farmboy - 2:54 pm on Dec 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
My 2009 payment was issued on December 23 with December 24 being the expected MIB date. Because my bank was closed on Thursday 24th and December 25th, the money was not in my account until Monday, December 28th.
I think the best approach is not to expect to have the money until after the Christmas weekend. That way you won't be disappointed. And if it does come earlier, it will be a nice surprise.