I have to admit to nearly choking on my licorice tea when I heard Dawn Bibby say there were only 89 days until Christmas, which made me realise I needed to start gathering my thoughts and my plans!
Ordering the turkey
To be honest this year – as with the last two – I shall order my Christmas turkey, gammon, sausages and other meats from Exmoor Style here at QVC because you can either have it delivered in November or just before Christmas – depending on how full your freezer is! Or in my case how much room there is as I haven't defrosted it for ages!
Buying Christmas gifts
I've already started buying gifts! Beauty Day was a great help there and I'm now making notes whenever I see a particularly pretty piece of jewellery that I think would make a good present – watch out for Gem Day, oh, and Diamonique Day too!
Making the Christmas cake
Colin made another spectacular cake for our friend's 50th birthday, which was made in the shape of a theatrical stage, and so with the offcuts I will be making a randomly shaped Christmas cake! I'll let you see the finished result come December when I marzipan it!
Top tip: I find it's always best to leave the icing until the week before Christmas as I use the Ready to Roll stuff and in a warm house it can crystalize a tad.
I'll be honest and admit to only ever making one Christmas card at a special Craft Day with Leoni Pujol, and so I tend to buy them about the beginning of December and send them out last thing – 'cos that way you've received most of yours and don't forget anyone!
Having read all that back I realise I'm actually a lot more organised than I thought.
Enjoy our run up to Christmas this weekend, and happy shopping!
Plus, I'd love to know how all your preparations are going so feel free to drop me a line.
Love Ali x