For most UK residents, Christmas has been a time to batten down the hatches and lock out the outside world for a few days whilst feasting on roast dinners, chocolates, and having the odd glass or two of whatever tickles the palate.
But it's sad to report that even with 500 or so satellite TV channels available, the TV programming schedules were crap. The beseiged British public were regaled with rehashed movies, tired documentaries, even more tired soaps, and the occasional football match.
Which Lee Bowyer managed to screw up in the final minute.
Even popular satirical website TheSpoof.com has seen a downturn in participation, both in story submissions and forum entries, which CEO Mark Lowton attributed to a virus running amok through the camp, and the east coast of the USA shivering under 17 feet of snow.
In the meantime, the rest of the country braces itself for more crappy soaps, shitty stand up comics like Frankie Boyle, an abundance of Little Britain type shite, and ream after ream of old Xmas specials, churned out with mind numbing monotony.
Viewers are up in arms about the dearth of quality Xmas TV and many have expressed a desire to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, with the return of Good Morning, Loose Women, Dickinson's Real Deal and Ready Steady Cook.
TV schedulers advised culture starved Brits not to hold their breaths.
More as we get it.