This year we are hosting for the first time. I am at once excited and terrified at the prospect. In 2012 J and I had a solo Christmas as a newly wedded and pregnant couple. We raided M&S and hold up on our own in our freezing flat with the Radio Times as our only timetable. It was fab but even putting a turkey breast joint in the oven for two for my more than a little stressed.
So to ensure that this year I am free to enjoy my family and my 18month old free form stress I am writing a whole heap of lists.
See the Christmas lights in central London
Vist Father Christmas and hope for less tears than last year
Christmas services at local church
Decorate a tree and the home
Christmas pjs and jumpers all round
Christmas presents for two families and numerous friends
New, chosen by the baby, decorations
A Christmas tree
A massive turkey
All the trimmings
Drinks for J's 12 Drinks of Christmas
Singing festive songs
Reading Christmas books
These are just a few of the items on my more detailed lists. I will share more about my do, play and make lists later on. And I can say that half of my shopping list is crossed off as all the shopping is purchased and wrapped leaving me to focus on Advent with my family and friends.