Is it any wonder that folks get stressed when we are constantly bombarded with reminders that there are only now 9 Shopping Days to Christmas. Everybody knows that today is December 16th and that Christmas Day is December 25th....it has been celebrated on that day all over the world for hundreds of years...so why every year do they feel the need to keep reminding us...it doesn't take a lot of working out...simple subtraction...25 minus 16 = 9 so if you're not up to speed with the prep it's certainly not going to help if you are being constantly reminded how disorganised you are.
And why is that every publication you open at the moment will have The Countdown to Christmas Menu Planner...telling us what we should be doing minute by minute in the run up to preparing the Christmas Meal...at 4.00pm on Christmas Eve we should start preparing the sprouts...at 6.00pm we should be making the mulled wine...at 8.00pm we should be roasting the chestnuts by an open fire to make the stuffing...give me a break...I've been doing it for 40 years and had no complaints so far. I swear that they just drag out the same article every year...tart it up a bit to fill a couple of pages and why do they care if my Christmas Meal is a success or not...they won't have to eat it.
Not content with interfering in the food department they proceed to tell us...WHAT THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST SHOULD BE WEARING ON CHRISTMAS DAY...pleeease...if they think for one minute I am skipping the light fandango around the kitchen with roasty tatties in one hand and a jug of gravy in the other in one of those strapless backless...up to my bum concoctions...wearing the highest and flimsiest of strappy shoes...they can think again...trousers and top will do me nicely and hey where have you heard it before...my SLIPPERS because everybody knows if the cook ain't happy.....ain't nobody gonna be happy.
So chill out folks...ignore all these super organised numpties...do your own thing and I'm sure your Christmas will be just the same as mine...organised chaos but FABULOUS...DING DONG.
I'll leave you with a little peek of some of the new goodies to arrive in the cubbyhole...will I have time to squeeze in a little play before Christmas...
and I'll see you all tomorrow over at Penny Black Saturday for the last challenge of 2011 and you won't believe what the theme is...talk about deja-vu.
Hugs Kath xxx