It’s November. The issue can no longer be avoided. Christmas is coming. I’m a Christmas lover, I really am. In December. As soon as December hits, I’ve got the Christmas jumper on, I’m drinking the costa Christmas coffees, tree is up asap.
I’ve got 2 kids now. A husband. Step kids. 2 sets of parents. That’s a lot to organise. Coupled with 2 November birthdays, it’s an awful lot of shopping. So, this year I’m attempting to get started, and at least make a plan, before December. But I just can’t seem to get excited, perhaps once the birthdays are out of the way, we will see.
This Year we’ve decided to only buy for the kids, then a few other bits. We’re going to try and make gifts for people. When the boy was younger, and I was a single mum, we made everyone boxes of gingerbread, which went down incredibly well. People love big expensive gifts, but I do think it’s the thought that counts. Especially when you’ve got children, people are grateful that you took the time to make them something. Kids are also a great excuse for frankly slightly rubbish crafts. I’m awful. The boy takes a lot of credit for things mummy has in fact made herself but is too ashamed to admit to. Check out my Pinterest page for some hints as to what crafts might be coming.
I’m also trying to learn lessons from years past.
- Paperchains suck! Honestly, one year I put loads up. They just kept breaking. Every few hours a different link would fall apart. By Christmas every single one must have be wrapped in tape
- You need more tape
- And wrapping paper
- You will lose the scissors
- Oh, god the papercuts
- The baby doesn’t care if you spend £100’s. They just don’t.
- The big ones ask for everything all the time. Every day, “mummy can you help me put that on my letter to Santa?”
- This Santa, he’s got a lot to answer for. He just creates toys from magic, not using money. Mummy must spend money!
- If you start shopping early, don’t then the week before panic you haven’t brought enough. You have. Show some self-control!
- Go to someone else for dinner so you actually have time to enjoy all the toys.
- Cook at home so you can avoid all the toys
- Be armed with one of those screwdrivers you can change the heads. Have every head available. Who packages these toys?! Do they really need to be screwed in!?
- It’s not as much fun planning Christmas TV viewing with a Sky Planner as it was with the Christmas Special Radio Times. Buy the Radio Times. And a highlighter.
- Supermarkets are open on Christmas Eve. They are also open on boxing day. Nothing bad will happen if you forget something. You don’t really need 8 boxes of mince pies.
- When you buy the Quality street at the beginning of December, do not lie to yourself that you’re going to “put them up for Christmas”. Don’t even pretend. Just eat them. Then buy more. 5 times.
Has anyone got any other tips from Christmas’ past? Please do share…