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What's still on your Christmas 'To Do' List?

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70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 08-Dec-13 21:40:13

All you organised people will be saying "Nothing. The presents are bought and wrapped. The food is on order"

But for mortals .....

I will rule out doing anything on days I'm at work because I'm useless after work. Get home, feed people, tidy up. That's it.

But still outstanding....

Haircut (desperately needs done)
Then hair dye (at home. I cannot be doing with paying £££ )

Costco shop to buy drinks, beer, washing powder, binbags, a huge tinned Panatonne blush

Last minute IKEA trip (mid week. It's Hell at weekends)

Taking DD out Saturday (cinema /shopping with one of her friends). I can wander about.

Cashing up the £2 jar (Family tradition)

Taking the DC and DH out on Sunday (maybe my DS will buy me a present grin )

Big Sainsburys shop (DS/DD will see that Harry Hill film)

London on the 21st

Make marzipan and decorate cake

Make chocolate crispy wreath and chocolate house (mine won't eat gingerbread )

Wrap all the presents (might do this on Fri 13th if I can be trusted with scissors)

Put up the rest of the decorations (got the tree up)

DD has something on at school in the last week (Dance)

Last minute run round Waitrose - just because it's there grin

A Twitch Trip to M&S and Lakeland possibly on the 19th after work (my last work day before Christmas. Late night isn't too busy)

I thought I was organised but this seems like a mammoth task .

MARGUERITE18 Tue 10-Dec-13 13:32:09

buy winter wonderland ticket and attend
buy xmas eve pjs
fill sacks
cinema for frozen
buy more pressies
cinema again
carol service
big clean and tidy
craft day
make yule log
finish paying xmas dinner off

snowmanshoes Tue 10-Dec-13 12:34:07

DD2 presents now also wrapped and even more importantly - squirty cream bought x2!

Ok can relax a bit now!

woodchuck Tue 10-Dec-13 07:12:58

Still to do:

Buy last gift each for ds and dd
finish wrapping (less than half done), and for that purpose:
Buy more wrapping paper and tags
Buy more cards and write. I did buy enough until 10yo ds comandeered a box after saying he didn't want any
Shopping for food. I have booked a tesco slot but it needs heavy amendments. Also m&s for treats
Work Christmas do on Saturday. Need new dress
Christmas meet up with uni friends , Sunday
plan a party for 28th
prep spare beds for guests
Kid's activities:
3x Christmas parties
choir carol concert
Scouts carol concert
choir bbc recording
School play
church nativity
Christmas day choir service
post cards UK and Europe

WipsGlitter Tue 10-Dec-13 07:03:32

Write and send cards
Finish getting presents
Wrap presents
Ice cake
Get tree
Put up decorations
Make wreath for front door
Pay deposit for Christmas dinner
Massive house tidy
Write shopping list
Do big shop

Lots more I've not thought of!!

MummyPig24 Tue 10-Dec-13 06:52:00

Turkey and bike helmets ordered!

MummyPig24 Tue 10-Dec-13 05:29:43

I've wrapped everything I have bought. But we still need to buy for Fil, gfil and BIL.

I'm ordering the turkey crown today. There are pigs in blankets and stuffing in the freezer, cranberry sauce in the cupboard and I've started getting drinks and crisps and some mince pies.

I still need to get bike helmets for the kids and check that their bikes are all there in the boxes. And I need to finish writing Christmas cards.

None of that will happen today as from 12 I have 2 children and from 3.20 I have 4 children. And it's ds school play tonight. But I will go to asda this morning for more wrapping paper and labels and will get a few festive bits with my usual shop.

Frozenatchristmas Mon 09-Dec-13 18:15:06

Wrap all gifts. Just waiting on one to be delivered.

Finish the online food order from asda.

Go to marks and spencer on 23rd to get ordered food

Clean the house

Have an afternoon, by myself, to watch some made for TV rubbish christmas movie.

TheXmasLogIn Mon 09-Dec-13 17:08:06

Well I made a start on the wrapping today, but didn't even get half of it done. I have got the DC way too much, or at least it looked that way spread out over the living room floor fshock I usually keep a few things back for New Year though and I might also save some of them for their birthdays instead.

Started to get the twitch because DD's pile looked bigger than DS's (bigger boxes) but thanks to my lovely spread sheet I know he actually has slightly more than her and his stuff cost me more too.

Hopefully I will get the food all ordered tonight as I can't wrap in the evenings anymore as DS doesn't go to sleep until 10pm ish and will be up and down to get drinks/use the loo before then and I will be too tired after that.

fuzzpig Mon 09-Dec-13 12:15:07

How funny, just after posting the friend who I'd been meaning to phone actually called me - had a long catch up smile

DontmindifIdo Mon 09-Dec-13 10:25:04

oh god I've got tonnes!

Currently taking a break from writing cards (we had some printed with a painting of a snowman 3 year old DS did, I thought that would be cute and how organised of me to order them early November, only arrived today!)

Post gifts to people we won't see before christmas

Wrap gifts (first get DH to make DS's pirate ship, I'm not dealing with that christmas morning, we'll wrap the finished article, not the box)

Pick up some John Lewis vouchers - for my DB and some for DS's nursery key worker

sort out tips for cleaner and postman (anyone else?)

Get hair dyed

go onto ocado and change the order

Make a birthday cake (for 27th Dec, best do it before or I'll be doing it at midnight on boxing day!)

Put up decorations (next Saturday)

seems alot...

ZingSweetPea Mon 09-Dec-13 10:24:15


remember to buy squirty cream!wink

BobCrotchstitch Mon 09-Dec-13 10:21:29

I too started really early and have been giving myself smug pats on the back at my superior organisational skills. Except the "one room a day weekend blitz" has so far only involved detail cleaning the fire place and washing the tiles in the bathroom.
Also several well thought out gifts I realise are still virtual gifts as I haven't actually made/ ordered them yet.
I clearly am not cut out for such aspirations fgrin

snowmanshoes Mon 09-Dec-13 10:16:50

Declutter and clean everywhere (may even have to tackle the oven - God help me!)
Find several presents that I have hidden too well and wrap them
Wrap all of DD2's pressies (have done DD1 so atleast that's a start)
Get PIL's presents, its going to have to be vouchers at this rate
Make crafty bits with dd's, will do bits and pieces whenever I get a spare half hour
School plays
School discos
School carol concert and possibly church visit but not 100%
Watch Frozen (take dd's and make dh come too!) and have a walk round Christmas market - even if for only 10 mins. I'm determined to get to one this year!
Take dd's to see reindeer at local garden centre and have a hot chocolate (dd1 is really looking forward to this more than anything else so must squeeze it in)
Go for meal - anywhere, don't care as long as I don't have to do anything except eat and drink
Write cards, scrap that - buy cards, then write them
Decide on plans for Christmas Eve, order in food or atleast have something in the cupboards a bit special.
Buy some sodding squirty cream - keep forgetting arrrrggghhhh!
Going to Chessington for a couple of days so make sure we all have warm nice clothes and pack it before the school breaks up.
Luckily I got mine and the dd's hair cut the weekend, dropped off some presents to friends and collected pottery pieces that dd's painted, so feel like I did something productive.

fuzzpig Mon 09-Dec-13 09:47:24

Oh and baking/crafty bits too hopefully!

fuzzpig Mon 09-Dec-13 09:45:20

Oh yes I forgot:

Get DD (6) and possibly DS (4) to do their school cards

Bring home chocolate (presents) I've stashed in my locker

Make sure I get food I've promised to bring for work Xmas lunch (which is actually on a day off but I'll go in anyway)

Finish making DS' present of a dressing up outfit - few bits of embroidery and spray painting a wooden hammer gold fgrin

Carry on with DD's piano lessons - she has just started learning with me and is determined to learn jingle bells by the big day!

Finish reading current book with DD so we can start a new one (got a few lovely gift editions to give her for Xmas) - that's just me being silly though fblush

Take back a load of library books

Wobblebeans Mon 09-Dec-13 09:45:19


Wrap all presents
Write and send christmas cards
Throw out any broken old toys to make space for new stuff
Buy christmas food
Tidy and clean whole house
Buy stocking fillers

And I'm sat on my bum on mn fhmm
There are some drawbacks of being a lazy person!

curlew Mon 09-Dec-13 09:39:19

I've just remembered - I suppose I need to buy some presents.......

CoffeeQueen187 Mon 09-Dec-13 09:35:04

Oh I've just thought of something else, I need to buy the kids Xmas clothes and go for my nail appointment.

Think I'd better start writing things down and crossing them off grin

fuzzpig Mon 09-Dec-13 09:26:31

Loadsa stuff.

A few more bits to get in town - only one trip needed, waiting for deliveries as well though.

Make a few cards with DCs

Take an inventory of what we've actually got for presents, make sure it's roughly even and hopefully avoid The Twitch (although I had a bit of a twitch on amazon yesterday fblush)

Wrap everything!

More decluttering as progress has somewhat slowed down lately

Tidy the hell up. This unfortunately includes a huge backlog of laundry since our washing machine packed up and new one isn't due til Friday! fsad Need to hand wash uniform in the meantime though.

Plan food, also need to ask if my parents mind getting a takeaway on Xmas eve since they'll have the car fgrin

Redo tesco order for 23rd (just put loads of alcohol in the basket to book the slot. Even though we don't really drink fhmm)

Find out if friend is coming or not on the day

Phone another friend, realised we haven't been in touch since last Xmas eve fshock

Get stuff ready for the den we are 'building' for DCs (the elves will leave clues to it on Xmas eve, and their jammies will be there)

Figure out where all the decorations are scattered, put them up (20th dec, last day of school) and get decent boxes ready to put them away properly/safely in Jan

Decide what presents are going to be from parents/grandma (they prefer to give us money so we choose 'assign' items to each IYSWIM) and Santa

Plan post-Xmas family cinema/lunch trip

Find out if we are having any other visits/visitors

Order school photos, just remembered we've got 2 days left before discount ends!

Finalise Xmas iTunes playlist grin

Find out if I can manage to go to any carol services this year

Get DCs to choose presents for each other and DH (they've already done mine apparently!)

Erm... think that's it fconfused Thankfully after my late shift tonight I've got the rest of the week off!

CoffeeQueen187 Mon 09-Dec-13 09:15:42

grin Windmill. Ebeneezer would've been a great name! I have to say I've never heard of anyone with that name, apart from Scrooge of course.

Zingsweetpea - that is a lot of birthdays shock I wouldn't know where to start with all of them. Good luck to you grin

BitOutOfPractice Mon 09-Dec-13 08:45:16

In October I tried to get a hair appointment for the weekend before Christmas. They laughed at me. They'd been booked up since July!!

Belle15 Mon 09-Dec-13 08:40:28

Buy all christmas food and drink blush

Have a clear out of kids toys

Make and write Xmas cards

Finish buying presents(Not even half done!)

Wrap said presents

Make and write Xmas cards!

Buy treats for kids at school

Hmmm stressed much?

ZingSweetPea Mon 09-Dec-13 08:21:59



I have just suggested Caspar/Jasper on a baby names thread as suitable for a Christmas time baby!
good name.
and Happy Birthday to him, big lad but still your baby, isn't he?

Dillydollydaydream Mon 09-Dec-13 08:20:45

Wrap all dcs presents. I have 4 so may take a while!
Buy stocking bits.
Order booze and food for festive period. Meat already sorted.
Make shortbread, truffles and possibly a gingerbread house if I can be bothered have enough time.
Find my festive feeling

knittedslippersx3 Mon 09-Dec-13 08:04:37

Erm, things left to-do?
I have no presents, no cards, no paper, no food!
I have done a big fat nothing, at some point panic is going to kick in, isn't it?

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