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It's the middle of November and thoughts of Christmas are floating around the front of my brain, it must be time to start preparing.
Actually, my mum has already made us a Christmas pudding, we've decided that we're having turkey on Christmas Day and we've started buying presents, so what else is there to do?
This year, for the first time ever, we're having guests to stay over the holiday, so the logistics of who's sleeping where is on the agenda, as is how much extra food/drink/crackers we're going to need to get. There's also the planning of who's going to be doing what jobs in terms of "helping" so that there's not chaos in the kitchen or three people doing the same thing so that I end up surrounded by mounds of carrots.
There will be no sprouts!
There are also a couple of cupboards that need a serious declutter so that they're actually useful rather than a store of things that "might come in useful sometime".
On top of all that logistical stuff, there's also the traditions we've formed over our 13 years as a family, so there are certain decorations that must go in certain places, there's the watching of Muppet Christmas Carol and The Nightmare Before Christmas and Scrooge. There's the finding of the CDs of cheesy Christmas songs and the ritual of going through Delia's Christmas cookbook with a fine-toothed comb to make sure the days leading up to Christmas Day are filled with good smells.
I will have to phone my parents at 10.30am on Christmas morning to make sure they are playing their Mario Lanza Christmas LP. This is a tradition from my childhood that they once foolishly tried to stop (luckily my brother was there and reminded them that it must be played - it's only played once a year, so it's not going to wear out!)
There will also be the wrapping of a catnip filled toy in loose paper so that the ancient pusskins can take his place around the tree on Christmas morning and cause chaos with his inability to actually open his present.
What are the traditions that are important to your family over the holiday period and why do you do them?