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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 23rd Aug 14, 2:18 PM
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    Ok, im the first one to admit i am NOT organised this year. I usually have presents bought by now...

    Any of you organised? All i have done is hoard little jars for chilli jam he he he
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men
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    • jaybee
    • By jaybee 23rd Aug 14, 2:33 PM
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    I soooo need this! Maybe this year I'll be organised.
    • WantAnOrange
    • By WantAnOrange 23rd Aug 14, 2:53 PM
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    I am usually so much more organised than this but this year I have finished my degree, been working full time and am now 14 week pregnant! So it's been a little hectic! I am coming out the end of the horrible morning sickness bit, my working hours are reducing as of mid September and degree is done and dusted so in a few weeks I will finally be able to focus on enjoying winter and Christmas! It's DD's birthday in October too but as she will be 2 years old I am hoping to keep it simple.

    I love making jams/chutneys for gifts and this year am going to make DD some felt food for her tea set. Trying to think of something homemade for DS but as he is 8 he mostly wants Cool Things, not things made by mum.

    We are totally dirt poor this year so going to make big batches of hedgerow jam for the grown ups, though not got many people to give to anyway as we have been working on getting agreements with as many family members as possible that presents are for children only.

    My to do list so far is;

    make hedgerow jam
    make felt food for DD
    decorate dining room (is currently a playroom as I am a child minder but I'm fed up of it!)
    exchange unwanted DVDs/CDs/games etc at CEX and use credit to get stocking fillers
    buy stocking fillers for DH/DS/DD
    Declutter DS's room (if I'm brave enough!)
    Stock up freezer

    I also follow a thread on Mumsnet known as Fellatio's Poncetastic Christmas Thread which is brilliant and very funny if you're into the whole home-made Christmas thing.

    Looking forward to it, Christmas is my favourite!
    • tatabubbly
    • By tatabubbly 23rd Aug 14, 3:25 PM
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    Yay!!! I too am unprepared for Christmas this year! Me and OH will be heading home over Xmas time to it'll be an expensive time!!

    Need to make a list of people who I'd like to get presents
    Make a list of potential gifts
    Use up last years leftover paper and get Xmas cards cheap!
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    • highlandlady72
    • By highlandlady72 23rd Aug 14, 3:31 PM
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    So far, 1 Xmas pressie bought.
    I will still be using the mounds of wrapping paper that I've bought from previous years. So no buying of wrapping paper for me this year.
    • 1of3
    • By 1of3 23rd Aug 14, 3:45 PM
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    Yahoo! It's never to early to have an Xmas thread!

    I have some presents bought so am reasonably prepared
    NOT BUYING IT 2018!

    Consumerism is.....buying things you don't need with money you don't have to impress people you don't know and probably wouldn't like even if you did know them.
    • pollys
    • By pollys 23rd Aug 14, 3:51 PM
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    I ventured into the Christmas drawers (under bed) whilst decluttering. I have enough cards and paper and a few gift bags. I need to write a list but I do have a few ideas for gifts in my head.
    I'd like to have got it all bought and wrapped by 1st December. Now there's a challenge.

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    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 23rd Aug 14, 4:22 PM
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    Ohhhhhhhhh Christmas thread!!! Yay!

    I'm partially organised, plenty of cards and paper from years gone by.

    We only buy for DD's (19 and 16), my parents and my inlaws - oh and one nephew will get 10 (we stop buying for nephews and nieces once they've turned 16)

    DD's have had new laptops ready for the start of term at college and Uni, these are combined, early christmas presents from us and inlaws. They will get a couple of smaller presents and a stocking each on the day. I've already got 4 bits for DD1 and am doing a "swap" with another crafter for another present for her (in exchange for one of my paper cuts). I shall be looking for other swaps for DD2 too.

    Stockings tend to contain toiletries, body sprays, handmade soaps etc along with sweeties so I shall start collecting stuff each week with the shop now!

    Need to start thinking of food!
    "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" - W. C. Field.
    • Molly41
    • By Molly41 23rd Aug 14, 4:34 PM
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    Love Christmas x
    I have to totally declutter my house and clean as we have had such a difficult year the house has become a mess.

    I set myself the goal of Christmas as we will need the table and it is currently covered in tat.

    Christmas will be a much more simple affair this year - the kids have been warned!!!!
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over and through me. When it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    When the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
    • candlelight 2013
    • By candlelight 2013 23rd Aug 14, 4:45 PM
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    candlelight 2013
    I love Christmas as well

    Have made lots of preserves and will be making hampers for those I know like handmade gifts. I think so much nicer than rushing into a shop and picking something up off the shelf. I know, if someone gives me a hand made gift, that they have put a great deal of thought into it.

    Thank you for this thread.

    • Lilyplonk
    • By Lilyplonk 23rd Aug 14, 4:59 PM
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    Many thanks for the 'nudge', zippychick - definitely needed in this house!

    What a great to turn it into a Christmas Mega Index !!!
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 23rd Aug 14, 5:43 PM
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    Bedsit Bob
    I've completed my non-present buying.

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    • Horace
    • By Horace 23rd Aug 14, 5:46 PM
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    Tight Wad here doesn't give presents except to a very good friend (last year she and her OH had a box of things that I had saved up - lovely things for her and practical things for him).

    I have tons of Christmas cards bought in previous years along with wrapping paper. I carefully cut the fronts off cards I was given last year so will recycle them this year.

    Need to go blackberrying in the park - I might freeze crumbles or bottle the fruit for Christmas and serve it with posh cream. I spotted some red apples in the park too (they have red flesh too), when I told mum she told me not to eat them as they will make me ill as they are crab apples (I thought crab apples were tiny) anyway I will pick them and stew them and see what happens.

    Due to being skint, I would like to make more presents.
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 23rd Aug 14, 5:57 PM
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    Bah Humbug,

    Minimal gift giving chez Caterina this year, even less than other years.

    Hopefully we will spend the day as a family, cooking a nice veg dinner as we always do, exchanging small gifts and watching old film reruns on the TV.

    May I remind you of Martin's article on gift giving, I recently shared it on another thread and as I re-read it made more and more sense:

    No big preparations needed here, so hopefully not too much stress attached to Christmas this year!
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 23rd Aug 14, 6:15 PM
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    Bedsit Bob
    Tight Wad here doesn't give presents except to a very good friend
    Originally posted by Horace
    Minimal gift giving chez Caterina this year, even less than other years.
    Originally posted by Caterina
    I can beat both of you.

    I don't give/receive any presents, or indeed cards.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - 1308

    You can't be a Christian AND a Socialist.
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 23rd Aug 14, 6:22 PM
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    Looking forward to a more frugal Christmas this year, I am setting tight limits on how much I will be spending on presents. We are just a year away from completing our IVA and the cost of living is always an issue. My salary pays a flying visit to my bank account and then it's gone. The monthly supermarket online shop gets more expensive as time goes by, and I have started doing more YS shopping, visiting supermarkets in the early evenings to grab any bargains. Last year I made mincemeat for the first time, which was a great success, so I'll be doing that again. Home made Christmas cake and mince pies, brandy butter, just need a good recipe for a gluten free Christmas pud (might be one on the Juvela website, must look).
    We have a small hamper of treats from the Ringtons tea man, so we won't need loads of sweets and chocolates (step away from the tins of Quality Street!). Last year our Christmas was not over-the-top spending or food-wise, yet we (me, OH and DS) all enjoyed it.
    I work shifts and will not know what I am working over Christmas/New Year until early December, but it is no big deal - as long as I get a few days off all together we can have our Christmas then.
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 23rd Aug 14, 6:37 PM
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    My sister and I don't do Christmas for each other or the children as by some slip of planning, she had three of her four children in November and I managed to produce my one and only also in November and on the same day as the birthday of one of hers..... We do birthdays instead. They get enough at Christmas and it's an expense we can both do without having all those birthdays the month before.

    My dad lives in London and I don't so he gets an Asda shop delivered. It saves me worrying about him and his other half running short of food if the weather turns bad. I mostly order tins and jars as they are harder for them to carry home and they last longer with a few treats to make it fun.

    I must make a list of the other ones I need to buy. I have a couple crossed off and stashed in my bedroom already. I like to buy stuff to suit people, not the last minute gift pack things. I have a beautiful enamel butterfly bracelet for my cousin from my son and a basket of bulbs from me despite saying I was only buying square things this year (I hate wrapping).

    It's also mine and the boy's first Christmas in our small house rather than the 5 storey "Faulty Towers" where we used to live. We'll be having dinner here together instead of out with friends and we're both looking forward to it.
    • 7roland8
    • By 7roland8 23rd Aug 14, 7:18 PM
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    Great new thread.

    Luckily I think I have most stuff. Buy wrap and cards after Xmas and also lots of bits on the sales - all online as I cannot really get out.

    Don't spend a lot but really enjoy the giving. Have two drawers full plus stuff on top of wardrobes.

    Try and get things on offer - so Body Shop Butter for around 2 makes a nice gift.

    Got two nice satchel bags on Amazon Deals for sons girlfriends at 13 for both - quite a big spend for me!

    Presents are usually under the 5 mark for anyone outside the immediate family apart from my only sister who I like getting bits for - as she does for me.

    Hubby's family don't bother apart form his mum so I don't bother either. But like getting for my two nieces and their families - plus a few close friends.

    Won't be posting too many cards because of postage but like to hand deliver what I can.

    Only thing that costs really is money I give sons - both grown up - and some little bits and pieces as you have to have novelties to open Christmas morning.

    Have loads of decorations but as last son now moved out he may be taking some of those - but I will enjoy buying more if necessary - though I expect he'll buy new and leave me with the old.

    Never that keen on Christmas Day itself but love the build up - packing, sorting, writing cards and letters, decorating house etc.
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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 23rd Aug 14, 7:50 PM
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    Love it!

    I don't tend to buy for anyone outside my immediate family, and then it's only a fun gift so we all have something to open on Xmas day. It's enough to see the children with their things.

    They had big gifts last year, and both have bikes now, so there's not really anything I want to splurge on for them. They will be 4 and nearly 6. My eldest has been after the Lego Arctic stuff, so I popped it on CamelCamelCamel and bought when reduced by a reasonable amount. Littlest one likes anything Disney Princess so have got a couple of things for her in the sales.
    I do them a stocking each plus a couple of good toys, a game to share, a book each and maybe this year a wii game too. Possibly one that the whole family can join in, I expect we will have a house full again.

    I won't be buying loads of eats "in case someone pops by" as they never do without arranging first, and it only takes 20min to rustle up some home made biccies if needed. We will do a good roast dinner but in the past too much gets cooked and wasted. Not necessary.

    I think this year, the children are getting more of an idea of money. So I may give them a bit of cash each so they can buy something for a special friend and grandparents. Last year we made candy-cane sleighs which went down really well.

    I don't tend to write cards to people I see all the time, but I do send to friends and family further afield.

    I love Christmas, but it's the twinkling lights and the being with family that really makes it for me. Oh and elf magic, of course.

    Away with the fairies
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