IS this the first Christmas tree of the year in Gloucester?
The decorative offering has been put up inside The Chambers pub, in St Aldate Street.
It being the middle of September, there’s a strong chance it’s the first Christmas tree of 2013 anywhere in the city – but it’s just the latest addition to yuletide offerings of other shapes and sizes elsewhere in Gloucester.
While some might bemoan the festivities encroaching ever earlier into the year, that’s not the case for the city’s own Santa – larger-than-life town crier Alan Myatt.
He said: “As far as I’m concerned, it should be Christmas 365 days a year.
“Well done to The Chambers for getting their tree up.
“Christmas puts a smile on people’s faces – when I was at school, our headmaster put the tree up at Easter because he said it would make us all smile. I have done Christmas photoshoots for department stores in June.”
Supermarkets, such as Tesco Extra in Quedgeley, have also already stocked up on festive goods like Christmas cakes, mince pies and wrapping paper while advent calendars and chocolate Santas have been on the shelves for weeks already at the Cadbury’s shop in Gloucester Quays.
There are 96 days left until December 25.
But it is not only retailers who have turned their attentions to the festive season. For the first time, Quedgeley and Kingsway residents will be able to sing choirs around their own community trees.
Parish councillors voted at a meeting on Monday night to install two Christmas trees in their area – something that’s never happened before.
One tree would be positioned in Quedgeley itself, possibly near St James’ Church or the memorial garden, while another would be placed in Kingsway by the shopping precinct.
The race is on to find two suitable trees that will do just the job.
Matt Keene, from Over Farm, which stocks hundreds of real trees each year, said: “We will be stocking our trees from November 30 this year but as soon as Halloween is out of the way, our Christmas decorations go up.”