Christmas in the United States is really BIG. By big, I mean over the top, crazy, out of control enormous. Everyone comments on how it gets bigger and the preparations start earlier as the years pass. My first encounter with Christmas carols occurred in my car on exactly November 8th, a Monday morning driving into work. A few stray bars of â€śJingle Bellsâ€ť hit my ear drums and it was all over, Christmas had arrived a full two and a half weeks before Thanksgiving. Is this really and truly necessary?