EastEnders receives a message from beyond the grave this Christmas

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It looks set to be a typically cheerful Christmas in Walford this year as EastEnders has released a rather creepy new trailer.

The festive period in Albert Square is rarely the most wonderful time of the year for its residents, but this year features a particularly shocking twist as Ian Beale receives a note apparently from his late daughter, Lucy.

Lucy's killer was revealed as her young brother Bobby after a long-running whodunnit, but the Square may not have seen the last of her as Ian finds a gift of a Christmas pudding with a message that reads "Merry Christmas Love Lucy".

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Stacey and Martin also get a surprise present, although their reaction is much happier as it's an enormous turkey with all the trimmings.

The two mysterious gifts have left fans wondering whether they could be from Max Branning, who is due to return on Christmas Day. He's already warned he can't forgive Ian as he was framed for Lucy's murder, but Stacey always protested his innocence.

Phil Mitchell looks as though he could be spending his last Christmas in Walford as his health deteriorates and Dot says to him: "God be with you. That means goodbye."

Billy is also shown telling Sharon to sit down as he has some news about Phil.

And the gloom continues for the Carters, with Whitney concerned over Lee's depressed behaviour and his dad Mick warning him that "secrets eat away at you".

Meanwhile, as the BBC One soap builds towards its new year storyline, Ronnie is seen talking to sister Roxy about her heavy drinking, while Roxy claims: "I'm a waste of space, like Jack keeps reminding me."