ended up leaving me clueless for a bit. The guy up on the lift wasn't exactly fixing anything, but rather stringing tip lights along the length of the plaza and not just any type of lights, but Christmas lights.

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Again, I'm not trying to come off as Ebenezer Scrooge, but it's only the first day of fall and the Christmas season is still quite a ways out. It's a little too soon for my liking.

It seems as though everything seasonal was rushed a little too soon this year and perhaps COVID-19 played a role in that. Pumpkin coffee and beer were released months before it should have, Halloween decor was already out in August and now Christmas lights in September. What's next, Valentine's Day in December?

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I think what the world needs more than ever is a chill slow-down for a bit on the Hallmark holidays and rushing of the seasons. Supply and demand are all screwed up as it is, ruining the simple things in life like a crisp pumpkin beer in mid-September as opposed to the dog days of August.

Hopefully, this is just something designed to make the plaza stand out more at night, rather than be a holiday message hitting far too soon. I'm not ready for anything Christmas until I've eaten my body weight in turkey and Portuguese stuffing.

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