I started my shopping in July, decorations won't go up until December.. same with planning the meals/any baking we do.. and holiday party details (when & where) will probably get ironed out in November..
Start your shopping?
Ermm, probably not until November or December. With a little one of the way everyone has already said not to spend anything on them and just use the money on our little one. So we'll just get a couple of little things late, only stuff we might buy early as 'early presents' for bubs, probably mostly clothes
Put up decorations?
Through out the whole house, start/middle of December. Our bedroom I like doing in October/November so I can enjoy it longer, plus we don't usually come back (to my parents house, where we celebrate) until a week before Christmas, and this way the decorations are up already. =D
Can't wait! To be honest, our Christmas lights never came down last year so they're still there.
Plan your holiday meal?
I don't! Thankfully this is up to DH and my dad. They usually plan it 4 days before Christmas
Plan your holiday parties?
It's always the same, so not much planning involved. In Holland (where we celebrate Christmas with my family) we have 2 days of Christmas. What's called Boxing Day in England is just another day of Christmas in Holland.
So on the first day we usually celebrate by having breakfast together (me, DH, mum, dad & brother), open presents with coffee around lunch time and have dinner with my grandmother & grandfather in the evening
On the second day we sleep in, do nothing special until dinner when we have dinner (at ours, both days) with my other grandmother, my auntie & uncle and my cousins.
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