Ever since I can remember, Christmas has been starting earlier and earlier. Indeed, it was perhaps four years ago that the Fishergate Centre in Preston erected its tree in early September.
Earlier this week, as I came close to being run down by a lorry-load of lights, I realised that I had yet to see so much as one mention of the festival. It may be that shops are now making more of a fuss about Hallowe’en, it may be that they’ve finally twigged that many customers actually dislike having Christmas rammed down their throats for three months. Whatever the reason, thanks.
Oh, and a message to my relatives: you can have my Christmas list once I’ve properly thought about what I want. I’ve not even found a Christmas gift guide in Toys”?”Us (dreadful name) or the Early Learning Centre yet.