I have realised that whatever preparation I have done during the year doesn't matter. I will always have a mad December. My December is always sort of split in two. On one side is my christian Christmas and on the other the reindeer, Santa stuff (which includes most of my family), and activity just generally ramps up massively on both.
On the christian side I am trying to put time aside to remember the reason for the season and spend more time in worship, then me and the other members of the St Luke's puppet team are trying to decide on scripts and songs for the school services and the crib service, and of course there are so many wonderful services to attend as well.
On the other side, I'm still trying to finish the puppet, making some clocks, have several cakes to ice, the decorations to put up (with hubby), Christmas Eve with the nephews to plan, and I am really hoping I have made enough cards! Phew, I really don't know how people with children manage! So to all you parents out there, well done, you are all heroes.