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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
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    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 17 at 7:08 PM
    !!!8216;Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    At the Christmas party hop
    Mistletoe hung where you can see
    Every couple tries to stop

    Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    Let the Christmas spirit ring
    Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
    And we'll do some caroling!!!8217;

    Hello and welcome to the 7th Christmas Chatter Thread.

    It!!!8217;s 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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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 !!!8211; the thread is only a success because of your contributions!

    So on that note it is over to you and roll on Christmas 2018!

    Our Birthdays

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    Peppapig 1st
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    CHRISSYG 25th !!!!!!!!
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 4th Jan 18, 6:40 PM
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    I picked up a gift box in the Clintons sale today for 2 to put my gift ribbons / embellishments in. Its one with those art deco ladies on - got a bigger box than I planned but wanted room to put things in without them getting squished. Now I have to make an effort to add them to presents when I wrap them.
    Also was very good and resisted buying any of the 50p paper in Sainsburys today.

    I too need to buy b'day cards for folks - I have some (mainly for kids b'days) but have a friend and OH this month who both have b'days so need cards for them.
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    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 4th Jan 18, 10:20 PM
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    Hi, the trip to buy material for the jacket for school was drama and stress filled!!!!!!!...but I went to homebase and consoled myself with a kitchen blind and a reduced amarylis and a 3 door wreath.I make a door wreath but our door sticks so people slam it and lumps fall off! Any how a fake one will give me one less job to do next Christmas.

    Homebase just happens to be near Pondstretcher.I can't remember who wanted Christmas decorations before Christmas but they had decorations for pennys.Eg bauble wreath 2.50 big box of baubles 30p.Their wrapping paper was 25p for 10m.

    Tonight I have packed the decorations from the porch.2 boxes and a tree box.I then took all the books off the bookcase in the sitting room????????????????????????????? have I not got enough mess or enough to do taking the decorations down in the sitting room and tree in kitchen and the one in the hall?

    Tomorrow fewer books will go back on the shelves and as I take down the remaining decs a lot more will go in the boxes for the car boot sale.

    I feel like I am doing Swedish death cleaning. Where you get rid of stuff that you know your relatives will get rid of when you pop your clogs.I just wish Mr V would let stuff go.He has books people have bought him over the years that he has never opened.

    Thank you for permission to cut up my great Aunts tablecloths.I will put that on my list of things to make this year.

    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 5th Jan 18, 9:27 AM
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    I had to go to House of Fraser to pick up a pair of sandals I had ordered (going to a wedding in June, reduced from 90 to 25! They are silver glittery, so quite neutral for whatever I end up wearing, plus I will have plenty of time to break them in and more importantly, get used to the heals Not totally daft, have also ordered some flat shoes for when my feet give up the ghost, will be staying at the hotel the reception is being held, so it could be barefooted to my room to change) so nipped into Card Factory, picked up a couple of packs of labels for 25p each, so sorted for next Christmas, wasn't much there to float my boat.

    Had the dreaded weigh in last night, was hoping to maintain at best, or no more than 2-3lb gain after my eating antics. Was slightly surprised at a 1lb loss, but even more surprised, and I hadn't noticed it, when I was told the machine said it was a 6lb loss. Not sure what is happening there, but I looked at my weight yesterday and it was the single lb less. Just hope things don't go array next week.
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    • LMG1305
    • By LMG1305 5th Jan 18, 9:37 AM
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    Vulpix, you seem to be doing exactly what I'm doing. I start to tidy & clean one thing, which ends up having a knock on effect so I end up with more mess than I started with that then needs sorting! The other day I just wanted to tidy up the counter top in my utility room, but within 10 minutes I had everything out all over the kitchen floor, 1 black bag full of rubbish, a recycling bag full of cardboard & ripped carrier bags, I'd pulled everything out of all the freestanding storage units to sort through & then I hoovered & mopped before putting everything back.

    Last night was probably my least productive evening as I was so tired. However, I did get some things done, on my new quest to be productive every day. I put a few things on ebay, which isn't much but still feels like I'm sticking to my new rule and at least I'm not putting pressure on myself to always be running about everywhere doing more active things.

    Tonight I will be taking the last of the decorations down & putting everything in boxes & bags ready to go in the attic, so that's my productivity for tonight & then tomorrow we have a wardrobe to build, shelves to put up & a bookcase to put together. Then once all that is done I'll have clothes, books & toys to put on said shelves, bookcase & wardrobe

    Vulpix I would love to see your patchwork when you've finished it, if you know how to upload a pic to here?

    GTQ - well done on the weight loss. Great deal on those shoes, I think if I buy any more shoes my OH will divorce me!

    I hope everybody has a good day today. I have the Friday feeling so going to enjoy today, even if I have work for a few hours
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    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 5th Jan 18, 6:04 PM
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    I have some old tray cloths and tea table cloths which my great Aunt embroidered.I never use them.Would it be awful to cut them up and make a patchwork from them?What do people think?
    Originally posted by vulpix
    If you are not using them, they are wasted anyway, you might as well have thrown them away.
    Better to make something that will be used, than leave them forgotten in the back of a drawer somewhere.

    My decs came down today, chucked a few old ones before packing up the box.
    Cards have come down and are piled ready for the sort and chop for gift tags.
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 5th Jan 18, 6:27 PM
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    Vulpix I agree on making a patchwork from the tablecloths. Given your great aunt took the time to take something and embroider it herself, I'm sure she'd be chuffed you were taking something she'd done and turning it into something you will use.
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 6th Jan 18, 10:23 AM
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    VULPIX I'd not heard of the Swedish death cleaning but it sounds like a really good idea. I agree with the others about the embroidered cloths, I'm sure your great Aunt would prefer you to be able to get use from her work and it's also a lovely way to enjoy and share it.

    LMG I like the idea of doing something productive each day but don't forget you need some downtime too. Maybe you could schedule some pampering time or relaxing time as well - looking after yourself is productive too

    Not much going on here so nothing much to say but still reading every day and enjoying the chat.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 6th Jan 18, 5:50 PM
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    Woohoo,am on a roll with the flinging of "stuff". Everywhere in the sitting room gone through.Our shoes done.Still to do, built in kitchen cupboard and understairs cupboard with all my craft stuff.Then DD2's bedroom and loft.

    It is my Mum's birthday today,MIL's next week.Edibles from the sales given.We have a rash of birthdays until April then a lull until Autumn.To simplify I will just give a small gift and Money to all kids and partners.

    I have decided not to send Birthday cards anymore. Contentious. The kids don't do cards so if you can't beat em etc.

    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 6th Jan 18, 5:53 PM
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    P.S GTQ respect for your weight loss. I am in awe.
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 6th Jan 18, 8:29 PM
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    Not much happening here. Still enjoying being off. Back to work on Monday. Taking the kids to one of the big Panto's in Glasgow tomorrow. I got free tickets on their last show. Which is great as it would have cost just over 100 for us to go.

    I have been feeling extremely anxious recently. Ive found sitting with my planner and bullet journal really helping. I enjoy doodling and prettying them up with stickers. Gives me something just for me. And I feel more organised having it all written down. Having a journal helps loads.

    Looking forward to normality on Monday. I may regret saying that by 3pm on Monday though lol.
    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 6th Jan 18, 10:49 PM
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    Enjoy the panto Nic. Nice treat before you go back to work. Sorry you are feeling anxious just take time to yourself when you can to do things that help.

    Blimey Vulpix seems you have a lot of birthdays to contend with - I only have one in January which is all sorted and then nothing until the end of March but then they are pretty constant rest of the year.

    Been to local wildlife park today taking photos, we picked up our annual passes I bought for Christmas, nice to go whilst it was quiet and will be interesting to take different photos throughout the year.
    • LMG1305
    • By LMG1305 8th Jan 18, 2:47 PM
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    Well the decorations have been taken down & are back in the attic. There is now no trace of Christmas apart from the leftover chocolates and a few extra lbs on the scales.

    Peppa - Thankyou, I definitely agree that I need some downtime so I am counting 'relaxing with a book' as part of my productivity. Reason being is I love to read but last year for various reasons, I never actually finished a book. I started reading maybe 2 or 3 books, but didn't finish them. I have stacks of books in my bedroom that my OH is starting to get fed up of, so if I read them I can then give them to charity or the library, which helps to declutter & keeps me on my productive track.

    We seem to have birthdays steadily throughout the year. One almost every month of the year, however May, August, September & November we have 2 birthday for each of those months.

    I had a lovely quiet weekend. I kept busy in the house but didn't venture outside. I really dislike the weather we're having at the moment, I don't like the cold anyway but when it is also really windy I just prefer to stay indoors.

    Nic, I always feel more in control of things when I write stuff down. It's strange because I make lists on my phone all the time, but I don't feel quite right until I have written it down on paper. On my phone I have a shopping list note & add things to it whenever I think of something I need to grab, but when I am actually going shopping I write everything down on paper. I then throw the paper list away, delete the phone list & start again

    Vulpix, you are on a roll. Well done! I sorted out DD2's clothes on the weekend & have put her summer clothes in the attic. I also put all her Christmas jumpers etc up there. I know they won't fit her next year but my thought process is that come November I will get them down & put them on ebay. I don't imagine christmas jumpers sell for much at this time of year, but come November people will be looking for them again so I should get something for them.

    On the ebay note, I put a few things on ebay last weekend & they finished yesterday. Pleased to see how much 2 of the items went for. The other 2 items didn't have any bids on them on Saturday evening & only had 1 watcher on, so I ended the listing. I know it sounds mean but I didn't really want that 1 watcher to bid 99p plus postage for them & win. It would probably cost me more in packaging, driving to the post office & paying for postage, so I'll try them again in a few weeks & if they still don't sell I will do a car boot sale. The thing is they are the sort of item that I have had decent money for in the past, so I was surprised that they had no interest at all.

    I have put 4 more items that don't end until next Sunday, but 3 of them already have bids on which is great. I just have to be really disciplined & make sure I post everything quickly. When I've done ebay in the past I run out of steam & take a bit longer than I should to get to the post office, because I'm trying to fit it around work etc. I always message the buyer to explain I've not had chance to get to the post office & so far have not had anybody complain, but I know that won't always be the case and because I want to ebay quite a lot this year to declutter the house, I want to keep my ebay feedback as good as possible.
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 8th Jan 18, 10:25 PM
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    LMG try the Christmas jumpers on FB in November.I think people will pay a fiver and pick it up but not a fiver plus postage on ebay.( well me anyway)

    Christmas decorations are sorted and back in the loft.Only 9 boxes instead of the 11 that there were.I have put a small white tree in the bin.Whilst I was in the loft and I had DS' muscle to help me,I had a good tidy and got loads of stuff down to sell/donate.At the moment in the kitchen there are 5 banana boxes of stuff to take to a carboot sale.They will have to stay there for the time being,no where else for them to go.The kitchen is massive though so they wont be in the way.I have a bag of towels for the local cat sanctuary and piles of stuff to give here and there.Just DD2's room to do now.

    I got the mahoosive curtains out and got Ds to hold one up at the french doors.They are just so big.They can go back for the next house.I can't face the battle of trying to cut them down.

    I am on the lookout for a dark green vintage velvet curtain.I can picture the old tablecloths with embroidery of British birds looking great with dark green.

    I have ordered some new duvet covers from John Lewis for our room and will change the curtains to some green ones.This is my first time ever of having green in my house.Getting adventurous in my old age.

    It is very quiet here,hope everyone is OK.

    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 9th Jan 18, 8:15 AM
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    Morning all
    Hope everyone is well
    Christmas got put back in the attic last night so lounge looks bare.
    I need cards and wrapping paper for next year so have written myself a note.
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    • msgigglewick
    • By msgigglewick 9th Jan 18, 1:04 PM
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    All kids are back at school, adults all back at work.. so i had a mooch around town and spent way more than i should have oops.

    Our wilkos had their xmas stock down to 75% off today... grabbed lots of wrapping paper, some window decs and some tree decs to add to xmas pressies has labels.

    Also went into superdrug and grabbed a few more zoella bits, whsmith i got an eraser calendar for 1.50 (was 10 full price) which i thought was different and a nice pen set down to 2.50 from 10 too. and some baileys and harding candles in tescos down to 2 and season 8 shopkins duluxe sets down to 3.90 from 2 and the 5 packs were down to around the same price too.

    So much for not grabbing things this year lol.. its started again! teehee must not get to the nearly 50 gifts dd4 had last year though. And i was very good and didn't grab just cause they were a bargain... could have done my xmas shopping twice over now if she was younger but shes going to be 9 come xmas so will be more choosy i think with her gifts come then.

    I just need to grab my dd2 some smellies from the boots sale and keep an eye out for some smellies sets for my dd4 then my sale shopping is complete for now i think.

    Don't really have a clue what to get my girls as gifts this year. 1st year ever im stumped lol im sure it will come to me though. i hope.
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    • murie
    • By murie 9th Jan 18, 1:05 PM
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    Im still here but didn't realise I haven't been logged in.
    Not a lot going on at the mo but I've enjoyed reading what you have all been up to.
    lovin' this site!
    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 9th Jan 18, 2:27 PM
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    Afternoon everyone. Hope we are all ok. Been making simple cards with my craft stash...mainly just seeing what works well together. Have lots of papers that need using up so will just make cards and might stick a few on eBay if I feel I get to a stage I want to sell.

    I had a really annoying cough past week or so but hopefully now it seems to have pretty much gone and hasn't turned into anything else (touch wood). Hope everyone who was feeling off colour is now better.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 9th Jan 18, 6:07 PM
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    Only news here on the xmas front is that I bought a card for DM next year. We usually go out in the sales and for the past couple of years she's picked her card for the following year in the sales too. Didn't see anything this year, then she messaged me to say she'd seen on in town and if I was going in and happened to see it then that was her pick next year. So I did - except I just said 'oh if I go in and if I see it' and then said I wouldn't be telling her either way, she'd just have to wait She'll have totally forgotten by Dec too

    Also got a couple of cards for birthdays in the sales (we have loads to send throughout the year)

    Other news is that I've made a start on using my embellishment box. I wrapped a friends b'day present early (which was part of the issue, me always wrapping in a rush at the last mo) and then enjoyed taking time to use some bits to make it look pretty - so some silver ribbon and a bow later - ta dah! We'll see how long this lasts.

    Hoping the B00ts sale is next week for a gander - though I've already picked up bits I really did want at 50%.
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 9th Jan 18, 7:40 PM
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    Glad everyone is ok.

    MRSG I did the same, was adamant I wasn't going to buy anything for next Christmas until nearer the time but today I bought some silver and gold pens and some Christmas ribbon and three nice Christmas tins reduced in Aldi. The tins are tea caddy size and say things like 'let it snow' so my plan is to use them as wrapping/boxes for pressies next year. I did resist buying more baubles though.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • bunbun2
    • By bunbun2 9th Jan 18, 9:53 PM
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    *sneaks back in* I don't think I have been on MSE for the whole of 2017...OH bought me a cricut machine for Christmas 2016 and I fell down the bullet journal rabbit hole so facebook seems to have consumed my time. but 2018 is the year I will come back...I have missed you all and this thread.

    I haven't bought anything in the sales for next Christmas which is unheard of.

    looking forward to catching up with you all x

    edit even my signature is way out of date. since then ds2 has been to Switzerland and is going to Nepal in July (he is fund raising for that) and Washington DC in February 2019.
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