By HOLLY WAINRIGHT
Step away from the tinsel. It is NOT Christmas yet.
I know you’re tempted, I know you want to get the party started, but just take a breath.
Hold back. Let it go.
Christmas hasn’t started yet. It’s November. NOVEMBER.
But I can’t blame you for being confused.
In news that makes me want to weep, according to scientists, Christmas now starts on August 19.
The smart people at the Royal Statistical Society have worked out that August 19 is when Chritsmassy words start popping up in Google searches, a date that’s inched earlier and earlier as the Google-able years increase. Back in those innocent days of 2008, Christmas didn’t start until October.
Everyone has a different idea of when Christmas really begins.
According to my local shopping centre, it starts on November 1.That’s when they’ve start dangling shiny wreathes around the escalators, hoping to induce a little retail panic.
According to traditional Catholics, it starts at noon on Christmas Eve, December 24.
According to the Christian tradition of Christmastide it starts on Christmas Day, December 25. And look, they should really know.
Me, I have strict rules about when it’s acceptable to start dangling baubles.