Let's just make it the Twelve Weeks of Christmas.
It's clear that retail has decided that Christmas is going to start in September, so let's make the most of it.
October can be a time of remembrance of times and people past. Tell the kids stories about growing up, about their grandparents, and ask your own folks for new stories. Grownups can have dinner and drinks and reminisce, or hash out old misunderstandings. Make sure cemetery plots are in good repair. Finish with Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations.
November is for taking stock of what we have. Instead of saving up for big gifts, get bills in order. Since you're putting away warm weather clothes anyway, see what needs to be donated or recycled. Now's the time to clean up the unused kids toys--shelters often want them. While you're winterizing the lawn mowers, clean out the garage for more to donate. No hurry--you've got the whole month.
The week leading up to Thanksgiving, make each meal from scratch and a little too much. On Thanksgiving Day, make meals from the leftovers. After a month of celebrating how much you already have, Buy Nothing day should be a breeze.
December is for the kids. They don't need a present every day but something small once a week wouldn't hurt. Talk about their future hopes and plans, and work as a family to lay the groundwork. Introduce them to college campuses while the schools are on break.
Christmas Day? If we still need one, have one.
All gifts should be edible.
Three months celebrating the past, present and futures of our lives. I mean, we might as well make the best of things.