Hang on, Santa – it’s still the sum­mer

You said it on face­book: You said it on ken­ton­line

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cash-strapped Commuters -

Glad­man and Van: “The last thing you need in the sum­mer holidays is your kids ask­ing ‘how many sleeps un­til Christ­mas?’” Belinda Hi­lary Jeal: “Aw why did they do that. Looked re­ally pretty.” Bill Rose: “Lets hope it stays put away un­til De­cem­ber.” Amanda Hayes Hol­ness: “That’s aw­ful. That’s the last thing I want to see in Au­gust.” Dar­ren Turner: “Don’t be so mis­er­able. Merry Christ­mas ev­ery­body!” Nicky Davies Shorter: “No won­der peo­ple are sick of Christ­mas by the time it ar­rives!” David Hamp­son: “Ridicu­lous.” Jo Dale: “This is enough to have me boy­cott the restau­rant.” They say Christ­mas is ev­ery­one’s favourite time of the year.

How­ever, festive ex­cite­ment and cheer is usu­ally re­served for the month of De­cem­ber, or, at a push Novem­ber, but not Au­gust.

How­ever, that didn’t stop a man­ager at the Ash­ford’s Har­vester restau­rant plac­ing a Christ­mas tree in the foyer ... de­spite there be­ing four months to go un­til the big day.

The pre­ma­ture tree erec­tion was spot­ted in the By­brook Barn restau­rant by Daren Payne and his fam­ily last week.

He said: “It was quite a shock to be greeted by a Christ­mas tree in Au­gust on ar­rival at the Har­vester.

“I un­der­stand that they are just get­ting in early for the Christ­mas book­ings, but I’m sure there are a few mums and dads out there that are now on the Christ­mas count­down.” The tree was part of a pro­mo­tion for the com­pany’s 2014 Christ­mas menu and is un­der­stood to have been put up by a man­ager who got into the ‘Christ­mas spirit a lit­tle too soon’.

Now, af­ter the de­tails ap­peared on Ken­tOn­line, the com­pany has re­moved the tree.

A Har­vester spokesman said: “We do have our Christ­mas menus avail­able now, as some of our guests like to book up early.

“How­ever it looks like our man­ager has got into the Christ­mas spirit a lit­tle too soon – we nor­mally don’t put our Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions up un­til the au­tumn.

“We have taken the tree down and will put it up again in the au­tumn.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­group.co.uk Edd wrote: “Given the pa­gan roots of this hol­i­day and its ori­gins be­ing cel­e­bra­tion of the win­ter sol­stice, let’s en­joy sum­mer a bit longer.” Dan Gle­balls wrote: “How dis­ap­point­ing there were no Easter eggs un­der­neath it....” Old_Red wrote: “One of two good things Cromwell did (along with regi­cide) was ban Christ­mas!” Billy No­mates wrote: “Ban any public men­tion of Christ­mas by any com­mer­cial en­ter­prise be­fore De­cem­ber the 1st. When you start Christ­mas in Au­gust it to­tally ru­ins it be­cause peo­ple are sick of it by De­cem­ber.” S-J-H wrote: “We all know when Christ­mas is, I’m sure just a dis­creet no­tice say­ing that they’re tak­ing book­ings would have suf­ficed... sue wrote: “This con­firms my sus­pi­cions. Xmas re­ally is about greed, glut­tony, waste and slaugh­ter!”

The Christ­mas tree on dis­play at the Har­vester, Ash­ford. It has now been taken down and will re-ap­pear a lit­tle closer to Christ­mas

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