Christmas buzz 'too early' for NI

Published Wednesday, 28 November 2012
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Some people may be already counting the sleeps until Christmas but, for 70% of people in Northern Ireland, the Christmas hype has started too early this year.

Christmas buzz 'too early' for NI
How soon is too soon to get into the Christmas spirit? (© Getty)

Festive fatigue has become a common complaint when shops in particular seem to start their preparations for the Christmas season earlier and earlier.

According to a YouGov survey of over 1,000 people across Northern Ireland, seven out of every 10 respondents thought signs of Christmas - like decorations and advertising - had appeared too early.

Only 21% said that Christmas had come at the right time.

"While Christmas is known as the season of goodwill, it seems that - for the majority of people in Northern Ireland - we could do with it being that little bit shorter," Eamonn Finn, from YouGov, said.

"Preparing for Christmas can be a very stressful time, so it seems that for the majority of people here, a later start to the season would be a welcome Christmas present."

But that said, 73% were still looking forward to their Christmas dinner and their turkey in particular.

They must be hoping for some festive magic though, as 63% were also hoping to not put on any weight over the holiday period - and an optimistic 6% said they were actually looking to lose weight!

If you've already embraced the Christmas buzz, you can send a snap of your decorations to feature in our gallery - or simply check it out for some inspiration.

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Vee in Belfast wrote (787 days ago):
Hate to sound like Bah Humbug - but some day we are going to see Christmas decorations in the shops in January. It would be awful if the greedy retailers missed one day of the hype and gimme, gimme, gimme atmosphere, wouldn't it? I love Christmas at 5.30 on Christmas Eve - when the shops are SHUT TIGHT, the BIG RUSH is over, and Christmas comes into its own!
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