Friday, December 16, 2016

Getting ready for Christmas

We are well and truly into the Christmas rush now. The last few cards and gifts need to be sent, the social whirl is in frenetic mode, and Mariah Carey is everywhere, like some kind of golden-voiced, glittery diva angel.

I approve.

As we head towards the celebrations proper, I am all about getting ready for Christmas. There are so many little things to do to ensure the festive period goes smoothly.

I like to check that our Christmas food orders are sorted and doublechecked (thank heavens for online shopping too, I must say). We're getting most of our stuff delivered by Ocado on the 23rd, and we have some delicious options on the list (Poppet is most interested in the large free range turkey crown of course!).

I try to ensure we have enough bedding and towels for festive guests, and with cute duvet covers like this from George, gorgeous throws from The White Company, and soft, cosy towels from John Lewis, we are all set for any guests, both expected and unexpected!

Likewise, it's always a good idea to make sure you have plenty of furniture and seats & tableware - Christmas is always a bumper time for people in the house. Whether it's extra bar stools for the breakfast bar from Fishpools, an extra table from Ikea or a few new plates from Tesco, now's the time to pick up some pretty little details.

I like to check our stocks of medical supplies and essentials the weekend before the big day, so that I can stock up if required. I always make sure we have things for sore heads, upset tums from rich food, and plasters and antiseptic for any cooking ouchies! I also double up on things like bread and milk and pop some in the freezer so we are fully stocked - it's always nice to know you've plenty in. On a similar note I always check we have loo roll and tissues aplenty!

Cleaning wise I like to make sure that the house is spick-and-span by the evening of the 23rd, so I can take a good few days off for house stuff (bar cooking and dishes), so I'm making a list - and checking it twice, naturally - of jobs to get ticked off before the festivities begin.

So here we are a hive of activity ahead of the celebrations! In addition to all of the above there are visits to drop off presents, the last few items bought, and then it's time to unwind. How do you get ready for Christmas? Do you have much left to do?

Disclaimer: I was asked to write a sponsored post on how I was getting ready for Christmas. All lists, opinions and overexcitement my own, of course!


  1. Sounds like you are on top of everything by the sounds of your preparations. I need to get a couple things for guests

  2. You are so well organised it looks like you are all organised and everything is running like clock work.

  3. Everything is so busy and I seem to be all over the place. It looks that you have everything covered and all is quite organised and in place!

  4. I don't have to do that much getting ready as I head to my parents' - but I love putting the decorations up and wrapping presents!

  5. We're keeping everything pretty simple this year. We don't have family to visit, so it's just my husband and our kids. Not much left to do. :)

  6. You are so organised, I definitely agree that online shopping and deliveries are a god send at this time of the year x

  7. You're far more organised than me. Though I have been good with doing most of my shopping online, I've still not wrapped anything or decorated the house! x

  8. I'm definitely going to get some festive bedding in the sales so we can all rock it next year!

  9. Love that you are making a list and checking it twice for the cleaning. I had better do that too. Hope the kids don't do their normal and mess it 2 seconds after it's tidied.

  10. You sound a whole lot more organised than I am right now, so I am slightly jealous! x

  11. You are so organised. I need to get the house cleaned by Tuesday. Think I will start on Monday.

  12. You are so on point!! I forget half of the stuff on your list, you're a better woman than I! Haha you are going to have a very lovely Christmas!

  13. Sounds very organised indeed, i still have a few to sort out for Christmas

  14. Thankfully my mummy is not entertaining this year so we can relax a little bit more. Great suggestions xx

  15. Sounds like you're just about there. I can't wait!

  16. Wow! How organised are you?!?! Wish I was.... Not too sure how I am going to get everything done as I am working till 6pm on Christmas Eve!! Xx

  17. Definitely sounds like you have your Christmas organised! I have felt extra festive this year, more than previous, and Mariah helps a lot when it comes to the season - that song can get anyone in the mood!

  18. Sounds like you are all organised. We only have a few bits left to do which is wrap up presents and buy drinks but got everything else sorted.

  19. WE haven't even started preparing yet, so it'll be a manic rush this week!


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