Signs of the approaching holiday season:

1. Frost on my windshield every morning.

2. Filling a jug full of hot water to defrost my windshield.

3. The trees are officially naked. Not a single leaf remains on its branch.

4. Dad’s making a “practice turkey” one week before Thanksgiving.

5. Leftover mashed potatoes and gravy take up two shelves in the fridge.

6. My favorite commercial ever is seen on TV: red and green Hershey’s kisses are conducted by a single silver kiss, ringing out the melody to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

7. Twinkly lights start appearing around the neighborhood.

8. Twinkly lights appear at my home.

9. The fireplace has a fire.

10. Christmas album sales at Barnes&Noble.

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