I never get in any hissy about Christmas. As for the gift-giving part....I HATE, did you get that, I absolutely abhor the commercialization of the holiday. Always have and, as a result, I observe and listen all through the year to those to whom we give gifts. This gives me my game plan and, for most of the year, I either make or buy appropriate gifts. Usually by the end of October I'm finished "shopping/making" gifts and, often, have the boxes packed and labeled that have to be shipped. That's true this year.
Unless we're hosting Christmas dinner, I take things leisurely. This year, Christmas dinner will be at our house. In the middle of September I emailed everyone involved to get feedback on their schedules for Christmas day, etc. This year is different from previous years because, now, some of our children have children of their own and are establishing their own family traditions. Different game plan for them as a result.
I had already formulated a meal before I heard from any of them and put things into motion as soon as they responded. I've purchased many of the incidental ingredients and will gather the rest little by little on each week's market trips over the next several weeks. This will allow me to have everything on hand, avoid the nutty marketing rush and provide a time buffer should I miss some critical ingredient.
I flat-out REFUSE to hit the grocery store any closer than 10 days to a week before the holiday! I quit doing combat years ago!
My plan is to enjoy the season without being a slave to commercialism.