All I can hear right now is the Coca-Cola advert when I think about Christmas coming. I’ve started to listen to Christmas carols on the journey to and from work to lift my spirits. Christmas is a busy time at work (it’s nearly the deadline of submission of annual tax returns in the UK – don’t forget your tax return folks! The deadline for online submissions is on 31 January For more information check the HMRC website) but despite the busy time, admittedly,I get the holiday blues being so far away from home. Listening to carols reminds me of the good times and makes me smile and feel better. Two years in the running now I’ve been listening to Pentatonix. They’re an a capella quintet from Arlington, Texas. I love listening to them because the harmonies remind me of the chancel choir I used to be part of at home in the Philippines.
In an effort to be a little bit more organised this year, Alan and I have devised a (more organised) plan. We’d cook or prep and freeze things that we can prepare ahead of time so that we didn’t have to rush around like headless chickens the night before Christmas. This year, right now, we already have the following:
- A shared Christmas shopping list (courtesy of this handy app Our Groceries, and yes, there’s a free version on iOS and Android!) with most of the items ticked off
- A rough (adjustable) schedule of things to do which should finish the last Sunday BEFORE Christmas
- Gift wrapping supplies (for last minute gift-wrapping)
- Pigs in blankets made (we bought sausages and wrapped streaky bacon around them), wrapped up, and in the freezer
- Stuffing mixed and placed in baking tins, wrapped up and in the freezer
- Braised red cabbage done and in the freezer waiting to be thawed
- Baking supplies in hand for baking projects
- A large shopping bag already filled with nibbles (i.e. crisps, biscuits, crackers, candy, etc.)
With Christmas 12 days away, I’ve got the tree up, Christmas decorations all over the flat and the fridge stocked with Christmas things. I’m not feeling as rushed as I usually do at Christmas. All we have to do now is get the turkey and get the veg and figure out timings for cooking the turkey and the fixings!
I am soooooooo ready for Christmas!