Forget summer, it’s time to prepare for Christmas (By BBC News)

1. Image copyright Bakken Image caption It’s summer, it’s Copenhagen, so it must be time for the annual Santa congress.

2. Image copyright Be At One Image caption Cocktail bar chain Be At One reckons spiced pear could be this year’s Christmas drink.

3. Image caption A bit of fake snow can almost turn summer into Christmas.

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How many days are there until Christmas 2017? The festive countdown is on! (By The Sun)

1. It’s never too soon to start stocking up on decorations and presents, in fact sometimes doing it early can save you money – and you’ve got plenty of time, with Christmas 2017 124 DAYS away.

2. 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!.

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

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Money sought for downtown Christmas lights (By Harrison Daily (subscription))

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Christmas albums: 13 ways to spot a festive turkey (By The Guardian)

1. If Sia and Gwen want success this year, they need to at least hint that they want to rattle Father Christmas like a box of baubles (The only person who doesn’t want to shag Santa is Bublé, who in 2012 somehow managed to sing a pronoun-switched version of Santa Baby where he calls Santa “buddy” a lot and asks him for a car.

2. Speaking of having full sex with Santa Claus, on a rug, in front of a crackling fire: it is important to the spirit of Christmas that you are in love because you’re really excited about watching your partner open their present, even though it’s 10am on Christmas morning and you’re staring rapt as some Oliver you met on Tinder four months ago unwraps a gift-wrapped watch and says, “I thought we weren’t doing proper presents?” before handing you a modest Argos voucher, no card.

3. Hardly the slick white foot of powder I really need to get into the festive mood, so any Christmas album is going to have to really bring it with the snow references and lyrics about snow because, thanks to the Earth heating at an alarming rate, we’re basically never going to see it on Christmas again.

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Mums moan about shops which are ALREADY selling Christmas cards in August… so when is too early to start preparing? (By The Sun)

1. Take our quiz to see how well YOU know Mumsnet’s secret parenting code DISMAY-CATION Mum shares list of holiday complaints from her ‘miserable b*****d husband’ and it’s VERY funny BRIDE WARS Mum slams friend who ditched her hen do and then turned up at her husband-to-be’s STAG instead GETTING MA-RDY Mum slams complete stranger for telling off her ‘cheeky’ son in a supermarket car park… but who’s in the right?

2. Among her moans were that Oxford Street already has its displays up, Tesco is selling “Christmas bloody chocolates” and charity shops have cards for sale.

3. A MUM has slammed super keen shops which are ALREADY selling Christmas cards and chocolates – before the kids have even gone back to school.

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European Report: Christmas in August for Svante Bath (By Harness Racing Update)

1. Two finals in the E3-series was held at Romme racetrack in Sweden Saturday and even though trainer Svante Båth left three of the best horses in the crop born 2014 in the stable, he succeeded in both divisions.

2. In E3 for three-year-old mares, his Calamara’s Girl (Raja Mirchi—Calamara Donna) was served a perfect trip by Erik Adielsson and won in 1:54.

3. His Van Kronos (Timoko) was the one with best chance, but he made a short break just when the car left the field.

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Christmas Day terror plot Melbourne: Three men facing charges over mosque attacks (By Herald Sun)

1. ISLAMIC extremists allegedly behind a Christmas Day terror plot to blow up the heart of Melbourne allegedly set fire to a suburban mosque to intimidate innocents who did not share their dangerous views, police believe.

2. Melbourne man arrested by counter-terrorism police 0:28 Melbourne man Hatim Moukhaiber, 29, being led away by counter-terrorism police.

3. Mr Mohamed and Mr Chaarani — who remain in custody awaiting trial over the Christmas Day allegations — will also be charged over a Nov­ember fire at the centre.

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Tesco slammed for selling £5 tubs of Christmas chocolate (By Daily Mail)

1. A Tesco spokesman said: ‘We know some customers like to buy products associated with Christmas earlier in the year, so we’re stocking a limited range in some stores.

2. A Tesco spokesman said: ‘We know some customers like to buy products associated with Christmas earlier in the year, so we’re stocking a limited range in some stores’.

3. Mark Hardie said: ‘With Christmas cards and tins of chocolates already on sale, I may have to dig out last year’s bumper @RadioTimes as well!’.

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