I love Christmas but there’s no denying it’s a busy time of year. And sometimes the endless list of “things to do” can detract from the enjoyment.
So earlier this year, I resolved to be organised this Christmas. The big plan was to get most of the Christmas preparations completed early, leaving more time to sit back and enjoy the festive season. No racing around like a headless chicken (or turkey) this year.
And it’s taken a lot of self-discipline to prepare for Christmas at some very unChristmassy times of the year (see below) but the hard work has paid off. I started December with all presents bought and wrapped, tree up and decorated, Christmas menus planned and internet food shops booked. I’ve had time to spend with the children doing all sorts of lovely gardening-related craft activities and have drafted and scheduled a series of blog posts around the theme “the Twelve Days of Christmas”, the first of which will be published tomorrow.
The Christmas countdown started about a year ago:
Jan – Bought Christmas cards and wrapping paper in the sales, put away in a safe place.
Aug – Christmas gift list drafted, Christmas card list updated.
Sep – All gifts bought and wrapped. Christmas cards written, with stamps and addresses on envelopes ready for posting.
Oct – Christmas menus drafted, shopping lists drawn up, internet food shopping booked.
late Nov – Posted cards, put up Christmas decorations. All done!
AND THEN I WOKE UP from my dream to the reality that is 14th December 2013. Turkey not yet ordered, no Christmas cards posted, Christmas shopping started but nowhere near finished, Christmas tree lights STILL not working and a general feeling of being ever so slightly frazzled. Maybe next year…..