So, it’s only so many weeks until this thing called Christmas which always seems to create such madness every year.
As most of you know, my husband has trouble going out of the house at the best of times just to do some shopping with me. So we try and do shopping at quiet times to reduce the stress to him and myself. I actually hate food shopping anyway and just find it so much more stressful when I have a disabled person with me - I have to be so alert and try to stay calm …… nightmare.
So this year rather than leaving our Christmas food shop until a week before, we have bought things over the last few months.
“But that's not so easy to do with meat” I hear you say. Well this year we have ordered our meat from our local butcher. All fresh from local farms and we’ll be picking it up on 23rd. And it’s all better quality and slightly cheaper than the supermarkets!
Most of the vegetables will be frozen. Yes, I know fresh is better, but frozen veg is a lot less hassle …...
Our kitchen is tiny, so there’s normally only enough room for one person (me!). Last year there was two of us prepping the food and 2 others constantly coming in and out and it was a complete nightmare. So that's the other reason to have frozen vegetables – no prep, chuck it in a pan of water!
What about naughty bits?
Again, as soon as this stuff was in the shops we bought what we wanted. I have to say though that, despite what the papers keep reporting, the supermarkets seem to get the Christmas things in later and later each year, not earlier. We also had to go to several different supermarkets to get everything. Maybe I should shop online next Christmas?
Now for some general advice:
- If possible make sure you rest when you can, Christmas is a very hectic time.I’m lucky this year as we will be having my mother in-law and her partner staying with us. So no matter what there will always be someone with @raspberrytalk.
- Make sure all meds have been collected and there’s plenty to cover over Christmas and New Year.
- Get the Flu Jab.
(If your registered as a carer at your G.P you should of been offered this for FREE.)
- Get as much of your Christmas food before December. This can include all the naughty food as well.
- Try not to get stressed out, it’s only Christmas!(easier said than done I know).
- Ask for help if you’re not coping to well.There is always someone who can help you’d be surprised by the kindness of people especially this time of year.
- Keep warm.You may be entitled to get a warm home discount.
Have fun, it’s Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone & remember take care of each other.
carer’s vent & Aka the raspberry