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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 17th May 13, 1:30 PM
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    I think i've lost the plot. Funny Friday has me thinking it's a good idea to start the 2013 Christmas thread! I bet there are people waiting to pounce ha ha ha!!!!

    Ho ho ho ho ho. Must start doing some small christmas planning - will do a big batch of chilli jam to start but won't leave it until two days to christmas this time...
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 17th May 13, 6:58 PM
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    I take my hat off to you Zippy, it must have taken you longer to do that post than the 12 hrs at most that Christmas day actually is. So with that in mind it might be worth de-stressing about the whole thing.

    That isn't to say, don't be prepared. Its Moneysaving to buy now rather than buying 19 presents from one wage packet on 19th December and probably spending more as you don't have the choice to wait and see what else you might find.

    As far as my preparations go, I tend to save saving stamps at Tesco's, Sainsburys and Co-Op throughout the year then a few months before I use these for normal shopping trips and save that money for presents. Although I also tend to start buying one off things from about August onwards, just one thing a week so that it doesn't cost very much.

    Well that's my preps, what about anyone else?
    • SIRENS
    • By SIRENS 17th May 13, 7:41 PM
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    Oooh I love the Christmas thread, thanks Zippy!
    Sorry I know I am Very sad but I love it!!
    I even have some pressies already stashed! Will be much more organised ( I hope) on the cooking/baking front this year.
    'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose' - Dr Suess
    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 17th May 13, 7:45 PM
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    I can't think about Christmas yet - I must have a summer holiday first! if we ever get a summer.

    I will be back perusing this thread in a couple of months though! what a brilliant collection of links! one stop shop for Christmas Old Style! well done Zippy!
    Last edited by meritaten; 17-05-2013 at 7:49 PM.
    • Steveswift
    • By Steveswift 17th May 13, 7:47 PM
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    In, just in that is all,i looveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Christmas
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    • boultdj
    • By boultdj 17th May 13, 7:52 PM
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    Snap to the pressie's Sirens, and I'm saving the voucher's to do subscripion's.
    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 17th May 13, 7:55 PM
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    We haven't even had any decent weather yet. It's silly to be posting a thread about christmas so early.
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    • sefilby
    • By sefilby 17th May 13, 8:04 PM
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    I hate to say it but even starting preparations now, I will still be flapping about like a headless chicken come crimbo eve!!
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    • drinkupretty
    • By drinkupretty 17th May 13, 8:13 PM
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    Mentioning the C word already! My home brewing gifts will be started in the next few weeks...
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    • Crowdpleaser
    • By Crowdpleaser 17th May 13, 8:18 PM
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    We are planning on moving house soon so my locker at work is currently stuffed with pressies already! Great Fred, love Xmas! X
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    • lizalloareds
    • By lizalloareds 17th May 13, 8:31 PM
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    Great thread, off to sub
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 17th May 13, 9:04 PM
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    We haven't even had any decent weather yet. It's silly to be posting a thread about christmas so early.
    Originally posted by Torry Quine
    Not if you're in Oz

    The OP must have taken a lot of time and effort, zippychick. I'll be back at the start of December when I may appreciate it!

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    I'm in, mainly lurking, never to early to start preparing for Christmas

    Thank for the links Zippy - you're a star :]

    I've started buying bits and stashing them in a suitcase
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    • Mojoworking
    • By Mojoworking 17th May 13, 9:51 PM
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    I think this is great zippychick and will be subscribing - there is also the holly and ivy thread over in special occasions which is general chat but also bargain spotting and ideas etc that opened for Dec 2013 on Boxing Day December 2012 so May is positively late ;-) Thanks for all the links I'll read them soon - thank you.
    • Molly41
    • By Molly41 18th May 13, 5:48 AM
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    Thankyou for starting the thread. I have an ongoing list of ideas for presents and actual presents I have bought. Also ideas. I shall add the link to my list
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    • Possession
    • By Possession 18th May 13, 6:13 AM
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    Phew Zippy, I was beginning to think Christmas would be late this year!
    I'm afraid I'm not going bonkers this year. I felt the hampers weren't quite as appreciated as the previous ones, and perhaps people need a change this year. In which case they will be getting a very cheap pressie I'm afraid. I do already have some things for the children I've picked up at bargain prices, and I'll make some kind of treat to affix to presents, but that's it this year. Am aiming for cheap and low key!

    • esmf73
    • By esmf73 18th May 13, 6:40 AM
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    Yey, already have lts of pressies, or the bits to make them. Just have To make now!
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    ( well that hasn't happened!!!)
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    • TravellingAbuela
    • By TravellingAbuela 18th May 13, 6:55 AM
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    As sad as it makes me sound, I got some great bargains this week to add to my present stash! A discount shop in Harrogate is closing down and they were selling off Floriography gift sets for 3.50 - rrp 22.50 and 19.99 on Amazon. I came out with 7 boxes!!!! It's gorgeous stuff and at that price I even treat myself to a box!
    • happy35
    • By happy35 18th May 13, 7:17 AM
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    i havent done anything yet, my savings have started but havent bought anything

    I have seen a few things for my niece that I might order this weekend but nothing for anyone else yet
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