Fourteen Days Until Christmas

@dorannmwin (36696)
United States
December 11, 2009 12:54pm CST
It's fourteen days until Christmas day, are you ready yet?? As for us, we have bought all of our gifts, so the shopping is squared away. However, we haven't had the opportunity to get out our tree or to put the mantle decorations up that my grandmother left to me when she passed away. So, what preparations do you still have left for Christmas and are you looking forward to the holiday?
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@much2say (35425)
• United States
11 Dec 09
Hard to believe there are only fourteen more days until Christmas! Before you know it, the day will be here! I have most of my gifts bought, but they do need to be wrapped. I still have a few little gifts for people I need to get - but these are not close friends or family . . . it'll probably some candy/food type gift. I promised my little one that we'd put up the decorations tomorrow IF we do a lot of the clean up today and tomorrow morning. My sister and I decided to forego presents for the family this year . . . so she is planning for us to pitch in to make Christmas breakfast. My little one and I will have some baking to do during the Chritsmas week - probably assorted muffins!! Oh - and my friend decided she wanted me to have a cookie exchange party during the holidays instead of January (when we usually get get together), so I'll have to set that up. So I guess in writing this post, I have discovered I have more things to do than I though - hee hee.
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@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
You know, I never really did a count down until Christmas before my daughter was born. But, the fact that her birthday is exactly three weeks before Christmas really makes the whole Christmas coming up on you too quick into perspective. With the cleaning up the house thing, we've made our children do that today so that we can get our tree up sometime this weekend. I would really like to be able to do it today, but we have to go to my niece's birthday party.
• United States
11 Dec 09
I am not ready yet. I still have some paint a couple of ceramic houses and a couple of ornaments. I have to finish shopping for my husband yet (he is the hardest) and I have family gift baskets to make yet. I want to start baking this Sunday, but I am not sure if they will keep. I am making truffles, fudge and cookies (sugar and gingerbread). I have the tree up, but not decorated yet. I will this weekend. I have a few decorations to put up yet.
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
I think that this week is a good time to start with the Christmas baking. If you are unsure of the things will be able to keep for a little less than two weeks you would be able to freeze most of it and it should be fine. As far as the crafts, this year I didn't do any, but I am sure that I want to do some next year so on the day after Christmas I will be on the prowl for things that are on clearance.
@greysfreak (1388)
• United States
11 Dec 09
I am definitely excited for Christmas. We got a new artificial tree, because our old one got burnt up last January when our shed burnt down. That's not up yet, but I think my mom is going to put that up later today. I just saw today that my amazon order was out on the porch, I think it came yesterday--in it is my mom and dad's Christmas presents. So my shopping is done. I am psyched to watch them open their presents, and to see what I got. It's just us 3, so it's not a big celebration or anything, just us and the dogs and cats. I have close online friends who are like family, I still need to figure out what I am gonna do for them, I know they don't expect anything, but I love to give, so at the very least wanna make something for them.
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@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
You are such a kind person to want to do something for your online friends. The new tree will be such a delight, ours too is brand new this year and I am so ready to get it put up, but it hasn't happened yet. As far as the presents that I bought this year, that is going to be a lot of fun because I know that I bought them all and didn't resort to using a credit card at all.
• United States
11 Dec 09
The better question for me would be what don't I have to do before Christmas. Still have shopping to do, cookies to bake, presents to wrap, house to be cleaned, tree to be decorated and who knows what else. But what am I doing instead? Mylotting of course. Also very busy volunteering the next couple of weeks too. Hope it all gets done on time but if not Christmas is coming anyway. No reason to fret about things I can't change. But thanks for the countdown at least I have perspective on what I need to get done.
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@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
With the exception of the shopping to do, I am really in the same boat as you are. I wish that I could find a way to get a couple more hours into the day. Then, maybe it would all be able to get done. This coming week is really bad for me because I have a lot of things that I need to get done too. I need to go to my daughter's school Christmas performance, I've got a work event on Monday and Friday and on Thursday is my bunco night.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
13 Dec 09
I am done with my Christmas preparations for the most part. Some of my friends are getting together here tomorrow so I wanted to be done early. Of course there are always last minute things to do. I don't have any children so I don't do a lot of things that other families do for Christmas. I have my mother come out Christmas Eve, and we open our presents then. Since I am done early this year I can enjoy the season more. It seems in the past I was always so busy getting ready I really couldn't enjoy it. Since I have been decorated for about a week, I will probably be sick of them by Christmas.
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
13 Dec 09
I am jealous of you being completely prepared for Christmas. You have done everything that I aspire to get done next year in the month leading up until Christmas. I have two children and to a certain extent, it slows down the preparations for Christmas but it also makes the season a lot more enjoyable.
• United States
13 Dec 09
Children do add a lot to Christmas! They make extra work (more presents you have to buy) but in the end I would bet it's worth it. I am done so early because I don't have a job and I am disabled so a friend of mine came out and helped me. It's because of her that I am done. I feel bad that she isn't ready yet. She spent all her time helping me and isn't getting much done at home. Happy Holidays!!!
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
14 Dec 09
She sounds like a wonderful friend to have. That is the kind of person that we all need to have as friends.
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
12 Dec 09
You know I would say that I am pretty much finished with everything. Every year I try to do my shopping in November at the latest, so that I can relax last minute. My tree was put up in the middle of November so we've been enjoying it for a while. Also, ok I admit I'm still going to do a bit of baking but that will be just one day and not too much of it. I still have to buy 2 DVD's for the hubby when they come out this Wednesday. Well, I don't really count those as too many things left. Oh, also want to take my little nephews to a few Christmasy events that are happening, like these Christmas train rides that are going on now, etc. Oh just thought of something but I should probably mail out some Christmas cards maybe?
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
I decided this year that I was going to do digital Christmas cards because I think it will be easier and a lot cheaper to do than traditional Christmas cards. As far as the Christmas events, I definitely want to share in a few of those with my children. Thank you for responding.
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
12 Dec 09
Digital Xmas cards? You know I never thought to do those but maybe one day...I'm finding less people seem to be giving out cards, or maybe I'm losing friends or something? lol
@cynthiann (18637)
• Jamaica
12 Dec 09
The tree is up and an Almond tree in my garden has been strung with lights. Apart from wreaths and Christmas angels I do not have many indoor decorations. I have 4 gift left to buy and my daughter and I are doing that in just a short while. I am baking my Christmas cakes tomorrow and so far, all the gifts have been wrapped. I have not bought turkey or ham yet though but last night my daughter and I made a master list. So progress has been made!
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
In a certain way it is odd to say, but our family doesn't do the big traditional spread for Christmas dinner. Last year we went to a hibachi restaurant on Christmas night for dinner and it was great fun, I am hoping that we will be able to do that again this year.
@joro1best (222)
• Bulgaria
12 Dec 09
Hello dorannmwin! Yes me and my family are ready for christmas..We bought decorations,we bought presents now we need only a christmas tree and we are ready..I`m now searching ways to earn more money and hope ill get 20$ dollars in my paypal acc soon because i want to buy something more expensive for my mother..We have to buy lightings for my room and our house becomes light house :) I`m so happy because of christmas..And ill be free from school..Its so cool :) So it still early but happy christmas to everyone :) Happy day - joro1best
@xJaiiDK (164)
• Philippines
12 Dec 09
Christmas is approaching pretty fast. Unfortunately, I havent bought presents for my friends yet. Ive gone to malls 3 hours ago, and I looked after some goodies there. I cant still think of gifts for them.
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
I hope that you will be able to find the perfect gifts for your friends that you still need to buy gifts for.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
12 Dec 09
i stll have craft projects to make and some presents to wrap but am almost done. i also have some craft projects that i want to work on for myself but those can wait til after christmas. but the tree is up, house is done, gifts are bought so i am in good shape.
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
It sounds like you are in good shape indeed. So, can I get you to come to my house and wrap up my presents for as well. I haven't even gotten started with those. Of course, I am the person that never wrapped gifts in the past until the day before Christmas Eve.
@evydabest (197)
• Malta
12 Dec 09
Hey dorannmwim. Since about 6 years ago i have completly lost my enthusiam for christmas. I haven't bought any gifts at all, i don't even have gifts in my mind what i want for myself. All i have done is put of the tree and hung some decorations on it. Now i am waiting for a family regrouping. But i still don't know what to do. I am covered with oblivion, i don't know what to get my sister, brother and parents whom have always brought me gifts in christmas. Anyways, i try to think out of box what they might like, maybe i'll find something.
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
It sounds to me that you just need to go out and have a little bit of retail therapy. As you are walking through the stores you might see something that jumps out at you for them. Have a good day.
@bunnybon7 (33137)
• Holiday, Florida
12 Dec 09
most of my decorations got lost or stayed with my daughter when i moved. but we dont have any kids here any more. its just me and my grown son and i dont think either of us is ready emotionally or financially. i've sent a couple of the kids something but i've still got 2 more and 3 grandkids to go. just sending a few dollars.
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
It's sad to hear that you've lost so many of your decorations. However, it is good to hear that you've started sending out your gifts. Keep your head held high and this will be a good holiday season despite the troubles that you've faced.
@xizhilang (106)
• China
12 Dec 09
Yes.Many a person is prefering for it.Here,i hope everyone has a nice Christmas day. Hurry up,it is coming.
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
Yes, it is coming all too quick. I think that everyone has to kick their preparations into high gear.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Dec 09
Hi there! Well, we've been out Christmas shopping which is a start! A lot of people in the UK go Christmas shopping on Thursday nights as many places shut at around 8pm. We aren't going "mad" presents wise because we simply haven't got the money but it is still fun to pick up things we want, for other people. Gold prices are getting silly (our lovely Chancellor sold ours off before it quadrupled in value which sums this country up at the moment) so hubby has bought me a silver cross and chain for £35(!) as opposed to a white gold one for at least £100...and it was sooo satisfying for him to save a loada cash but I can't wear it until Christmas, and quite right too lol. Besides at least starting to buy pressies I put the fake tree up the other day and placed the decorations on it. The lights got tangled up but serves me right for putting 2 lots in the same bag hehe lol. It took me a while to decide "should I or shouldn't I" with the tinsel but in the end, it all went on and it looks good too. I shall submit a photo of it sometime cos I'm proud of it even though I was having one of my hot flushes throughout lol. :-)
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
The silver cross and chain sounds like a wonderful gift to receive and no one will know the difference between that and a white gold one unless you decide to tell them. My engagement ring and wedding band are both white gold and everyone assumes that they are silver, but I know the difference. I really would like to see a picture of your tree as well. I'll bet that it is beautiful.
@Hatley (159601)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Dec 09
droannmwin well I have a few more gifts to buy for my son, but thats about all I can afford to do. as for Christmas I would look forward to it if I was once again in an apartment with my son and he had a job again, and I was not here wheere I am now in this retirement center because he lost his job, we got evicted, ran out of money were homeless and had to separate in order for both of us to get a roof over our heads.he is still out of work so Christmas is not all fun and games for a lot of people right now. I smile and I laugh and I hurt inside so what,what can anyone do, everyone just thinks homeless people are the dregs of society and do not realize how many families lost their jobs and their homes and are trying desparately to get jobs, why cannot the richest country in the world stop being so damned selfish and help p ut people back to work and back into housing. we could do it if we would.
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
12 Dec 09
I realize all too well how difficult that it is for people that have had a bad run of luck. My mother hasn't had the best of luck this year either and she lost her job of seven years and is now working through a temporary service. She started in October with a job that was supposed to last only two weeks and they still have her working so that is good, but the fact that she was out of work for several months means that she is having a difficult time with Christmas this year. Homeless people right now aren't the dregs of society, they are the people who have had a difficult time with the difficult situation that our society in general has been dealing with.