With lots of family birthdays in October, I only start to plan in earnest for Christmas in November. I do keep notes and buy a few presents throughout the year but November is action month. This month has been full of lists and plans. With a weekend on my own at the beginning of the month most presents were wrapped and ready then as the only day Mr S and I could shop together was the first Friday of the month, we made good use of our shopping trip. This year November has not been simply preparing for Christmas but a bonus holiday too, so extra to do lists here too. I end the month feeling pretty relaxed, December is full of events but I have done all that is realistic to be able to focus on the fun rather than the stress of the Christmas season.