Friday, 2 December 2016

Christine's Christmas Countdown {Excerpt}

No matter what kind of holiday you plan, Christmas almost always crazy-making. Shopping, holiday cards, decorating, meal planning, co-ordinating families, travel, wrapping gifts, school concerts, house-cleaning, etc etc etc...It just goes on. It can feel very overwhelming.

Christine's Christmas Countdown is an adorable little book that has covered everything you could possibly think of needing to do to prepare for the holidays. I particularly love how there are pages pre-organized for you to fill out directly in the book about with of the various lists we need to make this time of year!

Below you can find an excerpt of a few things to start thinking about around this time of year. They may not all apply to you, but you may find one or two tips here that hadn't yet crossed your mind!

Mid – End November. Now is the time to buy all the boring essentials that you will need over the Christmas period. Some goods you require irrespective of it being Christmas, some are regularly used items that you need more of and some are additions to the usual shop because it is Christmas.


1. Cling film, kitchen foil and extra wide for the turkey, freezer bags, non-stick baking paper, ice cube bags, washing up liquid, washing powder, fabric conditioner, dishwasher tablets, cleaning agents, kitchen rolls, bin bags, toilet rolls, tissues, paper napkins, sellotape, light bulbs, firelighters, matches, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bars of soap, liquid hand soap, shampoo, hairspray, nail varnish remover, tea, coffee (also decaffeinated), breakfast cereals, pet food, Elastoplast, Paracetamol, Calpol.

2. If you have babies, make a list of all their daily needs according to their age and get as much as possible now, in particular nappies. Have some thermometers to be on the safe side!

3. Discuss alcohol requirements and, according to taste, purchase wine, spirits, mixers, fruit juices, soft drinks, bottled water.

Special buys:

• Advent calendars for your own children and for presents.
• Wreath for the front door if you are buying an artificial one.
• Buy any additional decorations as desired while there is still a good selection in the shops.
• Christmas wrapping paper, brown paper and jiffy bags for posting parcels.
• Santa sacks and stocking fillers.
• Balloons.
• Christmas crackers, a must for the Christmas table to create a festive atmosphere, fun from the jokes and laughter from the hats. You can of course make your crackers. There are numerous websites with instructions.
• Music for Christmas. Check what you have for background music, parties and Christmas numbers. Now is a good time to review your collection, know where to find them and buy some new ones.
• Treat yourself to some good hand cream (so that your hands don’t portray how much work you have been doing!) and make sure you have very effective facial cleansing agents for removing the party makeup.

Dr. Christine Harrington is a retired Consultant Dermatologist who now lives in a farmhouse in South Wales where she spends her time gardening. Christine loves nothing more than spending time with her family and dogs, especially over Christmas.

Thank you so much to Clink Street Publishing for sending me a copy of Christine's Christmas Countdown and for providing this excerpt!


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