I love everything about Christmas. I love decorating the tree and displaying the cards. I love the carols and the annual Christmas songs that are blasted out in every store. I love the Christmas market that appears in Birmingham every year (even though many Brummies I know think of it in the same way as New Yorkers view Times Square). I love wrapping the presents, drinks with friends, planning the dinner on the day and stocking up on Boxing Day treats. I love Christmas movies and over the years The Bloke and I have developed our own little traditions of when we watch them. In particular, I love the general festive cheer that the community adopts, making more of an effort to be kind to each other.
I LOVE Christmas.
But Christmas in November? No! Stop it!
I was binge-watching Netflix shows for most of yesterday and decided to put the regular channels on instead for a while to give my brain a break. Within five minutes I had seen bloody Christmas adverts for three, yes – THREE different companies. On the bloody 3rd November. We haven’t even had Bonfire Night or Remembrance Day yet.
It’s getting worse every year. As soon as Halloween is over, KAPOW! The stores look like the tinsel fairy has vomited everywhere, Mariah Carey and Wham starts blasting through the speakers, the adverts begin and Christmas officially starts being rammed down our throats. Half of the adverts aren’t even inventive – it’s often the same advert that the company has been using all year, just with the addition of sleigh bells to the music in the background. Genius.
Unfortunately, by the time it actually gets to Christmas, many people are so sick of it that they’ve lost all enthusiasm for the day. And as a Brit, there are other things in November that I deem to be far more important…
If you celebrate Christmas, when do you start feeling festive?
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