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My Christmas Planning And Preparation

My Christmas planning and preparations are coming along nicely. I’ve only got one gift left to buy plus a few stocking fillers.
The problem I’m facing now is lack of storage space! I think I’m going to have to pinch the cupboard at the top of Ant’s wardrobe because mine is full!

Food Shopping

I still have to make a list of the food shopping we’re going to need for Christmas day and our buffet party. We usually have a buffet on Christmas Eve for the family members that live close to us, but this year we’re having it on the 10th December instead.
Nanny would usually invite all the family to her house midway through December. Most of them live quite far away so it’s a chance for everyone to drop off their presents for others and pick up ones for themselves.
Nanny’s just had a knee operation, however, and doesn’t feel up to hosting this year so we said we’ll have it at ours instead.

buffet - Christmas planning

Christmas Eve

Ella and Kaycee were disappointed when I said I wasn’t doing the Christmas Eve buffet because we were having it earlier in the month. They pleaded for me to have 2 buffets but we’ve compromised and said people can still come round and we’ll just have drinks and nibbles instead of a full buffet.

I’ve bought all the Christmas Eve pyjamas, mugs and hot chocolate which has become our Christmas Eve tradition.
I’ve been looking on the net for some Christmas pyjamas for me, but I haven’t found any I really like or if I do really like them, they’re not in my size.
Finding plus size Christmas pyjamas that don’t cost the earth is proving difficult!
I bought some earlier this year but they turned out to be a bit uncomfortable. Pyjamas have to be comfortable, it’s the law!

Santa's hand picking up a cookie from plate that's next to a mug of hot chocolate with a candy cane sticking out of the top

Christmas Day.

I’m not sure who is coming to dinner on Christmas Day yet. I know Granddad’s coming but I’m not sure about of Ant’s boys. I’ll be getting in touch with them this week so I can see if they have plans.

I’m starting to get really excited about Christmas now. I’ve been watching Christmas movies for a while and it won’t be long until I get the Christmas CDs out!

Christmas dinner table

How’s your Christmas planning coming along?

 

 

Things I’m doing now to make December easier!

December - Will Farrell as Elf
Yes, I know it’s the 2nd today and not the 1st but I was too busy to blog properly yesterday!

People mainly the super wonderful husband, when I put the Christmas movies on! keep telling me that it’s only November and Christmas isn’t until December, but if I want to enjoy December, I need to start preparing early!

I shop all year for Christmas gifts for the kids then I start my Christmas lists for the rest of the family in September, as soon as the kids go back to school. I really ramp up the preparations, though, once November gets here 🙂
I’ve just done my Tesco order for the last of the gifts, using the Clubcard points I’ve collected all year. Their Clubcard boost starts today and I had £100.50 in vouchers. I placed an order for £200 and it was lovely not having to pay a penny!
We got the Christmas decorations down from the loft last night and checked to see what we need to buy. It’s not much, thankfully, as I stocked up on wrapping paper and Christmas cards from Asda in January so all I need to buy are gift bags and crackers 🙂
We’ve got my lovely mother in law coming for Christmas dinner and the girls are very excited. We made lists for Christmas dinner and the buffet tea we have for the family on Christmas Eve.
I have to make the list of the activities we’re going to do for our activity advent and wrap all the books for the story advent!
Kaycee wants to make a Christmas cake (but not a fruit one!) so we’re going to look through the Christmas recipe books we’ve got to find an alternative.
All these little things don’t take long to do but doing them now will mean I can spend time with the kids, doing the activities and enjoying them rather than getting stressed because there’s still lots to do 🙂
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