Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Festive Season

The festive season is really right up on our doorstep. In only 2 and a half weeks time we will be on our long summer holidays and I will only return to work on the 6th of January. I have so much to do until then.

We have to decide what to do for The Lil' Miss' birthday next year as it is right when the schools open and invites should go out now. I still have no idea - keep it small at an expensive location or big at the school, which still cost us money (quite a bit) but you can invite as many kids as you would like to. I have left this a bit too late! I also need to get her birthday presents because leaving it until after Christmas means that it is sometimes sold out. She has chosen the Lego Belville horse stable - my girl child, we seem to buy blocks of some sort every year. She just loves to build. ( You wouldn't say her mommy is an architect)

We have checked all the camping gear two weekends ago, but need to buy some items. The packing is going to take a while so I better start early.

My Christmas shopping is almost done - I have already delivered the Cape Town bunch last week. The kid's main presents are bought, I have enough stocking filler presents from Santa for the girlchild, but I really have almost none for the boys. I seem to see a million things for girls, but little boys?? Any ideas?I am busy getting a calender and other photo presents together for the grandparents - got our stunning pictures yesterday - will do a post about that soon! I have got the teachers gifts, my secretary and my bookclub gift - all I need to put some thinking into is Hunter. We have a rule of a book, CD or DVD for each other, nothing bigger- it keeps the costs down and there is always one of those that you would enjoy over a holiday period.

I will be hosting Christmas (although slightly altered form our usual) at our house this year - looking forward to that.

And for all my American friends, may you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. This year, I am thankful for my friends in the computer - your love and support.


  1. You are so organised Cat. I usually have to wait for my bonus at year end before I can do shopping and then its a runaround but thankfully I'm just past the toy stage with my own kids. Bradley's birthday is on Christmas Day so also a difficult time and he is going up to Jhb to stay with his dad and siblings until Christmas so will still have to think about that. Will probably have a family braai on the 26th for his birthday. Ideas for stocking fillers for the boys. They're still small but most kids enjoy bubble blow (will have to get for Little Miss too), bouncy balls, farm animals. Most toyshops have a wall of cheaper toys. I know Reggies near us has.

  2. I've done no Xmas shopping this year...sending money home to my grandkids as my parcels dont always arrive - get to JHB airport then go missing.
    It's only hubby and I that I'll be cooking for...not a very exciting Xmas when you away from family...
    Enjoy the planning

  3. I will be hosting Christmas for the first time ever this year! I'm looking forward to it.
    Have a great holiday!

  4. My word you are very organised!!

  5. You are super organised...I am afraid I have done NO gift shopping yet...but have a few ideas. We don't buy big for Christmas...rather leave that for birthdays. Have to get it done by end next week because we will be in Cape Town for Christmas this year...YAY!

  6. Wow! I can't believe you are almost done with Christmas shopping!! You are awesome:-)

  7. Wow, you are so on top of things. I can't believe that you have Christmas presents purchased already. You go girl!

  8. You are almost DONE with Christmas shopping?!?! You just sent me into sheer panic! I can't even think about it until I get through Thanksgiving...

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  9. Glad to hear you have most of your holiday shopping done! We got all of our 'big' things done but I still needs stocking stuffers for all the kids and hubby along with teacher/co-worker gifts. I LOVE buying for stockings - it was one of my favorite things as a kid and I love the challenge now of finding something special but little for each person. :-)

    Great idea for your "rule" of gift between you and Hunter. My hubby wants a Wii and an expensive game to go with it. I am not a video game fan so I am really cringing in buying it for him...just don't feel something like that is worth the $$...ugh!


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