Usually containing delicious chocolate treats, the last few years have seen different types of advent calendars skyrocket in popularity, from beauty advent calendars to ones filled with craft beer, tea and even socks.
Not only do you get a huge discount in these advent calendars in the first place, with several of the products inside them worth much more than the overall price of the calendar, but with further reductions on the calendars in the run-up to Black Friday, you’re really in for a bargain.
When you think about it, Christmas dinner is an absurd idea. Make a list of all the various elements that make up the whole soup-to-nuts affair – from the cocktails and canapes to the 35 parts of the dinner itself, followed by everything required for the inevitable spread of puds – and you start to realise just how much of a task we set ourselves every year. Every dish seems to require a new pan or a much coveted slot in the oven. And that’s before Aunty Shirley arrives with her mini Yorkshire p
It gets earlier every year. That’s what the grinches say in November – as soon as supermarkets stick up their decorations and whack on Slade. Back in the early 1980s, the hype for Santa Claus – well, Santa Claus: The Movie, starring Dudley Moore as a wayward elf – began more than three years early.
What stores are open on Christmas Day in 2023, you ask? We've got the full list of places to shop last-minute on Christmas, like 7-Eleven and Walgreens, just in case you forgot an ingredient for your big holiday dinner.