Every year I say to myself 'Next year I will start my Xmas shopping early'. Round about August I hear friends and colleagues talking about the xmas present they have just bought and I think to myself 'Xmas? No, it's still too hot to think about Xmas!' Come the end of October and xmassy things start appearing in shops alongside the halloween costumes. During November houses start looking like Blackpool illuminations, and I think to myself, 'Oh God, xmas is ages away yet!' In December, the said friends and colleagues are talking about the last 1 or 2 presents they need to get and I'm thinking 'perhaps I had better start!!!' So how have I done this year compared to previous years?? Went xmas shopping for the first time this week! What do I find, none of the presents I want for my kids are left in store! Can't find a car parking space! Shops are so crowded I just want to die!!! Oh well, maybe next year????