What's still on your Christmas 'To Do' List?

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All you organised people will be saying "Nothing. The presents are bought and wrapped. The food is on order"

But for mortals .....

I will rule out doing anything on days I'm at work because I'm useless after work. Get home, feed people, tidy up. That's it.

But still outstanding....

Haircut (desperately needs done)
Then hair dye (at home. I cannot be doing with paying £££ )

Costco shop to buy drinks, beer, washing powder, binbags, a huge tinned Panatonne blush

Last minute IKEA trip (mid week. It's Hell at weekends)

Taking DD out Saturday (cinema /shopping with one of her friends). I can wander about.

Cashing up the £2 jar (Family tradition)

Taking the DC and DH out on Sunday (maybe my DS will buy me a present grin )

Big Sainsburys shop (DS/DD will see that Harry Hill film)

London on the 21st

Make marzipan and decorate cake

Make chocolate crispy wreath and chocolate house (mine won't eat gingerbread )

Wrap all the presents (might do this on Fri 13th if I can be trusted with scissors)

Put up the rest of the decorations (got the tree up)

DD has something on at school in the last week (Dance)

Last minute run round Waitrose - just because it's there grin

A Twitch Trip to M&S and Lakeland possibly on the 19th after work (my last work day before Christmas. Late night isn't too busy)

I thought I was organised but this seems like a mammoth task .

andagiraffeinapineappletree Sun 08-Dec-13 22:41:29

We are not having christmas day at ours so I am getting off lightly but still:

eat a mince pie
sell raffle tickets
nativity, christingle and school carol concert
presents for teachers
buy a present for dp
Decluttering
sell some old toys
wrap childrens presents
makes decs for dining room with children
poss buy a small tree for dining room
get another poinsetta £2.50 in tesco!
1 or 2 cards for hand deliver
Figure out elf on the shelf (have elf so far)
make gingerbread house and christmas biscuits
ahem.... make a sylvanian christmas village for dd (didn't do it last ear either - bits in a cupboard!)
make christmas cushions as gifts - so not going to happen

Forgot - make snowflake costume for DS' nursery Christmas show!

TSSDNCOP Sun 08-Dec-13 22:42:15

Make eleventy thousand door wreaths and garlands.

Clothe eleventy thousand women in last minute quest for Christmas party gear.

Prepare own house. In entirety.

Boggle at organised bastards that have already nabbed all the Sainsbo delivery slots. HAVE YOU NO LIFE angry

Sob uncontrollably at DS nativity.

Hope that tooth isn t really aching as much as I'm ignoring it.

Attend 7 Christmas do's because I feel it necessary to spread myself as thin as possible whilst holding down a full time job and family.

Have flu jab.

andagiraffeinapineappletree Sun 08-Dec-13 22:42:17

Oh and make a wreath - have a bag of green stuff from my dad's garden

andagiraffeinapineappletree Sun 08-Dec-13 22:44:33

Luckily I don't have to make eleventy thousand grin

Oh no - get dc to write cards too - do preschoolers give them - I can't remember confused

CoffeeQueen187 Sun 08-Dec-13 22:45:24

Oh my god I have LOADS to do sad

I have 2 of my DCS birthdays this month on the 17th and 30th aswell as Christmas.

I have birthday and Christmas presents to wrap (still need to buy some too)

2 x birthday cakes, balloons, banners, party food (having small family get togethers)

2 x hospital appointments that are miles away.

Nativity play

School discos

Christmas food and alcohol shopping ( whole family is coming to mine for Xmas)

The boys need haircuts

Clean the house from top to bottom

Sort out sleeping arrangements for 3 relatives that want to stay over on Xmas day

Xmas presents to buy for brother, sister, dad and everyone else in my family plus their partners and kids

Aswell as a load of other stuff I've probably forgotten about confused

I have no idea where to start a rum and coke seems like a good place though

TSSDNCOP Sun 08-Dec-13 22:46:37

Giraffe remember your mum advising you on your first day at work "never make a good cup of tea"? It applies to EVERYTHING.

CoffeeQueen187 Sun 08-Dec-13 22:47:56

Nomoreminibreaks - congrats in the baby �� fingers crossed he/she arrived on a day where you're not busy grin

It would be fun for your waters to go as you're eating Xmas dinner though. DS2 was due in Boxing Day and I had everyone jumping up on Xmas day everytime I made a sound grin

TSSDNCOP Sun 08-Dec-13 22:48:01

Oh and she probly also said "never get a job in Retail".

LISTEN TO THAT WOMAN FGS!!!!

MissPricklePants Sun 08-Dec-13 22:49:25

Oh fgs I forgot make salt dough stuff, make gingerbread house etc etc

CoffeeQueen187 Sun 08-Dec-13 22:49:31

Oh shit I need to buy for the kids teachers too and get them to write their Xmas cards out.

I can see me adding to my list for the next week and still forget something confused

tombakerscarf Sun 08-Dec-13 22:50:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

andagiraffeinapineappletree Sun 08-Dec-13 22:53:18

My mum would never give me that advice, she wont even drink my tea. This is great though, I think its my duty now to make sure I learn from your mistake and make sure my wreath is deliberately wonky grin

TrinityRhinoTheUltimateQueen Sun 08-Dec-13 22:53:25

buying all but 3 presents

wrapping all presents

helping the kids to write xmas cards

buy some food for xmas

sorting something for the postman and dustbin men

the only thing I have done is help the kids put up the tree and decs

ProphetOfDoom Sun 08-Dec-13 23:00:59

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enormouse Sun 08-Dec-13 23:06:43

Buy DPs remaining presents
Buy DPs dad something (impossible - he hordes everything he gets and that only leaves food and drink as ok options)
Wrap remaining presents
Decorate tree (arriving tomorrow)
Write Christmas cards
Make gingerbread house (Christmas eve)
Visit Santa's grotto at local forest park and Christmas market in Belfast.
Book haircut for myself and DS
Buy new outfit for Christmas (currently 33 weeks pg and nothing fits)
Buy stocking chocolates - choc coins and mini shortbread for DS.

Quite a nice lot of things left really. Apart from a pesky coursework and ucas personal statement. And packing the hospital bag at some point.

TSSDNCOP Sun 08-Dec-13 23:14:20

Quite right Giraffe. Now that I am elderly I feel it is my duty to pass on good advice.

Also, buy into a pension.

Here endeth the lesson.

notso Sun 08-Dec-13 23:26:01

Thought I was on top of it all until today I still have to,
Lose 3 stone in a day hmm
Wrap presents,
Christmas cards,
Make a canvas,
Christmas baking,
DS2's birthday cake- 3 tomorrow,
Find the receipt for the turkey,
Major toy declutter,
Christmas food shopping,
Buy presents for DH,
Decorations,
Buy Mums birthday card,
Buy DH a wedding anniversary card,
Buy more Baileys as have drunk what was supposed to be for Christmas,
Potty train the untrainable before he starts playgroup in Jan,
Buy bloody Christmas jumpers for Charidee Christmas jumper days at school.

My poor Mum broke her leg this morning so also have to
Finish her present shopping,
Put her decs up,
Make sure my Dad doesn't try to survive on Whiskey and bread,
Marzipan and ice her famous Christmas cakes massive responsibility!

hellowonderful Sun 08-Dec-13 23:32:41

I've still got a few small gifts and stocking fillers to buy and wrap.

I need to pay for the ordered turkey, buy the food shop and festive extra treats plus alcohol (not a treat - a necessity).

Need to buy a Christmas jumper and new pyjamas for the DC's, make a few desserts, make truffles as presents for family members, clean the house and organise every room, make sure all the things for donation actually get sent to the charity shops and have a thorough deep clean.

I am unorganised.

Jiltedjohnsjulie Sun 08-Dec-13 23:33:08

Lordy everything. Have been ill for about 10 days, just about managing to go to work and feed the DC. Everything else is just being left. Didn't help that the first doctor I saw completely missed my kidney infection. Tosser.

SaltySeaBird Sun 08-Dec-13 23:33:19

Oh dear I'm not at all organised.

Still to do ...

Decide what I'm buying people
Buy presents (I've got maybe a tenth of them)
Buy wrapping paper and cards
Wrap presents
Do a food menu
Buy food / pre cook what I can for entertaining

On the plus side the tree is up ...

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sun 08-Dec-13 23:47:30

Hopefully this will get me focused!

-Ice skating with exSIL and DCs
-School Christmas performance
-School disco
-DB down for the weekend
-exPIL Christmas party
-DD3 has a birthday party to go to
-DD3 preschool Christmas party
-Pantomime
-Longleat for 2 days
-DD1 birthday bowling
-Buy restaurant vouchers for DParents and DPIL
-Check all other presents are bought
-Buy any addition presents that are needed
-Wrap presents
-Send presents that need to be posted
-Collect holly wreaths
-Hang one wreath at home and take other with DDs and possible exPIL to exHs grave
-Pick up leaflet for Lion King so I can give it to DD1 for her birthday. We are going to see it in Feb smile

I think that is all. We are going to my parents for Christmas dinner so won't be needing to do anything for that.

Mrswellyboot Sun 08-Dec-13 23:57:02

Decorations finished today
Mincemeat made tonight
Most presents bought and sent most cards along with baby thank you's

To do
Wrap presents
Get dh few extra things. Shirt etc to finish his. Will do that Saturday
Get turkey for mil. I have a lovely mil
Dh does his family shopping (ahem.. Money in cards hmm )
Grocery shop nearer time for treats as doing weight watchers and leader advised not to have temptation in the hours as the shops are only close ONE day people fgrin ..but don't listen to me I'd love a few quality street right now!

NearTheWindmill Mon 09-Dec-13 00:01:36

I have just finished the cards. My hand hurts.

To do:

DS's Christmas and birthday presents
MIL's Christmas presents
Wine for my parents
All present wrapping
DD's stocking
The trees and wreath, etc.
The big Xmas food shop although I have little bits and pieces
My mum and Step dad coming for lunch next weekend
Clean the silver

That's about it I think.

magentastardust Mon 09-Dec-13 00:20:19

coffeequeen187 2 of my DC's have birthday's on the 17th and 30th too! I raise you by having my own birthday in between also!

It is a crazy time of year.

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