But the urge to make chocolate truffles and eat fruitcake tells me it's time for the What-I-Loved Awards.
Now in their fourth year, there's still no red carpet or sparkly statue, but feel free to put on your best frock and assume that you were nominated.
I've seen over a hundred shows this year, reviewed most of them and loved watching others without the critical hat.
As ever, most of my reviews are also written for the national site AussieTheatre.com, which welcomed new editors and owners Erin and Matt in July. Already they've increased hits by thousands and readers can look forward to a whole new look in 2012.
And please keep reading every other site and blog that reviews, comments or raves. Without them, we may not have had David W's magnificent hissy over nasty reviewers or Site Unseen may not have started a debate about the value of community cultural development.
My criteria for the What-I-Likeds is: how much I liked it. The shows I remember (yes some are forgotten) are the ones that respect audiences enough to know that we watch theatre with our uncontrollable emotions. Even if our oh-so-clever heads appreciate a practitioner, get the joke or the reference and admire the structure, if our hearts and guts don't care, there's not much point in even being there.
For the first time, there's only one non-Melbourne show among the winners and most of this year's winners are independent companies and artists.
Outstanding Artists 2011
Angus Cerini for Save for Crying
Patricia Cornelius for Slut in Tenderness, Platform Youth Theatre
David Samuel for MKA's season 1 (Sleepyhead, 22 Short Plays, The Horror Face, J.A.T.O)
Gabriela Tylesova for the shoes in Love Never Dies
Paul Jackson for Little Match Girl
The cast of Aftermath
Daniel Schlusser for The Dollhouse
EVERYTHING THEY DO ROCKS
Tobias, Glynn and everyone from MKA.
Outstanding Productions 2011
Miles O Neil's World Around Us II
with bonus points to be shared with the rest of The Suitcase Royale for the Xmas song at the Last Tuesday Society's Occupy Xmas.
Smoke and Mirrors
Clybourne Park, MTC
Next to Normal, MTC
Spring Awakening, MUST
Sweet Child of Mine, Bron, Jim and Linda Batten
Negative Energy Inc, Ash Flanders
Best of the best
Namatjira, Malthouse Theatre and Big hART
I know there's a lot of noise outside but you have to close your eyes, I'm Trying To Kiss You
This extraordinary show never made it past a review preview, which said sucked in to anyone who missed it. Played in the crowded downstairs room of a Fitzroy terrace, word of mouth ensured that this Fringe gem sold out (and maybe pushed some overcrowding regulations).
I'm Trying To Kiss You are Allison Wiltshire, Anna McCarthy and Zoey Dawson. Remember those names. Deeply personal, I know etc is a confronting and intimate revelation of young women's thoughts. Unafraid of gender, language and sex, the creators crafted a story of confusion, awkwardness and bravado that was willing to be honest.
It's development took 18-months and was assisted by the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Full Tilt Outside Eye mentor program.
I heard it described as confronting and scary; a friend of mine thought it was sad and lonely. I thought it was beautiful – and that includes its glorious bitchiness, darkness and anger. Without being obvious, this work gently grabbed me by the heart and reminded me what it was like to be 20ish.
My favourite show of 2011
Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, Back to Back Theatre, Malthouse Theatre and MIAF