This weekend you can settle yourself down in front of My Santa (11:30am Saturday, Channel 5), Once Upon a Christmas (5pm Sunday, CBS Drama), Christmas Mail (3pm Saturday, Channel 5) and more, plus countless festive delights over on Sky’s dedicated Christmas channel.
But does all this talk of festive magic and yuletide spirit feel a tad premature?
The creep of Christmas is a polarising issue. Each year we moan that the festive revelry begins earlier and earlier. We scowl as merry jingles play on the radio, as shiny chocolate Santas pop up by supermarket tills and adverts on the telly insist that if we don’t buy a sofa RIGHT THIS SECOND we’ll have uncomfortable, miserable Christmases.
I can see where the complaints are coming from. The middle of November does feel a bit early to be hanging up stockings and jingling bells…
But I also can’t pretend I’m entirely opposed to the festivities starting early. Carol Kirkwood’s smile faltered when she revealed how horrible the weather’s going to be this weekend. 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.
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. And 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?
Stop fighting it and pick up that remote. You won’t find any judgement here.