In what is being called "Christmas creep," retailers are introducing the Christmas shopping season earlier and earlier--now even before Thanksgiving. It isn't like Americans need more stuff. If as George Carlin says, "A house is a pile of stuff with a cover on it," we've got plenty of stuff. As a matter of fact "America's 103 million households currently contain and consume more stuff than all other households in history put together." "Thirty-four percent of Americans polled in 2000 rank shopping as their favorite activity, while only seventeen percent prefer being in nature." Something is wrong with us, we suffer a disease, a disease dubbed Affluenza in a PBS special produced by John De Graf who is also co-author of the book "Affluenza."