Running Ragged

I always seem to get stressed out on the run up to Christmas and this year is no exception, in fact Christmas seems to be catching up on me even quicker than usual. I have been so busy lately I have hardly made a start on the preparations.

What I intended to write about today has gone out of the window. I got very little sleep last night for some reason and I have spent most of today trying to do some Christmas shopping. Not without some success of course, I have managed to buy a fair few of the gifts that need to be posted but there are still some outstanding and I haven’t started on the ones for the family members that I will see over the Christmas period, nor all the little extras – stocking fillers, tree presents etc. – that go towards the fun of the day.

Apart from that I have not even thought about decorating the house and setting up the Christmas tree yet and I shall need to give the house a thorough clean first of course. I have not written any Christmas cards, I haven’t made even my first batch of mince pies this year and I have not yet made my Christmas cake. In a weak moment while shopping this morning I did contemplate buying the cake (I have done on a few occasions in the past) but I do prefer home-made and I have already bought the ingredients so it would be a bit of a waste if I just buy one. The recipe I am using requires some of the ingredients to soak overnight so my plan now is to do that preparation this evening and then I will have to make the cake tomorrow afternoon when I get home from my Spanish class.

Talking of which, this week it is my turn to provide the activities and refreshments for the group (we take it in turns) and the preparation for this occupied my weekend. I have an article for them to read and translate about Spanish Christmas customs and then we shall have a fun game about Christmas Carols and songs – at least I hope it will be fun. Each member of the group will draw a piece of paper from a Christmas stocking and must describe in Spanish the carol or song written on the paper without giving the title away and the others must try to guess what it is.

Other intrusions into my Christmas preparation time include a visit to the dentist this week and then, much more enjoyably two Christmas parties – one for the Spanish group and one for my poetry group. Then it is the final run up to the big day and at last a chance to relax as my son and his family are hosting at their house. Then they all come to us to do it all again on Boxing Day, but by then I should be ready.

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Rain Drops

Icy rain drops on my face;
do I detect a hint of sleet?
Shopping done, I scurry home.

Frustration

Frustration; stuck
in traffic jams at road-works
and in queues at check-outs,
shopping in town.
So much time wasted.

Shopping Game

Refurbishing my local food-store;
shopping becomes a game of
Hunt the Product!

Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping;
stressed out,
headache.
Oh to put my feet up with
a nice cup of tea!

Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping cracked,
now to get them wrapped
and posted on their way
in time for Christmas Day.

Into Town

Into town to shop;
half the things I wanted
were either out of stock,
the shop was closed
or I simply forgot!

Small Change

Just a few groceries —
I pay with small change.
My purse heaves a sigh of relief.

Battle Lines

Battle lines drawn —
cold frost, warm sun, collide.
I shop online.

The Rest of the Day

Washing on,
vacuuming done.
Now just the shopping to do
then the rest of the day’s my own.

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