Already dreaming of Christmas in this washout summer
They certainly cannot wait for Christmas to come around in the Glens of Antrim. Some 4,000 tickets for a festive experience at Glenarm Castle sold out in a day, showing that the eternal pull of Santa is stronger than ever, even in these more cynical times.
The Glenarm festivities don't come cheap, but given the rising cost of supermarket visits to Santa, perhaps it does represent value, and it is more inclusive, giving something for parents as well as the children to enjoy. Perhaps it is a reflection of our washout summer that people are already booking festive cheer to give themselves something to look forward to as the nights begin to close in.