Normally I'm not too fussed about the festive season. I've worked many December 25ths and 31sts so in many ways they can be like any other day of the year albeit quieter.
One year whilst working in the North-East I did my radio show, went home and decided to cook myself a proper Christmas meal with all the trimmings.
Admittedly that was a depressing year!
Gifts are a different matter. On my side of the family it's always been easier to ask people what they wanted and then go and get it.
However, I also like to surprise people so I've been wracking my brains to think of things to get people.
I hope to do slightly better than that. It's not easy to match the person to the present. I once joked how naff socks as a gift were to an elderly and rather haughty grandmother of a girlfriend as I opened a parcel containing a pair from her.
It is the first week in December and I've already bought one item. I feel good.