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By Selena Hernandez, CBS 11 News
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SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) - We haven’t even carved the turkey and cities and neighborhoods are already decking the halls. It seems like Christmas decorations come creeping up earlier and earlier each and every year. But what happened to Thanksgiving?

There is no denying that the holiday season has arrived. The lights, the crowds, the sales. The holiday is definitely here. Just not the right holiday. “A lot of stores in September are already set up,” noted Southlake shopper Carrie Jovanovich. “They have decorations up and Christmas music playing. In Town Square, the lights have been up for a while. So, it seems like it’s getting here faster and faster.”

“We start the Sunday after the tree lighting,” said Anne Murray with Southlake shop Olde Tyme Carriage. “The Sunday before Thanksgiving.”

Wait. What?

A tree lighting before Thanksgiving? Forget the turkey. The only trimmings that shoppers are seeing are the ones decorating pine trees and malls across North Texas. “It would be good if we keep the essence, rather than making it so commercial. But for the kids and us in general, it’s good,” said shopper Farah Janjua.

But it’s not just retailers who have seemingly skipped Turkey Day. There are some homes in Keller and other parts of North Texas that are already decked out with Christmas lights and holiday cheer. “We have family coming in from Michigan and we really wanted it to look special for them,” said resident Val Woodall. “It seems like a lot of the neighbors are doing it too, so we were kind of keeping up with all the neighbors.”

“Everybody’s skipping over Thanksgiving and that’s not right,” said Jasmine Davis, a nice voice of reason in this backwards holiday world. “Thanksgiving is fun. You get full and eat and sleep all day!”

Still, for some, end of year festivities can’t come soon enough. Starting the holiday season earlier doesn’t spoil the fun. Rather, it prolongs the festive cheer.

Thanksgiving skippers said that the jump start helps them avoid the last minute rush and enjoy more time together with family. “Before you know it, it’s here,” said Kanitra Haynes. “And you end up like one of those people trying to decorate on Christmas Eve.”

So, what do you think? Does Thanksgiving need to regain its day in the spotlight? Or have you already starting decorating for Christmas? Sound off below!

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