Years ago--for reasons I won't drag you into now--I decided that a happy Christmas season would be one in which I didn't hear "The Little Drummer Boy."
Once, in the 20 years or so since I started keeping track, I made it to Christmas day without hearing It. Other than that one lucky season, my personal best was December 17th.
Until this year, my worst showing was the year I heard it on December 3rd.
Today--Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving--I heard it at around 4pm on the canned music at the local supermarket.
And it's still November.
Yeesh. The good news is that, next year, it can only get better.