|Some of last year’s homemade gifts.|
We don’t do Christmas like the herd ‘out there’ – we spend a bit more time than usual thanking God for the blessing of his son and all he taught us; we have time off work and get together as a family and eat, but we don’t ‘go silly’. However, this is a really busy time of year for teachers and school workers in general as lots of exams are in January and we’ll be late at school coaching and mentoring students and working hard to get the grades. I don’t have two minutes to scratch my
ar nose! I like to get everything ready by autumn half term.
It’s my last day of school holidays and I actually went gift shopping. Dad got a little wooden thingy for making seed pots from newspaper, mum got a shopping bag, a relative got a tea towel! Three gifts done! I’m feeling smug at my organisation. I’ve also checked my stocks and I’ve accumulated enough fruit and sugar to make the cakes for gifts. Now here’s all that’s left to do!!!!
Cakes, chutney and jams for gifts! Pickle the onions! Knit two scarves, make a cot quilt! Make soap! It’s gong to be all go here! I now wish I’d started sooner. Oh and to add to the mix – I have a £100 budget for all the gifts and £100 for all the hospitality as it’s my ‘turn’ this year.
Come on everyone! Get started or have you finished? What have you done already? What do you have left to do? How are you juggling the budget?