Far be it from me to raise the spectre of Christmas Future in the dying days of September, but Perfectionist Partner, Small Dog and I had a breakfast business meeting on Monday to ruminate on preparations for the festive season.
As always, (aside from an unseemly fracas over a toasted bacon sandwich) some good ideas were forthcoming from at least two thirds of the directors. Foremost of which was the suggestion of a selection of Christmas Earlybird Specials which will be changed on a weekly basis between now and the end of November.
So if you need a good reason to partake of a spot of early Christmas shopping, there you have it!
Incidentally, for the record, Small Dog did succeed in wrestling her share of the sandwich from our collective grasp. After which she reverted to her usual position of sleeping partner.
She's going to have to pull her furry little socks up pretty sharpish businesswise, or as my grannie would have said, her jacket is on a slack nail.