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Old 12-22-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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Are You Ready?

Are you ready for whatever holiday it is that you
celebrate at this time of year?

How much more cooking/baking/shopping/prepping
do you need to do?

I like to have everything planned out
(I've taken ques from Martha Stewart in the organization of everything)
and ready maybe 2 or 3 days prior to our festivities.

Then I can focus on how I'm going to serve the meal;
sit down and relax a bit before the excitement
gets overwhelming.

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Old 12-22-2014, 11:43 PM   #2
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Ready? No.

I have the menu and all the ingredients to make the meal. Not sure when we will make what. My daughters are bringing their contributions to help with the meal.

I have some of my Christmas shopping done. SO wants to make paklava tomorrow and I want to go shopping. The problem is, I make the clarified butter and simple syrup to help her. I guess I'll have to get going early so I can be ready for her and still get my shopping done.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:37 AM   #3
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I pick up the rib roast tomorrow from the butcher, then pick up a few small things I need. My wife got most of what she needs today. We are having 10 people, some from her family and a couple of friends who would otherwise be alone this year. I hope that a 12 pound roast will do the trick - we might just scrape by.
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:27 AM   #4
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The gifts are all purchased and will get wrapped today. The menu is set and ingredients bought today. Tomorrow will be prepping the food for Thursday and a final cleaning of the house. Our menu will be egg casserole and roller coaster casserole for brunch with a fruit tray and whatever anyone else brings. Dinner will be pulled pork bbq and pizza with salad and whatever goodies folks contribute. I hope to make some dips and cracker jack to snack on. Hope I have enough energy to get through the next few days!
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:04 AM   #5
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I'm mostly ready. I need to pick up salad greens yet, but I'll wait until the last minute for those. I also need to get scallops for one of the appetizers. Those I'll probably get at Whole Foods today because their seafood counter is much better than our local grocer's.

Other than that, I'm ready to rock it.
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:57 AM   #6
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I just need to put together a lasagna and a couple pies when I get home from work, wrap mom's gifts and pack up the car for the trip top sc tomorrow.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:14 AM   #7
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Are you ready for whatever holiday it is that you
celebrate at this time of year?

How much more cooking/baking/shopping/prepping
do you need to do?

I like to have everything planned out
(I've taken ques from Martha Stewart in the organization of everything)
and ready maybe 2 or 3 days prior to our festivities.

Then I can focus on how I'm going to serve the meal;
sit down and relax a bit before the excitement
gets overwhelming.
Thanks for asking as i was going to ask this question myself.
I dread this time of year and I am anxious, nervous and grumpy.
I woke up the other morning totally in distress.
I am actually taking deep breaths as i type this post.

Its not about the food or the holiday. Its about the gifts.
My wife is wonderful and does all the shopping for 8 grand children and four daughters. She is the best.
Me not so much.

Her birthday is on the 26th and i still only have a gift certificate to give her. I plan to go back out today. Thankfully she has hinted about a gift. Its what I am going to pick up.
I want to show her how much I appreciate her, but I have a very hard time buying and especially picking out gifts for her.
I have become a Grinch around this time of year and wish I could stop being so negative and get into the Christmas spirit.

I always say next year *******. But it always turns out like this. Me nervous and anxious.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:30 PM   #8
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Ready? No, but I have until the 28th. We don't celebrate Christmas--no gifts and no decorating. It takes the stress and anxiety out of the season. We stopped "doing" Christmas in 2003. Being childless, of a certain age, and with no family in the area, it just didn't make sense anymore. We're having friends over on the 28th.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:39 PM   #9
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Ready? No, but I have until the 28th. We don't celebrate Christmas--no gifts and no decorating. It takes the stress and anxiety out of the season. We stopped "doing" Christmas in 2003. Being childless, of a certain age, and with no family in the area, it just didn't make sense anymore. We're having friends over on the 28th.
We too are childless, and our families elected to quit with the regular, rote gift exchanges several years ago. We will still give a gift if it seems that someone NEEDS something (or if we stumble across that "perfect" gift for someone), but not just for the sake of doing it. That has taken 9/10 of the stress out of Christmas for me. We give a nice donation to a couple of local charities in place of exchanging gifts, and it gives me a much more Christmasy feeling inside to help those who really need it.

We are all fairly comfortable, so we were doing gifts out of habit rather than with the spirit that Christmas is supposed to engender. Giving where there is actual need has brought back the Spirit of Christmas to our families.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:55 PM   #10
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We don't celebrate Christmas--no gifts and no decorating.
We're the same way. We're doing the family dinner this year (it's our turn), but otherwise no gifts, no tree, no other stuff.
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