Christmas is coming, and I havent written any lists yet! This is not good and I’m starting to feel panicky. So I thought I would use this post to give myself a shove and start writing them. For me having christmas lists not only helps get my head around what I need, it also helps break it all down into smaller manageable chunks. I know this post is more for me but I hope it’s of some help to you too.
So lets start!
We are yet to finalise where we are going to be for Christmas Day but I don’t think we are cooking. So this list is going to be all the nice bits and bobs we want around the house to feast on:
– Christmas cake – I need to bake one so these ingredients are going on the next shopping list. According to the husband it needs to be well fed with alcohol so it needs to be baked now.
– Nibbles – I’m going to start adding these to the weekly shopping list to spread the cost. These are things like nuts, crisps and of course the Christmas chocolates.
– Christmas treats – probably won’t start buying these now, this is more for the beginning of December because of their use by dates. These include mince pies, stollen, Christmas chocolate logs etc. Oh and don’t forget the cream!
– Cold buffet things/condiments – another favourite in our house is leftovers and what goes with it. Every week I’ll start to add these to the shopping list. Things like mayonnaise, pickles, chutneys, crackers and so on. I’ll also get the biggest bag of frozen chips too, leftovers and chips is the best.
I have already started the present shopping but still have a way to go. Over the next week I’m going to write a list of who I need to buy for along with how much I want to spend on each of them. I need to do this otherwise my heart rules my head and I spend way too much! Once it’s all written down I’m going to pick a couple to buy every week.
I am also going to start writing my wish list so I’m ready for when/if I’m asked. I’m also going to encourage the hubby and girls to do the same. I need ideas for them so this will help. We already have the girls stocking pressies sorted it’s just their main present left.
Other Christmas bits & bobs
This list is for things like wrapping paper, tags, ribbon, Christmas cards (from us and from the girls for their school friends) and advent calendars.
Again this week I’m going to go through my stash of present wrapping and see if I’ve got anything left from last year or if I need to get anymore. The same with Christmas cards. Once I know what I need I’ll add bits of it to my shopping list each week.
I’m also going to start looking at what ocal Christmas events are taking place, book places if need be and in to the diary. I don’t know about you but our diaries get filled up so quickly, especially with school things going on too.
I think that’s it for now. Sorry, this was a bit of a think and dump post but it always helps me to write everything down. I’m sure I will add a few things as we go and I’ll try and update this post if I do.
At the moment I use a notebook for writing all my lists in. I have seen Christmas planners though and think I really need to invest in one. If anyone uses one please let me know what they are like. For now though I am sure I will also make the most of our large blackboard.
How are you doing with your Christmas lists? Are they written yet or are you like me and having a panic? Good luck with getting ready!
Lets get organised for Christmas.