But along with all the fun things, like decorating the tree, playing Secret Santa and grabbing a quick snog with the cute guy in accounts under the mistletoe, comes the not-so-fun.
I'm referring to the daunting tradition of writing Christmas cards to everyone you’ve ever known. And their parents.
Now I’m not saying that it isn’t wonderful to ‘keep in touch’ with distant relatives and friends the old fashioned way at least once a year, but it can be a hell of a task when the numbers grow into the hundreds.
So, in the spirit of the silly season, I’d like to share a few silly ideas for festive greetings for this year’s Christmas cards.
They are all designed to fit snugly under the obligatory “Merry Christmas” or “Season's Greetings”, stamped in the middle of the page.
Feel free to use as many exclamation marks and kisses as you can fit in.
I like to also doodle stars, baubles and the odd sprig of holly....
- "Raising a glass to you at this special time of year. You will be very much in our thoughts!"
- "Best wishes for the festive season. Do you celebrate Christmas in [place where they don't celebrate Christmas]?"
- "Have a ragingly good Christmas, get plastered and eat till you burst. See you in 2014. PS: I think I love you!"
- "Sending you much love and best wishes - so sorry we can’t be with you this year but [insert name of husband/wife] was desperate to [insert implausible activity]!"
- "Wow, another year! Seems like [that famous incident neither of you will forget] was only yesterday. Have a great Christmas and best wishes for 2014."
- "Wishing you every happiness for the festive season and into 2014 (could you please let me know when I can get the [insert name of object] back I lent you in [insert year])."
- "Well, we're all glad to see the back of that year, aren't we! Keep your chin up and drop me a line about your parole date when you know more. Merry Christmas!"
- "How are you?! I hope the operation went well …who needs both of them anyway! Here’s to your improving health and happiness over Christmas and 2014."
- "I’m really sorry about the accident with [name of much-loved pet]. Hope it doesn’t ruin your Christmas. Maybe Santa will bring you a new one!"
- "Surprise!!! I found your address in one of my old school books. Hope life’s turned out well for you. Did you ever marry [insert name of school sweetheart]? Well, Merry Christmas anyway - Facebook me!"
Joking aside, what about you? Any favourites you'd like to add to the collection? Leave them in the comments below.