My creative space: the countdown is on

She’s making a list, she’s checking it twice… only, she’s not. Dear readers, it is A MONTH until Christmas and I have done nothing. Nada. Zilch. I’ve never been this unprepared before. Actually, that’s a lie. I’m probably this unprepared every year. And, actually, as long as there are a few presents under the tree and something reasonably festive to eat, I am coming to realise that the sky is not going to fall on my head if we don’t have a Martha Stewart Christmas. (That doesn’t stop me wanting one just a little bit, but I’m trying to be realistic.)

In the meantime, I’m planning to at least get my Christmas cake underway in the next week and spend far too much time than is necessary looking at lovely blogs and books full of festive inspiration.
Top of my list is Meg’s inspiring holiday list, not least because she is “making (and doing) much less this year” and that seems like a good place to start. But I’m definitely hoping to attempt making my own panettone after reading Michele’s post (and drooling over the photos of her finished product) – though I might follow Victoria’s lead and make them in individual tins (recycling is very chic, don’t you know!). I’ve loved Hannah’s week of inexpensive festive food gift ideas too. As for presents, well, I could show you some of the things that I’m sneakily planning, but that would be giving the game away. But Melissa has lots of lovely things here and I’m sure there are lots of other clever creative elves working on things here.

How are your Christmas plans coming along? And please spare a thought for the friends and families of the Pike River coalminers on New Zealand’s West Coast, who yesterday learned that there will be no Christmas miracle and their partners, fathers, brothers, sons and mates will not be coming home. My heart goes out to you all.



  1. November 24, 2010 / 7:26 pm

    Those same books (apart from the top one) are sitting on my kitchen worktop also, attempting to inspire me! Home made pannetone is a lovely idea, although we do buy a delicious one that's not too expensive, we look forward to it going on sale all year.
    My cake is made and most of my gifts are hidden away, plus I made gift tags today 🙂

    So, so sad about the miners, they're certainly in our thoughts here in the UK.

    Happy Christmas planning to you x

  2. November 24, 2010 / 7:41 pm

    My hubby and I composed our menu last night…he won out on most things (we aren't having beetroot apple and creme fraiche soup for starters…we aren't having a first course…) and I am so looking forward to the rush of christmas day! Baking aside, everything will be done on the day I fear!!
    We are gifting homemade hampers this year, with a small bought token for each person (notebooks, picture frames, socks…you get the idea)the main ingredient…pumpkin chutney and baked goods…fingers crossed!! 🙂 looking forward to your adventures! xx

  3. November 25, 2010 / 6:15 am

    We're still arguing on what to eat for Christmas Day – the only thing we all agree on is Chocolate Mousse for pudding – the children don't go in for Christmas pud with all the dried fruit. But as to the rest – who knows!

  4. November 25, 2010 / 2:59 pm

    Yes – all our thoughts and love go to the families of the miners at this time. All the same, great round up of ideas and you've even managed to snaffle one or two of mine lol, I too am planning on making my own panettone this year in recycled tin cans! Can't wait to see what you come up with in the lead up to Christmas, just remember to have fun doing it ;0)

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