MUM’S THE WORD: Now is not right time to mention that word

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I’ve got myself into a bit of a quandary this week – and a festive related one at that.

I know it’s still only October but I’m already torn as to whether it’s too early to start getting ready for Christmas or not.

The festive adverts have started sneaking their way onto our TV screens and into our newspapers, and I’ve been seeing snow-covered cards on the shelves of certain stores, which shall remain nameless, for several weeks already.

I have to admit I was horrified when someone told me it’s less than ten weeks until D-Day and I hadn’t so much as done a stitch in preparation.

So, I immediately set to and am now happy to report that my Christmas cake, made to Delia’s strict specifications, is done, and if I do say so myself smelling pretty delicious, and in storage ready to recieve several liberal dousings of brandy in the coming weeks. My list of who to buy presents for is written, but that’s as far as it’s got.

Oh, apart from the Mr Kipling mince pies I’ve ashamedly bought and eaten already (but it’s true, he does make exceedingly good cakes!)

Thankfully Nancy isn’t old enough to sense the seasonal spirit drifting about the place yet – and to be honest I think I’d like to keep it that way for as long as possible.

I know it sounds mean – but Christmas is a special time of year. Yes it should be celebrated; but there is a time and place and it’s not the middle of October to be dragged out for the next three months, until we’re all so sick of anything remotely festive, that we’re pleased when the whole thing is over and done with.

So, I’m going to be rather bold with my next statement but after thinking about it for a while, I’d like to see advertising for Christmas confined to just December. I can well do without an over-excited child for ten weeks in the run-up to Santa’s arrival.

And by jumping on the Christmas bandwagon as early as October, aren’t we just wishing our time away a little bit and missing out on all the lovely things autumn has to offer?

Before Christmas there’s Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night to enjoy; and what about these lovely crisp autumn days? Before we get to winter proper, although given the plummeting temperatures this last week I’m sure it’s not that far away, there are country walks on carpets of golden leaves, should health and safety permit, a game of good old fashioned conkers and sticky toffee apples on wooden sticks all to savour before we even begin to think about decking the halls and turn our attention to presents and turkey dinners.

So in future I think I’m going to adopt the ‘Bah Humbug’ attitude and try and keep my house a Christmas-free zone until December 1 at least.

Wish me luck!