Even as some folks in our office were trying to figure out what to wear for Halloween, others were thinking about “the holidays,” specifically Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and the new year itself, specifically 2007.

It turns out we are not alone. As Preview editor Jamie Saxon points out, November 1 is practically the kickoff of the holiday season. November 1? Yes: That’s the date tickets go on sale for Westminster Choir College’s huge assortment of holiday offerings (www.westminster.rider.edu).

This week also marks the first annual Holiday Dining by Design event. Designed to showcase holiday decorating ideas and tabletop settings, along with culinary creations by some of the area’s leading chefs, this event benefits the American Heart Association. The first event will be at Mrs. G’s on Route 1 on Thursday, November 2, from 4 to 9 p.m. (609-882-1444.)

And next week marks the first of the annual holiday sample sales — Philip David begins its sale Wednesday, November 8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its office at 3625 Quakerbridge Road (609-588-0141). Saxon promises a round-up of events that will jumpstart your holiday season in next week’s issue.

Speaking of jumpstarting, who is trying to rush us into 2007 even as we savor the last two months of 2006? That would be U.S. 1’s own team of calendar editors, already hard at work soliciting dates of major events for inclusion in our annual wall calendar. If you or your organization has a gala, benefit, dramatic or other arts production and opening, or major conference, now is the time to let us know.

While we accept event listings throughout the year (and include them as soon as we obtain them in our Internet event database at www.princetoninfo.com) the Thanksgiving weekend is the cut-off for events that end up on the wall calendar that is distributed to all offices on our circulation list the Wednesday before Christmas.

Now also is the time that we gather the art that will grace the upper portion of the calendar. If you have a high resolution color photograph of a seasonal event or seasonal setting (the more specific to the Princeton business community and central New Jersey, the better) please do send it our way. We will pay a modest honorarium for each photograph published. Submit by mail or in person to 12 Roszel Road, Suite C-205, Princeton, or by E-mail: rein@princetoninfo.com.

Please do hurry with your photos and events. But take your time with the rest of November and December. There’s lots to enjoy, and at our age we do not want to rush time anymore than it already is.

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