It was in late August with the wood pigeons still cooing andmemories of a great Eisteddfod still fresh when the first of the Christmas fayrestarted to appear in the large supermarket chains.
Since then the drum beat of Christmas commercialism has grown louder and louder.
But now as our local towns have put up their lights and trees and decorations up we truly can say the festive season is really underway.
This is a time naturally for family and friends but lets try and remember the larger family around us, that of our community.
Next Saturday, December 7, is Small Business Saturday when we are asked to try and do all our shopping in our small businesses.
Small businesses are the backbone of any economy and are credited with driving the post war economic miracles in Italy and Germany.
For every pound you spend in a local independent shop or locally owned business up to 70p benefits your local community whereas if you shop at an out of town centre or online with one of the supermarket chains, as little as 5p finds it's way back into our communities.
Our towns and villages are packed full of small innovative businesses offering unique products and services.
By buying locally you are not only benefitting our communities but ensuring you have bought something special.
Across our continent people are rightfully proud of their local craft industries, from the beer of Belgium to Swiss chocolate to French cheese, these industries all rely on small businesses.
In our little corner of the world we have small companies using other small businesses to source and make local beer, chocolate and cheese.
So why go to a large chain supermarket to buy goods from outside of this country when you can get something of similar if not better quality that is produced and sold here in North Wales.