Really. Apparently it is. When we went to spend Eldest's birthday clothes voucher last week, we found that ten million people had rushed to the shops to buy 100 bags each of vital items. The rush is on.
And if you're as stupid as me, and you have let your children grow out of their school blouses, don't even think of bobbing out to get any. You will find yourself in a shop almost entirely stocked with bizarre gifts (really, if any single one of you is thinking of buying this I suggest you don't come back to my blog ever again because we have nothing to say to each other). The school uniform section will consist of three pairs of trousers for boys, aged 13-14.
Who's The Mummy is running a blog carnival for Oxfam, asking bloggers how to Simplify Your Christmas. To be honest, I find it easy not to panic too much about Christmas. I can read this post again, and remember that just being awake on the day makes it pretty much perfect. A tree, lots of candles, and a variety of different glitter all over the floor is more or less all I want from Christmas. Oh, and sherry.
If you do want to give the Cheryl Cole gift set a miss, as a mother of two girls I recommend as an alternative the Oxfam Unwrapped Give Girls a Headstart gift, aimed at increasing the chances for girls to become educated in communities where girls are often kept at home to help with childcare or household chores.