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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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



    JANUARY
    Newthrift 18th
    Clumsy42 28th

    FEBRUARY
    murie 24th
    junior_j 25th

    MARCH
    vulpix 12th

    APRIL
    quidsy 23rd
    princesskitty29 29th

    MAY
    pixtotts 4th
    Opee92 13th
    Girl in a Yellow Dress 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; 24-12-2018 at 6:34 PM. Reason: tidying up
    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.

    SPC No 043
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    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 24th Jul 19, 8:18 AM
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    . And on top of all of that we found out yesterday that a notorious character well known in the press has moved into our road! Iím not going to go into details about who it is but letís just say itís not really the type of character you want living a few houses down, I donít think they will give us any trouble themselves but we donít know what type of people might be visiting them! They are not well liked. Theyíre currently renting it so hopefully it might only be temporary.
    Originally posted by princesskitty29
    Well thatís intriguing but tif there are lots of people I would dread moving into my street so fingers crossed for you that they are only renting and itís just a temporary solution. Can we have a hint at least (only because Iím nosey!)

    Jolly - I have followed you on IG - Iím sassyaardvark on there.

    Props - James Aaron sounds lovely! I hope you are enjoying lots of baby cuddles
    Finally sorting myself out.
    Debts - £2022.18 owed. 8 lenders.
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 24th Jul 19, 10:10 AM
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    James Aaron,lovely name Peppa.i am sure the little man is having lots of love and kisses.

    Nothing whatsoever done for Christmas.I have upcycled an oak bookcase and a pine one.Also an oak coffee table.Mr V replaced some wood on my bird boxes and havepainted them,the bird table and a bench.Bird table needs another coat and then to paint my sentry box shed.Anything other than decorate in the house

    Big shed from the back garden has been sold.Am very excited to have a big job on of remaking that part of the garden.Am trying to not spend any money doing it but may have to buy a bag of sand

    Enjoy the weather Vx
    • murie
    • By murie 24th Jul 19, 12:52 PM
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    Vulpix- your resourcefulness amazes me! Both you and Mrs I are an inspiration x
    lovin' this site!
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 24th Jul 19, 8:35 PM
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    Murie,I am just so glad to be feeling better,I couldn't imagine I ever would last year.As they say time is a great healer.Vx
    • Joyfullyfestive
    • By Joyfullyfestive 25th Jul 19, 11:12 AM
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    Sammy - thanks for following me on Instagram, have followed you back.

    I have been overwhelmed with the support on Instagram, what a friendly bunch, I shouldn't have been scared all these years, much love for the Xmas season and lovely photos.

    Went into town this morning, brought a couple of Christmas bits in the M&co sale. A Red check cushion down from £10 to £6 and some beautiful cream gloves with gold thread down from £12 to £4 .

    Joyfully
    Joyfullyfestive all year round. Instagram: @joyfullyfestive
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 26th Jul 19, 8:41 AM
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    Woooohoooo,I have started! Some bits bought for stockings yesterday. Tiny jars of flavoured coffee for DD2,chocolate orange and irish cream.DD1 bought me some when I was poorly and DD2 drank the lot.From Lidl btw.

    Just for a change I was in a DIY shop,Homebase this time. Lots of candle type things reduced. Got pear,lotus flower and oak moss room spray for MIL.Like it so much I might keep it though!Will look nice in my bathroom when the house is for sale.

    Brought back a car full of pebbles from DD1's in Sheffield and the garden landscaping has begun.Giant concrete flags which were the shed base lifted last night along with a brick path. New bit of stone patio laid where the bricks were and all the pebbles I had put down.Need a lot more pebbles!I will have no excuse but to do some decorating soon

    Vx
    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 26th Jul 19, 12:42 PM
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    Woooohoooo,I have started! Some bits bought for stockings yesterday. Tiny jars of flavoured coffee for DD2,chocolate orange and irish cream.DD1 bought me some when I was poorly and DD2 drank the lot.From Lidl btw.



    Vx
    Originally posted by vulpix
    I saw those but not sure how I feel about coffee being flavoured with "weird" additions.
    A smile costs little but creates much
    • murie
    • By murie 27th Jul 19, 5:12 AM
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    GTQ- Ive not tried lidl's flavoured coffee but I can assure you that the ones that Aldi sometimes sell are scrumptious! I wouldn't drink it each time I have cup of coffee but as a little treat they really hit the spot!

    If anyone buys for a Lola Rose fan (my mom loves this type of jewellery), Amazon are selling this as an add on for £7.99 which is a great price!

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lola-Rose-Womens-Henny-Bracelet/dp/B01B4I3W92/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=lola+rose&qid=1564203806&s=gat eway&sr=8-1

    Might be useful if you are buying something over £20 this weekend.

    Ive made a start on Advent calendar pressies. Ive booked tickets to see Peter Pan, bought an M&S "12 socks of Christmas" from Eb*y
    and a set of two English Tea Company advent calendars from Amazon (£11.20 for two!). Thats DD, DS my sis and my mom sorted- just have the very difficult to buy for OH to sort.
    No idea what to get as actual Christmas presents tho.
    lovin' this site!
    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 27th Jul 19, 7:41 AM
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    Woooohoooo,I have started! Some bits bought for stockings yesterday. Tiny jars of flavoured coffee for DD2,chocolate orange and irish cream.DD1 bought me some when I was poorly and DD2 drank the lot.From Lidl btw.
    Originally posted by vulpix
    Well done Vulpix! I seriously need to start making a start now! Time is getting on!

    I saw those but not sure how I feel about coffee being flavoured with "weird" additions.
    Originally posted by Gettingtherequickly
    Im always a bit like that too GTQ....I feel the same about chocolate too.



    Ive made a start on Advent calendar pressies. Ive booked tickets to see Peter Pan, bought an M&S "12 socks of Christmas" from Eb*y
    and a set of two English Tea Company advent calendars from Amazon (£11.20 for two!). Thats DD, DS my sis and my mom sorted- just have the very difficult to buy for OH to sort.
    No idea what to get as actual Christmas presents tho.
    Originally posted by murie

    The 12 socks of christmas sounds amazing! I think Id like that for myself!
    Finally sorting myself out.
    Debts - £2022.18 owed. 8 lenders.
    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 27th Jul 19, 7:48 AM
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    Wrote a huge reply and it disappeared!

    I need to start making a start on things for christmas.
    I found some canvases in my sons room yesterday and I think I will use the two larger ones and decorate them for my daughters room and then the smaller one she can decorate for her granny.

    I have a tablecloth that I intended to give to her last year and forgot about as it was the first year without my grandad, I seem to have lost the colour instructions for it though so I think I may have to wing it since I cant remember when or where I brought it to see a picture.

    Anyway £58 left in the bank after bills today so am going to find a few creative ways to keep the kids amused although I still have hubby off for a week so Im hoping we will get out and about a bit more now the weather is a bit cooler.
    Finally sorting myself out.
    Debts - £2022.18 owed. 8 lenders.
    • murie
    • By murie 27th Jul 19, 10:55 AM
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    If anyone is considering the tea advent calendar (2 bags per day) the BB date is July 2021.
    lovin' this site!
    • doodygirl
    • By doodygirl 28th Jul 19, 11:53 AM
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    Hi everyone ��, can I join? I am Christmas crazy, just started writing my lists for my two kids, reserved a few items and will start buying presents when my kids go back to school in September.
    Wishing everyone the best of luck for 2019
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 28th Jul 19, 2:58 PM
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    Welcome to the club DOODYGIRL, weíre a friendly bunch and definitely all mad about Christmas

    Iím on Instagram but thereís not really any point following me because I only look, I never post anything
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • Joyfullyfestive
    • By Joyfullyfestive 31st Jul 19, 7:15 AM
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    Morning everyone, quiet on here.

    Went to hobbycraft yesterday, they had started getting their Christmas craft bits out and I went a little mad and bought lots, loads of lovely items. Couldn't wait to get them out when I got home and start playing for my Instagram pics!

    Just a couple of rows at the moment, paper craft and Christmas fat squares too they did have those paint your own moneyboxes on half price, lots of different ones about £2-3 each, great stocking fillers.

    Have fun, joyfully
    Joyfullyfestive all year round. Instagram: @joyfullyfestive
    • Redredrobin
    • By Redredrobin 31st Jul 19, 4:20 PM
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    We have had a bit of a stressful time Dd has had a virus for about a month now which resulted in her being referred to the hospital eye clinic and then being unable to walk for a week ! I expect her to be discharged from the clinic at tomorrows appointment and thank god shes back on her feet again , apparently the virus made her so weak she was unable to stand .


    Hopefully that's all the drama over for a while !


    Christmas wise my unexpected time off work to look after Dd did enable me to crack on so now other than the dog and a voucher for hubby I'm done .
    Finally Debt free June 2019
    • princesskitty29
    • By princesskitty29 1st Aug 19, 2:46 PM
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    Hi all, hope you're all well. DH is off this week, unfortunately we started it with a 24hr sickness bug but we're better now and have had a few nice days out with the boys. We popped to a garden centre this morning that has The Works in it and I picked up a book for my mum for Christmas, she loves the Tour de France and they had Geraint Thomas's book that I think she'd like to read. It was £3 but I had £1.50 on my Works card so it only cost me £1.50.

    Hello and welcome doodygirl!

    freespirit well done on finishing your Christmas shopping! You can relax now. My MiL is really well now thank you for asking, sheís really come a long way. I keep meaning to ask you actually, how is your DD with her back? Is it better now?

    sammy heís a political figure, but not a popular one! Iíve just followed you on Instagram.

    Redrobin oh that sounds horrible for your DD, I hope she is on the mend.
    • Opee92
    • By Opee92 2nd Aug 19, 6:51 AM
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    Hello lovely ladies, Iíve been AWOL for some time now so Iím not expecting anyone to remember me, but Iíve been posting on these threads since, oooh must be, 2011/2012? But the last couple of years Iíve been a reader rather than a contributor. Well here I am August 2nd, sun bursting through my windows and Iím inside watching the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special whilst eating a mince pie 😂 and my first thought was....oh Iíll check in on the Christmas thread 😉

    Hoping to be more active on here this year! Looking forward to catching up with all you lovely ladies! 144 days and counting! 🎅🏻🎄
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 2nd Aug 19, 8:48 AM
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    Hi all,old and new.

    Well,my Mum lives in Whaley Bridge,literally at the side of the broken dam.No evacuation for her as it's up stream iykwim.The news are making a meal of it.The whole town hasn't been evacuated,only people down in the valley where the water would run to.It is interesting to see Mum's and my old house on the telly.

    We had a big family meal last night as my son is up from Oxford with new GF who is lovely btw.DD2 also brought her new BF. Mr V was on the telly after taking Mum home,driving behind someone talking live,exciting times for us in the sticks.

    We are going to Oxford next week so will be on the lookout for bits for Christmas.

    Vx
    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 6th Aug 19, 7:29 AM
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    Hi everyone ��, can I join? I am Christmas crazy, just started writing my lists for my two kids, reserved a few items and will start buying presents when my kids go back to school in September.
    Originally posted by doodygirl
    Welcome to the boards! Always nice to have some newbies to share the christmas madness with. How old are your LOs? Mine are now 15 and 9 so christmas has started to turn from toys to technology but I am hoping to get my daughter a bike this year and teach her how to ride it so she can be out and more active. Thats the plan anyway!

    Hi all, hope you're all well. DH is off this week, unfortunately we started it with a 24hr sickness bug but we're better now and have had a few nice days out with the boys. We popped to a garden centre this morning that has The Works in it and I picked up a book for my mum for Christmas, she loves the Tour de France and they had Geraint Thomas's book that I think she'd like to read. It was £3 but I had £1.50 on my Works card so it only cost me £1.50.

    sammy heís a political figure, but not a popular one! Iíve just followed you on Instagram.
    Originally posted by princesskitty29
    Thanks lovely. Whats your IG handle and I will follow back. I am glad to hear your DH is feeling better. I always forget to look in the works for christmas bits - I find they have some great things for the elves to bring and for my daughters christmas eve box

    Hello lovely ladies, Iíve been AWOL for some time now so Iím not expecting anyone to remember me, but Iíve been posting on these threads since, oooh must be, 2011/2012? But the last couple of years Iíve been a reader rather than a contributor. 🎄
    Originally posted by Opee92
    Welcome back Opee --- I remember you :-) x

    REDREDROBIN Im glad your daughter is on the mend. Must of been very scary.

    VULPIX I am glad your mum and her house are ok.

    FREE - well done finishing your christmas shopping.

    Good morning all

    Well its school holidays here so I have been busy with my daughter and son so havent been online much.

    We have been blackberry picking which is how I know we are really getting into fall now so yeasterday we made jam and a cake as well as walking the dog and today we will go out for a walk and run some errands as well and maybe even a little more blackberry picking. I have an empty shelf in the freezer so I would like to get a load in ready for the coming winter months to add to crumbles and maybe even so some more jam at a later date.
    My mother in law seems to have an abundance of strawberries to so hopefully if they are still growing I can add them as well.
    I wish I knew someone with an apple tree so I could fill the freezer with them too! I love all the winter prep

    Before long I will start heat proofing the house and making it winter cosy. Our heatwave seems to have ended now and and the rain returned this morning so it looks like our winter weather is on the way although we are still about 19 / 20 degrees.

    Christmas wise - I admit I havent done much. Holly has started to drop a few hints about what she would like for Christmas but nothing major and Ben has asked for a bike - little does he know we have already gotten him one. DH workmate was selling her £500 mountain bike and only wanted £100 for it from us as DH is her boss / friend, so we will be having that for Ben partially as a chrismtas present and partially as a well done as hes pulled all his grades up and trying hard in school after a horrible year for him (his best mate was diagnosed with leukaemia, then two weeks later his grandad was diagnosed with bowel cancer and then his dog died) but his best friend is now classed as in remission and has finished chemo, his grandad had surgery and is having chemo but is home and back to work already - and for his birthday we got him a puppy (whippet x lurcher) named Angus who hasnt replaced his Bruno but sure has helped heal a little spot and has been getting Ben out of his room more and into the fresh air.

    No hints from husband yet but fingers crossed he will say something before long otherwise I will be well and truly stuck. He never says anything until the last minute although he brought a refurbished go pro this year so I might get him something to go with that.

    Apart from that , wishing for a lottery win and making lists :-) Also looking to use Wish for a few presents after ordering my daughter a dream catcher and it turned up and is lovely so might get a few cheap stocking stuffers from there.
    Finally sorting myself out.
    Debts - £2022.18 owed. 8 lenders.
    • doodygirl
    • By doodygirl 6th Aug 19, 11:02 AM
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    Welcome to the boards! Always nice to have some newbies to share the christmas madness with. How old are your LOs? Mine are now 15 and 9 so christmas has started to turn from toys to technology but I am hoping to get my daughter a bike this year and teach her how to ride it so she can be out and more active. Thats the plan anyway!
    Originally posted by sammy_kaye18
    Hi, I have a 7 (8 in November) year old son & a 6 year old daughter. My daughter is very much into lol surprise, hatchimals & sylvavian families so finding things for her is easy, my son on the other hand acts older than he is and doesnít really play with his toys etc heís more into his computer, nerf guns etc.

    I normally get most of my big bulk in the September argos 3 for 2 and hope to be finished by November
    Wishing everyone the best of luck for 2019
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