So, what do we still have left to do? List thread!! : )

(59 Posts)
IHeardMummyDissingParcelforce Tue 17-Dec-13 16:37:06

I need a list on here so I can refer to it and at least think about stuff when I can't move because I'm pinned down by the baby fgrin

So in the Dissing household as of today we have:

sent cards to most people on the posting list

sent parcel to my sister and SIL

wrapped quite a few presents, children/baby allowing!

bought exactly ZERO special food (I hate food shopping)

obsessed about house buying, again, which is hardly relevant to the season

and wondered about going in Currys and decided not to as it was a bit, erm, busy.

Pathetic, non?

Feel free to add your own personal To Do list and update as you go.


givemeaclue Tue 17-Dec-13 16:38:10

On line food order.
Party for 55 people

That's it!

IHeardMummyDissingParcelforce Tue 17-Dec-13 16:39:17

55 people?!


givemeaclue Tue 17-Dec-13 16:40:28

Followed by a quiet and relaxing xmas

ChristmasYoni Tue 17-Dec-13 16:43:10

Buy fresh foods and vegetables on 23rd :-)

TheBitchesOfWeestick Tue 17-Dec-13 16:44:32

Buy gift vouchers for my folks and beer for my nan's partner
Wrap presents
Make photo calendars - they won't be ready for Christmas now as I'm unlikely to get round to it tonight
Few last bits of food shopping
Pick up turkey joint on Sunday

Btw OP your username is my absolute favourite on MN right now grin Genius.

CaptainSweatPants Tue 17-Dec-13 16:45:45

Blitz the house for inlaws coming or make dh do it at the weekend

Bake mince pies or make dh do it at the weekend

Food shop or you see where I'm going with this list grin

piratecat Tue 17-Dec-13 16:49:33


i have two things i need to take back for a refund, they are things i bought for me/party clothing. I am in no hurry, but am obsessing i have to do the 40 miles round trip before Christmas. This is not helping my thought process!

I KNOW i only bought them last week and that i have plenty of time to get a refund.

Debating what day to get the veg in at the moment. I'm thinking Monday (but scared there will be no parsnips-this has happened before-small town)

I Have bought all non perishable xmas grub, over the last few weeks (budget).

Have some presents to wrap, but finished all of dd's today, from me and stocking.

Pick up two more gifts for dad, and sister.

Two cards to buy for hand delivery. (sounds rude)

Wash kitchen floor
Hoover up
Tidy up (make some space so we can eat!)


CoffeeQueen187 Tue 17-Dec-13 16:50:20

Xmas food shop

Kids Xmas clothes

Buy for the men in the family

Wrap the last of the presents

Finish buying for ds2s bday (30th dec)

Get today out of the way grin it's ds3s 1st birthday and the family are on their way for tea with us smile

piratecat Tue 17-Dec-13 16:59:27

CoffeeQueen, your are double busy!!

SPsWantsCliffInHerStocking Tue 17-Dec-13 17:01:04

Buy presents for 6 siblings, patents, stepparents, friends children

TheBitchesOfWeestick Tue 17-Dec-13 17:07:06

Oh yes, forgot clean all the floors and bathroom/kitchen. Although that is just a constant need-to-do, tbh blush

Go and pick up the pyjamas I ordered for the children from ASDA
Get the Ice Cream Yule Log from Sainsburys
Get DD's best friends presents

CoffeeQueen187 Tue 17-Dec-13 17:23:19

Piratecat - I know grin the while of December is just utter madness in my house.

But, I love the chaos, so it's all good smile

MirandaWest Tue 17-Dec-13 17:26:18

Buy some presents
Wrap all presents
Try and find DDs letter to Father Christmas (need to do this before 1 can be properly done)
Mark a lot of exam papers
Buy DD some party shoes
Find my party shoes
Buy me some tights
Buy crackers

piratecat Tue 17-Dec-13 17:27:59

CRACKERS, thankyou.

will put on list

All presents are bought and 2 thirds are wrapped so just need to find time to do the last ones. I also need to find my Love Actually DVD as DD1 and I watch that while wrapping up. smile

Need to make a chocolate pudding for after Christmas dinner. I was going to make it and put it in the freezer but I've left it so late I may as well make it fresh on Christmas Eve. I'll lock myself in the kitchen with Carol from Kings - it'll be fine - probably

Write the Christmas cards - if I get them finished tonight then I can post 2nd class tomorrow. If not then they will have to go 1st class on Thursday

try not to finish all the chocs and booze

Fresh veg shop on Christmas Eve when I pick up the turkey.

Marzipan and ice my mum's cake - only visiting after Christmas so have got until Boxing Day to sort this.

Prep for Sunday school this weekend. I'll have to peel them off the ceiling as they will be hyped up. I love it!

Find a specific colour of t-shirt for DS to wear at his carol concert on Thursday. Pretend I am grateful that I was given precisely 24 hours notice that this was needed. angry

Meal plan for the non-turkey meals next week

feck it! drink all the Christmas booze

Oooh! Ice cream Yule log. I may have to investigate this...

TheXmasLogIn Tue 17-Dec-13 18:14:45

OK all DC's presents are wrapped, stockings are filled and both are in an easy to get hold of place on Christmas Eve, yet won't possibly be discovered beforehand.

Need to wrap everyone else's presents. Still need to buy for DM who always says don't buy me anything, but there would be hell to pay if I did buy her nothing and 2x teenage cousins (iTunes or Amazon vouchers probably) Also thanks to piratecat who reminded me I need to do the cat's stocking- DC almost get more excited about helping open this one than there own!

Have got one parcel to send for DNs who I won't be seeing over Christmas.

Put up the rest of the decorations. just the hallway and bedroom window lights to do now. Although I the elves will need to reorganise the tree decorations one night when DC are asleep.

Food delivery is coming on Friday evening. will then need to go shopping for undelivered items or those I forgot to order.

Sit through two more carol concerts that DD is singing in, luckily without having to simultaneously entertain DS.

Bake and ice cakes for 2x school Christmas parties and 1x beaver scout Christmas party. Also pre-make the dough for Christmas cookies with the After School club kids.

Also the never ending battle to try to get the house reasonably clean and tidy. won't win this one, I never do!

Must try to think about packing at some point as we go on holiday on 27th. sounded like a good idea when we booked it in the summer, now it just seems like more work.

Wow that's still a long list, doesn't ever seem to get shorter however much I do fconfused

Doshusallie Tue 17-Dec-13 18:30:55

Buy present for bil
Buy present for nephew
Do big food/booze shop
Make trifle
Make mince pies
Make nigella's jewelled Christmas cup cakes
Do clove studded oranges
Wrap above mentioned presents

Rosvita Tue 17-Dec-13 18:36:24

Just food shopping on Friday and that's it and would be doing that even if it wasn't Xmas

IHeardMummyDissingParcelforce Tue 17-Dec-13 18:37:28

You are all far more ambitious than I am.

It's quite impressive.

By the way TKMaxx had some lovely crackers in the other day - they have got wooden Nutcracker decorations inside. Hope they are as nice as they look on the box.

Wrap everything
Food shopping
Clean the whole house
Buy another bottle of baileys
Write and deliver Christmas cards
Make gingerbread Christmas trees

I'm stressing at the thought fshock

Rosvita Tue 17-Dec-13 18:40:39

We are eating at others Xmas eve, Xmas day and Boxing Day so don't really need any 'Xmas' food as such.but will throw in some wine for the hosts etc

piratecat Tue 17-Dec-13 18:46:23

when do think the earliest i can buy the veg. ie carrots and parsnips and pots

BooToYouToo Tue 17-Dec-13 18:46:28

TheXmasLogIn - you'll love it when you get there, I'm sure. Am always in awe of anyone who goes away at Christmas or as soon as the children break up as the last few weeks of Summer & Autumn terms are so manic.

Need to cut some Dogwood and decorate with baubles. Also collect random bits of greenery from the garden and layer on the mantelpiece. Always looks better in my head than real life!

Bake a birthday cake on Christmas Eve for DD's Boxing Day birthday. Luckily she wants lemon cake this year so should be quick to make.

Enter the hell that is the sorting office to collect a parcel I missed today.

piratecat Tue 17-Dec-13 18:47:48

desperate, i leave my bottle of Baileys in the car boot each year. to save me from myself.

this year i locked it in the shed!

littlemisssarcastic Tue 17-Dec-13 18:48:51

Wrap presents
Buy Christmas food,
Write and post cards,
Clean house,
Hide presents after wrapping,
Find a Santa Hat,
Take DD to see Santa,
Get through to someone, anyone, at The Entertainer.

Ive already drank one bottle blush , I'm gutted this year as I haven't been able to get the hazelnut one

MincedMuffPies Tue 17-Dec-13 18:53:16

I'm almost done.

All presents are bought and wrapped apart from the fruit bowls of naice fruit I'm giving to my auntie and dm.

The only thing I have to do is blitz house before the dc break up pick up two twitch presents, and make some mince pies and other Christmas baking.

I can't wait to get all the treat food out this weekend!

Banffy Tue 17-Dec-13 19:11:17

Pack for a mini break and go on said mini break (Fri-Sun)

Make a gazillion mince pies, cupcakes and other food bits when we get back (Mon/Tues)

Pack for holiday (new years day)

Tidy house

Deliver presents

I've done everything else.

livingincloggyland Tue 17-Dec-13 19:15:44

Buy fresh food when I pick up the turkey on Christmas Eve,
Marzipan and ice the cake,
Post the last few cards,
Buy something to wear,
Organise drinks and nibbles for our Christmas party Friday night (seemed like a good idea at the time!)
Get the spare room ready for visitors

Thinks that's all ..............

Aintnobodylovesnanbetter Tue 17-Dec-13 19:48:46

Food shop
Wrap presents
Clean house
Do some baking with dd
Find motivation to do all of the above.not feeling in the christmas spirit at all.

Pollywallywinkles Tue 17-Dec-13 19:59:34

Fresh food shop
Hand deliver a few cards
Clean house

CremeEggThief Tue 17-Dec-13 20:30:24

Food shop and clean and tidy house, on the 22nd and 23rd. All cards and wrapping and done and posted smile.

Dawndonnaagain Tue 17-Dec-13 20:32:06

Shop for fresh veg, everything else done.
Finish the wrapping.
Write and hand deliver the local cards.
That's it, I hope!

Wrap a few more presents for the dd's that are stashed in my office at work.
Top to bottom house clean and tidy
Beds stripped and made
(Both planned for this weekend)
Bottle bank run
Weekly food shop. We're going to my parents so only need a few extra bits for at home for the evenings couple of nice cheeses pickles chips n dips and tin of roses, otherwise it's a normal food shop.

Wrap rest of presents
Buy salad stuff and cream
Tidy house hmm there's dust everywhere!
Work a couple of night shiftssad

food shop (non perishables)
Wrap presents
Buy DS a Christmas Jumper

Loads of washing/tidying but that's not just for Christmas fconfused

Make marzipan for cake and apply it (Ice cake on Thursday)

Make carrot cake

Go to DD school ( Dance)

Friday: DC have a half day

Try to tidy (especially DS room)
Get the evil eye from DS for the rest of the day as he hides away with his X-Box

Might try to sneak off to Lakeside in the evening for a last minute Twitch.

Saturday - taking DC to London

I need to fit in last minute shopping for veg and fresh food (maybe Monday)

Buy and hide DH beer ( fgrin )

Christmas Eve - DD ging to cinema.
Then we do the Christmas Eve Hampers

ZombieSquirrel Wed 18-Dec-13 00:33:34

- Post cards (all cards written and in envelopes, posting tomorrow first thing, have posted long distance cards already)

- Wrap all presents (am wrapping them on Saturday when DC are with dad)

- Clean house completely.

- Bake some biscuits.

50shadesofknackered Wed 18-Dec-13 07:58:34

Wrap all the presents
Clean house (already deep cleaned, now just trying to keep it clean, I'll give it another good blitz on Sunday afternoon/Monday morning)
Food shopping on Saturday night.
Buy fresh food and any bits I missed on Christmas Eve (vvvvvv early)
Go to mum's Christmas Eve morning.
Go to town this afternoon or tomorrow (twitching)
Baking with dc's Christmas Eve afternoon (mince pies for Father Christmas)
Inbetween all that I have to work a long day, 2 lates and an early fsad

50shadesofknackered Wed 18-Dec-13 08:00:24

Btw, my house isn't a filthy pit, I just stress about it being really really clean and tidy over christmas fconfused

DeathMetalMum Wed 18-Dec-13 08:14:46

Finish wrapping, write about 15-20 cards. Finish grocery order to be delivered on tomorrow (forgot to book a delivery slot early enough). Dp has to build dd's present on xmas eve!

newpup Wed 18-Dec-13 08:52:08

Have not done any wrapping yet.
order croissants from local bakery to pick up Xmas Eve
Buy veg and fresh stuff
Ice cake
Make mince pies

PaschasDanglyReindeerBaubles Wed 18-Dec-13 09:03:48

Post present today (been in my bag since the weekend)
Write some christmas cards or get DH to do them since I don't like them anyway
Think of something small to get one brother
Change online shopping to actual food rather than 4 bottles of single malt.

Marzipan and ice Christmas cake.
Make sausage rolls.
Make mince pies.
Make gingerbread house with the boys.
Deliver Christmas cards.
Find the blu tack to stick my cards up with.
Christmas food shopping.
Make caramel shortbread for DH if I get a chance.
Wrap the boys presents.
Various Christmas activities I had planned to do and haven't bothered yet.

CloserLook Wed 18-Dec-13 09:25:03

Finish wrapping the presents (nearly done)
Check the stockings and Christmas Eve box
Write and deliver the neighbour's Christmas cards
Make Christmas biscuits with DS
Food shop (online order for 23rd and maybe a shop Christmas Eve)
Get a few more bits for DP and remind him to get mine
Sort out clothes for Christmas Day

MabliD Wed 18-Dec-13 09:38:09

Vegetable and booze shop
Deliver local cards/presents

Easy! Oh... wait...

Empty of junk and decorate dining room so we don't have to eat Christmas dinner from our laps.

That is looking like more of an issue.

*Buy DS1 a shirt for his Christmas party (tomorrow).
*Prep roast potatoes, parsnips and carrots to freeze.
*Write list for final food shop - then do final food shop on Monday.
*Organise kitchen (currently full of random boxed goodies).
*Wrap remaining gifts.
*Buy DH aftershave.
*Write and post remaining cards.
*Do general housework.
*Book table for Christmas eve dinner.
*Drop off gifts to friends and family.
*Decide on table dressing.

Too much!!!

LieborCookin Wed 18-Dec-13 09:43:48

Buy veg, potatoes, parsnips and frozen brocoli.

Buy icecream



dressing for packages, bows and so on

choclates for stocking ( brought loads already and eaten it all )

VikingVagine Wed 18-Dec-13 12:52:30

I have a vague notion of what's left to do, writing it all down will probably scare me.

Make token gifts for DH's family (6 maybe 7 adults, 1 teen, 2 kids).
Wrap all the presents (and just hope they all arrive before the 25th).
Make and send presents for best friend and her DH who live in a different country (I don't think I've ever managed to get these to her on time)
Figure out what we're actually eating on Christmas Day.
Make mince pies and Christmas pudding.
Tidy the house and garden.
Finish making DS's minecraft cushion.
Find a big enough festive table cloth.
Buy festive napkins.
Make a centre piece for the table.

I won't be doing any of this until Saturday as I'm too busy with work until then.


IHeardMummyDissingParcelforce Wed 18-Dec-13 13:48:46

One more thing for everyone.

Vote for the best Christmas name!

Disclaimer: you are not obliged, having posted on this thread, to vote for me. Oh no. fgrin

hands out fivers

ben5 Wed 18-Dec-13 13:59:27

We started shopping last Tuesday and today I finished wrapping. Turkey is ordered so just need to food shop now.

mumeeee Wed 18-Dec-13 14:34:57

Buy a few stocking bits. Finish getting Christmas food, We are going out for Christmas lunch and I have stuff for Boxing day tea,

snowmanshoes Wed 18-Dec-13 15:00:57

I've done quite a bit since the last 'to do' thread but still have to:-

Hand out last of the Christmas cards
Buy 2 x gift vouchers (money in a separate section in wallet just physically have to do it and I keep walking past the shops in question!)
Pack for weekend away visiting inlaws and seeing Santa etc (Make sure clothes are all washed that I want to take too hahaha!)
Big food shop Friday morning, going to parents for Christmas day and boxing day so its just to get extra nice things in for us and decide what to have for Christmas Eve tea
Present swap with friends, the plan is to meet them after said big food shop
Sit through Christmas carol mass at school - oh crap just realised that's Friday too!
Take some of the Christmas craft things away with us so the little ones get to do some of them and its not all done on Christmas Eve
Pray dd2 gets over snotty cold and that dd1 doesn't catch it (or me!)
Drop off ballet teacher gift - yep Friday too
Then relax and enjoy Christmas Eve, have everything ready for that except food and look forward to the madness of Christmas Day!
Oh yes and I suppose I should hoover and polish everywhere, have done my big blitz and de-clutter so its just the normal flutters and dust so can do that when get back Monday night

enormouse Wed 18-Dec-13 16:38:35

Buy dps dad something (impossible - everything gets hoarded if it's not edible or drinkable)
Buy dps last few stocking fillers
Wrap remaining presents
Food shop fresh fruit and veg (lidl)
Book asda shop for cupboard/freezer/other items not able to get from lidl
Buy clothes for Christmas eve party and day
Buy few more bits for hospital bag/pack hospital bag
Hire tens machine
Buy another pack of babygros and baby vests for DC2
Buy and write cards
Visit santa
Buy more chocolate coins and some thorntons chocs for me.

Most of this is being done tomorrow when we go into Belfast.

enormouse Wed 18-Dec-13 16:39:13

Oh and clean house or get dp to do it.

StickChildrenTwo Wed 18-Dec-13 16:44:02

Need to buy all the veg, (parsnips, potatoes, carrots, sprouts) , Need some smoked bacon and double cream too!

Got everything present wise bought and wrapped.

Need to change all the bedding and make sure the house looks somewhat presentable for guests this weekend. Argh!

enormouse Wed 18-Dec-13 16:58:53

And buy something for the top of the tree

I must write this stuff down somewhere. fsmile

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