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    21 Things All Brits Experience In The Run-Up To Christmas

    Time to start stocking up on festive bleach.

    1. You get the sudden urge to start circling products in an Argos catalogue.

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    No matter how old you are, the urge never goes away.

    2. Supermarkets start stocking up on questionable festive items.

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    3. And try to tempt you with dangerously high walls of Celebrations and Quality Street.

    4. Michael Bublé awakens from hibernation.

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    5. The entire nation sobs over a new John Lewis advert.

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    6. Which is a nightmare for the most patient man on the planet.

    This man is a human being, not a high-end department store.

    7. You get that old Toys "R" Us jingle stuck in your head, even though you don't exactly know the lyrics.

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    There's definitely millions of something all under one roof, but you're still not sure what.

    8. You start practising excuses for your potential behaviour during the upcoming Christmas parties.

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    9. The streets start getting lined with underwhelming Christmas lights.

    10. With switch-on events being hosted by nostalgic celebrities.

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    It's what The X-Factor contestants are really auditioning for.

    11. A work colleague goes all out and puts a bit of tinsel on their desk.

    12. Channels test the festive waters with a semi-Christmas movie like Home Alone.

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    It's too early for the hardcore Christmas classics like Elf.

    13. Posters for curious pantomime lineups start popping up.

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    If you're lucky there's a local pantomime starring someone like the Chuckle Brothers.

    14. You start listening to "All I Want for Christmas" on a permanent, never-ending loop.

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    15. You get your first Christmas card from a guy named Nigel or Keith or something.

    16. Mince pies seem like something that would taste nice.

    They never do.

    17. Shops suddenly have an excess of turkey and stuffing, so start rolling out their Christmas sandwich range.

    18. Gaudy knitwear just feels acceptable.

    19. Everyone starts getting anxious over the possibility of snow.

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    20. You buy a copy of the Radio Times TV guide even though it's not really needed these days.

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    It's the only time of the year you're willing to pay for a TV guide.

    21. Panic sets in over the fact that you've not started your Christmas shopping yet.

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    You'll just get people paperweights or something.

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