It is nearly here, the tree is up, so are the decorations and lights. The meat and vegetables – particularly, Brussel sprouts will be in the kitchen ready for cooking. The traditional mulled wine and other beverages will be ready to be chilled, if they haven’t already been drunk and need to be replaced. Mince pies and Christmas cakes have been made or bought and the cream to go with it is sitting nicely in the fridge. The plastic, slightly smaller tubs of assorted chocolates, will be kept out of sight so that the chocoholics don’t finish them. The television programmes and films have been sorted out in the two week television guide, no arguments are to be had about watching the Queen’s speech. The traditional works party warrants a new outfit and accessories for the ladies and a designated driver is appointed. So, with all these things in place: It is looking a lot like Christmas.