It’s Christ­mas ... in Oc­to­ber!

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ROB STOCK

Christ­mas comes but once a year, and ap­par­ently it’s on Oc­to­ber 15.

That’s when I got my first Christ­mas goodie: a choco­late Santa from a sub­ver­sive co­worker dis­gusted Count­down was al­ready sell­ing them.

Christ­mas now rubs shoul­ders with Hal­loween.

I am­not anti-Christ­mas, but I am anti-Christ­mas in midOc­to­ber.

Too much Christ­mas is a form of men­tal and fi­nan­cial tor­ture.

Liv­ing well means tak­ing part in so­ci­ety’s cal­en­dar events, but we mustn’t let money-grab­bing ‘‘Big Re­tail’’ de­fine them.

In­stead, let me help you de­fine your own, with my Twelve Rules of Christ­mas.

Turn the telly off when you see the first Christ­mas ad­vert. Don’t turn it on un­til the tree comes down. Bye-bye Big Re­tail pres­sure.

Don’t re­peat past mis­takes. Ten years ago, I went to a West­field mall in the week be­fore Christ­mas. Never, ever

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