Saturday, 26 September 2015

That List on the 7th January

 I came across this post when I was searching for something else.It was written on the 7th January

I usually make a few notes in the start of my new diary to remind me of what's what, this year I will share them with you.... you lucky people!
  • Look out for wrapping paper at car boot sales
  • No need to buy any Christmas cards  as I have got enough for next year
  • But I want to make some special cards for the family ( Need to search for ideas - cross stitch?)
  • 12 people fit round the dining table but a bit too many for the living room
  • Having everyone here on one day was good, but left no time to chat much
  • The chocolate meringue gateau is delicious but we've had it 2 years running so find something different for next year.
  • I don't need to make Christmas puddings next year - two in the cupboard
  • Might do hampers for sisters and Bros in L? Write down ideas
  • Maybe find another cheap Christmas tree at a car boot as we have so many tree decorations that never get used.
  • Remember to use Scout Post for Ipswich relatives, need to be in Ipswich during first 2 weeks of Dec.
  • Look for small gifts at car boot sales for "tree presents" and maybe cracker fillers
 So how are the plans going?

I found some wrapping paper at a car boot sale, avoided buying anymore cards in the Charity shops' January sales, made some 3D decoupage cards for the family, crossed stitched some cards for my 7 Penny Pincher Letter friends and decided on hampers for the 2 sisters. I've  found almost nothing for tree or cracker pressies, didn't see a cheap Christmas tree at any carboot sales (but wouldn't have bought one anyway because of moving). I've made a note in the diary about the Ipswich Scout Post. I will probably just make some small Christmas puddings for Cols' Dad and the hampers, have no thoughts of what other desert I will make and we have no idea who will be where over the Christmas break.

3 months to get sorted - I expect we'll still be here.

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  1. It must be a little difficult to really get organised when moving is at the back of your mind. Us more mature women (yes I know I am more mature than you!) can usually pull something together when the time comes.
    A WHOLE 3 months eh? Crikey I haven't done a single thing yet.

  2. In the week runningup to Christmas I always make two or three pavlova shells. We usually have plenty of eggs and they are always useful at the last minute as long as there is whipping cream in the fridge. They look good and taste good too. I always make a sherry trifle - my family would not think it was Christmas without one and that is another good, easy pud at the last minute.

  3. I always make a sherry trifle too so anyone who doesn't like Christmas pudding still gets dessert. I have cards , paper , tags and crackers from the sales in January and two jars of sale mincemeat( pence from tesco in February)already have a few gifts from the sales for my girls , they love their stockings . I made them an advent calendar a few years ago but now they are older I just put a chocolate coin or a chocolate Santa. I love christmas !

  4. I love it when I go back through my diary and find 'notes to self' , I write in such different styles sometimes and find some really off the wall ideas, that I've noted on a whim.

    Yours seem more productive and useful notes than mine do on occasion.

  5. Ahh yes! I knew it must be on the way. My local supermarket has a huge display of tins (although they're plastic these days) of chocolates and biscuit selections. You are very organised. We tend to have a fairly quiet time so not too much by way of preparation is required. I do love it though. I will be starting to make some decorations as of next week. Not because I'm so excited but because it will probably take me that long. X

  6. I always start out with good intentions with a lovely, clear list for everything. Did I mention this is done with good intent? At least you are making some headway, so well done.

  7. How about a Bailey's trifle? That's so simple and so delicious. If you like Bailey's that is!
    I wrote some things down in my diary too to stop me getting carried away with buying too much.
    You could have had my sister's christmas tree she was selling the other week at our local car boot it was only £1!
    Lisa x

  8. Instead of someone's dusty old discarded artificial Christmas tree, why not a branch or large twig, painted white and decorated? Something simple you could make almost at the last minute? Our son's partner made a lovely decoration in a pot last year, just a simple white-painted branch decorated with fairy lights and it looked splendid. I only like a Christmas tree if it's a real one - the whole point, surely, is to bring some real greenery into the house? Artificial trees can look very attractive, I admit, but they are not real. Personally I'd not give an artificial tree houseroom. A real tree, regardless of how small (or large, for that matter) it is, is what matters. The ephemeral nature of something of a real tree, just like the ephemeral nature of flowers, is what makes them special.
    Margaret P

  9. I cannot wait to have Christmas in our new home. I normally start thinking about the festivities once the Autumn/Halloween Decorations have gone up. But with moving I have none of those up so will probably go straight into Christmas organising, which I love, so will be more than happy to do!x

  10. Thank you for re-posting this, because it reminded me of HAMPERS, which are not very popular in the US. (They should be). However, last year I took your advice (or someone's)--later rescinded--to make MYSELF a hamper, and what a hit it was! We travel to the resort area where my DS lives and rent a condo for about 5 days over Christmas. Although I cook in the condo, it's nothing like having full cupboards at home. We are loved, loved, loved the hamper, and I thank you for reminding me of it again...especially early enough that I can make and buy special foods, a little at a time, and not break the bank.