I commented to a friend yesterday that I felt so much more organised for Xmas this year, even though we're hosting it this year - most of my present buying has been done, menu organised. I'm not feeling stressed (as yet). I said it was the most organised I'd been in years.
And then I started thinking why. This time last year, we were organising passports, tickets & itinerary for going to the US in Feb. Billy had his performances of Wind in the Willows, rehearsals & a cast party. We went away for a week to Coffs Harbour in Dec (combining a work trip for Pete and a holiday). We had a homeschool excursion, swimming lessons and art classes.
No wonder this year feels relaxed by comparison!
And yes, I am aware I've probably just jinxed things :)