The GrinchChristmas Creep. No, it’s not a nickname for the Grinch.

I’ve complained about it here before, how stores start advertising and selling Christmas merchandise earlier and earlier each year. But now it has a name: Christmas Creep.

The Consumerist, the Consumers Guide blog, has a whole section devoted to it.

This year, it seems to be even worse than before, as if retailers are desperate to make up for the bad economy in one big Christmas buying frenzy. We started noticing signs of it before Halloween this year. By now, nearly Thanksgiving, the TV commercials are already at a fever pitch…