to do before Xmas
Christmas has a couple of things in common with the
Apocalypse. They both have something to do with God and they both make me feel as
though the end of the world is nigh.
This Girl still falls into the trap of trying to
get everything done right before Christmas. Like, everything I was planning to
do for the year, jammed into about four weeks.
Okay, it’s not quite that bad, but you get the
Here are five things I did this weekend to get
ready for the pending merriment.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa la la la la,
la la la la.
This might not seem unusual to you, but This Girl
has never been big on trees and tinsel. The Lovely Deputy loves celebrating Christmas.
This year, ‘I’m the arty one’ and Skater boy will be here, so I’ve bought baubles
for the tree he’s promised and hung bells and disco balls.
|Christmas disco inferno|
The latter is for my own amusement. I’ve even made
a table placement.
This is me, going all out.
Made a fruitcake
I don’t really understand why you’d ruin a
perfectly good cake by burdening it with sultanas, raisins, currents and glace cherries and then say it’s especially for Christmas. Errrkkk!
However, in the spirit of Christmas I often make
one for others, this year is no different.
Of course, they’re meant to be made months prior
but because I’m not a connoisseur, it doesn’t mean that much to me.
I made mine this weekend.
|I don't think I should have used fan-force.|
I have a number of recipes but I generally pick the
one that includes golden syrup, chocolate and jam. I just like the idea of it. Instead of glace cherries, I chose mixed glace fruit: apricot, pear, peach, pineapple and orange. I also halved the raisin quantity and replaced it with cranberries.
This year, I’m going to make myself try the
Sand the wrought iron fence
This project has been on the books for years. I
returned to it a few months ago to abandon it again in preference to painting
the spare room.
This weekend I took to the fence with an electric
sander. I'd like it to look presentable, instead of peeling paint and rust.
Needless to say, I didn’t finish it. It will now be added to the 5 things I do next weekend to prepare for Christmas.
|It's been too windy to go outside and sand today!|
Plan the Christmas Menu
The Other Girl was horrified when I told her that I
hadn’t decided what we were eating for Christmas. I need Lovely Deputy’s advice
on young person appropriate menus.
In preparation, I pulled every November and December
edition of Gourmet Traveller magazine since 1998, and a few of Maggie Beer's books, off my shelves for ideas.
Tonight I’m planning on presenting my shortlist to
|Lovely Deputy and I may have different definitions of a short list.|
The desserts are non-negotiable however.
Christmas eve is Peach and Raspberry Steamed
Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce and Christmas lunch is a Chocolate Cherry
Clean the house
My house has to be spotless for Christmas. It’s
just the way it is. So, I took to the backroom with sugar soap, a giant garbage
bag and the vacuum cleaner.
I’m now working my way through the house.
you need to do before Christmas arrives?
For this Girl’s take on Christmas, read A Christmas
Tale, 'Tis the Season here.