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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
    ĎWell 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 Christmasí



    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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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 Ė 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
    pixtotts 4th
    Opee92 13th
    Pinksteps 21st

    JUNE
    Nic2075 1st
    04624181 13th
    dropsofjupiter 22nd
    msgigglewick 23rd

    JULY
    mrs-moneypenny 17th
    Hanley25 19th

    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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    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 8th Sep 17, 10:28 AM
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    Just quickly rushing in to say that Superdrug have Lynx shower gel for 95p at moment. Will nip in after work to get my brothers annual supply
    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 😉
    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 8th Sep 17, 12:44 PM
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    Just quickly rushing in to say that Superdrug have Lynx shower gel for 95p at moment. Will nip in after work to get my brothers annual supply
    Originally posted by Gettingtherequickly
    Thanks for the heads up. My son loves Lynx
    Feeling human for the first time in 4 years
    ....Thats Christmas To Me.....
    • princesskitty29
    • By princesskitty29 8th Sep 17, 1:14 PM
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    Hi all, I caught up for a couple of pages after my last post but again havenít managed to catch up completely Ė itís almost impossible at the moment! Iíve just dropped Wiggle off for his first session at pre-school, I know heís been going to nursery for 9 months and itís essentially the same thing but it feels more grown up somehow. He also looked so cute in his uniform. Squeak is doing better as well and is a bit happier in the daytime when heís awake now so I might be able to sneak on here a bit more often! With this weather Iím feeling a lot more Christmassy, they even played a Christmas song on the radio the other day (to annoy people I think) and I got all excited! As I was too ill to enjoy Christmas last year Iím mega excited about this one! Those of you who said youíd like to steal the 12 dates idea Ė do it! I think itís a lovely present and means spending some time together.

    I hope youíre all doing ok, hopefully I can catch up properly soon.

    sammy ah Iím glad it sounds like 3yrs is a good age gap. I think itíll be a bit tricky doing things in the beginning but hopefully as they get older itíll get easier.

    Welcome loulabelle, I really feel for you with your pregnancy, I was ill the whole way through both of my pregnancies so I know how rough it is. I canít imagine on top of other problems too, youíre being a great mummy already and it will be worth it.
    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 8th Sep 17, 2:46 PM
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    Afternoon everyone, I have started the House and Holidays plan this week from Organised Christmas, I usually do the Grand Holiday Plan but find cleaning this early it all needs doing again before Christmas. So my Christmas Planner is all filled in and up to date and the forms from the plan filled in. I now know exactly what everyone is getting so I'm halfway there already.

    BTW did anyone see that The Sun did a piece on the Gingerbread candle from HB they were saying people are going nuts over it being as good as Yankee but £20 cheaper, so they will sell out real quick I should imagine. Hope everyone has a good weekend x
    CURRENTLY READING THE LITTLE WEDDING SHOP BY THE SEA - JANE LINFOOT
    AMAZON VOUCHERS EARNED 2017 £135
    CHRISTMAS MONEY SAVED 2017 - £590/£667
    DEBT FREE DAY 20/6/2014
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 8th Sep 17, 7:02 PM
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    PRINCESSKITTY I bet you find he'll grow up a lot at pre-school. My little DGS always seemed like a baby at nursery but was a proper little boy within weeks of being at pre-school. It's such a lovely time, enjoy it as much as you can. Glad that Squeak seems to be happier too.

    FREE that's all we need, a national newspaper creating demand for the HB candles Must look for mine asap. I am def in awe of you knowing what you're getting everyone, I still haven't got a clue about most of them. I keep thinking if good pressie ideas but I don't have the right people for them
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 8th Sep 17, 8:47 PM
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    just gone back to check my posts from the 2016 thread to remind myself who launched their Christmas shops early. Many of these seem to be previews rather than complete collections. Here goes...

    MATALAN
    JOHN LEWIS https://www.johnlewis.com/christmas/c5000025?rdr=1
    M&S http://www.marksandspencer.com/c/christmas
    THE RANGE
    LAKELAND
    DEBENHAMS http://www.debenhams.com/content/christmas
    LAURA ASHLEY http://www.lauraashley.com/en/uk/icat/christmasshop#esp_viewall=y&esp_pg=1
    know thyself

    MFW 2017 #22 - £5841.07 /£7,000 (83%)
    MFi3 v4 #29 target £75,000

    Nid wy'n gofyn bywyd moethus...
    • girlinayellowdress
    • By girlinayellowdress 8th Sep 17, 10:01 PM
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    So the latest with our move is the chap we are buying from called me today and his solicitor has sent him a letter to say within two weeks. I thought I was doing quite well downsizing from a 3 bedroom double garage house to a 2 bedroom bungalow with a shed. That was until his call, I knew he was leaving some bits as he had too many memories and wanted to move in with family after losing his wife. Well after chatting away about the bungalow he was saying about keys etc and said his suitcase is packed, he's only taking his clothes, He is leaving everything from tea bags to a lawn mower!!! My DS thinks it's hilarious that I have to rethink again what we need to take. All I can say is that it's a lovely clean house and the man knows I will CS what is not needed. I don't think I will see Christmas this year for boxes
    • CHRISSYG
    • By CHRISSYG 9th Sep 17, 8:36 AM
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    I dont envy you at all ! we moved from a 3 bed house to a 2 bed bungalow and it was difficult enough but add the bungalows contents to the mix and i think we would still be sorting out now 4 yrs later.

    Got my bath bombs ready for next week but my god lush are expensive !

    We found out my neice is having a girl mid Feb the first baby in the family for 17 years, hot favourite name at the moment is Courtney .
    Last edited by CHRISSYG; 09-09-2017 at 8:39 AM.
    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 9th Sep 17, 8:52 AM
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    Good Morning All,
    So sorry I have not been on, its been the first week back at school and it has be sooooo busy. Brought a chunk of work home with me to do over the weekend. Its honestly flown by. On the christmas front, I have seen an emoji Christmas bed spread for DD that I will order near payday.
    Other news is we Got ourselves a new car! A Landrover Freelander 2!! It is a dream to drive and we love it. Its an automatic so it is much better for my back too.
    DS has not been back to school yet, he has been so poorly with a nasty virus that we have had to visit hospital twice with him! I picked up a gingerbread candle when I was last in Home Bargains but will pick up another today, just to make sure I have enough in lol. Its raining again! It does make me feel like Christmas is near and I love being all snug and warm in the house but I hate having to go out in it .
    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 9th Sep 17, 6:12 PM
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    Evening everyone, a couple of things I want to mention in case anyone is interested, M&S have tins of Christmas Shortbread half price £4.50 from £9.00 (I got one for my DD2s OH parents and Groupon are doing a deal for Christmas Toilet Roll (9 rolls) and Christmas Kitchen Roll I ordered some of these as well then that's another thing I can tick off the list.

    PEPPAPIG I know, your halfway there when you know what you are getting everyone its so hard when they are grown ups who buy themselves whatever they want when they want

    PAVLOVS_DOG thanks for that will have a look later

    GIRLINAYELLOWDRESS you would think his family would sort out his furniture for him, I don't know if I would be happy with that on top of moving my own stuff

    CHRISSY the first baby in the family for 17 years wow she is going to be spoilt, my girls have asked for lush bathbombs for Christmas I was hoping to get them a fair few but if they have gone up in price it might be less than I thought

    04624181 glad you are happy with your new car, DD2 drives an automatic because it is easier on her back too. I drive an automatic because I cant drive a manual I hope DS is beginning to feel a bit better
    CURRENTLY READING THE LITTLE WEDDING SHOP BY THE SEA - JANE LINFOOT
    AMAZON VOUCHERS EARNED 2017 £135
    CHRISTMAS MONEY SAVED 2017 - £590/£667
    DEBT FREE DAY 20/6/2014
    • CHRISSYG
    • By CHRISSYG 9th Sep 17, 8:38 PM
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    It cost almost £11 for 3 bath bombs and they weren't the expensive ones either .
    • mandco
    • By mandco 9th Sep 17, 9:14 PM
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    Freespirit thanks for the heads up on the M&S shortbread my lot love it so always get a couple of tins in for xmas when 1/2 price

    Chrissyg congrats to your niece. Lush does some lovely stuff but it is expensive. Dd wanted to get lush bath bombs for her friends gift bags last year so we ended up getting the butterbear ones as they are kind of xmassy themed being polar bears but only cost £2.50

    princesskitty glad to hear things are settling down for you. They grow up so quickly and preschool is a huge step even if they have been in daycare.

    Popped into the range today and they were putting out xmas stock nothing was priced but they had some lovely stuff. I don't get there very often as its kind of out the way but will def be making a return visit.

    Asda have a few kids xmas jumpers online thought they were a bit pricey this year compared to previous years (£10-£12) but everything seems to be going up in price luckily its only Taz that "needs" a new one.

    No gingerbread candles in my local Hb and if they are in the paper not likely to get one either as they were constantly oos last year anyway.

    has a date been decided for the xmas wrapping session?

    tc all
    this year do something that scares you for courage is not the absence of fear just the knowledge that some things are worth the risk
    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 9th Sep 17, 9:55 PM
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    Looking for ideas/ suggestions. Since I went on this diet, I have been putting £10 per pound lost into an account. I plan on giving half the pot held at Christmas to the charity I am involved with, but with the proviso that the money is used for luxuries for the recipients, preferably as a family. But what can I consider as a luxury. We will be fundraising so that they have can reasonable basics for Christmas, so looking for suggestions on what can be bought. At the rate I am going, hopefully there will be about £300 for them, probably looking at about 10 families, so £30 per family is not a lot but is enough tonget something more luxurious.
    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 😉
    • mandco
    • By mandco 9th Sep 17, 10:32 PM
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    Looking for ideas/ suggestions. Since I went on this diet, I have been putting £10 per pound lost into an account. I plan on giving half the pot held at Christmas to the charity I am involved with, but with the proviso that the money is used for luxuries for the recipients, preferably as a family. But what can I consider as a luxury. We will be fundraising so that they have can reasonable basics for Christmas, so looking for suggestions on what can be bought. At the rate I am going, hopefully there will be about £300 for them, probably looking at about 10 families, so £30 per family is not a lot but is enough tonget something more luxurious.
    Originally posted by Gettingtherequickly
    That is an amazingly generous thing to do

    for those with kids maybe some kind of family fun hamper? a nice fluffy fleece blanket(can be used for extra warmth if its cold and they can't afford heating) a cheap board game/activity sets/cuddly toy and a few sweet treats.
    this year do something that scares you for courage is not the absence of fear just the knowledge that some things are worth the risk
    • alja
    • By alja 10th Sep 17, 7:58 AM
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    Hi everyone, I've just caught up on all your posts since I've been away on holiday. So exciting to hear that things are hitting the shops, even if we hear lots of moans and groans about it being there...it makes things so much easier to plan in advance and make sure I don't go spending too much!


    I'm not sure if I mentioned last time, but me and my other half have decided we're not going to buy much for each other this year. We're going to stick to a smaller budget like £20/£30, as we want to go on an expensive holiday (or two!) next year, so our money will go to that instead. We get so many presents from family anyways


    Now our summer holiday is done and the weather is turning, I'm definitely ready to get stuck back into Christmas planning. I might try to work out how I can get my friends' presents to be as "money neutral" as possible - using loyalty points, freebies etc. We all get together and exchange gifts which we then open on Christmas day at our own homes.


    I need to get planning what to buy with the notepads I've bought for my other half's mum. I've got her a set of 3 cute little notepads to pop in handbags etc. and a nice bigger one for at home. ..any suggestions?
    • alja
    • By alja 10th Sep 17, 10:29 AM
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    ..also I'm really up for the wrapping party!
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 10th Sep 17, 11:21 AM
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    Alja,a nice pen?

    Hi Folks.Just a flying visit.I have been very busy this week.Been to two house parties in the village.Am in with the in crowd now!

    I have finally finished the Christmas patchwork throw.

    It's great to see Christmas stock coming into the shops.

    Need to go and do some baking now as we are going for afternoon tea at my daughters in Sheffield.She just wants us to collect the chairs we left there last week really.

    Has a craft been decided for us here?

    I love the wrapping party idea,I am in.

    Vx
    • lazysheep
    • By lazysheep 10th Sep 17, 1:17 PM
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    Alja - how about some cute sticky notes or similar that she can mark things on certain pages? Depends what she is likely to use the notebooks for I guess.

    Noticed that Mr T had about half an aisle of xmas chocs when I was in on Friday. Whilst I was having a little happy moment to myself I heard plenty of grumbles and mentions that Halloween comes first - now that is over-commercialised lol.

    My sister has mentioned that she wants to cut back on presents between us as she struggles to know what to get. This is fine except I have already started shopping for her and my BIL. Well at least things I don't give to them would be things I could use anyway.

    I'm excited to hear the Range is putting out their xmas things. I bought a new 7ft tree last year which means I need more decorations to fill it - well that's my excuse and I am sticking to it I do usually love the things they do.
    • alja
    • By alja 10th Sep 17, 1:57 PM
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    pens and sticky notes are a great idea! Thank you! I will have a look around to see if I can find some nice ones.


    I noticed the chocolates and sweets in Tesco too and also overheard some people grumbling! It was helpful for me as I might be getting some of their bits for friends, so I took a couple of photos with my phone of what's available/prices etc to help me plan, haha


    I've just put everything I've bought so far in a big box, ready for our wrapping party! Might have a sneaky peek at those stores already online to get some ideas now. I always find my dad really difficult to buy for, but at least he's always happy to try new beers and ales etc.
    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 10th Sep 17, 2:18 PM
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    Afternoon everyone, I have just bought a Christmas Scratchcard Game from Amazon it has been on my list for a while and this is the cheapest it has been £3.77 I thought it was something a bit different for our after dinner game:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005O9G9AM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1C8U 465TSCT73&coliid=I1PCPLF84EF01Z
    CURRENTLY READING THE LITTLE WEDDING SHOP BY THE SEA - JANE LINFOOT
    AMAZON VOUCHERS EARNED 2017 £135
    CHRISTMAS MONEY SAVED 2017 - £590/£667
    DEBT FREE DAY 20/6/2014
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