I know that we don't want to rush the season but the countdown is on..till Christmas. I actually have a snowman that I plugged in last month that counts down the days till Christmas starting at 99. Today it's at 61. My kids get a kick out of it, me I start to have that sick feeling in my stomach of "I have to start shopping" and "where are we going to get the money?" It always seems to work out but, with planning in advance like starting..NOW. I love layaway. It's so helpful, that is until your child says, "I want that." and that is not in layaway. I try to wait till the Christmas Wish books come out so they can circle items and I can get an idea of what they want. When Christmas time comes around, I appreciate my mom so much. She did all the baking, decorating and shopping and seemed to enjoy it. Now that I am grown I see that it wasn't as easy as it looked. It all comes down to making time (in the midst of the crazy)to do the things you like to help you enjoy the season.