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.