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Christmas comes early at many Louisville stores

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---The Christmas season is underway, or so it seems.

The North Oldham High School Choir welcomed Santa to Oxmoor Mall on Friday.

Although Christmas is still a month and a half away, looking around Louisville you probably wouldn't be able to tell.

The Summit is a week away from lighting up their decorations.

You can't miss the holiday clothing and gifts in the front window at Blink Boutique along Lexington Road.

"I'm all about it. This is one of our best times of the year except for Derby, so we look forward to it and we start as early as possible," says Cara King, Co-Owner of Blink Boutique.

Santa and his helpers are already making appearances at stores and Christmas decorations are popping up everywhere, along with signs for shopping discounts.

The moment Halloween was over, a bulk of the Christmas supplies at Target were displayed

You can't miss the signs reminding you it's almost here.

"I'm not in the mood for Christmas right now. I don't even consider getting out my decorations until after Thanksgiving," says shopper Amy Ashton.

"Traditionally my family, we decorate and put up the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve," says shopper George Kipp.

Even the youngest shoppers don't seem to be in the Christmas spirit just yet.

"It's kinda early since it's not even Thanksgiving yet, and Halloween was just last week," says 10-year-old Thomas Ashton.

Shoppers have a guess at why some stores are starting the season earlier.

"I think with the economy and everything people are trying to get people in the mindset of the Christmas shopping earlier," says George Kipp.

So, whether you're ready for it or not, it seems the season has arrived and is here to stay…at least for the next 6 1/2 weeks.

Stores are already gearing up for Black Friday and this year some will be opening even earlier.

Walmart announced their in-store specials on Black Friday will start at 8 p.m. this year, and Target is expected to announce their hours on Monday.

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