5 Things to do before Xmas

Christmas has a couple of things in common with the Apocalypse. They both have something to do with God and they both make me feel as though the end of the world is nigh.

This Girl still falls into the trap of trying to get everything done right before Christmas. Like, everything I was planning to do for the year, jammed into about four weeks.
Okay, it’s not quite that bad, but you get the point.
Here are five things I did this weekend to get ready for the pending merriment.

1.    Decorate

Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa la la la la, la la la la.
This might not seem unusual to you, but This Girl has never been big on trees and tinsel. The Lovely Deputy loves celebrating Christmas. This year, ‘I’m the arty one’ and Skater boy will be here, so I’ve bought baubles for the tree he’s promised and hung bells and disco balls.
Christmas disco inferno
The latter is for my own amusement. I’ve even made a table placement.
This is me, going all out.

2.    Made a fruitcake

I don’t really understand why you’d ruin a perfectly good cake by burdening it with sultanas, raisins, currents and glace cherries and then say it’s especially for Christmas. Errrkkk!
However, in the spirit of Christmas I often make one for others, this year is no different.
Of course, they’re meant to be made months prior but because I’m not a connoisseur, it doesn’t mean that much to me.
I made mine this weekend.

I don’t think I should have used fan-force.
I have a number of recipes but I generally pick the one that includes golden syrup, chocolate and jam. I just like the idea of it. Instead of glace cherries, I chose mixed glace fruit: apricot, pear, peach, pineapple and orange. I also halved the raisin quantity and replaced it with cranberries.

This year, I’m going to make myself try the fruitcake. Grimace.

3.    Sand the wrought iron fence

This project has been on the books for years. I returned to it a few months ago to abandon it again in preference to painting the spare room.
This weekend I took to the fence with an electric sander. I’d like it to look presentable, instead of peeling paint and rust.

It’s been too windy to go outside and sand today!

Needless to say, I didn’t finish it. It will now be added to the 5 things I do next weekend to prepare for Christmas.

4.   Plan the Christmas Menu

The Other Girl was horrified when I told her that I hadn’t decided what we were eating for Christmas. I need Lovely Deputy’s advice on young person appropriate menus.
In preparation, I pulled every November and December edition of Gourmet Traveller magazine since 1998, and a few of Maggie Beer’s books, off my shelves for ideas.

Lovely Deputy and I may have different definitions of a short list.

Tonight I’m planning on presenting my shortlist to him.

The desserts are non-negotiable however.
Christmas eve is Peach and Raspberry Steamed Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce and Christmas lunch is a Chocolate Cherry Semi-freddo.

5.    Clean the house

My house has to be spotless for Christmas. It’s just the way it is. So, I took to the backroom with sugar soap, a giant garbage bag and the vacuum cleaner.
I’m now working my way through the house.
What do you need to do before Christmas arrives?
For this Girl’s take on Christmas, read A Christmas Tale, ‘Tis the Season here.

2 thoughts on “5 Things to do before Xmas

  1. 5 alternative things to do before xmas:
    1) if you have a job and a roof over your head, be thankful that you can feed yourself and your family, even if its plain and simple food that doesnt need lots of cookbooks to prepare
    2) be thankful that you have been alive during Nelson Mandela's lifetime to witness his amazing courage, leadership and legacy of leading the ANC to end aparthied
    3) spare a thought for the many many many people who dont celebrate xmas for lots of different reasons but who have to put up with the excess of consumerism every year at this time
    4) give to a charity thats actually making a real difference, like the Fred Hollows foundation which restores people's sight with a simple operation
    5) spend some time considering the real meaning of this celebration – is it to reflect on the year & end it by putting right anything that is wrong so you can start the next year with a clear heart – or is it to eat, eat, eat and spend, spend, spend?

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