Lots of Seasonal Preparation

It’s that time of year again. I have a list of things to do and I also feature on other people’s list of things to get done. Result is that I am at the stage of preparation for lots of different projects. So for fun, I thought I’d make a list of the lists. I realise I’m using the word “fun” in a loose and frivolous way.

1. I have agreed to run a bath bomb workshop at the school Christmas Fair. Potentially 100 bath bombs will be made by children in four hours, between the ages of 2 to 11 years old. Fortunately, I have a wonderful team of friends that have agreed to help me.

2. I have two peasant costumes to put together for the school nativity play and another costume which is not yet specified!

3. I agreed that AJ can raid my card making material and make her Christmas cards for her school friends. I said that I would help her. Last count this equalled 39 cards to make. Gulp! I suspect time will shorten her list. She’s planned it out and is ready to start.

4. I have a pile of fabric waiting to be cut and sewn into Christmas presents.

5. I’m busy cutting lino for our family Christmas cards. As I worked on this at the weekend, TF was running from one end of the house to the other, brandishing an inflatable pirate sword, won at the latest birthday party he attended. I timed each cut to avoid being nudged by him as he passed me. No accidents!

6. I have a list of home goodies to make as gifts. I’m all prepared.  I have ingredients, jars, ribbons at the ready. I just need to set an evening aside.

7. These are my next knitting projects. The patterns are waiting, the needles are ready and the clock is ticking….

8.  Our homemade advent calendars are ready to be made. Each of the children has picked a name out of the hat and know who they are making it for. They have cut out the pictures to hide behind the windows and I’ve organised the paper. Just need to set some time aside this weekend. Then its glue, glitter and paint!!

9. The elf points are out of their storage and being awarded. The children are awarded elf points for teamwork, kindness and helpfulness. This year the children have really got the hang of them. Each point earnt goes into a group. To win more they soon learn that they need to work as a team. Once they have collected 20 points between them, they receive a reward and it all starts again. This year they are doing it too quickly, so I need to make a few more elf points. I’m thinking 10 more!

10. Then there is the list of half ideas and secrets. Each item on the list is not fully formed yet. Its my list, but it anticipates other people’s lists as well. It’s just a question of time before I receive the request. Obvious ones such as cakes to be made and Christmas supplies required. A prepared mind and all that!

That’s it. I still have other bits and pieces to organise, but I am excited about each and every item on my lists. Just need to clean, cook, supervise homework, ferry children to various activities, catch up with emails and do the day job faster to fit it all in. It can be done!

So how’s your planning going?

14 thoughts on “Lots of Seasonal Preparation

  • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    That is an impressive list. I think I will make one too, to help organise my chaotic bundle of thought.
    The presents that need to be bought are done, and I spent a lot of this morning setting up my ‘secret crafting’ space in the spare room, so I can get to work on some of my home made gifts.

    • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Actually feels more manageable now that it is a list. My thoughts were just as chaotic and I wasn’t planning ahead. Now I have a plan! Love the idea of a secret crafting space. Oh, for a sewing room!

  • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I love your lists and your enthusiasm and your brilliant organisation of said lists…………….I’m breathless just looking at all the festive crafts, plans, workshops, baking…………….and you are aiming to fit housework in somewhere too, absolutely blooming amazing. xx

    • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Not sure the housework will be up to normal standard, but I have promised eldest that I will continue churning out meals. I am surrounded by lots of enthusiastic people. Its kind of contagious!

  • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Thats so funny I posted about this today too – I think that Christmas countdown is just about to start! I love all your ideas and lists – hope you have time to sit down and relax a bit in there too! 😀

    • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Its when the words “Christmas” or “nativity” start to appear on letters from school. Most references to the season, I can ignore and decide it is far too early, but when those letters start turning up, I know it is time to think about it. I love all the preparations. 🙂 I save my relaxing to knitting time.

  • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    ermm…my planning isn’t even in the planning stage yet …:0(
    but your list looks fun and impressive in a nicely inspiring way..
    so it’s rather encouraging Thank you!
    love the pirate image btw :0) :0) :0)

    • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      I’ll be glad when the different piles of making turn into the finished goods. Making the lists made it seem less daunting. I’ll get there. Some items may not happen, but some have to, so its good to see it all listed. TF loves the sword. Slightly less painful than his wooden sword, although he is really careful. With our long, thin cottage, he can really build up speed. Very happy little chap. 😀

  • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I am ahead of my Mom.I have already decided what my sister is getting.I still need a list though. 🙂 😈

    • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      You sound like you are organized. So much fun giving something that you know they will love. 🙂 🙂

  • Wednesday 23 November, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I hope you find some time to relax in the middle of that glitter and glue! I love your elf points, they would be so sweet hung on a tree or as a christmas garland.

    • Thursday 24 November, 2011 at 11:45 am

      At the moment, the elf points are on the front of the fridge, looking quite jolly. 😀 Its difficult not to relax a little, when knitting and hand-sewing, and I have plenty of that over the next weeks.

  • Thursday 24 November, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Cheryl, I am just loving your blog and all the brilliant ideas in it. Most I will never tackle, but just reading about them makes me feel uplifted.

    The elf points are sheer genius – definitely one to incorporate into my household.

    Good luck with your Christmas lists, and all those bath bombs 😆

    x x x

    • Monday 28 November, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Oh Suzanne, I’m glad you found something here to enjoy! Elf points work and are eagerly looked forward to. I can recommend them. 😀 Bath bombs worked very well – thank you.

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