Enough already of the Martha Stewart Life!
Christmas in our house is wall-to-wall panic from 1st December to 24th December. The year has yet to arrive when I wasn't posting Christmas cards to the USA on Christmas Eve, consoling myself only with the fact that it's barely a holiday there anyway, so perhaps no-one will notice?
I am currently, as always, in denial about the whole thing, and I will be galvanised into action when the first card drops through the door on December 1st!
By that time all the stocks of the one crucial toy that age 8 wants will be sold out, except for one website that charges 5 times it's value for delivery and might (only might) get it to me for Christmas Eve.
Then my husband will announce how long his mother is coming to stay with us and, throwing all my newly minted plans into disarray. On the last day of term, when there is no chance of secret panic shopping, age 8 will come home announcing that he's changed his mind and wants a different (but equally sold-out) toy because he'll be the only one in the class that won't be getting one otherwise. That will also only be available from the same website ....
Then on Christmas morning itself I will magically metamorphose into 4 people - chief cook, gracious hostess, Lego building expert and computer wizard (when the new computer game doesn't work - again).
(Oh, and last year I was preparing for an 11+ appeal
Do you think they sell new Decembers on eBay?