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Ho, ho, ho: Merry Whatever.

Byline: BUZZWORTHY by The Register-Guard

Bummed out or maybe even horrified by the sight of Christmas decorations elbowing Halloween stuff off the shelves before Halloween?

Planning on keeping your head in the sand until after Thanksgiving?

Perhaps the Hult Center on Saturday night won't be the place for you.

But for all those folks who can't wait to deck some halls and sing some fa-la-la-la-las, Clay Aiken might have what you need.

Yes, that Clay Aiken. The pixie-faced runner-up of the second edition of Fox TV's "American Idol." The guy with a voice that sounds as if it was made for Broadway. He's just launched his second - he hopes annual - holiday tour, and he's bringing it to Eugene.

We all know it's only the first weekend in November, so technically, it should be a tad early to be thinking of Christmas. But we also all know that the "official" start of the holiday shopping season has come and gone.

Didn't you notice the Toys R Us "big book" ad circular that came in the past Sunday's Register-Guard? Or that your favorite catalogs already sport snow, sleighs and Santa, the three S's of Christmas?

Oh, bother.

Well, buck up our humbugging friends. This early phase is just a tickle in the back of your throat. It won't develop into a full-fledged head-throat-chest ailment for a few more weeks.

In the meantime, the oncoming onslaught of the holiday season means at least one positive thing for all you Grinches out there - better movie choices. After a dreadful summer of few bright spots, the movie industry is dying to get you back into the theaters.

This weekend alone will see three Buzzworthy films make their way to local screens - "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Capote" and "Shopgirl."

Ah yes, the build up to Oscar season. You knew there was another reason to like Christmas.
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Date:Nov 4, 2005
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