If you're a fan of the holiday season, you'll be pleased to hear that Hallmark is already bringing the Christmas cheer to Minnesota-- and it's not even Halloween yet.

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Now, while THIS Minnesota-based retail chain said it's not rushing the holidays this year, and won't be promoting their Christmas specials until after Thanksgiving, if you just can't wait to get the holidays rolling, Hallmark has you covered.

That's right, the Hallmark Channel's Christmas programming is already up and running-- and, yes, it's not even Halloween yet. According to this USA Today report, the Hallmark Channel actually started running their holiday programs over the weekend. And, they'll keep airing them right through the holidays and end of the year.

Now, I'll admit that this weekend-- what with all that snow we got Friday-- sure made it SEEM like it's already winter, didn't it? So I can see wanting to get all up in the holiday spirit and all.

But it's still October!  I haven't even raked all our leaves yet. And, it was only a little over a week ago when we were still enjoying temperatures in the 70's and it still felt like summer. And now it's the holidays already?

Oh well. I like the holiday season as much as anybody, I guess. Somebody pass the Peppermint Mocha, will ya?