Please, can we not mention Christmas until it is December
The dreadful sound of Christmas songs blaring out of the speakers every time you walk into a store in the city.
The minute the clocks go back the shops seem to put up their decorations and guilt-trip you into worrying about Christmas.
The kids made their lists for Father Christmas weeks ago and seem to think his arrival is imminent due to all the Christmas toys on display and the television adverts.
It's going to be hard to rein them in for another two months.
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I'm joining the BBC's Andy Comfort's view on Christmas that it should be kept in December.
Why do all the stores have to make parents' lives a misery?
I'll happily get into the spirit of Christmas in December, just not a month earlier.
The children were singing Jingle Bells in the back of my car the other day.
It's just torture for parents.
Youngsters don't understand the concept of Father Christmas coming in over six weeks.
They think because the Advent calendars are out he's coming next week.
Already we walk in the supermarket and they're picking up the festive chocs and the cuddly toys and moaning for me to buy them.
They are such hyper, giddy monsters, anyone would think I'd plied them with bags of sweets and energy drinks.
Then after all this nagging, tugging at my skirt and whining in the toy shops it's the big guy in the red suit who gets all the credit.
This charade is going to have to go on for another six weeks.
As if the shops in town weren't bad enough, here at the Mail half the office has put its decorations up – not around my desk I hasten to add.
Even as I write this column, an e-mail has just been sent about the work's Christmas party and I'm being asked about the kids' Christmas dinner at school.
It's just not right.
We wouldn't put our decorations up at home until we had to, so why do companies feel the need to inflict Christmas on their staff and customers in November?
Admittedly, it's making me more grumpy because, as usual, I'm totally unorganised.
I haven't even thought about Christmas and people are already wanting to know what my plans are for New Year's Eve.
I'm even stressing out about all the adverts for cooking Christmas dinner – especially as it might be my turn to cook this year.
I don't even want to think about the torture of Christmas Day or the arguments of whose house we're going to this year.
I'm determined to not make any decisions on any of this or buy any presents until it is actually December.
If we get into the festive spirit so early we'll be sick of it by the time Christmas Eve comes.
Please can we just leave Christmas in December and turn off the Christmas music until next month.