If it seems this period of the year always produces more than its share of irritations, the reason rests with Uranus and Pluto – that planetary combo that loves to throw a curved ball into the proceedings. But knowing this puts you in a position of strength. You know certain people are going to be irritating; you know there are going to be issues and you can be sure someone is not going to be pleased with the Christmas offerings. So, from the start of the week, make some contingency plans just in case that curved ball lands at your feet. Make sure you have extra supplies of essentials, and under no circumstances assume that a wonky appliance can be fixed later than sooner. All red flags require attention.