but there appear to be only 6 weeks left until Xmas. I'm honestly not sure how that happened - every year the days seem to accelerate in about October and the time just flies..
Looking at my calendar, most weekends are filled up until the end of the year already. The weeks are starting to fill up with end-of-year parties and activities, plus those extras like getting the caravan serviced before we go away on holidays.
I looked at my list of work yesterday - I have 4 customers that have said they want websites but haven't committed to them yet, one website that's underway plus general maintenance bits and pieces that pop up all the time. Given that I can only work at most 10 hrs / week, I think I've reached the point where I have to start telling any new queries that I won't be available until January. Knowing the way things tend to work, at least 3 of those potential customers are likely to suddenly decide they do want me to go ahead - and they want it done by Xmas. Xmas seems to be this magical deadline that spurs everyone into action around this time every year!
We have two Xmas dinners at our house this year - Pete's family on the Sunday before Xmas, and mine on Xmas Day. So two menus to be planned, food to be ordered, bought and cooked, a house to be cleaned, yard to be tidied etc.
I'm actually well underway with Xmas shopping. I've bought or ordered maybe a third of gifts, and know what I want for some of the others. I'm really at a loss what to get Billy this year - I have a couple of ideas, but nothing really spectacular. But then presents to wrap, cards to write... I don't actually send that many cards anymore - one thing I've pared back.
So what about you? Do you celebrate Xmas? How are you going with preparations?