Once again, Christmas has sneaked up on me. It was SO FAR AWAY. I was merrily Everyclicking (I don't search with Google now. It may be a tiny, ineffectual protest, but it's mine. (Stop looking at who hosts my blog. Stop looking at me.)) for presents back in the first week of December, feeling so smug. SO SMUG. SO EARLY.
And now the schools break up today, and it seems that I have been so excited by the creation of my humongous (and still unfinished) Liberty brick quilt that I completely forgot to organise Christmas. I wanted to snuggle under it and watch Christmas films! Even though there was no food in the house to eat! (There's booze. There's always booze. By the way, Aldi's Premium knock-off Baileys? I'd recommend it. Call me classy.)
And where is my last-minute through-the-post vital-to-everything parcel? Where is it? Eh?
Maybe you are super-organised and everything is ready. Or maybe you are like me, and are heading off to the shops in a rush. If the latter, I should really tell you about two games that Mattel sent me to review, since they are super-fantastic and we have been playing them, and they are knocking the socks off some of the things that the Lattes have actually asked for. (Moshi Monsters. One Direction. Give me strength.)
Our favourite of the two is Pictionary, which we love. The Littlest Latte has some, um, issues around winning, which are diffused in Pictionary because it is so damn funny. We can't draw. That makes it even funnier. A game where you weep with laughter over each other's drawings, as opposed to a game where you race round a board trying to beat one another, is a proper winner. (Also, there are ways to make the game SHORTER. Which, as I'm sure you'll agree, is a wonderful feature.) I hadn't played Pictionary for 20 years. Why not? Why? It's really good.
They also sent Uno Roboto, which is a fancy new robotic way to play a quite traditional family card game, but all the better for it. Once the robot is there, the game takes on a new unpredictability and, again, it's SHORT. "Can we play a game?" usually involves blocking off ages, plodding round Monopoly boards and to be honest, we're a family without a great deal of staying power. We're good with fast and furious (especially the furious) and as a result this has been very popular. The cards have the additional 'benefit' of being playable without the robot, and as such can be taken around the house to play games with poor fathers who are ill in bed with bad colds and would far rather be watching US cop shows on the laptop.
So. Top tips for last-minute presents and cheap sticky booze - what more can I give you? Good wishes for these vital final days? A hope that you're not all as last-minute as me? A wave and a cheery smile?
Fa la la la la. Let's get on with it.