Getting ready for Christmas. Has anyone started yet?

(58 Posts)
shinyshoes Tue 14-Jul-09 09:47:31

Thanks to Parachutes wink Has anyone started getting things ready or thinking about it yet??

I have got my christmas chocolates in already. Roses and Quality Streets. I got them in Somerfield when they were half price. I'm not a lover of chocolate so I know they'll be safe until christmas. I have eaten the Wine gums though blush

The DSi console is being bought at the end of the month for DS1 but i've been picking things up like little toiletries ready to make my hampers.

Ledodgy Tue 14-Jul-09 09:48:46

Shut up.


WynkenBlynkenandNod Tue 14-Jul-09 09:49:25

Yes, both DC's stockings are done and a fair few other presents for family as I got them in the January sale. I save each month so buy things as I go along.

Are you mad, woman? Or just a superwoman? x

I've put my tree up.

sobloodystupid Tue 14-Jul-09 09:51:43

we are planning to start buying some drinks in for Xmas next month. The plan is to put them in the garage so we will have a nice stock to choose from. Anyone spot the flaw grin

Mercy Tue 14-Jul-09 09:52:25

lol at notwaving!

UnquietDad Tue 14-Jul-09 09:52:33

You. Have. Got. To. Be. KIDDING.

shinyshoes Tue 14-Jul-09 09:52:40

I like to think i'm organised 2sugars wink.

Yay for Wynken. Do you find you buy more though by starting than if you started later? or is it a set budget.

Fimbo Tue 14-Jul-09 09:55:56

I usually start buying a couple of gifts a month from August.

midnightexpress Tue 14-Jul-09 09:57:21


I say again.


WynkenBlynkenandNod Tue 14-Jul-09 09:59:53

It's a set monthly budget. Worse still I have a spreadsheet and I know that I have spent £94.88 which is both their stockings, present from DD to DS and vice versa, my neighbour's present, 2 out of three presents for my friend's children and DS is having a skateboard which I got last year in the sale as long as he doesn't change his mind. I've then got some money stashed in a savings account to use as and when I find something appropriate. I think I spend less doing it this way.

<Hides head in shame and slinks away, contemplating name change>

shinyshoes Tue 14-Jul-09 10:07:08

Ohh spreadsheet you are organised. I find I spend more picking up bits and peices than if i'd waited to do it later on in the year. But I love christmas and I need to be done by end of October for my own peice of mind.

Sadly DP dosen't share my enthusiasm for talking about christmas in July.

I am thinking of the christmas menu already and created a shortlist of starters and mains. I won't be having a turkey this year.

Every year I say i'll take the children to Austria or Canada or somewhere in a secluded log cabin where they'll wake up christmas morning 4 foot snow an reindeer under the window. A perfect christmas.

I have only a handful of people to buy for thankfully.

Tortoise Tue 14-Jul-09 10:10:30

I have no idea what my DC will want for Christmas yet!
Well, DD1 wants a nintendo DS so i do need to think about finding a cheap one on Ebay.

LackaDAISYcal Tue 14-Jul-09 10:10:47

Hmmmmmm I'm glad I'm not on your christmas list...a box of slightly fusty chocolates, my favourite grin

MamaG Tue 14-Jul-09 10:13:53

I echo Ledodgy

Shut up.

<<uses versatile scarf to gag shinyshoes>>

Fimbo Tue 14-Jul-09 10:14:00

I can think of nothing worse than battling round the shops in December. I also have a ds with a December birthday which is another nightmare.

Wheelybug Tue 14-Jul-09 10:17:07

Heh ! Its my birthday today so we can't start thinking about christmas until...... tomorrow !

I did almost buy some presents in the white company sale but decided I couldn't bring myself to be that organised. But I should start soon given the amount of small children I have to buy for. My Grandmother died this year so that's one less present to buy but unforetunately 2 of my friends have had twins this year so I've still 3 more presents to buy this year than last and last year it was pretty ridiculous. I aim to offend some of my friends between now and christmas so we don't have to swap presents (wink).

Buda Tue 14-Jul-09 10:20:55

OMG! How have we got a Christmas topic so early???? We had to beg and plead and threaten be nice for AGES last year!

And I love Christmas and being organised but even I thought I was bad this morning when I got an email from GLTC about their sale and I started thinking about Xmas!!!!

I have booked flights to Dublin as my sis has just announced she is expecting twins on 12 Jan! We were going to stay in Budapest this year but can't miss going home now. Will be needed for help/moral support and cuddles maybe. Very exciting!

Buda Tue 14-Jul-09 10:21:22

Happy Birthday Wheelybug!

Wheelybug Tue 14-Jul-09 10:27:01

Thanks Buda grin.

Hassled Tue 14-Jul-09 10:31:30

My brussel sprouts are already on a gentle simmer.

I have started thinking about getting the ingreidents for xmas pudd (I make it in August) and will start shopping soon we are saving to get the ds's a toy electric car as their main joint present

ihavenosecrets Tue 14-Jul-09 10:38:25

We have a very large extended family so have to start our christmas gettogethers early otherwise we won't have time to see each other.

We had our first family gathering on 27th June, I cooked a full christmas dinner but we had it in the garden as the weather was so nice. Next weekend we are staying at my mothers along with lots of nieces and nephews. My mum will have stockings for the children, adults don't normally swop presents but my mum makes homemade crackers and usually puts adult gifts in those.

We have the decorations up but have had to make do with a fake tree because the christmas tree farm doesn't start selling real trees until October angry.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Tue 14-Jul-09 10:39:49

Well we've already decided we are going to upset everyone and stay at home alone this year as I'll be working.

The tricky bit is telling the familygrin

I don't intend to do anything else until September.

RumourOfAHurricane Tue 14-Jul-09 10:44:10

Am with ledodgy and midnightexpress.

You're not normal, woman.


However, I am curious to know the use by dates on your Quality Street?

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Tue 14-Jul-09 10:58:33

Bit of discusion, no more

though ds1's birthday present is a secure place ready to go for ewarly december (a DSi) and thats part of his Chriostmas gift also so by default I guess so

have cards ready but only coz they were silly cheap in sales in january, otherwise it goes holidays - uniforms- carnival float out and ready - Christmas

Hassled Tue 14-Jul-09 11:35:02

"the christmas tree farm doesn't start selling real trees until October angry. "

It's a bloody disgrace, I agree.

shinyshoes Tue 14-Jul-09 12:04:55

Shineon. The chocs are best before April 2010. I checked first grin

I have been looking on MSE and (this also can be done for teachers leaving/chrissy presents) I am going to do 'Pots of Gold' Basically it's Ferreror Rocher and gold coins or werthers originals (any gold coloured sweets in a bowl or glass tumbler with a pot of gold scratchcard wrapped in cellophane with gold tie, I will also sprinkle gold stars in them.(table confetti left over from last year)

There are lots of special offers in supermarkets on bowls or just Tesco value tumblers work just as well. I am kicking myself as there were gold glitter pens the other day and it didn't occur to me to buy them. I could have bought a few to write the messages out in.

I have an empty box at the ready and will be filling up with gold coloured things as and when I see them so come christmas I have a selection to choose from.

Actually I could visit Tesco tonight on my tea break and see what they have.

SameAsYou Tue 14-Jul-09 12:15:49

Love it! I thought I was the only one getting bits here and there.

I sell childrens books and put my just order for lots of Christmas books (thats not a plug btw!) as got a Christmas fayre booked in already!!

I may have to 'borrow' the Pots of Gold' idea grin

SameAsYou Tue 14-Jul-09 12:16:44

If I could put a sentence together I may be dangerous!!

SarahL2 Tue 14-Jul-09 12:40:17

I need to start early cause DC2 is due on the 27th December and even I haven't started yet!! shock

UnquietDad Tue 14-Jul-09 14:38:25

You are all MAD
It is July FGS

bradsmissus Tue 14-Jul-09 14:57:02

You wait - the people debating the good and evil of letting your DCs believe in father Christmas will be along any minute!!!!

Well my two ds's birthdays are the 20th and 23rd of December, If I don't budget throughout the year we won't be able to afford seperate Birthday and Christmas presents

bigchris Wed 15-Jul-09 17:58:18

the early i start the more i spend and the more plastic tat i buy

the later i leave it the likelihood is the dcs will get ONE very useful thing instead of a selection of tat

online shopping has improved so muchyou can use amazon etc in december for example

and the shops discount heavily in the week before xmas so guys WAIT lol

Blackduck Wed 15-Jul-09 18:07:54

Yeap - booking the flight and the rooms now...


bubblerock Wed 15-Jul-09 18:18:37

I've got lots of presents bought - much easier to spread the cost over the year!

Blackduck Thu 16-Jul-09 13:05:03

Flight booked, rooms reserved. Christmas done.... grin

morningpaper Thu 16-Jul-09 14:55:21

I haev already bought a stash of presents

I love christmas blush

Jaquelinehyde Thu 16-Jul-09 15:14:34

Off to pick up the first christmas present on Monday. Cards are bought already and some wrapping paper.

I'm getting bits and peices now, but it will all be bought and wrapped when my student loan money comes in September. Then it's just the food to buy and most of that shall be ordered through M&S.

Pinkjenny Thu 16-Jul-09 15:28:07

We bought quite a lot of presents in the January sales (dh is a tightarse), but still have my parents and dd to buy for. In the same boat as Sarah, dc2 is due on 31st December, so we have decided to buy dd a dolls house, which I have already priced and written down all the relevant codes for.

No muss, no fuss. grin

ILiketoMarmiteMarmite Thu 16-Jul-09 15:31:35

I thought this thread was going to be a joke one! You lot are pure bonkers.

ILiketoMarmiteMarmite Thu 16-Jul-09 15:32:41

This means you spend half of every year thinking about Christmas! Tis insane.

GodzillasBumcheek Thu 16-Jul-09 15:34:14

Erm, no i haven't thought about Christmas besides putting a tenner on my ASDA Savers card now and again (about every two months!).

GodzillasBumcheek Thu 16-Jul-09 15:35:27

But then i have already planned to do baking this year, bought gift boxes and wrapping in January...does that count?

parachutes Thu 16-Jul-09 15:40:56

just seen this!

Yes, have thought about hoping our house purchase might have finally gone through by then!!! Won't properly start things until September, I have to wait for the nights to start drawing in myself, but I admire your enthusiasm

shinyshoes Thu 16-Jul-09 16:08:29

Tis not mad, it's called being organised and not caught out unawares at the last minute grin

How many of you say 'i'm definatley starting early next year' wink

I might order my food from M&S this year I will have to pick up a brochure although something tells me they won't be out yet. I can't do another turkey this year not after last years disater have never cooked a dry turkey in my life yet last years was disgusting it was so dry. I might pull out all the stops this year for something extra special.

I got in the cupboard yesturday and sorted out a box to put all cards and wrapping paper in. It looks as though i'll have plenty for christmas.

My sister has a Tesco stamp card as a little thank you each year because she helps out with the baby sometimes whilst I work, that's all full. I have started one for us now.

The only thing I will leave until the lasyt minute is booze, I like a drink and I bought it all beginning of December last year needless to say the Chivas Regal was calling out to me and ended up getting a hammering grin.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 16-Jul-09 16:15:31

My only preparation is money going into a seperate savings account each month.

I have started to keep a vague eye out for presents, if I see something I think is perfect for someone then I will probably get it, but I won't be going shopping specifically for things for another 3 months yet.

Bramshott Thu 16-Jul-09 16:16:16

Yes but there's early as in late November rather than December 23rd, and then there's early as in JULY which is clearly insane!!!

Saving for Christmas from July is a great idea, but shopping and planning for it?!?!?!?!!? shock

eandh Thu 16-Jul-09 16:27:14

I give my Mum £50 a month that she gives back to me in October, by then I have normally worked out who is getting what and do a mass order or hot the shops!

We have decided we are getting dd1 a nice wooden lidt up desk and chair as main present and have no idea for dd2 (and her birthday is 5th Jan??) got soem stocking bits in the sale this year so they are half done

I do have a budget spreadsheet but its the same as last years and just helps me keep on track grin

Only in Britain!!! (Or maybe also in the States?)

RustyBear Fri 17-Jul-09 23:03:39

Is this the place to admit that my Christmas tree was still up and decorated until DS returned from university a couple of weeks ago and took it all down? blush

In my (somewhat feeble) defence I did move it out of the sitting room some time ago, but I dumped it in the old playroom, which we don't go in much as it was full of stuff from MIL's old house which DH & I didn't have time or willpower to sort - DS has taken it in hand with his usual efficiency & cleared the lot.

SammyK Tue 21-Jul-09 10:07:06

Went in BHS yesterday and the had lots of xmas things reduced to 50p. Got some wrapping paper, nice serving plates, and star confetti. smile

Already have some wrapping paper and all my cards from Jan sales, plus a few presents too!

shinyshoes Thu 23-Jul-09 11:52:58

The DSi for my DS1 is being bought tomorrow. It would have been bought today but i'm skiving off sick from work and can't be seen out grin

MrsThePoint Thu 06-Aug-09 15:17:02

Interesting thread. Some people get very involved, considering it is still only August, however, I have to say that yes, in a basic way, I have started getting ready for Christmas. I buy cheap wrap, cards and bog-standard adult gifts (toiletries sets etc.) in the January sales, and pick up small toys when they are reduced/cheap. I put them all in a box (well, actually three now) so that throughout the year for birthdays as well as Christmas I know I have presents ready in the house.

For example, Argos have an inflatable jousting kit on offer at the moment, which at 4.69 I think is reasonable given it will probably burst in play before long, but I wouldn’t pay £14.69 for it. It’s gone in the pressie box!

I also keep an eye on ebay, as prices can be really good there. And when supermarkets reduce their clothes cheap (like 25% off at Sainsbury’s the other week) I pick up baby clothes then as there is always someone who has a baby and also children’s clothes in larger sizes than my friend’s children currently are so that come their next birthday I can give them age appropriate clothes. Does that make any sense?

And shinyshoes I really like the gold gift theme, but will probably not do anything about it until November at the earliest.

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