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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 17, 6:08 PM
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    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 17, 6:08 PM
    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 17 at 6:08 PM
    ‘Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    At the Christmas party hop
    Mistletoe hung where you can see
    Every couple tries to stop

    Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    Let the Christmas spirit ring
    Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
    And we'll do some caroling’

    Hello and welcome to the 7th Christmas Chatter Thread.

    It’s 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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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 – the thread is only a success because of your contributions!

    So on that note it is over to you and roll on Christmas 2018!

    Our Birthdays

    JANUARY
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    FEBRUARY
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    MAY
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    JUNE
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    JULY
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    OCTOBER
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    NOVEMBER
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    • lazysheep
    • By lazysheep 20th Dec 18, 10:38 AM
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    Merry Christmas (and Happy New Year) to those who are now travelling and imposing web bans over the holidays!

    I had plans to slowly finish my wrapping this week for the baby and my OH - then I caught a cold over the weekend and my OH suddenly took this week off work as holiday so wrapping is much more challenging! However since I'm always up before him with the baby I'm just having to do it in little bits as the baby allows and while he is still in bed but it's a pain when I had a nice plan

    Title suggestions: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Frosty the Snowman or Winter Wonderland?
    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 20th Dec 18, 2:21 PM
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    Afternoon everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the run up to the big day. I have had a fab December, definitely my most organised this year. Iíve really had time to enjoy myself. Except my washing machine deciding to break down, and the repair bloke not being reliable! I have mountains of washing grrr!

    GETTINGTHEREQUICKLY have a fantastically relaxing Christmas my lovely. Iím sure those families were very grateful for all your hard work. I would have had to have walked away too, you always get one who thinks theyíre better than anyone else

    04624181 I hope you feel better soon and have a lovely Christmas

    3FORTHEHOLIDAYS if you are happy to do the new thread that would be fab! I especially like Step into Christmas but am happy to go with the flow

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    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 21st Dec 18, 6:26 AM
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    FREE, Glad to hear you had a good December. I've been more organsied too and feel better for it. Hope you get your washing machine fixed easily.

    The last of the presents are wrapped. I'm good to go lol.
    Just waiting to do the Christmas Day food shop on the 23rd. I plan to try and get a reduced turkey on Christmas Eve again. There's always a frozen stuffed joint as a back up.
    Hope everyone is all ready and can find time to relax and enjoy the festivities.
    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 21st Dec 18, 7:06 AM
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    Hope everyone is getting on ok and all ready for the main event.

    I am working ridiculous hours (midnight finish tonight) and expect today will see the start of the real busy spell with most people being paid. I am exhausted but I think everything is done so am not stressed out. Looking forward to 3pm sunday as then I am off for three days and can enjoy Christmas with both sides of the family.
    • APennySaved
    • By APennySaved 21st Dec 18, 2:03 PM
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    Is anybody else having a pre-Christmas snack-treat?!
    Just wondering: is anybody else having a pre-Christmas snack-treat?!

    We have had mince pies for the past 2 evenings, as an evening snack: 'sneaking' in a treat before the EVENT kicks off properly next week . . . Lovely with a nice glass of hot orange juice!

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    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 21st Dec 18, 7:22 PM
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    Please forgive my long absence, but l have been facing major(for me) challenges. Firstly l was having tests to determine whether the breast cancer was back, But l got final bone scan result back this afternoon and it hasn't. Secondly and dreadfully, my Nephew died nearly three weeks ago aged 45, and then at the weekend l got word that my brother in law had died. This has been a really tough time. l kept the tests secret from everyone except fave coz, she came with me to every one and told no-one what was going on. l didn't want people worrying unnecessarily, and because l am no good at lying, or dissembling, it was easier to stay away from the thread. l have missed you all, and l know that l would have had your support, but it felt right to me not to subject you all to my gloom. However, now l can mourn my family losses, and offer support to my DSILs and Coz, and their families.
    Christmas is back at the front, and my family arrive on Christmas eve.
    l haven't read back yet, but will try to catch up with all the news, hugs to all of you, my lovely cyber friends. xxx ps it is good to be back.
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 21st Dec 18, 8:41 PM
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    Sorry for your loss Mrs Invisible. Glad to hear your test results were ok though. Take care of yourself X
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 21st Dec 18, 9:52 PM
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    MrsI good to have you back, I'm quite sure we all understand why you needed to take some time out. So glad to hear your test results all came back clear, well done to your wonderful coz for being there for you through it.
    So sorry to hear about your nephew and BIL, there's never a good time for these things but it can seem so much harder at this time of year when everyone expects you to have festive smiles plastered on your face 24/7. Glad to hear you are able to stay positive about Christmas and spend some time with your family.

    Apologies for my absence, I have been busy wrapping, delivering and last minute 'doing' this week. Thankfully I have managed (thus far) to stave off the lurgi, unlike last year and all gifts are where they need to be (bar one for my aunt / uncle) that DM can take on Xmas day with her, food is bought bar dessert which I'll get Sunday / Monday, and visits / planned socials completed.

    Just some housework to do now, a bit of cleaning / tidying and also a small bit of diy that I have been procrastinating over.

    I'm already thinking about gifts for next year now
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 21st Dec 18, 10:56 PM
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    MRSINVISIBLE itís lovely to have you back, weíve missed you. What an awful time for you but we all deal with things in our own way and as long as you know weíre here for you then you dip in and out whenever you need to. Iím so glad the cancer isnít back, I know what a relief it is to get a good result after my three monthly blood tests and I only have to wait a day so I can imagine how youíve felt. You must be reeling after losing two people you love so suddenly but I think itís typical of you to be focussing on how you can support others. Fave Coz definitely seems to deserve her name, you sound like a very loving family.

    APENNYSAVED for the first time this year we havenít started on any of the Christmas bits early, Iíve normally worked my way through the Heroes by now and had to replace them but this year theyíre all still in tact!

    Iím all done now apart from picking up the food from M&S tomorrow. Iíve only just looked at the order confirmation properly and although I definitely ordered a mushroom pithivier (pie) for the veggies, it appears to have morphed into a parsnip, Camembert and chestnut one. I hope they still like it although Iím a bit miffed as weíre having baked Camembert for starter so now the veggies are having it twice.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • murie
    • By murie 22nd Dec 18, 2:41 PM
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    Look after yourself
    Mrs I- Im so glad that you can breathe a sigh of relief now your results have come back clear so you can go full steam ahead (knowing you) with Christmas. Your fave cuz must be worth her weight in gold to you x. Im so sorry for your losses( that always sounds so trite but the feelings are heartfelt xx). Enjoy your family being over, you deserve to have a wonderful family Christmas -you are really a lovely lady!

    Well Im all on track for the big day (I hope I haven't spoken too soon!). I just have the neighbours cards to deliver tonight on the late night walk with The Hound and I am done!

    Im afraid we have dipped into the Christmas food cupboard already, Ive had to replenish both Twiglets and After Eights this weekend and tbh the cheese is looking like it might be doing vanishing act as I fancy cheese and crackers for my tea!
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    • mandco
    • By mandco 22nd Dec 18, 5:51 PM
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    MrsI glad to have you back. I'm so sorry to hear of your losses my condolences to you and your family. Fab news on your test results coming back clear

    food shop is done, presents are wrapped, xmas eve box is prepped xmas day survival box it packed I think we are pretty much ready to go

    In case I do not get back on before I want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas may it be full of fun laughter and great memories

    ChrissyG Happy Birthday for the 25th

    Take care all catch up soon
    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 23rd Dec 18, 2:51 PM
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    I haven't posted in here for probably about a month now! We went on holiday for almost two weeks, so it's certainly been busy.


    I just want to thank you all for all your help during the year. It's so lovely to have this outlet to talk all things Christmas and go through plans.


    I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
    • murie
    • By murie 24th Dec 18, 3:01 AM
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    Just popping on to say...


    "MERRY CHRISTMAS"
    to all you lovely Christmas nuts xx
    I hope everyone has a very happy and healthy, peaceful and stress free day xx

    Cant believe it Christmas Eve now its actually here: I will be tracking big mans progress on NORAD later (much to DH's amusement), whilst counting my blessings at how lucky we are as a family and how lucky I am to be part of such a fab little community of fellow Christmas fanatics -have a great Christmas everyone xxx
    lovin' this site!
    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 24th Dec 18, 8:50 AM
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    Happy Christmas fellow Christmas lovers. Had a lovely little buffet last night with other halfs two "kids" and watched Miracle on 34th Street (and may have opened a couple of presents whilst all together)

    Off to see various other family members over the next three days so it is all go but we are happy and content.

    Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas period with your families and friends. Eat plenty, drink in moderation () and be happy
    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 24th Dec 18, 1:37 PM
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    Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you all get the things you want, the love of family and peace and safety. Bless you all.
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    Merry Christmas to everyone, I hope everyone has their perfect Christmas.
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 24th Dec 18, 5:59 PM
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    Merry Christmas all. Hope Santa is good to you all.

    Ill catch you in the new thread.
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 24th Dec 18, 6:23 PM
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    Merry Christmas everyone, here’s to a better year next year xxx

    Presents are all now delivered to grandparents, pamper night is in full swing. Hot chocolate and love actually next.
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 24th Dec 18, 6:27 PM
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    Well despite best efforts I'm still running about like a blue bottomed fly trying to get everything sorted for tomorrow. However I am about to call it enough for the evening and put on a film and chill. Whatever isn't done can wait, the hoovering can be done in the morning and we have food / drink in for tomorrow and then the shops are open again anyway.

    I might try and take a step back next year and pair things down a bit, not that we go mad but it feels like all I've done in plan plan plan yet it's still been just as hectic (though not as much as my friend I saw tonight who spent 5hrs shopping yesterday and 3hrs wrapping!)

    I've already got a bit of a list of things for people for next year and ideas so once I knock some of those off I think I'll be good.

    Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, however and with whomever you are celebrating, and let's spare a moment if things are getting in top of us in the day to pause and remember there are many out there less fortunate than all of us xx Merry Christmas to all xx
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    • Clumsy42
    • By Clumsy42 24th Dec 18, 6:31 PM
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    Merry Christmas everyone!
    Probably wont be on much in the next few days 'cause it's time to zonk out and relax for a bit (well until the family party on friday lol).


    All the best. xx
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