It's not just Belfast getting their Christmas lights up. The past couple of days have seen Christmas lights appear all over Banbridge centre with a mini cherry picker blocking a lane of traffic while they drape the lights round the trees in the middle of the road.
Here's a few photos from 2 years ago - they're using the same decorations this year.
The twinkly trees in the middle of Bridge Street/Newry Street
The lights around "The Cut"
I'm not quite ready for Christmas to happen but have noticed talk about it picking up... in fact the first mention I heard of Christmas this year was in June with reference to thinking about our Children's Christmas Gift Service. Despite not wanting Christmas to come just yet I have had a wee look round some of the Christmas gift sections in the shops now and have a little page at the back of my diary with some ideas of things to get for people this year. I suppose in order for it all to be over quicker and avoid the crowds it's good to think ahead and enjoy the season a little more.
Also now that Halloween is over I may as well start wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.... seeing as it's the next holiday to look forward to!