And that can only mean one thing - the start of Advent and officially the start of Christmas in the Peabody house!
The red and white spotty stars have come out of hiding, in preparation to decorate the advent garland and the little enamel buckets have been filled with surprises.
The fairy lights which adorn the house all year round are lit earlier and are adding their own sparkle of Christmas magic and excitement.
The Christmas coffee mugs have made their seasonal trip out of the cupboard and onto the dresser.
The advent garland meanders it's way up the stairs, overloaded with daily treats for the children.
And an advent calendar each, to open every morning in the build up to Christmas, lines the kitchen cupboard doors.
Christmas cards will begin to be written.
And the favourite Christmas stories will be shared.
And of course, the Christmas spotty chocolate tin is filled to the brim with yummy treats for any visitors.
I love the build up to Christmas - the excitement and anticipation. The tree won't go up until the middle of the month but it's super to slowly build up the fun and festivities.