Every year shops get a lot of flack for putting out Christmas stock and decorations earlier and earlier.

Some of us, though, love Christmas so much that we can’t get enough of the build-up, meaning that November is when All I Want For Christmas starts mentally playing in our heads and December is the extra festive edition of the Mariah Carey track.

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In fact, according to statistics, us Brits begin decking the halls and putting up trees on December 1 to get a full festive season out of our Christmassy decorations around our homes.

Like it or not Scrooge, Santa definitely is coming to town.

Whether the countdown to Christmas represents a long, excited wait until the best day of the year, or an ever looming deadline to get all of your shopping done by December 25, you can keep up to date with how many days, hours, minutes and seconds until the big day here with our live countdown:

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All in all, there’s plenty of time left to get into the festive spirit of the season and spread some Christmas cheer.

Pop on some comfy clothes, get cosy by the fire and press play on your favourite Christmas film to watch with your friends and family with plenty of snacks, after all, it is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Check out all the amazing films to get you in the mood on Christmas 24 – the UK’s channel dedicated to Christmas films available on BT TV.

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