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

(83 Posts)

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 .

In no particular order:

Marzipan & ice a small Christmas cake

Wrap the last few of the DC's presents

Put the tree up (waiting for DD1 to come home)

Make a chocolate chestnut torte and freeze it

Buy DH's present when he tells me what he wants

Write and post the cards - I refuse to do this until we have the first couple of cards from rellies through the post

Make stuffing and freeze it

DS's carol concert on the last day of term

Trip to Waitrose - novelty value only I usually shop in Morrison's/Tesco

Church nativity play on Christmas Eve

Finish unpacking boxes from our move last week

princesscupcakemummyb Sun 08-Dec-13 21:55:00

food shop

get husband gifts

finish wrapping gifts

LegoCaltrops Sun 08-Dec-13 21:58:18

You make your marzipan!? <faints>

Onelittlebugbear Sun 08-Dec-13 22:04:09

Present for my mum, she has nothing. NOTHING. I'm still on a quest to find a smallish grey leather handbag but I'm failing miserably.

Stocking presents for dh.

Couple of friends left to buy for.

And I need to wrap it all. <weeps>

Also need a haircut and to buy something new to wear for me and ds. Not sure when that's going to happen tbh. Probably won't get a hair appointment now anyway, will just have to look hideous as usual.

Hobbes8 Sun 08-Dec-13 22:05:46

Move house. And possibly have baby. Yikes.

elQuintoConyo Sun 08-Dec-13 22:07:04

Make presents to send to Australia... yeah, I realise they're going to be late. Oops.

Finish making Christmas cards. Don't send many, so not a mammoth task.

That's it.

LO is young, there's just the three of us, no huge food shops to do, no huge parties/family shindigs to go to.

Oh, snd the tree etc is going up on Friday. Yay!

dementedma Sun 08-Dec-13 22:08:17

Marzipan and ice cake
Try and find smart trousers to fit chubby 11 year old ds so he doesn't wear trackie bottoms on Christmas day
Write letter to go in cards for elderly rellies.
Rest is done pretty much

curlew Sun 08-Dec-13 22:11:16

What have I got left to do? Everything. It's only the 8th!

Gladvent Sun 08-Dec-13 22:11:35

Flipping heck I was reading these thinking, yes must get a cake, go to school performances, send some e-cards before my Jaquie Lawson expires, do a food shop, and then I saw Hobbes8's post and it kind of dwarfs everything else!

Good luck with that smile

LegoCaltrops Sun 08-Dec-13 22:12:14

Haircut if I can get an appointment.
Wrap presents.
Marzipan & ice cake.
Food shopping.
Make sausage rolls & mince pies.
Make about 8lb of fudge to give as part of various people's presents.

mumslife Sun 08-Dec-13 22:13:31

Demented ma
I have the same problem with my 11 year old lol!
Still to do
All the present wrapping and there are loads
Sourcs some more buterflies for my tree
Small amazon order to sort out
Xmas cards to do
Deliver some presents a two hour drive away
Buy some vouchers
Fresh food shop

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Sun 08-Dec-13 22:16:59

I remember about 6 weeks ago that I decided to do one job around the house each week in the lead up to Christmas. Things like 'clear out all wardrobes', 'tackle cupboard under the stairs', all those horrible jobs you put off. I now realise I haven't yet started my quest and there's only 2 more weeks of school for the DDs. Shit.
So to answer your question, I still have pretty much everything to do. DP ordered the meat last week though. No tree up, many presents still to buy and wrap, dunno really, just loads!

Hobbes8 Sun 08-Dec-13 22:19:52

Ha! Thanks Gladvent. The good thing about it is that no one has any expectations of me this Christmas. I certainly won't be making my own marzipan this year. (Or any year)

dementedma Sun 08-Dec-13 22:22:08

mumslife have u had any success? Can't even get jeans to fit - all cut for skinny little!
lads. Ds is already 5 foot 5, size 6 shoes and is an all round big lad. Sick of seeing him in joggers but can't find trousers to fit.

Hobbes fwink

(My PFB was 14 yesterday. I remember people asking me "What if he hangs on till Christmas/ Millenium"

No way . He was meant to be a Nov 30th so by the 7th he'd already lollygaggged an extra week.

And I had Chris Tarrant (Capital Radio) counting down the days .................

Good Luck with the move and the baby.

TheXmasLogIn Sun 08-Dec-13 22:25:15

This year was going to be the year I had bought and wrapped all presents by the end of November. By mid Nov I had got the majority and relaxed a bit. It's now only 12 days until the kids break up from school and I'm starting to panic about everything I still have to do

- buy the remaining presents, mostly for adults though, and wrap everything.

-will start on wrapping tomorrow while kids are at school and aim to get it all done by the end of the week.

-order food. I have a Tesco slot reserved with pringles and sausage rolls, but family will probably be expecting a little something more for christmas dinner

-shopping trip to local big town. I hate real life shopping with a passion, but there are some things that I can't/don't want to get online.

-put up the tree and the rest of the lights and decorations, also need to get a poinsettia for the window.

-make mince pies and gingerbread house with the DC. Problem here is DC's schedules are fully booked the next 2 weekends already and also quite a few after school events coming up too.

-organise transport/attendance for a myriad of extra curricular outings for the DC (see above) DD is in a choir so has numerous carol concerts plus brownie/scout/school christmas party, christmas swimming gala (why oh why?) and 2 separate pantomines. Then there's the school nativity plays, christmas lunches and christmas jumper day too!

-finish decluttering the house. Only kitchen and bathroom to go now. Oven needs a good clean out too as there is a faint whiff of cheese every time it heats up fblush

God that list is massive and there's probably more I haven't thought of yet <adds get off MN and do some work to list>

Homemade marzipan is much easier and scrummier than packet stuff. I make it a bit softer so it's easier to roll out and forgives the lumpiness of the cake.

(It does have raw egg though so not to everyones tastes. Extra Amarretto - purely as a preservative- sorts that out)

piratecat Sun 08-Dec-13 22:26:33

wrap all presents.
send cards to europe and uk tomorrow.
buy postboxes for gift to europe tomorrow.
buy a tree on friday (we chop one down at local place)
get car tyres checked and a new one i think.
find some shoes to go with a dress, i have been to two shopping towns in two days and found nothing. help.

buy gifts for last few people.
dye my hair
oh food, we need food too.

Dilidali Sun 08-Dec-13 22:29:32

Make biscuits and mince pies.
Deliver cards.
Make soup and freeze.

I seem to have gained another couple around the Christmas table. Which is brilliant and makes us really happy ( really). I need to borrow chairs and cutlery. AIBU to ask them to bring their own cutlery, napkins, chairs, plates etc?

Shinyshoes1 Sun 08-Dec-13 22:30:18

Wrap the rest of presents
Travel 2 towns away delivering cards , seeing people before Christmas
Take my mums husband tesco to get his Christmas booze
Get turkey

MissPricklePants Sun 08-Dec-13 22:33:04

wrap presents
finish buying gifts
write and send cards
get dd to write her name in a zillion cards for school (she is 4! it will take ages!!)
food shop

oh good grief I have loads to do and not got much free time until I finish work on the 20th!!oooops!!

LadybirdSpots Sun 08-Dec-13 22:33:25

Hobbes good luck with the move & the baby!

I thought I'd been really organised this year but I'm stressing already.

Still got to:

Write 30 cards for DS's pre school class

Buy stamps and post relatives cards, hand deliver local ones

Make DS stocking (I'm horrendous at sewing so that should be fun)

Wrap sisters and DSs stocking presents

Make sweets

Paint teachers cards with DS

Take him ice skating/to the circus/to see Santa

Wrap last few presents

Find something to wear on Xmas day

Not really an awful list but it's enough!

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 08-Dec-13 22:39:59

I'm rubbish at homemade marzipan. It doesn't roll out into a liftable sheet so I end up just chucking chunks on and smoothing it together.

I need some stocking fillers and a couple of pressies for dh
Plaster the cake
Wrapping presents
Ordering meat
Help dd with making sweets for her friends (no idea what sweets to make though, did fudge last year)

I'm feeling like its manageable this year, really chilled about it.

-Wrap all presents
-Write and send all cards
-Empty spare bedroom, strip wallpaper, build two wardrobes and have that room and DS' room re-carpetted
-Wash all baby clothes and bedding
-Finish packing hospital bag for me, DH and for DS to take to grandparents
-Xmas decs up (tree went up today)
-hair cut (Tuesday)
-stocking fillers
-oh, and have baby. Preferably not on one of the days I have other plans.

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
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".


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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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,
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
-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.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 09-Dec-13 00:21:35

I forgot

-have hair cut
-make mince pies

clary Mon 09-Dec-13 00:27:16

Most things really.

Hobbes8 you win without a doubt.

But OP hats off to you for making yr own marzipan! I make my own icing but even I draw the line at marzipan. Is it better??? Is it hard to do?

CoffeeQueen187 Mon 09-Dec-13 00:33:19

Magentastardust - I would ask if you were me, but my birthday is in February grin

And yes, December is a crazy crazy time if year. Ds3 will be 1 on the 17th and ds2 will be 5 on the 30th

I think I have learned my lesson to stay away from the male species during March grin

ZingSweetPea Mon 09-Dec-13 04:24:14

I put the lights on the Christmas tree (done), cook the meal on Christmas Eve and wrap half the presents.

the rest is in the hands of DH.
He buys the tree, does all the shopping (gifts and food), writes the cards, cooks Christmas lunch - he loves it!

ZingSweetPea Mon 09-Dec-13 04:28:55

stardust & coffee

we have lots of birthdays in December:
5th - DS3
6th - Nephew 4
11th - DS3's best friend
14th - DS4 and my dad's brother
15th - mum's brother
17th - Nephew 1
19th - my sister (and my late dad)
22nd - Nephew 5

do I win?grin

Thanks coffee smile

I also forgot to add 'finish reading hypnobirthing book and actually practice the techniques. And get DH to read it a bit too as he thinks it's a load of crap'

I'm worrying about DS2 having a Christmas birthday but he would only be one birthday to worry about at this time of year - god knows how those of you with loads of them manage?! I guess that's another thread... grin

Lizzylou Mon 09-Dec-13 07:29:42

Write and post Christmas cards
Wrap presents
Ice Christmas cake
Collect 3 bird roast
Do veg/wine/booze shop

Doing better this year.

NearTheWindmill Mon 09-Dec-13 07:55:45

No I win - DS was born on 25th grin. He's 19 this year and it has been fine - in fact it's made it all a little bit more special. We called him Ebeneezer for about three minutes until the midwife told us off and then gave him a very sensible first name and threw Caspar into mix! Not one usually thought of as a Christmas name but one of the three wise men but I digress.

knittedslippersx3 Mon 09-Dec-13 08:04:37

Erm, things left to-do?
I have no presents, no cards, no paper, no food!
I have done a big fat nothing, at some point panic is going to kick in, isn't it?

Dillydollydaydream Mon 09-Dec-13 08:20:45

Wrap all dcs presents. I have 4 so may take a while!
Buy stocking bits.
Order booze and food for festive period. Meat already sorted.
Make shortbread, truffles and possibly a gingerbread house if I can be bothered have enough time.
Find my festive feeling

ZingSweetPea Mon 09-Dec-13 08:21:59



I have just suggested Caspar/Jasper on a baby names thread as suitable for a Christmas time baby!
good name.
and Happy Birthday to him, big lad but still your baby, isn't he?

Belle15 Mon 09-Dec-13 08:40:28

Buy all christmas food and drink blush

Have a clear out of kids toys

Make and write Xmas cards

Finish buying presents(Not even half done!)

Wrap said presents

Make and write Xmas cards!

Buy treats for kids at school

Hmmm stressed much?

BitOutOfPractice Mon 09-Dec-13 08:45:16

In October I tried to get a hair appointment for the weekend before Christmas. They laughed at me. They'd been booked up since July!!

CoffeeQueen187 Mon 09-Dec-13 09:15:42

grin Windmill. Ebeneezer would've been a great name! I have to say I've never heard of anyone with that name, apart from Scrooge of course.

Zingsweetpea - that is a lot of birthdays shock I wouldn't know where to start with all of them. Good luck to you grin

fuzzpig Mon 09-Dec-13 09:26:31

Loadsa stuff.

A few more bits to get in town - only one trip needed, waiting for deliveries as well though.

Make a few cards with DCs

Take an inventory of what we've actually got for presents, make sure it's roughly even and hopefully avoid The Twitch (although I had a bit of a twitch on amazon yesterday fblush)

Wrap everything!

More decluttering as progress has somewhat slowed down lately

Tidy the hell up. This unfortunately includes a huge backlog of laundry since our washing machine packed up and new one isn't due til Friday! fsad Need to hand wash uniform in the meantime though.

Plan food, also need to ask if my parents mind getting a takeaway on Xmas eve since they'll have the car fgrin

Redo tesco order for 23rd (just put loads of alcohol in the basket to book the slot. Even though we don't really drink fhmm)

Find out if friend is coming or not on the day

Phone another friend, realised we haven't been in touch since last Xmas eve fshock

Get stuff ready for the den we are 'building' for DCs (the elves will leave clues to it on Xmas eve, and their jammies will be there)

Figure out where all the decorations are scattered, put them up (20th dec, last day of school) and get decent boxes ready to put them away properly/safely in Jan

Decide what presents are going to be from parents/grandma (they prefer to give us money so we choose 'assign' items to each IYSWIM) and Santa

Plan post-Xmas family cinema/lunch trip

Find out if we are having any other visits/visitors

Order school photos, just remembered we've got 2 days left before discount ends!

Finalise Xmas iTunes playlist grin

Find out if I can manage to go to any carol services this year

Get DCs to choose presents for each other and DH (they've already done mine apparently!)

Erm... think that's it fconfused Thankfully after my late shift tonight I've got the rest of the week off!

CoffeeQueen187 Mon 09-Dec-13 09:35:04

Oh I've just thought of something else, I need to buy the kids Xmas clothes and go for my nail appointment.

Think I'd better start writing things down and crossing them off grin

curlew Mon 09-Dec-13 09:39:19

I've just remembered - I suppose I need to buy some presents.......

Wobblebeans Mon 09-Dec-13 09:45:19


Wrap all presents
Write and send christmas cards
Throw out any broken old toys to make space for new stuff
Buy christmas food
Tidy and clean whole house
Buy stocking fillers

And I'm sat on my bum on mn fhmm
There are some drawbacks of being a lazy person!

fuzzpig Mon 09-Dec-13 09:45:20

Oh yes I forgot:

Get DD (6) and possibly DS (4) to do their school cards

Bring home chocolate (presents) I've stashed in my locker

Make sure I get food I've promised to bring for work Xmas lunch (which is actually on a day off but I'll go in anyway)

Finish making DS' present of a dressing up outfit - few bits of embroidery and spray painting a wooden hammer gold fgrin

Carry on with DD's piano lessons - she has just started learning with me and is determined to learn jingle bells by the big day!

Finish reading current book with DD so we can start a new one (got a few lovely gift editions to give her for Xmas) - that's just me being silly though fblush

Take back a load of library books

fuzzpig Mon 09-Dec-13 09:47:24

Oh and baking/crafty bits too hopefully!

snowmanshoes Mon 09-Dec-13 10:16:50

Declutter and clean everywhere (may even have to tackle the oven - God help me!)
Find several presents that I have hidden too well and wrap them
Wrap all of DD2's pressies (have done DD1 so atleast that's a start)
Get PIL's presents, its going to have to be vouchers at this rate
Make crafty bits with dd's, will do bits and pieces whenever I get a spare half hour
School plays
School discos
School carol concert and possibly church visit but not 100%
Watch Frozen (take dd's and make dh come too!) and have a walk round Christmas market - even if for only 10 mins. I'm determined to get to one this year!
Take dd's to see reindeer at local garden centre and have a hot chocolate (dd1 is really looking forward to this more than anything else so must squeeze it in)
Go for meal - anywhere, don't care as long as I don't have to do anything except eat and drink
Write cards, scrap that - buy cards, then write them
Decide on plans for Christmas Eve, order in food or atleast have something in the cupboards a bit special.
Buy some sodding squirty cream - keep forgetting arrrrggghhhh!
Going to Chessington for a couple of days so make sure we all have warm nice clothes and pack it before the school breaks up.
Luckily I got mine and the dd's hair cut the weekend, dropped off some presents to friends and collected pottery pieces that dd's painted, so feel like I did something productive.

BobCrotchstitch Mon 09-Dec-13 10:21:29

I too started really early and have been giving myself smug pats on the back at my superior organisational skills. Except the "one room a day weekend blitz" has so far only involved detail cleaning the fire place and washing the tiles in the bathroom.
Also several well thought out gifts I realise are still virtual gifts as I haven't actually made/ ordered them yet.
I clearly am not cut out for such aspirations fgrin

ZingSweetPea Mon 09-Dec-13 10:24:15


remember to buy squirty cream!wink

DontmindifIdo Mon 09-Dec-13 10:25:04

oh god I've got tonnes!

Currently taking a break from writing cards (we had some printed with a painting of a snowman 3 year old DS did, I thought that would be cute and how organised of me to order them early November, only arrived today!)

Post gifts to people we won't see before christmas

Wrap gifts (first get DH to make DS's pirate ship, I'm not dealing with that christmas morning, we'll wrap the finished article, not the box)

Pick up some John Lewis vouchers - for my DB and some for DS's nursery key worker

sort out tips for cleaner and postman (anyone else?)

Get hair dyed

go onto ocado and change the order

Make a birthday cake (for 27th Dec, best do it before or I'll be doing it at midnight on boxing day!)

Put up decorations (next Saturday)

seems alot...

fuzzpig Mon 09-Dec-13 12:15:07

How funny, just after posting the friend who I'd been meaning to phone actually called me - had a long catch up smile

TheXmasLogIn Mon 09-Dec-13 17:08:06

Well I made a start on the wrapping today, but didn't even get half of it done. I have got the DC way too much, or at least it looked that way spread out over the living room floor fshock I usually keep a few things back for New Year though and I might also save some of them for their birthdays instead.

Started to get the twitch because DD's pile looked bigger than DS's (bigger boxes) but thanks to my lovely spread sheet I know he actually has slightly more than her and his stuff cost me more too.

Hopefully I will get the food all ordered tonight as I can't wrap in the evenings anymore as DS doesn't go to sleep until 10pm ish and will be up and down to get drinks/use the loo before then and I will be too tired after that.

Frozenatchristmas Mon 09-Dec-13 18:15:06

Wrap all gifts. Just waiting on one to be delivered.

Finish the online food order from asda.

Go to marks and spencer on 23rd to get ordered food

Clean the house

Have an afternoon, by myself, to watch some made for TV rubbish christmas movie.

MummyPig24 Tue 10-Dec-13 05:29:43

I've wrapped everything I have bought. But we still need to buy for Fil, gfil and BIL.

I'm ordering the turkey crown today. There are pigs in blankets and stuffing in the freezer, cranberry sauce in the cupboard and I've started getting drinks and crisps and some mince pies.

I still need to get bike helmets for the kids and check that their bikes are all there in the boxes. And I need to finish writing Christmas cards.

None of that will happen today as from 12 I have 2 children and from 3.20 I have 4 children. And it's ds school play tonight. But I will go to asda this morning for more wrapping paper and labels and will get a few festive bits with my usual shop.

MummyPig24 Tue 10-Dec-13 06:52:00

Turkey and bike helmets ordered!

WipsGlitter Tue 10-Dec-13 07:03:32

Write and send cards
Finish getting presents
Wrap presents
Ice cake
Get tree
Put up decorations
Make wreath for front door
Pay deposit for Christmas dinner
Massive house tidy
Write shopping list
Do big shop

Lots more I've not thought of!!

woodchuck Tue 10-Dec-13 07:12:58

Still to do:

Buy last gift each for ds and dd
finish wrapping (less than half done), and for that purpose:
Buy more wrapping paper and tags
Buy more cards and write. I did buy enough until 10yo ds comandeered a box after saying he didn't want any
Shopping for food. I have booked a tesco slot but it needs heavy amendments. Also m&s for treats
Work Christmas do on Saturday. Need new dress
Christmas meet up with uni friends , Sunday
plan a party for 28th
prep spare beds for guests
Kid's activities:
3x Christmas parties
choir carol concert
Scouts carol concert
choir bbc recording
School play
church nativity
Christmas day choir service
post cards UK and Europe

snowmanshoes Tue 10-Dec-13 12:34:07

DD2 presents now also wrapped and even more importantly - squirty cream bought x2!

Ok can relax a bit now!

MARGUERITE18 Tue 10-Dec-13 13:32:09

buy winter wonderland ticket and attend
buy xmas eve pjs
fill sacks
cinema for frozen
buy more pressies
cinema again
carol service
big clean and tidy
craft day
make yule log
finish paying xmas dinner off

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