This month…

...Is my planning month.
Inspired by a crisp, winter walk in the New Forest at the weekend, I started thinking about the upcoming couple of months. In the past, I’ve always left Christmas planning (well, in fact there wasn’t much planning) until the last minute. This wasn’t through disorganisation, but because I always wanted to feel truly festive. It has never seemed right to start Christmas shopping in September or even writing cards in October.

November walk 6

But now, mostly because I have more than myself to think about, I like to plan. I’m never too rigid with my plans, I think it’s good to have some flexibility but I do find it makes December all the more enjoyable if I have got the boring tasks out the way and have a vague idea of what I’d like to happen. So this is what I’ll be up to…

November walk 2

1. Recipe planning. Last year I made the mincemeat and the pastry for my own mince pies – don’t think I’ll ever go back to shop bought again. They were so simple. I used the Nigella Lawson suet-free recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess, for the mincemeat and they were delicious.

2. Present lists. Who do I need to buy for and initial ideas of what to buy or make.

3. Personalised stationery ideas from HoneyTree Publishing. Last year I ordered some party invitations from Honey Tree and some personalised stationery as a gift, so I’ll be checking out their website for more festive inspiration.

November walk

4. Pinning! Follow my Christmas Pinterest boards for festive decoration ideas.

5. Planning mine and my girls’ Christmas day outfits. I’ve already spotted some gorgeous sparkly numbers for them at Boden.

November walk 5

November walk 3

6. Getting inspired for my Christmas theme. This week I bought the Red Magazine Recipes & Decorations special edition and looking forward to indulging in this with a glass of red one evening. I usually go one of two ways. Either very tradition reds and greens or a tonal palette of creams and golds.

What are your Christmas plans?
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4 comments on “This month…

  1. Lisa
    November 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    You’ve inspired me to think differently about my Christmas planning, thanks!
    I’m struggling to find a classy snowglobe as a coffee table decoration – I don’t suppose you’ve seen any you love? Thanks!

    • My Pollyanna
      November 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Lisa. Thank you! I’ll have a think about the snowglobe. Could be a tricky one! What sort of size were you thinking of?

  2. Alecia
    November 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I also leave my Christmas planning + shopping to the last minute. This year is a bit rough for us as I recently lost my job – so presents are not at the center of my to do list. I am more trying to embrace the feeling and love that Christmas is all about.

    • My Pollyanna
      November 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Hi Alecia, So sorry to hear you’ve had a tough year. Handmade gifts, cards and crafts can mean so much more than big extravagant presents anyway. I have a weekend of Christmas crafting planned this weekend…much rather do that than go out and spend lots of money on shopping. Thank you for your comment.

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