In the old Japanese calender December was called "shiwasu" and this term is so often used even today more than any other month of the year. The word "shiwasu" (師走) is made of two kanji characters that mean "master" and "run", it means December is such a busy season that even a great master or priest must run to get everything done.
Oh my goodness this shiwasu, I have not ever been busier!
Christmas, at the moment I can only get a glimpse of it, but it's coming this week!? I hope I can slow down a bit.. somehow. *sigh*