Everyone seems to be going bonkers about Christmas.
This year, retailers were right in our faces about Christmas and started advertising weeks ago. I went into Poundstretcher the other day and the Christmas music was on repeat already. Poor staff. Fancy being subjected to that for weeks. Cruel and unusual punishment.
I'm on the fence about the whole thing this year though. On the one hand, being hijacked by retailers almost devalues Christmas by turning it into a two month long buying fest while neglecting the spiritual side of the whole thing. On the other hand, if you've had a crap year, hauling out the decorations and getting festive a bit early might make you feel a bit better.
I'm one to talk though, as I usually start my present buying/making early, but I do so in a furtive and almost guilty way. I just like being organised. I also always have a box of Christmas food and drink being filled from the start of November, as I like to split the cost of across a couple of months and take advantage of money off coupons.
HOWEVER, I caught myself today thinking about making up a big Christmas greenery garland for the fireplace this weekend and wondering if the white fairy lights were easily accessible from the loft hatch as they would look nice on the mantelpiece.
I realised with a jolt I have been infected, but thankfully logic prevailed and I have decided against the garland so early as it will wither, drop and need renewing before Christmas.
Still fighting the fairy light compulsion though.