While other European countries have Christmas breaks in their sporting calendar, England prepares for the festive period of sport.
The football fixtures are notoriously brilliant for springing up some superb crackers and this year is no different with big games for the top sides.
Manchester United have to face Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion in quick succession in two tricky games as they look to enter the New Year at the top of the tree.
Other title contenders and current champions Manchester City face Stoke City and they as well as Chelsea have to face inform Norwich City in the winter series of games.
Good runs for Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will propel the sides up the table and make their second half of the season much easier.
At the bottom, there are crucial games for Queens Park Rangers, Reading and Southampton as they try to get a roll going before the transfer market opens.
Yet it is not just football that continues its period. In athletics, the Indoor Championships, both National and International take place in the opening three months of the year, and with form a priority, competitions are quickly coming up.
Regional events take place in January, along with the coveted UK series against the best in Europe and USA and are great places to get qualifying times and that winning mentality.
Winter Sports are inevitably reaching the middle of their fixture lists and with key championships in 2013, it is important to make a move and keep form, rather than presents, on the mind.
The darts world championship continues through the Christmas break too, and with the cricket coming to an end, and the Australian Open tennis around the corner, the festive period is action packed once more.
You will be able to catch all the action, as well as all the winter sport here at The Sporting week throughout the festive period.