what are you doing to prepare?
I am starting a Christmas Club account Friday, yes, I know it's late, but my credit union just started offering them last month. We will have a certain amount auto-deposited every 2 weeks when dh gets paid and then in late October, they will transfer the total into an account of our choice. It won't be much, since there's only 4 months til then, but it will be better than starting from scratch in November:)
Before Friday, I will update my Christmas gift list (of names to buy for) and will divide it up into 10 equal lists. The next 10 paydays (6/27-10/31) I will buy a list each time. Then in October, when we get the Christmas club money, I will save that til my dh gets his bonus the day before Thanksgiving, then Black Friday, we will go shopping for the kids.......although, I am thinking maybe this year over Christmas break we will go on a vacation, rather than go overboard w/cluttering gifts. Santa will still come, but I don't want to add too much to the house.