It's three months today to Christmas Day, but the pressure is already on: the gift catalogues are arriving with every post and the shops are eagerly and excitedly urging us to get buying!
After all, can you afford not to? I mean, just supposing the mince pies should run out before December even arrives...
And, since this year we really are going to 'post early for Christmas' - well then, we might just as well get started!
If we get the cards written and off then and we can not only avoid the December logjams in the British mail system (by creating November or even October logjams) but we can also claw back a bit of extra, valuable, last-minute shopping-time nearer the holiday !
I will, obviously, tell readers when our first Christmas card arrives - it can only be a matter of weeks, probably days - meanwhile, in our house, we are, as you can see, well ahead of the game!
Actually, I bought this card last December to send to a friend with a 'cheeky' sense of humour; but for some reason (which I now can't remember) the intended recipient must have ended up with something rather less interesting - such as a brace of robins on a snowy gate...
So, there it stands on one of our bookshelves: the Last Christmas Card to be Taken Down or the First to Go Up --- depending how (or when) you look at it...
1st Music Hall Comic:
"Tell me, Mac, is anything worn under the kilt?"
2nd Music Hall Comic:
"Nay, laddie, everything's in perfect working order!"