I've decided to have our food shopping delivered for the next few weeks, to save our sanity - we just loathe having to fight through the crowds in the supermarket at this time of year. Particularly when all we want to get is food! It will also save the problem of what to do with Betty for the first couple of weeks of having her....whether to take her with us and leave her in the car, or leave her home alone for 2 or 3 hours. We're not really keen to do that while she's so young and we've only just got her, in case she whines or barks - having had to put up with neighbours' dogs barking their heads off for hours at a time, we don't want the same happening with our dog.
Oh, and we're definitely getting her on the 21st, so not long to go now, 2 1/2 weeks!
I made the Christmas cake this week.....well, it's just a rich fruit cake really which will be fed with booze - no marzipan or icing as OH hates them, and i'm not too keen either, far too sweet. I've also made mince pies and sausage rolls, which are all in the freezer or they'll get eaten within days. That's it for advance xmas prep and cooking. As for the day itself, we're going to have gammon, I'll parboil it then roast with a marmalade glaze. Neither of us is particularly fond of Christmas pudding, I'm going to make a trifle instead, which we hardly ever have. We don't normally have puddings at all actually, even when we go out for a meal, but it's nice to have one occasionally.