By - 11/8/08 - 5:07 pm

Dear Papa Gino's:

Today is Nov. 8. There is absolutely no reason why customers at your Dedham outlet (you know, the one in the same strip mall as your headquarters) should be assaulted by "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" and "Little Drummer Boy."

It's not like you're some department store that's desperately trying to get people to buy Christmas stuff. You don't even sell Christmas pizzas or festive holiday pasta, so you have no excuse. It's just too damn early, so please turn off the Christmas music.

By - 11/6/08 - 11:38 am

Bob Nelson reports that WROR beat WODS this morning for the title of "First Boston Station to Start Playing Christmas Music Way Too Early." They must be so proud.

By - 10/26/08 - 11:41 pm

AppleFoot reports the Halloween and Christmas decorations are facing off in the center aisle of the Malden Stop & Shop.

By - 10/15/08 - 7:43 pm

Alicia reports Macy's in Downtown Crossing is already decked out for Christmas; photographs a worker bring lots more balls up the escalator.

By - 10/11/08 - 11:04 pm

AppleFoot reports the Sears at the CambridgeSide Galleria has already put up Christmas trees - with lights and ornaments.

Or maybe they forgot to take down their displays from the '80s - because they are also selling leg warmers.

By - 10/3/08 - 11:17 am

Some of you may recall how Jim Sullivan got fed up last year and started demanding action against stores and radio stations that get all Christmasy before Thanksgiving.

He's getting an earlier start on his campaign this year:

By - 12/21/07 - 10:28 am

Good Lord: The Globe rubs our faces in the fact that its staffers are on better Christmas-card lists than we are:

You may not have received Christmas and other holiday cards from the likes of Caroline Kennedy, Bob Kraft, NASCAR, and the Red Sox -- but we did.

By - 12/21/07 - 10:17 am

Set aside a few minutes and just read it.

By - 12/18/07 - 9:15 am

WBUR reported this morning that City Councilor John Tobin will ask Gov. Patrick to require the guy with the 500,000 lights to hire a police detail.

The station quoted Tobin as saying it would be just terrible if somebody were hit by a fast-moving car on the Jamaicaway/Arborway while stopped to gawk at the brighter-by-the-year Castle. Tobin said he asked Dominic Luberto to hire a detail, but that Luberto refused, saying he's already given the city its largest Christmas display. Because the road is a state parkway, it would be up to Patrick or State Police to force the issue.

By - 12/17/07 - 3:14 pm

So you're playing one of Santa's elves in a store window during an Inman Square midnight-madness sales event - the night of a godawful snowstorm. You just might really get into it.

By - 12/6/07 - 8:45 am

Bri reports that Hood's Sugar Cookie Eggnog actually tastes like sugar cookies:

... To be specific, it tastes like one of those preservative-filled, made-in-1987, extruded-from-a-vat sugar cookies you buy in 7-11 at 2AM because you're too tired to remember just how awful they actually are. ...

By - 12/5/07 - 2:53 pm

Look! Boston Santa flash mob, Dec. 9! Via MetaBoston.

And for you minimalists, don't forget the Santas in Speedos run on Dec. 15.

By - 11/27/07 - 9:48 am

Steve Sherlock photographs that wire dropping into a trash basket surrounded by stanchions at South Station and explains why you should remain calm: It means they're getting ready for the annual model-train installation.

By - 11/25/07 - 9:18 pm

Lyss files a report from the Jamaicaway, where she visited Domenic Luberto's brighter than bright Castle and yard tonight.

The man with the 500,000 Christmas lights.

By - 11/18/07 - 9:03 pm

Margaret and Rich take the kids to the Quincy Market tree lighting tonight, which featured Tom Menino, Wally and Santa Claus:

... And they threw the switch and the whole square lit up and they blew millions of white, swirling pieces of rectangular paper over the crowd. The effect was reminiscent of standing in a snow squall but it was quite pretty. ...

By - 11/16/07 - 12:19 pm

Jim Sullivan's campaign to put the thanks back in Thanksgiving, um, to hold off the Christmas stuff until, you know, the day after Thanksgiving, keeps attracting new backers. He says thanks.

By - 11/13/07 - 11:23 am

Jim Sullivan has nothing against Christmas - except for before Thanksgiving. He begins a list of the worst offenders and explains: