Christmas time is great for catching up with friends and family, and is normally accompanied by lots of different foods. It is a time for the chef of the family to shine. I have definitely had some delicious food during Christmas lunch in years past. For those who do the cooking, how long before Christmas day do you start planning what to cook? Also, when do you typically begin buying all the necessary ingredients and such? I can imagine it would be a lot of effort to plan and cook the meal, so I was just wondering how much time is normally dedicated to this.