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There is now no getting away from the fact that Christmas is coming.

There are just 13 Saturdays until the big day and I know this thanks to Twitter updates by friends who have already started their Christmas shopping and have begun the countdown for all their followers to see.

On a recent trip to Commercial Road in Portsmouth to do some shopping, I was greeted in almost every shop by some sort of item featuring a Christmas tree or a picture of Father Christmas.

Christmas cards, wrapping paper and even those big tins of festive chocolates are all there to spend your hard earned money on.

After returning home from the shops to my festive-free home I asked my daughter Alyssa to choose a DVD for

us to watch with some snacks on the sofa.