so it's only..........part deux

(211 Posts)

into the last two months.
It's now TWO MONTHS people grin

GillyBillyWilly Fri 25-Oct-13 11:00:52

EXCITED.

Jdub Fri 25-Oct-13 11:45:46

REALLY REALLY REALLY EXCITED!!!!!

GillyBillyWilly Fri 25-Oct-13 12:07:45

61 days to go!

fuzzpig Fri 25-Oct-13 12:21:53

Salutations Christmas people grin thanks for the new thread 70, and a big well done for filling up the old thread ever so neatly wink

It might not be a round number today BUT it is exactly two months so I think it's perfect!

cheesypastaplease Fri 25-Oct-13 12:28:14

Hello there Christmas people - it's buzzgirl here.

How exciting we're onto thread 2, and it's only 2 months until the big day.

I am busy preparing for dd's birthday party, there are 28 kids coming - I must be mad!

Quick question - we really don't like Christmas cake here, anyone got any other good recipes for non fruit but fancyish cakes?

LentilAsAnyFUCKERthing Fri 25-Oct-13 17:08:05

Hello, All.

buzzpasta, we don't know if we will be in by Xmas. We are selling in England, buying in Scotland. Scotland ties you in sooner, whereas in the rest of the UK, a buyer can pull out last minute, so we aren't going to offer in Scotland until our England house is actually sold with the money in our account. So, depends if the England sale goes through fast. Fingers crossed. The Scottish seller can be out fast, he tells us. So there is a chance. And ha, one of the first things I said to DH when we viewed the house was 'ooh, the tree would look great here!' smile

Pinterest is your friend for fancy Xmas cakes! We don't like fruitcake either.

Two months! Woo! Though it feels like it is going way too fast!

MuffCakes Fri 25-Oct-13 17:09:04

So who's ready for Christmas?

GillyBillyWilly Fri 25-Oct-13 17:24:15

I've bought presents for our 2 nieces and 2 nephews already - they are sorted! smile
Also bought a pressie for my SIL.

That's all so far... LOTS still to do!

TessCackle Fri 25-Oct-13 17:30:21

Why have I not found these threads before?! So glad other people are as excited as me!

I have bought everything on my list for DD and for one of my sisters. Everyone else to go now blush

Any exciting decorations?

nickdrakeslovechild England Fri 25-Oct-13 20:23:04

TessCackle B&M have some lovely old fashioned glass style baubles in £2.99 a box or 2 for £5. They are smaller versions of the ones my mum and nanna had. I am all done, we have a huge annual party for about 40 people and all the kiddies get presents and my LO birthday in December so its a bit expensive if I leave it late. Just planning the food and fun things now.

TessCackle Fri 25-Oct-13 20:44:02

Thank you Nick thanks

I know how you feel, dd is 3 in less than a month so I started shopping in the spring!

LentilAsAnyFUCKERthing Fri 25-Oct-13 21:10:07

I'm not ready. I feel in limbo, for starters, with the not knowing where we will be yet. And I haven't bought much for DS as our current home is small and there are no hiding places for anything big. But I have a good idea or what to get, so hopefully once I know one way or another re our living situation, I can just buy quickly, and be done.

I'm also dithering about a tree. I'd quite like to invest in a really good quality fake one, just hard to tell without seeing one up close, as opposed to just online.

How old is your DD, Tess?

MuffCakes Fri 25-Oct-13 21:23:04

I have ordered a few bits but nowhere near started really. Next pay day I'm going to try do the majority so I'm not rushing around in December.

fuzzpig Fri 25-Oct-13 22:00:44

I am not physically ready but I feel serene and excited about it at the same time! I know pretty much what we will be getting, the plans for the season and the day itself are taking shape and we are getting the house properly, fully decluttered thanks to the minimalism crew over on the Good Housekeeping board grin

LentilAsAnyFUCKERthing Sat 26-Oct-13 00:06:55

I definitely do not want to be rushing around in December, yuck!

Serene and excited, I like that! I used to be on the minimalism threads, just started trying to be on MN a little less and minimalised that too! smile But definitely working towards being a minimalist, except for December when all the baubles and stuff come out. That sounds like a good compromise - clear and clutter free January to November, Christmasmonth: deck the halls.

LentilAsAnyFUCKERthing Sat 26-Oct-13 00:09:27

Completely missed the two posts above my previous post, how odd. Ignore my question, Tess! DS has just turned three. Starting to feel like this Christmas will be really amazing with his understanding of it all, I am so excited thinking about him and Xmas this year.

TessCackle Sat 26-Oct-13 00:48:53

Lentil that's ok grin, I feel the three year old magic this year too!! I'm going to do the intricate bits of the tree the weekend after her birthday she's at dads then let her hang baubles etc. I can't wait!! She's asked to do a pumpkin next week too which will be... Interesting blush

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Sat 26-Oct-13 01:32:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

GillyBillyWilly Sat 26-Oct-13 08:27:43

60 days!!!!!!!! smile

Christmas shopping @ 38weeks.
Respect wink

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Sat 26-Oct-13 13:06:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AChristmassyJerseySpud Sat 26-Oct-13 14:11:19

I have my Christmas Spud on so time to get going :D

You might Angus but IME they get you through checkout as quick as possible just in case they need to do the "Hot Water , Soap and a Towel" routine.

(I had DS in the December before the Millenium. I was in Sainsburys the day before his due date. The lady on the checkout asked "Millenium Baby?"

I said "No, Tomorrow Baby . Due date tomorrow" (she looked shock and I'm sure she started scanning faster. "But he hasn't moved down or engaged so I don't think he'll make an appearance any time soon" grin

It used to be if you went into labour in M&S you got nice things. I'd go and wee myself just to test the theory.

blush of a wet bum versus basket of goodies. No contest.
<<Disclaimer>> only try this if you are due to drop wink

50shadesofknackered Sat 26-Oct-13 23:37:17

Yay! Our second So it's only thread! I'm getting so excited and as we're nearly into November it's almost time for me to start buying presents! I've got a good idea of what I am buying (I have lists in my Cath Kidston Christmas organiser, don'tcha know) wink and I get most of the kids stuff delivered. Can't wait to get started!

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and I'm watching the QVC Yankee Candle TSV (Todays Special Value)

Hmmmmmmmmmm, deciding whether to buy.

cheesypastaplease Mon 28-Oct-13 06:10:26

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Lentil - I'm in Scotland, where are you moving too?

Angus - so you'll have a lovely new baby for Christmas! If you do go into labour whilst shopping try to time it so it's a good shop rather than Poundland!

I survived dd's party!! I even made the cake myself - something I've never done before. So I'm going to try something from nigella's Christmas book this year. I envision myself with a lovely gingham apron dishing out lovely cakes and pastries to guests who pop in, however reality is I will send dh down to tesco as I will have burnt everything after hitting the wine too early!!

fuzzpig Mon 28-Oct-13 11:22:41

70 I was just remembering your board game thread - have you chosen one yet? I haven't.

I haven't chosen one yet fuzzpig I'm going to have to Google all the suggestions (I haven't heard of 99% of them. I am very out of touch blush )

I didn't buy the Yankee Candles but DD and I spent a while in House of Fraser sniffing them grin

LentilAsAnyFUCKERthing Mon 28-Oct-13 23:34:48

pasta, we are already in Dundee, we moved fast for DH's job so renting until we complete and can buy. Where are you?

Booked the Santa train, and bought some stocking fillers online, starting to feel more organised.

We also need a board game, thinking maybe snakes and ladders. A classic.

cheesypastaplease Tue 29-Oct-13 07:10:20

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Lentil - we are near Inverness so ages from you! Fingers crossed you get into house before Christmas.

LentilAsAnyFUCKERthing Tue 29-Oct-13 21:31:48

Thanks! The days are going too fast, slooooowwww down please!

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I need to start doing lists.
Lists and lists.
Food
Menus
Things To Get

Especially those little fiddly things that when you have mega bags of shopping you really CBA queuing twenty minutes for.

DH and I have our shopping trip in November
We take the DC out (usually London) to see the lights, but they don't really do shopping.

A trip to Lakeside or Bluewater to do shopping.

DD and I have ballet booked
DC have Young Driver
We're going to Kew Gardens for their Walk By Light.

Sometimes it's easier just to plough on with it myself grin

(Oh and there's online shopping of course)

BiddyPop Wed 30-Oct-13 08:34:31

We have a day of various shopping stops on our way home from Belfast today. Sensory space stuff for DD, Lakeland and hopefully home bargains, and then Sainsbugs for a supermarket shop to stock up. Yesterday was W5 and Titanic museum, really interesting but so much walking!

I must order my Christmas pudding jumper from next, as it's not in store anywhere. But DD's reindeer top turned up.

I need to look at my lists and rethink them, for what is left to do. But progress is being made!

50shadesofknackered Thu 31-Oct-13 06:20:20

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Have a fun Halloween everyone grin

cheesypastaplease Thu 31-Oct-13 19:23:12

Happy halloween everyone! Just back from guising with the dcs - first time they've ever been out and dd has announced that "Halloween is great". I think it's got a lot to do with all the sweets!

I finished my Christmas shopping yesterday. Just need to get a couple of boxes of chocolates and that's me. I have never been this organised before!

I finished my Christmas shopping yesterday

La La La not hearing this. Fingers in ears.
In complete denial that it's 55 days.
grin
Or thlgrin because the smileys will go soon.

I might try to sneak out next week (without the DC - they'll be back at school). Weekends are getting to be nightmares now for shopping.

<<Lakeland Limited Catalogue arrived today. I know it's been online for weeks, but I like the paper>>
Aaaaahhhhh.

fuzzpig Thu 31-Oct-13 19:55:56

We've had a lovely Halloween! Very low key as nobody ToTs round here (very few children in our close). We've done loads of spooky cake decorating and silly food and drink - first time I've managed so much and I feel really positive about doing the same at Xmas now. Also managed to paint pumpkins on DD's tiny fingernails. DD watching Nightmare before Xmas before bed. I have a feeling that some elements of today will become Halloween traditions smile

evem123 Thu 31-Oct-13 23:08:18

Aww fuzzpig thats lovely! Ive done most of my shopping allready as saved up with park and considering ds bday is boxing day there was alot to do. Tommorow ds is of to the cinema with his mates so I might sneak into town and do the rest, last week I saw christma lights being put up so hopefully everwhere is nice and christmassy

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and "Pinch Punch"

cheesypastaplease Fri 01-Nov-13 07:40:01

It's November people! One more month until advent starts. I've had the 1st December hamper packed and ready to go for weeks now!

Ok I think I was getting ahead of myself. I've just realised I've forgotten I need to get presents for some friends dcs - so I'm almost finished!

50shadesofknackered Fri 01-Nov-13 16:23:11

Does anyone know where can I get some nice boxes or hampers for my Christmas hampers? I havn't done this before but it's such a lovely idea i've had to steal it do them this year.

50Shades

HomeSense (household side of TKMaxx) or TKMaxx itself have gorgeous boxes. Cardboard , lidded , patterened inside and out. Had to stop myself stroking them today in Homesense

I've bought them the past 2 years but because they are so gorgeous and sturdy you need to keep them and put things in them.
One currantly holds black socks grin

This year I've bought plastic wicker type baskets to wrap in cellophane and ribbon.
They can get re-used as waste baskets.

50shadesofknackered Fri 01-Nov-13 19:38:16

Thanks 70 I'll get them tomorrow and the things to put in them. Can't wait smile

nickdrakeslovechild England Fri 01-Nov-13 20:52:33

I'm heading into town tomorrow for only the 3rd or 4th time this year and soooo excited. Now Halloween is over its Christmas all the way!

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<<singing "Sleigh ride" in my head for some reason.
"Oh yes it's lovely weather for a sleighride together with you" >>

cheesypastaplease Sat 02-Nov-13 09:38:43

50s try Poundland as well. Last year I got disney cardboard boxes from there for hampers, I'm reusing them again this year.

I LOVE Poundland!!

50shadesofknackered Sat 02-Nov-13 16:12:20

I never think about poundland, I'll have a look. Thanks

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tra la la grin

cheesypastaplease Mon 04-Nov-13 07:02:36

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OddBoots Mon 04-Nov-13 07:17:00

I think it's time for me to start in earnest, I've bought a few bits but it's time to make a list!

fuzzpig Mon 04-Nov-13 07:38:08

It feels like it was only a few days ago that it was 100! Can't believe it's 50 tomorrow.

I wrote lots of lists yesterday (but had to remember to hide the notebook now DD can read well)

Have you noticed the number of Christmas adverts on the TV now?

Hallowe'en is over, get past the Guy Fawkes week, then it's full blast.

cheesypastaplease Tue 05-Nov-13 06:39:57

50 winkwinkwink

I made up a Christmas playlist on iPod last night, made me feel all festive - it can't go on until 1st December though.

70s I haven't seen christmas adverts yet, the season will begin when I see the coke one!

My mil showed me her new metal Christmas tree the other day. I'm surprised to say that it's lovely - she did not give me a good description so had me imagining an awful looking thing. And then I'll get her lovely big old tree. When are you all putting your trees up?

nickdrakeslovechild England Tue 05-Nov-13 17:22:25

I got all my decorations down from the loft today, just checking all the lights work ect. I always put our decorations up on the 1st Dec. So excited this year so waiting until then is going to kill me. Now my DD is a bit older this year I have got the elf on the shelf and doing a December hamper for her to bring (our elf is a girl). Didn't realise I had bought so many books so its more like a December bookcase then a December hamper!

cheesypastaplease Wed 06-Nov-13 06:42:43

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Nicks - I think we'll put ours up on the 1st too as it's the only weekend dh will have off in December hmm.

fuzzpig Wed 06-Nov-13 08:22:51

I'm not sure when we will put ours up. It's always after my birthday (7th) and actually it's usually not until around the time school finishes. Although that's partly due to general disorganisation.

We are doing really well decluttering this year so hoping to have a much nicer living room to decorate, and also hoping to gather together all decorations and assess exactly what we've got, as due to a few difficult years and all the stuff my parents brought from their attic, it is in various boxes all over the house confused

BiddyPop Wed 06-Nov-13 08:31:04

I managed to get the study superficially cleared out over the weekend, but not deep cleaned. Enough for DH to work there this week at night!

I also bought my first batch of cards yesterday, now that the charity ones ar finally out. Why couldn't that have been before my trip 2 weeks ago when I had 4 hours to kill in airports and on planes?! Oh well, I didn't want to get M&S or Hallmark generic ones, and have managed to get naive hospice and children's hospital ones (I often miss the nice ones and get the dregs).

My Christmas pudding jumper should arrive today or tomorrow.

An I got a few as all things at the weekend at a local craft fair, including a nice jewelry set for 1 DSis that I have in the KK. (I should only have 1, but the concensus amongst siblings was to add spouses this yesr, but my spouse doesn't really want to get into it so I'll end up buying for both the DSzis that we drew between us). I know what I am getting for the other though, a GHD. I might add nice perfume to the jewelry, poor girl has had me buying for her 3 of the 5 years we've been doing this so I am running out of nice ideas for her.

Lots of shops put out Christmas displays over the weekend as well, and the weather has cooled so it feels quite nicely Wintery! grin

BiddyPop Wed 06-Nov-13 08:32:46

Oh, and getting a great lesson on St Peter from the authors collaborating at the table next to me in the coffee shop. Not quite what you expect here (mostly politics, economics or seriously high finance and business- but still, it's different!) smile

nickdrakeslovechild England Wed 06-Nov-13 08:45:46

It's cold here today, so as I am in the house on my own all day I have put my Christmas jumper on! Anyone want to bet this will be the day one of the neighbours pops round. They already think I am mad!

nickdrakeslovechild England Thu 07-Nov-13 10:06:33

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Cor, time is ticking on by.
I'm going to try to get a shed load of Christmas stuff tomorrow (weekends are a nightmare now for shopping)

Need to dive into M&S and Primark while the DC are at school.

fuzzpig Thu 07-Nov-13 20:22:14

Today I went to the Christmas Shop in London Bridge grin

It was small but lovely and I'm glad I went. Found a stocking (needed one) and some gorgeous miniature nativity decorations - I really want to focus on the nativity story in the lead up to Xmas this year. There's a lovely new picture book (by M Eliot if anyone's interested) so I'm thinking of giving that with the tree decorations. But don't want to mix it in with the Xmas eve stuff as I think it'll be too much. So thinking about the nativity stuff appearing on the day we put the tree up? What do you reckon?

Anyway, I was also ecstatic to find a lovely tree decoration which I've got for DH's stocking, in the shape of...

SHERLOCK HOLMES!!!

It is so cute grin

I've got another hospital appt in two weeks so I am planning to hit a few particular shops in London. Going to start another thread to ask for tips, as London shopping is not something I'm used to!

Are you going to be up for shopping after a hospital appointment fuzzpig ?
How long are you waiting around for?

(But the thought of a lovely festive shopping trip might keep you going)

fuzzpig Thu 07-Nov-13 23:47:44

Yeah it's all good thanks 70 thanks, the sessions are just talking for around 50mins and although I'm in Sussex the journey in is actually really pleasant. I've been doing stuff after each one since summer hols (when my parents and I took DD to some galleries), it's a nice excuse to do something different as I don't really go into London otherwise smile

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London is gorgeous at Chistmas time.
Do you like Covent Garden? It's lovely to wander about in.

(But not if the lifts are Out of Order. It's about a million steps } shock

cheesypastaplease Fri 08-Nov-13 07:07:32

I went to my favourite shop Poundland yesterday. DH was getting annoyed that I was in there for so long. I got loads including a snowman countdown sign in homage to this thread! I also got led lights and advent calendars - a jake and the pirates one for ds who will be delighted.

Dh got some chocolate which ds and I ate when we got home - dh is not impressed.

fuzzpig Fri 08-Nov-13 08:01:13

Convent garden is lovely. Haven't been in years! Will add it to the list grin

fuzzpig Fri 08-Nov-13 08:02:30

DH went to our local poundland yesterday - I'd read on another thread that some have Hey Arnold DVDs... no luck here though sad

cheesypastaplease Fri 08-Nov-13 09:23:24

Fuzz - I'll have a look for you next time I'm in, and it won't be long!! I haven't heard of Hey Arnold in years, I might get a copy for dc. Hope your health is good x

50shadesofknackered Fri 08-Nov-13 09:36:22

I bought lots of stuff yesterday for the dc's, all for delivery so I didn't have to brave the shops with loads of bags. I just have to make space, where it won't be discovered before Christmas now. Still got lots to buy but I'm very excited that I've started! I'll have it all done by the end of the month, then I can enjoy December.

Shopping trip today (after the excitement of buying a set of tyres grin )

Got some nice placemats for Christmas

A glass bowl for my Christmas sweets (to sit artfully on the coffeetable until DS plunders them)

And , AND ... IKEA have Mini Daim Bars again grin grin grin

But I was looking for a snuggly chocolate brown jumper, preferably in chenille. I found snuggly. I found chenille. I found nothing in chocolate brown.
<<sigh>>

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I'm taking DD out for some Girlie Shopping grin

Possibly London, possibly Westfield White City (she doesn't like Stratford City Westfields) .

Ooohh the joy, chasing her round Primark .--And carrying my own bodyweight in clothes home--

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DD and I went to White City Westfields.
Lots of designer shops.

I was [shocked] that DD only came home with a shirt
I bought a jumper

(Probably didn't buy much because we went by train)

I've been.
Don't think I'll make the journey again TBH.

marssparklesdownonme Sun 10-Nov-13 08:42:52

70 you might like to try this!smile www.signejohansen.com/?p=705 its one of our favourites. We use Milka with Daim when we can get it and cover with that or ordnary diam bars broken up in melted chocolate.

Ohh looks nice mars , I could do that for New Year (seeing family. DH doesn't eat chocolate and my DC wouldn't eat it. I need to find a substitute for Brown Cheese though)

DH and I spent a lovely hour or so watching "Lost Christmas" (Eddie Izzard film).
Sooo sad in bits.

marssparklesdownonme Sun 10-Nov-13 17:30:57

I googled brown cheese when i first made it and it suggested ricotta for a substitute. I've used it and it works fine!!grin

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cheesypastaplease Tue 12-Nov-13 07:44:00

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Too early for Deck the Halls?!

Yes, too early for Deck the Halls wink

Though it mentions "boughs of Holly" - which is my DD name .
So it can't be bad

^deck the halls with boughs of holly
tra-la-la-la-la---la-la-la-la^

MyBoilsAreFab Tue 12-Nov-13 21:50:39

It is my DS2's birthday today - only after this can I really start going full-n Christmas. Only 2 hours to go then I will be tra la laing with you all. So excited!

Happy Birthday Baby Fab Boils grin

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Forty two days.
That's ( whirr whirr 6 x 7 ermmm ) six weeks till Christmas. grin

kissmelittleass Wed 13-Nov-13 07:57:30

6 weeks today its been a long time coming..boxes of decs and tree at the ready for next week :0

MyBoilsAreFab Wed 13-Nov-13 09:28:50

Fa La La La La La La La La - now Ds' birthday is done, here I am!

Can't believe it is only 42 days away! I love the lead up to Christmas, planning the decorations and food, and have already got my festive Yankee Candles on the go.

I am planning on going all vintagey this year - got some lovely decorations in TK Maxx, silver and red mercury glass, will have lots of glass and candles etc. Excited!

cheesypastaplease Wed 13-Nov-13 12:32:57

It's never to early for Jingle Bells surely?

Here's 5 yo dd's version - Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells. It's been a trying few days!!

wfrances Wed 13-Nov-13 13:22:53

mind if join you..
i need to organised this year,so plan is to try and follow anthea turners perfect christmas 8 week plan.
starting by having a pre christmas declutter and sort out.

50shadesofknackered Thu 14-Nov-13 09:19:10

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Forty Forty Forty
The big 4-0 grin

Should really do a picture but it's late and I really need to pooter off to bed..........maybe later. smile

50shadesofknackered Fri 15-Nov-13 10:31:58

I'm itching to put the christmas tree up, is that wrong?!

50shadesofknackered Fri 15-Nov-13 10:32:28

I won't btw, although I really want to.

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I'm itching to put the Christmas Tree up , is that wrong?

Yes.
Very.
Your neighbours would be sooooooo judgey.
wink

BiddyPop Sat 16-Nov-13 00:10:11

Omg, we're in the thirties!

I need to get the shopping finished up soon!

I was going to do thanksgiving dinner but DH is away now and au pair' smother and aunt are visiting so she's staying in the city. Twould be a bit much to do a turkey for dd (who eats like a baby bird) and I only.....

cheesypastaplease Sat 16-Nov-13 08:02:44

We're in the 30s!! Dcs and I are listening to christmas songs this morning - dd loves shaking Stevens Merry Christmas everyone.

I'm pretty organised presents wise. So just need to wrap everything which I love doing whilst watching christmas films!!

fuzzpig Sat 16-Nov-13 08:27:00

Aaah it's getting so close! I can finally talk about Xmas at work without people looking at me like I'm crazy grin

I still have lots of presents to get but I'm not panicked and I'm happy that I have spent a lot of time thinking about what would be right for people.

Decluttering still going on too.

And this week I made an awesome dress up outfit for DD so I'm feeling confident about the crafts I've planned for Xmas too.

Yay! grin

fuzzpig Sat 16-Nov-13 08:27:27

And I love wrapping too, cheesy grin

I have a Yankee Candle burning
I'm going to sort out the presents that I've got stashed away (but I need to brace myself to wrap them ) grin

Shopping tomorrow (the joy) to try to get some presents for my DS (nightmare to buy for. If he doesn't have any hints for us, he'll get vouchers, money, Lynx and socks )

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I really need to get to bed now blush but I'm watching QVC .

DH and I are taking the DC out and I'm really going to apply myself to my list.
I can make DH be packhorse (in exchange for lunch) .

DC are having a Young Driver Lesson (part of their Christmas presents but we didn't want to book it too near to Christmas)

Good Luck to the instuctors I say wink

fuzzpig Sun 17-Nov-13 08:18:07

Gah! Yesterday I made the mistake of attempting to go in a few shops with DCs in tow (my parents took us to a naice neighbouring town) (incidentally I just discovered that 'naice' has been added to my autocorrect grin) big mistake it was packed and hot and the DCs kept running off. It was only an hour or so after we'd had lunch and been round a little museum. All I managed to do was sneak into whsmiths and use a voucher to get a few books for the DCs while they stayed with nanny and grandad looking at their creepy moving animal Xmas thing. I'll have to go back with DH on a school day to look in some of their indie shops as there's some specific things we want. I am determined not to take the DCs into town again before Xmas! hmm

OddBoots Sun 17-Nov-13 08:49:54

Our guest room is my Christmas grotto where I organise and wrap it all, we have guests this weekend so I've had to pack it all up but they are the last guests before Christmas so when they're gone I can get it all sorted. I'm about 95% bought and about 40% wrapped but I like to have it all done by the end of Nov so I can just bake and enjoy the season in Dec.

We've not put our tree up yet but we did need a new one so I've just ordered it. grin Squee!

50shadesofknackered Mon 18-Nov-13 13:59:56

37 it really isn't very far away now is it!

fuzzpig Mon 18-Nov-13 14:44:32

Getting really festive now! Craft and foody ideas are taking shape. Tomorrow I have a really early doctors appt (7.40?!?) and then DH is meeting me after dropping the DCs at school, we are going straight to town, having a cooked breakfast (since nowhere but wetherspoons will be open grin) and getting lots of shopping done. I'm especially excited about going to a music shop just outside town - my plans for an Xmas day band are taking shape and I want to test out some percussion instruments. DH has also requested a jaw harp as apparently he can play it. 11 years together and he still surprises me sometimes smile

fuzzpig Tue 19-Nov-13 18:00:34

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5 weeks tomorrow grin I'll be picking up the DCs' advent calendars so they don't all sell out in thorntons. And picking up DD's Xmas eve onesie as they didn't have her size in stock (next day service - am very impressed!)

50shadesofknackered Wed 20-Nov-13 08:12:15

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DD and I went to see The Nutcracker last night.
It was lovely.

My DD is a gymnast though and not a ballet dancer (she does dance at school)

I say whistfully "Oh that could've been you" and get the Evil Eye grin

And a Dirty MacDonalds beforehand for DD (I had apple pie)

cheesypastaplease Thu 21-Nov-13 06:57:02

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That sounds lovely 70s.

It's getting so close, we're going to see the coca cola truck on Saturday so that will be the official start of the season for us!!

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If I want to see the CocaCola Truck I'd need to go to Bluewater on the 23rd.
Can you imagine what it's going to be like on the 23rd.
M25 confused
Dartford Bridge confused
Dartfrd Tunnel confused
The shops <<nightmare>>

I think I'll watch the adverts grin

(You get a free can of coke apparently ) wink

fuzzpig Fri 22-Nov-13 13:54:44

Good grief there's no way I'd go near bluewater then. It'd be hell for me! Besides, I prefer Dr Pepper grin

My shopping afternoon in London yesterday was nice. Got some naruto bits for DSD, a cuddly Totoro for DD and some gorgeous bits and pieces in the National Gallery shop. My god I could spend a fecking fortune in there if I had the money. But I think DD will love her Van Gogh finger puppet grin

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I love London at Christmas fuzzpig though it seems to bring the worst out in people hmm

But we brave the streets to see the lights. smile

cheesypastaplease Sat 23-Nov-13 07:56:44

We're in the sticks so no idea what/where Bluewater is!!

I tried panettone for the first time yesterday - twas lovely. I feel that I have missed out for so long! Ds loved it so will have to get some more. Anyone tried to make it?

Bluewater is just over the Dartfird Crossing in Kent (I'm in Essex) . I go maybe 4-5 times a year (I prefer Bluewater to Stratford Westfielld).
DD likes Lakeside better (3 storey Primark grin ).

I saw a huuuuge Panettone in a tin at Costco yesterday (about 1kg) and I was really tempted but it would only be me eating it, so I'd get fed up after a couple of slices. I'll buy one of the small ones in Sainsburys.

Never tried to make it, it's so light, I've no clue how they do it. I can do banana and walnut buns but I let the mixer get on with the kneading.

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Next month will be Christmas Eve grin

We're into the Home Strait.

Soon be into the twenties.
Yesssss

cheesypastaplease Sun 24-Nov-13 18:43:17

Well we had a lovely day out yesterday. Went to local soft play which was unexpectedly busy and hell and then saw coke truck. Dd was excited as she was getting a tin of coke, and ds (almost 2) just kept pointing saying Sansa, Sansa - he is very adorable!

So Christmas has began!!

OddBoots Sun 24-Nov-13 19:04:52

Tonight dh and I will be wrapping, it should all be done by the start of December so I can have all of Advent un-stressed. It's something I've been aiming for for years but this is the first time I've come close.

nickdrakeslovechild England Mon 25-Nov-13 07:50:12

30! Saw my first tree up in the house down the road. Mine is going up on the 1st, but its killing me to wait

fuzzpig Mon 25-Nov-13 08:39:32

One month til Christmas! grin

Blithereens Mon 25-Nov-13 12:00:24

grin fuzzpig beat me to it! One month to go, hooray!

I didn't put my tree up this weekend, but it was an extremely close thing. I satisfied myself with making my cake and mincemeat instead. DH is working away this week so it will be nicer (and slightly more sane) to put it up next weekend and be able to enjoy it together.

We had a party for Doctor Who (....we're geeks) on Saturday and our village had a fete to switch the Christmas lights on as well! 'Twas lovely welcoming our friends amongst all the festivities!

nickdrakeslovechild England Tue 26-Nov-13 14:37:33

29. I can't believe I missed that is was one month to go yesterday. I am fit to burst with excitement.

fuzzpig Tue 26-Nov-13 18:13:16

Well now that winter is well and truly setting in I am finding it harder, as usual, to be cheerful. This season is always rough on my mental health.

On a more positive note, DCs came home from school singing Little Donkey - I've been waiting for them to learn it and was truly surprised DD hasn't in her two previous years at the school! And then it occurred to me that unlike most carols, I don't have the sheet music. So I found an old copy on amazon. Can't wait to start practising smile

cheesypastaplease Tue 26-Nov-13 20:55:54

I spent tonight wrapping some presents tonight. Dd was "helping" as she puts it - making a mess more like it! She was getting quite over excited about it all especially when I took the candy canes out to tie onto the presents.

Little donkey is a favourite of mine too, hopefully dd will learn it in time for her concert. and it will maybe stop her from singing Jingle Bells over and over again

I know what you mean fuzz - winter sucks sad. Thankfully Christmas is bang in the middle to cheer us all up x

No wrapping done yet but I looked through all the presents I've got so far.

DH and I planning out Day Out on Friday.
We always have a day of just him and me, buying nice things.

Usually he has a cold starting so he tags along with a hmm face so I don't him "not to be ill"

He's got a cold at the moment . Hopefully he won't be sharing it.

cheesypastaplease Wed 27-Nov-13 07:49:24

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70s I hope your dh isn't getting the awful, rendering them useless man flu. My dh regularly gets this, it's a terrible strain on the poor dear grin!!

BiddyPop Wed 27-Nov-13 22:04:44

Ooh, work blocked MN so I rarely get on recently. But things are getting organized and most shopping is done. I got out the advent calendar tonight for Sunday, and the bits to go in it. But I've lost the panto tickets so a slight panic until I find them again.

Sounds like the rest of you are nearly ready too.

DoubleLifeIsALifeOfSorts Thu 28-Nov-13 04:44:46

It's been a long time a coming this year... Have just bought final pressie and can move onto booking panto, then Christmas fooood! smile

cheesypastaplease Thu 28-Nov-13 06:51:49

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I got dd's school newsletter home yesterday so the calendar is filing up nicely with Christmas concerts and activities. Dd is fairly shy so not sure how she will cope in everything.

fuzzpig Thu 28-Nov-13 15:16:36

I wouldn't be afraid to cut out some things if you feel your DD needs to, cheesy smile my DD can be quite sensitive and easily overwhelmed so I have been known to cry off the odd thing (not things where her absence would affect others though obviously)

Had a really nice time with DH today, getting a few more bits and pieces like Xmas eve jammies and mostly stuff for the DCs' nativity outfits! DS is being a king, pretty simple really (and found some gorgeous not to mention cheap purple velvet for a cape) but DD is being a blackbird?!? So I'll be trying to change a baseball cap into a head/beak grin

TheXmasLogIn Thu 28-Nov-13 15:52:22

Fuzzpig I wonder if our DC go to the same school, my DS is a robin in his nativity and his best friend is a dove confused either that or there are lots of bird themed plays happening this year!

fuzzpig Thu 28-Nov-13 16:35:59

<narrows eyes at LogIn> grin

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Good Luck with the Black Friday Bargainsgrin

(I need to get myself off to bed now, I'm taking DH shopping today ) grin

DH and I went shopping today , spent a lovely peaceful day mooching round. Had lunch (not in Maccy D or KFC grin which would be DS choice).

Just realised there aren't a load of shopping weekends left <<gulp>>

Next week we're doing birthday stuff.
Then the DC shopping trip the week after (oh joy. DS would rather eat his spleen)
Then the weekend before Christmas it's Kew Gardens.

Getting near <<wooooo>>

BiddyPop Fri 29-Nov-13 22:34:27

Dd and I are sitting watching the Late Late Toy Show, an institution from my own childhood. DH is gone to bed in recovery from an awards ceremony in London last night, which meant not getting to bed until 5am - he's a bit long in the tooth for that! But he did eat with us when he got off the airport bus. Poor lamb.

Oh the excitement from DD though....

I don't think you have an equivalent in the UK.

cheesypastaplease Sat 30-Nov-13 07:40:11

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Tomorrow it's December folks!! Our elf will be arriving with a basket of goodies for dcs. I can't wait! MiL has made us a fabric advent calendar so that will be going up too.

Santa is literally coming to town tonight, he is switching on our towns lights! Along with a Christmas market and parade, should be lovely. Anyone else got plans?

fuzzpig Sat 30-Nov-13 07:58:30

Biddy I'm really curious about the late late toy show!?

Cheesy - I don't think we had a big lights ceremony this year (not that I ever go anyway - far too busy), but the mall is being inhabited by...

<drum roll>

Moshi monsters. hmm

fuzzpig Sat 30-Nov-13 08:01:22

And no, no plans, DH is off work and we will have a quiet day. Most of the Xmas preparations stay pretty much 'behind the scenes' until much later in the month, my DCs get plenty of build up from school and would be totally off the ceiling if we did stuff at home this early!

BiddyPop Sat 30-Nov-13 10:46:20

The late late show is the Friday night chat, entertainment and debate show, which is over 50 years old I believe. But every year since I was small it became a magical wonderland of toys, kids demonstrating them in funny or precocious ways, a train of bikes and scooters across the studio, a slot about books, and lots of talented kids singing, playing music or acting during the night too. Gay Byrne used to present it and was a great old grandad type figure with the kids, then Pat Kenny (commonly known as Pat the Plank) who was as wooden and stilted, and now Ryan Tubridy, who is a big kid himself and wears mad Christmas jumpers every year. It's chaos and mayhem, things go wrong, kids cry, kids are funny , the. Audience gets loads of free stuff,

D loves it, and is still fascinated that we would both watch it when we were small too. It's just an institution in Ireland, almost everyone watches it even when they won,t admit it grin

BiddyPop Sat 30-Nov-13 10:50:03

Dd has the advent calendars up this morning, all 3! My mum made a refillable one a few years back , and I bought a pictures and nativity story one as well. But DD conned the au pair into buying a chocolate one in Lidl this week, little minx.

She's gone to Gaelic training thank goodness, as she's hopping off the ceiling with excitement today. We have to brave the city centre later, to get DH passport photos done right, buy dd a guitar for her birthday present, and I might get a few more small things.

And apparently there will be fireworks to open the Christmas market in our town tonight, we might get there...

fuzzpig Sat 30-Nov-13 11:52:00

That sounds like a fun show biddy, thanks for explaining grin

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Pinch Punch
It's December grin

We're in the home straits now. Happy Advent grin

cheesypastaplease Sun 01-Dec-13 07:54:32

Happy 1st December!!

We are watching Arthur Christmas snuggled in dcs new blankets. Dd was mostly excited about the elf arriving back, I love how much she believes in it all!

tchgrin we have festive smilies tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin

fuzzpig Sun 01-Dec-13 14:50:49

tchgrin

I have spent the weekend doing the nativity costumes!

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(And I'm secretly counting down how many more Mondays I have to endure this year.

2nd/9th/16th. I finish work on the Thursday 19th. DC on the 20th )

tchsmile But very busy and have lots of hard work to do <<Solemn Face>>

cheesypastaplease Mon 02-Dec-13 06:44:06

I am on holiday this week. fsmile fsmile

I'm heading up to town today to get a few bits for Christmas Eve hamper and some new craft bits for dc.

cheesypastaplease Mon 02-Dec-13 17:51:33

So I think putting the Christmas tree up yesterday was a bad move. I have found almost 2 year old eating numerous candy canes, even with them being up high and them still having a wrapper on, and I just found him trying to use the garlic crusher on the tree lights!! Just as well he's so cute or I'd be losing my mind! fsmile

50shadesofknackered Tue 03-Dec-13 06:21:23

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I'm deep cleaning the house this week (not the most fun way to spend my annual leave) and putting the tree up and other decorations on Friday. Can't wait!! fgrin

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in 3 weeks time:

we'll be ready
the living room door will be papered over for the DC to burst through
DH will remember to charge the camera
the DC presents will be elegantly and artfully wrapped (oh, yes)
their stockings will be deposited at the foot of their beds

And just maybe, it will snow.

nickdrakeslovechild England Wed 04-Dec-13 08:27:16

70, that sounds perfect!

cheesypastaplease Wed 04-Dec-13 09:09:46

That sounds fab 70s, I can't believe it's only 3 weeks!

This morning I found ds behind the tree eating the chocolates from dd's advent calendar - he is a wee monkey! Dd is now not talking to him, and asked the elf for a new brother!!

nickdrakeslovechild England Thu 05-Dec-13 08:29:01

20. i'm off to Lincoln Christmas market today. So excited I didn't sleep last night. fblush

fuzzpig Thu 05-Dec-13 17:06:30

DD is very excited. Yesterday she asked me to teach her piano (I've waited for her to ask as I didn't want to push her) and she has been practising with a new book set I got on the book people (£3 instead of £15)... and she's discovered a simple version of jingle bells a little further on so she's determined to learn it by Xmas! grin

I'll be honest even before we started our family I always dreamed of sharing the piano with my future DCs - I don't know who is more excited, her or me!

The only problem is now she wants to practise all evening she's hogging it and I wanna play angry grin

fuzzpig Thu 05-Dec-13 17:10:20

and cheesy your little boy sounds seriously cute! I'll never look at a garlic crusher in the same way again grin

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we're into the teens.

DD is counting down on her iPod.

fuzzpig Fri 06-Dec-13 00:09:39

It's crazy close now! Better actually finish the shopping and start wrapping!

Going out tomorrow (erm, today) for birthday lunch so will do some more shopping in the lovely town centre we will be in. But won't be starting to wrap until after my actual birthday on Saturday grin

I really need to sort out my Xmas playlist on iTunes!

cheesypastaplease Fri 06-Dec-13 07:12:20

We had no power for most of the day yesterday so dc and I spent the day crafting. We have made gift tags using their footprints - should be cute if everyone realises what they are!

The last present arrived yesterday so I can finish wrapping and start delivering gifts. Going to make a big thing of it with dcs - trying to get dd especially to realise that it's not just receiving gifts.

Dd has her Highland dancing Christmas show tonight, she is a jingle bell, if better get my hankies ready. I get very over emotional at these things!!

fuzz that sounds lovely, I wish that I was musical or talented at anything so I could share with dc.

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Happy Birthday fuzzpig cake wine

You are in good company. Today is my PFB s birthday as well.
Happy Birthday DS (14 today)
I'm guessing you're a TINY bit older fuzz fgrin

cheesypastaplease Sat 07-Dec-13 08:08:41

Happy birthday fuzz! Sorry I didn't notice that yesterday! And Happy Birthday to 70s ds!

Dd's show was wonderful. She's only 5 and didn't really have a clue about the dance, but she tried very hard and was cute as a button. Very proud mummy!

Has anyone else got any dcs Christmas shows coming up ?

fuzzpig Sat 07-Dec-13 19:43:33

Thanks all! thanks

And happy birthday 70s DS - I'd wanted to post this morning before work (I always associate you with birthdays as I remember from last year's thread - and IIRC your DD's birthday is the day after my DD's not a stalker honest grin) but modem went daft. Hope he's had a great day!

Glad the show went well cheesy! Seeing my DCs' on Tuesday smile

fuzzpig Sun 08-Dec-13 08:53:43

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Quiet day in today, already got an Xmas CD on while DCs play! Carols on the piano later I think (not now, our walls are thin and I'm a considerate neighbour grin). DH moved the furniture round while I was at work yesterday so we've got space for the tree to go up (on the 20th, last day of school - and DSD will be here which will be lovely!)

Trying to get my head around exactly what still needs ordering online so I can do it one hit.

We can start the decorations now fgrin
DD was desperate to put them up last night but I said it was still her DBro birthday so not allowed.

We had a Carvery Meal (DS favourite) and he's embracing his X-Box at the moment .

(December birthdays need careful planning don't they ? fwink )

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We put our tree up yesterday (all the delicate glass baubles but no star at the moment)

Still need to do the rest of the decorations (like the bannister and top of the stairs ) but we're getting there .
Usually we do 10-14 days before, so we're still in time (just) fgrin

cheesypastaplease Mon 09-Dec-13 15:41:37

I'm just back from dd's first nativity. It was very strange, no baby Jesus or anything like that. Instead it was about a circus at Christmas time. No Away in a Manger, no Little Donkey - what is that all about??!

Hope all the birthdays went well!!

50shadesofknackered Tue 10-Dec-13 07:48:24

cheesy dd's nativities have been like this too. No Mary, Joseph or Jesus, they also seem to write their own songs! Dd1 had hers last night. She was adorable in it but I do wish they would just stick to the nativity story and the traditional songs. I've finished buying the presents and have now deep cleaned the house. I am currently watching everyone in the house like a hawk to make sure everything used is returned to the right place! I've bought all my presents now, just got to wrap.

Ahem 50shades

Aren't we forgetting something????

Taps foot impatiently.

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in 2 weeks time, we'll have Christmas fgrin fgrin fgrin

I'm going on a Christmas Shopping Trip tomorrow (for my sins)

Mid week should hopefully be quieter than weekends.

M&S
IKEA
Costco
Hair cut

Oh joy fwink

cheesypastaplease Wed 11-Dec-13 07:05:11

Thank goodness it's soon, every morning dd wakes up and asks if Santa has been! I will admit I have lost a bit of Christmas spirit but will try and find it before this wkd.

50s it was the same at my dd's play, I really missed the Christmas songs!

I'm going to deep clean the house next wk. I've just realised that i haven't really got anything for dh so had better sort that out soon!!

fuzzpig Wed 11-Dec-13 09:09:36

Yay, two weeks today! fgrin

Our school seem to do a nice combination of modern/alternative and traditional. The elements of the nativity are always there but dressed up in a different way.

The yr2s do the main structure/story, but each other class does a dance and a song. This year, one of the classes acted out the John Lewis advert! Everyone laughed when they held up a sign saying "there was once an animal who had never seen Christmas" (or whatever the exact words are - I've only seen the ad once on YouTube!) and the children looked so cute in bear/hare/woodland creature outfits. By the end lots of us were wiping our eyes - not just those with children in that class! It was such a great idea, it really worked.

50shadesofknackered Thu 12-Dec-13 00:23:52

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How could I have forgotten the countdown blush
I can't believe there are only 13 days. I'd better get wrapping!!

cheesypastaplease Thu 12-Dec-13 07:43:20

Ooh, I'm experiencing "the twitch", ds really needs a talking Scooby Doo doesn't he? I may have to sit on my hands for the rest of the day!

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Fri 13th fconfused

I'm going to do some nice, safe wrapping after the DC have gone to school-
but that involves scissors (risky)
setting up the ironing board to wrap on (it's huge and a good height)

and putting up decorations on the bannister

fhmm maybe I should err on the side of caution and just watch TV all day ...................................................

NowBringUsSomeFuzzpiggyPudding Fri 13-Dec-13 22:28:55

I basically just need to STOP BUYING BOOKS now

FFS fblush

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Didn't get the presents wrapped but I did dye my hair <<Hoorah>> fwink

cheesypastaplease Sat 14-Dec-13 14:36:15

Getting your done is extremely productive 70s!

Just back from dcs christmas party at local soft play. Ds loved Santa, he went right up and shook his hand. Dd at that age hated him!

fsmile it's funny how some DC are fazed by Father Christmas.
My DS has always been fine, DD was a bit confused the first time she met him (Paddington Bear Hard Stare was proffered)

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Ten days.
Tomorrow (Monday) we're into single figures.

Yeah, Baby fgrin

50shadesofknackered Sun 15-Dec-13 06:50:13

We took the dc's to Thomasland yesterday, it was lovely and so christmassy. I'm at work this afternoon/evening so I'm going to start wrapping tomorrow night with a Christmas film on and alcoholic drink next to me. I love wrapping evenings!

cheesypastaplease Mon 16-Dec-13 07:15:58

9 days!! We're in single figures people! fsmile fsmile fsmile

Next week it's frigging Christmas!! fgrin

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next week, Christmas Eve fgrin

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Just had a Twitch Moment and bought a coat (damn you QVC with your handy just-phone-and-order tempting technology)

This is for me fwink

cheesypastaplease Wed 18-Dec-13 07:48:37

A week today!! How is everyone's plan coming along? I am most looking forward to stopping the school run on Friday - I'm so over walking to school in the rain!

70s the twitch got me too! Dd now has a My Little Pony castle and ds has a remote control Scooby. Essential items surely?!! fgrin. A coat does sound sensible and doesn't everyone buy themself a Christmas present eyes up the make up I've stashed

50shadesofknackered Wed 18-Dec-13 16:06:36

I just spent another £70 because of the twitch fshock I AM OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!! No more! I am not looking at Amazon or going to the shops except Tesco again before Christmas!!! I can't believe there are only 7 days left, I remember whinging in February that I missed Christmas and that only feels like 5 mins ago.

I went to Sainsburys to squander my Nectar Points buy all my heavy non perishable groceries.

Doing really well in a non-Twitchy sort of way ..............until I went to the home decor aisle and I bought a candelebra and taper candles fshock

In my defence though, I have been looking (saw one in The Range but it was £££)
The Sainsburys one is a 5 candle one, simple but elegant, 33% off fgrin and I had my Nectar Points.

So not reaaaaally a proper Twitch .......

and I still need to go to Waitrose.

cheesypastaplease Wed 18-Dec-13 21:08:57

I haven't done any food shopping at all. I really to get a move on but can't face it. Ds projectile vomited earlier so have been cleaning that up all night - does not make me feel Christmassy! fsmile

When is everyone doing the "shop"? Also I'm making pavlova for Christmas Day dessert - does anyone how far advance that can be prepared?

NowBringUsSomeFuzzpiggyPudding Wed 18-Dec-13 21:52:07

We just had a huge tesco shop delivered making use of the voucher for £60 off a £110 spend! Included stuff for 'extra Xmas' with DSCs which for a change is before the 25th not after. Got another delivery booked for 23rd which will have fresh stuff but still need to fill the basket as I only reserved it with alcohol!

A few more little presents/wrapping bits and bobs to do in town tomorrow and then heading to work for the Xmas buffet lunch - so glad I'm off as I can spend the full 2hrs with everyone.

cheesypastaplease Thu 19-Dec-13 07:04:36

6 fsmile fsmile fsmile

Exciting!! Heading up to town with dh so he can buy my christmas present - he's very organised! So going to start food shopping or get some goodies that we will probably devour before Christmas

fuzz I never thought of getting it delivered, will definitely try to do that next year - I really can't be bothered with shops this year.

Time for a bit of Slade "oh I wish it could be Christmas everyday" although Shaking Stevens is my favourite fgrin,
I haven't heard Fairytale of New York yet 70s.

Oooh I heard Fairytale of New York on Tuesday ( I was working in a residential home so I couldn't sing along with the rude lyrics fgrin )

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I've finished work now for Christmas hooray.

Now to do all the Christmassy things,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

cheesypastaplease Fri 20-Dec-13 06:06:27

Dd finishes school today, I finished work on Wednesday. So lots of baking, watching films and exploring the woods for the elves to follow!!

I'm going upstairs to wrap the presents......................I might be some time fhmm

But if I do this now, then I have an excuse to go out later and have a good old Twitch in M&S, because my dear DC had The Face when I wanted to go last week.

I've made soup.
I've bought beer.

I can leave DH to it

<<gavel>>

NowBringUsSomeFuzzpiggyPudding Fri 20-Dec-13 18:44:28

The tree is up! All haphazardly decorated fgrin

It was lovely, DSD is here too and as I played carols on the piano everyone was singing along! We are living the dream people fgrin

There was some lalalaing from the others as they're all heathens they forgot the words so next year I'll be printing out lyric sheets!

I couldn't find the present DD wanted to get DS so have had my last twitch on amazon. We have an Amazon locker at work so I can pick it up before my last shift on Monday evening!

cheesypastaplease Sat 21-Dec-13 06:31:11

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fuzz that sounds perfect!!

We are going to local shops today to get a couple of presents. Then I'm going to "attempt" to make a chocolate log!

50shadesofknackered Sat 21-Dec-13 06:43:45

Going food shopping this morning and cleaning bathroom (again) before I go to work at 12, then wrapping presents when I get home tonight (the wrapping is never ending)!!!! I've got no time for work ! I have so much to do! (Mainly wrapping)

cheesypastaplease Sat 21-Dec-13 07:51:37

50s I've got to clean the house, but putting that off as long as possible! Loads to do with delivering presents and visiting relatives, it will be a busy weekend!

nickdrakeslovechild England Sat 21-Dec-13 19:53:50

I am all finished and wrapped, done the big food shop so ready to go. Got my LO 2nd birthday tomorrow then bring on the big day. I am so excited I could pop!

We went to Larndan today fgrin

Parked at the Underground (spaces, yes ) only £2 all day.

Got to Oxford Circus- it was tipping down. Luckily I'd check the forecast and we were all waterproofed but every 2nd person had a brolley, I got poked in the head so often, I'm a colander hmm

The shops were really Un- Christmasey. A few had music. The lights were on but looked much better when it got dark.
But most people were mooching round with meh faces.

Then we went to Kew Gardens Illuminated Walk (I'd booked it weeks ago, so of course it had to rain today )

It was ok. I reckon they could've had more Christmas lights.
It was busy but plenty of space to follow the trail.

Taking DD shopping tomorrow must be bonkers I need to get DS presents.
Bad Mother emoticon, but the little git just shrugs when I ask him what he wants.

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My DD is niggling me for a pair of Emu boots (I'm thinking of taking her to TKMaxx for a look at Bearpaw or similar)

Then I need to get my last minute fresh food .
DS presents
Some brandy for DH

And I'll be finished

fgrin

Then have to clean round and do some naice cooking.

cheesypastaplease Sun 22-Dec-13 07:45:13

I have now got all my Christmas food apart from goose fat, I got it all in local shops do managed to avoid Tesco - which looked chocca all day. Wrapped last of presents last night so it's all done - well ds's bike needs building but I'll leave that to dh.

Happy birthday nicks dc!

I will definitely attempt chocolate log today!

NowBringUsSomeFuzzpiggyPudding Sun 22-Dec-13 08:54:40

Happy birthday mininick!

We are having Xmas #1 today - DSDs are already here, DSS arriving later so we can exchange pressies, then his GF is joining us for a roast dinner and, after the little ones are asleep, a quiz that DH and DSD2 have been working on for weeks! They've (well DSD has, since DH is clueless about such things) put it together on PowerPoint and they'll be using a cable to put it on the TV screen. I can't wait! We've agreed it'll be a new tradition but we will take turns to be quizmaster. So I will be doing it next year fgrin

Determined to do some baking this morning with DD. Sooo sleepy though. Haven't got out of bed yet fblush

Happy 2nd Birthday to Babynickdrake

cake

2

Two days to go.
Are we all ready?
Didn't think so.

I need to get to bed now, going to brave Waitrose tomorrow (mad) to get the last minute things.

It'll all pull together at the final furlong I'm sure fwink

50shadesofknackered Mon 23-Dec-13 06:12:57

Wrapping finished except for 2.little ones thank God! I didn't think it would ever end. Upstairs cleaned (again) and bedcovers changed. Just going to clean downstairs (again) do some last minute washing, take dd1 to Dr with her cough, then have a late shift fsad I'm popping to Tesco tonight after work for the fresh stuff, I figure it should be quiet at 10pm. Then just christmassy stuff tomorrow,yay!

NowBringUsSomeFuzzpiggyPudding Mon 23-Dec-13 08:59:05

Woohoo not long now!

I really need to get up as our final tesco shop should be arriving in the next hour or so. Lots of fresh stuff and far too many desserts I'm lying, there's no such thing as too many desserts

Xmas #1 yesterday was fab, played loads of games and also went for a nice walk in the dark to look at inflatable snowmen Xmas lights in the neighbourhood.

Got a bit more wrapping to do but nothing major. DH got called in to work today - a total PITA but hey, we get to keep the Soda Stream he's demonstrating?! Bribery much? grin

Thankfully DSD is staying another night to babysit as I have the late shift.

nickdrakeslovechild England Mon 23-Dec-13 11:47:26

Thank youfsmile my LO was truly spoilt thanks to Reastie and her amazing bargain threads. Very tired, but looking forward to Christas day now. The rest of the family arrive later today then a small shop locally for a few fresh things then we are all done here. Probably wont be popping back so Happy Christmas and see you in a few days for next years count down fgrin

cheesypastaplease Mon 23-Dec-13 19:55:02

I did my last shopping today and I'm done!! fsmile

What's your plans for tomorrow?

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One day to go.

<<Looks on the NORAD Santa Tracker>>

<<Checks my presents have been loaded on I've been Good ALL Year >>

Happy Christmas Eve fgrin

And a Merry Christmas Eve to RabidCarrot who started the Countdown Thread

50shadesofknackered Tue 24-Dec-13 06:33:29

ITS CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!! fgrin fgrin fgrin
Going to dm's this morning then home at lunch time. Making mince pies later, then watching Christmas film/tv, tracking Santa, have a Chinese takeaway for tea, bath, New pj's and kids leave out mince pie, carrots etc.then off to bed. Hopefully dh and I can relax in front of tv with disgusting amounts of champagne before putting the presents out. Oooo I'm very excited!!

cheesypastaplease Tue 24-Dec-13 06:56:24

It's Christmas Eve!! My favourite day of the year! fsmilefsmile

So much to do today. Make soup, prep veg, I was going to cook turkey today but it's still frozen!

Dd and I are going to make cookies for Santa and decorate the glass jars for the landing strip.

We are going on a walk with dcs and neighbours later in the woods behind our house. The plan is that the kids will find snowman soup which I made up last night hanging from the trees, but the weather is wild here so not sure if it will work out!!

I will report back later - hope everyone has a good day!

fsmilefsmilefsmilefsmile

NowBringUsSomeFuzzpiggyPudding Tue 24-Dec-13 22:39:35

DD is still awake fhmm

Have had a lovely evening though. Morning was a bust due to my illness being particularly bad, but much improved later on. Had to cut out some plans due to the horrendous weather but still managed to receive the elf delivery - DCs so excited!

Just finishing watching White Christmas before we trundle off to bed. I get weepy at the end. My parents are in their 60s and have never seen it fshock

NowBringUsSomeFuzzpiggyPudding Tue 24-Dec-13 22:42:22

I really really hope DD falls asleep properly soon. She was fine going to bed (the onesie helped! And we took turns reading pages of the Grinch with nanny too fsmile) but then woke up and went all clingy. Any time we go near her door she pops up like a meerkat.

Everything else is ready but we need to do the stocking!

50shadesofknackered Tue 24-Dec-13 23:41:10

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a lovely time

Merry Christmas
Peace on Earth

Happy Cooking (remembered to take the chicken breasts out of the fresser for the DC)

See you all for the New Thread fgrin

cheesypastaplease Wed 25-Dec-13 10:12:38

Merry Christmas everyone!! Hope you're all having a fab day x

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