Hello, happy Monday and welcome to everyone who's following along with Denyse's Life This Week blogging series. Today's theme is all about Christmas and how it's only two months 'til Christmas Eve.
I never used to get too caught up with Christmas preparations until December. Invitations for parties would often come through in November, I'd put them into my diary and then my phone (the latter when they started to become such indispensable parts of our lives that for many they're like a third hand and second brain). Early December would then see me workshop outfits for said events, pop a few Christmas treats in my trolley with each grocery shop and try to work up some motivation to write Christmas cards (with embarrassingly little success).
Things would pick up the weekend before Christmas, though. Along with everyone else within the local council area, I'd be car park raging along with the best of them as I began my annual assault on Westfield for presents and decorations.
Christmas this year is going to and already has shaped up to be much more organized than usual for me. While I haven't gotten the decorations out yet, I have begun scouting missions to places like Kmart and Target who have really upped their game in recent years.
With Preschooler SSG being that much older and also understanding a lot more about celebration I'm hoping to have a few Christmas decorations dotted around the house in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. An actual Christmas tree, perhaps! I have idle daydreams of Sunday afternoons happily spent crafting festive decorations together... Perhaps they may stay idle for a little while longer but a girl can dream.
This weekend saw me walk out of Kmart with these two T shirts for Preschooler SSG's Festival of Christmas wardrobe. The festival has the following booked, confirmed and paid for so far:
- Santa photos at the QVB - a first for us, wish me luck
- the Wiggles Christmas arena style concert - we had so much fun last year, I'm really looking forward to going again
- a visit to the Sydney Santa Spectacular which will involve fresh from a machine snow, cookie decorating and a whole host of rides
There just aren't enough weekends in December, are there? Somewhere in amongst all of this will be work functions, preschool celebrations, Preschooler SSG's birthday and hopefully a carols session in our local area. I'm not brave enough to go to the Domain yet.
On the to do list, alongside gifts and menu planning:
And Advent calendars need to be decided on. Our calendars were such a success last year my challenge this year will be to choose something a bit different but just as good for this year. I have my eye on one of The Body Shop's calendars for myself. They aren't in stock in Australia just yet but I like that there are two versions and both sound like they've got a decent proportion of TBS minis compared to 'filler' items in them.
How are you feeling about Christmas two months out?