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    • SandraX
    • By SandraX 13th Dec 18, 9:14 AM
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    When does Christmas begin for you?
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    • 13th Dec 18, 9:14 AM
    When does Christmas begin for you? 13th Dec 18 at 9:14 AM
    For me and my family, it's when we have all gone on xmas leave.

    My children and husband all have at least 2 weeks off, I have to go in for a few hours between xmas and new year , so not really a 2 week break for me but carers hols are difficult to get and I knew that before I took on this job. Like I said in another thread, xmas is only a commercial exercise for us, eg drinks, excess eating and chance to get together is the real xmas but I guess that account for more than half the population in the uk.
    Last edited by SandraX; 13-12-2018 at 9:40 AM.
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    • 123june
    • By 123june 2nd Jul 19, 6:57 PM
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    Christmas in July films are on Sky x
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 2nd Jul 19, 8:03 PM
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    Sometime between the Winter Solstice and Christmas Eve.

    Anything before that is not in any way Christmas IMO.
    • JoseChungsDoomsday
    • By JoseChungsDoomsday 7th Jul 19, 12:09 PM
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    As soon as Halloween is over!
    • Clyde Robinson
    • By Clyde Robinson 19th Jul 19, 9:13 AM
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    Clyde Robinson
    I do hope to celebrate Christmas at its fullest this year. Last time got to leave for one day and was really disappointing.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 2nd Aug 19, 7:43 PM
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    I try not to get involved with Christmas until a week before.
    It's a construct designed nowadays to extract money from you.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 2nd Aug 19, 8:35 PM
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    It used to be the John Lewis sale, but that seems to have been rearranged from a web sales perspective.

    I'll try to eschew the excitements until September but then I shall start squirreling the fun stuff. Which probably won't start to emerge properly til after Halloween but ye gods this year all sorts of nonsense is possible.
    • z1a
    • By z1a 2nd Aug 19, 8:58 PM
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    Wifes birthday 15th Dec, she likes tree and decs. to be up by then, so that's the start of xmas in our house.
    Last edited by z1a; 02-08-2019 at 9:00 PM.
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 2nd Aug 19, 9:43 PM
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    Well if you are interested Selfridges have already opened their Christmas shop in July .......
    what madness is that????
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    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 9th Aug 19, 8:32 AM
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    Christmas for me starts when I see Advent Calendars in the shops but then on December 1st when the kids get their advent calendars!

    I am in Christmas mode once the kids go back to school in September - I start shopping

    but since I now dont work due to ill health I am now able to really enjoy the Christmas spirit with the kids.
    Finally sorting myself out.
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    • EleanorR
    • By EleanorR 14th Aug 19, 2:53 PM
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    I'd say September onward, once you start to see Christmas things in shops.
    • prosaver
    • By prosaver 14th Aug 19, 3:10 PM
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    When i put the decoration s up hats about 8th December
    “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
    ― George Bernard Shaw
    • dan958
    • By dan958 14th Aug 19, 4:01 PM
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    About a week before Christmas, I break out all the Hallmark Christmas movies then (y'know, the ones with the exact same plotline)
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 14th Aug 19, 4:15 PM
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    17th Dec @ LHR
    Sun, Sea

    • aimeemum
    • By aimeemum 17th Oct 19, 11:05 AM
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    30th November....when I put together the 1st December Advent box for the kids, dig our elf out from the loft along with his 'magic box' that brings their treats, and put out the first couple of decorations. I like it to be instant Christmas on the 1st lol. We don't put our tree up until the 2nd Saturday but a few things do make an appearance from the 1st.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 17th Oct 19, 11:12 AM
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    Christmas Eve, listening to the Carol Service from Kings College, Cambridge. And it ends when Boxing Day is over when I itch to take down the tree and Christmas cards but my husband won,t let me !
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 17th Oct 19, 11:13 AM
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    worried jim
    About 08:30am 25th December like most other normal people.
    • Franky2019
    • By Franky2019 22nd Oct 19, 3:28 PM
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    Tree and decs go up usually second week of December. Then once I finish work (this year on the 20th) I go into full Christmas mode!

    I'm lucky in that I get 2 weeks off, but hubby is working most of it, so I will be on my own with our daughter, but my mum and dad come and stay which is lovely
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 17th Nov 19, 4:23 PM
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    Our Christmas starts on 1st December. The tree and limited decorations go up and my gorgeous beauty Advent calendar starts then as well.

    Now we are retired with no family there are more Christmases in the past than in the future so we like to make the best of things. We can do the shopping at the quietest times as well.

    When I was working it was very different. I had one job where no one was allowed to take any time off in December and we only got Christmas Day and Boxing Day off so I either put my feet up and watched television or visited relatives. I was single then. When public transport stopped on Boxing Day I couldn’t even visit anyone as I didn’t drive.

    I make the most of it now
    Last edited by Murphybear; 17-11-2019 at 4:26 PM.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 17th Nov 19, 6:13 PM
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    Have been on a weekend coach trip to the south of the UK and was gob-smacked to see at least a dozen private houses with Christmas decorations up.
    FFS! It's 6 weeks away!
    Will they be buying Easter eggs in January?
    • Skintski
    • By Skintski 18th Nov 19, 7:05 PM
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    It’s started, the decorations went up last weekend and Heart Xmas has been programmed into the car radio. I have very happy memories of Christmas that has continued into adulthood. I could happily do Christmas without the gifts as it’s the atmosphere and the family time I always look forward to. I always take a lot of time off as well so I’m looking forward to a three week break from work.

    It’s probably too early for most people but the way I see it is that I’m not hurting anyone and it makes me happy. Life is too short to worry whether other people are rolling their eyes at my decorations being up.
    Last edited by Skintski; 18-11-2019 at 7:08 PM.
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