We have so many birthdays in Spring (and heading into summer) that it's become our rule not to start Christmas planning/decorating until they're all over.
Last weekend saw the final birthday of the year (for us - we still have 3 parties to go to in the next fortnight) - a bowling party with afternoon tea at our house for Gracie. Easy party (for us) and then they ran round in the back yard until it was home time....perfect!
On request I made Donna's Hays chocolate cake - with choc icing, kit kats and m&ms - easy and yum!
I resurrected last year's advent calendar and we've put the tree up (we've gone fake for the last few years - I got all green about it). I also made a washi tape tree for a bare wall and hung some recycled card garlands on it just for fun.
Its a total trip down memory lane unpacking all the decorations and finding the handmade treasures from years ago. We've exchanged the first presents, started the baking and already (much to the Doc's horror) the Christmas carols are on repeat on the ipod.
I'm getting excited. I'm such a big kid at this time of year ... I really want to pass that sense of excitement and joy onto my kids.
Have you started your Christmas preparations yet?
Do you love it? Or is it overwhelming? Or a bit of both?!