2. Mince pies (the fruit type) are an absolute staple at Christmas and it helps to have a husband who like baking. My favourite mince pies are puff pastry ones and I love him even more for making them as his favourite are short crust – I’m a very lucky girl (I think I may have mentioned that once or twice before).
3. Amid the hubbub of Christmas and finishing work for the year it’s always good to make time for a date out with your significant other – put it in your diary and make sure you stick to it. It helps you stay focused on what’s really important at this time of the year, being with people you love.
4. When you’re out shopping make sure you stock up on chocolates and easy gifts, along with present bags so that if you have unexpected visitors, or realise at the last minute that you’ve forgotten someone, then you have something to fall back on.
5. In the Northern Hemisphere it is winter at Christmas time, which after twenty years in the UK I’m finally used to, but this also means that the weather is a bit rubbish. Make sure that you’re stocked up on candles, matches, and torch batteries in case the power goes out.
6. Similar to above, but think about how you’re going to stay warm if the power goes out. We’re very lucky and have an open fire in our lounge room, so if worst comes to worst we can cuddle up under a duvet on the sofa in front of the fire.
7. If, like us, you put out food for the local feathered population, then making sure you’ve got a supply for the Christmas period is really important. Native wildlife feel the effects of winter too so having a covered bird feeder is ideal but making sure it’s stocked up is the most important.
8. An essential item at Christmas is wrapping paper, and the more glitter on it the better (my beloved doesn’t agree as it drives him mad). If I’m organised enough I buy my Christmas paper in the January sales and then store it until needed in December.
10. Final thing that will help Christmas be as magical as possible is making sure you welcome Santa’s elves into your home for the festive period. We have a lovely door for them and I’m sure they’ve been in sprinkling magic dust around.
So there you have it, my top ten of things to help with those last minute things you may have forgotten, or still need to do. Before you go, make sure you pop over to Tamara’s blog to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with – click HERE to visit.
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and have a good week.
Pamela & Ken
6 thoughts on “Top Ten Thursday – Last Minute Christmas hacks”
So many good tips, Pamela!Love Santa's Door, how nice!I always thought \”mince pie\” was strictly meat? So yours is filled with fruit jam?Happy Holidays, keep warm!
Love the sparkly Christmas paper and the cute elf door. I had no idea what coconut ice was until I read your post. I'll have to try making it! It sounds delicious! Though, like you, I might add food coloring of a different color – red and green feels seasonal. :)I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
Great tips Pamela! I would love to have a mince pie! We don't have those over here (in Texas) so I've never had one, but I think they're full of raisins, right? If so, I'll take one! :)Merry Christmas to you and Ken. I hope you have a simply marvelous holiday!Michele at Angels Bark
Thanks Tamara. The mince pies have a fruit mincemeat which is a mixture of different fruits, treacle, vegetable suet, and spices.
Thanks Mandy. Definitely go for different colours – makes it more personal to you.
Thanks Michele. They're a mixture of different fruits, treacle, spices, and vegetable suet, all wrapped in pastry. Hope you've had a good Christmas.