When I was a kid, one of the most exciting events for a military brat in Europe was when we received the Sears Christmas Catalog in the mail. My siblings and I would spend hours eye-balling the latest toys, clothing and musical instruments. The catalog was magic to me. I swear I can remember it glowing in the dark. I guarantee you that the catalog didn’t have to pursue me, I pursued it, never letting it out of my sight and making sure my parents knew, in no uncertain terms, exactly what I wanted for Christmas. Wind the calendar to the present day and witness retailers using technology to lure you and your dollars into spending as early as they can. This holiday season is starting early and will hit you from every angle to try and get you to buy early and often.