Surely it's not that time of year already? How can this be?

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Image: 12 signs Christmas is creeping up on you

Via: How the Grinch Stole Christmas / Giphy

You've only just got over the chaos of Halloween and it's happening already: Christmas. We know, we know. It's too soooon. Before you know it, the shopping will be out of control, your diary is full and there's no stopping the mulled wine hangovers and total chaos!
 

The proceedings are surely kicked off by these guys and their sparkly lorry. Holidays are coming an' all ...

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coca cola

Via: Coca Cola / Tumblr

 

Prompting this guy to set up camp in your local shopping centre

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santa

Via: Ken Banks / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: kiwanja

 

Everyone has started shopping like they are preparing for an apocalypse

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And supermarket shelves have never seemed so full

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Every public space has started to smell of cinnamon and gingerbread 

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cups

Via: Owl Pacino / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: owlpacino

 

Your chocolate consumption has rapidly super-sized

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toblerone

pravin.premkumar / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: pravin8

 

And this is now a perfectly acceptable working breakfast

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lindt breakfast

Joel Bez / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: lejoe

 

There suddenly appear abundant bowls of nuts that will follow you around for months

 

Your entire diet now consists of cocktail sausages and smoked salmon blinis

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Oh look, Nigella's got her festive cardie on

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nigella

Via: Biba Bibi / Nigella Lawson / Youtube

 

And Jamie's sporting some preposterously overstated knitwear

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And of course there's the greatest test of your endurance – never-ending Christmas carols. Everywhere. All the time.

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christmas music

Via: The Grinch who Stole Christmas / Giphy

Don't you just feel jolly already? 

 

Did someone say festive office nibbles? Try making these supercute Christmas cupcakes.