‘Back to School’ items are a distant memory in the supermarkets. It’s all about Christmas in the seasonal aisles, and the toy aisles are already chockablock. Recent research by affilinet shows that by October 1st one third of Britons have begun online Christmas shopping.
I love Christmas and other celebrations and seasonal events throughout the year. However, I hate the fact that we can’t fully enjoy the actual month or season we’re in without being bombarded about the next. I think it can take the shine off a bit. However, I am guilty/succumb to a few of the below.
Here’s why it feels like December 25th is just around the corner…
Christmas is Coming (early)
- Buddy the Elf memes counting down how long it is until the big day are appearing all over Facebook
- Every eating and drinking establishment from your local pub to Prezzo and Harvester are proudly displaying their ‘Book Your Christmas Party Now’ signs
- Journalists and bloggers are sending out requests for Christmas-related stories and products
- Toy shops, such as The Entertainer, email to say they are taking pre-orders for this year’s ‘must have’ toys. Hatchimals are high up there again (out October 6th if you were wondering)
- The children are already singing Jingle Bells and other festive songs (to be fair this can happen at any point in the year)
- Argos reveals its top toy predictions for Christmas 2017 (that was back in June and it has a whole section devoted to Black Friday)
- People are booking trips to Nordic destinations
- X Factor has already started and the December 2nd final is already being heavily advertised. I know this as my eldest daughter is a huge fan and wants an X Factor-themed sleep over for her birthday
- Starbucks launched its pumpkin spiced latte weeks ago (a prelude to its Yuletide beverages)
- It’s already getting hard to find a decent birthday card as shelves are being taken over by Christmas cards
- Discussions about the John Lewis festive advert are already happening
- Every time your child/ren mention a toy/game/something they want you suggest they start making their list
- Every time aforementioned child/ren are naughty you mention that ‘someone’ is already taking note
So which camp are you? Have you already nearly completed your Christmas shopping or do you not even contemplate it until the end of November?