Feeling so much like the Christmas Grinch, I look green! (Now I know that our vision of Dr Seuss's character has been tainted by Disney, the original Grinch was a pen and ink drawing with red hat and red eyes, which, when I think of it, I resemble much more)
It's not that I don't like Christmas, I do, I just don't like how quickly it goes from 55 shopping days til Christmas to oh-crap-I-haven't-done-a thing-and-its-now-less-than-2-weeks-til-the-big-day.
Not one single present has been purchased, so I have declared we are having a 'homemade' Christmas. So far I have made one bottle of Chili infused oil.
We have the staff party here this Saturday. I have bought paper plates and plastic cups. The fact that I am catering for 25 people should have me in a mild panic at least, but I am too tired to care.
My first Christmas cake I made in November got eaten. I have boiled the fruit for the next one 10 days ago and it has sat on the stove, waiting to be cooked in the oven. I can't smell or taste anything at the moment so I am not sure if its gone off yet. I am hoping the copious amounts of Grand Marnier in the mix is preserving it.
The Christmas tree is still in the shed. Its in a dust covered box, up high on the shelf. The very thought of getting it down, dusting it off, putting it up, finding the lights, decorating it - is enough to make me forget the whole palaver. I liked it when the boys were still living at home and their girlfriends would come and put up the tree for me.
The house needs a good, deep clean. Pity that. It might be lucky to get a lick and a spit.
Braved the shops on Sunday - ha! Who says we don't need Sunday trading? It was carnage. So we came home with nothing after walking out of 3 stores when we saw the queues at the checkout. Went again last night, thinking it would be quieter. Well, there were not as many people true, but the calibre of the ones there, the ugly language and delinquent kids more than made up for it.
The only good part is we have 11 days away from work, my parents are coming up to stay, I will get time to relax and chat with my sons - yep, we forget, its all just about family and some down time.