Although the leaves have just turned and started to fall and the first snow of the season has yet to arrive, economic experts can already hear the Christmas bells in the distance. Last year, we wrote a post about the holiday shopping season starting earlier, and it appears that 2021 will be much of the same, if at least partially for different reasons. If you haven’t started thinking about getting gifts for the holiday season, although it’s only October, now is probably a good time to start. There are significant supply chain issues that are already impacting retailers, and those who start their shopping earlier are likely to come out ahead this year. Here’s what you should know about the holiday shopping season and the headwinds facing retailers in 2021.