Holiday Decorating - How Soon is Too Soon?

Ah fall. It seems the weather barely begins to shift, and all of a sudden there are gourds decorating every table and pumpkin flavored everything added to the menu (not that we're complaining on the last part). But as seasonal decoration begins to crop up all over the place, we find ourselves asking the same question we always do - isn't it a little early?

At first we thought maybe it was a Midwest thing, seeing as that's where we are right now when we noticed it. But then we saw the latest Pottery Barn catalog, which was all over Halloween and even beginning to hint at Thanksgiving - huh? And a quick peek over at Martha Stewart also suggests the holiday is in full swing (granted, we might be asking for it there).

We don't want to come off as some kind of Scrooge - we love holidays, and decorating for them (in moderation, please) can add to the festive atmosphere. But doesn't the onslaught of early Halloween (or Thanksgiving, or Christmas) decor sort of numb one to the joy of the holiday once it actually arrives? And out of curiousity, how many pumpkins do you have to go through to have one fresh for Halloween if you start putting them out now? What are your thoughts on decorating for the holidays?