Christmas is just round the corner - and it shows in Belfast

10 signs Christmas is on its way in Northern Ireland

Wrapping paper at the ready - Christmas is just round the corner.

Here are 10 sure-fire signs you know Christmas is coming quicker than you think in Belfast.

Since the dawning of Starbucks' signature red cup, coffee shops have gone all-out on festive vessels for their drinks at Christmas - with a seasonal twist to many of their beverages t'boot. It feels like the Christmas cups have been out since before Halloween this year. Environmentally-conscious caffeine addicts may even be packing their own festive-themed reusable cups.

9. Christmas coffee cups

Since the dawning of Starbucks' signature red cup, coffee shops have gone all-out on festive vessels for their drinks at Christmas - with a seasonal twist to many of their beverages t'boot. It feels like the Christmas cups have been out since before Halloween this year. Environmentally-conscious caffeine addicts may even be packing their own festive-themed reusable cups.
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As soon as Novembers pay packet has landed, expect to see overloaded shoppers plodding on like brave little donkeys with a precious load of shopping bags mangling their hands as Christmas shopping begins in earnest.

10. The onset of carrier bag hand

As soon as Novembers pay packet has landed, expect to see overloaded shoppers plodding on like brave little donkeys with a precious load of shopping bags mangling their hands as Christmas shopping begins in earnest.
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