I spied this on Multitude's blog and she tagged me to do my own. (Read her's - it's really funny.) It's not a bad idea really, given how most of us end the festive season swearing not to do such and such ever again.
So, in the run up to Christmas I swear I will:
- not attempt to renew my kids' British and US passports. We aren't going abroad in the near future and it will only bring on the inevitable breakdown. Given my track record with this type of officialdom, I will probably omit a vital piece of paper and have the whole lot sent back anyway.
- not volunteer for any more school projects. Gingerbread decorating with 18 5 year olds, and organizing a Vespers reception for about 600 people is quite enough thank you.
- make sure that we have all appropriate ski gear before we get to hideously expensive ski resort shops. (Did I mention that we are spending two weeks in Copper Mountain, adding unnecessary complications?)
- make a mental inventory of cooking equipment we have at Copper. Bloody kids are insisting on a home made Xmas dinner instead of eating out (which is easier and often cheaper.)
- not lose my list of what I've already bought for people, which usually results in me buying everyone far too many gifts
- not forget where I have hidden said gifts
- wrap everything as soon as I buy it, in the hope that if 5 year old finds anything, he might be put off opening it. Yeah right.
- remember what we told 5 year old about Santa last year, eg. he doesn't get you everything you ask for; he can still bring your presents if you don't have a chimney; mommy didn't wrap everything, she just happens to use the same paper as Santa
- renew threat to beat teenagers to a pulp if they raise their eyebrows at the mention of Santa, or do the " " marks in the air when speaking his name
- e-mail the Ball & Chain with present ideas for myself, as I have a stockpile of Body Shop body butter and don't need any more
- print off this list and live by it.