Sunday, December 7, 2014
Seems like there is such a rush to get ready for Christmas, and I have been dragging my feet a bit. Not sure why-exhaustion from increased work demands? stress? Shrug. Still need to get this together in as calm a way as possible so as to get the most out of it. I hate shopping this time of year, the crowds, rude people-it's a stress I can avoid, willingly. Normally, I am done with my physical shopping by Thanksgiving. Didn't meet that goal this year, but I've made a plan of attack, and whittled away at tasks to be done.
I only shop now for 6 people. Other than the last minute (hope to address those this week) stocking stuffers, and some gift cards, as of this morning, I am done with the shopping. I have on line shopped a lot, taking advantage of discounts, free shipping. What few cards I will send (older relatives mostly) will include school photos of the youngest 2. I've already tipped my hair dresser, don't plan on tipping anyone else.
Our menus are set for both Christmas Eve as well as Christmas day. While I will turn to a lot of already purchased food stuffs on hand, there is a small list of items that will be purchased. Ham, large shrimp immediately come to mind. Cheapest price for butt/shank hams has been $1.59/lb so far. I am holding out a bit longer, hoping to get a better deal.
I have a set budget and expect to come in/under that set amount when all is said and done. I do have some wiggle room this year, as the cost for a fresh Christmas tree is removed, due to DS #1 working at a tree farm. We will get a freebie this year. All decorations are what is on hand.
How are your Christmas plans coming along?