I can't help it. I keep thinking about Christmas. It's one thing to plan ahead and another to obsess about it - one thing to stash a few things throughout the year and yet another to want to finish the shopping right now and put up the tree!
I just hope this "Christmas spirit" either lasts (maybe not) until Christmas or that it goes away and reappears at a more appropriate time. Usually if I start too early, I'm all worn out of the mood come Christmas Day. That would be heresy at the forum at My Merry Christmas, one of my favorite Christmas sites. They're always ready for Christmas over there. I don't spend a lot of time there, but I can't resist the temptation to slip in now and then when the mood strikes.
Frugal is as frugal does, though, and all this talk about Christmas makes me put on my frugal thinking cap at last. What shall I give? What to make? What bargains to look for? Where to look? It's a lot more fun when we have time to really work it over.
It's a great frugal satisfaction to know that you've found quality gifts and food and entertainment for the lowest price. Getting it done early is great, too, because we can relax and enjoy the holidays instead of scrambling to do everything we think we should do.
A couple of threads at Dollar Stretcher Community about Christmas plans are My plans for Christmas and Stocking stuffers. They're fun threads with lots of good ideas.
Well, I'm rambling, but it's nearly 4 AM. Lots of nights are split into early sleeping and late sleeping now. I guess I just have to accept it.