If you're one of the many couples who love Christmas, you might find some of the following all too familiar as we celebrate Christmas Eve.
Panic- This is the last opportunity to make sure you have everything you need so you go through the Christmas list with each other to determine if a last minute rush to the shops is required.
Make sure the house is tidy- So Santa has a clear path to the tree to deposit your presents and so your guests can reach the table for their dinner.
Put out a something to eat and drink for Santa- It differs for every couple- but there's generally a tipple, a cookie or piece of cake and of course a carrot for Rudolph- never one for the rest of the reindeer- they have to go hungry.
Have an early evening meal- You know all you're going to be doing tomorrow is eating- so something light is always on the cards so you don't spoil your appetite for the one and only time of year you get your five-a-day.
Put out all the presents under the tree for you both- Ones you've bought for each other and ones that have been delivered to you in advance to help Santa out.
Put the stockings by the fireplace- Because this is where they're always located on cards and Christmassy scenes- despite the likelihood that all your chocolate will melt from the heat.
Watch something appropriate on the TV- To get you both in the mood- usually whatever's on- Home Alone, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol or some such festive offering.
Open one present under the tree- To keep all that excitement at bay- just something small- but it satisfies your need to rip the paper off everything south of the pine needles.
Get an early night- It's always an early start on Christmas Day so it's important to be well rested for present opening, potato roasting and Brussel sprout sniffing.
Get no sleep- It's not every day you get lots of presents, eat naughty food and see the whole family for cracker pulling and games. There's too much to look forward to for sleep!