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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 16, 6:24 PM
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    * I wish it could be Christmas every day * - It's the 2017 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 16, 6:24 PM
    * I wish it could be Christmas every day * - It's the 2017 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 16 at 6:24 PM
    ‘Well I wish it could be Christmas every day
    When the kids start singing and the band begins to play
    Oh I wish it could be Christmas everyday
    So let the bells ring out for Christmas’



    Hello and welcome to the 6th 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 2016.

    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/November 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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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 2017!


    Our Birthdays



    JANUARY
    Newthrift 18th
    Clumsy42 28th

    FEBRUARY
    murie 24th
    junior_j 25th

    MARCH
    vulpix 12th

    APRIL
    quidsy 23rd
    princesskitty29 29th

    MAY
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    Opee92 13th
    Pinksteps 21st

    JUNE
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    JULY
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    AUGUST
    Treasurequeen 12th
    patentgirl 30th

    SEPTEMBER
    Spendless 28th
    whitesatin 28th

    OCTOBER
    freespirit66 1st

    NOVEMBER
    Peppapig 1st
    mrsinvisable 7th
    pinknfluffy28 28th

    DECEMBER
    FeistyFidget 14th
    3forholidays 15th
    CHRISSYG 25th !!!!!!!!
    Last edited by 3forholidays; 24-12-2016 at 6:52 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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    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 4th Sep 17, 4:30 PM
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    Afternoon everyone,

    NIC ooh I hope my HB gets them in soon I loved the Gingerbread one last year too although DD1 hated it

    MANDCO well done to your DD she must be thrilled after all the stress of waiting

    CHRISSY oh dear! shame you didn't get your lie in

    PEPPAPIG oh my DD1 went to a pottery caf! with her friend and two little ones a few weeks ago, I'm really impressed with how everything turned out after being fired and glazed. They do a Friday night session for adults only and you take your own bottle!
    You will love HP world. I hope you got to use your discount at Matalan typical it runs out before the Christmas stuff is out. Fab news about the liver biopsy, I am so pleased for you my lovely x

    VULPIX wow what a bargain for 8 oak chairs well done you, glad you have had a fun few days with DS and GF

    GETTINGTHEREQUICKLY glad you had a lovely time on holiday with the family, glad the kids loved the Fires

    MURIE ooh Prague always looks beautiful in Christmas market pictures, you and DD will have a fab time

    SAMMYKAYE I like the sound of the pumpkin spice candle, will note that down
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    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 4th Sep 17, 6:22 PM
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    Hi, still raining, and more to come. Peppa, relieved that your result is something that you can reverse by diet. Fitbit is a lot beyond me, l got a smartwatch at Christmas, but l cant use it, l am not used to a watch that needs to have its battery charged every night.
    The group is ''Magnum'' and l am a long time fan.
    Vulpix you did well in your boot sale, and a great bargain on the chairs too.
    Chrissy, oh, no, hope you told him off, and make him ensure a lie-in for you at a later date.
    Didn't sleep well last night so l am bone-weary now, and cold, l may need to put the heating on.
    • murie
    • By murie 5th Sep 17, 7:15 AM
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    Sammy- Im sorry the tax credits people have yet again made a mistake that you end up suffering for.
    Free- they have the gingerbread candles in my HB and also tiny versions at 59p- would be good in an adults stocking. They also had 'Magical Christmas Tree' and ( I think) 'Christmas Baking'. I didnt look at that one too closely as I dont like the smell of cinamon and Im sure it had cinamon in it.They were in tiny yankee candle style jars.


    Mrs I- hope you had a better nights sleep last night x Its damp and dimal here but still very sticky, we had the fan on all night. I think its more of the same forcast for today.


    No more decorating for me today, I overdid it yesterday morning so the rest of the day was spent hobbling around. I had to 'console' myself with a trip to Home Bargains and £shop! Most of you know I LOVE Kate Spade bags and the £shop had some lovely well made Kate Spade (esq) design stationary in gold and navy with a dash of pink. I got a nice little magnetic folder of 3 different size post it notes for DD. Would be great for those who bullet journal etc. There were quite a few items in that range.
    Im going to have a mooch in Primark today followed by a cheeky little starbucks Caramel and pecan latte if they do them - I had an email from starbucks last week about that flavour saying they arent on the menu yet but the barista will make one if asked. Hopefully they will know all about the promotion so that I dont have to stand there looking like a lemon asking for something they've never heard of! (I'll take the email just in case).
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    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 5th Sep 17, 7:54 AM
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    Sammy- Im sorry the tax credits people have yet again made a mistake that you end up suffering for.

    Free- they have the gingerbread candles in my HB and also tiny versions at 59p- would be good in an adults stocking. They also had 'Magical Christmas Tree' and ( I think) 'Christmas Baking'. I didnt look at that one too closely as I dont like the smell of cinamon and Im sure it had cinamon in it.They were in tiny yankee candle style jars.

    followed by a cheeky little starbucks Caramel and pecan latte if they do them - I had an email from starbucks last week about that flavour saying they arent on the menu yet but the barista will make one if asked. Hopefully they will know all about the promotion so that I dont have to stand there looking like a lemon asking for something they've never heard of! (I'll take the email just in case).
    Originally posted by murie
    Its a good job my kids give me their xmas lists early to be fair so I know what I am working with and my boss gives us all extra hours come christmas which I think may be where the overpayment came from in the first place.

    I have a gingerbread candle still from last yea that I never burnt. I didnt see the other Xmas themed candles but I think I will have to go and have a look on my way home from work on Saturday now. We have just had a huge B&M open near to us in one of our shopping outlets so I am off to have a look there with my sister in law at some point and they do the 2 for £20 on toys as well so can see me shopping there quite a bit

    We usually try all the festive drinks that Costa and Starbucks do - made even easier now there is a costa in my town :-) although I have to avoid any that have nuts in since Im allergic to them.

    Today will mainly involve de-fleaing the dogs since I found one on our boy last night and our girl has been itching horrid little blighters but I only found one on an all white dog so Im hoping I have caught them early enough. Rain halted our morning walk this morning so he is already grumping with me.
    The rest of today will probably be the same as any, sitting in silence and watching my husband play on his phone willing some form of conversation - other than that Ill probably list a few bits on ebay and I have to make some flapjacks or cakes - my daughter came home starving from school yesterday and already has hollow legs, she ate two ham sandwiches (I mean 4 bits of bread) a bag of crisps then a giant bowl of pasta - shes 7 so some baking is much needed.
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 5th Sep 17, 8:14 AM
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    Damp and dismal here too but hoping the rain holds off as it's 'take the rubbish to the tip day' today for us. We've got lots of hardcore from hacking the tiles off the wall in the ex-kitchen plus old wood etc from the garden clearout plus two very old solar panels and some 'upcycled' furniture that didn't make the grade (i.e. fell apart). Hope you enjoy your shopping trip and latte MURIE and I'm very jealous of the Christmas market trip, DD1 is going to one with her friends but I can't remember where. I love cinnamon (taste and smell - that's the taste of cinnamon pretzels not candles) and I've still got the remnants of last year's HB candles so will def get them again. I got a Yankee tea light set for Christmas last year andwas very disappointed with it, tiny little flame (more of a spark really) and no smell, the Ikea tea lights are so much better and a fraction of the price.

    MRSI I think I'd be the same with a smart watch, I fall out with my smart phone every now and then and they're definitely very needy I'll google Magnum, you've got me curious now.

    SAMMYKAYE what's the Merry Forums of Merry Christmas? Is it on here? An ornament swap sounds fun though risky knowing how different tastes can be. Ha ha to DD's hollow legs, took my DGD (8) home yesterday and I don't think she stopped eating the whole time she was here.

    ELLIE 16 weeks makes it seem even closer, definitely on the Christmas countdown here too which I'm glad about because I was worried I'd lost my festive mojo for a while lol.

    GTQ glad you had a good time, don't forget to save some wrapping for our joint wrapping session.

    Well done on the boot sale and the chairs VILPIX, I've sort of half painted a chest of drawers that I rescued and upcycled last year with a view to decoupaging the rest. Had a look at them this morning and am really thinking 'can I be bothered?' and I think the answer is going to be 'no I can't' so they may be joining me on an excursion to the tip too.

    FREE I didn't make the Matalan freebie but I might get some of the bits anyway. The only thing I worry about with Matalan (and M&S) is that they tend to reduce stuff nearer Christmas and I hate feeling like I've paid too much. Having said that the one year I decided to wait I ended up not getting anything at Matalan so maybe I should just go for it.

    ETA. MRSINVISIBLE I've googled Magnum, you rock chick! MURIE they started in your home town, are you a fan too?
    Last edited by Peppapig; 05-09-2017 at 9:19 AM.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 5th Sep 17, 8:34 AM
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    SAMMYKAYE what's the Merry Forums of Merry Christmas? Is it on here? An ornament swap sounds fun though risky knowing how different tastes can be. Ha ha to DD's hollow legs, took my DGD (8) home yesterday and I don't think she stopped eating the whole time she was here.
    Originally posted by Peppapig
    https://mymerrychristmas.com/forum/

    Its a fab little place although you have to contribute to the site to be in the exchanges but it costs £8 and the funds go to helping less fortunate families around xmas time. but then there is the xmas card exchange and the ornament swap too and they all seem lovely over there.
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    • elliew8
    • By elliew8 5th Sep 17, 9:49 AM
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    Morning all, hope everyone is doing well. I had a trip to the dentist last night as I recently chipped my tooth, they said they were going to file it down :O which I wasn't too keen about but actually it didn't hurt. Not much happening on the Christmas front except got my MSE advised M&S credit card to get the £55 of vouchers, I buy so many presents from there so will really make a difference.
    Sammykaye, that’s so annoying about the tax! Good news about the Halloween decorations, it won’t be long…I feel your pain with the de-fleaing, I spotted one last night so will have to de-flea the cat and the whole house tonight
    Mrsinvisible I don’t blame you thinking about putting the heating on, it’s miserable outside
    Murie, that’s a good idea getting the mini candles as stocking fillers, sounds like you got some good bargains, enjoy the pecan latte! I’m looking forward to the festive drinks coming out!
    Peppa, can’t be losing your festive mojo on here J
    I'm dreaming... of a white Christmas
    • Clumsy42
    • By Clumsy42 5th Sep 17, 3:24 PM
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    Afternoon all and welcome to the newbies. Christmas prep seems to be coming along well here.

    It's been noticeably darker here recently and the weather is turning cooler (which I like). My toes are already complaining about the temperature though.

    Busy couple of weeks coming. Got my ESA assessment on thursday . And then my family all go away and leave me home alone over the weekend (not fun for me cause I don't like being in the house alone for several days). Will have to consume my weight in bad food - pizza here I come. And then next week is the week of appointments galore including my first cardiology one. Must try and get some Christmas prep in there somewhere!

    Have seen Superdrug are doing a few bits of Beauty and the Beast products including a 12 days of Christmas beauty calendar. Think my sister would love this. Other than the loyalty card thing does anyone know if Superdrug are likely to do discounts on something like that?
    “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”
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    • murie
    • By murie 5th Sep 17, 3:48 PM
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    Peppa- yup I like Magnum too! Did you get the tip run in? It has rained every 10 mins here, still horribly sticky.
    Mrs I- you have great taste lady !!
    Sammy- fleas and ticks the scourge of every animal owner, makes you feel all yukky and itchy doesn't it? We've been lucky this year (fingers crossed), even though you spend a fortune on prevention its not always guaranteed.
    Ellie- glad the trip to the dentist wasn't painful. DH lost a crown on Saturday so went to the dentist last night and left with a new crown and £143 less in the bank!
    Clumsy- I hope the assessment goes Ok and in your favour x I doubt if Superdrug will do discounts unless its nearer Christmas and by then speciality things like advent calendars etc have sold out.










    The latte was gorgeous - definitely recommend that flavour, and DD got herself a couple of bargains in Oasis- 2 jumpers that were priced at £38 and £40 reduced to £10 each!
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 5th Sep 17, 5:13 PM
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    I did indeed MURIE although DH didn't (in bed with headache again). My sis stepped in and we both flexed our muscles (to be truthful she flexed more than me lol) and we got the two solar panels out of the way (no easy task) followed by all the wood, metal and non-recyclable stuff. Just the hardcore to go now.

    More good news too, the plasterer is coming Monday and Tuesday to do the old kitchen/new spare (hobby) room so with the plumber doing the bathroom on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we should be clear of all trades by the end of the week. Just a bit of decorating and it's all systems go!

    Ooh and I forgot, I decided that as the side of the bungalow isn't overlooked by trees and gets the sun I'm going to do raised beds there and grow some fruit and veg. I thought potatoes, carrots, strawberries and blueberries, maybe even lettuce. Now I need to read up on how to do it.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • Clumsy42
    • By Clumsy42 6th Sep 17, 9:04 AM
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    Murie - I suspected as much, thanks.
    “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”
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    • murie
    • By murie 6th Sep 17, 9:26 AM
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    Clumsy- an app called Vouchercloud sometimes have offers on Superdrug, although not discounts as such. I recently used one for a free £10 starbucks gift card with no minimum spend at Superdrug- I bought a 78p Pears soap with free delivery (beauty card holder). the gift card was a digital card so was added to my starbucks app.
    Also if you go through Topcashback or Quidco you may get a percentage back on purchases (havrnt checked this out so cant be sure), but it always pays to try and use cashback sites (if you can remember lol). its not much but it does add up over the course of the year. Aplogies if you already knew about these, although it might help those that aren't aware x
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    • murie
    • By murie 6th Sep 17, 9:28 AM
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    Peppa- you must both have eaten your Weetabix yesterday then to have done all that!
    Great news that all the trades will be finished soon and I think your veg growing plans sound just the job! You are becoming a regular Charlie Dimmock!
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    • murie
    • By murie 6th Sep 17, 9:40 AM
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    I have just seen this on HUKDs https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/free-10-amazon-voucher-with-orders-over-15-at-matalan-valid-today-11am-to-2pm-voucher-codes-live-at-11-am-2782851#comments


    Might be useful if anyone wants to buy from Matalan today- my advice is to go through the App and get on it at 11sharp as they only have a limited number available. Keep the confirmation email as you will need to submit it to Voucher codes. It takes a while to come through (about 3 weeks) but its a 'free' £10 if you are planning to buy from Matalan anyway. Download the app first tho!!
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    • CHRISSYG
    • By CHRISSYG 6th Sep 17, 8:08 PM
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    We have decided to start a new tradition so we are going to go to Christmas markets starting this November. I have booked 2 nights in a Manchester hotel so we can shop till we drop .
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 6th Sep 17, 8:57 PM
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    Ha ha, def a three weetabix kind of day MURIE though I think I'm paying for it today.

    CHRISSY that's a great tradition to start and lovely having the hotel so you don't have to struggle home at the end of the day.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • girlinayellowdress
    • By girlinayellowdress 6th Sep 17, 9:23 PM
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    Chrissy, lovely tradition and I know what you'll be planning at the hotel, it involves bubbles is my guess x
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    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 7th Sep 17, 7:20 AM
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    We have decided to start a new tradition so we are going to go to Christmas markets starting this November. I have booked 2 nights in a Manchester hotel so we can shop till we drop .
    Originally posted by CHRISSYG
    My husband and me have that tradition too. We go away to Hereford christmas shopping every year and stay the night in a hotel without the kids just so we get our own little bit of alone time. we usually treat ourselves to lunch, see the cathedral do some shopping on the saturday, and then sunday my father comes over and meets us for breakfast and we exchange gifts.

    We just missed the market last year though but had a lovely time, just hoping I can convince husband to go to a different one this year because I have been to the Bath and Bristol markets and they are fab too.
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    • CHRISSYG
    • By CHRISSYG 7th Sep 17, 9:35 AM
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    Chrissy, lovely tradition and I know what you'll be planning at the hotel, it involves bubbles is my guess x
    Originally posted by girlinayellowdress
    Exactly ! Made sure hotel has a bath . Going lush tomorrow to buy bath bombs for next weeks trip .

    How are you ?
    • girlinayellowdress
    • By girlinayellowdress 7th Sep 17, 6:53 PM
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    Exactly ! Made sure hotel has a bath . Going lush tomorrow to buy bath bombs for next weeks trip .

    How are you ?
    Originally posted by CHRISSYG


    We're fine, took Ted to the groomers today, she was far from impressed, been sulking all afternoon
    Last edited by girlinayellowdress; 07-09-2017 at 7:16 PM.
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