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Always Christmas and never winter: why we should resist the high street’s attempts to start the festive season early

It's not Christmas yet—so why is half the high street already acting as if it is?

By Grace Holliday  

Marylebone village Christmas lights were switched on in mid-November. Photo: PA

Council workers on rickety ladders are hanging high street decorations, the latest #aww seasonal advert are circulating social media, and a heaving display of self-satisfied mince pies stands in your local supermarket’s entrance.

Yet, your neighbour’s last box of fireworks is going off down the road, and you’ve still got to get around to throwing away that decaying pumpkin by your front door.

Once again, the Christmas season has spluttered into full, groaning action in November, smushed up…

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