I know, I know, it is far too soon for the C*******s word but, having just had an October C*******s dinner to say Bon Voyage to the Kayaker as he heads off to Australia, the season is on my radar. The dinner was to make up for the fact he will sit in the midst of our dinner table at some stage on December 25th on a Skype screen eyeing up our huge pile of Yorkshire puddings (we have them with everything), doubtless whilst sitting on a beach himself eating snags.
We in turn will have a Kiwi guest who hosted Offspringette whilst she was in New Zealand, and actually helped decorate this bough via a Skype link ("no, that doesn't look right there") last C*******s, so no excuses, we have to do it all properly this year and let battle commence with the making of the cake during half term week.
But C*******s means books as gifts too, and a succession of bobby dazzlers are arriving here from publishers (thank you one and all) that are just too good not to flag up for your attention. Besides which Strictly and the X Factor are back on our screens here in the UK which means we are on the Saturday by Saturday count down, so might as well admit it, the C*******s thing is not going to go away and if Louis doesn't win Strictly there is no justice in the land.
So whether you are hunting for presents for difficult others, or want a say in what they are buying for you, look out for a few worthy C*******s crackers here in the weeks to come.