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.