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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
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    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 17 at 7:08 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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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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    MARCH
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    APRIL
    quidsy 23rd
    princesskitty29 29th

    MAY
    pixtotts 4th
    Opee92 13th
    jakes-mum 19th
    Girl in a Yellow Dress 21st

    JUNE
    Nic2075 1st
    04624181 13th
    dropsofjupiter 22nd
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    JULY
    mrs-moneypenny 17th
    Hanley25 19th

    AUGUST
    Treasurequeen 12th
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    SEPTEMBER
    Spendless 28th
    whitesatin 28th

    OCTOBER
    freespirit66 1st

    NOVEMBER
    Peppapig 1st
    mrsinvisable 7th
    pinknfluffy28 28th

    DECEMBER
    FeistyFidget 14th
    3forholidays 15th
    CHRISSYG 25th !!!!!!!!

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    Last edited by MSE Tine; 13-11-2018 at 4:32 PM.
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 25th Dec 17, 5:35 PM
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    How exciting to have a shiny new thread, lovely to see everyone. Thanks for doing it all for us 3FORHOLIDAYS!

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Happy Birthday CHRISSY
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • Fosterdog
    • By Fosterdog 25th Dec 17, 7:26 PM
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    I joined the thread last year with all the best intentions of being well organised for this year and completely fell off the wagon with it. Here’s hoping I can stick with it this year
    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 25th Dec 17, 7:45 PM
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    Welcome to the thread Fosterdog! Hope that we can help you with the organisation for next Christmas.
    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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    • murie
    • By murie 26th Dec 17, 5:28 AM
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    Happy belated birthday Chrissy G !!
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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 26th Dec 17, 9:59 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas Day yesterday. Santa was good to me as I received money plus lots of much needed smaller items. Lots of sweets and biscuits as well.

    ETA - forgot to mention we got snow on Christmas Day evening but only a small amount which is melting away this morning.

    Have a lovely Boxing Day.
    Last edited by 3forholidays; 26-12-2017 at 10:24 AM.
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    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 26th Dec 17, 2:36 PM
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    Oops I appear to have bought my wrapping paper for next Christmas
    • Snorkypants
    • By Snorkypants 26th Dec 17, 3:14 PM
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    Oops I appear to have bought my wrapping paper for next Christmas
    Originally posted by StokieBecks
    Yeah, I need to do that too but I don't think I'll get a chance until Friday, doubt there will be much left by then
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    • jakes-mum
    • By jakes-mum 26th Dec 17, 3:46 PM
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    Happy belated birthday ChrissyG

    Thank you for the new thread 3forholidays, please could I have my birthday added to the list? (19th May)

    Merry Christmas Everyone, a day late but I have a yearly ban from my laptop every christmas day, it gets taken away christmas eve night just before Father Christmas comes and gets returned on boxing day

    No shopping for me as tbh we need nothing and I really wanted a quiet boxing day this year where I don't drag 2 complaining kids out in the cold to the shops to buy stuff we don't really need, so we went to grandad's house instead and set up his security camera we bought him for christmas He's very pleased DS has pretty much made himself penniless though as he's spent his money online this afternoon

    Oooo! just realised we have run out of christmas cards this year so I do need to buy some of those in the sales for DD Now its time to prepare for DD's birthday (21 days as she told me this morning ) got to get my cheap christmas chocolates for her as per usual best thing about a birthday after christmas, she gets a lot more for her money
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    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 26th Dec 17, 5:52 PM
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    Evening all, thanks for the new thread.
    Hope every one had a lovely day yesterday.

    We had a nice quiet one, nice bit of beef for dinner. My bestie came round and we just chatted over a jigsaw BF bought me.
    Enough beef left over for a leftover roast lunch, and beef curry for tea.

    Here's to next year!
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    • Nathsmam
    • By Nathsmam 26th Dec 17, 7:03 PM
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    Evening all,I'm a Christmas lover and am shattered but happy. I would love to be more organised next year and to mingle along with you all if that's ok. X
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 26th Dec 17, 7:37 PM
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    Welcome to the thread NATHSMAM, you're definitely in the right place.

    Well in true 'me' fashion I'm getting the urge to take the decs down but I'm fighting it - honorary DD and family are coming for a mini-Christmas on Saturday so I really think I should leave the decs until Sunday. Had a lovely Christmas with family although DH was in bed all day Christmas Eve and today but at least he was ok for yesterday. DD2 and DGD got back from Disney safely on Sunday, they had an amazing time. They went home today - I wish they could have stayed longer but at least I'll see them on New Year's Day for DD2's birthday.

    Hope everyone has had a lovely time. Bring on the next one.
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    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 26th Dec 17, 8:21 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread 3forholidays. Happy belated birthday ChrissyG
    I am back from a few months away from thread bullying still going on in flats and I now have a next door neighbour from hell shouting and screaming swear words all through night till 5am. As he's bed bound nothing anyone can do apparently as he's a violent man to his carers.

    I have had to sleep at my parents house every night and come back during day for my cat. On a good note Christmas and Boxing Day have been great fun.

    I've bought a few presents For next year on notonhighstreet sale. Lisa angel sale has some really nice bits for stocking fillers for next Christmas.

    Hope everyone is ok
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    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 26th Dec 17, 8:24 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread 3forholidays. X

    Hope you all had a lovely Christmas? I had a lovely day with the family. Everything went well. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and had fun playing board games.
    Today has been a nice lazy day. I took my DD to get her hamster for Christmas. She had been asking for months. So she got the cage and everythign she needed, and a gift voucher so she could pick her own today.
    I came home and tidied up than did not much else. I did need a small nap. My sister and Bil left my 1 year old Neice sleeping upstairs last night. She is a good wee thing, but woke up at 2am then was up at 5:50am! I was shattered lol. Glad they came back early for her and their car.

    Looking forward to doing very little the next few days. Just letting the kids play with their toys. Reading and trying some arm knitting I was given a set for lol.
    My house feels lovely and clean from top to bottom. It's so nice to not do anything apart from dishes for the next few days.
    I do have my niece staying over on Hogmanay again, I never go out and am usually in bed early. So I offered so my sister can go out to a party. Just hope the baby sleeps longer than she did last night x
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 26th Dec 17, 9:24 PM
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    Thanks for the lovely new thread 3forholidays

    Sorry I ended up AWOL from the last thread, RL got in the way. I was also pretty well organised for Xmas this year and had the week before off with final prep planned, then ended up ill, so was still a mad rush at the end and TBH it's taken it out of me still. I did cook etc as planned yesterday but just wasn't overly hungry so didn't enjoy my meal as much as usual. Still, guests and OH had a good time.

    Was out and about today for a bit of football related socialising and managed to nip into Boots beforehand to pick a few bits up for next Xmas in the sale. Just mainly bits for kids I buy for which I can put away. Spent about £45 and have 7 gifts already sorted or part sorted for 2018.

    Peppa I'm like you, would like it pack it all away now but OH, who isn't even big on Xmas says I can't until after new year. Am off on 2nd so know what I'll be doing!
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    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 26th Dec 17, 9:55 PM
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    Hi Fosterdog and Nathsmam,welcome.

    Christmas Eve we spent at DD1's with her BF's family.It was lovely,we played games after a meal.

    Christmas day all family present including my Mum for present opening and bacon butties and bucks fizz. Lunch just 4 of us but it was really nice and I enjoyed it.I don't usually enjoy a meal I have cooked.

    Another lovely day.

    Today was another story. We went out for a meal with MIL.Sadly she became very upset and took it out on Mr V.We dropped dd2 off at her nans and that was very depressing as she is very ill. A sad miserable day today.

    We did call into Asda and they had 3 for 2 on toiletry gift sets.One lady had a trolley full. I got some christmas cards for my Mum as it is her birthday on 6th January and she asks for cards,christmas cake and pudding,as you say jakes-mum you get more for your money with a january birthday.

    I am itching to take the decorations down now too.Perhaps next time they go up we will be in a new house.

    Vx
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 26th Dec 17, 10:10 PM
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    Sorry to hear today wasn't a good day vulpix. Everything always seems worse when it's an arguement / family fall out at this time of year doesn't it. Well done on the sale bargains (either that other woman has a large family, is shopping for friends too...or they'll be at a car boot in the summer). OH also has a Jan birthday although I really have no idea what to get him. I don't want to just buy him 'stuff' for the sake of it but he's so hard to choose for. Funnily enough I think his fav Xmas gift (we just did small ones this year) I think is something I happened to see off the cuff walking past the shop.
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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 26th Dec 17, 11:20 PM
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    Welcome to the thread Nathsmam. Hopefully we can get you organised for next Christmas.

    Jakes-mum I'll add your birthday to the list the next time I'm on the laptop. I'm currently on the iPad at the moment.

    Those of you that are purchasing wrapping paper in the sales - do you only buy one colour or buy a selection of different styles?

    We had lots of different rolls to use up this year but are thinking about simplifying things for next year and just having one style of paper for the adults but buying multiple rolls of the same paper. We will buy separate wrapping paper for the children's presents as we have also ran out of that too!
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    • Abbafan1972
    • By Abbafan1972 27th Dec 17, 8:14 AM
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    Morning all and hope you had a good Christmas!

    Hubby is back to work today, but I am off until the 2nd Jan.

    Kids are still in bed, but youngest (13) wants to go shopping today.

    Christmas was ok - went to Christmas Dinner at my parents, as they moved into a new place about 3 months ago and it was obvious they wanted to host dinner this year. We stayed over the night - was awkward as they only live in a 2 bedroomed bungalow now, so me and hubby had the one bedroom, our 2 girls in the other and my Mom and Dad in the lounge on the sofas. (I wouldn't have minded taking the lounge option, but they insisted lol).

    I have put the Christmas cards in the recycling already - I didn't bother putting the card holders up this year. I just put my family ones around the fireplace etc and that was it. The rest of my Christmas stuff will probably go away on the 1st, as I don't like them hanging around when I go back to work and it's very rare these days I will leave them up until the 6th!

    Have a good day everyone! x
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 27th Dec 17, 9:56 AM
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    3FORHOLIDAYS I thought the same thing about changing my approach to wrapping paper next year. This year my wrapping felt a bit haphazard so next year I'm going for more stylish paper and I'm going to try putting everything in boxes too so it looks better when it's wrapped. Not the stuff for the little ones of course, all that matters for that is they can rip it off quickly

    TREASUREQUEEN sorry to hear things haven't improved but glad you managed to have some time with your family.

    VULPIX I hope yesterday is behind you, it must have been horrid for MRV. I don't know why but somehow it always feels more upsetting when it's parents who aren't nice to us. Probably something to do with wanting parental approval as children, or it could just be me. Anyway, hope he's ok.

    Now it's going to seem very odd to say this, given where I'm saying it, but I'm going to try really hard not to buy too early this year because I always seem to go off the bits I buy early on, either that or I buy 'bargains' that I don't really have a recipient for. I'm also going to have a 'no hamper' rule next year, I'll just buy actual presents instead of putting hampers together. I only really do it because I like making them but in the end I usually see something I'd rather have bought instead.

    Is anyone making resolutions this year? I'm aiming to:
    1. Be less snappy/more patient (haven't managed this yet but hopefully this will be the year)
    2. Try a new craft every two months - watching Kirsty this year has made me want to try new ideas
    3. Exercise for 30mins five times a week (might have to build up to that one)
    4. Keep eating my five a day

    Slushy wet snow here this morning but it looks too wet to stick around. Hope everyone has a warm and safe day.
    Last edited by Peppapig; 29-12-2017 at 9:53 AM.
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    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 27th Dec 17, 12:22 PM
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    I keep the same paper fpr all the adults then buy 4 rolls of kids paper. So I can have santa pressies (3 kids) then one I use from me. I like the Wilko's paper as the kids ones are cute and usually 12m, so I don't need extra.

    I'm also not going to buy too early. I plan to buy from October. That's close enough to buy if folk mention things and you know they will still like it by xmas. I feel if I buy now then either I won't like what I go them buy xmas, or they won't like it. I'm going to save better instead.

    My resolutions are to
    - be kinder to myself and looking after myself a bit better. Both physically and mentally. I do everything with the kids in mind and wear myself out.
    - the go back to a big shop a week and then just fresh milk and bread. I struggle to spend £100 in one go, but I seem to spend £20-£30 several times a week! We eat pretty similar things each week, so no idea why I don't shop ahead. I used to. I think the supermarket is too handy and I do like the bargains.
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