I’m sorry to tell you this people, but Christmas is only seven weeks away.
Of course you may not do Christmas in your family, and that’s fine. In that case you might want to stop reading this post, and spent the next five minutes of your life on something more relevant to you.
But if you plan to celebrate December the 25th with presents and food, it’s time to get your heads out of the sand and make a plan. If you also get swept up in the seasonal madness that is the end-of-year festive season, please feel free to panic a little alongside me.
Every year, I swear I’m going to be more organised. I’ll buy cards and wrapping paper in the January sales, and start looking for presents and stock fillers from June. And every year I fail to do this; there is always something more urgent to do or pay for and besides, December is months away…
So here I am again, in November, searching the interweb for presents. My kids don’t help; the older two have everything already and the younger two want every crappy thing that they see advertised on TV. It’s very tempting to just give money but I know how disappointed everyone would be if they didn’t have a bunch of presents to open on Christmas morning.
When they were younger it was so much easier to buy big things that looked impressive. Now the stuff they want is small and expensive, so we’d have to spend four times as much to get the same volume under the christmas tree. It’s not going to happen.
And they expect bulging stockings as well- at least I can fill those up with useful stuff like flannels, toothbrushes and socks.
Luckily DH makes shopping for him easy and stops buying himself books, music and DVDs from October onwards. Instead he puts them on his Xmas wishlist. It’s not exactly a big surprise for him but at least I know I’m buying him stuff he wants. I buy a few things, let the kids choose some bits and give his mum the link too. Voila, job done!
The downside is that DH expects me to do the same, and there is nothing I really want this year.
I quite fancy one of those stand mixers but only because my friends are all getting them; I’m not sure how much it would get used. They are pretty though!
I can always do with more clothes but absolutely hate clothes shopping and DH wouldn’t dare buy me something I hadn’t specifically asked for.
Maybe a couple of nice cushions for the sofa? Our old ones are a bit manky now.
Otherwise, I really don’t know what I want.
I know what I don’t want though. Last Christmas both DH and I came down with the bug that the kids had the week before, so this Christmas I don’t want the flu.
What do you want for Christmas? Maybe you can give me some ideas…