So that's 2018 done and dusted - not really a classic year, but a surprising turn-out from plucky minor brands. It was all a bit muted really - not just ad-wise, but also for Christmas UK. It's a very odd, scary time in the UK right now as our politicians reach some form of resolution regarding Brexit.
No matter what point of view you have, chances are you're not going to get what you want out of it. Some very scary options have been raised, and it's all a bit of a mess, really. It's difficult to work up enthusiasm for Christmas in this sort of environment.
Hopefully someone soon will make a firm decision about it all, and that things will start to settle down towards the end of 2019. A bit of stability will help everyone.
We shall see. We will, however, be back in 2019 with the Christmas press shows next summer, and of course we'll be back for the Run-Up from the 100 days point on September 16th. We'll try and keep giving you a distraction away from the national situation.
May you and your family have a Happy New Year, and a peaceful, simpler 2019.
-- Linus & Nick
GOOD FILM ALERT! Home Alone 2 - Lost In New York: Film4 (16:50)
Christmas UK Countdown: There are 250 days until Christmas...
GOOD FILM ALERT! Home Alone 2 - Lost In New York: Film4 (18:40)
GOOD FILM ALERT! Home Alone: E4 (20:00)
GOOD FILM ALERT! Home Alone: E4 (19:55)
Hah - I was just Googling for Nordic knitting patterns, and hit upon this: something festive for your local Klan member!
Amazon.com: INTERESTPRINT Nordic Pattern Wearable Hooded Blanket 80 x 56 inches Adults Girls Boys Polar Fleece Blankets with Hood: Home & Kitchen
Christmas UK Countdown: There are 300 days until Christmas...
Giant Pigs In Blankets were fashionable during the last Christmas Run-Up, and they've been adopted in the name of St Valentine too. Introducing Marks and Spencer's "Love Sausage". Feeds two.
Marks and Spencer have released a "Love Sausage" product ahead of Valentine’s Day, and the shoppers just cannot handle it. The product is an adaptation of the roast dinner favourite, pigs in blankets. It features pork sausage...
"Valentine's Crackers"? Really?! It seems that all the greetings card events are appropriating the Christmas traditions these days.
Crackers are not just for Christmas! These cute crackers will set the scene for romance at your special meal to celebrate Valentine's Day. With heaps of hearts in romantic red and white, these pretty crackers will ensure your evening goes with a bang.
GOOD FILM ALERT! Home Alone: Film4 (14:30)
GOOD FILM ALERT! Home Alone: Film4 (18:55)
GOOD FILM ALERT! Miracle on 34th Street: E4 (12:20)
GOOD FILM ALERT! Miracle on 34th Street: E4 (17:45); Snow Bride: Movies 24 (11:00), Movies24+ (20:00)