To take a line from the last page of Oprah's magazine, WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE IS...that planning is crucial. And if we start now, we'll have time to prepare for a less-crazy December.
And finally, a few lines from Oprah's November 2013 "What I Know for Sure" essay:
"I believe we make our paths far more difficult than they need to be. Our struggle with and resistance to what is entangles us in constant chaos and frustration - when it's all so simple." -Oprah