… and I was sick again by Boxing Day. Abdominal pain is terribly debilitating . Luckily, I have two specialists that I’m seeing (one on January 4th) that should help solve this problem. I was sick for most of 2011, and it’s so frustrating and exhausting, waking up every morning still miserable. 2012 has to be better!
But anyway, Christmas was lovely with a few minor irritants that I’ll get into tomorrow – I finally found my Lumix’s charger, so I’ll take some photos of our lovely tree (we have the most interesting collection of decorations) and my gifts. I cannot wait until I get my DSLR!
But anyway, I hope everyone had a lovely holiday.
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.
I also need to…
- 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.
I officially started my Christmas shopping today. November 27th. I am completely horrified.
To be fair, they’re technically gifts my mother is giving. We picked up two super cool gifts for my sister and I (can’t say what they are in case my sister is reading) and I tracked down my Nintendo 3DS in pink. I managed to find it for under $190 in Australia, which is like a magic trick. I can’t wait.
And to top off the early-Christmas spirit around here, the Church next door had their Carols By Candlelight. We weren’t around for last year’s, but we heard they had some major preaching, which made many attendees (along with the minister) very unhappy, and they weren’t present this year. It was all about the kids – they even sang Miley Cyrus’ The Climb, which was fun.
It feels much closer to Christmas than it should, or it is.