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sorted and ready for Christmas 2020

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boodymum67 Tue 20-Oct-20 15:14:00

I thought I`d get the cards and presents sorted, just incase lockdown stops me getting out soon.

I did all the present buying in one go..with the help of my carer.

It can get so difficult in a wheelchair, to navigate overstuffed aisles and crowds in the run up.

I don't like on line shopping as I need to get out in the fresh air. Plus I do get a buzz in buying gifts for friends and family.

I bought it all in TK Max, The Works and Primani.

I got my cards from a charity shop and have just written them all out.

I have 2 grandchildren at uni in the North West, so I am hoping we get to see them at Yuletide. Other close family also lives in the North present giving may have to wait.

Early festive greetings to all xx

FannyCornforth Tue 20-Oct-20 15:19:02

Well done you!
Season's greetings! smile
What are you asking for from Santa?

M0nica Tue 20-Oct-20 15:45:53

Well. I have ordered the turkey!

GrandmaKT Tue 20-Oct-20 17:27:58

How do you know how many to order for Monica? I'm hoping to have family staying, but presuming they won't be able to....

phoenix Tue 20-Oct-20 17:39:20

It will just be Mr P and I (as usual) and I know what we like food wise and can get it in dribs and drabs.

Picked up a sachet of Schwartz luxury bread sauce last week, cba to make it from scratch, and the Colmans one is like wallpaper paste!

Have decided that this year (fire the first time) will go for a turkey crown, no faffing about on Christmas morning, with trying to stuff the beast and wrap in foil etc.

However will be buying a couple of Turkey legs separately (Morrison's already have them on offer) as I use both light and dark meat in my cheats Turkey and ham pie!

M0nica Tue 20-Oct-20 17:46:41

It doesn't matter. What doesn't get eaten over Christmas will be portioned up and go in the freezer.

Last year we had turkey soup at Easter - and very nice it was too.

baubles Tue 20-Oct-20 17:53:12

Well done OP, it’s much less stressful to get ahead of the game.

I’ve bought a couple of gifts online and I probably have enough cards but if not I’ll make some. I’m assuming for the time being that it will be just the two of us on the day so will add a few nice things to eat to my weekly shops in the run up.

Ailidh Wed 21-Oct-20 10:58:30

Well done, boodymum67!

I've got a fair bit bought ~ my brothers, nephews and nieces and the next generation are all around the country and are at "kindly remembrance from (Great) Aunt Ailidh" level. I buy for a couple of local friends.

Not started the food buying yet ~ it'll be me and the dog and I'm planning to make a big song and dance of it. Sod Covid ~ but in an obediently compliant manner smile

Ladyleftfieldlover Wed 21-Oct-20 11:01:44

I made the cake in August, as I always do. The pudding will be made on Stir up Sunday. We have no idea who will be here on the day. My daughter lives in London, as does my son and his family. ATM they are Tier 2. Of course all that may change. I ordered a turkey crown which serves 9 so if there are just the three of us us currently at home, leftovers can be packaged up and frozen. I make my own stuffing and bread sauce so will know nearer the day how much to make. This year’s cake is only 6 inch diameter, but I have also made and frozen a chocolate cake for those who dislike dried fruit. I have enough cards and crackers bought in the Sales. I will have to think about the presents soon. Around half have to be posted to Australia and they are having fewer flights because of the pandemic.

Oopsminty Wed 21-Oct-20 11:06:36

Well done, boodymum1967!

We have apparently ordered the turkey as well. Mr Minty did this.

I'm actually thinking of putting my artificial tree up soon.

We get 3 real ones for reception rooms but have a fake one in the hall

I'm sure this will cause horror and upset to many on here but maybe it will just brighten life up.

A little bit

dragonfly46 Wed 21-Oct-20 11:08:24

All I have done is buy a few small presents, which will no doubt have to be posted and put in my Ocado order which can be cancelled up to the day before.
I am hoping my DD and SiL will be able to make it up from London but if not it will be the 2 of us.

luluaugust Wed 21-Oct-20 11:09:43

Well done! I have the cards and a few presents stored away perhaps I better get on with it, I will be shopping online.

marionk Wed 21-Oct-20 11:13:34

Have ordered small joints this year, turkey breast, ham and a super expensive joint of beef so if a miracle happens and we can all be together (8 of us) there will be plenty, but if as I suspect it will just be the 2 of us then it won’t be too much.

Arty2 Wed 21-Oct-20 11:14:17

l have packed everything ready for moving, but, l have written all the cards with new address ready!

Grandma14 Wed 21-Oct-20 11:16:32

I did that one year - bought a turkey crown and then decided to buy one leg . Ever since then my daughter asks me if I'll be buying a build your own turkey for Christmas!

LauraNorder Wed 21-Oct-20 11:16:35

Well done Boodymum, I often wish I could be so organised but wishing and doing are two different things. I should have chosen Lastminuteme as my user name.
Everything is always alright on the day but I do run around like a blue bottomed fly.
Nothing started yet, maybe I'll give it some thought on 24th December.

Keeper1 Wed 21-Oct-20 11:57:23

Well done you. I have Christmas Cards bought. I will start present buying for the grandmonsters once I have been given some ideas. I do have to worry about food my husband is undergoing assessment for a liver transplant and cannot manage to eat much anyway so neither of us like mince pies, Christmas pudding or Christmas cake although I am quite partial to stollen and chocolate.

Keeper1 Wed 21-Oct-20 11:58:08

Sorry that should say, “do not have to worry about food”

pennykins Wed 21-Oct-20 12:10:35

I bought a bones turkey last year from Iceland half price and I have a large ham joint in freezer as well so we are sorted for that.
Have stopped sending cards and giving the money to charity instead as postage is so expensive.
My oldest grandchildren I send money and my DIL buys presents from us and I give them money for a meal out after christmas.
My youngest I have given them a weekend away in the past but not this year,
I have just been presented with 2 more very young grandchildren whom we have not met yet, so enjoying buying toys for them.
The rest will be just bits and pieces whilst shopping, I normally buy nice treats for the rest,

Scottiebear Wed 21-Oct-20 12:10:52

I am preparing for Christmas early this year, including my food shop. I can't begin to imagine how supermarkets will cope with the Christmas week food rush. I have visions of large queues round supermarket car parks in the cold and rain. Not for me thanks. I will buy more frozen stuff this year, including turkey, veg etc, where I'd normally buy fresh. Just will probably sacrifice fresh salad. Already started buying bits and I'm sure Christmas food will be in shops early this year. If, come the day, things are organised and not chaotic, then I've lost nothing.

NotANana Wed 21-Oct-20 12:11:08

Christmas lunch for the 2 of us is ordered from “Cook” usually feeds us for 3 meals with extra veggies. Have a couple of Christmas puds left from last year (I’m coeliac and can’t be bothered to make my own...) Bought a “free from” cake from M&S last week.
Had conversation with DHregarding idea about a round robin letter, what would one put in it? So people will be bored or enthralled with some of my photographs this year instead...

Growing0ldDisgracefully Wed 21-Oct-20 12:29:55

In a bit of a quandary about Christmas. I usually like wandering around small high street shops, craft fairs etc for small items I collect over the summer for specific gifts but none of those outlets have been on my visit lists because of covid (can't stand shopping in a mask so don't do browsing anymore, and craft fairs etc just not happening anyway). So guess it will have to be rather impersonal online gifts this year, or bank transfers of cash. Not very festive, is it. Thanks covid. angry

Bijou Wed 21-Oct-20 12:40:47

I shall be on my own at Christmas as usual. My turkey is a breast stuffed and rolled up with streaky bacon on the outside. Roast potatoes and sprouts.I don’t like Christmas pudding. Will watch old films.
Family all usually all go to my son’s 150 miles away. I can no longer travel. They usually come to see me the day after Boxing Day and take me out for a meal which is unlikely to happen this year. Have to be Zoom meeting.
Glad when it is all over and wonder if it will be my last.

travelsafar Wed 21-Oct-20 12:46:47

I too have started for fear of a lockdown. Amazon has become my favourite friend smile I have also picked up a few bits while out shopping and today got some pigs in blankets which are now in the freezer. Xmas carrier bags on my landing in a row with some gifts wrapped and labelled. I still have cards to write out but i have bought stamps already. I think this year we are all preparing early for fear of lock down or other issues.

Daddima Wed 21-Oct-20 12:50:22

Five weeks in the sun booked ( free cancellation). No flights yet, until I see what happens. Failing that, I’ll just do whatever I fancy.