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RabidCarrot Wed 26-Dec-12 10:10:42

364 days till Christmas grin

3b1g Wed 26-Dec-12 10:11:10


50shadesofknackered Wed 26-Dec-12 11:27:23

Yay!!! I loved the last thread. grin

stargirl1701 Wed 26-Dec-12 11:36:12


SecretSantaFix Wed 26-Dec-12 11:39:24

I'm going to fucking kill yougrin

You loon!

I'm going to fucking kill you grin

Oooooooooooooh that's fighting talk.

Rabid I'll hold your coat grin

Scout19075 Wed 26-Dec-12 12:21:49

Ooooohhhh, yay! I was thinking of starting this thread and am glad you beat me to it so I don't have to commit.


I already bought presents for 2013 even before Christmas 2012 happened. blush

RabidCarrot Wed 26-Dec-12 19:13:08

Well really santa that's hardly the Christmas sprite now is it grin

Mrsrudolphduvall Wed 26-Dec-12 19:19:54

Oh ffs.

Although I have bought cards today.

buzzgirly Wed 26-Dec-12 19:37:51

I found you all! Great new thread! Did you all have a good day? We did, we woke dcs at 630 wink so it was a long day!

I miss Christmas!

SecretSantaFix Wed 26-Dec-12 20:29:05

It most definitely is, Rabid!grin

Prolificmincepiebreeder Wed 26-Dec-12 20:49:11

Hurray hurray!

RabidCarrot Wed 26-Dec-12 22:42:41
RabidCarrot Wed 26-Dec-12 22:43:48

I miss my kids getting up at 6am, I had to go wake them up at 8.30 grin

yay cant wait till next year again christmas day went so quick and it was over oh i do love christmas :D

BluelightsAndSirens Wed 26-Dec-12 23:08:00

My fist reaction is t tell you to fuck right off but it was great and even though I say it myself I did well and that really was because of MN and the bargain thread and cooking threads etc

So I raise a glass and say thank you, surely we need a sale bargain thread before this one though?

RabidCarrot Thu 27-Dec-12 08:59:45


SecretSantaFix Thu 27-Dec-12 17:52:18

Someone hold her down while I hit her?

StarOfLightMcKings3 Thu 27-Dec-12 17:55:10

It's still Christmas now, until the 12th night.

Scout19075 Thu 27-Dec-12 19:30:37

I bought the paper for presents from Santa today. Asda, 50p for 10 meters. Not bad! I think SmallBoyScout is having presents withdrawal.

SecretSanta the last thread didn't start till 21st Feb.
You've got another 363 days to go.

Pace yourself grin

SecretSantaFix Thu 27-Dec-12 21:13:55


I'll kick her once a day till then?

RabidCarrot Fri 28-Dec-12 08:08:21


Chottie Fri 28-Dec-12 08:59:27

Actually, I think this is a good idea. I love Christmas too! grin

RabidCarrot Sat 29-Dec-12 10:39:18


Nishky Sat 29-Dec-12 10:43:32

If I start the planning now I might be organised by Christmas next year !!

Plentyoffish Sat 29-Dec-12 11:25:46

smile had a fab Christmas this year

buzzgirly Sun 30-Dec-12 08:38:46

I am finally having a bit of post Christmas blues, it's finally all over hmm. And don't even mention New Year, it is a total non event.

On the plus side our family got a very special present on Christmas morning - a new baby nephew!

RabidCarrot Sun 30-Dec-12 08:50:18


Congratulation Buzz

oooh a little Christmas Baby - <<squeeee>> grin

Last day of the year now sad

DH has told me we are starting planning early for Christmas it will be easier if we start in October...I had to break the news to him that I already start landing in August every year... Early for me would be NOW grin

I am planning to get all my wrapping paper and Xmas cards next week but no prezzies... I like to do the yearly Xmas prezzie round up in October grin

RabidCarrot Mon 31-Dec-12 10:28:48


RabidCarrot Mon 31-Dec-12 16:16:09



Ah, you've got a bit of a problem with premature congratulation there Rabid
Fnarr Fnarr

But now, I can officially say

"Happy New Year".
Cos it is New Year.

So, how long now till I can start playing FairyTale of New York without looking like a dipstick?

buzzgirly Tue 01-Jan-13 07:25:44

Happy New Year! We did our usual of staying up until 12.05, it was bloody boring!!

RabidCarrot Tue 01-Jan-13 10:38:43


50shadesofknackered Tue 01-Jan-13 17:26:44

I'm very sad its all over and there are sooo many days till December sad

Snazzynewyear Tue 01-Jan-13 17:32:38

Yay! Love Christmas. I have started a debrief document on my laptop of things that worked well and things that didn't in 2012 so I can consult it and improve this year grin A countdown will help keep me focused.

LentilAsAnything Tue 01-Jan-13 23:58:30

Ooh, 358 days! I am already looking forward to it!

RabidCarrot Wed 02-Jan-13 08:17:34


fuzzpig Wed 02-Jan-13 08:31:29

<settles in>

Helenagrace Wed 02-Jan-13 08:33:03

I've done the same as snazzy.

Christmas planning is all year round here. It's DS's birthday in 9 days so it's temporarily suspended for that but I might just have a wee look at the reduced Christmas stuff while I'm out buying presents for him.

fuzzpig Wed 02-Jan-13 09:04:15

I'm trying to be more organised too. In the last few years all my advanced prep has been focused on presents. But, while I still want to shop in advance to save money/avoid crowded mall, I've also realised that by focusing entirely on presents I have neglected the other magical elements of Xmas that I would really rather focus on and give my DCs memories of!

buzzgirly Wed 02-Jan-13 12:52:05

Today I have started this years Christmas present list, otherwise I will forget and I can keep my eye out for offers.

I want to put a reminder on here for myself for next year - do not jam in so many activities for dd the week before Xmas. The poor wee thing was knackered!

RabidCarrot Wed 02-Jan-13 23:00:50

Following on from my post of December 12th 2012 when my heating broke....I now have heat again.
As you were.

shock have you had no heating for over 3 weeks Rabid?

I'd be burning your LandLord at the stake (plenty of heat there)

That's horrendous angry

RabidCarrot Thu 03-Jan-13 09:16:47


LentilAsAnything Thu 03-Jan-13 22:00:21

No heating for Xmas? shock You poor things.

buzzgirly Fri 04-Jan-13 07:44:49

Rabid that's terrible you had to wait so long.

Well dd is still in Christmas spirit, whenever someone leaves the house she is still shouting "merry Christmas"

RabidCarrot Fri 04-Jan-13 09:04:13


ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Fri 04-Jan-13 14:01:29


fuzzpig Fri 04-Jan-13 14:40:03

I (as posted on a new thread) have started practising my Xmas cooking! I have been meaning to try making little festive treats for a few Xmases now, but for many reasons it just hasn't happened. So now I am trialling a few simple recipes without the pressure of impending Xmas (well unless you count 350

fuzzpig Fri 04-Jan-13 14:42:03

Ahem. Wrong button.

... Unless you count 355 days as impending) and it doesn't matter if it goes wrong - which knowing me it will!

Scout19075 Fri 04-Jan-13 20:17:37

I bought a few more presents today. AND managed to finish present shopping for one of my friends from home (the US). Wahoo!

RabidCarrot Sat 05-Jan-13 09:07:16


RabidCarrot Sat 05-Jan-13 09:13:39

I am poorly, have taken to my bed sad if any of you are standing on my chest please get off, every inch of me hurts, I have a temp.
Have very little sleep too. Blagh and I need to take down the last Christmas tree today!

RabidCarrot Sun 06-Jan-13 09:25:09


buzzgirly Sun 06-Jan-13 13:06:43

Hope you're feeling better Rabid. Dd back to pre-school tomorrow - it's been a long 2 weeks.

RabidCarrot Sun 06-Jan-13 13:47:17

Thank you buzz, feeling a bit better then yesterday but still rubbish, made it from the bed to the sofa today.
It is back to school here to tomorrow (and college for me but I don't think I will be going)

I think the holidays flew past too fast, they always do sad

RabidCarrot Mon 07-Jan-13 06:52:23


Helenagrace Mon 07-Jan-13 09:12:56

Hope you're better soon Rabid.

BiddyPop Mon 07-Jan-13 11:32:47

Happy New Year all, and glad to see that this is rolling along again!!

Just back at work today after a MANIC festive season (including lots of travel, illness and general madness and chaos) - so I didn't get online at all over the hols.

We've decided ONE thing about next Christmas - we are travelling down and staying in PIL's (unless my parent's rental is empty and we can stay there for free). Renting for the week is madness prices, and it was a bit too quiet on Christmas Day this year.

Hope you're feeling better today Rabid - I am dosed up on various remedies to get me through (between keeping the family going and so many of my staff out with various medical and family issues, I need to stay standing).

RabidCarrot Tue 08-Jan-13 06:50:37


I've still got Hallowe'en decorations in my garden blush from my Hallowe'en Party.

But, I've managed to get the Christmas decorations put away <<phew>>

(Think I'll leave the bats hanging up TBH. They're fetching)

RabidCarrot Wed 09-Jan-13 07:28:20


BiddyPop Wed 09-Jan-13 09:02:50

I picked up a couple of stocking stuffers in Topshop yesterday!!

I must pop into M&S and Boots for wrapping paper etc before the sales end.

And today's job is to roll over the annual excel spreadsheet and set the basic budget for all.

I am such a saddo grin

Snazzynewyear Wed 09-Jan-13 13:38:04

Good work Biddy. I need to finish my debrief document smile

I'm also going to take a last look around the supermarkets today for any remaining Christmas pudding. I have a recipe for Christmas pudding muffins and really intend to practice making them this spring as a trial for the Big Event.

RabidCarrot Wed 09-Jan-13 16:15:40

Oooh Oooh Countdown Clock grin

And it says in the Daily Mail that we might get snow this weekend.
(Only two and a bit weeks late hmm )

RabidCarrot Thu 10-Jan-13 06:54:20


RabidCarrot Thu 10-Jan-13 12:40:10

I am a saddo, watching Arthur Christmas grin

LentilAsAnything Thu 10-Jan-13 14:30:50

smile I have not seen that yet. Enjoy!

If we get snow at the weekend I may have to 'recreate' Christmas (Sunday Roast dinner with my nice tablecover, some party poppers and a Christmassy Fillum)

Oh Yes. blush

How many days until I can do it for real then Rabid ?

Ooo, can I join in please? We have a small santa chalk board up at home with a countdown on it that gets changed every day, much to my DB and SIL's disgust. Well bah humbug to them I say. Roll on Christmas grin

RabidCarrot Fri 11-Jan-13 07:02:48


I have a chalk board, that is how it all started grin

buzzgirly Fri 11-Jan-13 07:11:27

Everything Christmassy has now gone from our house sad. Apart from a snowfall Yankee candle, but if weather forecasts are true this will be quite fitting!

RabidCarrot Sat 12-Jan-13 10:34:52


Down to a poisettier {sp}

buzzgirly Sat 12-Jan-13 20:38:39

No snow today, but it was bloody cold. I don't think fog lifted all day.

Did anyone else get snow?

No snow in Darkest Essex sad

Still burning my Yankee Candle Sparkling Cinnamon though grin

fuzzpig Sun 13-Jan-13 08:26:16

Snow would be hell for me at the moment so I'm glad we haven't had any so far!

I have now tried chocolate truffles, peanut butter chocolate ball things, chocolate pretzels, and peppermint bark. All quite tasty but not lovely enough (appearance wise) for presents, so I need to practise more grin. I still have 5 tubes of various writing icing to use up so I should really make biscuits but I am so terrible at baking! DH is a coeliac too.

fuzzpig Sun 13-Jan-13 08:58:04

Oh and I really need to buy storage for our decorations. All our stuff is just bunged in boxes under the table, but I really want to have a proper sort through to get rid of some rubbish decorations and pack the nice stuff safely.

My old tree, which my parents bought for my 2nd Xmas in 1987, has been in my parents' attic for a few years now, but since they are moving out (separately) soon they don't want it any more. It is in many pieces and I want to store it properly now. A lot of the boxes my parents brought over had damp/mould etc which is why I'm desperate to Do It Right.

All of which means I get to indulge my addiction to Really Useful Boxes! grin

buzzgirly Sun 13-Jan-13 09:07:01

fuzz how are you and DH health wise now? Hope everything is getting better x

I really fancy peppermint bark - is it fairly easy to make?

RabidCarrot Sun 13-Jan-13 09:55:52


fuzzpig Sun 13-Jan-13 10:33:45

Aww thanks buzz smile thanks DH is getting there and is now looking for work. I have been officially dxd with ME/CFS now, so trying to work out if I can continue in my job (unlikely really) or I might go part time or something. Xmas was lovely though in spite of all the stress! smile

Peppermint bark was an MN idea - basically just melted chocolate, poured it onto a tin lid covered in cling film, and sprinkled crushed candy canes onto it. I did milk, then dark, then white and it was quite nice. Once it's set you just break it into shards.

I'd like to try Florentines too and fudge perhaps.

RabidCarrot Sun 13-Jan-13 17:45:07

Fuzz, banana/fruit boxes make fantastic storage boxes as they stack and are free, this is what I have, all the decorations are put in separate boxes and labelled according to colour then stacked, every November we then decide what colours we are using and bring down the relevant boxes

Please note I am very anal grin

fuzzpig Sun 13-Jan-13 17:56:00

Ah we used to have those boxes when I was young! grin

Won't do the job in our house/attic though, we have damp/mould issues so nothing is going in the attic without being reasonably well sealed.

And anyway, I love Really Useful Boxes, so nothing else will do

buzzgirly Sun 13-Jan-13 20:09:55

fuzz great news about dh, not so good about your diagnosis - I hope you get something sorted work wise.

The pepper mint bark sounds yummy, but I have to admit that I would probably eat the lot myself! I love mint in chocolate.

I'm just back from mil's, and she has told me that I'm getting her Xmas tree. I have a scabby tenner job from Asda we bought when skint, she has a lovely thick gorgeous one I've been after for ages. She told me tonight that she's bought herself a wire one blush, so I can have hers.

It's great as I planned on loosing our current tree anyway!

fuzzpig Sun 13-Jan-13 21:53:50

Good news about the tree! I am so happy to have mine here now. I always decorated it myself as a child since my parents hated Xmas and I feel very attached to it, as well as several of the decorations. Here's hoping it lasts another 25 years! smile I think we need to sort through all the lights though - we used a set that had obviously been bought in a sale years ago but never used. They are lovely but only 80 lights which isn't enough for a 7ft tree.

We'd also been making do for the last few years with an Asda smart price tree and a huge white one we found in our attic! confused

What is a wire tree though? Is it like just the branches with no leaves or something?

RabidCarrot Mon 14-Jan-13 06:48:49



BiddyPop Mon 14-Jan-13 10:01:39

Not FAIR!! Only wet miserable weather here....(it was bitterly cold all day yesterday, but warmed up to a balmy 6 degrees this morning and dull, damp misery).

I still have the 5 foot tree I got in Primark when we got our first house - we use it the years that we are travelling (I like a real tree if we are here for Christmas itself). But I'd like to get a better fake. Maybe next year's sales....after I show DH how bad the fake looks again (as we are travelling next year, we've decided).

I put away the last Christmas cup yesterday, and DH got "Arthur Christmas" out for DD from rental place, on condition that that was the end of Christmas in our house with NO Christmas to be seen or mentioned for the next 10 months!! (Glared at BOTH DD and I as he said it!!).

That's ok, I will put it all out of his view/hearing until late October (late enough in my mind) but book things like Santa train when they come out (July) and start my buying as well before that. But if he wants it that late then HE will have to do the buying for his family!! grin

RabidCarrot Tue 15-Jan-13 06:49:24


I finished boxing all my decs up today. I've put all the Christmas cards I got into a separate 'to do' box in the cupboard downstairs, and sometime in the next 2 or 3 weeks I'll cut present labels out, punch a hole in each corner and thread some ribbon through, all ready for labelling presents in November. It always takes ages to cut the labels out, as I do shapes like Christmas trees, holly leaves etc. The fancier the better IMO. I do like it all to drag out for as long as possible grin

Snazzynewyear Tue 15-Jan-13 21:32:34

I have bought some more cards and bits - Boots have packs of their '30 for school class + card for teacher' cards on half price so got those for 2.50!

Still need to pack the decs up. Christmas mugs still in use. DH (who tolerates my Christmas fixation well without being of that mind himself) said he rather liked them so going to keep them in use for a bit longer. It is such a dreary January at the moment, I need the lift.

Today (wednesday) I shall pootle off down to Boots and peruse their sale (apparently 75% off some items). It will most likely be Christmas gift set type things.
But I might get some nail polishes for DD and see if there's any bargains.


RabidCarrot Wed 16-Jan-13 06:55:40


Snazzynewyear Wed 16-Jan-13 23:01:29

I got more cards from Boots today in the 75% off deal - in total 70 cards cost me £2.78. I usually try and get cards from charity shops so the profits get to them directly but money is much tighter for us now and will be for at least another year, so I decided to go this route with it.

70isaLimit There was lots of frenzied riffling through beauty sets when I was there, so not sure how much is left but hope you got some decent stuff.

Are there any other shops still selling off Christmas stuff?

RabidCarrot Thu 17-Jan-13 06:54:18


I got a Soap&Glory lipstick set for £3 (was £12).
There were no boxed sets that they had before christmas (but loads of them were 50% off previously)
It was a small branch of Boots but at about 9.15am, there was nothing apart from cards and a couple of beauty bag sets sad
Not to be obviously.

fuzzpig Thu 17-Jan-13 17:54:22

I bought some more wrapping paper this morning on the way to work at a different library... and then left said wrapping paper in said different library <sigh>

MadBusLady Thu 17-Jan-13 18:02:56

Wouldn't it be nice if we had another late winter festival to look forward to. It's so grim this time of year. It's this that would tempt me to get into full-on Catholicism or Paganism or something (depending on who had the better festivals). I do think it's sad there used to be more of a rhythm to life, with feast days and things to mark, and we've lost that. We pile all our feelings about those things onto one festival really.


Well MadBusLady in eight days time you can release your inner Rabbie Burns and have a good old Burns Night grin

Haggis, neeps, mashed carrots, tatties
Some strange pudding (Athol Brose) made with cream, raspberries, toasted oats and whiskey (see a theme here) grin

Lots of speeches and Rabs Yer Uncle smile

buzzgirly Thu 17-Jan-13 21:53:49

We had a celebration today - my ds 1st birthday! That may have been the quickest year ever! He was pretty oblivious though, dd was completely over excited though.

I think the pudding you are meaning 70s is called cranachan - I'm not that keen on it, but I love haggis!

That's the one buzz . (So what's Athol Brose I wonder. I didn't make it up, honest)

Happy Birthday buzz-baby . Happy First Birthday grin

RabidCarrot Fri 18-Jan-13 06:59:37


Off to Tesco to do the weekly shop and stock up on toilet roll in case of snow grin

RabidCarrot Sat 19-Jan-13 09:17:03


grin I stocked up with looroll at Costco .
My dad phoned me today (he lives near Glasgow) "I've gone out and bought two loaves"
OK , he's 76 yo. And diabetic.
But I told him it's people like him panic buying bread (2 loaves for him and my mother- shameful) that empties the supermarket shelves.
Hoiks bosom in a Les Dawson fashion and clutches pearls shock

DD and I traipsed through the snow feeling festive (would have been nicer at Christmas if we'd had snow. Oh well, next year?)

So, how are we doing, CountDown wise then ?

GiraffesEatPineapples Sun 20-Jan-13 00:12:07

Bought some cards this week smile


I'm stealing the countdown.
Rabid must be Missing In Action on the way home with her toilet roll hoard.


RabidCarrot Sun 20-Jan-13 12:12:06

Thank you 70s my internet died this morning, but DP has given it a good kicking stern talking too grin
Yep 339 so in to the 30s

buzzgirly Sun 20-Jan-13 13:29:59

I bought some cheap cards today. I have put them away and will probably find them in about 2 Christmases!

I'm jealous that you all have snow, we have had none at all.

RabidCarrot Sun 20-Jan-13 13:52:51

it is snowing again here, yesterday we went sledging and built a 6 foot tall snow man that looked just like DP

RabidCarrot Mon 21-Jan-13 09:06:22


I was tidying up DD room (off school due to snow) and found her copy of The Night Before Christmas (Christian Birmingham illustrations- it's lovely).

And wistfully thinking 4 weeks ago if we'd had the snow, outside would have looked like these lovely pictures with all the house lights.

sad git emoticon

RabidCarrot Tue 22-Jan-13 06:49:30


BiddyPop Tue 22-Jan-13 14:15:11

We've had a small flurry of white stuff today (on dry clear ground) after a VERY frosty start. Yesterday was a slushy start as there was about 3cm of melting snow on my car, but it didn't last. But traffic is crawling (I think as much because there are a LOT of commuters who normally cycle in the area who aren't braving the elements this week and driving the cars they usually use only at weekends). So I am spending too long driving which leaves not enough time for everything else (and I'm sleeping badly). And stressed out trying to keep manic workloads, paying bills and household organisation, settle DD (bashed elbow which I may have to get xrayed tonight and missing her Dad) and distract myself from missing DH (he travels for work, and after 6 weeks of him home over Christmas, we are back into the "2 weeks here, 2 weeks in South Africa" cycle again sad).

So thoughts of Christmas are on the back burner (I had hoped to get to Boots before sale ends).

I DID hear that M&S had a last markdown last Fri though, so as I was very late taking lunch (basically, 15 mins to go to chemist and collect mending), I ran in to M&S next door to chemist and thought about a lovely handbag (60 to 15 and lovely, but too red a brown for me, I wanted more black/brown) but came away with a pair of jogging pants (13 to 3.75) and a long-line wine cardi (65 down to 24, but girl messed up scanning tag and scanned joggers twice, I only copped later at home as sometimes there have been amazing reductions at last minute so I learn to say nothing, but got both for 7.50!). Then ran back to office in sleety slush and worked like a demon for the rest of the afternoon.

Traffic was so bad Fri pm that city centre gridlocked - I had DH with me, au pair was already going to be babysitting and collects DD from afterschool club on Fri anyway, so we abandoned thoguhts of getting home and went for a pizza in town instead and a pint at our local (we'd both have fallen asleep at cinema, which had been original plan earlier in the week). So nice surprise at the end of the week.

RabidCarrot Wed 23-Jan-13 07:49:02


RabidCarrot Wed 23-Jan-13 07:52:25

Biddy you have a lot going on, take a deep breath and don't run yourself in to the ground, the thread needs you

BiddyPop Wed 23-Jan-13 10:58:02

Don't worry, the mad panics at work should be over by tomorrow lunchtime (if not tonight), and as I broke a tooth having dinner last night, I have a dentist appointment at 4.30 tomorrow, so will have to leave work at 3, after a training session most of the morning!! And I don't feel 1 bit guilty about it!! grin

I may even need a liquid dinner after a filling (I always chew my cheeks otherwise), so it may be fermented grape juice as the best option!!

BiddyPop Wed 23-Jan-13 10:58:21


RabidCarrot Wed 23-Jan-13 11:56:27

loving your style

RabidCarrot Thu 24-Jan-13 06:59:04


Oh this time last month was The Big Day sad
Only another eleven months to go.

Hmmmmm, I wish I knew how many days that would be...
(Takes socks off to enable myself to count up to 20 )

LentilAsAnything Fri 25-Jan-13 00:46:56

11 months! Woo hoo! smile
I wish we still had festive smileys, if only for this section!

Wallison Fri 25-Jan-13 00:53:55

I'm so pleased that I found this thread; I love Christmas!

This year I got some wrapping paper that said "A present from Santa" on it and it was red background with white and gold writing on it. I would love to get it again for next Christmas but can't remember which shop it was from. Does anybody have any idea?

RabidCarrot Fri 25-Jan-13 06:53:58


RabidCarrot Fri 25-Jan-13 06:54:57

Wallison could it be Sainsburys?

BiddyPop Fri 25-Jan-13 09:48:47

Rudolph Day today!! Whoppee!!

The worst of the craziness at work is over for the week (not finished, but the MAD MAD panics finished yesterday). Traffic eased this morning (weather better so cyclists back on bikes, and I think there are still a lot of 4-day-weekers around my route, and plenty who use public transport to allow after-work-pints on Friday). And I slept reasonably well after I got my tooth repaired last night.

So I feel some bit better today. And the fact that it's Rudy Day helps!!

I think, for the January one, I am going to get my lists done, put away the last of the Christmas cards, and perhaps try over the weekend to make sure my address book is up to date. grin

Oooh Biddy is the 25th of every month Rudolph Day or just today?

<<Looks judgily at the tiny decorated advent calender cupboard that DH still hasn't unscrewed from the sideboard>>

We have an advert tree that has found it's way to the attic. The cupboardy thing holds decoration for the tree.

But I have a Snowman snowglobe and a Snowman toy in my kitchen all year round


BiddyPop Fri 25-Jan-13 11:14:35

Sorry 70s, had to do a bit of work.

Yes, Rudy Day is every 25th of the month. I try to do SOME Christmas planning of some sort or work on practical projects (kick myself for not getting started the crafts I want to make as presents) and I tend to take out my Christmas mug at work for my coffee. But not at home, DH puts his foot down on that til Oct for 1 mug and Dec for the rest of them hmm

I know some people who do RD also allow themselves a Christmas movie or book as well, as part of keeping Christmas in their hearts all year long. Some months I turn on Christmas radio on the internet radio (there are a few US internet stations that operate year round). But as DD watches "Home Alone" on a loop anyway, I get my fill of Christmas movies in that!! grin

RabidCarrot Sat 26-Jan-13 15:24:24


buzzgirly Sat 26-Jan-13 17:54:23

Hmm Rudolph Day every month - I like the sound of that smile! I am missing my Christmas tunes, especially Mistletoe and Wineblush. I love that song.

We had snow for about 20 mins yesterday. My poor mam was flying to Tenerife yesterday, but airport was closed because of snow and when they did take off the flight was diverted to London because of mechanical problems. So the white stuff can be a bit of a nuisance!

GiraffesEatPineapples Sun 27-Jan-13 00:24:13

Hi christmas lovers - have been on once before!

My dd saw the snow and said hopefully (ho Ho come?) (ho ho is santa). 30 years down the line she will prob helping rabid with the countdown.

I bought some cushions from ikea which were too small for intended use so my planned craft is to turn them into christmas cushions to give us gifts.

GiraffesEatPineapples Sun 27-Jan-13 00:25:52

Fairly festive no? [bgrin]

GiraffesEatPineapples Sun 27-Jan-13 00:27:08

didn't work - oh no even the scottish smileys are out of date!

RabidCarrot Sun 27-Jan-13 03:41:48


RabidCarrot Mon 28-Jan-13 06:53:23


RabidCarrot Tue 29-Jan-13 06:55:25


Slinks back onto thread so that Rabid doesn't feel she's been left in a vacuum for the past 3 days.
Coming up for the 320s section now grin. (By 300 I'll be thinking about Easter -shock)

RabidCarrot Wed 30-Jan-13 06:58:07


Hands 70s a mince pie grin

Snazzynewyear Wed 30-Jan-13 09:12:37

<holds out hand for mince pie>

<<Troughs down mince-pie and wonders if I should've checked the "Use By Date". Admires Rabids sell control still having mince-pies 5 weeks after Christmas .>>

RabidCarrot Wed 30-Jan-13 20:30:44

Pleased to be rid of the mince pies I shall now stock up on hot cross buns

RabidCarrot Thu 31-Jan-13 06:54:41


BiddyPop Thu 31-Jan-13 14:19:42

Um, wasn't yesterday 329? Pardon me, lack of sleep so I may be seeing things....

I DID manage to get the last roll of nice kiddie type wrapping paper (10m + 6 tags!!) in a different Boots to my usual one. 87c! There were still lots of a gold with holly leaves, and a couple of a gold embossed foil type (both 3m+6tags). But I think I have enough to get started now.

I also stopped (en route back from a meeting) at a different place for a sambo (its nice but rarely get there - I usually take in lunch and generally go a different way when I need to buy). Got a nice foccacia for me, but also a sausage roll with cranberry! So got that to bring home to DD and see if it comes close to the M&S ones she got so upset about a couple of weeks ago (upset I'd not frozen any as neighbours kids ate most of them at Christmas).

I ate the last slice of stollen on Tuesday night - needed to cheer myself up. Might even make some mince pies myself this weekend (too much going on and I need comfort food).

Gotta go eat lunch while still warm....

YY Rabid was having a GroundHog Day and gave us 329 twice grin

I've got a jar of mincemeat in t'pantry (Sainsburys sale 10p a jar).
I could do some apple and mincemeat pie this weekend ........

RabidCarrot Fri 01-Feb-13 06:54:59

328 and then......

RabidCarrot Fri 01-Feb-13 06:55:21


And happy new month x

BiddyPop Fri 01-Feb-13 11:44:32

Groundhog Day isn't until tomorrow!!! grin (Seriously, tomorrow IS groundhog day - I have US holidays on my electronic diary as well as European ones).

We're into month 2, so only 10 months to go!! gringrin (Taking a chance [fgrin]!!)

BiddyPop Fri 01-Feb-13 11:44:53

Oops, festive smilies are dormant still....

LentilAsAnything Fri 01-Feb-13 15:45:10

Yippee, 10 months til Advent!

buzzgirly Sat 02-Feb-13 07:28:12

We finally have snow! Only a dusting but it's better than nothing.

I haven't done anything Christmassy as sob, my maternity leave is over and I have returned to work hmm.

RabidCarrot Sat 02-Feb-13 07:43:55


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RabidCarrot Mon 04-Feb-13 07:59:27


324 324 324

buzzgirly Mon 04-Feb-13 17:38:07

So it's 324 Biddy? wink

RabidCarrot Tue 05-Feb-13 05:54:38


buzzgirly Wed 06-Feb-13 07:48:25

Oops that should have been 324 Rabid!!

I have now planned what the dcs are getting for Xmas this year so now need to keep an eye out for any offers. I am not going to go so over board this year - well that's the plan anyway!

BiddyPop Wed 06-Feb-13 10:06:29

grin Buzzgirly!!

I have the song "3 2 1 Contact" in my head for later this week grin (it used to be the theme tune for a science programme for kids).

I need to send an email today to book the house we're staying in this Christmas.

Otherwise, I have no thinking done yet (I have rolled over my spreadsheet but done nothing with it in terms of planning yet). I must start my crafting list, and re-do the list of things I have in the "emergency and regifting pressies" box. (And bring home the 3 rolls of wrapping paper propped against the wall of my office!).

RabidCarrot Wed 06-Feb-13 17:21:15


Tommorrow you can unleash your inner Ted Rogers and Dusty Bin - 3-2-1

<<Old Gimmer who used to watch crappy Saturday night telly emoticon>>

RabidCarrot Thu 07-Feb-13 05:51:26


Wheels in dustbin for 70s grin

LentilAsAnything Thu 07-Feb-13 15:32:38

smile Ha! Oh I neeeeed Christmas smileys here! They should let us have them for this section!

RabidCarrot Fri 08-Feb-13 06:56:23


RabidCarrot Sat 09-Feb-13 09:10:37


OOOOHHHH we're into the three hundred and teens grin

RabidCarrot Sun 10-Feb-13 08:55:56


frostfrond Sun 10-Feb-13 09:15:34

I was done out of pre Christmas because of sickness bug and Christmas itself I'd just a blur so every now and then I suddenly feel very festive and just ho with the glow humming carols and I have bought quite a few things for this Christmas as I am determined not to be ill the fact I am lying in bed watching it snow and that is what made me come on a Christmas thread

RabidCarrot Sun 10-Feb-13 10:57:21

Stick with us Frost, we keep the festive going all year grin

Dothraki Sun 10-Feb-13 11:03:59

Frost - you've got snow envy
we've just got rain

In the absence of snow here (yes just torrents of rain too)
I was idly perusing QVC website and I saw a burgandy 7 gold tree skirt in Clearance.
I've got a dark red and gold pelmet thing for the fireplace so it'll go nicely.

Started early this year with the buying.But I'm telling myself if I don't buy it now, I'll miss it.wink

RabidCarrot Mon 11-Feb-13 06:56:44


Dothraki Mon 11-Feb-13 10:16:59

Still no snow - but it is freezing smile

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RabidCarrot Thu 14-Feb-13 05:58:24

314 happy valentines day

RabidCarrot Fri 15-Feb-13 06:47:45



An unattended thread grin

<<opens door and tip toes in the squat sit a while in the so it's only thread.
Likes it here



buzzgirly Sun 17-Feb-13 08:11:10

How are all you Christmas addicts doing? Dd and I are currently watching Mickeys Twice Upon a Christmas - it is brilliant!

LentilAsAnything Sun 17-Feb-13 18:55:50

I try and contain my Christmas craziness to December. Fancy a festive film now you've mentioned it though! smile

Snazzynewyear Sun 17-Feb-13 19:14:12

Picked up a 'what's on' leaflet at the place I went to today that still had Dec 2012 listings in, and though 'ooh, can use that to plan for next year' smile


lucysmam Mon 18-Feb-13 09:36:35

<peeks inside>

can i join in please? dp and the kids think I've lost my marbles thinking about christmas already....have my lists all sorted and kids stocking fillers almost finished already.......but there's no choc santas in the shops so they may have to wait a while grin

RabidCarrot Tue 19-Feb-13 08:03:12


Yes come in all are welcome
Thank you 70s for keeping the countdown x

50shadesofknackered Tue 19-Feb-13 14:59:27

Ooo we'll be in the 200's soon grin I'm already trying to plan christmassy things to do with the dc this year as things didn't really happen last year. Also started saving so I have loads of money to spend. Ooooo very exciting!!!


BTW Rabid do you realise that tommorrow is the birthday of your To Tell You It Is Only thread ?
Presumably you started it in AIBU to be mischievious... but it grew legs and ran for the whole year grin

This thread needs to break the 1000 barrier. <<rolls up sleeves and looks fierce>>

RabidCarrot Wed 20-Feb-13 16:02:26

Thank you 70s, I left for work at 6am today and forgot to post.

LentilAsAnything Wed 20-Feb-13 19:40:03

Toddler DS makes song requests, usually Wheels On The Bus, Incy Wincy Spider or Twinkle Twinkle. Today he asked for Jingle Bells! smile That's my boy! smile

RabidCarrot Thu 21-Feb-13 05:55:47


Happy birthday thread grin

RabidCarrot Fri 22-Feb-13 05:57:10


Only 7 more days till there's a '2' in the front!

<gets unseasonably excited>

I know, we'll be into March and the 200s next week.

<< Sqqqqqqqquuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeee >>

LentilAsAnything Fri 22-Feb-13 13:01:19

Only three more days and we'll be on a ten-month countdown! smile

I was in M&S yesterday and they had a small stand with some Christmas clearance on it. Mainly wrapping paper and cards though.
DD gave me a hmm look when I hovered near it.

RabidCarrot Sat 23-Feb-13 09:22:21


JingleMum Sat 23-Feb-13 13:34:04

Is anyone saving money or vouchers for this Christmas? I'm trying to save £10 a week, and also put £5 a week/every other week on my asda card for my food shop.

It hit me like a ton of bricks last year, want to be more prepared this coming year.

Hi jingle

I buy a tin every year (the ones from The Range that you open with a can-opener) for £2 coins. (I can save £180-£200 in the year)

Sainsburys Nectar points.- to pay for a mahoosive guilt free Christmas Food Shop.
M&S and Tesco Clubcard vouchers (they post these to me) go in a specially decorated envelope on the fridge.

Organized , moi ? wink

I'm watching a recorded Lost Christmas with DD (the one with Eddie Izzard).
Well it is 10 months till Christmas Eve Eve


RabidCarrot Sun 24-Feb-13 10:23:43


JingleMum Sun 24-Feb-13 14:30:03

Wow 70 you are organised!

True movies has christmas movies on all day today!

grin I've done the £2 jar for about 3 years now.
And the Nectar/M&S/Tesco means I have to be a bit strong willed. Usually the Tesco ones get used for double clubcard deals (I bought a phone for my DS and a heater for my guinea-pigs with these)

We've had light, non settling snow for the past 2-3 days now. And pesky hailstones.

RabidCarrot Mon 25-Feb-13 06:50:25


BiddyPop Mon 25-Feb-13 10:17:31

I have my bag of change for parking machines, that I keep in the car - when it is getting pretty full and I don't need parking money, I will get a few stamps for the big supermarket and add those to my card (I aim to fill at least 1 card for the big stores shop around Christmas).

Otherwise, I have a salary sacrifice going on into the credit union through work - I put money away every paycheque for birthdays and Christmas and holiday money, so that usually covers anything I need in December.

Rudy Day today. I MAY watch a Christmassy movie tonight in bed (DH is away again!) but that's about the extent of it this month (too shattered for planning).

LentilAsAnything Mon 25-Feb-13 15:43:32

Ten months! smile

RabidCarrot Tue 26-Feb-13 05:51:31


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RabidCarrot Thu 28-Feb-13 06:02:15


grin tomorrow we greet a new month and we break the 200s barrier.

Bring It On .

LentilAsAnything Thu 28-Feb-13 22:29:59

Yippee! Not that I am wishing my life away! But it is nice to think abiut Xmas. I am thinking about summer holidays too!

Snazzynewyear Thu 28-Feb-13 23:43:25


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buzzgirly Fri 01-Mar-13 08:27:18

In the 200s already! grin

I haven't done anything remotely Christmassy - dc and I are suffering from various nasty bugs!

So has spring officially begun?

LentilAsAnything Fri 01-Mar-13 17:13:58

Nine months til Advent! smile

RabidCarrot Sat 02-Mar-13 09:22:37


Snazzynewyear Sun 03-Mar-13 00:41:37

I bought some Christmas gloves today in a sale. Will have to resist temptation now and put them away till, ooh, October? smile

DeepRedBetty Sun 03-Mar-13 00:48:15

I've just found yet another box of Christmas Chocolates from a grateful client! Operation get back to size 12 will have to wait another day or two.

DD and I were in The Range and they had a small display of christmas stock vastly reduced. I resisted. wink

I bought gloves a couple of weeks back (not Christmas ones but nude/camel)

How long to go then Rabid???

RabidCarrot Sun 03-Mar-13 10:11:51


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spottymoo Mon 04-Mar-13 17:31:33

I miss Christmas so much last year was a wash out for us as fil died the week before so I'm determined to make it extra special thus year

I have started lists for ideas for family and dh mentioned at the weekend that as we see docking stocking stuff we should start getting it grin

RabidCarrot Tue 05-Mar-13 06:01:11


IamnotaStepfordHousewife Tue 05-Mar-13 19:33:46

Sitting here with cranberry oil in my burner watching Xmas programme and reading Xmas thread on Mumsnet! Cheering me up after a crappy day smile

dothraki Tue 05-Mar-13 19:51:51

Lucky you - I'm sitting here watching football surrounded by Utd. fans, plentyof winewinewinewine

Just noticed this thread in active...

You people are nuts, it's March! Stop wishing the lack of summer that we get away!

dothraki Tue 05-Mar-13 20:16:47

Nuts - thanks - I've just avoiding the footie grin

It was light hearted so hope you didn't take it seriously.

You're forgiven as Xmas in March is definitely better than watching the footie!

Not wishing away the year Schro just being prepared.

Dib Dib Dib wink

I could probably be much better prepared but it takes the fun away from Xmas if you're thinking about it the rest of the year!

If I stayed in Australia where it's summer on Xmas I would probably think differently though. smile

RabidCarrot Wed 06-Mar-13 06:02:45


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BiddyPop Thu 07-Mar-13 17:19:11

I had the sewing machine out this week (Harry Potter quidditch robe for WBD) but it reminded me how much I like sewing. So I may have that out again in the next few weeks to get a few things done for Christmas 2013 grin

Or at least, make the 2 extra stockings for grown-up significant others of siblings that are needed (assuming DMum can find the 9 I made previously for the siblings and pre-existing SO's hmmangry).

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LentilAsAnything Sun 10-Mar-13 09:47:55

Gosh, 290 days already!

thanks Happy Mother's Day to you too. thanks

Happy Mothers Day

We had a family dinner (courtesy of M&S, I love cooking at Easter and Christmas but today is my day)

DS was muttering "Child Cruelty" at being forced to sit down civilised to eat.

Planning the Good Friday/Easter Sunday/ Easter Monday Menu next .

It'll be like another Christmas Meal but without sprouts grin

Or crackers.

RabidCarrot Sun 10-Mar-13 15:12:07

Good Friday meal turkey
Easter Sunday meal salmon started, beef main and still working on pudding but will be making a cake someone linked a photo to on face book that is a chocolate cake with fondant pigs swimming on top of it and kitkats all round the side

Snazzynewyear Sun 10-Mar-13 19:51:06

70 I love those M&S offers. We had the same today! Pudding is still to come... I will have to get thinking about Easter.

thanks to all for Mother's Day

Picked up a leaflet from local stately home today with the dates of their Christmas decorating workshops. I am putting those in my diary. smile

RabidCarrot Mon 11-Mar-13 06:52:31


buzzgirly Mon 11-Mar-13 19:30:35

I'm planning Easter too, we are having everyone's favourite meal - Christmas dinner! Does anyone do Easter egg hunt or Easter tree?

starjules Mon 11-Mar-13 21:19:23

buzzgirly, ive been talking about having an easter tree and everyone thinks I am bonkers. So much so that I thought I had imagined them!! I cant find one anywhere, I want a white (or white sparkle) one to go on our table with my little easter wooden bunnies hanging on it.
Where do I get one???

I made an Easter Tree last year (first time I've done one). Branches from our pear tree, stripped of any leaves, painted white and put in a pot of putty.
Then decorated with egg decorations (Pound shop, The Range, Hobbycraft)

John Lewis sell them IIRC but they are £££ when you can do them easily (then you don't have to store them)

Easter Dinner is Christmas Dinner without sprouts for us.
I do a gift on the plate for the DC (one of those chicks that go "cheep cheep" when you hold them last year)

And Easter Egg Hunts- though I hide the tiny yellow chicks- eggs are too easy now. They have to find 5 per egg prize.

Then we do an Egg&Spoon race (blindfolded) then they have to put on trousers, jumpers, hats/scarves/gloves while holding the egg.
Then the reverse, taking them all off.

Very competitive grin

RabidCarrot Tue 12-Mar-13 05:57:08


Starts planning Easter tree

Way to go-
Trees aren't just for Christmas wink

RabidCarrot Wed 13-Mar-13 05:55:10


buzzgirly Wed 13-Mar-13 10:40:33

Star - I'm just going to make a tree, thought it would be a nice project to do with dd. it helps that we are also cutting down trees in the garden!

70s your ideas sound great fun. I love the idea of putting clothes on while holding egg, my dc are a bit small yet but will definitely do that in a few years.

starjules Wed 13-Mar-13 16:35:41

After going into town and seeing a couple of trees in john lewis and how much they were charging, I have decided to make my own too. Going to go into the woods and the garden. God knows what I will look like, but at least it will be free!

RabidCarrot Thu 14-Mar-13 05:55:29


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RabidCarrot Sat 16-Mar-13 11:07:01


Yoh Rabid I was wondering where you were (you post in the week at silly o' clock ) wink

I was going to barge in post the update but got dragged off to B&Q (other DIY stores are available)

RabidCarrot Sun 17-Mar-13 08:19:52

70s I have gone back to work and leave the house at 6am grin need to earn money to pay for Christmas grin grin
When I first read your post I thought you had gone to a bbq I was thinking wow mad brave woman grin grin grin

No BBQ - even in Darkest Essex there's no outdoor hog roasting going on (yet)

I'll mark today with a shamrock.

Happy St Patrick's Day .

RabidCarrot Mon 18-Mar-13 06:03:11


Yesterday I painted the living room dining room and downstairs bathroom, looking nice for Easter grin

starjules Mon 18-Mar-13 09:37:48

Well I made my Easter Tree and in DH own words "it looks like a tree in Chernobyl where the local rabbits have gone to hang themselves"

If I hadn't been laughing so much I would of been upset that I had wasted a whole evenings work, it is truly awful.

Damn it going to go and buy one now!

buzzgirly Tue 19-Mar-13 07:17:12

Star - your tree sounds fab! I had a good laugh at what your dh said! grin I'm making mine next week, it will probably be worse.

We have snow here. The seasons seem confused, it should only snow one day a year and that's on the 25th December.

RabidCarrot Tue 19-Mar-13 07:57:05


I think I will have little chicks on my tree and hang little eggs from it. grin

BiddyPop Tue 19-Mar-13 08:54:26

I must get out my Easter stuff this week to make my little tree.

But I had a good Christmas thing this weekend - I paid the deposit on a house for the whole week of Christmas (and he knocked off a few euros from the rate he previously saidgrin). Lovely little cottage, only 2 bedrooms so no other family can look for space, but we are close enough to see plenty of them!! It keeps both Mammies happy that we will be down, it doesn't matter now if we go overseas as we WILL have a base to come back to for that week, and it means I can plan on a nice relaxed week, including DD birthday party, where I have a lovely retreat to get away when family are getting too much! (It doesn't have a tv, but we can bring laptop with dvd's, or lots of books to relax in front of the wood burning stove looking out over the harbour and lighthouse - ah bliss!!).

Sorry to have been MIA recently, work is dreadfully busy and DH only got home on Fri from a 3 week trip, and we were away for the weekend.

Now I have to go research a 3rd possible overseas option (things keep changing rapidly on possibilities at the moment!)

Snazzynewyear Tue 19-Mar-13 20:29:37

BiddyPop the cottage sounds lovely, especially the view over the harbour.

I've just bought some extra decorative chicks for Easter bonnet making.

RabidCarrot Wed 20-Mar-13 05:53:30


LentilAsAnything Wed 20-Mar-13 12:40:13

Oh that sounds lovely, Biddy. Sorry if I missed it, but where is it? Or are you not saying?

BiddyPop Wed 20-Mar-13 14:07:43

Lentil, it's on the south coast of Ireland, a couple of miles from my parents house, less than 20 mins from PILs, and 160 miles from where we live now. When we go down, we spend the time shuffling between both houses, and both are full and chaotic - which is fine at other times of the year when it's not complete bedlam but at Christmas there are too many expectations and too many people home in both at the one time - so a place to retreat is needed.

LentilAsAnything Wed 20-Mar-13 14:14:17

Oh it sounds utter bliss. Can I come! smile

RabidCarrot Thu 21-Mar-13 05:55:59

in to the 70s grin

BiddyPop Thu 21-Mar-13 10:03:28

Sorry Lentil, all beds taken (mwah hah ha ha ha!!! - aimed at my family, not you)

I bought the rest of the easter eggs this morning - a Gnasher one for DD, the bigger ones for the hunt (I already had 3 bags of mini ones for that), and 2 tubes with 3 nice but small ones in each for my parents, sis (possible 2nd sis), DH and I.

And while I was there, I bought a lovely Christmas card for DH's DSis and DP, as it was very much reduced!! blush

LentilAsAnything Thu 21-Mar-13 11:19:51


We already have our Easter eggs. We are currently in Germany, and we're vegan, so it can be hard to find vegan Easter eggs and stuff, there is certainly more choice in the UK, so PIL brought us our Easter eggs when they visited last week. we might have already eaten one

RabidCarrot Fri 22-Mar-13 05:55:47


Snazzynewyear Fri 22-Mar-13 08:48:50

Snow! My DS said gleefully 'Santa will come!' I have had to tell him it's the Easter Bunny's turn and he'll probably be grumpy about having to work in the snow, like in Rise of the Guardians grin

Lentil what's your Christmas dinner of choice as vegans?

RabidCarrot Sat 23-Mar-13 13:24:40


In 9 months we'll all be panicing that it's Christmas Eve Eve.

That's 9 months warning people.
You can create a new human being in that time (well 40 weeks give or take) so Christmas should be a doddle. (Don't know which one costs more £££ though) grin

RabidCarrot Sun 24-Mar-13 08:02:44


Off to church for the Palm Sunday service

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RabidCarrot Tue 26-Mar-13 19:02:54

I have put up my Easter tree grin

Planning to do my Easter Wreath (wicker ring shaped with ribbony bits that I will glue egg decorations on) and hang it on my door tomorrow .

Not done the tree yet but got all the bits for it. wink

RabidCarrot Wed 27-Mar-13 05:54:50


buzzgirly Wed 27-Mar-13 11:06:43

I'm going to do my Easter tree on Friday with dd, I'm sure it will look interesting! And then the highlight Christmas dinner on Easter Sunday. I may have to put the sprouts on now wink

BiddyPop Wed 27-Mar-13 11:17:34

I got out the decorative eggs for Easter last night - DD and the AP will have fun with those later decorating the house somehow. I must get an easter egg for the AP (we're away for the weekend, AP is staying in our house). But I don't have to think much about meals as we are having fish pie on Friday, and roast lamb on Sunday, as per tradition!! (Must remember to buy wine tomorrow).

RabidCarrot Thu 28-Mar-13 06:53:21


I've got the wicker and egg wreath up on the door <<preen>>

I can make some hotcross buns tomorrow they'll be all lovely and spicey and warm [mmmmm].
Spread with lucious lemon curd (no butter)

RabidCarrot Fri 29-Mar-13 08:23:06


Cor blimey missus by next week we'll have broken the first 100 days shock

RabidCarrot Sat 30-Mar-13 08:27:00


HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Sat 30-Mar-13 08:28:35

170 WTAF - they have moved Christmas and haven't bothered to tell me, the bastards wink


What are you doing to us??

Early April Fool or Hairy Trucker Hand typing fingers?


It's 270

Calms self with hot coffee and a hot cross bun.

RabidCarrot Sat 30-Mar-13 16:05:26

Oooops fat finger syndrome grin 270

RabidCarrot Sun 31-Mar-13 08:25:09


Hallelujah he is risen Happy Easter

buzzgirly Sun 31-Mar-13 18:32:10

Happy Easter everyone! We had a lovely day with the family and Easter egg, and then the highlight Christmas dinner. All done with a hangover!

Happy Easter peeps .

I did THE BEST Yorkshire Puddings EVER wink

Delia Smith recipe.
Huge, puffed up. Practically climbing out of the tin.

Even my 13yo DS (Yorkie Pud addict was impressed)

IamnotaStepfordHousewife Mon 01-Apr-13 08:37:31

268 days to go, hope everyone had a lovely Easter x

RabidCarrot Mon 01-Apr-13 10:06:11


Just so you know carrot cake is a breakfast food grin

starjules Mon 01-Apr-13 21:41:14

Just had my first ever carrot cake RabidCarrot, never fancied it before - its ruddy lovely, but I feel a bit cheated now that I waited so long!

carrot cake is lush isn't it?
I make it for my mum because for ages she couldn't have dairy (I used oil and didn't put the cream cheese on top).
I'd make some a few days before she visited to let it mature.

Walnuts, whole cloves pulversised in the blender, sea-salt and cinnamon.

'Tis a health food with all the carrots too. forgets about the oil and sugar content

RabidCarrot Tue 02-Apr-13 05:58:41


RabidCarrot Wed 03-Apr-13 05:55:10


RabidCarrot Thu 04-Apr-13 05:56:52


Ohhh 100 days into the countdown.
Time for a


RabidCarrot Fri 05-Apr-13 08:39:46


Off to the museums today grin

Wafts onto thread...........
Rabid will be having Ben Stiller Night at the Museum dreams ....


Pops head round door...


<<runs away again>>

RabidCarrot Sun 07-Apr-13 19:07:58

70s will be the keeper of the thread from now on, I need to step back and try and stick my life back together, thank you all for joining in and I hope you all stick with the Christmas thread x

buzzgirly Sun 07-Apr-13 22:29:26

I hope everything is ok Rabid x thank you for starting this and the last thread, it always cheers me up xx


starjules Mon 08-Apr-13 09:42:54

Yes thanks rabid, still my favourite thread as I know I am not on my own looking forward to Christmas all year round.

50shadesofknackered Mon 08-Apr-13 11:37:39

Thanks For starting this thread Rabid (hope you're ok). I love reading this thread especially at work


Hurtling towards the 250s tomorrow eeeek!

50shadesofknackered Tue 09-Apr-13 09:15:57

Wow! It's going so quickly smile


Elbows sharpened, ready to hit the shops blush

Snazzynewyear Wed 10-Apr-13 00:21:51

Best wishes to you Rabid, hope it all comes together. Thanks for taking the helm 70

LentilAsAnything Wed 10-Apr-13 11:17:01

Hope you are ok, Rabid.

Shinyshoes1 Wed 10-Apr-13 11:18:47

How on earth did I miss this and all 311 posts !!

Can I join in the Xmas excitement

It's the most wonderful tiiimme of the yeeeeeaaarr !!

LentilAsAnything Wed 10-Apr-13 12:40:24

Hi, Shiny! The more the merrier! Welcome aboard!


Bloody hell! I've missed this thread completely, I'm so looking forward to Christmas this year as last year ds2 (then 15 months) was so very poorly with a severe ear infection that we could hardly do anything at all, so fingers crossed for a healthy Christmas this year :-) plus its my mums first Christmas off work in 4 years so I will get to see my mum on Christmas Day - yippee! I'm planning it already.

LentilAsAnything Thu 11-Apr-13 11:44:30

Hi, Shades. Sorry to hear about last Christmas. Hope it is a happy and healthy one this year.
What have you got planned so far?

Snazzynewyear Thu 11-Apr-13 12:05:19

Sounds great 50Shades! I am also looking forward to this year. Not sure who will be there yet but I really want to get my house in order for it (have been saying this for years but it's going to happen this year...)

I would love mum to come and stay Christmas Eve, watch boys open their presents, go to mass, come back and have Christmas dinner (prepared by dh), all go for a long walk through the woods then home for snacks/drinks/crap tv watching - I'm so excited already!!

LentilAsAnything Thu 11-Apr-13 17:45:52


50 I'm all for planning but some things are out of your control (like family being ill)

My parents used to come down for Christmas but TBH they aren't into Christmas (both very involved in Church ) but my mum never did much at Christmas when we were children . (That's a whole other thread. She CBA putting up decorations and used to say "Oh I wish it was Boxing Day and all over" even though she didn't actually do any preparation hmm )

My mum doesn't travel well now and my dad worries about being snowed in (unlikely). The first year they didn't come down I was sad but , one of those things.

I can only do Christmas in my house. I want my decorations. I want to spend 4 hours cooking Christmas Dinner - but only in my kitchen with my pots and knives; and my crockery and cutlery (Control Freak -maybe). I wouldn't let my DH make Christmas Dinner either, I'd be a real backseat driver.
And YY to crap TV. Corrie/Emmers/Enders and Dinner before Dr Who.

I plan, plan, plan menus and get everything bought. Then if someone is ill, I can still cope with it all. wink



counting grin

Oh I know, that's my ideal day, it will no doubt involve sick or mucas everywhere again lol. 257 days, time to start saving! :-)

Only 256 days now. wink

My ideal Christmas will involve :

A Waitrose shop and a late-night M&S splurge.
Then a huuuuuge Sainsburys shop with my Nectar points and a trolley that won't knacker my knee (the wheels have a mind of their own)


My boiler NOT throwing it's annual pre-Christmas strop

My nails being lovely enough to paint (unlikely)

<<shallow as a puddle me- what about the Season of Goodwill>> blush


milk Mon 15-Apr-13 10:40:44

I want Christmas now! sad

BiddyPop Mon 15-Apr-13 10:52:34

Oh my word how is time going so FAST?!

Rabid, I hope all is well and soon mended for you.

I have not done anything this year yet (whereas last year I was at least crafting!). But I won't panic for a while yet. And I know that I won't be cooking the feast (only bits and pieces for parents and ILs) so that's another thing less to fuss about.

And while we won't have a tv, we will have our laptops and we bought a mobile broadband dongle recently with Christmas in mind for netflix. And there's a real wood stove in the house we've rented, so I will be curled up watching the sea heaving and all the ships moving in and out of the harbour from the sittingroom window there with a big glass of mulled wine and a mince pie on Christmas Eve!!


Shinyshoes1 Mon 15-Apr-13 11:04:29

I've got a week ( maybe 2 ) off at Christmas from work yippee
I still have money from a gift card on my amazon account and was looking at the lovely wrapping paper and bows for Christmas .

I'm already planning gifts in my head of what to get people

It's my turn to have mother this year , is siblings take it in turns , I'm dreading it to be honest we haven't got a great relationship and she is very demanding and very huffy and sulky but hey I'll worry about that nearer the time

Shinyshoes1 Mon 15-Apr-13 11:05:16


BiddyPop Mon 15-Apr-13 16:58:53

Shinyshoes1, when dealing with people with any sort of toxicity in them (whether huffiness or full blown poison), I have learned to do my prep in advance, keep a stock list of phrases in my head to ignore them ("did you mean that to be so rude?", "we're all having X now and then going to Y, so do you want to join us, otherwise the fire is lit and here is the remote control for the tv" etc) and treat them in a way like I treat DD. That I am in my own home so I am the person in charge and I have to take account of everyone's needs and wishes and choose what is best for all.

If you have a few nice things for your mum (like have info or even tickets for performances she'd like one day, or arrange to take her shopping and for coffee one day without children (or with if she'd love - but HER time rather than you chasing a list 5 yards long), having some of her favourite foods in the cupboards), and have the room she'll stay in as nice for her as possible (travel kettle and mug, small pack biccies, few nice mags/books, radio, tv if you have a small one, table to write at, nice smellies to relax, etc), then hopefully she will see the effort you have put in. And if you're clear up front about what you can do with/for her, and what other calls you have on your time, then hopefully it will be a nice visit.

Certainly do still remember to make time and plans for everyone else in the family, like the annual drinks for neighbours you host, or a night out with your DH alone.

LentilAsAnything Mon 15-Apr-13 18:11:17

Sorry to hear about your mother, Shiny. You have more patience than me. I can't be doing with that sort of nonsense from anyone.

Snazzynewyear Mon 15-Apr-13 23:08:49

Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is on now on Dave. Possibly now my favourite Christmas special ever.

Shiny best of luck to you!


Driving today , I saw a dumped, abandoned Christmas Tree at the side of the road.
It was brown, dry , scabby looking and it even had some strands of silvery tinselly stuff on it <<weeps>>


But maybe the owner had their tree up till yesterday then thought "I really need to take the decorations down now....."

LentilAsAnything Tue 16-Apr-13 22:11:05



Shinyshoes1 Thu 18-Apr-13 09:25:51


milk Thu 18-Apr-13 20:35:44

Will the two-hundred and fifty tomorrow be written in a fancy way? smile



250 (Too much time on my hands)

milk Fri 19-Apr-13 08:09:26

smile I appreciate the effort smile

starjules Fri 19-Apr-13 09:47:56

Me too, fab skills.

blush I thank you.

I did a tree on last years thread must get out more

LentilAsAnything Fri 19-Apr-13 15:49:09

Oh my goodness, that is amazing!!! smile Wow!
I feel all festive!

buzzgirly Sat 20-Apr-13 08:12:36

Loving the tree 70s.

Dd asked for a Christmas book at bedtime, and then we sang lots of Christmassy songs! Cheered me up immensely. Dh does think I'm a bit mad though.


grin my DD insisted we read "Letter to Santa" the other day (with all the voices)

It wasn't bed-time though, she was meant to be tidying her bedroom.
But she thought "Hmm, I'll distract Mum"
She's 11yo, and knows how to take advantage wink

and I'm up late - Tra-La-La-La-La-La ....La-La-La-La

milk Sun 21-Apr-13 08:00:52

248, 70's updates are great - Tra-La-La-La-La-La ....La-La-La-La smile

gillywillywoo Sun 21-Apr-13 08:27:34

Ahhhhh only just found this thread smile
Im counting down on an app on my phone... But this is much more fun!!!!


Monday morning.....<<sigh>> hmm

milk Mon 22-Apr-13 09:37:29

Not all Mondays are bad 70... can't wait for Monday 23rd December grin

I know milk but Mon 23rd Dec is eight months awaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy

<<snivelling sobs into tissue>>

But consoles myself with the though that we are nearly a third of the way there grin

246 smile


Just because wink


and can I squeeze in another [dragon] for good measure?

Obviously not. blush

BiddyPop Wed 24-Apr-13 16:18:14

This time in 35 weeks, I hopefully will be having a short walk on the beach between the 2 dinners - to make room for the second!! grin

I must try and get a few Christmassy things on hols this year, as it is looking increasingly like we will be going to Orlando (Disney and all that entails!!) for 2 weeks in July. Surely I can find some Disney and US fantastic kitschy Christmassy stuff while I am there!!

Any hints gratefully received.


8 months to go grin

And it's Rudolph Day ...............................yaaaaay


Ooooohhh Biddy if you are in the USA on the 25th July you can see if QVC have Christmas In July (they do in UK) but I just think the USA one would be better

When QVC first started Christmas in July they did loads of American products that were brilliant. Now it's a bit meh sad

BiddyPop Fri 26-Apr-13 08:12:29

We'll be there earlier in the month (but potentially over the 4th July weekend - squeeeeeal!!!) so will probably miss most of Christmas in July (it seems mostly to be 2nd half of the month). But I am hopeful that I can get some things as the yanks are so mad about Christmas (like the Christmas decoration shops open all year round in both New York and Boston that DH groans when I find them!! grin )

GiraffesAndButterflies Fri 26-Apr-13 08:17:39

BiddyPop you will be literally besieged with Disney and with kitsch. You won't need tips grin <<jealous emoticon >>

GiraffesAndButterflies Fri 26-Apr-13 08:19:27

Ah yes, we do actually have a jealous emoticon of course.

envy envy envy envy envy


and a envy for BiddyPop USA trip. grin



Can't think of anything snazzy to decorate it with blush

buzzgirly Tue 30-Apr-13 06:59:10

Lucky you Biddy! We are going to Disneyland Paris in just over a week. Last time we went was September, and there was so much Christmas stuff out in the shops. Dh had to drag me away! Not sure if there will anything out at this time of year - fingers crossed!!


two hundred and thirty nine
Into the 230s grin

BiddyPop Tue 30-Apr-13 08:56:32

I booked it yesterday!! Enjoy Paris - I love the city but haven't been to Disney there (yet). I am hoping to do a trade off over the next couple of years - a 4/5 day break with maybe 2 in Disney and 3/4 in the city as it's a few years since we've been (not since DD was conceived, actually).

Now to get onto the serious research - exactly what shopping there is (DH already agreed to an empty bag in the luggage as there's a wasing machine in apartment so we won't need to bring too much). I want to get some clothes, but I want to find the craft shops too (there were 3 big ones in Cape Cod but I didn't get to explore them or bring much home 2 years ago - so this year I WILL).


1st May grin



I was walking up the stairs today and there's still a fragment of Christmas paper pinned with a drawing pin to the frame of the lounge door blush

It's from Christmas morning where the DC BURST through the paper to get to the presents (we pin a huge sheet over the doorway in case that sounds a bit confused )

<<slattern emoticon>>


buzzgirly Sat 04-May-13 07:00:13

Since we had a bit of snow last night shock, I had the kings carols on!


snow shock

Snazzynewyear Sun 05-May-13 00:31:30

Snow! confused

buzzgirly Sun 05-May-13 09:14:00

Yes snow! We had all the seasons sun, sleet, wind, snow and of course rain! The joys of living in the Highlands.

I was round at MILs yesterday, she is another Christmas nut enthusiast, and she showed me the fabric advent calendar she is making for us. It has little pockets so I can put notes with activities for each day in them, I'm delighted as I was looking at buying a wooden one and they are £££s.


Have a nice Bank Holiday everyone smile

50shadesofknackered Mon 06-May-13 08:13:42

I'm at work this afternoon <sob>, this thread always cheers me up. Have a good bank holiday.

kissmelittleass Mon 06-May-13 08:41:04

Didn't know the christmas thread was active all year! love it! Sun and beach today but give me christmas anyday, tinsel,baubles,twinkling lights on the tree Oh I will never grow up I love christmas!! Have a top shelve started with bargains put away for christmas,will be watching the bargain thread too! 233 days is too long to wait!!

I've just replaced the bedding in my guinea-pigs house and fetched a bag of newspaper. There was one from 31/10/12 (Hallowe'en grin ) that had a wrap-around advert for a butchers Take the stress out of Christmas.

I got all Aaaaah and nostalgic for Christmas adverts blush.
But I did let the guineas have the paper (Gives them something to read)



Jings we'll be into the Two Twenties soon.

(Must think of nice picture to make with smileys)



Celebratory Christmas Tree for 230 grin

LentilAsAnything Thu 09-May-13 20:47:07

70s, you are very talented! smile

starjules Thu 09-May-13 20:52:44

Fabulous tree 70!

Thank You

229 now.

50shadesofknackered Fri 10-May-13 12:34:23

Love the tree wink I told dh how many days were left till Christmas and he looked at me like confused


Yes, I told my DH . He was hmm

I got excited reading I had £56 on my Nectar Rewards (and it's only May) grin

I shake my £2 jar and ask him "How much is in here? Go on Guess "

He's still hmm


No presents for DH this year to punish his tardiness.

buzzgirly Sat 11-May-13 08:30:09

Loving the tree 70s grin. My dh is always giving me strange looks when I talk about Christmas this early, in fact the whole family does!

I'm off to Disneyland Paris, really hoping they keep the Christmas decorations out all year so I can get lots!!

Oooh very envy Disneyland.
I bet there will be gorgeous Christmas Decorations there.
I remember years ago when there was a Disney Film out (can't remember which one but the Oxford Street lights were blue and gold. It looked magical )


50shadesofknackered Sun 12-May-13 07:28:06

I'm looking forward to the christmas in July thing on QVC. I'd never heard of it before, so as there will be no Disneyland for me this year sad and envy I am going to buy lots of stuff then grin

oneandnomore Sun 12-May-13 07:48:02

Buzzgirly yes they do have Christmas decorations out all year. Last year they were in the shop in the castle smile
Have fun!!

ratbagcatbag Sun 12-May-13 07:52:55

Oooh. How have I missed this? I'm an absolute Christmas freak anyway, but this year ill have a dd to spoil rotten share it with, DH is already warning that he will only be nine months and won't remember it, so don't go too mad. Pah, what does he know, that's what cameras were invented for. smile

ratbagcatbag Sun 12-May-13 07:53:20

He - she even.

Oooh ratbag you haven't missed it, plenty of time to Get On Board grin

Of course you need to go mad at Christmas, in years to come, your DD will look judgily nostalgically at the photos of her First Christmas and question.

(My PFB was 18 days old on his first Christmas. I made sure all the decoration were out smile even though he wouldn't let DH and I sleep or sit down to eat.)
DD was 6 months old and rolling round (no fewer decorations with a toddler and a baby) but she loves to look at the video of her clutching the Santa Letter and was more interested in her brothers presents than her own)..

DH needs to read this thread + last years + all the threads about Christmas Traditions, Stockings and Christmas Eve Hampers.
And tell him there are only :


Days to go wink

That should be SO fewer decorations not no fewer.

No candles, no tree (well a fibre optic) nothing glass.

ratbagcatbag Mon 13-May-13 09:46:17

Hehe, I ritually read all the Xmas threads to him anyway, he does that nod and smile that most people on here advise others to do to their mil grin
In fairness we have already started a work sharesave, so when dd is six we can do five days in Lapland over Xmas day smile so he's not all bad when it comes to Christmas as I've worn him down over the years

ratbagcatbag Mon 13-May-13 09:48:36

Christmas Eve hamper definitely happening, already considering what to put in it smile

fuzzpig Mon 13-May-13 10:10:00

Hello everyone, sorry I'm several months late! grin

Loved this thread last year. Not been thinking about Xmas much but was randomly browsing Disney store website (our local one just closed, I am gutted - same with ELC sad) and spotted some Wreck it Ralph undies for both my DCs which would be perfect for their stockings... and suddenly I thought ooooh Xmas yay grin

Oh and my parents took us to an animal park place which had lots of lovely handmade stuff so I bought a bauble too.

I set up an Xmas 2013 wishlist on Amazon a while ago which has some things in it (only specific Xmas things like a nativity story and stockings etc, stuff like toys/DVDs go on their specific separate wishlists!) but it is DD's 6th birthday next month and DS' 4th in August, so obviously thinking about that first.

This year has been spectacularly shit in terms of health and money so I'd like something to look forward to.

fuzzpig Mon 13-May-13 12:29:45

I am now catching up with the whole thread as I hadn't posted since January!

But before I forget I just wanted to mention a couple of foody things. I went to a chocolatier class (friend's hen party - yes, somebody did make a chocolate penis!) which was great fun. We used huge slabs of praline/gianduja (SP?) stuff, does anyone know where one can buy it?

Other thing - I really want to practise 'tempering' chocolate - in a GU book at work they had instructions to make chocolate bubble wrap! Basically you just pour the tempered chocolate over bubble wrap, and peel the wrap away when it has set. Thought I'd mention it as it might make a nice quirky gift.

Haven't been doing any cooking at all let alone practising for xmas sad but I recently got an adjustable chair from adult social care, so I can lean on it when I am cooking (my illness means I can't stand up without feeling dizzy/faint) so that might help a bit. Am now working part time so hopefully things will be less hectic. DH now has some casual work too.

Hi fuzzpig - have you had a look on sites like Squires? They do cake decorating products but IIRC they do chocolatier products as well.

Is gianduja (I'm copying your spelling wink ) a ganache type filling with nuts in it? Like a praline?
You could practice small batches? I made a ganache for DS birthday cake one year - double cream and dark chocolate (can't remember the proportions ) but he found it a bit too rich for his tastes (RiffRaff)

You could add ground almonds,hazelnuts, walnuts. or make some nut brittle and powder it (that would be nice, make it sweeter too) and a bit less oily than ground nuts.

I'm sure there are lots of birthdays, Anniversaries and events that you can use as practice before Christmas. Everyone except strange people love chocolate.

But you've only got


days to go. smile



MegaClutterSlut Thu 16-May-13 22:56:12

can't believe how quick time has past since xmas just gone. Next month we are halfway till this xmas shock grin


My DD birthday is 25th June. When we get to that date it's halfway. Then I get shock and think OMG we're on the way .

50shadesofknackered Fri 17-May-13 06:20:32

Ooo, we'll be down into the hundred and something's soon grin

fuzzpig Fri 17-May-13 07:22:21

Thanks for the ideas 70 smile will look up Squires. Think we have one in town somewhere.

My DD is June 24th so it marks 6 months til xmas eve grin she will be 6 this year. Having a small soft play party <yawn> but I'm excited about doing the party bags - using large character tumblers instead of bags (they were 99p each) and filling them with sweets and wrapping them with cellophane.

LentilAsAnything Fri 17-May-13 11:18:11

fuzz, are you meant to eat this bubble-wrap chocolate? I am not sure bog standard bubble wrap is food grade appropriate.

I'm daydreaming about Disney, though we wouldn't be going for a few years as DS is only two. But I am starting thinking of ideas, and Pinning like crazy. smile

fuzzpig Fri 17-May-13 14:58:51

Well it was in the gu recipe book so presumably! I guess you'd want to rinse the bubble wrap like mad though...

LentilAsAnything Fri 17-May-13 16:54:52

I'm not sure! I don't think I'd trust it.


Ooooh , nearly into the two hundred and teens grin


Bum, posted 10 seconds early hmm



.............*A SNOWMAN for 220* grin

buzzgirly Sun 19-May-13 07:33:48

I'm back. Disneyland was fab but very tiring! One - I found the shop at the castle, it didn't have many decorations out but I got a couple. I could have spent a fortune in all the shops, but didn't have enough space in my suitcase!

Fuzz - I did the tumblers for my dd's last birthday - big hit.

So 220 already, I've not got any presents yet but have my trusted list which is steadily growing.

50shadesofknackered Sun 19-May-13 08:04:17

Great snowman 70. I'm starting to try to plan places to take the kids before christmas. Its tricky tho because dd1 doesn't break up till the 23rd December and I work at the weekends. We went to Birmingham Christmas market last year which I didn't really enjoy. I'm definitely taking dd's to a carol service, tho dd2 may be a bit little. Any other ideas? I don't really fancy Hyde park, too far away and the Birmingham market put me off.

buzzgirly Sun 19-May-13 08:14:10

Oops forgot to say that I really like the snowman 70!

I've just spent the last 45 minutes updating my Christmas Pinterest board - it is very addictive!

50s I'm going to start doing the same. Dd is not going to start school this year, as nursery don't feel she's ready, so going to take her to a few shows/Santa lands. Last year I crammed it all into the week before Christmas, and we were all knackered!

50shadesofknackered Sun 19-May-13 08:51:58

Think I'll have to book some time off and do some things on the weekends. Bloody school! Why they break up the day before Christmas Eve I'll never know.

LentilAsAnything Sun 19-May-13 17:57:19

Love the snowman!

buzz, Disneyland sounds fab. I am currently daydreaming abiut going, wont be for a few years though. I've been Pinning too! What's your Pin homepage, if you don't mind sharing?
Any Disney tips? I want to do them all!

We're homeschooling - lots of time for us to do loads! smile

Oooh, I love the idea of Disney - mine are 13 and nearly 11 so aload of the Christmas things are too young for them.
They don't do Pantomime now and I never got the chance to take them to Lapland UK.

DD and I try to get to a ballet but DS wouldn't entertain it grin

Did you stay in the Disney Hotels or outside area?
I can get to London then the EuroTunnel - I reckon that would be easier than driving for me.

Ours finish on the Fri before Christmas so we'll have a few days before the Big Day which is nice.

buzzgirly Sun 19-May-13 21:40:36

Disney was great for the adults and kids. We have been twice now, the first time we stayed outside the park and this time we stayed at a Disney hotel. We decided to do that so we could use the magic hours and get into the parks from 8am. The hotel was fine, to be honest it's just somewhere to sleep as you're so busy in the parks. Euro tunnel would be good as it takes you right to disneyland.

My pin name is lindsay125, my Xmas board is huge - but will I ever actually do any of them wink. I do love Pinterest!

LentilAsAnything Sun 19-May-13 23:35:33

Ha - found you, and I was already following your Christmas board! smile

buzzgirly Mon 20-May-13 06:52:01

Great, what's your username and I will follow you - unless I already am!

fuzzpig Mon 20-May-13 08:57:42

Yay we are in the two hundred and teens! smile

Amazing snowman 70 grin

I joined pinterest last year but never really got into it. Must give it a better try if I can remember my password!

I went into toys r us yesterday (not local, I was visiting my parents) and saw the present I've been thinking of, I didn't want to buy any presents yet especially as DCs haven't even had their birthdays yet! But it is on a good deal and apparently it won't be made for much longer (playmobil pyramid) so I may have to break my rule which is annoying.

I might also have to start my "decluttering in time for Xmas" thread earlier this year! We actually did quite well last year but my health has been worse recently so we are worse than before! Still at least I am no longer struggling with FT hours so I should be able to manage a bit better.


<<slinks in late as I didn't have the organisational skills to do this before work>>blush

LentilAsAnything Mon 20-May-13 18:36:52

buzz, I am here. smile I love Xmas! smile

fuzz, oh, I'd get it. You can always sell it if you change your mind. Hope you are feeling ok.


BiddyPop Tue 21-May-13 08:33:14

Morning all, been MIA recently as real life interfered. Boo hiss.

70s, love the snowman!!

Buzzgirly, we are going to Disney in the US in the summer, and I am planning on getting a new decoration there (I try to get one on each of our "BIG" travels) and hopefully I can find something Spacey at Cape Canaveral too. DD is 7 so should really enjoy Disney, I hope!

Fuzzy, if you have the money at the mo, and it is a good saving, I'd get it and put it away safe (we can always remind you!! grin ) - I always love having less to do and worry about as the year rolls on. It really does lower stress levels.

I haven't done ANY shopping yet this year. I haven't even really thought about the list much either (but I have rolled over the excel spreadsheet for it and updated the budget etc). I had already bought my DBro's for this year, whether I get him in the draw or not - I am getting him and his new wife (wedding 3 weeks ago) a "Bride's Box" (12 ornaments, each with a meaning, for the 1st Christmas tree of a new bride) and shipping it to them for early December. I'll probably try to get all the stocking fillers for the adults (my 5 siblings and 4 significant others) in Disney if I can - we do a KK draw for the sibs so everyone gets 1 big gift, and a stocking of little things from everyone else (€5 limit on stocking items).

And I haven't a clue what to get DD. Or DH. Or ask for myself!!

DD and I were talking in the car on Sunday though, about booking tickets for the Santa Train this year. As I was too late to book last year (I have tried to do it every 2nd year and really missed it last year, whereas the year before I "didn't manage" to book on time on purpose). We still enjoyed the "Green Santa" event last year (planted her own Christmas Tree in Narnia), but we're aiming for the train this year.

And I am determined that, as we will be down "home" for the week, I will have a fab new outfit (2 sizes smaller than now) to fit into and wear on the day!! It is slowly starting to work but I need to keep going.

fuzzpig Tue 21-May-13 10:17:48

The sibling stockings sound lovely buzz. Do you mean each person gets one stocking but with a present from each person inside?

Last year Disney store had a lovely box of baubles with vintage designs of characters from the earliest movies (Alice in Wonderland is my favourite) but they were about £25. I wish I'd found some reduced as they were really lovely although I don't know if I'd want all of them on the tree at once as they were quite big.

BiddyPop Tue 21-May-13 12:46:03

Fuzz, yes. I made 9 stockings about 4 years ago (which my DM has lost the past 2 years!!) and need to make another this year for another significant other. (I think though that, while the others are nice and I DO still have the template I made for size/shape, I should make 10 that are a bit bigger and more practical rather than pretty, but pretty too, and think about whether to make them all the same). The other 9 are the same shape and size, but made from different colours and types of fabric, and different decoration on them.

But I have hardly taken the cover off my sewing machine in 2 years (apart from a Harry Potter Quidditch robes for World Book Day at school!) so getting too creative may not be a good idea....

fuzzpig Tue 21-May-13 13:45:12

Oh sorry I meant biddy not buzz! blush That sounds like a lovely tradition. I always feel a bit sad around Xmas that my family is so tiny not to mention dysfunctional but I have 2 DCs and 3 DSCs so hopefully they will enjoy the lifelong sibling bond that I never had, and still want to spend Xmas around each other smile


I booked tickets for my DD and I to see "The Nutcracker" . grin

I say (whistfully) "Oh DD , that could've been You , Pet"

DD enjoys watching ballet, she's got no desire to try her hand at ballet (and is probably too old now) but she used to look judgily at me and say "Mother, I'm a Gymnast "

Bless her.

buzzgirly Wed 22-May-13 07:49:46

Sounds lovely 70s. I hope dd will want to do stuff like that when she's older.


kissmelittleass Thu 23-May-13 20:36:59

Just checking in 216 days seems like forever!

50shadesofknackered Thu 23-May-13 21:15:20

The time is going so fast kiss it's a bit scary. Another couple of weeks we'll be into the hundred and something's and into June and we'll be halfway there before we know it.

buzzgirly Fri 24-May-13 07:42:05

This half of the year seems to fly in! Once we hit October it will seem to drag, hopefully we will get some sunshine before then grin

gillywillywoo Fri 24-May-13 07:44:15

215 smile

Hi Countdowners-

I'm away for a while and I might not be able to get to a computer (not Savvy enough to do this Tap the App nonsense either blush )

Can the First One On The Thread do the update?

thanks gilly today smile

ratbagcatbag Fri 24-May-13 13:27:32

Popping in, to say hello. Keep looking at Lapland <sigh> dd is three months old nearly, far too young, but I'm saving already. smile

fuzzpig Fri 24-May-13 13:50:48

What the jeff is tap the app?

Hope you have a nice time away. We are staying in my mum's new flat next week as my friend is getting married, I'm a bridesmaid grin so probably won't be around either.

Just ordered the playmobil pyramid. DH was surprisingly keen, he usually rolls his eyes when I start getting excited about Xmas presents grin but when I said it was a pyramid he was rather pleased...

Not sure if it'll be from FC (depends if DCs ask for something particular, they've never done lists before but I think DD might want to) or from us or it might be from one of my parents (they never choose gifts themselves and are happy for us to do so).

Do any of you get your DCs to write Xmas lists? It's all new to me...

starjules Fri 24-May-13 16:07:32

I'm around (I'm always booming around!)

BiddyPop Fri 24-May-13 16:50:12

We get DD to write to Santa - lack of organisation (aka chaos in the house and life generally) meant we never forced her to do it - so she decided herself the letter HAD to be written on Christmas Eve (after shops closed) and added something to it (can't remember what now, but hadn't been mentioned up til then, I suspect we were being tested!!). We'd talked often though about it, and she had TOLD Santa in Mullingar what she wanted. So it was ok (and she didn't take anything away, just asked for an extra thing).

Glad you got the pyramid Fuzz, you'll be happy now that it's sorted!!

Enjoy the break 70s!! Mad jealous about the ballet (must start looking to see if there's anything here this year - no Snowman performance though yet - that used to be lovely with the symphony orchestra doing the live music!!).

kissmelittleass Fri 24-May-13 21:33:45

50shades - I'm just a big kid and can't wait!! need the time though to save,find some bargains - already have a top shelve! dedicated to my xmas bargains (sad person that I am but it makes me happy!) 215 days and counting!

pascalia Sat 25-May-13 02:12:19


50shadesofknackered Sat 25-May-13 19:37:06

kissi have a Christmas cupboard in the kitchen! The only things in it at the mo are some christmas cards, a christmas pudding, santa's plate and some little christmas candles. Every now and then I give one a sniff coz it reminds me of christmas blush dh thinks I'm odd but I don't care!

gillywillywoo Sun 26-May-13 08:17:25

213 smilegrin

buzzgirly Mon 27-May-13 06:44:31


buzzgirly Tue 28-May-13 09:21:15


ratbagcatbag Tue 28-May-13 15:56:14

Keep sneaking in here, getting a Christmas thrill and sneaking off again grin

starjules Wed 29-May-13 09:57:33

210 Yeah made it at last! I'm never here first.

buzzgirly Thu 30-May-13 08:59:09

209! Not long till we're in the 100s! grin I am going to attempt a tree picture!!

buzzgirly Thu 30-May-13 09:01:20


Merry 200s!

buzzgirly Thu 30-May-13 09:02:03

Well that turned out spectacularly bad! I will leave the decorations up to 70s from now on!

starjules Thu 30-May-13 09:06:02

LOL Buzz, at least you tried!

BiddyPop Thu 30-May-13 11:34:23

MN doesn't seem to recognise spaces to make pics - you'd need to use full stops or something to push the bits far enough into the middle (bitter experience and painful memory emoticon).

I bought my first bits on Tuesday, as I travelled up north for a course so got some GAA gear in the O'Neills outlet in Newry for DD, and some nice hairclips for one of the girls (either one of my DSis's or DBro's DW or other DBro's DFiance) as their stocking filler.

grin I'm back.
Had no computer contact at my folks' houses (how primitive ) shock

BTW the tree could be one of those new fangled ones that fits in a corner or goes flat against the wall (as sold by John Lewis) wink


GTbaby Fri 31-May-13 00:46:58

Sorry to gate crash. But you just reminded me I want to decorate my LOs stocking. Didn't get a chances last year as he was 2months old but if I get my act together now I should get it done in time!

LentilAsAnything Fri 31-May-13 09:52:09

I am liking the newfangled modern tree! smile

fuzzpig Fri 31-May-13 19:52:38

You're not gatecrashing GTbaby, come spread the love grin what kind of decoration are you planning?

I am back after a few days away at my oldest friend's wedding grin they had Lego Minifigures as wedding favours which caused much amusement. My DCs were over the moon. They would really love them as stocking fillers or maybe advent calendar fillers!

I need to find a Duck-related christmas decoration for her birthday present in December. Please let me know if you see anything grin

Oooh - I've seen swans and geese in the past (they are quite festive)

Swan Lake
Christmas Goose

but not ducks (though you could pretend) wink

LentilAsAnything Fri 31-May-13 23:42:01


<<Pinch Punch>>

GTbaby Sat 01-Jun-13 02:10:28

Thanks fuzz. I'm bought cheap plain stocking from hobby craft last year. Was thinking adding his name in felt letters, but nothing beyond that. Need some ideas really.
Also I'm due DC2 in sep. so should do it ASAP as will be a busy autumn.

fuzzpig Sat 01-Jun-13 10:34:59

Ooh that is great lentil thanks - cheaper than similar ones on amazon! smile

LentilAsAnything Sat 01-Jun-13 15:03:44

SIX MONTHS TIL ADVENT!!!!! I'm counting down to the countdown! smile

Hi, GT, and welcome!

Cool, fuzz, glad to have helped!


TrinityRhino Sun 02-Jun-13 00:04:56

holy crap I better get organised!

fuzzpig Sun 02-Jun-13 08:49:33

Join us Trin grin <offers eggnog>

Nearly down to 200, so exciting!

DH came home with some stocking fillers for me yesterday that he'd found on ebay... I'm intrigued.

But I keep having WORDS with him because he keeps mentioning buying stocking fillers when he knows that we say the stockings are from FC. Last year he even put the presents that DCs chose for me in my stocking angry I really don't want DD (will be 6.6) to figure it out yet so I have to remind him that stocking presents have to be completely secret. <first world problem>

TrinityRhino Sun 02-Jun-13 11:22:02

no eggnog thanks grin

but I am definitely going to be organised this year

or at least I really want to be and funds mean I need to start searching early for good bargains

oh yes stockings come from father christmas, they must be totally secret grin

LentilAsAnything Sun 02-Jun-13 11:32:01

Welcome, Trinity!

Aw, fuzz, bless him! Probably just excited! smile

We do a small stocking of little things (bubbles, pencils, socks etc) and they are from the elves. Santa brings four slightly more substantial gifts and leaves them in a sack under the tree.

I was out in the woods today and I was already looking for good snowman arms! smile

fuzzpig Mon 03-Jun-13 10:31:36

205 grin

Back to work tonight after half term, boo.

(DH may have taken DD halfway to school before realising there was an inset day... blush)

GTbaby Mon 03-Jun-13 20:48:02

Last night I started a board on my Pinterest account for Xmas ideas lol

fuzzpig Tue 04-Jun-13 08:22:59


(2 days in a row, I'm on a mince pie roll!)

fuzzpig Tue 04-Jun-13 08:31:19

Pinterest board sounds good. I joined last year but didn't really get into it, I should try harder this year!

DH showed me an amazing find from eBay. Futurama figures. They'll go in the stocking (one for each of us). He could make at least 3x what he paid but we agreed they were totally worth keeping. I actually hopped up and down with excitement!

Anyone do pottery painting for presents? I went to an after hours event with colleagues and painted a plate each for the DCs (is there a way of adding photos on here without having a public profile?) but just as a random thing, they were over the moon with them. We are having another event before Xmas and I think I might paint a tree decoration each for them - the elves deliver one each on Xmas eve but not in 2012 because I couldn't find any nice ones! shock so homemade might be the way to go, if I can paint ones that are decent. Apparently you can drop essential oil into the (unpainted) back so it smells nice too. I am unsure what I would paint though.

BiddyPop Tue 04-Jun-13 11:48:47

Less than 6 months to Advent!! YIKES!!

I need to get started.

Don't panic, Mr. Mannering, don't panic. If anyone around here needs to panic, I'll let you know. Meanwhile, let there be no panic....AAAGGGGHHHH!!!!

I did put some rhubarb in vodka last night though, so that is started.....

starjules Tue 04-Jun-13 19:45:29

GTbaby, someone at the weekend pretty much repinned my whole Christmas ideas board.......LOL.


Happy Birthday to me blush

fuzzpig Wed 05-Jun-13 08:34:06

Many happy returns 70! thanks wine [cake] grin

Thanks fuzzpig.
I'll swap the wine for a brew- I don't drink.

But I can put the wine behind the Virtual MN Bar grin

50shadesofknackered Wed 05-Jun-13 10:59:45

Happy birthday 70 flowers
Oooo nearly into 100 and something's, that makes it feel much much closer all of a sudden grin

buzzgirly Wed 05-Jun-13 15:42:07

Happy birthday 70s! Hope you have a great day.

Thank you everyone for trying convince me that my tree wasn't pitiful! It really looked much better on my phone!

starjules Wed 05-Jun-13 19:58:24

Happy Birthday 70!

fuzzpig Thu 06-Jun-13 14:40:38

202 smile

buzzgirly Thu 06-Jun-13 18:11:49

I have finally bought my first Christmas present! 2 reduced princess dresses for dd. I can't believe it's taken me so long to get started!

fuzzpig Thu 06-Jun-13 18:36:57

Yay buzz! Which princesses?

Playmobil Pyramid arrived the other day too. It's HUGE.


Tomorrow we need............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................^ANOTHER PICTURE^ grin

Pressure is on !!!

buzzgirly Fri 07-Jun-13 07:12:56

100s tomorrow! We will definitely need another picture, I'll give my artist skills a rest this time!

Fuzz - it was a Cinderella and a butterfly dress, I got them both for £10.

buzzgirly Fri 07-Jun-13 07:13:45

Fuzz - have you got somewhere to store the pyramid?

fuzzpig Fri 07-Jun-13 08:29:10

Yes, thankfully our room has a really wide built in wardrobe which has a shelf all along the top. The pyramid is up there along with Xmas wrapping paper and the Spongebob Lego set were giving DD for her birthday grin

This morning my mind was a-wandering and I decided what I will paint for DD's tree decoration if we have another pottery-painting evening at work. A Dalek with a Santa hat!p

LentilAsAnything Fri 07-Jun-13 09:08:42

Links to Pinterest boards if you mention them!

Happy belated birthday, 70.

200 days .

Festive Candle to Celebrate

fuzzpig Sat 08-Jun-13 08:05:37

Oh that is awesome 70!

Happy 200-days-til-Xmas everyone! smile

buzzgirly Sat 08-Jun-13 16:27:50

Love the candle 70s!

LentilAsAnything Sat 08-Jun-13 23:40:06



into the one hundred and somethings........................................

getting close huh ?


buzzgirly Sun 09-Jun-13 07:00:38

Woohoo into 100s!! Almost half way there grin

buzzgirly Sun 09-Jun-13 09:31:23

How sad is it that I've been looking through old mumsnet Christmas threads? And I've now decided that a Christmas blanket is essential for dcs happiness and have ordered them from eBay.

It's a Christmas Tradition buzz
We have some Christmas fleeces from Lakeland Limited (two Father Christmas on the roof and one of a Teddy Bear with a pile of presents)
The DC are 13 and 11 but still have a fleece on their bed and one on the sofa in the week before Christmas. grin

I've decided this Christmas we need a "Special" Key and I'm looking on Ebay for a massive old key to decorate and hang up.
(We do have a chimney but Mr Claus is getting a bit tubby to climb down it I reckon)

buzzgirly Sun 09-Jun-13 10:06:08

I love Christmas traditions! I have stolen all of mine from mumsnet. They include elf on the shelf, Christmas Eve hamper, Christmas activity for every day in December and the candles in jam jars landing strip on drive for Santa - I think that may be one of yours 70!! grin

I have now ordered a Christmas mickey and Minnie fleece blanket for dcs which the elf will deliver on 1st December. I am also bidding on a copy of Arthur Christmas which is very cheap.

Well we are into 100s - I need to get organised gringringringrin!

LentilAsAnything Sun 09-Jun-13 10:20:58

I absolutely love Christmas traditions too. Not got a special Xmas blanket yet. Currently having a frugal minimalist year, aargh, it messes with my Christmas accumulation of traditions!

Ah Lentil Christmas Traditions can be as extravegant or as minimalist as you like.
We've 'shed' alot of ours (going to feed the reindeer, DC putting on Fancy Dress on Christmas Eve, Sleeping Elf in the Playhouse ) as they got older.

Each year we added a new one.
Last year we went to the cinema because DH was working. And it was really nice, I might do that again.

We don't go to the Panto (Ballet for DD and I instead)
London trip for the DC to see the lights and shops (Winter Wonderland a few times but it's way too busy now, spent half the time stuck in queues or crowds)

I fancy a trip to EuroDisney (I'd LOVE to go to Lapland UK but DC are too old. Lapland (proper) isn't an option - too £££)

We still have dinner eaten before Dr Who on Christmas Day. That's a permenant tradition grin

fuzzpig Sun 09-Jun-13 11:20:33

All of our traditions are from MN too! It is so much fun trying stuff out and seeing what sticks. MN has made my Xmases so much better.

We all love Arthur Christmas - hope you win it buzz! <sends anti-sniping vibes> smile

fuzzpig Sun 09-Jun-13 11:24:16

We did a cinema trip last year too - it was actually DD's first ever trip, at the ripe old age of 5.6 shock - we saw Rise of the Guardians with my teenage DSDs, and then went to Pizza Hut and just ate and chatted for ages. DS is old enough to go too this year so he and DH could join us, although I did rather like it just being a girly trip actually grin

I've put a bid on a large key (to make a Santa Key)

I'll check back later, bid ends today.

buzzgirly Sun 09-Jun-13 21:08:53

Yay - I won Arthur Christmas! Now please someone remind before December that I bought it wink

I got outbid on the key.

But they are still over 160 days until December.

Buzz where are you going to hide Arthur Christmas. So we can remind you.
You'll need to watch it first though,( make sure it's okay.)

Did you snipe? Were you eating kittens (other Ebay thread on Chat)

Nearer the time we'll do a What's Your Christmas Traditions Thread. And loads of people will post "Films with the DC". And you'll remember, ooh I've got that film. Now where did I put it???

LentilAsAnything Sun 09-Jun-13 23:13:06

What's the big key, 70?

Yeah, I know you can do minimalist traditions, and we do/will, but there is a certain amount of stuff that isn't minimal: the blanket, the stockings, the tree (if you get an artificial one, which is actually my preference), the decorations, the crockery, the tableware etc etc - it all adds up! We are all about experiences, and I'd like to do Disney, Lapland, Polar Express, theatre, ballet, walks round the neighbourhood, etc, but still, a few items that bring back, and make, memories, are nice. I need to find the right balance.

What's sleeping elf in the playhouse?

And what are your traditions? Tell me now please, so I have time to plan! smile

fuzzpig Mon 10-Jun-13 08:01:19


Ah Lentil,
the Big Key... my DC are too old now for alot of the Christmas shenanigans but I want to find a big brass key that I can decorate with ribbons and gems. Then I can hang it from the fireplace to decorate and on Christmas Eve it can be put in the porch for Father Christmas to use. He's getting a bit chubby to go down our chimney and DD insists on leaving out a breakfast tray of tea, ceral, toast and orange juice, so he won't fit after that.
They are old enough now not to pull at the more ornate decorations.

Sleeping Elf was when my DS was IIRC 4yo (he's 13 now). He'd had his bath and before he went to bed we put a candle in a jar and walked down the garden to the Playhouse . I'd made a little Elf from a bathtoy, covered with a muslin cloth and painted with make-up. A hat with a bell, tucked up in bed. It was in the Playhouse, DS had just a peep at it by candlelight.
I told him this was a tired Elf that was going back tonight.
This was in the days before we found Elf on a Shelf grin

We've had a little advent tree with a wooden cupboard ( with seperate doors to hold a sweet and a decoration.) for years. It comes out every year .

I'll start a Traditions Thread on the 25th July.
One of MY Traditions is I book a day off work to watch QVC Christmas in July blush

LentilAsAnything Mon 10-Jun-13 19:47:06

I love it when you ' Ah Lentil' me, 70: it makes me feel all mothered! smile

The key sounds lovely!
And wow, so you pretty much invented the elf in the playhouse on the shelf! How adorable! Right, I need a house playhouse now!

Ok, I guess I can wait til July 25th <taps foot impatiently>

You sound like one of the best Christmas mothers I've ever heard of! My child is only two, so early days for me. Hoping so hard to make his Christmases super magical and memorable.

fuzzpig Mon 10-Jun-13 22:12:55

Surely June 25th would make more sense than July 25th 70, what with it being halfway through the year? <impatient> grin

BiddyPop Tue 11-Jun-13 11:07:50


BiddyPop Tue 11-Jun-13 11:40:03

Christmas is BIG in our house as DD was a Boxing Day baby.

One of her favourite traditions is the Christmas Eve hamper. It started with me getting new PJs for her, then I found a nice pair for me as well, and 2 years ago, we got some for DH as well. So now, we each get a new pair of PJs and some Christmas slipper socks on Christmas Eve - and DD gets a Snowman soup, while DH got a chocolate beer (not terribly impressed) and I had a lovely hot choc (the block of choc on a wooden spoon type) as well. And DD gets an Ickle Baby Bot or similar bath bomb (usually something Lush anyway) for her bedtime bath that night (helps soothe excitements). It all helps persuade her to do her stocking and then have a bath and go to bed - I usually produce the box I use just after we have laid out her stocking and she has put out the carrot for Rudolph, milk for Santa and the cookies she made earlier in the afternoon.

The cookies are a basic cookie recipe that I have (we do more adventurous cookies in the previous weeks) which we sometimes make from scratch on Christmas Eve (usually choc chip, but sometimes orange and lemon flavour) - but I always make sure I keep part of a previous batch in the freezer coming up to Christmas so that we can just cut and bake if time is against us.

I am trying to get myself set up to get notified when the Santa train tickets go on sale, as we missed them last year (not deliberately) - we had gone every 2nd year since DD was small and she LOVES that. So we have to go this year!

NewYorkDeli Tue 11-Jun-13 11:57:18

Well i've got £50 saved on my Asda saving's card up to now, so by the time it comes to my Christmas shop I should have about £150. It comes in soooo handy.

I've also started my saving's card with my local butcher for my Christmas day Turkey, sausage meat for my stuffing etc.. I should have about £60 to spend by Christmas.

We always spend about £50 in M&S at Christmas too, as you can probably tell, I put about 3 stone on over the Christmas period grin

Who do you all spend Christmas day with? Inlaws/your own family/friends/just you & kids?

BiddyPop Tue 11-Jun-13 12:25:27

We have spent the past 3 Christmases just us (DH, DD and I) at home. This year, we are travelling down "home" and renting a house near both our parents - so we will have 2 Christmas dinners on the day (late lunch in PILs, late dinner in my DPs - various family will be in both houses) and host everyone for a birthday celebration on 26th.

fuzzpig Tue 11-Jun-13 13:30:54

Last few years, it's just been us 4. My family are all very supportive of this. My parents visit my nan, who is not able to travel to us about an hour away, and we just have a quiet day with simple food, toys and DVDs.

Last year we also went to a friend's house in my home town (mate from college and his mum who was like a second mum to me before we moved away!) on Xmas eve for a full Xmas dinner/gift exchanging which was great, and they invited my parents and Nan for coffee and cake in the evening. My parents visited again on boxing day.

My nan is very ill now though, so without wishing to sound too morbid, I think plans may change this year sad

BiddyPop Tue 11-Jun-13 13:58:29

Actually Fuzzpig, that made me realise I wasn't quite right in what I said - when we are just 3 here, we do a lot of family visiting early in the day to both my parent's families (they both grew up in my city but moved many years ago and I moved here when I was grown) and also to DH's aunt.

Last year, I didn't see any of DM's family as DGran had died and DAunt went away for Christmas. I did see DF's family, where other DGran was bedbound, and I am glad I did as she is not around this coming Christmas. I think not having both of those visits (DAunt would probably be around this year, and DF's siblings will all gather as usual in their family home as his DSis still lives there - but it won't be the same) is making a difference and part of the reason I was hunting so hard for a house to rent this year (our own space to relax and unwind, and do a few things just as 3, is important and impossible when we stay in either DParent's house - but they are only 20 minutes apart, and 5 mins further to house we're renting).

And given how mad my boss is making me today (he's away and driving me daft even from a distance!!), and other things going on, I wouldn't be surprised if we are abroad by next Christmas (when we might come home or not as the mood takes us - we are already quite happy to do Christmas as the "core" family, but if the house works out, it gives us an option of a base here grin).

fuzzpig Tue 11-Jun-13 15:10:45

I am just sorting out my iTunes and have started putting together an Xmas playlist! Listening to some Russell Watson, his versions of O Holy Night and Adeste Fideles (O come all ye faithful) are AMAZING <goosebumps>

(I may love him a little bit...)

buzzgirly Tue 11-Jun-13 19:12:54

Last year I hosted the big meal with my family coming round. Still not sure what's happening this year, will spend it with IL's but not sure if it will be at home or there house - it is only over the road so not really a problem!!

I have been making plans for Christmas Eve! I want to go for a walk in the woods at the back of the house in the afternoon, where the elves dh will have left a little glitter trail to take dcs to a treat and then hamper when they get home. Am I getting completely carried away??? You can be honest, I can take it! Dh is giving me hmm looks whenever I mention it.

fuzzpig Tue 11-Jun-13 19:48:34

Not OTT at all! Sounds lovely! smile

July 25th is the QVC Christmas in July Day and I've watched it since about 2001 when my DS was a tiny little toddler grin

June 25th is my DD Birthday so all thoughts are on her wink in this house.

buzz you need to take your DH hmm looks at bowl them right back at him.
My DH sports a similar face but he knows better and I just ignore it wink

and bowl them

NewYorkDeli Tue 11-Jun-13 22:22:45

I'm thinking this for my Christmas dinner this year;

Turkey crown basted in cranberry butter
Jamie Oliver sausage meat stuffing
Pigs in blankets
Garlic & rosemary roast potatoes
Creamy mash made with double cream
Yorkshire puddings
Broccoli cheese
Honey roasted chantennay carrots, courgettes, leeks & parsnips
Red cabbage
Jamie Oliver gravy

I know it's early but I bloody love Christmas blush


never too early to plan Christmas Dinner.

YY to Yorkshire Puddings- compulsary in our house (DS would stamp his cloven hooves if there were none)

Whatalotofpiffle Wed 12-Jun-13 07:42:03

Woohoo! I just bought Kirstie's homemade Christmas DVD to start making smile

buzzgirly Wed 12-Jun-13 07:55:34

Newyork - that all sounds lovely. It's making me very hungry!

70s - I am learning to ignore the hmm faces from dh. I don't think he realises the organisation Christmas needs, if it was left to him we wouldn't put the tree up until Christmas Eve!

fuzzpig Wed 12-Jun-13 08:41:05

Oh yes I'd forgotten about your DD's birthday - I know you've mentioned it before though as it's the day after my DD's! She will be 6. My baby is growing up so fast. She insisted on 'shoulder short' hair recently and seems even taller/skinnier (thank goodness for DH's genes!) recently and she just looks so old!

Have you got her presents sorted grin DD hasn't asked for anything particular so we got the Spongebob Lego, a lalaloopsy doll (there's some with £10 off on amazon if anyone here is interested) and a couple of DVDs/books. I'm going to pick up some oil pastels (only £3 for 30 in The Works) and maybe a sketchbook as well as she has had an art topic at school and is raving about them. One of the books is a famous paintings sticker book.

Sorry I know that's got nothing to do with Xmas! I'm just excited to see her face when she opens them. The last couple of years I'd made the mistake of getting her what I wanted her to have instead of something I knew she would love IYSWIM?

Question for Xmas Xperts - can you get xmassy essential oils? The pottery painting lady told me that if you leave the backs (of the tree decorations for example) unpainted, you can drop some essential oils on, and the baking in the kiln will 'set' the smell! So if I could get a nice festive scent that would be great - any ideas please? smile

fuzzpig Wed 12-Jun-13 08:42:47

Oh and NYD that sounds yummy grin

LentilAsAnything Wed 12-Jun-13 09:04:57

fuzz, I've got some festive-smelling tea lights!
I don't think I ordered from this seller, but it gives you an idea of the scents available!

LentilAsAnything Wed 12-Jun-13 09:10:15

Found it! This is the seller I bought from last year: - look at those amazing scents! I have Fireplace and Elf Sweat, and a couple of others. smile

buzzgirly Wed 12-Jun-13 09:43:30

I have to get an elf sweat candle!! It will complete Christmas gringringrin

DD will be 11yo on her birthday- she's getting more difficult to buy for (like her older brother) their presents get smaller and more ££ so the Christmas Pile looks shabby (which is why Christmas Eve Hampers and Christmas Stockings are vital. DS was delighted not at his M&S Autograph trunks last year blush )

Last year she got a laptop so that was her present but I bought a few bits (hairslides, bath stuff) to add. She's got her phone for school (not even entertaining an iPhone for her)

She wants her ears pierced. Lots of Lush products.
I've bought her a Kipling purse/pouch set.
She really wants a £50 in a box (I gave this to DS for Christmas and eventually put it in the bank in May. He's a proper miser saver)
DD will hotfoot it to Primark with her £50 grin

We're having a Family Day out.
She hankers after a NorthFace gilet (that's a maybe depending on price but it'll be for winter).

Oh, and I'm taking her out to a naice hairdresser to have her hair cut/layered for the transition from Junior-Secondary.

50shadesofknackered Wed 12-Jun-13 13:10:28

Oh yes! I know all about the hmm looks from dh when I talk about Christmas. He knows by now that I don't care and I just carry on talking grin . Would it be totally sad if I booked the 25th July off work so I can watch and buy lots of stuff QVC Christmas in July?

BiddyPop Wed 12-Jun-13 14:17:15

What does elf sweat actually smell like? Nice and Christmassy, fir trees and snow, or actually sweaty and hard worky?!

Planning your menu this far out is only sensible - that way you can gather all recipes, do trial runs to see which recipe is nicest for your family (Jamie's might have too many hazelnuts, Nigella might not have any nuts, while Darina might recommend cashew nuts in the brussels sprouts!!) and also have all the necessary ingredients in your master grocery list to have ahead of time (and not panic at 5.57pm on Christmas Eve that a vital ingredient is NOT IN THE HOUSE!!). Organisation takes the stress out!!

DH allows me to talk about Christmas all year, but only tunes in after October. But he also has started to recognise that we do need to plan ahead for lots of reasons, so accepts me doing it (albeit occasionally with hmm ) once I accept not getting input until he's good and ready (when I have it all planned and arranged anyway to suit me wink). grin

have a look at the QVC website (if you put Christmas In July into the search about a week or so before the 25th July it will give you some the the featured items)

I'll be off work because the DC will be on their Summer holidays grin.
Over the past few years I've noticed the C in J has sort of dwindled off. They used to have a lot of Mr Christmas, Lindy Bowman and Yankee Candles.
Now it seems to be a load of the clearance tat products re-branded Christmas in July.

Hopefully they'll up the ante this year hmm.

Last year I bought a Bethlehem Lights Wreath for the front door which was lovely.

fuzzpig Wed 12-Jun-13 17:37:54

Thanks for the scent replies. I can't say I expected Elf Sweat to feature so heavily... grin

LentilAsAnything Wed 12-Jun-13 19:52:08

The seller has Elf Sweat down as "A bubbly, magical blend of candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup, with effervescent spicy soda pop bubbles to provide a unique, magical top note." smile

fuzzpig Thu 13-Jun-13 08:43:14


I used to buy bottles of burner oil years ago (trying to rack my brains where I bought it) in tiny blue dropper bottles.
We had a burner with a candle in the bottom.The 'saucer' held some water and a few drops of oil. We liked cinnamon and either orange or clementine. Really Christmas smells smile

Probably similar on Ebay (I might have a peruse later) .You could easily drop the oil onto porous surfaces and it would smell lovely when it's warm.

fuzzpig Fri 14-Jun-13 14:31:07


I had a lot of essential oils growing up as my mum is a bit obsessed! I hardly ever buy my own. Clementine is a good idea - might even be able to get it in Boots smile

I had some DD-free shopping today so wafted round her beloved Primark picking up clothes for her.

No point buying her Christmas presents too early she grows like a weed and changes her mind more often than she changes clothes grin