Have your children been counting down the days since the end of the summer holidays?

Christmas is coming up fast and nobody is more excited than us here at The Rochdale Herald. The pubs are taking bookings for your Christmas lunch and some shops already have their festive decorations up.

The Rochdale Herald editorial office is positively aglow with fairy lights and tinsel because we’ve reached that annual milestone that really signals that the carols can start, the wine can be mulled and you’d better start thinking about how you’re going to fill Grandma’s stocking this year.

Yes folks, there are only three UKIP leaders left till Christmas!

Thomas Thomas is Sub-Editor for The Rochdale Herald. Thomas is proud to support such causes as "Cornwall for Jam First" and "Drop Scones Not Bombs". His personal motto is "Fuck it, why not?"