With exactly a week to go, it must be time for me to go Christmas shopping.
Although I have already bought the most important present - the one to myself - well in advance of the festive period. I'm now the proud owner of a Virgin Media V+ box and a massive plasma television.
I will, of course, let the assembled relatives watch it too, so actually it is really a present to them and not just me. I hope they appreciate my generosity.
In fact while I'm in such a benevolent mood, I might as well buy them a Play-Station3 too, if I can get hold of one that is.
The V+ box is Virgin Media's rather belated answer to the Sky+ box, the personal video recorder (PVR) from arch media rival BSkyB. You can record and pause live television at will, so I've absolutely no excuse for missing the Queen's speech this year.
But 2007 has been a fairly 'annus horribilis' for Virgin Media after a spat with BSkyB resulted in the loss of popular channels Sky News and Sky One (home of the Simpsons) for its subscribers. Many switched to Sky as a result.
Virgin Media and other pay-TV providers have complained to Ofcom about what they are calling the 'Sky viscous circle'. Sky has the power to buy the best content because it has the most subscribers, and it gets the most subscribers because it has the best content.
However, Virgin Media plans to fight back in 2008 with broadband.
Next year, Virgin Media will begin selling a 50 megabit-per-second internet service. That compares with its current top speed of 20 megabits, versus 16 megabits for BSkyB.
Faster is better for many reasons, not least because it will allow me to download High Definition movies in minutes, which I can then enjoy on my new mighty plasma screen.
Virgin Media can offer the faster service because it delivers broadband mostly over fibre optic cables, rather than the BT copper phone lines used by BSkyB.
And now they can offer their customers a surprisingly easy to use PVR too. Previous digital services from Virgin Media (or TeleWest as it was then) have, in my experience, been a bit flaky.
So I was bit worried when no less than four Virgin Media engineers in three separate vans turned up to install the V+ box! I wondered how complicated was this thing I'd ordered if it needed four people to install it, and just how big was it if three vans were needed to deliver it?
However, despite having 80 hours of storage space, it turned out to be modestly proportioned and three of the four engineers were clearly just skiving.
Even better, it seems the V+ box is so easy to use, even the other-half has mastered it!
After a lifetime of being asked to record programmes I hate, knowing that failure would result in accusations of incompetence, and success the prospect of having to watching them, I'm glad to be out of the recording firing line - the best Christmas present ever.
* Chris Tomlinson is head of digital at WAA (www.waa.co.uk). E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.