Apart from the sorrow of not sharing this lovely time of the year, there are some pluses -
- I finished work yesterday (for three whole weeks) so I have no need of childcare.
- As he is barely here he makes no mess.
- After Christmas we will have more disposable income than usual.
- Once this is over I will be rewarded with a monumental lie-in, and I will drink tea and read a book.
So, I have to open the ones we have received, hang them, make a list, buy more, write them and post them - knowing there is no way they will make it in time.