You know it’s Christmas when…

The mulled wine is flowing, a frosty chill is in the air and the TV schedule is stuffed full of reality TV and nostalgic favourites. Christmas is approaching and it’s approaching fast. The Christmas TV schedule has been released and there are some crackers in there. As we tread lightly into December, we don’t even have to leave our living rooms to feel Christmassy. In the nights we’re not sharing a festive cocktail with friends, skating round a crowded ice-rink or making small talk with Barry from accounts at the office Christmas party, we’re snuggled in front of the telly in our favourite pajamas, eating one too many mince pies and enjoying a schedule peppered with Christmas ads that will pull on our heart strings. Firstly there’s the onslaught of the big shiny reality TV shows. You know the ones that make it feel like Christmas – Strictly, The X Factor, I’m a Celebrity. Who will be crowned reality King or Queen of the jungle this year? Will the X Factor winner make Christmas number one? The suspense is too much. Every year you tell yourself you won’t be watching them but somehow you get drawn in and before you know it, you’re screaming at Simon Cowell through the TV set about the worst decision he’s ever made. Some traditions never die. The Christmas Specials see our favourtie dramas, TV personalities and quiz shows celebrate the festive season. This year we’ve got Michael McIntyre’s Christmassy Christmas Show, The Great British Bake Off Christmas Special and The Miranda Christmas Special to look forward to. Specials of Downtown Abbey, Doctor Who and Call the Midwife will also be entertaining us. There’s nothing we love more than celebrating Christmas with our favourite drama characters. Hands up if you’ve seen the movie Elf over 15 times? There’s no doubt it will be repeated within the schedule numerous times this Christmas along with Home Alone, Love Actually and some kind of Muppets movie. I’m not sure why, but we never seem to tire of the classics. The sight of Hugh Grant dancing to Jump in the role of the British Prime Minister still manages to amuse me and the moment when little Macaulay Culkin is reunited with his family, never fails to bring a tear to my eye. They’re called classics for a reason. If the prospect of being locked in a house for three days with your siblings, parents and your mad Aunt Betty fills you with doom, then rest assured your favourite TV presenters, characters and comedians will be there to break the ice and keep you company when things all get a bit too much.