So Christmas came in a piece meal way for me. There was the searching for sales paired with assessing the usefulness of the items being sold. I was quite lucky in that one of our supermarket chains was undergoing a rebranding exercise which led to several 'Madness sales" which catered to different tastes and needs, so that I was able to purchase "fruit cakes" which lasted until Christmas and beyond, due them having generous soakngs of rum ( after the purchase of course). This saved me a lot of time and effort and brought me to a state of anticipation, that Christmas was doable this year.
Closer to Christmas Eve, one of our baking companies kept up their delivery of lemon flavoured cakes which topped the taste of a sponge cake which in ordinary times would have held its own in terms of price and taste. http://www.bermudezgroupltd.com/brands
This same supermarket chain catered to smaller families in terms of smaller turkeys, ducks as well as other items which could have been used for gift giving, so I became even more entused about Christmas as time passed.
There was the usual Christmas preparation which involved lots of physical activity and rethinking of my assessment of little used skills. Will I become a house painter in the future, so that I can develop excellent house painting skills? Will I ever learn to make "traditional tasting pastelles"? Will I lose my taste for corn cakes and corn pies or my desire to make them? http://www.wendyrahamut.com/articles/pastelles