I saw the first commercial with a Christmas theme on television last evening during the news (something about a teeth whitener so you'll have a brighter smile by Christmas). I guess since Halloween's over now, we will start getting bombarded by Christmas promotions. I'm already seeing quite a few holiday items in the stores, but I'm sure the retailers will be "kicking it up a notch" very soon.
If you're one of those people who enjoys making your own holiday gifts, you know how important it is to get an early start so you can have those gifts completed in time (and not have to get up at 4 AM that week before Christmas and knit like a fiend to finish a sweater for your sister-in-law, as I did one year). This month I will be teaching 3 different 2-hour knitting classes so people can knit up some gifts for friends and family. This Saturday, my students will learn to make a Mini Christmas Stocking.
So if any of you knitters are in the Rochester area this Saturday, I would welcome you to join my class!