Normally, on the first day of Winter, December 21st (or, the Winter solstice) here in the Rockford area, we react with...well, we don't really react because it's already cold and usually snowy, and it's felt like winter for weeks already.
Because of this ongoing pandemic, we're doing a lot of things differently this year than we normally do. One of those things is holiday shopping. More people started earlier, and more are shopping online.
In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that we have an artificial (or phony, as my two brats...I mean wonderful kids) Christmas tree at our house. And, it's things like this that make me glad we do.