Christmas is just around the corner!


Laura Geller make-upHi guys!

How are we all diddling then?

Christmas is only a month away (less by the time you read this! Yikes!) Love it! Love it! Love it! No bah humbug from this lady! I know it can all easily get out of hand, but years ago I stumbled across a wee fool-proof way to take the stress out of Christmas.

So see if you can guess. This is going to be in exam style – multiple choice – get ready…

Which method does Mrs Dawson employ to take the stress out of Christmas?

Choose one of the following answers:
A: She buys all her presents and has them wrapped before December 1st
B: She never asks the children what they want and convinces them that "surprises" are much better, thus saving mucho time!!!!!
C: She avoids being stuck in the kitchen on Christmas Day by having lunch in a lovely
D: none of the above

Well, yes you've guessed it! It is indeed "D"… none of the above.

Years ago, during much tougher times financially, we really had to budget quite hard. So that budget when it was set for presents, food, etc. was indeed set in stone rigidly! In many ways it makes it much easier when you have an overall figure to work with. It's then split into all the relevant areas and that's that.

Even with the kids, they were given Santa's budget and chose their presents accordingly (we always calculated on spending a little more on them, but that was on very much a need-to-know basis).

I still operate this system. Yes indeed as things have got easier over the years, that figure in the budget may have increased, but the principle has always remained the same. And should things alter, then so will the budget. Boring? Probably! But it has been my saving grace over the years.

Now I realise I work for a shopping channel (would be extremely worrying if I didn't!!), and this may sound like I'm waxing lyrical about the joys of QVC, but in truth there really is something for all budgets when it comes to Christmas shopping here.

You've probably noticed the photo (above), and you may well be thinking, "What's this? Is she buying everyone bags of coffee this year?"… no my lovely people, this is the Laura Geller Christmas TSV next Saturday 8th December!!

It's really fab, and the price? Well you shall have to tune in!! It's got the favourites in there and so much more besides. The idea of the coffee packaging is that it's so quick and easy, and probably will end up being as much a part of your daily routine as your morning cuppa.

I'm going to have to dash now, but just in case you were wondering about the other options on the above multiple choice question… all the other answers I have every intention of doing every year but it never quite works that way!! Hey ho! Onwards and upwards!!

Just a thought, drop me a line and let me know how you take the stress out of Christmas.

Take care

Ps: wedding update and photos in next blog (and I do promise that will be before Christmas 2014) 🙂 🙂 xxx


  1. jay December 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    hi Anne. have been watching you today eating the chocolates!! and noticed how lovely your hair is. you look really nice with blonde hair….can you tell me what colour it is and make?? thanks x

  2. Susan December 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    What a great blog. So applicable to so many of us as you can well imagine! We are all on a shoestring and shows no sign of changing. You just got to work with it though and enjoy what you have. I have to agree with the lady above about you being blonde. Stunning on you. Love the black top you had on on the Liz Earle show by the way. So glam.
    Have a lovely Christmas and chat soon,
    Susan x

  3. tricia tiffney December 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    I have been watching you today and you look gorgeous. Could you tell me where you got the black v necked top with the ruffled collar

  4. Anne Dawson December 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi jay,
    Thanks for your lovely compliments. Regarding my hair colour, I’m afraid I don’t have a clue! I get it done at the hairdressers. However as my roots are in dire need of some attention, I am going on Friday and will ask the question and post back. So watch this space.
    Lovely to hear from you
    Anne x

  5. Anne Dawson December 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Hey Susan !!!!
    Lovely to hear from you again. And as always so very complimentary. I so agree with your sentiment about enjoying what we have. Being grateful, I believe, brings tremendous contentment.
    Take care
    Anne x

  6. Anne Dawson December 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi tricie,
    Lovely to hear from you.
    Thanks for your comments. Do you know that every time I wear that black top I get compliments! ( everyone will be fed up looking at it now ) :). It’s a wee “ronnie nicole” number, but I’m not sure if we still do it or not.
    Fingers crossed. Stay in touch.
    Anne x

  7. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen December 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    how are you anne i di my xmas shopping on saturday 6th of october .i always do iy early

  8. Anne Dawson December 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tricia!!! Me again. Sorry I misspelt your name. Please forgive me as I’ve only just got my main specs back from the opticians today. (Had been wearing my old ones for the past week) what is it they say ? “should’ve gone to …………?” 🙂 xxx

  9. Anne Dawson December 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin. Gosh how organised are you? Well done! Definitely a solution for a stress free Christmas! Hope you’re well. Take care.
    Anne x

  10. vicki December 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne.
    Love QVC especially the Laura Geller show you did. Just wondered what lipstick/gloss you were wearing, I love the colour, you looked amazing. Thanks for replying, have a merry christmas and best wishes for the new year.
    Thanks, Vicki.

  11. Anne Dawson December 11, 2012 at 2:52 am -  Reply

    Hey Vicki,
    Thanks for getting in touch. Glad you liked the Laura Geller show. I was wearing the “cafe au lait” lipgloss which was part of her TSV. I’m not sure whether it’s sold separately or not. Anyway hope you get it. I have to say I think it’s gorgeous. It’s a real toffee/caramel shade. A total pleasure to wear!
    A very merry Christmas to you too. Do stay in touch
    Anne x

  12. Susan December 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Yes you and me are of similar mind I feel! I thought you’d be one of the ‘appreciate what we have’ lot! How is your lovely brother doing these days by the way? Will he be coming to you for Christmas? I often think about you and him. I just had to say the photo of you on the main QVC homepage today is wow! Stunning! You and Dennis Basso coats most certainly do mix. Should perhaps hubby treat you?! Enjoy your Christmas and of course be in touch,
    Susan x

  13. Gail Giles December 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne, I must just take this time to say please please share your beauty regime the difference in yourself is amazing you look so young, please pretty please share.

  14. Ann December 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    You mention in your christmas wish list an ice watch, is this available from QVC…..
    Can I wish you and your family a very merry christmas and a happy and peaceful new year, and heed your chill out days in your diary….lol
    Ann ( fellow Scot)

  15. Susan January 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annie!
    Sorry maybe abit too personal but you just bring out the need to say a friendly Annie to you! I just wanted to say a belated Happy New Year to you! I hope you had a nice night? I just caught the end of your Lulu show and hush hush don’t tell Lulu but my you get younger and funkier looking every day! I LOVE your new specs! Well I assumer they are new.
    Have a good week,
    Take care
    Susan x

  16. valerie skilling July 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Have noticed how your make-up has improved over the years and how well you look, any tips of the best cosmetics for your colouring and mine

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