… and it'll all be over.
Heard that already? I have. Plenty. And it annoys the hell out of me on about every level.
First, of course, it concentrates the mind on all that is as yet not done, not bought, not wrapped, not ordered, not arranged and how little time there is still left to do it. And as if that wasn't enough, there's then the realisation that - well, yes - this time next week 'it' will be over in a manner of speaking, if you're referring to the opening of presents and consumption of copious quantities of food and drink.
But hang on. That's only the beginning. Next Wednesday - Christmas Day - is when it all kicks off. There are twelve days of Christmas, y'know. And if the eponymous song is anything to go by, the fun will ramp up each and every day and culminate in the biggest bash of all on January 6th.
And if - like me - that particular date always leaves you feeling a little 'flat' fear not! For behold, I bring you glad tidings of the fact that Twelfth Night is in fact only the feast of the Epiphany and not really the end of Christmas at all. (Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men, but you knew that already.)
Mind you, there is one thing about today that should create mild panic. And it's this. Today is the last day for posting Christmas Cards if you only want to be charged 50p for doing so, that is. Yes, the last day. Quick! Stop reading this rubbish and get out and catch the post.
Or not, as the case may be. Because is next week (as I've already said) is just the start of the great festival of Christe Mass.
So here's a thought! Why not send cards 'after' Christmas?
Because it's not 'after' after all!
Mind you, it'll still cost as much.
Which is why I'm not sending any.
(That's my excuse, anyway…)