Happy Christmas! Or at least it will be come November 1st.
Sure, on Saturday morning our pumpkins will still be grinning and we won’t have twirled a sparkler, ooh-ed and aah-ed at a Catherine wheel or chucked Guy Fawkes on the bonfire. But according to TV, Saturday 1st November is the start of the festive period. So many happy returns to you.
The season kicks off with A Christmas Visitor on Channel 5 at 1:50pm, swiftly followed by A Carol Christmas – Tori Spelling’s not-so-classic take on Dickens’ iconic Christmas tale – at 3:35pm, before The Town Christmas Forgot at 5:15pm. That’s one truly festive afternoon.
And it’s not just Channel 5 who are whipping out the tinsel. Sky 1 is following suit at 9:00pm, airing Richard Attenborough’s 1994 heart-warmer Miracle on 34th Street.
But does all this talk of festive magic and Christmas spirit feel a tad premature?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not entirely opposed to the festivities starting early.
Now the sun insists on setting when I’m just about finishing my lunch, I’m a fan of anything designed to brighten life up a little. If we’re honest with ourselves, who doesn’t want to snuggle on the sofa, wear huge misshapen Christmas jumpers and spend every minute of spare time watching Elf?
Once summer is done – and it is well and truly done – we may as well swiftly move onto the next thing designed to bring joy and promote good will to all. Especially when it involves mulling wine and eating pies.
I’m not ashamed to say I’ve already sent out invites for a Christmas party. In fact, I did it last week.
But the creep of Christmas is a polarizing issue. Each year we moan that the yuletide revelry is getting earlier and earlier. We scowl as festive jingles play on the radio, as shiny chocolate Santas pop up by the supermarket tills and adverts on the telly insist that if we don’t by a sofa RIGHT THIS SECOND we’ll have uncomfortable, miserable Christmasses.
Pre-Bonfire night does feel a bit ahead of time. Oxford Street’s Christmas lights don’t switch on until the 6th. Winter Wonderland doesn’t open until the 21st.
Though, actually, Selfridges has already unveiled its festive window display. And John Lewis’ Christmas shop did open on October 1st. So really telly is behind the curve…
Bring on Elf!