By Lee Dover
This time next month it will all be over. The mania, the rows, the having to put up with the in-laws for more than 20 minutes before the football and racing punt-fest bring out the true spirit of Christmas.
But Paddy Power has plenty of festive-themed bets on offer to tide you over until then.
Win big while watching the box
Sitting around the TV after a hearty dinner on Christmas Day can be made a little more interesting. Paddy Power is split between the 6/4 for the Queen to mention the Olympics first and 2/1 to big up her own Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Soap opera storylines come into their own on Christmas Day as affairs with the wife’s sister, a secret love child and grizzly deaths on snow-covered streets reach a climax.
Eastenders is often the king where the ratings war is concerned and the show is 1/5 to take the crown once more from Coronation Street at 3/1.
Emmerdale has been gaining ground and at at 20/1 for the majority of the British public to head down to the Dales for some festive fun this Christmas offers a bit of value to top the Christmas tv fare.
Bank on Call of Duty to blow away the competition
The battle for the Christmas Number One video game is intense. But there’s little competition for Call of Duty.
The latest in the series is Black Ops II and has already raced to the top spot of the multiformat games chart. We can’t see its crown slipping between now and Christmas – if only Grand Theft Auto 5 was out now to spice things up a bit – so at 1/20 it looks a lock.
But Paddy Power is offering an alternative market without Call of Duty. Football games are one of the biggest markets in the industry outside of pretending to be a soldier at war, so FIFA 13 will have its supporters at 4/9.
Medal of Honour: Warfighter is a worthy rival to Call of Duty but Black Ops II but will people buy both before Xmas to bring it into the top two?
Instead, 16/1 outsider New Super Mario Bros is an outsider with a chance. The game is spearheading the launch of the few games console Wii U and is sure to be the big present for many families this year.
X doesn’t mark the spot where the Christmas Number One is concerned
The X-Factor winner gracing the top spot in the charts is a 2/1 poke but alarm bells are ringing to stay clear of the obvious.
The winner of ITV’s talent show will release their song immediately after they are declared victorious on December 9th – more than two weeks before we unwrap our presents.
The show has already lost one of its best singers in the competition, Ella Henderson, while equally talented James Arthur and Union J, expected to be the next big British boyband, have had to fight for their lives in the bottom two in recent weeks.
Would you buy a single released by Christopher Maloney – appears lost in the 1980s – or Rylan Clark? The latter may be entertaining but is no shoo-in for the Xmas Number One single.
There will be stiff competition from the not yet revealed Hillsborough Charity Single at odds of 1/2 – or boyband sensation One Direction.
Until that market becomes clear The Pogues Fairytale of New York is odds on to top the BBC Radio One singles chart on Christmas day.