A few years ago The Bloke and I were spending our first Christmas together at home as a married couple. I was beyond excited – normally we celebrated our own Christmas together a few days early, then would travel up north to be with our individual families (mine live in Bolton and his are in Sheffield) and on Boxing Day he would drive across the Pennines and meet me, where we would then drive back down to Birmingham. I spent weeks planning and organising everything – putting up the tree, writing and sending cards and presents, sorting out the food and TV schedule – and by the middle of December everything was pretty much finished, aside from the fresh produce I needed for Christmas dinner.
This year, I decided to try and do the same.
It didn’t quite work out in the way that I had hoped. I seem to have spent the last few weeks doing lots of things, and yet five days before Christmas Day I have a wonky tree, I still haven’t sent out some of my cards and presents, our Christmas dinner is currently going to primarily consist of crackers and sage and onion stuffing (we did have a tub of Twiglets, but got peckish one evening last week and ate them) and the house looks like it has been inhabited by a large bunch of teenagers. Combined with the fact that the next four days are going to be occupied by non-Christmassy things it’s going right down to the wire, which seems rather ridiculous considering that I don’t have children or a job that requires me to leave the house.
I feel like I need some sort of dramatic musical score – perhaps from a training sequence in a Rocky film – over the weekend as I am running about. I’m undecided between the original (which was used in the first three), or the one from my favourite, Rocky IV. Perhaps I’ll put a slow motion montage sequence together as I run around the supermarket while The Bloke yells “No pain! No pain!” at me, followed by a loud yell of victory in my living room with my bags of shopping.
Or perhaps I’ll just stop rambling on the blog and go and actually get something actually finished…
What about you guys? Are you all set for the festive season?
Ok man, not ready at all!!!!
Did you get everything done Ritu?
Just about, Suzie! It was a rush around at the end, but we got there!
Perhaps it’ll just concentrate your mind and you’ll get so much more done than usual? Or perhaps it’ll just be stressy and rushed? We can’t really do anything for Christmas as we don’t live anywhere and travel with backpacks. Can’t decorate anything, no tree, can’t carry more than one bag of presents. Decision made for us.
Yeah I think you’re right there Jonno! Did you have a good one?
Nope. I am not all set. At all. As I read Christmas cards from friends, I have yet to write a word on any card or letter. I am ahead on wrapping gifts though. That’s a miracle! Merry Christmas!
And to you Angie! Did you have a good one?
Good Christmas! We kept it simple, but still had tons of fun. Hope your Christmas was great!
Aww that’s lovely – glad it was a good one! Mine was awesome thanks!
I was very well prepared: EVERYTHING done well in advance…and I am racing around 5 days out like I haven’t done a thing!
Haha! How was your Christmas John?
Terrific so far and still in the midst of the celebration, as my birthday is New Year’s Eve!
Awww hope you have a good birthday John!
I never feel quite ready, but then I always fall back on Dr. Seuss and The Grinch: “Christmas Day will always be/Just as long as we have we.” Merry Christmas, my friend!
Awww I love that! Merry Christmas to you, too! Did you have a good one?
Yes, it was wonderful! I hope yours was too!
It was awesome thanks!