Is it too early for Christmas stuff?
Most of the fun of Christmas for me is the build up. I love starting to build wish lists of things I want to get my friends and family members, I love to start reading books set at Christmas, I love planning where the Christmas decorations are going to go, I love making Christmas music playlists and mix CDs.
And above all else, I love the beginning of our traditional Countdown to Christmas Movie Watch.
I've blogged about this before, but basically we have a massive list of Christmas films or DVDs which we work through in the run up to Christmas, we've also got a bunch of 'Not Quite Christmas Films'. These are the films which feature Christmas in some way (but it's not the whole plot) or they're set at Christmas but are generally a rom-com rather than a Christmas film, or the films which we associate with Christmas in some way because they're always on TV at Christmas, or they were first on at Christmas. We have 50 in total.
And we're aiming to watching them all before we got to Wales.
It's a bit of a tall order.
And we're late starting. Normally we'd begin on the 1st of November but we had to finish Series Nine of Criminal Minds first.
But we've kicked it off now, starting with When Harry Met Sally, picked at random using a random number generator. I think it's a great one to start with because it's filled with all the beautiful autumn colours, sort of easing us into the Christmas Countdown gently.
Plus it's good background noise to NaNo to, since it's totally familiar to me and I can tune in and out of it.
So, how do you begin your Countdown to Christmas?