I'm doing a Wedding Anniversary cake for my parents 50th so I will make 2 fruit cakes and soak mine in Amarretto.(theirs doesn't have to be so rich)
Planning to take DCs to Tullys Farm for their festive day out. Looking for a ballet to take DD to. We went to see Swan Lake last year and The Nutcracker the year before. We looked on the internet to read the story behind the ballet before we went because the ballet itself doesn't really give it. The one we went to Clara was an adult dancer ,in the story she's young.
I've got a tin of £2 coins which I'm going to split between the DS and DD for them to buy a nice decoration a present for DH or me and the rest for a present for them.
All this planning has to fit in with getting 2 DC ready for school, DH birthday, Parents Golden W.A, Hallowe'en party, Guy Fawkes, DS birthday. Phew.
Have made Christmas Cake, Christmas Pud and mincemeat. In April. Just fed them all with generous amounts of brandy too. I would most likely have started present buying, but we are moving back to England next month so I have had to restrain myself thus far.
Don't make Christmas cake but have planned daytrips. 1. Pre-Christmas Christmas day, everyone wearing pyjamas and decorating the house while listening to festive music, finished off with a lovely roast dinner and a Christmas DVD.
2. Panto on Christmas Eve followed by family lunch at our favourite restaurant, then crib service before going home to put out carrots, milk, mince pie and brandy for Father Christmas and his reindeers.
I've made my cakes -actually made 3 x 6" square because I'd bought a 500g block of butter so by the time I added everything it was bigger than I thought. But they look and smell lovely and have had their first Amarretto feed.
I'm not going to make Christmas pudding because it doesn't get eaten, but as I like the lighting ceremony, I'll buy a couple of tiny ones.
And this year, I'm going to save my Christmas mags and open them on the Saturday after my DS birthday, put a Do not Disturb sign up , get the DCs and DH a pizza delivery and sit down with coffee, pen & paper and my feet up. (To do some intensive pre-Christmas research you understand )
I make my own Christmas cake every year, will be starting this years once the DC are back at school next week. I also do a madeira sponge a few days before Christmas as a lot of the family don't like fruit cake. And a chocolate yule log - love making those!
Will also be having my first try at a christmas pudding. I've been reading up on it and it looks as easy as the cake, so can't wait to give it a go
The DC also want to have a go at homemade sweets and things as gifts this year, so thats something fun to have a go at