Posted by: Admin | November 29, 2010

HOW many days until Christmas…?

Robin in the Glasshouses at Kew Gardens © Jo Blackwell

I ran into the shops the other day to pick up a birthday present and realised that Christmas is already in full swing. I really must start buying gifts – I know several women who claim to not only have done all the shopping, they’ve even wrapped the presents and written the cards! Am I the only person who can’t think beyond next Tuesday – ever?



  1. I solved Christmas five years ago! I just decided enough was enough – now the kids are all grown up, and most of us have jobs, I sent out my last christmas cards ever with a sticker in each one saying that this was the last time I was doing christmas cards, in future we would donate all the money to a charity, which we do, and email a christmas message out to our friends instead. Not one of those round robin things – I hate those-just a happy christmas greeting. I then phoned up all the people I bought presents for and suggested we stop! We all agreed to only buy presents for the children – but not for the adults – as none of us could think of what to buy and we all hated the waste of time and money! As most children just love money – that was easy to solve! My partner and I allow ourselves only £10 to spend on each other every christmas and we have great fun finding something really ridiculous to buy each other for £10 – it makes christmas really good fun! If we’re with the kids, we have a big turkey lunch, if we’re not – we have kippers and champagne – it’s fantastic! None of the hassle and all of the fun! Unless of course you love creating christmas – which I know lots of people do – it;s just that I’m not one of them!! I may sound like Scrooge, but I;m not – all the people I phoned, were as relieved as I was!

  2. Hi Annabel. THat’s one way of dealing with it! It obviously works for you, but I have to say, I tried something similar one year and I felt really flat. It’s a pain having to find gifts for people you barely ever see, but I enjoy finding little gifts for those that I love. As for cancelling Christmas dinner – I think I would be lynched! Fortunately for me, I’m not the cook in our house, so once the shopping is done it’s all fairly stress free for me!

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