To have left it this late to start my Christmas shopping?

(121 Posts)
ValerieDavis Thu 22-Nov-12 11:19:23

So everybody I have spoken to is fully organised for Christmas. Presents bought, wrapped and parts of the dinner cooked then frozen for the big day.

I haven't started anything yet! Not even my Christmas cards.

Please tell me I'm not the only unprepared one?

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Thu 22-Nov-12 11:20:21

You'll be fine. It's bloody ages away yet. Isn't it? Oh fuck

Bogeyface Thu 22-Nov-12 11:22:33

Its only November!

You might have a reason to be worried if it was Xmas Eve, but its a bit early to be panicking. I like shopping in December anyway, it gets me in the Xmas mood!

littleladyindoors Thu 22-Nov-12 11:22:39

our asda has a lovely tree in it informing me of how many sleeps it is till christmas- we are still in the 30s you've got loads of time!!

I am normally one of those annoying people who have it all done, I dont this year Im working cant be arsed

Softlysoftly Thu 22-Nov-12 11:22:45

It's earlier than the 20th dec which is when ive been known to start panic

ShamyFarrahCooper Thu 22-Nov-12 11:24:05

We've been as late as Christmas eve before. It's actually really quiet in the shops & lots of reductions lol.

I've bought all kids bar one thing for my ds, just adults to go.

ValerieDavis Thu 22-Nov-12 11:26:19

Phew. Was beginning to think that I was the only one who hasn't started yet! Everybody who I've spoken to thinks I'm mad to be leaving it this late ... some even said they bought their gifts for this Christmas at the beginning of the year. Mental!

pinkyredrose Thu 22-Nov-12 11:27:28

Christmas you say? Is it soon then? grin

ThePoppyAndTheIvy Thu 22-Nov-12 11:27:45

parts of the dinner cooked then frozen for the big day

Tell me this isn't common practice? confused. Why, oh why, would you cook your Christmas dinner in November?

Shopping wise, I've got a few bits & pieces for the DCs but everything else is waiting until payday next week. I do have cards mind you, I bought them last January for 10p a pack grin.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Thu 22-Nov-12 11:28:34

YANBU. I haven't started yet.

Bramshott Thu 22-Nov-12 11:30:07

This is about the time I usually start doing stuff - writing cards for overseas delivery, shopping online so I don't have to panic about delivery etc.

I always secretly think that people who do it all in October can't have much else to do (but then I'm probably jealous of their organisation!).

Now disorganised is when I was in my 20s and used to rush up and down the high street in a panic on the day before Christmas Eve . . .

SpookTheCat Thu 22-Nov-12 11:30:29

Yes was in Asda yesterday and the counter thing stated 32 sleeps till christmas!!

Plenty of time yet.

I have done 2 house moves close to christmas in previous years, one on the 15th and one on the 20th December.

My christmas shopping both times didn't start until after we'd moved in and settled in and with the 20th December house we had to decorate and carpet the living room first so shopping was done last minute on christmas eve.

We still managed it!!!

Brycie Thu 22-Nov-12 11:30:32

But it's more than a month away. It takes two days. Alll shall be well. Don't panic smile

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 22-Nov-12 11:30:45

I have the dc sorted but no one else. I leave dc wrapping for xmas eve with carols and bailys to keep me company.

Spuddybean Thu 22-Nov-12 11:35:05

depends how much you have to do/how many people to arrange for etc.

i buy/decorate a tree, send 10 xmas cards, buy for dp, mum and dad and buy a duck for xmas dinner. takes me an afternoon around the 15th dec. nothing else changes for us.

Aspiemum2 Thu 22-Nov-12 11:38:37

I've finished my Christmas shopping and also have extra for next Christmas due to poor impulse control on amazon Black Friday deals!!

But cooking already?! Christmas dinner is essentially a big roast, it's easy. I've never understood the panic and quite enjoy cooking the meal whilst getting sloshed watching the dc's play with their new toys. And we only eat leftovers after the day itself anyway - turkey curry, stir fry, sandwiches .... No wonder it's the only time we eat turkey!

LittlemissChristmas Thu 22-Nov-12 11:45:27

Don't panic. The Christmas lights are all getting turned on, shops starting to play Christmas tunes, Christmas markets selling beer and wine. It's the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping!! It's not as much fun in oct/nov!

ClippedPhoenix Thu 22-Nov-12 11:49:01

I'm another one who has done jack shite grin Don't intend to either until two weeks before. Mind you it's probably due to my DS going to his dad's for Xmas (first time in 14 years) sad

CombustionEngine Thu 22-Nov-12 11:50:45

WTF?! I go by that little note on amazon for delivery. If it says it'll get there by the 24th of December it's still not too late!

SkiBumMum Thu 22-Nov-12 11:51:42

I haven't started

freddiefrog Thu 22-Nov-12 11:55:54

It's still over a month away yet!

I've bought the DDs' main presents and ordered some photo calendars from Vistaprint and that's it so far.

I've got no enthusiasm yet, it's still too far away to be excited about

fatlazymummy Thu 22-Nov-12 12:07:20

I always do my christmas shopping in December. I do my food shopping [which is only for a couple of days] either 1 or 2 days before. I just keep it as low key and simple as possible.

diddl Thu 22-Nov-12 12:11:40

I haven´t even thought about starting yet!

Well, I´m off to UK to see my Dad, leaving husband & teenagers here.

As far as I´m concerned there´s nothing for me to do!
(Unless I happen to see something that I think husband would like)

carabos Thu 22-Nov-12 12:13:06

Late? For this Christmas? Christmas 2012? Christmas that's still 5 weeks away? confused

HollyHopDrive Thu 22-Nov-12 12:14:41

So relieved to see this thread! I have a total lack of arseness this year, and I'm on mat leave still with my DSs. What also pisses me off is DH barely gets involved with it all, when he has a bigger family and he says useful thing like 'I trust your judgement' grrrrr.

I might get going in December, moving house this weekend so won't be settled for a while and I will have some help with my boys from family so I can get the shopping done!

I did make my christmas cake in September...I like it boozy

cheesesarnie Thu 22-Nov-12 12:15:37

this isn't late!
it's really early <head in sand>

honeytea Thu 22-Nov-12 12:15:46

I have bought about 3 presents. I still have around 15 to buy. We need to buy food for a British Christmas dinner in Sweden (where the hell am I going to get a turky and christmas pudding they are into their cold fish and more cold fish for Christmas dinner here) My family are ariving on the 23rd and I still have not booked a hotel for my parents.

And we are due to have a baby on the 8th of December. It might be beans on toast and an IKEA voucher as a present this year.

Ullena Thu 22-Nov-12 12:18:11

Another one who hasn't started yet! We celebrate Yule in our house though - everything starts on the 21st December, when we put up the decorations, tree, etc. Ten days of epic dinners and get togethers grin

Pandemoniaa Thu 22-Nov-12 12:19:12


I won't be going anywhere near Christmas until some time next month. Not least because I refuse to be drawn into the competitive getting ready for it nonsense. It's one day in the year, and that day doesn't occur until the 25th December.

Wallace Thu 22-Nov-12 12:31:51

YANBU Haven't started either. 4 dc

hillbilly Thu 22-Nov-12 12:36:28

I've done nothing yet. Except I made my Christmas cake last week.

I haven't done any (other than child relatives) yet and I'm due to be induced w/c 17th December. I've told everyone if it doesn't get done it's tough!

We've pre-ordered a present for the DC a month or so ago but that's it. I get paid (and get a bonus) tomorrow and I'll start then. Normally, we don't do anything until DH gets paid mid-December, so this is very early for us! smile

Badvocsanta Thu 22-Nov-12 12:43:03

32 days.....

nipersvest Thu 22-Nov-12 12:44:12

we don't normally do any of ours till mid december, only started early this year because of the tesco clubcard exchange.

PurpleFrog Thu 22-Nov-12 12:49:30

I've not started ... well, actually. I bought some Christmas stamps last week when I was in the Post Office. Does that count? grin

LulaPalooza Thu 22-Nov-12 12:49:35

I will do all of my Xmas shopping online this weekend (pay day on Friday).

Tree will go up on 21 December.

We're going to my Mum's for Xmas so will just need to buy some booze and bits n bobs to take with us, will probably do that on 22 December. We're driving up on Xmas eve.

I have been totally chillaxed about Christmas since I discovered online shopping.

mamalovebird Thu 22-Nov-12 12:53:05

Jesus, do these people have anything else to do?
I have bought a few presents but haven't even thought about getting into gear for everything else. It's not even December.

you have plenty of time.

MummyPig24 Thu 22-Nov-12 12:54:00

Bloody hell I haven't started yet. I bought a sticker book each for the kids back in the summer but that's it. Tax credits are taking their sweet time and have been without a payment for 7 weeks so until they sort their shit out there is no money to buy Christmas pressies! YANBU, there's loadsa time, that's what I'm telling myself anyway!

It's still November. What's the hurry?

As for those of you buying stuff on behalf of your DH, just don't. His relatives are not your problem, and if they get nothing one year, well so what. That's his problem (disclaimer: I have only just grasped this concept myself, after 12 years! He appreciates what I do for him more now that I have stopped enabling him to behave like a child).

qo Thu 22-Nov-12 13:09:44

I have the grand sum of four presents and two tins of chocolates so far. I have 3 children, 14 nieces and nephews, and my parents to buy for.

I have one pay packet left before xmas, end of november - I literally cant afford to buy anything until then.

SusanneLinder Thu 22-Nov-12 13:18:39

I havent bought a thing and have no intentions of until week or two before Christmas. My kids are mostly grown up so its mostly money for them anyway grin.

We do the same every year, we leave work early and go to our local shopping centre which is open till midnight, just before Xmas, and blitz it in one day. I love it cos most people bugger off at 8pm, leaving me in peace.We get dinner there too.

Thats when I start feeling Christmassy grin

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 13:22:27

I never start Christmas shopping before the the 15th. I find it focuses my mind more and I don't faff about!

Everlong Thu 22-Nov-12 13:25:48

This is late shock

I just normally do mine in one day. Pull up at JL throw lots of different things in the basket, go home and decide who's having what wink

Not my dc of course just others.

Maryz Thu 22-Nov-12 15:00:14

It's only fucking November, as I might just have pointed out once or twice today.


KellyEllyChristmasBelly Thu 22-Nov-12 15:01:57

It's not late is it? confused I always do mine in December.

ExitPursuedByMarieAntoinette Thu 22-Nov-12 15:02:13

Oooh Everlong - we might be in JL at the same time. That is my strategy as well. That plus Amazon.


SantaisBarredfromhavingStella Thu 22-Nov-12 15:03:10

YANBU, have a couple of bits for the DC & that's it-loads of time yet.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 22-Nov-12 15:04:10

Don't be silly - this is the normal time to start thinking about it. People might start earlier because they want to budget over a few months but to be honest anyone who's finished now is missing out on the fun December preparations.

MarshaBrady Thu 22-Nov-12 15:08:45

I haven't started yet.

We are going somewhere sunny, reduces prep, just got to get on that plane (with the presents of course).

CremeEggThief Thu 22-Nov-12 15:09:54

Calm down! And tell us you were joking about the Christmas dinners made in November. Please.

MarshaBrady Thu 22-Nov-12 15:10:24

The frozen dinner thing is odd.

BillieKentIsHeavenSent Thu 22-Nov-12 15:14:31

It's not that late, is it? I haven't even started thinking about it yet, I have no idea what we're even doing this year.

I never start until dec. people might change their minds about what they want or get the gifts I've bought them if I start too early. Dd1 is likely to change her mind if I shop for her 2months in advance!

TempusFuckit Thu 22-Nov-12 17:10:11

I'll be doing the frozen side dishes this year - but mainly because I'll have a three week old baby and don't trust DH to do the red cabbage justice grin

All my Christmas shopping arrived this week - in a big Amazon box which took me two hours to shop for last week. Again, only done early as I didn't fancy tackling it with a toddler and newborn to deal with at the same time. Usually it's mid-December.

Oblomov Thu 22-Nov-12 17:15:11

Nothing done so far. 1 present for each ds's. Nothing for dh yet. No cards written. Can't see the panic, to be honest.

CMOTDibbler Thu 22-Nov-12 17:18:08

I haven't done anything yet. Well, thats a lie as I have thought about what I'll get my mum and dad, amd made some mini fruitcakes.

Usually I get most of my shopping done online, mostly from Amazon, so its no hassle. And it all gets wrapped Christmas eve in whatever charity paper we've bought that year

5hounds Thu 22-Nov-12 17:20:34

We've done nothing, its going to be tight this year, partner lost his job, he starts a new one next week and I have a job interview tomorrow. Panicking about rent arrears and Christmas.

Everlong Thu 22-Nov-12 17:21:26

exit I shall wear my big red rudoph nose so you'll know it's me wink

Himalaya Thu 22-Nov-12 17:25:22

I bought some stocking bits yesterday. I haven't done anything else. It's only November.

Jins Thu 22-Nov-12 17:36:38

I won't be starting for weeks yet shock

The only vaguely christmassy shopping I've done is order some business christmas cards but they won't arrive for 10 days

TheCountessOlenska Thu 22-Nov-12 17:46:43

I never start till December but I am slightly worried that I won't ever get my arse into gear this year as I am in slothful pregnant mode.

I hate Christmas shopping - I always worry I have got the wrong thing, find it hard to think of ideas etc etc. Wish I could just stuff some cash in envelopes and hand it out tbh lazy lazy cow

I love receiving presents though! grin

thebody Thu 22-Nov-12 17:48:05

Bollocks, havnt started yet though made the list last night.

If your friends are all shopped and wrapped I expect they don't have busy lives.

bondigidum Thu 22-Nov-12 18:05:43

I attempted to do my first ever Christmas cake two days ago but epically failed.. It burnt to a crisp except the very middle part which was moist and lovely?! So I have that to attempt one more time tomorrow and if it doesn't work again i'm buying one.. i'm also attempting mince pies tomorrow and if we like them will make another batch to freeze for Christmas. Trying eggnog too.

I buy the food about two-three days before the big day.. although I must admit I have considered freezing it now just to cut out a job on the day itself but I cba.

I've bought everything else though. I shop online so i'd be concerned that it wouldn't turn up on time if I left it longer.

ChuffMuffin Thu 22-Nov-12 18:22:32

I've done fuck all, and I'm spending Christmas in another country. We fly in 3 weeks time and I've got nothing. Next few weeks are gonna be fun sad.

Eglantyne Thu 22-Nov-12 18:24:36

I haven't started yet! I like doing it in December, I don't feel Christmassy until then. No panic.

Badvocsanta Thu 22-Nov-12 18:53:31

I have 2 young dc, my dh works away, I do voluntary work (been out at meetings every night this week) and care for my mum too.
But you assume I dint have a busy life because I have finished my Xmas shopping?
I am simply very organised.
After all, how hard is it to order Xmas gifts online? How hard is it to do an Xmas grocery delivery order? How hard is it to spend an hour writing your cards? (That you ordered and were delivered the previous week?) how hard is it to spend 40 mins wrapping?
Not very IMO.
It's Christmas fgs, not the Normandy landings!

lljkk Thu 22-Nov-12 19:51:02

I am very fussy about what to buy, plus I am starting to see things I want to buy advertised at extortionate prices (still available elsewhere at reasonable price). Still, i think now is the time to pull my finger out & get planning.

I may not do cards at all this year. Just not feeling inspired!!

Maryz Thu 22-Nov-12 20:04:10

You've done your Christmas grocery order Badvoc? In November? [baffled]

Have you wrapped the presents too?

I'm moving house in just under 2 weeks. I have done a bit of christmas shopping online (the boxes are stored at my mum's for the time being) and I've bought Christmas cards for my family. Everything else will be done once we've moved and settled. I'll buy and send cards first, then do the gift shopping all in one go. Then (non-perishable) food shopping, and I'll still have a full week to wrap gifts, decorate the house, and do my last-minute food shop.

On the other hand, my friend does all her Christmas shopping in the January sales, and wraps the gifts as soon as she gets them home. Right now, all she has to do is put up her decorations and shop for food - everything else is done. I can't do that, I love the hustle and bustle in the run-up to Christmas and having it all done and dusted in January would spoil it for me.

Badvocsanta Thu 22-Nov-12 21:17:47

Yes I have a an apex as eve ocado del slot booked.
Gifts all wrapped and in loft. Bought everything in sales or with voucher codes.
Cards written - will post 1st weekend in dec.
It's not hard.

Badvocsanta Thu 22-Nov-12 21:20:23

December is ridiculously busy for me this year...loads of church stuff, usual school stuff, family stuff.
So glad I dont have to add shopping and wrapping to all that!

pigletpower Thu 22-Nov-12 21:33:07

My birthday is on Dec 17th and I don't really feel 'Christmassy' till I've had my birthday.I do put up decorations and tree on 1st December though!

Maryz Thu 22-Nov-12 21:40:51

I'm not saying it's hard, Badvoc. I'm just wondering why.

I don't get it, I really don't confused.

The fun of Christmas is wrapping on Christmas Eve, shopping in December while carols are playing in the shops, putting up the decorations the week before Christmas while drinking mulled wine and eating mince pies.

It isn't a chore that has to be done and dusted asap, surely [baffled].

I'll spend an evening online in the first week of December, and a day (morning really) shopping, then do a grocery shop the week before.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 22-Nov-12 21:42:09

I've thought a few times about Christmas, and I've bought 2 little craft sets from the 99p shop for part of my nieces presents. blush

I have left it late enough to not think about where we'll have Christmas dinner so MIL has invited us around to their house - marvellous smile

I will be starting to shop in December. I've even booked a day off work especially! grin

TheCountessOlenska Thu 22-Nov-12 21:44:01

Ah now see I don't have a ridiculously busy December planned so I have lots of time to sit on my arse and eat mince pies do my shopping grin

mamalovesmojitos Thu 22-Nov-12 21:45:20

YANBU I haven't either. And you know what - I don't care! I'll worry in December.

Badvocsanta Thu 22-Nov-12 21:53:07

I loathe shopping in December...the crowds, the jostling, the bad tempers...ugh.
Well, I hate shopping full stop. Shopping to me is a chore.
I love Xmas btw, the cheesy music, the food, the decs...all of it, but I like to relax in December not start shopping!
If I had to wrap gifts on Xmas eve I would cry. Actually cry. Xmas eve for me is for being with the kids, crib service, midnight mass and trashy tv. Marvellous.
Got the Michael buble Xmas cd ready and waiting for dec 1st smile

Badvocsanta Fri 23-Nov-12 07:26:07


altinkum Fri 23-Nov-12 07:29:51

I've only brought for my ds's and just started on my nieces. You have plenty if time

I still have to buy for 4 cousins, 6 kids, mum, inlaws, newphew and sister inlaw.

Badvocsanta Fri 23-Nov-12 07:31:50

Have been thinking about this thread overnight (yes I am that sad!)
I think one of the reasons I like to get as much done as possible before the day is the memories of my mum running herself ragged in the few days up to Xmas.
She has never liked Xmas for that reason sad
We live in a village' had no car and 30/35 years ago everything closed for a week over Xmas. She would sit with her lists and try and figure out how much milk we would get through, what to have for Xmas lunch, presents etc.
She always had to wait until the last payday too which made it harder for her.
I vividly remember the great mince pie debacle of 85 sad we dint even like mince pies and yet she had a mini breakdown because the ones she orders didn't arrive...
So, yes, for me it's important to get s much done as I can so I can relax a bit in December.
However you do it, I hope you all have a lovey and stressfree Xmas!

Violet77 Fri 23-Nov-12 07:38:54

I'm almost finished with gifts, i'm still wrapping thm but started buying thm back in august!
I also find december manic, christmas plays, party season, making wreaths, garlands, food.....

I'm an organised person. :-)

Violet77 Fri 23-Nov-12 07:40:53

Oh yes the cleaning too, i like my house deep cleaned in december....

Guitargirl Fri 23-Nov-12 07:48:22

I find it interesting that some people think that those who have already started Christmas shopping have nothing else to do!

It is precisely because am so busy that I have done so much of it already. I work full-time flexible hours, study part-time, 2 young DCs. Have a diary to manage at work which sometimes makes me want to hibernate, multiple deadlines, etc. An exam last week. If I don't want a nervous breakdown by Christmas Eve then it has to be spread over a couple of months.

Maryz Fri 23-Nov-12 08:02:07

I think that makes sense Badvoc.

Christmas has never been a stressful time for me. We have a very sensible limit on presents - we buy for very few people, and even then it is a fiver for adults, a tenner for kids, so apart from my own children (and even then they have never had any "must-haves") there is little expensive present buying.

I too remember the shops shutting for a week. But we had the first 24 hour shop in Ireland down the road from us, the opening of which made a huge difference to my mum's Christmas.

And with Amazon and 24 hour Tesco, I'm happy to leave it all until after my December children's allowance arrives; I use three months' CA to buy most of the crap for cash, thus avoiding the credit card debt in January.

My main reason for not starting early, though, is that I know I would end up buying too much. I can do it all in a day. If that day was early November, I would be continually adding to it all, and be completely broke.

Haven't even decided where we're having Christmas dinner yet, or written a card. The only thing I'm panicking about is overseas deliveries, but the family I need to send to might be away anyhow..

I will make a start when more than 50 percent of this house is not full of lurgy.

diddl Fri 23-Nov-12 09:34:25

I hate shopping, but do love shopping for presents for others-when i know what to get!

Mrsjay Fri 23-Nov-12 09:46:56

I havn't started yet my teens even said what they want yet not that im paniking or anything grin we always do it in december I forget what ive bought and lose them if i do it before, I am not in a tizz yet it is still november people sometimes like to spread the cost or are really organised it is fine, I quite like the christmas rush in december we do all the kids over a few days DH takes days off work and we do it then

Badvocsanta Fri 23-Nov-12 10:09:04

Maryz...hooray! That means you are old too a similar age to me! smile I don't get all the angst over Xmas these days...aside from the cost obv.
These days some corner shops are even open on Xmas day!
And still see the stressed out shoppers on Xmas eve buying 3 Weeks supply of milk and bread...don't understand it.
Unless they know something we don't and the apocalypse is nigh?....

Badvocsanta Fri 23-Nov-12 10:10:12

Violet...I am starting some deep cleaning today...the sunshine always makes me feel more like cleaning for some reason (begins to think she may be deeply odd)

I refuse to do anything towards Christmas until the end of the first week of December. I like keeping it within a short time frame to keep it a bit special and exciting.

I have a friend who starts buying presents in September but she has to budget tightly. I know someone else who buys next year's presents, wrapping paper and cards in the January sales. I think that's freakish.

Maryz Fri 23-Nov-12 10:16:19

I have a friend who has a Christmas fridge. It comes out of her shed and takes pride of place in her kitchen for Christmas week. She has half of Tesco in there [baffled]

Maryz Fri 23-Nov-12 10:17:10

And as for cleaning shock.

I have a gang coming on Christmas day. The house will be a tip. I will (possibly) clean in January [gets priorities right emoticon]


I've bought one advent calendar and a DVD.

I find it hard to get in the mood unless the tree is up and the decs. I can't imagine wrapping Christmas presents at the beginning of November. It makes it seem like any other time of year.

Christmas should be in DECEMBER. It should begin on the first. That will be my law when i am in charge 3)

Mrsjay Fri 23-Nov-12 10:25:40


I have been on forbidden planet website this morning and ordered some bits for them only because dd2 ordered her friends birthday present and it took 2 weeks to come ,

bedmonster Fri 23-Nov-12 10:40:38

I have to start early - my list of people to buy for is in the 40's and that doesn't include my DC or DP!! Saying that, I haven't really started, just bought a few stocking bits. Need to get my arse in gear as also have 7 birthdays between now and Xmas day, but can't find the motivation. Oh well, might just write to Santa myself.

ExitPursuedByMarieAntoinette Fri 23-Nov-12 11:12:10

I would like a Christmas Fridge envy. It could be filled with wine and champagne and my special Rose and Violet creams.

I have to confess, as a result of this thread I have ordered a couple of things for DD from Amazon and spoken to the designer about the business Christmas cards. I feel quite exhausted.

Everlong I presume we are referring to the Cheadle JL?

Jins Fri 23-Nov-12 11:13:54

I have a Christmas fridge!!

It's in the caravan

Maryz Fri 23-Nov-12 11:24:18

On thinking about it, a fridge in my bedroom might be a good idea. I can keep my wine and chocolate in it. And some food.

atm every time I go to my kitchen fridge some fecking teenager has emptied it.

Foxy800 Fri 23-Nov-12 11:30:26

I have just been to order my dd's main present this mornign but have barely done anything else yet. We will all be fine by christmas I am sure.

bedmonster Fri 23-Nov-12 12:11:33

I've figured out why I can't be arsed to start - it's because I find it stressful trying to find places to hide stuff, whereas at least when the decs are up and the tree is up (admittedly not until the week before Xmas here grin) I can just wrap stuff and put it straight under the tree, rather than have to wrap it, hide it, remember where you've hidden everything, get it all back out again and put it under the tree. It's a lot of faffing.

It all makes sense now to me anyway

wordfactory Fri 23-Nov-12 12:13:46

I have bought nothing yet. Not a sausage.

However I have been planning. There are lists and ideas etc. And I have a date in the diary when I will action all these things and will be able to do them quickly because I'm set.

I've bought almost everything I need present wise, but I started weeks ago as I am trying to budget carefully and if I try and save the money up it just gets eaten up by other stuff. I just need to get stocking fillers for the boys, and a couple of little bits for them. All the adults except Exp and exH are done - all amazon and

I don't have a Christmas tree or any decorations so will need to buy them. The tree doesn't go up until the 15th though.

I don't send Christmas cards, and rarely get any either. The boys might want some for school though.

I don't do Christmas food shopping either, other than some chocolates and treats as I don't do Christmas dinner. The boys are at their dads for Christmas and my toddler won't eat it so there is no point cooking a turkey just for me.

Badvocsanta Fri 23-Nov-12 14:16:51

I want an Xmas fridge!

Woozley Fri 23-Nov-12 14:27:41

I only have to buy about ten presents. I have to get a few before Dec 5th when my parents arrive to take up to family up North, and I have to get on & order my daughters' micro scooters, but other than that, no rush really!

I did get a few bits in October but haven't looked at what I've bought for ages and really should set about making a list.

This year I'm more disorganised than usual, cards have been ordered but are not here yet (National Autistic Society ones). I'd normally have written them by now, and be finished with gift buying. Instead I still have 3 presents to get.

Still need to wrap gifts and put up the deccies (1st Dec here).

Meat is ordered from the butcher for collection on Christmas Eve.

I have to do it this way for budgeting reasons, find the best price online to get the most I can from my money. Plus in December it gets really busy with school productions and I like to be able to kick back and enjoy rather than worry about whether or not everything is sorted.

DS2 and DD's school christmas fete is tomorrow!!

Plus I might just be sneaking the odd bottle of drinkies into my online grocery shop every week to accrue enough to splurge on the big day.

Badvocsanta Fri 23-Nov-12 18:06:21

Glitter...yes I feel the same. I would hate having to run around in December. Have a major project on at church and the usual pre school and school activities and I would really like to go to an NT property to see the Xmas decs at some point.
Have a months worth of Sunday school to prep and a crib service to plan (weeps)
Done loads of cleaning today so although I am knackered I only have the bathroom and WC tiles to wash down now and the kitchen cupboards to tidy and wipe.
Dh is doing the windows outside - hopefully tomorrow!
Washed blankets and cushion covers and cleaned the dining chair seat pads.
At least now if I do nothing else, a quick clean through each week will keep the house looking ok between now and Xmas.
Need to sort the conservatory out but sadly the roof is leaking again sad so we have to wait to get that sorted....sigh.

FawkesoidOrganisoid Fri 23-Nov-12 18:28:50

I start buying presents anytime from the end of September if I see a good deal on something.

I don't drive so would be impossible to do it all in a day as wouldn't be able to carry it home! I do quite a bit online too and get it delivered to my mum's so I don't have to hide it.

Food etc doesn't get done early. Nor does wrapping. Cards get done at some point in December, i usually miss the post.

Arisbottle Fri 23-Nov-12 18:33:58

Have not read the whole thread as I am on a MNing and dashing but why one earth are you late. It is November, Christmas is at the end of December. I will pop out probably on the 23rd and buy the children a gift, it will take a few hours. I may even go wild and spend an hour on the Internet.

bedmonster Fri 23-Nov-12 20:00:14

Arisbottle, forgive me I'm curious nosey, do you only buy your dc one gift? Am I wrong to presume they are too old for stockings? And do you buy for no one else?
Genuinely am curious by the way, but then why would buying 1 gift take a couple of hours? I find your post very intriguing!!!

wonderingsoul Fri 23-Nov-12 20:23:35

i start in september becasue i am on a very tight budgit. i also have a birthday in nov and the 28th december so like to be organzied.

i find it insulting that thouse who said start early have no life and cant possiably enjoy december with no to do!

i still have presents to buy. it just means i dont have an alot to spend out at one time. also frees up my time to do nicer things like make decorations with my children. watch christmassy movies and enjoy time with people with out worrying about how im going to pay for so n so and so n so and so n so.

gwenniebee Fri 23-Nov-12 20:26:31

Is this late?? Oh shit!!

I've bought one thing, and that's because it needs sent this week coming. I wouldn't usually have done that.

Arisbottle Fri 23-Nov-12 20:37:27

They have stocking, we have five children to buy for. They get one or two things each .

We tend to have a shopping day to get the presents done. We probably spend more time drinking mulled wine and eating than actually shopping

ravenAK Fri 23-Nov-12 20:40:57

I also have a November birthday, as does dh, so it's a house rule that Xmas is unmentionable until 'after mum's birthday'.

Not that I make a big hoo-ha over my birthday, it's just a useful excuse not to get SUCKED IN to Xmas any earlier than December!

Tree up first weekend of December, presents bought mostly online as soon as one of gets paid in December, supplemented by anything dh/I happen to see whilst out doing normal shopping, wine from wine club & Xmas dinner's just a roast, complicated slightly because it's the only day of the year I cook meat (if we have non-veggie family).

I can totally see the point of budgetting for it from after the summer hols on, just not why anyone would be writing lists & going shopping a month ahead of time - & as for cooking - that's really quite odd...

flow4 Fri 23-Nov-12 20:43:10

YANBU. I point-blank refuse to do any Christmas preparation/shopping until December. It's November ffs. No-one suggests starting MY birthday celebrations a month early! grin

Arisbottle Fri 23-Nov-12 20:43:50

Sorry bedmonster, I missed the rest if your message . I may buy for our parents . DH and I don't buy for one another though .

Arisbottle Fri 23-Nov-12 20:45:18

I have been cooking for Christmas for some time, cakes made, mincemeat to make next weekend , lots of preserves, pickles and jams made.

Monty27 Fri 23-Nov-12 21:10:08

I'm well on top of it. I have a box of After Eights half price from the co-op

bedmonster Fri 23-Nov-12 21:33:27

Fair enough arisbottle, and on my last shopping trip I managed to drink 7 cocktails and come home with 2 books - dp was a bit miffed!

Are the 1 or 2 things in addition to the stocking? Well, they must be! Stupid question really, think the vodka is kicking in...

Wendywishes Fri 23-Nov-12 22:38:00

I'm very organised-have bought 3 tins of biscuitsgrin.Not a single present yetshock.Its only NOVEMBER-why is everyone panickingconfused?

mumeeee Fri 23-Nov-12 22:42:05

YANBU. I've just had a little look today at things to get for my hreat nephew and niece,but haven't actually bought anything yet. We are in the middle of a hving an Kitchen extension so haven't thought about food yet. Well actually I have as we will probably go out for Christmas Dinner and I've just made an enquiry to Harvesters.

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