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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 31st Dec 19, 6:42 PM
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    * Step into Christmas * & 2020 - It's the 2020 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 31st Dec 19, 6:42 PM
    * Step into Christmas * & 2020 - It's the 2020 Christmas Chatter Thread 31st Dec 19 at 6:42 PM


    Hello and welcome to the 9th 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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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 to a new decade and Christmas 2020!



    Our Birthdays



    JANUARY
    Newthrift 18th
    Clumsy42 28th
    Abbafan1972 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; 01-01-2020 at 3:54 PM. Reason: Tidy 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.

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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 5th Jan 20, 10:14 AM
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    nic2075 when I was a kid we kept my hamster in a fish tank too, it meant all the sawdust didn't get kicked out and also we'd read with cages at the time that they could get their paws trapped between the bars. I do recall though that they little git worked out how to climb up and nose off the black lid so my dad cut a bit of Perspex (with holes obv) that could be clipped under the two black edge pieces of the tank top...which scuppered Houdini's plans for the great escape. He lived til about 2 1/2 so did pretty well (even if I wasn't very good at looking after him, something I still feel bad about over 30yrs later). What's your little chap called?
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 5th Jan 20, 11:24 AM
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    nic2075 Great that you managed to pick up some bargains in the sales. I’m not a sales shopper so rarely find bargains.

    All Christmas cards are down and the packed away for another year. The living room is very bare!
    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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    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 5th Jan 20, 5:42 PM
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    My Christmas tree is down, my flat is looking bare and dull. I’ve kept my battery twinkle lights up in my kitchen though.

    I haven’t found anything in the sales this year which is a shame. Still got some sweets and Christmas biscuits left to eat.
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge
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    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 5th Jan 20, 5:55 PM
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    nic2075 when I was a kid we kept my hamster in a fish tank too, it meant all the sawdust didn't get kicked out and also we'd read with cages at the time that they could get their paws trapped between the bars. I do recall though that they little git worked out how to climb up and nose off the black lid so my dad cut a bit of Perspex (with holes obv) that could be clipped under the two black edge pieces of the tank top...which scuppered Houdini's plans for the great escape. He lived til about 2 1/2 so did pretty well (even if I wasn't very good at looking after him, something I still feel bad about over 30yrs later). What's your little chap called?
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    I have a light wood lid with holes in it. Itís just going on at night and when ds is at school. So far so good, but she is a lively wee thing, so I wouldnít put it past her trying to escape. She is called Ruby. She Has a lovely fluffy grey and white coat, but has one brown eye and one red eye.
    The guinea pigs are Teddy and Snickers. They are such lovely creatures.
    • CazD2008
    • By CazD2008 5th Jan 20, 9:04 PM
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    Hi All

    Hope everyone has had a great weekend. First full week back to work next week! Urghhh!

    Managed to pick up some extra wide rolls of paper to stash away for next year from Sainsbugs at 50p a roll. My DD is 4, so the boxes are huge! Also 3 Baylis & Harding gift sets for 2 x great aunts and mother in law. £5 each at @sda :-)

    Tree and all decs are down now, I always feel so sad when they are put away! December really did fly by. I say it every year, but Iím determined to be more organised for Christmas 2020! Iím going to plan a Christmas activity/outing each weekend in December as otherwise Iím consumed by wrapping and rushing around.

    Have a great week all xx
    • princesskitty29
    • By princesskitty29 7th Jan 20, 1:08 PM
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    We took the last of the decorations down on Sunday then the tree yesterday, oh I miss the fairy lights! I always like to keep the tree up for Twelfth Night but never mark the occasion, so Iíve decided next year Iím going to start a new tradition and do a carpet picnic by the tree on the 5th January then take the tree down the next day.

    I popped into M&S on Sunday and found the most beautiful ĎThe Snowmaní wrapping paper at 50p a roll, I bought 4 but I wish Iíd bought lots more now! I must say I have never been quite so taken with a wrapping paper! I would happily have kept it for future Christmases. I think Iím going to buy some ribbon this year to tie around the presents, Iím trying to move away from the foil decorations and ribbon can be re-used. I didnít have the time to put anything on my presents other than a label last year so I must start earlier this year if I want to do that.

    nic I very rarely watch the news now, some may say Iím being ignorant but I too start to worry after watching the news. Also I find the media turn everything into a frenzy and make everything worse, their reporting is sometimes over-dramatic for what is actually going on. I havenít read that book but it sounds great!
    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 8th Jan 20, 9:38 AM
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    Went to panto in Palladium last night, will NEVER see Matt Baker in same light again
    A smile costs little but creates much
    • junior_j
    • By junior_j 8th Jan 20, 1:02 PM
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    Thank you for well wishes

    Hope everyone has a wonderful day

    im back to work today on restricted hours
    NanMias - cyber granddaughter!
    • princesskitty29
    • By princesskitty29 11th Jan 20, 7:02 AM
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    Went to panto in Palladium last night, will NEVER see Matt Baker in same light again
    Originally posted by Gettingtherequickly
    Sounds intriguing!

    I've bought the boys some Christmas pyjamas for their Christmas Eve hamper, when I was buying them last year I liked two sets in H&M, the set I didn't buy is now in the sale so I bought them for this year.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 11th Jan 20, 12:05 PM
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    Had a look for some more Christmas cards yesterday but the ones I liked were only half price, and all the others had lots of glitter on which I am trying to steer clear of.
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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 11th Jan 20, 12:10 PM
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    Don’t need to buy any Christmas paper for this year as still got plenty leftover from last year and the year before.

    Bad weather here (gusty winds and very heavy rain) so a day at home for me today!
    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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    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 12th Jan 20, 9:25 AM
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    Iíve managed to pick up crackers for 50p, wrapping paper and cards. So hard to find paper that isnít foil or glitter. So much we were given couldnít be recycled this year. I did try and find crackers with no plastic toys etc in them. We had them this year from Sainsburyís.

    Iíve started the year well with healthy eating. Iíve managed to stick to plan so far. Also got my fit bit back on and trying to get my steps up. I feel better already and positive I can get down to a better weight. I hate looking in the mirror at the moment
    • Joyfullyfestive
    • By Joyfullyfestive 14th Jan 20, 12:56 PM
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    Hello All,

    Thanks 3 for starting the shiny new thread and adding my Instagram

    Marking my place. Not my best time of year, so sad that Christmas is over and the decorations are down. But so pleased that I have my blog and Instagram to keep my Christmas spirit going all year round.

    Already got all my wrapping paper, really want to get organised present wise this year as I want to wrap my presents beautifully instead of rushing them at the last minute.

    Also got pom pom makers for Christmas and I love them so much. I would love to do something creative and crafty as a business and really inspired to work hard this year on looking into if this is something I could do.

    Already half way through January...eeek!
    Joyfullyfestive all year round. Instagram: @joyfullyfestive

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    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 14th Jan 20, 2:43 PM
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    Sounds intriguing!
    Originally posted by princesskitty29
    There is a part where most of the main characters do a routine, where they sing "If I were not upon the stage a...I would be" and Matt came on as a trainer, wearing a pink wig, pink trainers, leggings, barechested but with the piece de resistance - a pink mankini:ee k:
    A smile costs little but creates much
    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 14th Jan 20, 2:51 PM
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    Gettingtherequickly

    Iíve started the year well with healthy eating. Iíve managed to stick to plan so far. Also got my fit bit back on and trying to get my steps up. I feel better already and positive I can get down to a better weight. I hate looking in the mirror at the moment
    Originally posted by nic2075
    I gained 3lb over Christmas and lost it first week back, was very happy! Got a really busy month, so doing my best to try & get something done towards fitness. I bought a resistance band in Deacathlon, boy does it suddenly start to feel painful! Think I will invest in another which I can leave at work and use it throughout the day.
    A smile costs little but creates much
    • killielila
    • By killielila 14th Jan 20, 3:37 PM
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    hi all ive been awol last few years but id love to come back to the cosy corner and join you all

    finances disaster but babystepping back to security



    • Redredrobin
    • By Redredrobin 15th Jan 20, 8:59 AM
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    Any suggestions on how I can get through to my family that I don’t want or need stuff next Christmas?

    I would rather have something I can use ie toiletries/ voucher but they are dead set on buying “proper” gifts .

    I love Christmas but have got to a stage in my life where stuff is completely unnecessary.

    Finally going back to work in a few days it’s taken almost 3 weeks to get over my laryngitis.

    The next few weeks are going to be a pain the council are sorting out our damp which involves removing plaster in 3 rooms treating and replastering , then the fun of decorating rooms which didn’t need doing !
    Finally Debt free June 2019


    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 15th Jan 20, 10:52 AM
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    Any suggestions on how I can get through to my family that I donít want or need stuff next Christmas?

    I would rather have something I can use ie toiletries/ voucher but they are dead set on buying ďproperĒ gifts .
    Originally posted by Redredrobin
    Have you actually said this to them?

    Alternatively, could you suggest the adults do a Secret Santa with perhaps a max value. At least that way you a) might get the toiletries you would prefer b) only get one gift you don't really want, c) can use the £ you save not buying multiple presents on the things you would prefer or save the £.

    I picked up a gift for my DN who'll be 9 1/2 this Xmas - didn't really plan to but it was on a decent offer and it's something I got another DN several years ago when they were younger. Must put it away and not forget about it.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • Redredrobin
    • By Redredrobin 15th Jan 20, 2:00 PM
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    [QUOTE=kerri gt;76724442]Have you actually said this to them?

    We have had a few conversations but they donít like the idea , itís just hubby and my dd but hell they are stubborn.

    Trying to suggest toiletries / socks etc but I think itís going to be a losing battle .
    Finally Debt free June 2019


    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 15th Jan 20, 3:32 PM
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    [QUOTE=Redredrobin;76725299]
    Have you actually said this to them?

    We have had a few conversations but they donít like the idea , itís just hubby and my dd but hell they are stubborn.

    Trying to suggest toiletries / socks etc but I think itís going to be a losing battle .
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    Would they be open to perhaps all going out for a nice meal instead of a gift perhaps?
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
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