The month of December has always this trick of just whizzing by. The stress and momentum of everything just builds up and everything seems to come together at once... shopping, cooking and baking for Christmas and year-end festivities, birthday party planning, working through a massive Christmas gift shopping list for the children, teachers, friends, family, kris kringle and everything in between.
I generally loathe the commercialism of the whole thing. So I try to pause and picture the faces of these nearest and dearest people and who they mean to me. That usually helps.