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So - for those who celebrate - how is everyone's Christmas prep going?

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1 hour ago, hornblower said:


Yup, I'm near Vancouver BC. That was some storm! I guess we were lucky that our power is back - some people are still waiting.  Gotta admit I like  how quiet everything gets when the power goes out (well except for the neighbour up the street with a generator lol) 

 

haha, yes we have that neighbor behind us too. We actually went out for a short 5 minute walk just to see what it's like with no lights, and the wind, wow!... and I told my family we are heading down the street AWAY from the generator.... 🙂 

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We're having a very different Christmas this year. We were always fairly low-key and never did a ton of gifts. But this year I am working, my husband is not, so I have no time to do my usual things, and we have no money (I make less an a quarter of what he did).  I haven't had time for my usual baking spree. We just bought some cards to send to a few people. We have decided that now the kids are adults, we can skip the photo card so that takes some pressure off.  I'm sending a few family members a year-old photo of our kids that never got sent out last year; they haven't changed all that much. :-)    

Hugs to all who are struggling. 

 

 

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10 hours ago, hornblower said:


awwww, that's too bad. Hope you get snow soon! Or maybe putting up twinkling fairy lights inside would help? 

I woke up this morning to a light coating of snow. It's just enough to look like Christmas without requiring shoveling or causing dangerous roads.

I'm surprised by how many people said they get money from relatives and shop and wrap gifts for their kids. My mom has always done that. She's never been the kind of grandma who shops for grandkids.

Oh, and dh decided that this is the weekend that ds needs to start his very big and complicated Eagle Scout project in our garage! I'm not sure how much help we'll get this close to Christmas and I have cleaning and wrapping to do since the family Christmas is at our house.

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I don't cook and have no plans for baking.  The only thing we are hosting this year is oldest dd joining us for Christmas morning.  My mother has come over the past few years too but it looks like she's going to my aunt's house instead this year.  Dh will make breakfast - maybe pancakes, maybe eggs.  We're taking my dad and his wife out to lunch tomorrow since they have trouble maneuvering on our gravel driveway and walkway, and around our small house with the dog trying to trip everyone.  

I'm running out to Walmart at 9pm tonight to finish up shopping.  I just need a few stocking stuffers and a couple small things for oldest dd (who got a new bed for Christmas that was already delivered. I want her to have a few things to open).  I figure it won't be too bad that late.

I still need to wrap everything.  Literally not a single thing has been wrapped yet.

I need to do a little cleaning but since it's only oldest dd who is coming over, it won't be that much.  She's staying here to watch the dog while we visit in-laws (she lives with my mom) so I'll need to put clean sheets on the bed and I should clean the bathroom a little.  She could have friends over to hang-out so I don't want it to be too gross.

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Presents all here but not all wrapped. There's also one for ds that won't arrive until after Jan. 1st. so I printed a picture of it and put it in with his other gifts.

We found out Thursday night that we're hosting this year. Dss and ddil have been hosting for the past 6 years. They've been over it for a year or two and I've been telling them we'll host if they want us too (her mother has offered too). Thursday at 8pm I got a text from ddil asking if we're still willing. Today I'll be shopping for for food and we're all deciding who will bring what sides. Ddil's mother, stepfather, and sister will be here too. We've always celebrated with both families. The last minute meal planning is okay with me. I'm Italian. Feeding people is my superpower. However, housecleaning isn't. I barely have muggle powers for that. 😄 It's just family so I don't have to go all out but I do have to do a more thorough job than if we weren't hosting.

I plan to bake cookies tomorrow. I'll make my sauce and meatballs for Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve day. 

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Needing an extra fridge around here. I'm doing a lot of cheater foods to make things easy and relaxing for me, while still being delicious. 

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Oh, goodness.  I'm  behind.

So far: presents wrapped, groceries bought, most sweets made.  On the table are:
-oeppermint marshmallow snowmen
-sea salt caramels
-eggnog truffles
-chocolate cookies
-gingerbread cookies
-3 kinds of fudge (peanut butter, Irish Creme, plain)

Dh is finishing the dark chocolate peppermint truffles, but the chocolate he's using for coating keeps seizing. It's a mess. I'm not getting the shortbread made.  I made the boxes for the sweets so we can hand them out to the neighbors.
Christmas cards never got sent this year.  The kids ate the buckeyes as soon as I finished them, so those aren't part of the Christmas treats. 😄 And dh's slippers never got made.  Half of our usual activities for school were dropped, sadly, too.

I'm going to find peace in the undone.  I hope. Right now I'm watching the world's worst Christmas movie (Christmas Icetastrophe), which we actually saw before it added the "Christmas" part to the name.  Although, I think it may be in competition with the one on directly before that: Santa Jaws. 😄

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The stocking is done! It's a bit smaller than the others, as that's the felt I had. It has three green trees outlined in silver, an elk ornament, and a piece of antler with a jingle bell on it! And I had to do the embroidery twice as I misspelled his name! Oops!. I left out a letter. I chopped up a Christmas bag that I now I have to make into a smaller one--it's the fabric that I wanted to use as it has pine cones and needles on it.

 

 

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I am at the what-did-i-forget stage just now, which I think is pretty good considering we didn't know dh would have a job until November 30th and so I held off christmas shopping until then.  Sorted stocking stuffers, wrapped major gifts, got about 1/2 of groceries for Christmas dinner, yard decorations just went up and tree done. I have one kiddo who won't be here until February because she works retail and vacations were blacked out from mid-November to end of January. Hopefully she'll have a *better* job next year, both paywise and vacationwise.

As far as I know it will just be the 5 of us and the kids want to leave things out until oldest dd comes but I would rather keep just what is for dd or send her another box and get the christmas stuff put away in early January.

Housepainters are FINALLY finished -- the process was going to be 2 weeks, but with rainy weather it was more like 4 weeks done in between storms. New paint job looks lovely and they did a lot of painting/patching/sanding so I'm very happy with it. I think next will be window cleaning and carpet cleaning....but maybe in February!

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Pretty much done with everything.   I have planned out the cooking and will do some tomorrow after church and the rest Monday.  My plan is to not have to do anything Christmas Day (usually I am cooking all day).  Our meal/food is much simpler this year (and less of it), which is helping a lot.   It is just the 3 of us and so it hopefully it will be a nice quiet day.

To those not feeling well/sick.....take care of yourselves and whatever doesn't get done, simply doesn't get done.  Those that care will understand and those that don't understand don't care (my opinion only, of course).

 

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I am only cooking for 7 and will have a little help. We don't do a big gift exchange. DS opened his gift when he brought it in off the porch-but he already knew what it was. He opened his stocking a few days ago, because he is going back to his apartment in another city on the 28th. I wanted him to have time to enjoy the treats while he was here. His stocking has contained candy for the last few years.

I plan to make a pecan pie and cherry cream cheese pie tomorrow. Also will make raspberry cream cheese coffee cake and toffee. I think that will be it for the sweets. I will make a corn dish and green beans and put the lasagna together ready to bake.

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I don't even know. The orthopedist cleared me to stop wearing the CAM boot for my broken ankle this week, and trying to relearn how to walk normally while also trying to get ready for Christmas has been...interesting.

The gifts are all here and wrapped, although things got a little dicey with a few of them, because they took an unexpected detour in their shipping route. All of the food has been purchased, but mostly it's still just ingredients. I did get our Christmas Eve dessert made today (a sugar cookie cheesecake), and I'll decorate that tomorrow. We finally baked some cookies today, too.

Oh, and our hot water heater died yesterday, and we probably won't be able to have it fixed until Wednesday, because a part had to be ordered. So that's fun. Cold showers for everyone!

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6 hours ago, MrsMommy said:

I don't even know. The orthopedist cleared me to stop wearing the CAM boot for my broken ankle this week, and trying to relearn how to walk normally while also trying to get ready for Christmas has been...interesting.

The gifts are all here and wrapped, although things got a little dicey with a few of them, because they took an unexpected detour in their shipping route. All of the food has been purchased, but mostly it's still just ingredients. I did get our Christmas Eve dessert made today (a sugar cookie cheesecake), and I'll decorate that tomorrow. We finally baked some cookies today, too.

Oh, and our hot water heater died yesterday, and we probably won't be able to have it fixed until Wednesday, because a part had to be ordered. So that's fun. Cold showers for everyone!


oh no - no hot water?!! yikes!!! And sore leg?!  Poor you! 

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We got our tree up this afternoon and so far naughty pup has not tried to destroy it, so that's a very good thing.  She constantly chews at our hedges outside and has 'pruned' many a  tree in the garden so I was all set to put the xpen around the tree right away but she's been good about leaving it mostly alone. My old senile dog otoh has somehow got it into his head that it's where he should go and wipe his muzzle after eating. He crawled in and was shaking the whole thing trying to rub up against a branch.  I'll try to post a picture of it in the xmas tree thread tomorrow. 

And our main sewage drain pipe sprung a leak - which is not really surprising because it's been sprouting leaks at regular intervals for over a year. Dh just keeps patching it because we haven't had the time or energy to do the big job of just replacing that whole length.... So he patched it again and hopefully it holds for a few more weeks. 

Amazon came to the rescue and I found some things which they promise will arrive on Monday so I'm almost done shopping. Dd is baking and cooking up tons. She did it all last year as I was fresh from cancer surgery then and this year she just said she'd mostly do the same things so I've happily handed off most of the dishes and prep to her, even though this year I don't really have as good an excuse. I think she realized that we'd be having salad and a smoothie if things were left to me. 

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I believe I have all the gifts I need, other than some Amazon gift cards and maybe a few gap fillers.  I am trying not to go overboard.

We did a wee bit of decorating on Friday night, so it doesn't feel like Grinch City over here any more.

But I had planned on getting a lot of things done today, which I did not.  I was out until 3:30 for the kids' activities and then I gut sucked into going shopping for the rest of the day.  I didn't need anything.  I did buy a $10 wallet for my dad on impulse.

Sunday I will go to my parent's after church.  I have not prepared the extended family gifts that I need to take.  (Not planning to wrap, just pack them in gift bags and label them.)  I also had a lot of work I wanted to do this weekend.  Ugh.

Debating whether I should try to get up early to do those gifts or just delay my visit tomorrow ....

And I don't have a Christmas photo of the kids.  Do I wait and try to take a photo tomorrow, cobble together a couple photos from earlier in the year, send Xmas cards without photos, or just screw the Xmas cards this year?

I need to do all the laundry and pack for our 2-week trip which begins on Christmas morning.  Also need to do some other things necessary when leaving home for so long and being out of town at year end.  Dispose of or freeze perishables, stop the mail, pay bills sooner etc.

And I need to wrap my kids' presents.

The kids want to have friends over on Monday, and also to put together a gingerbread house.  If they are going to have guests, the house needs cleaned.  I kinda hope nobody can make it here on Monday.

I want to go to church on Christmas Eve.  Not sure we can swing it.

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Work went through Friday and I'm feeling overwhelmed. 

The tree is up. It's not my usual glass ornaments, as the cat has taken to scampering up the center of the tree. This is my first year with all of my previous generations gone, and I couldn't handle the prospect of losing treasured ornaments.

I planned yesterday for cleaning, shopping and some baking and it wound up being mostly shopping.  We've had so many stores close that it's hard to much last minute. 

I got the roast in the oven to cook overnight and then I think got hit by the stomach bug that's going around.  I feel better this morning. 

Christmas will happen as it always does. But it's definitely not going to look calm and magical around here!

 

 

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Every year I'm reminded how much I hate wrapping presents. I think 2019 just might be the year I make those simple reusable fabric gift bags.  Note to self: Pay attention to the Christmas fabric sales next week. I should think about it because the other option is buying pretty paper gift bags, which is tempting, but I really want to do the fabric ones so they can be used really long term.

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8 hours ago, SKL said:

 

And I don't have a Christmas photo of the kids.  Do I wait and try to take a photo tomorrow, cobble together a couple photos from earlier in the year, send Xmas cards without photos, or just screw the Xmas cards this year? 

 

Fwiw, I would  just take a photo sometime in the next few days - when you're having fun.  Do it mostly for yourself and your own memories; and if you have time later in the to email it to some people or post on social media or print out and snail mail to a close relative for a Happy New Year greeting then that would be a bonus. 

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I am allllllmost done! Presents are wrapped and under the tree, except for one tiny thing that came in last night, which I wasn't expecting to arrive before Christmas. Of course, I've already lugged all the Christmas wrapping supplies back to the basement, so this one might get stuffed in a bag and called good! I spent most of last week baking -- orange-cranberry bread, oatmeal cookies, sugar cookies (gross, but the kids like decorating them), sausage balls, and dd made peanut brittle. I always bake way too much junk, but this is literally the one time a year I can be coerced into baking anything, unless cheese toast counts, so I guess it evens out.

The book I pre-ordered for dd is supposed to arrive tomorrow. The release date was supposed to be Wednesday, but it shipped early. She is going to be so impressed with Santa (ok, Amazon) on Christmas morning!

We are headed to church in about 30 minutes, then back home to do some cleaning and meal prep for our big Christmas morning breakfast. We're expecting 14 people this year! It has turned into such a lovely tradition, and I hope it carries on at least until the kids are grown. However, I was positively embarrassed by the amount of sausage I had on the conveyor belt at Publix... 😳

If I play my cards right, I MIGHT get to chill tomorrow morning before the festivities begin in the late afternoon. Fingers crossed!

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I still have stuff to wrap. and still have some boxes coming (dudeling actually asked for something.   "ma kickboards".   that after he kicked a corkboard to death to vent his frustration.  - so supposed to be delivered today.)

I'm not going to sweat what doesn't get done - my health isn't the greatest.   but I think the trend is up.

1dsil asked to come for christmas. fine. both of her sons live here, but she wont' be spending it with either of them.  

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We survived! However, the oven went out for the 5th Christmas in a row... I am getting a new stove or I quit! The Yorkshire didn't puff well, the pies took forever, and the rolls were a mess. We can't get parts any more and I think dh was finally embarrassed enough to see the stress it causes. And did I mention that he had no presents for me? He decided yesterday that he should get me a membership to the walking track at the college. But, of course, they aren't open--it's Christmas break. I wish just once, that he could put some thought into someone besides himself. He didn't even pretend that he was involved. Sat on his phone whilst the kids decorated the tree after setting it all up. The girls did all the dishes, setting up tables, etc. He was on the computer. It's sad to see his life get smaller and smaller. Anyway, the rest of us all enjoyed all the thoughtful gifts. I head to Denver on Tuesday to take dd to catch her plane for Colombia. Ds and his fiancee head to TX tomorrow, and another dd heads to NM. It was a whirlwind!

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Everything is wrapped and under the tree save DHs private gift from me. Stocking stuffers are hidden. Most dinner ingredients are purchased but I still need drinks, cream cheese, onion and bacon. A quick trip to Aldi in the am should work for those. This is about as stress free as I’ve been in a while. It’s nice.

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I feel like such a slacker.  Dh and K got their Christmas presents early (new phones to replace their old ones which were on their last legs.)  I have dd's gift, but not wrapped.  But no gift for ds25.  And he has no ideas.  We wanted to get him new luggage, but he will have to pay a baggage fee for his flight home.  Although we don't usually exchange gifts with my brother and his family, I feel like I should have something small.  I don't have anything for dh's family.  We usually only get something small for for his brother and wife and gift cards for their children.  

We put our tree up today.  I have 3-4 boxes of paper to go through so that things will fit in the files.  And lots of straightening.  The house is clean.  Just a quick wipe down of the bathrooms and some sweeping.  

I think we have purchased most of the food (or, should I say "ingredients to make food").  I have dough for roski cookies in the fridge.  They need to be rolled out and assembled.  I need to make the Andes mint cookies.  I haven't started those.  I need to make a salad for tomorrow's dinner as well as appetizers.  My brother and his family arranged for Portillo's to be delivered to our house.    I haven't made any pies or main dishes for Christmas day.  Nor have I done any prep to make anything special for Christmas morning.  I usually make Quiver's rolls or waffles.  But I'd need to grind some grain to make the rolls.  

Just typing this out is making me want to hyperventilate.  

Merry Christmas to you all!  

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I love sending Christmas cards so even though I put it off too long I still did them!  I finished at 4am and they'll get mailed Monday.

I also grocery shopped today!

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Well, so far only one kitchen mishap that I know of-my toffee is sticking to our teeth. I think I didn't cook it long enough. I need to make the lasagna. The marinara is made and in the car trunk because I didn't have room in the fridge. Need to boil the pasta and cook the meat, then assemble. I am making two, so it will be quite the production with all the layers. Green beans and corn are ready, just need to be warmed.

We always have cheese grits and shrimp on Christmas day, and I forgot to buy the ingredients for it. So that means a stop today before the stores close.

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Got through the extended family gifts / celebration and handing off the pets to their babysitter.

I'm about halfway done with the laundry.

Finished several errands today, including halting mail while we are out of town.

Just remembered I need to pay my speeding ticket before I leave.  😕

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On 12/21/2018 at 5:19 PM, hornblower said:

I'm so far behind it's getting ridiculous. 

We lost power yesterday for over 8h. No baking, no laundry, no cleaning - myself, dd & ds had all these house & meal prep things planned & we could do none of them. We played Carcassonne by candlelight instead, which was fun. And even more bonus, due to the wind storm that knocked out the power, there are tons of evergreen branches down with which to decorate. 

I have a uti (because that's always fun for holidays, right?). I finally started antibiotics today but I've been kind of moping along at half the energy for days because I thought it would clear up with home remedies. Ha. 

& not only do I not have presents bought yet - I don't even really have a list of presents yet.  I'll be one of those people stumbling around a mall on Monday. We only do a few small things but they're supposed to be nice and meaningful & I'm not sure how I'll pull that off when I have no ideas, no time to order online and no energy to really explore a mall. 

How's everyone else doing? 

 

 

Finished sewing and wrapping at 6:30 am.... started sewing around 10:30pm. The aprons turned out great. 🤦‍♀️ 

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Our Christmas Eve went wonderfully and I only needed to stay up till 1 to finish wrapping for this morning. Nobody got up too early today so it's been fine. We have nothing that needs doing today & we're eating whatever we heat up from last night.  

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We had such a nice Christmas.  This next week (the week between Christmas Day and NY Day) is my favorite week of the year.  Everything still feels very Holiday special, but the work of Christmas is over and things, for us, are a bit more relaxing and laid back.  

My second favorite week of the year is Thanksgiving week.  

I hope everybody had a nice day.

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Sleepy day, until I took a nap around 3:30.  Then I was fine.  😄   Nah it was nice; I talked a good bit with SIL, which I really enjoyed and hopefully she did as well.

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