Or maybe it was just because I had some helpers.
Whatever the reason, our Christmas tree that we decided to recycle from last year has been decorated (although the lights haven't been plugged in) and someone has helpfully set up the manager scenes.
DH also unwrapped the puddings ready to freeze and we had to resist the temptation to eat them now. (They smelt so good.)
However, while all this preparation has occurred earlier than usual, there is at least one event in our family calendar that won't be early.
Despite everyone - or almost everyone - wishing it was so.