IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas as decorations pop up in stores across the city.
Mother-of-three and grandmother-of-five Marie Middleton, who started her gift shopping back in March, said there were so many things to love about Christmas.
“I can’t stand leaving it until later in the year,” she said.
“If I’m just popping around through the year and I see something, I’ll buy it then.”
Mrs Middleton said Christmas held so many good times for her and her family, including presents, get togethers and carols.
“It’s something that just can’t be done for one month of the year,” she said.
“I love the religious aspect of it and I think Christmas Eve is perhaps more magic than Christmas Day.”
Mrs Middleton said the lead-up to Christmas was also a great opportunity to go out shopping with her daughter Megan.
“I will have a few special shopping days between now and Christmas,” she said.
“I love going in on a shopping day from October onwards.”
Mrs Middleton said sending out Christmas cards was definitely not a chore and had that sorted well before the big day.
“I generally have the cards written out and have them done and ready to be sent out on December 1,” she said.
“It’s a great time of the year.”