[tribulant_slideshow gallery_id=”4″] Over the years, Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier, with decorations and trees appearing in stores and garden centres almost whilst some of us are still on our summer holidays. But as far as North Harrow Lodge is concerned, Christmas starts with our annual visit to The Goring Hotel for a champagne reception ( historically know as “the opening of Nigel’s wallet” ) which lasts an hour or so, and tends to lubricate the vocal chords. This is followed by a stroll past Buckingham Palace to The Guards’ Chapel for the Household Division’s Carol Service. The Chapel is always packed to the gunnels and along with the traditional recitals, the service also includes carols from when I was a lad and to which everyone seemed to know all the words, even after a few glasses of Champagne. Exactly what was needed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Then its back to The Goring for evening tea and sandwiches, what a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening..and long may it continue .. Christmas is definitely here.