Christmas, Planning, Storage, Things to do in January

Things to do in January

January is about packing up Christmas

  • Carefully pack away decorations and the tree
  • Work out what cards you may want to keep and which will be recycled
  • Check all wrapping and boxes and keep what you can to use next time
  • Make a list of who sent you cards and presents to ensure that they are included on your list for next Christmas
  • Buy Christmas cards and paper – now on sale and usually at half price (Scottish heritage issue).
  • Discard any old, unwanted or broken decorations,ornaments, trees etc.
  • Serviceable unwanted decorations may be suitable for donations to charities.
  • Check all remaining left overs and throw out anything which has not been appropriately wrapped and stored or placed in the freezer.
  • Check that all items in the freezer are dated and labeled
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Catering, Christmas, Christmas Serving calculator, Cooking

Christmas Party Tips – How much Food should I serve?

Okay, so you know when you are having your function, and how many people are coming. You’ve decided on the type of food, but have no idea how much to prepare.

Are you wanting to know how big a Turkey to buy? How many chickens to cook? What size ham to get?, How many canapés to prepare?

We recommend that you check out this  handy Christmas Serving calculator(includes cooking times) from Taste.com: How much should I serve

Christmas, Christmas post, Letter to Santa

A Letter to Santa

The young lady in the picture is on the main street in Mornington.  Each time I see her I imagine that it is a letter to Santa that she is posting.  I saw her recently and  I took it as a timely reminder to get lists organised.

At our house the Letters to Santa are being drafted as I speak.  Even for us adults who are too old for Santa’s list, there is an opportunity for a hint to others as to what we might like for Christmas.  If you are organising a Kris Kringle, getting the list of who is in and who they are buying for and any gift hints that are allowed,  should also be happening about now.

It is also the time of year to get Christmas letters sorted to send with Christmas cards.  On the topic of cards it is a good idea to check addresses now, rather than at the last minute.

Christmas, Planning

Things to do In December

Final countdown folks:

  • Get the Advent Calendar out and operational
  • Check that all of your decorations are in good order
  • Check your Christmas lights – if there are any frayed edges, exposed wires, or you just aren’t feeling comfortable about them, then throw them out and get new ones.
  • Spend some time decorating each area/room you\ intend to decorate
  • Get your Christmas stamps
  • Do a couple of cards everyday
  • Post your cards and parcels early
  • Make your Christmas wreath(s)
  • Buy presents and cards
  • Make your Christmas Sweets
  • Prepare your Christmas Cakes
  • Stock up on your Christmas food
  • Clear out any excess rubbish or unwanted things
  • Make sure that your bills are up to date
  • Check through all of your pantry items to ensure that nothing is out of date
  • Check through the fridge and freezer to through out old and out of date items