Sunday, 23 December 2012

Two more sleeps!

It's getting closer!  Today is the day for trying to get the things needed for our traditional routine organised.  Final touches made to wrapped gifts for closest family is one of the things I am supposed to be doing this morning.  My niece is very arty.  An interior designer by profession, an Art degree to her name and just an amazing knack of turning something ordinary into something absolutely amazing.  (She's just started her own on-line business selling beautiful party bags. Check it out here. (Because that's the kind of thing you do when you have two children under the age of 2 and a half isn't it?) She takes so much time and trouble over her wrapping that I always try to follow her example for those 'special gifts'.  So I am taking a break from adding little red shiny bells to some of my wrapping - partly because I feel sure that a certain dog will soon be trying to eat them ...
Then I need to put my family's gifts into Santa sacks.  Traditionally we have a present opening time around the tree, each person has a bag and we take it in turns to open a gift.  This of course adds added stress to Santa, as he/she has to ensure that both children have the same amount of presents so one doesn't run out of things to open before the other!  They also have a small sack that goes into their bedrooms that they open in bed before we all go downstairs.  Santa has a reputation for being so tired by the time he/she gets round to those stockings that often the wrong gift gets put in the wrong stocking.  And seeing that traditionally the kind of things in those stockings are Christmassy undies, socks/tights, pyjamas etc, getting the wrong one can cause much amusement!
But my next job of the day is to empty the fridge in preparation for the meat for Boxing Day.  My sister always gets the turkey for Christmas Day and the beef for the day after from her butcher.  The meat from that place is amazing.  So I am about to take delivery of a rib of beef joint, large enough for 16.  That'll be about half a cow I reckon.  And my fridge is already full.  Major redistribution is about to take place!
Right, I can procrastinate no longer, time to step away from the computer and string up a few more jingle bells.  Ho ho ho.

6 comments:

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Hi Debs! I've just enjoyed a lovely catch-up on what you're up to these days leading up to Christmas. :o) So happy to hear that your son is so excited to get home for the holiday. Your posts sound so happy with a twist of comedy. That's one of the many things I love about you and your blog, Deb!

Enjoy wrapping your gifts! I have a few more to embellish myself, and this afternoon I'm baking cupcakes for tomorrow night's festivities.

A very merry Christmas to you, my dear friend. See you in 2013!!! :o)!!!

Louise said...

i was reading and nodding my head at the same time. Lots here i can relate too - same number of pressies, stockings with wrong gifts...i've even done that with the tree presents...i shall check out your link. i' always envious of people that can wrap so elegantly x have a lovely christmas x

Alison said...

I finished my wrapping this afternoon while. Craig and Kirsty were out shopping....I'm now trying not to go and peek at what they've bought!
Alison xx

Sandie said...

Have yourself a wonderful time with your family, Deb's. My tree is finally up and some of the decorations. So it is starting to look like Christmas here at last.

alexa said...

Hope you manage to reorganise your fridge - that sounds like a mammoth task! Lovely to come and see what you're hope to, and hoping you have a lovely, lovely Christmas ...

Karen said...

Have a lovely Christmas Deb x I have so much food that the chilled food that doesn't fit in the fridge is in a plastic tub in the spare, unheated, bedroom!