Andrew Taylor feels the Christmas period will play a crucial part in Cardiff City's season.
The Bluebirds sit just one point above the Premier League drop zone after just one win in their last nine games.
"It's a big month," said defender Taylor.
"Last season we won all our games over Christmas and that put us in a great position to win the Championship.
"The games come thick and fast and a decent run means we could start the new year higher up the table."
Cardiff face fellow struggles West Brom this weekend, and Taylor says it is a vital contest.
"It's hard not to realise the significance of the game," he said.
"It's a big game for both clubs because we're so close in the table."
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