There are collected tips on coping with Christmas here. Shopping page links not updated as people use google so much now. Start in Sept though January a good time to get cards, wrapping stuff etc - bit late for this year though! http://www.mechat.co.uk/db/tips.htm#Coping I have started my Christmas letter, and have written some cards already, and stuck address labels (mine and recipient's) on quite a few envelopes, ready to stick the letter (for those who get a letter too) in when finished. I write main news in a letter with space to add personalised bit.