How many days until Christmas? The 2017 festive countdown has started

WE’RE more than halfway through the year and the shops will soon be gearing up and stacking their shelves ready for Christmas.

It’s never too early to stock up on decorations and presents or start making your list for Santa, as Christmas 2017 is in fact a mere 144 DAYS away.

 Starting preparations early can help make the festive period less stressful

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Starting preparations early can help make the festive period less stressful

There will be plenty of  iconic Christmas adverts, festive treats and top TV shows heading our way this winter, with specials of our favourite programmes along with the usual heart-warming seasonal movies.

And will we get a picture-perfect White Christmas this year? The UK hasn’t woken up to widespread snow on Christmas morning since 2010 – could 2017 be different?

 Will 2017 be a White Christmas?

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Will 2017 be a White Christmas?

Meanwhile, in terms of Christmas shopping, we’ve got Black Friday and Cyber Monday to look forward to – which will see massive retailers slash their prices in the run-up to the festive period.

Selfridges got a head start on their competitors and launched their Christmas store on August 1 – a move that didn’t impress some shoppers.

 Selfridges launches its Christmas shop in two phases, with phase two set to launch on September 4
Selfridges launches its Christmas shop in two phases, with phase two set to launch on September 4

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the pantomime, and there are some crackers planned for this year.

Celebrities are teaming up in huge seasonal extravaganzas like Peter Pan In Neverland starring Bradley Walsh and Martin Kemp – so make sure you book your tickets and dust off your foam finger in good time!

But however you decide to approach Christmas this year, it’s never too early to get cracking – with only 144 days to go, it’ll be here before we know it.

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