By late August I am usually ready (I told y'all I'd decorate now if I could!) for Christmas. I dunno, I guess I'm a kid at heart. I have so many memories of Christmas with family, but I guess the thing is I can remember in school how we started our Christmas program practice in August, and a lot of retailers used to start putting out Christmas stuff in August. I generally try to keep the decorations up and the music going until the 19th of January. A friend of mine explained the meaning behind the 12 days of Christmas, and as David just mentioned there is Ukrainian Christmas on the 7th of January, so 12 more days makes the 19th. I just ordered two Christmas CD's from Amazon last week and they came in this weekend: Bobby Darrin and the cast of Bonanza. If you've never heard "Merry Christmas, Neighbor" by Lorne Greene, Michael Landon and Dan Blocker, you should look it up. It will warm your heart!