CHRISTMAS IS COMING
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 10th September 2020
Shops start stocking the Christmas shelves
I hate to panic you but Christmas Day is just 106 days away.
Christmas is a-coming although the Daily Mail seem to think otherwise. But we need to keep faith like John Lewis.
Brits are already planning ahead for the festive season
The summer holidays have only just finished but according to some of the UK’s major retailers, it’s already beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
Although the big day is still more than 16 weeks away, many “lockdown-weary” Brits are taking their minds off the coronavirus pandemic by planning for the festive season, says Sky News.
Shops are fuelling the festive fun by stocking shelves with Christmas items, with Sainsbury’s to start selling panettone and stollen from tomorrow. Asda will have mince pies for sale from Thursday, with Tesco following suit from next week.
But as the broadcaster notes, John Lewis “stole a march on all of them”, with the retailer’s online Christmas shop opening at lunchtime on August 24, selling decorations such as lights and trees as well as Christmas-themed hampers, among other festive products. Currently the products generating the most interest on the John Lewis website are Christmas trees, baubles, cards, wrapping paper, and fairy lights. – ten days earlier than in 2019.
Online searches for Christmas products on the John Lewis website were already up by 370% in August compared with the same period last year.
In a statement, the group’s Christmas buyer, Jason Billings-Cray, said that “Christmas celebrations mostly take place in our homes and we have seen how the lockdown has made people think more about their homes, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that people are already thinking about how they will decorate their homes this Christmas.
“During the lockdown, many people have spent more time outdoors and become closer to nature. From the hundreds of emails from customers asking to be alerted when specific decorations become available it looks as if animal baubles will be the most popular this year, with peacocks, squirrels and toucans topping the list of most wanted.”
The number of customers looking for Christmas puddings in July and August was up by 75%, while mince pie searches rose by more than 110%.
And “searches for mincemeat are up nearly 400% as people think about making their own mince pies”, says Billings-Cray.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”
— John Mayer
Happiness is…Christmas Shopping
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?
Love is…getting crazy ideas together
WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …
A time to Christmas Shop…A time to forget about Christmas
SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD
For all the fantastic books and literature available to enhance our lives.
SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT
Father Ted is a sitcom created by Irish writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews and produced by British production company Hat Trick Productions for Channel 4. The show originally aired over three series from 21 April 1995 until 1 May 1998, including a Christmas special, for a total of 25 episodes. The show aired on RTÉ Two in Ireland, on Nine Network (series 1) and ABC Television (series 2 and 3) in Australia, and on TV3 in New Zealand.
Set on the fictional Craggy Island, a remote location off Ireland’s west coast, the show starred Dermot Morgan as the eponymous Father Ted Crilly, alongside fellow priests Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O’Hanlon) and Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly). Exiled on the island for various past incidents, the priests live together in the parochial house with their housekeeper Mrs Doyle (Pauline McLynn). The show was critically acclaimed, receiving several BAFTA awards, and remains a popular sitcom in the UK and Ireland. In a 2001 poll by Channel 4, Dougal was ranked fifth on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters. In 2019, Father Ted was ranked second to Fawlty Towers in a list of “the greatest British sitcoms” compiled by a panel of comedy experts for the Radio Times.
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