Up until recently, our family Christmas card always featured festive photos that I'd taken; it could take up to three days to do and it meant the house had to be looking Christmassy by the 1 December.
I haven't shot the Crimbo cards for a couple of years now but everyone still 'demands' that the decorations are up by the 1st; so with just 46 days to go until we're into the last month of the year, I'm fully focussed on the big 'C'.
Raymond Briggs' 'The Snowman' has to be one of my favourite, and one of the most enduring, Christmas stories.
I love reading the book, I love watching it when it's on TV (lucky for me, this is at least once a year) and I love listening to the CD - the children wanted me to sit with them and listen to it...honest.
Just in case you have no clue what I'm talking about - WHERE have you been since 1978?! - The Snowman is the story about a little boy who builds a snowman in his garden, the snowman comes to life and, together, they go on a magical journey.
If you haven't seen it, read the book or listened to the CD, you must - Christmas isn't Christmas without The Snowman in it.