Planning Christmas| How do you plan yours?

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Hey everyone,

With only 6 weeks till Christmas, I thought I would give you all a little insight on how we plan for Christmas in our busy household.

Let me start by saying that our family believes in the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas day, and this is what we have always taught our children. Christmas is a beautiful time for all, and it is also so lovely to celebrate this wonderful day with family and friends.

where do I store all my Christmas wrap and labels from the year before?

I  usually store all my Christmas wrap, labels sticky tape in a box and store it in the shed, however this year I  hear Kmart have an awesome Christmas storage bag which I am hoping to get my hands on, they actually look so much easier to store everything. My goal for 2019 is to get everything organized in my house!

Planning it all

Christmas planning can be very stressful for everyone, but this year we decided to open up a Christmas club account with our bank, and I’m telling you it’s the best thing that I have ever done. I was able to save up a good amount, which will pay all the families presents, including those we send overseas, and our Christmas food shop. I feel less stressed about it all this year. My Christmas shopping is well underway. I will definitely be restarting my Christmas club account at the end of January 2019. I have already started my Christmas shopping online but will need to venture out to the shops too. I  do love Christmas shopping, but sometimes I leave it till last minute and have a mad rush to get it all on Christmas Eve.

Christmas tree & decorations

I used to be one of those people who always put their Christmas tree &  decorations up on December 1st! However, in recent years, we have been putting our tree up a couple of days before Christmas and then decorating it all as a family on Christmas Eve whilst listening to Christmas carols. The worst part about putting a Christmas tree up is the branches, they take so long to sort out. I’m very blessed to have lots of little hands to help me out with that, but it still usually takes a whole day until I’m happy it looks right!

 

Presents

We never go over the top with presents. Our children get 3 presents each, and a stocking each, and then one huge joint present for them all. We then head over to my mother inlaws house where we celebrate Christmas day with family where of course the children get more presents.

Hosting boxing day

Every year I usually host boxing day at my house, and the family and some friends come over and share the day with us. I love boxing day because there is always leftovers from the day before that the family always bring with them, and I also enjoy glazing and cooking my ham. Stay tuned to the end of my blog post for the glazed ham recipe that I use from http://www.taste.com.au. It is absolutely delicious!

I always wrap all Christmas presents up on Christmas eve, and believe me when I tell you, I am usually up till midnight doing it all. I think this year I will try and wrap up as I go and just do what’s left over on Christmas Eve.

Christmas day morning

On Christmas day morning everyone is always up super early and our family tradition every year is to get up, pray some prayers together as a family, and after that, I hand out yummy Christmas biscuits to everyone! Then we all open up our presents which takes a good hour or so, and then after that, we skype family overseas and wish them a Merry Christmas. Once all of that is done we then rush to get ready in our gorgeous Christmas outfits and take a few photos, and then rush out the door to make it in time for Christmas mass which by the way is an hours drive from us. We usually need to leave by about 9 am the latest. Then after mass is when we go to my mother in laws to celebrate the rest of the day.

I absolutely love this time of year, but first, we have 2 birthdays to get through first

My daughters birthday is on November 21st, and my birthday is December 21st

These next few weeks are going to be super busy,  but it is also going to be great too

How do you all celebrate Christmas?

I would love to hear from you all

As promised here is the recipe and I have used many times >>>Honey, mustard glazed ham- TASTE.COM.AU

Claire xxx

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