Christmas 2012 - The Debrief - Stuff to remember for 2013 - for less aggro(11 Posts)
Book the cleaners to come in a) just before Christmas but also b) just after Christmas. Because sitting in a grotty house until the second week of January is just....horrible.
Again limit family members to buying the DCs one £10 present each, and anything else as money, to be used for days out.
Don't buy the DCs so many presents from us.
Book an Ocado delivery slot early. So much nicer than trudging round the shops!
Order meat from local butcher.
Don't buy/make any food that no one really likes because its traditional - Stilton, Xmas pud, sprouts ... i'm looking at you.
I bought my DC a large Kilner jar each and filled with sweets (I know they do filled jars in sweetshops but they really like certain ones). They were scoffed (in the Christmas Eve Hampers) over a period of time, whereas the Galaxy bars are still unopened.
Plan meals in advance, so only need to buy what we need. Make food in advance and freeze, so that some items are ready for the oven once thawed, and there are some casseroles for days when we can't be bothered to cook.
Buy M&S 'The Big One' chocolate and toffee assortment, far and away better than Quality Street. DH admitted that he didn't enjoy the QS Christmas before last, and he really liked the M&S ones.
Decorate more minimally, I will stick to a few focal items and it looks just as nice, also the rooms don't look so bare when they are taken down.
Start early, but remember to finish early too.
I started very early but decided to leave some things to closer to christmas - so I ended up with a mad panic once again .
So for me I shall make sure that an early start means an early finish so I can enjoy christmas. Rather than just spreading the work over 2/3 months and still not being ready!
I second the remembering to start sorting out the house/DD's room/toys before december.
Remember I do not need to buy stuff for meals for 26th-30th. There is always more than enough meat left from christmas and boxing day, and all we end up eating is that, with fresh food and meat sitting in the fridge going out of date. So I must remember not to bother.
More wine/fizz for gifts. I stopped buying so much as we don't really end up with surprise guests/invitations - apart from this year - when I had to make a quick dash to asda for last minute wine for the hostess!
NewFerry that Christmas lunch sounds perfect!!
Don't go anywhere on Christmas Day
Don't share bedroom with ill child then proceed to get ill.
Repeat panto and special easy cook meal on Christmas Eve.
Celebrate New Year
Buy fresh made mince pies and freeze them, they keep beautifully.
Do NOT allow DS to wait till the weekend before guests arrive (& the bin men have paid their final visit till after Xmas), before clearing out his room which doubles as the guest room.
Decide on a max number of items to serve for Xmas day lunch. Nobody needs roast potatoes, sweet roast potatoes, roast parsnips, turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, cauliflower cheese, carrots, sprouts and red cabbage, plus bread sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy and home made Yorkshire pudding all on the same plate!
My DC are too old for Grottos and Panto.
And going to Winter Wonderland was a nightmare (too busy, very ££, underground station closed)
So next year, something nicer, memorable.
Not Lapland UK, they are too old for that. And Lapland (the proper one) is too much to fit in a day, would need a 2-3 days break.
We went to Lapland from 20-23rd and it really encouraged me to do everything early, which left us all a lot more relaxed. Also, neither of my DSs asked for much this Christmas and instead of panic buying extra things I pretty much stuck to their lists and they were not disappointed.
Next Christmas is going to be a bit different, we're going away for a week until the 23rd and Christmas Lunch will be in a restaurant.
So it'll all be about pre planning, and getting everything sorted before we go away.
* Start buying family cards as soon they come into the shops, don't put it off until the last minute.
* Don't buy or make a christmas cake, unless it's a really really small one.
* Remember that you can't re-freeze frozen pastry, buy fresh pastry or make my own so I can freeze mince pies in advance, this years home made mincemeat will be fine next year, as long as I heat it back up.
* Don't leave it until December to start getting the house in shape.
* Buy more nuts.
* Make FILs Birthday cake at the beginning of December and Freeze it.
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