Does it seem to you like Christmas arrives earlier each year?

There was a time the Christmas season started at Thanksgiving. Then it moved up a bit, and started right after Halloween. Now, it seems that Christmas begins in mid to late October, even before the pumpkins and ghosts have moved on.

I’m not sure if you are seeing this trend in your local big-box retailer, but I am definitely seeing it at Disney World.

Of course, Disney does offer a taste of Christmas all year ’round. You can purchase Christmas ornaments and other Christmas decorations 365 days at year in at least two locations that are dedicated to bringing Christmas joy every day: the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Days Of Christmas in Disney Springs.

However, it seems that earlier than ever the shops along Main Street USA are bringing out their Christmas decorations. You can purchase Christmas themed shirts and hats right now.

Let’s take a look at some of the merchandise you can now buy, even while Disney is still running Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and the orange buntings and pumpkins still dominate the scene:

Mickey and Minnie Mouse with mistletoe.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse with mistletoe.

It doesn't look like Mike Wazowski is in the Christmas spirit.

It doesn’t look like Mike Wazowski is in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas-themed Minnie Mouse ear hat.

Christmas-themed Minnie Mouse ear hat.

Grumpy with his usual attitude.

Grumpy with his usual attitude.

Snowflake designs and Christmas hats for sale.

Snowflake designs and Christmas hats for sale.

Santa Mickey and Duffy the Disney bear.

Santa Mickey and Duffy the Disney bear.

One thing I did notice is that more, or maybe even all, of this merchandise was branded as “Walt Disney World”, and not the more generic “Disney Parks.”  I like that.  It seems that Disney is continuing the trend to more specific, and less generic, merchandise.

Should Disney wait until after Halloween to bring out the Christmas merchandise?