Is Christmas Starting Earlier Each Year?

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I absolutely LOVE Christmas, it isn’t a secret and I have to say that as soon as Halloween is over, I’m right on it with the plans for the festivities.  From planning our annual Christmas BBQ , to shopping for bargains whether on-line or in the stores. I am a sucker for decorations and I give the Griswold’s a run for their money when it comes to lighting up the house. This year in fact, I am going for a snow machine. Yes, you heard me right..

I have been in the UK for over 18 years or more and no matter what, I always expect snow around christmas and I am mainly disappointed when it doesn’t materialise but I still live in hope. I am always jealous when I see my family and friends back home in Canada talking about going skiing and having snow days so I decided that this year would be different. If mother nature wasnt going to help, then I would do it artificially! It’s just as much for me as it is the kids.. really!

When I was looking into the cost of hiring or buying a snow machine, I saw that there really wasn’t much of a difference at all in price and felt that it was a great investment because like I said, we have a BBQ each year. I noticed when I was doing my research, and  some on line shopping that there was an analysis of three years worth of traffic to the top twenty christmas decorations sites , by Twenga  who is the most comprehensive retail search engine. They concluded that Christmas is definitely starting earlier this year. does it have anything to do with shops putting up their decorations earlier? I was amazed to see shops like John Lewis and Tesco , having their trees up !  The hashtag #christmas is also trending much earlier and as in previous years when Christmas traffic was picked up around August time, this year it started as early as July.

Is it because we are sucked in to marketing or because we are all big kids at heart? i feel that after having children, I am able to take hold of the Christmas spirit and blame it on the kids but really I just like the time spent with family, preparations and the magic that it brings.  What about you, do you turn into a big kid or do you think Christmas is starting too soon?

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