Christmas CtI am one present away from completing my Christmas shopping.

Before you start pelting me with mince pies (or Terry’s Chocolate Oranges – yes please), I can explain, honestly.

Organising Christmas for the last couple of years has been a bit of a nightmare, so this year I was determined to be calm, cool and collected.

I drew up lists, scoured the internet then decided it’d be far easier just to give everyone a onesie. Present list – big tick. The Teenager could have a Superman one, The Boss could have a Homer Simpson one and I’m guessing they make them for cats now too.

After running the idea past The Teenager (who looked at me in horror, told me he wouldn’t be seen dead in an oversized babygro and turned his music up even louder) it was back to the drawing board.

So now I have a whole stack of carefully-chosen presents, reams of wrapping paper, ribbon and gift tags. All waiting for that advert-inspired magical evening where I will settle myself down with a glass of mulled wine, Christmas carols playing in the soft-focus background and fight with the sticky tape and try to catch the cat when she runs off with the ribbon.

The internet has been a blessing, although I’m not sure my postman sees it that way, as he struggles up the path day after day. I’ve ordered everything from it – right down to a reel of invisible thread to hang my home-made stars with. Yup, getting the shopping out the way has given me time to pick up my glue gun. I’m going to get crafty this year. My Christmas wreath was a bit of a disaster (Pinterest made it look so easy, bah), but you can’t go wrong with stars. Can you?

So this year I won’t be barging my way through crowds. I couldn’t even if I wanted to. I’d slip unnoticed to the ground, trampled by hordes of eager shoppers poking each other in the eye with jumbo rolls of wrapping paper.

For people with MS, Christmas is a society-endorsed period of doing what I am an expert at – dozing off on the sofa in front of rubbish telly – and I intend to make the most of it.

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12 thoughts on “S’Magical…

  1. Sally says:

    I was that organised last year but am a bit behind schedule this year. I made Blue Peters christmas star last year. Blooming marvelous. 6 expertly stuck together metal coat hangers and miles of cheap tinsel. Ta dah! A few strategically placed Christmas baubles for extra effect.

  2. Tricia says:

    Good for you, I have slowly but surely been doing my christmas shopping, and letting the postman take the strain, even the food being delivered, turkey and all. This year I am not making myself ill (I keep my fingers, and anything else that I can cross). So raise a glass to the internet, and the postman.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Isn’t internet shopping just fab? Where would we be without it??
      All that stress is no good, so I think I’ve cracked it this year.

  3. Eileen Tilley says:

    I so agree ,all my shopping has been via Internet, as will the food shopping .. No more crying in food aisles as they threaten to get longer ahhhh . I am going green by saving MY energy for nicer things ..have a brilliant and organised time and look forward to hearing more

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you!
      Love that way of thinking – going green. I’m going to start saying that.
      I find supermarkets too overwhelming. Once I started ordering food on the internet, I didn’t look back.

  4. Sally says:

    Agree, online shopping is just such a help but can’t help but feel guilty when I see lots of local shops going out of business at the moment cos more of us are shopping online ( not that guilty though)

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Know what you mean. I feel pretty bad too, but do a lot of shopping at notonthehighstreet.com which makes me feel a bit better!

  5. Jenny says:

    I’m being a bit lazy with my Christmas shopping this year. Every time I go to Sainsburys I buy a gift card for a family member. They have such a good selection and I’m sure my family will enjoy spending them in the new year sales (I know I would) – so far I have gift cards for Next, Amazon and Accessorize. Won’t have to spend much on wrapping paper either!!! I feel a bit guilty for not making more of an effort but it’s hard enough shopping for myself let alone anyone else!
    PS: I’d love a onesie but my husband says he’ll divorce me if I wear one x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      I’d love to have a onesie, but The Teenager has told me he’ll disown me, meh.
      I think your idea is brilliant, especially for people to spend on the sales as most of us are broke after Christmas anyway!
      It’s definitely the thought that counts. Showing someone you’ve thought about them is way more important than anything else.

  6. Sally says:

    My kids want to get their dad a onesie for Christmas. They are particularly taken wo a reindeer one ( hood with antlers and everything ). Not sure he would be thrilled with the idea. We’ll see…….

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