Is it sacrilege to be mentioning the C word in July? The c-word you ask, yes, Christmas. When do you start thinking and preparing for Christmas? I tend to do some preparation in January and then start thinking about it when I see the summer sales.
I was invited by the team at Asda to come and take a look at what they have to offer for Christmas this year a couple of weeks back and it certainly got me in the Christmas mood and want to share with you some of the amazing things that are coming your way from Asda this Christmas.
The reason they invited me was they wanted me to review and put my “Thumbs up from Mum” stamp on some of their produce along with a number of other ambassadors.
Christmas is a really bittersweet time for me. I LOVE it, I am a December baby, so advent and Christmas is my time of the year. However, Christmas Day was also the time that my mum died suddenly with my brother finding her on Christmas Day 2010. For this reason, I try and make sure that I am all prepared by the end of November and then we spend December trying to bring joy to others with our advent acts of kindness and fun advent activity calendar. I try not to set unrealistic expectations of myself or my family around me, we tend to spend the time in our tight tribe of four with the only planned event being an informal Christmas Eve get together with my best friend and her four boys who only live 5 doors away!
Planning for Christmas in July
We are a traditional Turkey Crown and all the trimmings family. We love the meat and the leftovers and I have lots of recipes to use the turkey up over the holiday period. What struck me most was the retro vibe at the Christmas in July events I attended. There is a real focus on family and delightful treats.
Asda has paired up with James Martin and James did a wonderful hands-on cookery demonstration of a really simple to make smoked salmon mouse that his Mum used to make. It was easy to make, used top quality Asda ingredients (did you know that he gets his smoked salmon for his restaurants from the same supplier as Asda?), you prepare it in advance and tasted delicious.
I love that there are so many things that you can prepare before Christmas Day so that you have more time to play with the kids LEGO! So now Christmas is firmly on my radar.
I already have a plan for what to buy, what to make, what to prepare in advance. I can not wait for the season of joy and giving to be upon us and share with you more that Asda has to offer.
Disclosure: I am part of the Asda Ambassador program and was compensated for attending their event.