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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 15, 6:07 PM
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    * It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * - It's the 2016 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 15, 6:07 PM
    * It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * - It's the 2016 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 15 at 6:07 PM
    Official MSE Insert:

    Thanks to 3forholidays for creating this fab thread devoted to how to thriftily spend time, rather than cash, on your 2016 festivities. If you're coming from the weekly email, scroll down the first several posts below for a compendium of thrifty Christmas tips.

    Back to the original post...

    ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year
    With the kids jingle belling
    And everyone telling you be of good cheer
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year’

    Hello and welcome to the 5th Christmas Chatter Thread.

    This thread is not just about Christmas, but our whole year. We have had many ups and downs, deaths and births but we have all made it through to the end of the last thread and Christmas 2015.

    NOTE - For all new people please don't lurk, but come and join in with all the chatter. We are all a little mad (about Christmas!), but not dangerous.

    The following posts will be made up of all the links saved from last year with new ones added as we go.
    This will hopefully make it easier in October when we are all looking for them.

    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list

    Thanks to all posters on the previous threads – the thread is only a success because of your contributions!

    So on that note it is over to you and roll on Christmas 2016!
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 08-03-2016 at 4:17 PM.
    A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realise how blessed you are.
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    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 22nd Sep 16, 10:53 AM
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    Well, having decided that I can no longer deal with the pain in my arm, I phoned surgery yesterday, appointment next Wednesday. Had to override that this morning and make an emergency appointment as I suspected and have now had it confirmed, I have shingles

    On the plus side, my boss is paranoid & has told me I can't be in the office. I may go home later &B take tomorrow off. Will give me a chance to sort out living room for new carpet coming on Saturday. And I know why I have been feeling bleugh.
    Did my LBM in reverseFinally debt free with money in the bank!

    I know I am getting old, but there is no need for my consultant to age me by another 10 years 😉
    • Cherry24
    • By Cherry24 22nd Sep 16, 11:47 AM
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    Interesting to read everyone's solicitor experiences, I just wish they'd go at my pace and not theirs
    Hopefully, (fingers crossed) going to get contracts signed and sent off today and hopefully we will exchange very very soon.

    Going to pre-order Matt Haig's follow up to 'A Boy Called Christmas', it's called 'The Girl Who Saved Christmas'.

    Also bought my first Christmas present, got the OH a desperately need winter coat so he's getting that as an early gift.

    Gettingtherequickly - Sorry to hear you have shingles! I know it can be awful. Hope you recover soon.

    Bonfire Bride - Welcome, we are doing the same with presents this year, will be a challenge but might make it more fun.

    patentgirl - Welcome
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 22nd Sep 16, 11:53 AM
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    A great big Welcome to the newbies!

    I got my John Lewis newsletter through the post yesterday and the Christmas shop is being launched on 1st October in stores. There are going to be lots of Instore demonstrations this year too. I will try and find out what and when they will be.
    xmas savings 2016 #98 £412.00/ £350

    No buying unnecessary toiletries 2016
    • FeistyFidget
    • By FeistyFidget 22nd Sep 16, 12:34 PM
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    I am sat in my car while DD does a bit more independance training this time in Tesco .
    I think we had a prowler last night the dog went ape just after 1am couldnt see anyone but theres some kind of sticky residue on the shed lock fortunately the dog sounds like a rottweiler not the dumpy terrier he really is

    Christmas wise we sat and wrapped everything up yesterday. A mamoth task but its done.
    Originally posted by CHRISSYG
    Oh dear, that really is a huge worry! It may be worth mentioning it to the community support police team? We also live in the middle of a row of dogs that set each other off, next time they are driving me mad I will try to remember they are a good burglar deterrent

    Glad your DD did so well!

    Well done your little dog Chrissy.I am not knowledgeable in the ways of burglers,sounds decidedly dodgy what they have done to the shed lock.

    I am in awe of your Christmas wrapping.

    Your daughter is doing well.I do similar with our DD2.She insists on keeping her purse in her bag until asked for money then undoes the bag,undoes the purse and counts out the money.You can feel the queues at them.She went to her Grans on the train by herself on Saturday.We put her on this end and she was met at the other end.She even said she got up and moved because a group of young people were being too noisy.Yay.

    Just came on to say the shop is The original Factory Shop.They have a website.Also where my son lives in Banff,Canada they had their first proper snow yesterday.

    Originally posted by vulpix
    Aww bless your daughter! Teaching everyone a bit of patience is never a bad thing, so she's also providing a public service

    Morning all
    Nothing too Christmassy going on here...I've got saved baskets in Matalan and a few others still waiting for discount codes. I bought a new handbag for myself yesterday though since mine broke, nice little treat for myself - I blame payday!
    Kaya I'm looking forward to getting out the winter boots, I've also got a super soft snood that I can't wait to get out too I struggle to keep up with the conversations too, I have to write it in a notepad as I read lol
    Cherry keep on calling the solicitors - they will hate you but you're just making sure they do their job in a timely manner I'll keep an eye out for an asos discount
    Vulpix thank you! I'm really nervous but whatever happens happens
    Chrissy did you just say you've wrapped all of your presents I haven't even bought wrapping paper yet for this year lol glad your dog raised the alarm...this is just adding to the reasons I need a dog! Hope the independence training went smoothly
    I've got a corporate go karting day tomorrow and I'm really excited!!! Will probably end up with some form of injury knowing me though lol
    Hope everyone has a nice day and those with lurgies are on the mend
    Originally posted by elliew8
    Enjoy your gokarting today!

    Afternoon all!

    0462 - Congratulations! All the best for your new job.

    CHRISSYG - Well done your dog! How awful though. Hope nothing else happens! xx

    I bring news of Xmas products in the Asda Free From section. My little niece is dariy intolerant bless her, so we always have a look at the free from shelves. They had a gingerbread house kit that was dairy free and something else free. It was adorable! There was also xmas puds, cranberry and orange tiffin, and gingerbread men (or they migh have been Father Christmas shaped). Sorry I can't remember what they were all free from but they do have some of them on the website.

    Still got my health problem. I'm waiting on my Drs appt next week. Might be getting a bit better anyway?? Touch wood!

    Hope those under the weather feel better soon. And hope everything goes smoothly for the house movers!
    Originally posted by Clumsy42
    I hope you start to feel better soon x

    Afternoon All

    Well I started slimming world yesterday and nearly cried with the amount I weighed in at - I will get there though and shift some weight - need to feel better about myself and to be fair the weanign myself of junk will be a good thing in the long run as I eat far too much of it - surprising how much you can eat though! Crazy

    Also had one of the gus from work acost me in the bus station - we very rarely talk as we only see each other in passing but he said its ridiculous in our store especially with the 3 for 2 starting (in Ar*os) on toys so he had been run off his feet upstairs with another lad Rich - trying to put away 50 boxes of toy delivery as well as filling peoples orders so my shift tomorrow may be an interesting Im looking forward to that in fairness I probably will as I love it when it is busy there and the christmas period means Im not stood about bored!

    Also have a nice weekend off so thats nice. I can actually unwind and catch up on sleep - Im still full of this cold so I have no idea whats going on. Although my !!!!! is in season at the minute and my boy knows it so its been fighting to keep them apart daily! Before you ask - hes too old to neuter (17 years) and she has a medical with her stomach and insides being twisted form a previous pregnancy and because the vets don't know how old she is for definite they wont operate. Needless to say Bruno performs like he did last night and he wont make it to 18 so I wouldnt worry!

    Also - need to finish my snow project but forgot to pick something up for them today so will get it done tomorrow.

    Hope we are all well - didnt want to pop in and flit out - so will read back and catch up!

    Originally posted by sammy_kaye18
    I always prefer to be busy too! I have my eye on a few 3for2 offers for little My, fingers crossed she likes them

    Welcome to all the newbies!

    I logged on to update you all on our work news (and get some moral support) but little My has just woken, so I will be back later x
    Officially Debt Free (Besides Mortgage) - Since 14/09/2014

    2015 Challenges
    Stop making life harder for myself. Stop aiming for perfection, it doesn't exist. Enjoy the little things
    • By CHRISSYG 22nd Sep 16, 12:52 PM
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    [QUOTE=Gettingtherequickly;71341350]Well, having decided that I can no longer deal with the pain in my arm, I phoned surgery yesterday, appointment next Wednesday. Had to override that this morning and make an emergency appointment as I suspected and have now had it confirmed, I have shingles

    Oh dear ! I had shingles when DD was 6 months old on my collar bone it hurt like hell. It always worried me that they said it would likely reoccur. So far it hasn't [touch wood]
    • princesskitty29
    • By princesskitty29 22nd Sep 16, 1:04 PM
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    I popped into my local Tesco earlier and they had quite a few shelves of Christmas confectionery, not just the big tubs but all the little Christmas chocolates, Snow bites, Kinder Surprise, chocolate coins and biscuit tins etc! I usually start buying the food gifts I need in October so Iíll give it a couple of weeks and stock up, hopefully thereíll be some offers on then too.

    Hello and welcome patentgirl and Bonfire Bride!

    Clumsy I do hope your health problem is improving.

    Sammy good luck with slimming world, itís all small steps in the beginning.

    whitesatin that sounds like a lovely present for your DGS.

    GTQ oh no that sounds really unpleasant, I hope it clears up quickly for you.

    Cherry I do hope the contracts get signed and sent off today!
    Make/do at least one thing a month on my Pinterest boards 5/12
    Cook one new recipe a week - 12/52

    Planning Christmas 2016!

    Mummy to a beautiful son born 05.08.2014
    • Gwendolyn
    • By Gwendolyn 22nd Sep 16, 4:12 PM
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    I'm afraid to say I'm half way through my present shopping. I have over 40 to buy for. Most of them small gifts but we do a proper family Christmas and not birthdays!
    It has very much been a case of buying things as I see them. I learnt my lesson a few years ago when I got sort of organised by the end of October, so I relaxed.... then I got ill in early December and it was a huge rush and I really didn't enjoy December at all. I missed out on all the small things as I was so disorganised.
    I'm not saying my way is the right way - just that it works for me.
    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 22nd Sep 16, 6:09 PM
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    GETTINGTHEREQUICKLY sending you lots of hugs and get well soon vibes my lovely x
    CHRISTMAS MONEY SAVED 2016 - £0/£600
    DEBT FREE DAY 20/6/2014
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 22nd Sep 16, 10:13 PM
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    After a bit of a hassle with delivery my busy b Christmas planner has arrived today I can't wait to start filling it in. I was doing it all on the computer but my spreadsheet didn't save properly and I lost it. So now I will have it written down in my planner and won't need to worry about it being deleted. My Holland and Barrett Order came and the lip balm kit looks great I like the label that it's got on it. The bath bomb kit looks like great fun to make wish,I bought one of each for myself now. went into wilko today and they have a few Christmas pet toys on the shelf and not bad prices either. The dreamies gift tin for cats looked good might get one for my aunts cats, not bad for £4.00.
    xmas savings 2016 #98 £412.00/ £350

    No buying unnecessary toiletries 2016
    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 22nd Sep 16, 10:37 PM
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    Hello my fellow christmas crazies,

    Ok I have failed miserably in catching up as the pages are moving along soooo quickly.

    Welcome to ALL newbies, if you love everything christmas you are all in the right place. We hold a monthly Christmas craft challenge as a bit of fun. I set the theme on the first of the month and we can make our own version of the theme. We then share pictures on the last day of the month. Its fun, we started last month. This months theme is snow. You are welcome to join in if you wish.
    I finally have an idea for mine so just need to get it sorted out now.
    GTQ- So sorry to hear you have shingles, what a shame. Please be careful and rest up.
    Cherry24- Do not even get me started on solicitors! car accident 2 years ago and i am still awaiting appts to see 2 specialists!!!
    Fiesty- Hope you are ok xx
    Free- Hope you are ok lovelie xx
    princesskitty29-its beginning to look alot like christmas isnt it?
    Gwendolyn-Half way through is an achievement and you have a couple of months to go so well done to you xxx

    On the job front, Im holding judgement as the info I get changes on a daily basis. Got told it was 3 days then 5 days now its 3 days again. Not sure what hours as different staff start at different hours. I will give it a fair chance until october hols and see what I think then.
    Got DS birthday next month so I have been sorting that out. Ordered a double buggy for part of DDs gift. She has decided she does not want her ikea kitchen that she has had 18 months and has hardly used. It has got loads of kitchen stuff included too so im going to get it on ebay and facebook. Try to raise the funds to get her a new bike xx
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 23rd Sep 16, 6:44 AM
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    Ooh another four recruits, welcome BONFIREBRIDE, PATENTGIRL, GWENDOLYN and CBSEXEC. The Christmas spirit is alive and kicking all year round on here.

    GTQ glad you finally know what's wrong. Hope the pain eases up very soon. I've never had shingles but have heard it's very painful so sending healing vibes your way.

    TREASUREQUEEN thanks for the heads up, I love the JL Christmas section although don't usually buy much as its a bit pricey. Lovely to wander through though.

    PRINCESSKITTY have you got a moving date yet?

    0462 hope things settle down with the job, you do sometimes have to wonder how people can be so disorganised.

    MURIE have you started your new SNOW CHALLENGE yet? I'm still waiting for DH to cut me a circle of Mdf but once he's done that I can put mine together. If he diesnt hurry up though I'll be late again!

    PINKSTEPS, hoping you're ok, will FB message you later.

    Well I've been up since four but I've managed to sort out a poster for the Santa Paws project, claim DH's tax rebate for last year online and just generally get some thoughts together. No doubt I'll be shattered later but feeling quite on the ball at the moment. Did some tiling for DD yesterday and had a lovely time doing 'in and out the dusty bluebells' with the DGS's. Mybath bomb and lip balm kits are on the way to the store, my Asda click and collect bedding order is ready and I've got a parcel to pick up from the sorting office - all is right with the world.
    Last edited by Peppapig; 23-09-2016 at 9:43 AM.
    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas .....
    Challenges for 2016
    1.Get through my treatment;
    2.Be positive and find something good that's happened every day;
    3.Get out into the open air as much as possible;
    4. Buy a caravan!
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 23rd Sep 16, 6:45 AM
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    FREE you're quiet, hope that's just because you're busy and not because you're poorly. Sending positive vibes your way. X
    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas .....
    Challenges for 2016
    1.Get through my treatment;
    2.Be positive and find something good that's happened every day;
    3.Get out into the open air as much as possible;
    4. Buy a caravan!
    • patentgirl
    • By patentgirl 23rd Sep 16, 7:12 AM
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    Thanks for warm welcome everyone got my email bath bombs ready at H & B but working today so will get tomorrow.
    04624181 not very crafty unfortunately but will get my thinking cap on.
    Been looking online for Christmas pressies but no more buys yet more inspiration like bath bombs please wish I had ordered lip balms now TreasureQueen they sound fab little presents too.
    Planning for Christmas 2016
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 23rd Sep 16, 9:48 AM
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    QVC are doing their Christmas countdown today - not sure why they've changed to doing it on 23rd. Don't think I can be bothered to watch it though, I'm just off QVC now it's all the same old thing
    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas .....
    Challenges for 2016
    1.Get through my treatment;
    2.Be positive and find something good that's happened every day;
    3.Get out into the open air as much as possible;
    4. Buy a caravan!
    • elliew8
    • By elliew8 23rd Sep 16, 10:05 AM
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    Morning all
    We're down to 93 days to go now, 13 weeks left on Sunday
    Welcome newbies...we're all slightly Christmas crazy here
    I popped into Superdrug this morning and they have a small Christmas confectionery section too...I got all stupidly excited
    Thank you Newthrift and Feisty, I really enjoyed the karting yesterday, I was in the top half of the group! Whilst the feminist in me didn't want to accept it - I got a medal for being the top girl too
    PrincessKitty I think if I'd have been like James May I wouldn't ache all over today! Unfortunately I get in a go kart and think I'm Mika Hakkinen lol the halloween plans sounds like they're coming along nicely
    Newthrift a cake and 50 cupcakes, how do you find the time?! I've rolled out all of the wintery yankee melts now - I find yankee candles quite expensive (even though they do last a long time) whereas the melts basically never end...although I'm sure at some point the smell will fade
    GettingThereQuickly - sorry to hear you've got shingles, I suppose the only plus is at least you have a diagnosis for it now, hope you can get it all sorted and recovered quickly
    Chrissy, I'd definitely count prawn pringles as a great success
    Sammy, hearing about your dogs did make me laugh lol and try not to dwell on the figure on the scales too much - I know at slimming world that's kind of the point! For me it's more about feeling more comfortable in my clothes
    Clumsy, well done on starting your Christmas shopping...I need to get cracking too really
    I've just been told that if you have a new £5 note starting with AA they are going for up to £800 on ebay! and I have one so if you have one don't spend it!
    Walked past Next this morning and they have a 50% off sale going on, not as big as their usual end of season sales but might be worth picking up some presents
    The dreaded laser eye surgery is tomorrow...I should be back to report how it's gone on Monday, wish me luck!
    I'm dreaming... of a white Christmas
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 23rd Sep 16, 10:29 AM
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    Welcome to the new christmasaholics in the thread
    GTQ hope your shingles aren't too painful and clear ASAP, I had it around my knee a couple of years ago, very strange feeling - ached and itched like the devil. Dr said they'd never see di tin that position before.

    Hope everyone is well.
    Just finished my current paperback, very tempted to start the Christmas reads soon.
    grocery challenge September budget £400 spent £89.76
    SPC~9 No100 : :X3
    read your books challenge-currently on dancing in the rain
    xstitch challenge 63 'mittens' lyric cushion
    16 in 2016 challenge 7/16 Cushion
    2016 wooligan stuff - 71 assorted hats, 9,beadbags 10,hedgehogs
    • Clumsy42
    • By Clumsy42 23rd Sep 16, 11:10 AM
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    Gettingtherequickly - That sounds nasty. Hope it clears up soon!

    elliew8 - Hope the surgery goes well. Might be something I consider one day if my eyes never stop getting worse!

    Earrings for my friend arrived today. They are adorable and came in a little plastic macaron gift box. Not sure if the box is quite suitable but I've got plenty of time to decide.

    Currently scouring the internet for a nice dress for graduation. I'm too fussy!

    Might be off to a garden centre/craft shop this afternoon so that'll be nice. Right, I'm off to chop carrot sticks for lunch.
    ďIn 900 years of time and space, Iíve never met anyone who wasnít importantĒ
    - Eleventh Doctor
    • PollyMac
    • By PollyMac 23rd Sep 16, 12:05 PM
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    Pet supplies!
    Not sure if they are up yet but always start to do great deals around this time of year. I always buy my stuff from them over Black Friday and get my pets some nice treats and throw in a bit of food as well. Sales section here if you want to look
    • By CHRISSYG 23rd Sep 16, 2:11 PM
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    just been to Tesco they are selling celebrations/ heroes etc boxes bogof making them £1.50 a box , also large blocks of galaxy for £2 . Thats the christmas chocs sorted.
    • Gwendolyn
    • By Gwendolyn 23rd Sep 16, 2:18 PM
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    04624181 sounds great about selling on things to save for the new bike. I find my children go through phases and we can never foresee what they're going to like 6 months down the line. I can never predict which toys they will get the most out of!

    Peppapig - do you mind me asking what the Santa Paws Project is? Sounds like it might be fun.

    Patentgirl - are you making bath bombs? It's something I was planning to try this year as gifts for teachers etc.

    elliew8 - Good luck

    Mrs- Moneypenny - I am holding off on Christmas reads...I have a stack of library books to finish off.

    Clumsy42 - I do love garden centres for crafty bits but unless I go with a list, I spend a fortune.

    Pollymac - I had some great Black Friday bargains last year. The only thing is that it's about 4 weeks from Christmas. And I like to be more organised than that. But I tend to get lots of stocking as opposed ot main presents then.

    I am looking at crackers right now. I've always thought they are a waste of money as the bits inside tend to end up in the bin within a week. There is a cool looking handbell set which I know we would have fun with over Christmas but they are about £23...Last year I bought a John Lewis lot - £12 fo 6 and a cheapo lot from Home Bargains - 12 for £4. Both were as much fun. maybe I should DIY?
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