Word of the Week: Beginnings

This week I have mostly been getting over my Christmas anxiety and malaise and getting on with the first necessary steps in order to start feeling a little bit on top of it all. Having said that I still have a lot to do!

During the week I have:

  • Made a homemade snowglobe
  • Made some jars of homemade brandied cherries (for gifts)
  • Bought some books, pyjamas, santa hats, advent chocolates, slipper socks and a special silver reindeer bell for the children (plus a few other miscellaneous bits and bobs)
  • Bought some more supplies for gifts in jars from Amazon (deliveries are all a bit sporadic and haphazard though!)
  • Taken the children to see Santa arrive on a ‘monster truck’ at the local garden centre
  • Booked tickets for the children to visit (another) Santa at Osterley Park and House (National Trust) this Sunday
  • Attempted (unsuccessfully) to establish just what we intend to do with ourselves on Christmas day
  • Chosen my food for my work’s Christmas meal at All Bar One
  • Agreed with a good friend to book tickets for this year’s Woking panto starring, once again, JJ’s favourite, Justin Fletcher (AKA Mr Tumble).
  • Confirmed a Christmas Eve lunch with my cousins and children.

Next steps will be sourcing presents for the hubster, EJ, my step daughter, my nephews, nieces, my Mum and Dad, Sisters and Brother in Laws, deciding what to wear and buying, writing and sending Christmas Cards. Phew!

I realise that this all might seem a lot of thoughts about Christmas already but for me, it seems less like four weeks and more like four days (i.e. four days without the children!). I will need to decide when to put up some decorations (I’m erring on later rather than sooner just because of the EJ destruction factor 🙂 ) and then making sure I still have the time to get all the presents wrapped and ready to pile around the tree cometh the hour…

Writing all this down makes me feel a bit happier about where I’m at with the preparations – once I feel I’ve made some in-roads I can start to relax and breathe again 🙂

How are your preparations going?

Have a fab weekend WOTWers!


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25 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Beginnings

    • It was Kim!! I love it, but I do get a bit of Christmas envy when I read about people who have got it all wrapped up (quite literally) before the start of December – I really want to have the time to just enjoy it unstressed one year! X

  1. Sounds like you’ve had an incredibly constructive week! There is so much to organise though isn’t there? Especially with the added challenge of the little people… We’ve got Arthur’s birthday two days after Christmas too so it’s all a bit bonkers! Xx
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    • I think you’ve hit the nail on the head Sophie – even though I don’t have a little person birthday to factor in, just having them around throws a huge spanner in the works! It means I don’t feel like I have four weeks prep time, but four days because there are only four days when they will both be out! X

    • Ha ha Caroline – no not invented extra hours (wouldn’t that be nice? 🙂 ) but just used the free hours I have on a Tuesday as efficiently as possible!! Santa arriving on a monster truck was perfect for all the little boys Xx

    • You have the Thanksgiving excuse though Sara! I always find that just making that first step and buying the first thing kind of kicks in the urgency and need to keep the ball rolling!) Unfortunately mine is a bit haphazard right now, I’m kind of at that stage of buying things that I’d like myself with the vague thought ‘oh this’ll do for somebody’ eventually my brother in law will end up with some girly lipbalms and a heart shaped chalkboard 😉

    • He’s in Aladdin this year too Jocelyn and I think it’ll be better than Cinderella last year (for JJ anyway) because I anticipate less gooey bits 🙂 I think if I looked back on my own childhood Aladdin at the Lyric in Hammersmith was one of my all time faves 🙂 Decorations already? You’ll have to let me know what Little Man makes of it all! Xx

  2. Sounds like you’ve made a good start Sam and are being very organised. I love your snowglobe and jars of brandied cherries – how lovely! I really must start getting organised for Christmas myself – have hardly done anything yet! #wotw
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  3. I love that I’m not the only one who does their countdown to things based on how many days without the children are left rather than calendar days! You sound very very organised though and I’m sure it will all come together beautifully.
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