Christmas will be upon us in exactly three months time and shops, restaurants and bars across Calderdale are already preparing for the festive season.
Selection boxes, Christmas crackers and chocolate baubles are already being sold in Halifax stores and restaurants are taking Christmas bookings and advertising their festive menus.
Ruth Horsfall, supervisor at Le Metropolitain Cafe Bar and Brassiere on Rawson Street, said: “We have had new year’s eve inquiries, boxing day bookings and a few large party bookings for the weekends in December.
“The bookings did not start until the beginning of October last year but all the restaurants are trying to get menus out early because of how many restaurants there are in Halifax at the moment.”
Rev Stephen Bradbury said that Christmas is a time for family and giving and people like to spend a lot more time preparing for it than other Christian events.
He said: “Christmas is commercialised to a large degree. It is an all year through event, which is not a bad thing as long as you remember what Christmas is about at the same time.
He added: “It is important to rememmber the Christ in Christmas.”