Whose Ready for Christmas?

Carol By Carol, 1st Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I used to leave everything until the last minute at Christmas, but even though my life is still busy, I don't any more.

Whose Ready for Christmas?

When I was young I used to juggle my husband and four children, and a job, so preparing for Christmas was left until the last minute. Those were the days I used to bake my own sausage rolls and mince pies, and make the Christmas cake. I made the cake for my dear husband John, because no-one else in the family liked it.

I worked until 5-30 on Christmas Eve, so by the time I came home, I was very tired. Most of the evening was spent wrapping presents, and preparing the vegetables for Christmas Day lunch. Indeed we used to leave buying the presents until a few days before Christmas, and we didn’t put up the Christmas Tree or the decorations until the weekend before Christmas. My excuse is that I worked in a shop, and in the last month we had to work almost every evening, as well as all day, and the time just slipped past.

But this is what happens now

Nowadays life is still hectic, even though I don’t work in the shop any more, and I still miss the shop. I can remember the people lining up with their gifts, then we used to gift wrap them, the atmosphere of Christmas in our shop was uplifting, and it never really felt like work.

Now I am older, I prefer to take my time in preparing for Christmas. I buy the presents any time from October onwards, and I wrap and label them straightaway. I have all the cards addressed and ready to send by the end of the first week of December. The tree is put up at the beginning of December.

Of course there are always last minute presents, or cards for people I have forgotten, but there is time to rectify that. I cheat by buying my sausage rolls and mince pies, and I don’t make a Christmas cake, because no-one eats it.

My life has changed, my children are now adults, but I still buy them selection boxes, they are still kids at heart. I still cook Christmas dinner for everyone, it would seem strange not to. The most important part to me is sharing the occasion with those I hold most dear, and that is one thing I hope will never change.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
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Christmas, Christmas Cake, Christmas Cards, Family, Job, Mkince Pies, Presents, Ready, Sausage Rolls, Turkey, Work Balancing, Wrapped

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar christopheranton
2nd Dec 2011 (#)

And that is one thing
I hope never changes for you either Carol.
Have a Great Christmas.

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author avatar Carol
2nd Dec 2011 (#)

Bless you Chris, Have a great Christmas too x

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author avatar Buzz
2nd Dec 2011 (#)

Merry Christmas, Carol! Loved this holiday article.:)

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author avatar Sam Bralley
3rd Dec 2011 (#)

Very well written and uplifting. Enjoyed the stroll down Memory Lane. Merry Christmas to you and yours, my dear...

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author avatar Sheila Newton
3rd Dec 2011 (#)

I used to be ready by end Sptember. This year - it's December and I'm WAY behind. HELP!

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author avatar Carol
4th Dec 2011 (#)

Sheila Sam and Buzz, merry Christmas to you all xxxx

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author avatar Marcy
5th Dec 2011 (#)

same to you,merry Christmas. and may The Almighty God Bless you..with Love Peace and Prosperity.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Dec 2011 (#)

a wonderful Christmas both memories and now Carol:0)

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author avatar Carol
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you. Happy Christmas Delicia and Marcy.

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author avatar vpaulose
8th Dec 2011 (#)

So you are ready for Christmas, my sister Carol!

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author avatar Carol
8th Dec 2011 (#)

Sort of vpaulose, thanks for reading it.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
17th Dec 2011 (#)

Well written,merry Christmas.

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author avatar Songbird B
28th Dec 2011 (#)

Hope your Christmas was wonderful Carol, and what a lovely article this is...

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author avatar Carol
28th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Songbird, I hope yours was too.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
21st Dec 2014 (#)

I am so glad your life has changed for the better and you have all the time for preparing for Christmas. Count your blessings and enjoy life.
I wish you A MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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author avatar Carol
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Rama, all the best to you too.

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