December 1st, so yes, very well, I no longer object to the Christmas lights in people's windows and the fake trees on doorsteps.
Maybe I'm jealous because chez Rudd is bare to the core due to the building work and we have to do decorating before decorations. The most we ever manage decoration-wise usually is putting the cards on the windowsill and mantelpiece - a tree of any type, size or description is never the wisest idea when five playful, destructive cats have free run of the house. After one festive season we were still finding needles in the litter tray in February.
I played Macy Gray's I Try on the radio at the weekend and mentioned that she seems now to only re-emerge, as a voice at least, at this time of year when that version of Winter Wonderland she did ends up on some advert or other. Still, at least the song is about Christmas - there will be the usual clamour for Stay Another Day, Keeping The Dream Alive and The Power Of Love this year, despite the fact that none of them are Christmas songs, nor were intended to be. East 17's record wasn't helped by the bells on it - what a crazy production decision that was - and Frankie Goes To Hollywood's video was a nativity scene, which given the nature of their previous two videos, I suppose they were just making sure it got on telly this time.
As for Freiheit, well, theirs just wasn't about Christmas, so there...