So shoot me, I’ve started the Christmas shopping already. I may be a freak of nature when it comes to organisational matters, but I’d rather be on the ball than flapping about when it comes to Christmas.
I usually start making idealists for each of the kids at the start of September. I keep wish lists on Amazon for each of the children which I update regularly with their ideas and suggestions to give me some guidance when it comes to purchasing presents.
Later in the year, I ask the kids to scour through the Smyths catalogue for final ideas, which I then collate with my original ideas to create a final list from.
This weekend Paul and I were child-free and able to crack on with the shopping without prying eyes. Whilst browsing the shops, I came across some brilliant bargains which were ideal stocking fillers for Christmas, I therefore used the opportunity to start the seasonal shopping a little earlier than planned.
I’ve now got the kids main presents planned and one out of the two purchased. I have also got the majority of their stocking fillers quite literally in the bag and with a little luck come December I’ll be ready to relax and to enjoy Christmas without the chaos.
I’ve already established that J would like an IPhone which may be hiding on top of my wardrobe as I write this, whilst E has been persuaded that she would like a TV-DVD combi for her room – which is a far better idea than a gigantic Barbie house which wouldn’t have fit into her room!
So what if it’s only September? It’s never too early to make plans for the future! Mental note – This year I WILL buy at least ten rolls of wrapping paper and I WILL get onto wrapping the gifts way before the week of Christmas. Never again do I wish to undergo the stress of leaving things till the last minute.
I’m not the last-minute, seat of your pants kinda gal. How the heck people go shopping on Christmas Eve is beyond me, I’d much rather lig out in my pajamas, all snug and warm consuming far too many calories whilst watching festive movies with the kids.
On that note, I’m off for a hot, bubbly bath before hopping into said pajamas to catch up on the soaps all snug and warm.