Despite the spanners that the universe is throwing at me at them moment or perhaps because of them I am Counting down to Christmas. Not in a panicked way or a hassled way but in a how can I plan and make this next threeish weeks joyful, stressless and memorable.
So over on Jacqui's blog "I too am addicted to scrap"she has the best Advent Calendar idea I have ever seen - check it out.
As today is December 1st and I have not even made an advent calendar my December 1st is:
to make an advent Calendar and the little instruction for the day will be PLAN.
PLAN - what I still have to make - easy refer to last weeks list and then some
- what I have to buy - a turkey, maybe a ham, some champers.
- what I plan to give - pressies for the kids only limited shopping done so far but I need a list
- what I have already got - hunt out the pressie hiding places and clear them so that book I have had for five years now finally gets in someones stocking!!
- what we will do - invite for neighbour dirnks in paddock
- Christmas Cleaning not as boring as it sounds
- Christmas shopping trips for just dad and I (like the booze shopping with careful planning we could do that and have a quick dinner out without the daisies!!
- an outing to town to see the Christmas windows - remind self to ask The Old Dairy if Tba has some good ones could combine that with a visit to my sister
- an outing to see the Christmas lights - put that on the day we have a birthday party at fast food restaurant on December 16th - birthday party, visit to grandma and grandad and Christmas lights on the way home.
I love Christmas all the traditions , and the time we spend together this last week I lost sight of that but thanks to Jacqui, Mandy's up beat holiday post ( I feel the same way) and a post from the Vision Splendid that I read this morning on the seven steps to a simple Christmas I am back in the mood - be prepared for Christmas trivia folks
Todays Christmas trivia: The twelve days of Christmas refers to the period from Christmas Eve until the feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. Traditionally from the first Sunday in Advent (yesterday for those whose spirituality doesn't include church or mass) you decorate your home with candles, decorations and prepare food so that on Christmas Eve the culimination is a feast and the putting up of the Christmas Tree the crowning glory of the four weeks preparation. The tree then stays up until the feast of the Epiphany January 6th - 12 days.
Christmas Fun: I have a friend who keeps her Christmas Tree decorated all year round no fabric just plastic decorations and outdoor fairy lights. Each year she puts it in the roof space for storage - all set up - and then on December first they take it out and HOSE it clean - dry it and then put it back in the lounge room.......one wonders.......
Okay off to make that Advent Calendar before I go off to work, I will visit daisyson20 this afternoon after his operation and so I will have some time to get some sewing done then.
Welcome to all the new readers hope you enjoy you r time herre at Daisy Mountain.