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You can now order a Prosecco advent calendar in time for Christmas

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You can now order a Prosecco advent calendar in time for Christmas While it may be a little early for some of us to start thinking about Christmas, shops and online stores are already bringing out some great offers. In the same week that Lidl announced a great deal on Prosecco, one online retailer has released details of its 'Superstar Sparkling Advent Calendar' . The Pip Stop is letting customers pre-order the alternative advent calendar which contains 24 20cl bottles of fizz. The drinks behind each little door include Prosecco, Cava, Sparkling Pinot Noir and Rose from Italy, Spain and Australia and in the words of Vanessa Williams you ‘save the best for last’, as on Christmas Eve you get to sip on a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. But it's a little more costly than a traditional chocolate calendar at a price of £125. The Superstar Sparkling advent calendar is available to pre-order now online from The Pip Stop website.

Christmas albums: 13 ways to spot a festive turkey

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Extremely “OK then?????” news this week, when it emerged that no-faced pop savant Sia is releasing a Christmas album. While we all sit around and figure out how exactly you can Christmas aesthetic a blunt fringe (will there be baubles in the fringe, or will it be covered in fake snow? Will it split down the middle in candy cane stripes? It’s impossible to know), Sia will be busy working with producer Greg Kurstin, once of Kelly Clarkson’s 2013 yulefest Wrapped in Red, to sing about reindeers and snow in a not-even-transparent land grab for that sweet Noddy Holder-shaped annual dividend. Add to that Gwen Stefani, a pop star you may remember from 2003, who is rumoured to be doing the exact same thing, and it’s set to be a banner year for Christmas. Anyway, here are 13 of the Christmas song cliche bells they are all legally obliged to ding throughout the recording process.
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It's Christmas every day for this Devon couple

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If it really is bad luck to leave your Christmas decorations up after Twelfth Night, one Devon couple have built themselves up a heap of misfortune - because they never take theirs down. Elsie and Derek Knight leave their bells, trees, Santas and stars hanging on the outside - and inside - of their home all year long. Elsie, a mum of eight, says Christmas was always the best time of the year when the children were growing up, and now she gets a slice of that every day. But Elsie says now the children are grown up they don't make a big fuss at Christmas, apart from the lights, which could be turned on as early as October. Elsie told plymouthherald: "My husband especially likes them. Christmas wasn't the same once the kids had grown up. My eldest is 59 now. "It was a busy time when they were young. I loved it. We didn't have a lot of money but we'd go in and do all the shopping in town. Loved it." Come Christmas time, everyone else on Lakeside Drive will be joining in the fun and putting their lights up, but for now the Knights are the only ones welcoming Saint Nick early. "Everyone puts their lights up around here come December. It's just that we can't get up there - we have to depend on our grandson to put them up so we leave them up all year round, it's easier," 77-year-old Elsie explained. Elsie and Derek boasted a large reindeer light display on their home last year, but sadly it was damaged and had to be thrown out. Come Christmas time, everyone else on Lakeside Drive will be joining in the fun and putting their lights up, but for now the Knights are the only ones welcoming Saint Nick early. "Everyone puts their lights up around here come December. It's just that we can't get up there - we have to depend on our grandson to put them up so we leave them up all year round, it's easier," 77-year-old Elsie explained. Elsie and Derek boasted a large reindeer light display on their home last year, but sadly it was damaged and had to be thrown out. The couple's new decorations won't get their debut for a few months yet, but Elsie has been known to flip the switch early. "I switch them on early - really early sometimes,"Elsie said, "October, November!" "Last year we switched them on December 1st - what's the point in turning them on late? It'll be time to switch them off again!"

Forget summer, it's time to prepare for Christmas

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Many of us are still on our summer holidays so thinking about Christmas might seem premature. But for businesses providing festive food, drinks and presents, things are already gearing up.
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CHRISTMAS IS COMING!How many days are there until Christmas 2017? The festive countdown has begun It's never too early to start planning for this year's festive season

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WE'RE already more than halfway through the year and soon enough, the shops, bars, pubs and restaurants will start gearing up for the festive season. It's never too soon to start stocking up on decorations and presents, in fact sometimes doing it early can save you money - and you've got plenty of time, with Christmas 2017 123 DAYS away... There will be plenty of iconic Christmas adverts, festive treats and top TV shows heading our way this winter, with specials of our favourite programmes along with the usual heart-warming seasonal movies. And will we get a picture-perfect White Christmas this year? The UK hasn't woken up to widespread snow on Christmas morning since 2010 - could 2017 be different? Meanwhile, in terms of Christmas shopping, we've got Black Friday and Cyber Monday to look forward to - which will see massive retailers slash their prices in the run-up to the festive period. Selfridges got a head start on their competitors and launched their Christmas store on August 1 - a move that didn't impress some shoppers. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a trip to the pantomime, and there are some crackers planned for this year. Celebrities are teaming up in huge seasonal extravaganzas like Peter Pan In Neverland starring Bradley Walsh and Martin Kemp - so make sure you book your tickets and dust off your foam finger in good time! But however you decide to approach Christmas this year, it's never too early to get cracking - with only 123 days to go, it'll be here before we know it.

WIZARD DEALPrimark is launching a Harry Potter Christmas range with glittering baubles and it looks absolutely magical

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ATTENTION Harry Potter fans, Christmas has come early! This year you will be able to transform your home into a Hogwarts wonderland thanks to Primark’s festive range. The high-street chain has revealed it is creating a selection of magical decorations, perfect for Potter fans who wish to give their trees a spellbinding edge this year. The wizard collection includes a glittering bauble emblazoned with the famous Hogwarts crest, which can be yours for a purse-pleasing £5. There are also packs of the four baubles for £4 in total, each decorated as a different Hogwarts house. And there is also a Platform 9 ¾ bauble in the range, which is gold and sparkly and comes with a bow on top, which will be priced at £5, The products will be released in UK stores at the end of September to the start of October. Last week Primark announced it was launching a whopping Harry Potter collection, including clothes, homeware and stationery with prices start at just £2. The incredible range includes stunning fairy lights shaped like potion bottles for just £8, which could also be the perfect addition to any Christmas tree and can be bought at the end of October. Primark also has £3 Hogwarts bunting currently available in stores for budding witches and wizards, which could complete the festive range. You can also sit back it your Potter PJs and drink a warming potion from a Harry-shaped mug (£5) or a Cauldron mug (£6). Primark have been smashing the themed collections in recent months, with Beauty And The Beast merchandise selling the fastest. The Chip mug recently caused a stampede at the stores and a £4 Chip purse sold out in hours. But a new set of homeware - including the magical Mrs Potts tea pot - is set to hit the store in September. In the meantime, the Harry Potter range is set to be a wand-erful seller.