Gone are the days when the Christmas run-up meant December 1 onwards. Nowadays no arbitrary date is too early (or too late) to start celebrating the most important event on the calendar. Wherever you start, suddenly you’re back at 25 December. Roy Wood famously wished it could be Christmas every day. Well, old sparkly beardie finally got his wish, and here’s the definitive guide to help us navigate our way through the maze of holly and mistletoe to the gift that keeps on giving.
The Bluffer’s Guide to Christmas will help you get the most value from Christmas at the least cost to your wallet and sanity. It will teach you everything you need to know and say about the origins and evolution of the biggest religious feast of them all (in case that should be overlooked). But, most importantly, it will see you safely through the Holy Festival of shopping and indigestion just in time to prepare you fully for the next one.
Author: Boris Starling is an award-winning author, screenwriter, newspaper journalist and occasional Christmas bluffer. His writing career began at the age of eight, when his English teacher spotted that his short story was (a) unusually good for a child his age and (b) copied verbatim from Tintin's 'Prisoners Of The Sun.' That was also the first time he learnt the word ‘verbatim’ (not to mention the term 'copyright violation'). All his work since then has been strictly his own. Still a strong believer in the existence of Father Christmas, he waits impatiently for December 25 every year at his home in Dorset with his wife, children, dogs, and his own private herd of reindeer.