There are twelve days until Christmas, and to say that I'm excited may be a bit of an understatement.
Christmas is my favourite time of year. Ever. And so every
On the... 7th? I think it was the 7th, we purchased our real Christmas tree. That means that after the kidlets went to bed we put out all of the presents from the family - to the family, and that on the 8th we had it fully decorated.
Yes, we put the presents out before Christmas. The children are allowed in the room, there are no gates to keep them away, the rule is that they are not allowed to touch the presents before Christmas. Thus far my 1 and 3 year old children follow the rules and do not touch the presents. (To be honest, Splat *did* touch a bow on one of them, before I told her not to. There have been no repeats of this behaviour.)
On the 10th Boyfriend and I decorated (and cleaned...boy was that needed) all of the main floor, which is in addition to the small artificial tree that has been up and decorated in the girls' room since November, and the tiny artificial tree that has been up and decorated on the pipe chase of the landing on the staircase since December 1st. It is amazing to be able to sit by the glow of the tree lights in the evening, sipping my tea and becoming greatly nostalgic. My anticipation of Christmas greatly exceeds the children's at this point. I think they'll be more pumped come the 23rd or so.
So what does that leave for the last twelve days prior to Christmas?
On the twelfth day 'fore Christmas I will stay at home: putting out the large item garbage.
On the eleventh day 'fore Christmas I will be at home: cleaning and organizing.
On the tenth day 'fore Christmas I have an appointment, followed by best friend coffee.
On the ninth day 'fore Christmas the family will write letttttttterrrrrrs to Santa.
On the eighth day 'fore Christmas Santa will reply, and ifIcangetbabysittingwe'll visit friends for dinner!
On the seventh day 'fore Christmas I'm hosting a potluck lunch, for one person maybe two. (probably just coffee...bring cookies.)
On the sixth day 'fore Christmas I will go to Walmart and buy gravy trains and tablecloths.
On the fifth day 'fore Christmas I will go shopping, and buy all the food for Christmas dinner.
On the fourth day 'fore Christmas we will be at home: cleaning and organizing.
On the third day 'fore Christmas we'll be in the kitchen: doing our Christmas baking.
On the second day 'fore Christmas we'll host Christmas dinner: for Boyfriend's Mom and family.
On the last day 'fore Christmas we'll go to extended family Christmas dinner. And put out cookies and milk for Santa. And Santa will come after we're sleeping. And we'll watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Sweet.
On Christmas...IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! AHAHAHAHA!!!! YAYYYYY!!!!! We'll open stockings and presents, and then have breakfast (useless meal on Christmas). Later, Shake'n'Bake will go to her dad's house, and we'll go to Boyfriend's Dad's house for Christmas dinner.
For the next couple of days we'll relax at home. Yes!
Then on the 28th Shake'n'Bake comes home and we go to my Dad's house for Christmas dinner. Yay!
About January 10th we'll take down the tree. Christmas is the greatest time of year.
So what are your plans for the 12 Days 'Fore Christmas? If you're super creative you can write them all out and I'll post them on the blog, or you can make your own blog post and send me the link. I'll post the links here!