I have said it a million times before, but I am usually really unorganised when it comes to Christmas. This year, I was determined to have it all done and dusted before the kids broke up from school. Do you think I managed it?
No – I didn’t! Not completely, anyway. I had finished buying all of Sam and Sydney’s gifts before December, so the majority of the work was done. My time was eaten up massively though by my Christmas Book Advent series. You have no idea how long it takes to make each of those videos!
I have a large family, so had a lot of presents to buy. All I can say is thank goodness for online shopping! I thought I had bought, received, wrapped and distributed all of the gifts I needed to by the time the kids broke up. I was all smug, and thought I was finished. Then I remembered last night that I had yet to buy anything for 3 of my relatives. OOPS! Cue emergency shopping trip this morning.
I thought I’d bought all the christmas cards too – until I realised hubby got me cards from the kids, but I didn’t get Daddy cards for him. EPIC FAIL number 2! Cue another emergency shopping trip tomorrow.
Then, there’s still the food shopping to contend with. Yep – I forgot to book an online delivery slot. I guess that makes it a hat-trick of fails on my part. They always say it comes in threes, so fingers crossed that’ll be all the Christmas mishaps out of the way, well in advance.
So, while I thought I’d be smugly sipping mulled wine by the fire every evening next week, I will now be shopping and wrapping last minute gifts instead. Instead of going to bingo with my Mum, I’ll be distributing those gifts. I guess I’ll have to go for bingo sites instead – if I get a spare second!
I don’t mind though. I am still really proud that I only have a bit of running about left to do. I dropped off 10 christmas presents at Sydney’s school last week, to be donated to disadvantaged children in Manchester. Our local radio station has been sharing stories and asking for toy donations all month, so I am really feeling the Christmas spirit this year. It’s all about the kids, and it’s the season of giving, after all.