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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 18, 6:09 PM
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    * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * - It's the 2019 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 18, 6:09 PM
    * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * - It's the 2019 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 18 at 6:09 PM

    Hello and welcome to the 8th Christmas Chatter Thread.

    Itís hard to believe that another year has gone and we are almost at the big event that we have spent so long planning and preparing for! But this thread is about so much more than Christmas but about the whole year with all the ups and downs, as well as the bits in between.

    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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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 2019!

    Our Birthdays

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    Peppapig 1st
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    CHRISSYG 25th !!!!!!!!
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    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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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 7th Jun 19, 4:35 PM
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    CHIRPYCHICK I love your summaries of the people you need to buy for, theyíre brilliant. If you have a Home Bargains near you they have really good beer gifts at very reasonable prices in the run up to Christmas although they e got some now too because of Fatherís Day. How about a gardening hamper for your FIL? Poundland and Home Bargains have some really good gardening bits (gloves, implements, enamel mugs, decorative garden bits, so,ar lights etc) you could put them all as a hamper in a flower pot or something else garden related. Possibly an Amazon voucher for your nephew so he can put it towards a game he wants? Fluffy unicorn throw for your niece or pretty light string for her bedroom (Asda had some of both recently)? I completely understand the ten presents thing but as you say you can always wrap a couple of small bits up if your budget runs out. Unfortunately I canít suggest anything for your DH with no interests or hobbies - Iíve got one of those too I like your Starbucks idea, I might steal that.

    Last day of our holiday today - itís rained every day but weíve managed to work round it. Home tomorrow.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 10th Jun 19, 6:35 AM
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    Did another car boot sale yesterday to make the most of the break in the rain. Only made £50 odd pounds but brought a lot less home.So money made to date is £2,553 and some pence.

    Feeling much better foot wise so will try to do a bit of DIY this week in preparation for selling the house.I have ruined all the paintwork through out the house with the wheelchair. At least its all at ground level and I can sit on the floor and sand to my hearts content!

    I have been knitting.Baby jumpers,no reason just fancied knitting.My Mum has been doing the neckbands for me.I asked her to show me how to pick up the stitches but she just says it's easy. Yes it is for her,she has been knitting 80 years.She keeps phoning and telling me what I have done wrong!lol

    SIL seeing the consultant today.They will operate next week.She has never been ill in her life,she thinks all will be ok and she will carry on as if nothing has happened.Don't want to bring her down so have said nothing.I think she will get a shock.She is having reconstruction of the liver and chemo and radio therapy.She is very positive.Atta girl.

    Today is the day I cut out biscuits,cake,ice cream,and anything else suggary and fatty! Watch this space.Tried to put my best trousers on,oh dear,oh dear.I will be travelling round Turkey in a big sheet like Demis Roussos.

    Nothing Christmassy yet.Will turn my mind to it more after the holiday and after the house decorating is done.

    Love to all Vx
    • chirpychick
    • By chirpychick 11th Jun 19, 11:41 PM
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    Hey everyone.
    @Peppapig I hadn't realised how comical I had made everyone sound LOL.
    We don't have a Home Bargains nearby, It's about 30 minutes away but if i'm going near one I shall keep that in mind thank you.
    @Vulpix well done on your making ££ that's so impressive, I'm so sorry about your SIL wishing her and you all the best.

    Since I last posted I have taught myself to crochet LOL I used an amazon voucher to buy some wool and hooks, I have been really poorly for the past week so I took the opportunity. I have made my little pickle a hat and a scarf - though he's telling me he wants a hat with 2 pom poms like ears so I may gift his to someone else and make another.
    I made my niece a hat and used some half price alphabet buttons and attached them. She has an unusual name so personalised stuff is rare. It is all purple, pinks and cream. I have a stash of Christmas boxes in the loft which I've saved over the years so I shall wrap it in some tissue paper and pop in a box with a ribbon to make it seem more special. The total cost really was free but actual cost was £3.50. I am going to get her a selection box and that's it.
    I then won myself a sewing machine off ebay for £16! I brought some fat quarters from hobbycraft and tonight made my Goddaughter (12) a pen wrap. I remembered I have some really nice gel pens already which I will fill it with and get a teenage colouring book from the works.
    I have never used a sewing machine in my life before so what was recommended as a 30 minute make took me 6 hours LOL. However total cost was £2.40
    I have also brought my best friends son and youngest daughter a nerf gun and a tea set in the argos 2 for £15 so i'm coming in at under budget all over the place right now and feeling really quite chuffed with myself.
    My MIL gave hubby her old tablet and some dvd's the other day to sell on and he is taking them to CEX along with some of ours in exchange for a voucher which I shall use towards video games for Pickle which means I should get 2 for no cost to myself. 1 will go for his birthday and 1 for Christmas.
    We go away Friday for 6 days, 3 days mini break and 3 days to visit my nan. I think I shall keep an eye open for anything from the museums for FIL while away. He told me the other day he is going to give up gardening now as he hasn't the energy or the time which makes me feel sad but I totally understand.
    If I don't pop on before we go away have a great week ahead.
    Everything is always better after a cup of tea
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 12th Jun 19, 9:20 PM
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    Wow CHIRPYCHICK Iíve been saying Iím going to learn to crochet for years and not done it and youíve managed it since you last posted. Did you use YouTube or some other tutorial? Well done on your pressies and have a lovely few days away and visiting.

    VULPIX hope things go well for your SIL. A positive approach definitely wonít hurt, plus sheís got you too.

    I hope the forecasters are right about the weather changing next week, my poor garden is looking very battered. Mind you, the bad weather does make me think about Christmas so itís not all bad....
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 15th Jun 19, 6:19 PM
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    Bought a few bits this week towards my present stash: after shave balm for brother, a stress gadget for him too.

    hope everyone is ok xx
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    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 16th Jun 19, 7:43 AM
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    sorry for being MIA for a while. Back now with a vengeance. Peppa, l was shown how to crochet by my gran when l was about 11-12 but l taught myself how to read patterns and how to increase/decrease etc. there are loads of u tube self help tutorials online too. l find it more relaxing than knitting. Lots of small crochet Christmassy things online too.
    My friend with the brain haemorrhage died last week, and her funeral is Wednesday this week.
    Still trying to get PPI sorted out for fave niece, and DGS1's aunt wants me to do DLA forms for her son who has ADHD and autism. Happy days!!
    Nice things happen too, spent yesterday afternoon sitting on the patio (aka yard) drinking coffee with friends and their nearly 2 year old niece.
    Today l hope to plant up another friends front garden put some colour in her life too. Although as her 10yr old son has just been given a puppy of unknown parentage, how long before it gets dug up remains to be seen.. Also on the Christmas front l bought a bottle of port for my big bro from DD. special offer in M&Spensive + my discount real bargain. That l also bought myself 3 unneeded but rather nice T shirts doesn't count. So there. have a lovely Sunday, all. xxx
    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 16th Jun 19, 11:05 PM
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    Hi everyone I hope you have all had a good weekend x

    MRSINVISIBLE so sorry to hear about your friend sending you lots of hugs x you do such a lot for people, if there were more people like you in the world it would be a much better place

    TREASUREQUEEN your Christmas stash seems to be coming along nicely

    PEPPAPIG glad you had a lovely holiday even with the rain. I canít knit or crochet, tried when I was younger but just couldnít get the hang of it, actually this has made me think of my Nan, she wasnít a knitter either

    CHIRPYCHICK hi, I remember you from a long time ago, hope you have a lovely holiday

    VULPIX so sorry to hear about your SIL illness, I hope her positiveness stays strong. Well done on all the selling and raising your spending money

    GETTINGTHEREQUICKLY I love that your Christmas cakes are all made. Hope you are well
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 17th Jun 19, 7:03 PM
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    Nice to see you FREE. Hope all is ok with you and yours.

    MRSINVIS I second what FREE said.

    TREASUREQUEEN youíre doing well with your pressies - slow and steady wins the race. I havenít bought anything yet but I donít usually start til July so Iím not panicking yet.

    I was thinking about starting some Christmas cards (I know some people will already have all that in hand) but I canít decide if Iím actually going to send any this year. Part of me thinks no because the postage is so high but then I think how I would feel if I didnít get any cards, not that we do get many now. Iím one of those sad people who puts the cards up that come from businesses weíve bought from Iíll have to give it some more thought.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 18th Jun 19, 8:56 AM
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    I cut back drastically on cards years ago .As I worked at a school we were overwhelmed with them.We only send and get a few now,from people we don't see but like to remember.Family don't send cards to each other.I am much happier as they are lovely and a lovely thing for children to do but a dreadful waste of resources.I sound like the grinch!

    No Christmas prep here at all.All my energy is going into decluttering and little DIY jobs on the house before decorating and putting it up for sale.

    I have sold my Polo to my son and got my old mini back.We will give it some TLC and DD2 can have it.It has been just the best car ever for me,DD1 and DS .DS is unable to get a bank loan because he lived in Canada for 2 years.He is also presently unable to do a range of jobs including being a fireman or join the RAF which he really wanted to do.Not just Canada btw,just out of the country for more than 3 months.

    On the list today is cancel Polo insurance,make hair app,garden tidy,dismantle and cut up old garden furniture,( some done last week and made into a new floor for the wood store)Put up new light fitting in the bathroom etc, etc.Some sewing to do,anything except decorate which I HATE.

    Cats continue to be entertaining but can't see any progress with the gorgeous Idris Elba,Goldy Hawn is a fuss pot now.

    Nice to hear from you all. Vxxx
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 20th Jun 19, 7:17 PM
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    MRSINVISIBLE I’m sorry to hear about your loss, sending hugs.

    Got a shower gel for brother- lynx was reduced in Tesco this week so got him one.

    I only buy cards for people I see, stopped cousin cards as I don’t see them very often and they tend to buy the cheapest budget card they can get hold off. (They are all well-off). I only post cards to the elderly family members who live further away. I try to hand deliver most of the local ones. Cardsare a family tradition (we out do one another’s cards on words and traditional pictures).
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    • chirpychick
    • By chirpychick 21st Jun 19, 8:44 PM
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    Hello! We're back! We had a wonderful weekend away, visiting was hard but still nice. We got back last night with a new Chicken LOL!

    PEPPA- I completely just followed online videos to learn what to do. Though I have to admit, I am finding so much more joy in the sewing than the crochet. But Hubby will kill me if I don't use up this wool I brought

    MRSINVISIBLE- I'm so sorry for your loss, sending you love.

    FREESPIRIT66 - *waves*

    I did take my crochet stuff away with me but I didn't manage to get any done. I have however today, avoided all housework and sorted my airing cupboard hunting out fabrics I can upcycle!
    My Mum has started doing pyrography (something I'm dying to try!) and I have put in an order with her for a bookmark and coaster for my FIL. I said I wanted to pay for it as a customer even though she said she wouldn't charge me anything because that way the same logic can be applied if she wants me to make her something Father in law always has a book list as long as his arm so will get him one nearer the time to go with those and then he is done.
    I made a start on some stocking stuff today. Hubby and Pickle went to town on the bus today and took some dvds and games to CEX, I then used that voucher to buy some games on Pickle's list for Birthday & Christmas. That way they cost me effectively nothing. Then I noticed that Am@zon has a £5 off a £10 spend on toys and I had a £10 voucher so I order £20 of stuff for £5 "cost" I got some top trumps, uno, gelli baff and are we there yet game these will all go in pickle's stocking.
    Hubby and I chatted for at least 3 of the 4 hours in the car last night about christmas
    Everything is always better after a cup of tea
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 23rd Jun 19, 8:43 AM
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    Iím feeling excited as we head into the last week of school, and then go on our first overseas family holiday. Iím dreading the long drive with the kids poking each other the whole way. But I have organised loads of car activities, puzzle books, organisers for the back of the seats for iPads and snacks etc. Got tons downloaded on Netflix. Music playlists. So they better not be too bored! I got 3 neck cushions too. The 2 I got in Savers have hoods attached! So the two eldest can hide in their hoods and ignore us

    Been plodding away at surveys and made another £35 this month towards our holiday spending money. I plan to go tomorrow to get Euros.
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 23rd Jun 19, 9:45 AM
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    I am so pleased for you Nic.It will be amazing and a time the kids will always remember.xx

    Well the best laid plans n all that! Quelle surprise I have been poorly! I have had a kidney infection.Goodness me I was rough. Got antibiotics now which are bossing it.

    The sales so far are £2,750.Staggering as you would expect the house to be empty but it has made no difference what so ever.

    CC you are so good for teaching yourself how to crochet.I find the older I get the less I can be bothered learning new stuff,hangs head in shame.I am however trying to improve my knitting and move on from when I learned at 4. I have been making baby clothes but when I get stuck with the pattern I send it to my Mum who is 85 and partialy sighted.It is hilarious as she phones me and tells me what I have done wrong.My Mum is and always has been a very skilled craftswoman.Embroidery,lace making,sewing,knitting second to none.I am a very poor imitation though people at my craft group think I am brilliant.If I was only half as good as my Mum. The thing about crafts for me is,I love doing it but don't want the type of home full of crafts.Saying that I have made my sitting room curtains,tapestry cushion and huge embroidered picture lol.

    My SIL has had a turn for the worse and a stay in hospital.She is out for the weekend then back in for tests and operation to remove 2/3 of her liver.Poor,poor old girl.

    I hope you are all well and enjoying the slight reprieve from the rain,what a difference to last year eh?

    Mwah xxxV
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 24th Jun 19, 2:37 PM
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    VULPIX Iím the same, there are lots of crafts Iíd like to try but I wouldnít actually want the end result. Hope your SIL can stay comfortable and that the surgery goes well. Love the names youíve chosen for your kitties. If DH does soften on the no more pets front Iím toying with Tyrian and Denaerys (Game of Thrones).

    NIC I am in awe of your planning skills for the long car journey. It always throws me when your schools break up lol. Hope you have a fabulous holiday.

    Weíve had a lovely garden themed weekend with the Blenheim Palace Flower Show on Friday and the Woburn Abbey Garden Show on Sunday. The big news is that Iíve broken my own rule and started my Christmas shopping before July by getting the pressies for my sister and BIL while I was there so win win
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 25th Jun 19, 4:34 PM
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    Sainsbury’s/Argos online have men’s memory foam slippers down to £5.00. I got a couple of pairs put by for gifts as they are usually £10.00. Free click and collect too.

    Earnt £4.00 in surveys today which I will cash in for vouchers later.
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    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 26th Jun 19, 8:06 AM
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    Vulpix, I'm the same, went through a phase of learning a new skill every year, (resolutions hmm) but gave away most of what l made. Although l sold a few counted cross stitch pics when a friend with a coffee shop let me hang them in there. l still knit, crochet and sew, but only small items, unless it is home furnishings that l actually want.
    Today l am accompanying a friend to her universal credit face to face not done one of these before so will be interesting. That is after my 3rd week pre-type-2 diabetic advice and help meeting.(which is NOT entertaining!)
    But the sun is shining and the garden beckons, ooh just to make you smile, DGS sat on the garden furniture sofa, and it snapped!!! the strut underneath had rusted through. He wont live that down for a long time.
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 26th Jun 19, 8:32 AM
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    Hahaha another pie Mr Invis?Bet he's got hollow legs.I remember my son at that age could eat a loaf as a snack.

    I do read along but I must miss stuff or read another post and just forget stuff.I didn't know you were pre diabetic Mrs Invis.When I was so poorly last week I thought I might be diabetic as I began to be ill shortly after a comming together with a packet of biscuits.Was quite surprised to be told I am not.That's the trouble with being an internet Dr,you can have anything in a couple of clicks.I remember throwing a medical dictionary in the bin when I was pregnant for the same reason!

    Bought a load of new wool from the charity shop yesterday and foolishly left the bag on the kitchen table.The poppets have obviously tried and tried all night to make something with all that wool,bless them.Goldie Hawn and Idris Elba are not their real names,they have developed as their personalities have.Idris should be Luther as the character iyswim.Goldie was named by my daughter as Fifi,she is tiny,long mainly white fur with tabby ears ,tail and the odd patch.Luther is a tall lean tuxedo cat with a perfect black heart over his nose.I named him Romeo but mostly call him my best boy.They have been instrumental in my recovery and give me great joy.I am still desperately trying to tame Romeo.He is resisting!

    Got stuff to do in the house so I can crack on and do some decorating ,so am going out to look for a new sofa.The one we have looks lovely if no one sits on it and spews feathers out if you so much as look at it.

    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 30th Jun 19, 9:56 AM
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    Hello all

    So I have been MIA for a while off of these boards after a rough 18 months but I am finally feeling in the Christmas spirit and starting to think about and look forward to Christmas. I have ventured back here and to a Christmas forum tha tI frequent too and between the both - my Christmas mojo is in full swing at the minute!

    It is nice to see some familiar faces still Vulpix, Peppa, Treasure and Free!

    Have put all the things I have won into a bag upstairs so am going to go through that later and see what there is to rehome, regift, or sell to raise some funds for Xmas.

    I have cut back on the people that I buy for now (not including my husband and two children ------ Btw those 2 little babies are now 15 and 9!) so rather than the 32 gifts I was buying before - which was 26 people and 6 pets - I now am only buying for 13 people and 3 pets. (the 3 pets are ours)

    So so far I have
    Mum - bag of her favourite things
    sister - bag of her favourite things.
    niece 1 - she will be 14 so makeup bag and bits
    niece 2 - 11 - loves sequin changing things
    niece 3 - 6 - same as big sister
    niece 4 - She will be 1 so wont need much
    dad - into sailing, drinking and travelling
    stepmum - smellies, sailing, wine.
    step nan - candle or bath smellies set
    nan - something homemade and thoughtful
    MIL - bag of favourite things
    FIL - leave this to husband
    auntie in law - got her a shawl last year that we never actually got round to giving her so she can have it this year.

    So not too bad and should be easy enough to do.
    I then have to focus on my husband, daughter and son!

    I have also signed up for a few exchanges on the other site and send Xmas cards as well which is nice. We had some lovely decorations from the states and canada last year.

    I hope we are all well girlies and cant wait to get back in here with you all more often.
    Finally sorting myself out.
    Debts - £2022.18 owed. 8 lenders.
    • JoseChungsDoomsday
    • By JoseChungsDoomsday 30th Jun 19, 11:27 AM
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    Hey all!
    So, I'm starting to get Christmas 2019 ready (I always get in the mood in July, no idea why!) and I need your help. I need to find 2 Christmas themed coffee mugs and some themed T-towels.

    There seems to be limited choice on the internet and even then the prices are ridiculous! Can anyone help?
    • princesskitty29
    • By princesskitty29 1st Jul 19, 12:04 PM
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    Hi all, been mega busy lately hence my absence, I hope you're all ok. I'm just saying hello and i'm going to try and have a bit of a catch up while DS2 has a nap!
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