When I was a kid, one of my friends coined the term ‘Christmas Eve Eve’. And that’s how I always think of the 23rd of December. Christmas Eve Eve. The last day of pre-preparations before the Last Day Before Christmas.
My family has a list of things that have to be done that is a mile long, and I’m already exhausted, having had a very long week. I’ve also discovered that roughly four scheduled posts haven’t been posted, so I have to had a fiddle with WordPress.
But by Christmas Eve night, I have to have…
- Made Christmas cards for my mother, father and sister, as well as my maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents.
- Cut out, spray-painted, written on and glazed handmade ornaments for both my grandmothers. (Huffah, I cut them all out and am now waiting for them to dry, which takes about a day.)
- Wrapped all my gifts and some of my mother’s.
- Made sure my bedroom, and possibly the lounge and dining rooms are utterly spotless for guests.
- Add some last minute decorations to the tree.
- Bake three batches (err, roughly 72) cupcakes (my vanilla cupcake recipe is to die for – like tiny clouds) and iced them.
- Test one of the gifts for Mum
- Find my camera and my camera charger (that sounds terrible; I’m positive my camera is in my drawer but haven’t had time to check.)
- Charge my DSi (I’m getting Professor Layton!)
- Order some of my Christmas gifts (a few things on my list aren’t available in Australia, so I’ll be grabbing them online – my mother’s not particularly au fait with online shopping. I’m not bothered that they won’t arrive until January – a gift is a gift and just as heartfelt two weeks after Christmas as it was Christmas Day. I think a lot of people forget that in the holiday crush.)
And as well as that, on Saturday Mum and I have to…
- Head to the Fish Markets at 4am to pick up prawns for Christmas
- Bake gingerbread
- Ice gingerbread
- Decorate and assemble a gingerbread house (the house itself is made, thankfully!)
- Do the second round of Christmas groceries
- Pick up a sushi platter
- Pick up flowers
- Make rocky road
- Make chocolate cake
- Finish an ice cream layer cake
- Pack up and tidy my sister’s room
- Move all the boxes on the verandah back into my sister’s room
- Pick up my poor, sick rabbit Harriet from the vet (more on that in another post).
- Pick up medication.
- Prepare platters
- Pick up my Xmas/Boxing Day shirt (I found this awesome top I really want to wear, but I needed a different size. Luckily, the shop is in the same complex as the supermarket, so I can just run upstairs and grab it.)
I just know I’m forgetting something. I’m so tired and everything has gone wrong for us today. I hope Christmas turns out well.
I hope I’m awake long enough to enjoy it.