How to prepare for Christmas early

Get prepared early for Christmas - Bubbablue and me

In the past I always prided myself on being really organised for Christmas. It helped that it was always a nice family day, and even though we never had a big family Christmas, it always had its traditions.  But the older I get (and being married to a man who is a definite Bah Humbug about it, and has to work on it), I’ve slackened off.  Christmas always seems to happen, but it would be nice to be a bit… Continue Reading “How to prepare for Christmas early”

Thrifty stuff: Bargain books and clearance toys

Bargain books

I’ve been thinking about Christmas planning recently and wanted to pick up some bits and pieces before then. Books are always top of my thoughts as they’re so handy for N to have a few new ones for his stocking or just under the tree.  I’d already put in an order with The Book People – in preparation for the numerous birthdays we’ll be having coming up (or for party bag items for N’s party – if I get round… Continue Reading “Thrifty stuff: Bargain books and clearance toys”

How do you do it – planning for birthdays, Christmas and other occasions?

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We’re just approaching the final bank holiday before the end of the year, and even though there’s still back to school and Halloween to come, some people are already well underway with their Christmas planning. In our family we have the majority of birthdays between October and January, so I always like to get at least the initial ones out of the way before concentrating on anything Christmas oriented.  I would plan earlier, but no mention of Christmas is allowed… Continue Reading “How do you do it – planning for birthdays, Christmas and other occasions?”

Christmas day at home

So with only a week to go, I finally managed to find out that we are having Christmas at home. Now, we are always at the farm or around just because the men need to do the feeding in the morning and then again in the afternoon, but it does make me a bit sad that given the size and location of all of the OH’s family, we don’t have more big family Christmases.  The last one that was everyone,… Continue Reading “Christmas day at home”