Friend, W, has just sent me an e mail to ask if I wish to go shopping for Christmas with her this week. When I think that Christmas is only five weeks away next Tuesday, the answer has got to be yes.
I love Christmas and I love the giving of presents. I make lists and lists of lists and I tick and cross as I go. I print out my card envelopes and get them all ready in good time. I start relatively early and try to have everything well in place.
But I have got into the habit of making four cakes for family and friends and four Christmas puddings - and they are still to be done. So yes thank you, W, this should kick start me into thinking hard about dotting the i's and crossing the t's.
Each year I put away the decorations for another year and the next year I get them out of their boxes like old friends. There is something about Christmas that is good for the soul and I would not like to get into that mode which says I am not buying any presents or sending any cards this year. (mainly because I like to be on the receiving end too!) - and really expense does not necessarily come into it - I love tiny home made gifts just as much.
So this week sees the freezer receiving food specially for the festive season and a real start being made on serious gift buying. The farmer is probably my most difficult one to buy a present for as he never wants anything - but this year I have had a brilliant idea - all will be revealed on my blog on Boxing Day.