I love Christmas. Presents, mulled wine, mince pies, friends and family and parties. No, I haven’t gone mad, I’m fully aware that it is still only August, but now September is upon us this week my thoughts have started to turn towards the festive season.
I never used to be this organised, and was one of those people you see a week or so before Christmas running around with a glazed look in my eyes, and sharpening my elbows ready to barge people out of the way to try and find whatever presents were left in the shops.
Now, two children later, money plays a large factor and even though I still leave everything to the last minute if given half a chance, a little bit of early preparation is needed.
It’s little things like stocking filler type presents . If I start buying things in September as and when I see them, it saves me rushing around trying to find nice things and grabbing the first things I see as there’s not much left and about a 100 other people all doing the same.
You’re also not spending an absolute fortune by not buying all your presents in one go at the end of December then wondering why you are completely broke and have no money left. Spreading it out is definitely the way to go.
I’m not quite organised enough yet to start buying in the January sales, and even if I did with the clutter that accumulates in this house they’d only be lost by the time December rolled again! (see previous blog post ‘It’s like shovelling snow in a blizzard…’)
Some shops take the whole ‘doing it early’ thing way too far though. Our local card shop has had a whole wall dedicated to Christmas greeting cards and wrapping paper since the beginning of August.
Can we at least have our summer holidays and enjoy whatever sunshine we can manage to grab in Britain before we are forced to think about all things festive?!
It all comes around way too quick as it is.