Occupying top spot in the Premier League table at Christmas does not guarantee a team the title, but it certainly puts you in prime position.
Of course, sometimes clubs fade away and the fact they were sitting pretty at the halfway stage is forgotten.
But others get a psychological boost from the December standings and go on to see out their title challenge during the second half of the campaign.
Liverpool, who be spending December 25th looking down on their rivals, will be hoping they fall into the latter category.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were also top at this stage last year only to be pipped at the post by Manchester City, but surely the Merseysiders will get the job done and end their 30-year wait this time around?
Time will tell. But in the meantime – can you name every Premier League team to be in first place when Santa Claus came to town?
Take our quiz and find out. It’s a tight turnaround in terms of time, so be quick….