Ever persistent, kindly-but-firm Mr Gnome has at last succeeded in motivating the HB to crack on with Christmas preparations.
The record player has been cranked up and the sumptuous strains of Jessye Norman's Christmas Album provide the background to this year's frenzied card-fest.
Should energy levels dip, the Village People are standing by.
Cards are plunking through the letterbox at an alarming rate - all of them delightful.
Mr G's favourite so far is pictured: a charming guinea pig sporting a dashing knitted hat.