Glentoran captain Paul Leeman has admitted that he already has one eye on the annual Christmas cracker with Linfield.
That, however, won't take his mind off the task at hand - a crunch clash with revenge-seeking Cliftonville at the Oval today.
Quite the contrary in fact as the skipper believes whatever happens against the Reds could have a bearing on that meeting with the Blues.
And that's why he and his team mates are up for a battle against a team who they beat just two weeks ago to lift the CIS Insurance Cup.
"Boxing Day is the big one, it always has been and it always will be," he said.
"We are all very much looking forward to it, but we know we have a tough game ahead of us here.
"We are going well and want to keep that up and we also want to go into the match with Linfield knowing that we still hold the upper hand.
"A win against Cliftonville would set us up nicely - it would give us a confidence boost going into the Linfield match but it would also take a bit of the pressure off as well."
The game has a 1pm kick-off after interjections from the Health & Safety, PSNI and the IFA, following disturbances involving Cliftonville 'fans' outside Windsor Park after the final.
There has been little trouble involving the two clubs at the Oval in the past, but with the game looking at one point like it may be called off, everyone is now thankful - if not entirely happy with the early start - that there is a match taking place.
"It has been a bit of a joke, but the early start doesn't bother us," added Leeman.
"We are obviously meeting a little earlier than usual but it won't upset our plans too much.
"All of that stuff was out of our hands and we just concentrated on preparing for the game."
The Glens go into the game without suspended duo Kyle Neill and Cullen Feeney, meaning a defensive reshuffle.