Merry Christmas everyone! Sorry for getting a little ahead of myself. We are still in the middle of summer after all so you can be forgiven for thinking it is a bit early to celebrate the festive period by anyone's standards.
However, we wish you good tidings because if you shop in Burton, South Derbyshire or Uttoxeter you can start buying Christmas cards right now – 131 days before they will actually be December 25.
Budget card retailer the Card Factory, which has shops in both Coopers Square and The Octagon shopping centres, in Burton, as well as a store in High Street, Swadlincote, and High Street, Uttoxeter, is now displaying its festive section – for anyone considering starting their Christmas shopping in August.
Card Factory shops were stocked nationwide on Sunday, August 13. and Lucy Edwards, sales assistant at the Card Factory store in Burton said: "Many of our customers like to spread the cost of Christmas so we like to make sure we launch our Christmas range in plenty of time. This seems to be going down well with the customers, and staff are enjoying getting into the Christmas mood."
Uttoxeter store manager Bethany Coxon said: “Card Factory is the first high street store in Uttoxeter to launch Christmas and shoppers are getting into the spirit by flocking to buy their festive cards.
“Lots of our customers like to spread the cost of Christmas, so we make sure that launch our Christmas cards in plenty of time.
“They seem to be going down very well with customers and staff are enjoying getting into the Christmas mood.”
Our reporter also paid a visit to both Clinton's and A Write Card, both in Coopers Square shopping centre, and discovered they had yet to display their Christmas stock.