Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas preparations

My christmas preparations are underway, and you can imagine my delight to discover a 'Countdown to Christmas' checklist.

It reads as follow: One week to go -
  • make cranberry sauce (done! I did that last week when cranberries were BOGOF at Tesco!)
  • decorate tree (done! Did that last weekend in time for Dolly's birthday)
  • ice and decorate cake (thankfully M&S sell them like that)
  • check thawing time for turkey (ahem, slight bone of contention there ... )

Not so happy to read back a bit though and discover -

  • make Christmas decorations (8 weeks to go!)
  • buy store cupboard essentials for the Christmas period, see list page 14 (5 weeks to go!)
  • begin to make your table decorations (4 weeks to go)
  • make wreath (3 weeks to go)

Ah well, we shall just have to struggle through the season without the pleasure of homemade decorations and table centres this year.

Oh, and in case you are concerned about having appropriate store cupboard essentials for over the Christmas holidays, the list on page 14 reads thus:

  • dried beans and lentils for soup
  • dried mushrooms
  • canned beans
  • canned tomatoes
  • hoi sin sauce
  • dried milk
  • soy sauce
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • selection of pastas
  • walnut oil

Does anyone feel an Ainsley Harriott 'Ready, Steady Cook' moment coming on?? No, me neither. Now, pass me the crepe paper 'til I start making paper chain decorations ....


Judith said...

That's brilliant Ali - the only thing I've done is decorate a tree! and I don't like cranberries, christmas pudding, christmas cake or mince pies!! partypooper aren't? In fact one of my mums at family service who is from Ghana is having jolif rice and curry on Christmas day now that's my idea of a christmas meal - as long as I don't have to cook it!!! hahaha

Ali said...

So go on then, what's on the menu in your house on Christmas Day Judy?

Judith said...

actually we do meals at SA hall on Christmas day - well Nigel and his helpers cook the meal and I wandering around talking to people. I don't normally eat the meal, not because it's not delicious, but I'm not good at eating in company so normally take my meal home to have later in the evening!! but I would still prefer the jollif rice and curry though :)

Judith said...

what's on your menu? do you have family round?