Always more fun to get someone else to decorate it though, mind it's been a few years since a view like this presented itself at Muddy Towers!
I'm sure that two weeks is enough to prepare for Christmas. We don't really do the full blown chav-fest Christmas that starts it's run up in mid October and seems to continue until February.
Some good company with plenty of food and drink on Christmas day followed by a days shooting on Boxing day and that is about it for us. We are back to normal by the New Year, and quite thankful for it too. Our present giving is modest as well, preferring to buy things that people may actually want as opposed to point scoring with the family as to who can get the most expensive/pointless/unwanted gift. We certainly won't be going into debt as many seem tempted to