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Organised Christmas Thread for parents working full time outside the home

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Northernlurkerisbehindyouboo Wed 31-Oct-12 18:50:37

This is my thread to be organised. I was planning to make a list to keep on top of what's done and not done as Christmas approaches and I thought it might help others like me. I work full time, have three dcs, dh works away quite a bit, house to look after etc and several other things taking up my weekends before 25th December so I need to make plans to get everything in. Feel free to use my list, add your own or just generally gibber grin

Presents

Bought - 0

To buy:

Dh
dd1
dd2
dd3

+ stuff for Stockings

Two presents for dh's family, two for mine (we do secret santa type thing so every adult gets one gift)

nieces x 3
nephew x 1
Lovely best friend's 2 girls

Food

turkey - ordered
food shop - not planned yet
christmas cake - hoping to make this week

Christmas Tree

Must fix date to collect and put up

Fabric advent calendar thing

Get down from loft BEFORE 1st December

Tags and wrapping paper

not bought

Christmas cards and stamps

not bought

cat

BOOK CATTERY!

Things to do

Book annual leave at work (in progress)
Book post Christmas childcare if needed
Book day of leave for Christmas shopping
Plan day for pre-Christmas visit to parents for gift exchange
Order food for choir tea for carol service
Order self Christmas
Buy Christmas CD for car to get self in mood whilst chasing tail.

Yama Wed 31-Oct-12 19:02:06

Presents

Bought - a few

Dh - Arietti (film, we have a £25 limit so bottle of whiskey and job's a good'un)
dd - pink ds from ebay.
ds - Peppa Pig MEga park, Peppa Pig Campervan, V-Tech cars.

Dh will do his family and the rest of the dc presents.

Still to buy:

Aforementioned whiskey
Secret Santa for sil.
Niece x 1
+ stuff for Stockings

Food

Have been squirreling away fancy chocolates, biscuits, cheese biscuits, stollen, nuts.

Christmas Tree

Dh in charge of

Tags and wrapping paper

Bought

Christmas cards and stamps

Don't do cards.

Things to do

Continue to squirrel away food.
Order turkey.
Plan meals and make shopping list.

Yama Wed 31-Oct-12 19:04:49

Good to see it written down. Dh does more than me with regards to Christmas but I like to know that we are organised.

zillyzilly Wed 31-Oct-12 19:07:36

Oh God. All I've done is:

Make list

Made list

Northernlurkerisbehindyouboo Wed 31-Oct-12 19:08:33

That's impressive! Dh would buy for dcs but I like doing it.

At the bottom of my list 'Order self Christmas' should read 'Order self Christmas outfit.' Talk about a revealing slip hmm

I'm adding 'squirrel food' to my list grin

LynetteScavo Wed 31-Oct-12 19:11:08

<<Reads thread, feels sick, and sticks head back in sand>>

Yama Wed 31-Oct-12 19:12:35

I do love to squirrel. I have a large wicker basket on top of the kitchen dresser and I throw things in bought during the weekly shop - spreads the cost.

Northernlurkerisbehindyouboo Wed 31-Oct-12 19:44:34

<<adds wicker basket to own list>>

Come on Lynette - head out of the sand, it isn't that bad. I've done practically nothing but I feel so much better with a list describing the nothing.

Northernlurker Wed 07-Nov-12 11:12:06

updating my list.....

Presents

Bought - 3

To buy:

Dh
dd1
dd2 Christmas dress
dd3 Christmas dress, mog

+ stuff for Stockings

Two presents for dh's family, two for mine (we do secret santa type thing so every adult gets one gift)

nieces x 3
nephew x 1
Lovely best friend's 2 girls

Food

turkey - ordered
food shop - not planned yet
christmas cake - hoping to make this week - still hoping

Christmas Tree

Must fix date to collect and put up

Fabric advent calendar thing

Get down from loft BEFORE 1st December

Tags and wrapping paper

not bought

Christmas cards and stamps

not bought

cat

BOOK CATTERY! BOOK IT!

Things to do

Book annual leave at work - nearly complete
Book post Christmas childcare if needed - not needed (see above)
Book day of leave for Christmas shopping
Plan day for pre-Christmas visit to parents for gift exchange
Order food for choir tea for carol service
Order self Christmas outfit
Buy Christmas CD for car to get self in mood whilst chasing tail.

Some progress............................................................................

dementedma Wed 07-Nov-12 22:18:07

Umm, I have done both dds stockings and some of Ds's. Bought each DC one main present and got the rest identified and priced, but not get bought. Have bought cards,wrapping paper,advent calendar and candle. Made Christmas cake.
As well as Dcs I still have to buy for DH,sis and bro who will be here for Xmas - both single - bro and SIL whom will be visiting on Dec 8th, five nieces and nephews, mum,secret Santa for work and some chocolates/biscuits for neighbors ,school raffle etc.

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