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

364 days till Christmas grin

fuzzpig Sun 30-Jun-13 09:29:49

Hi all smile

Chest getting better thanks, still not great but I think I caught it early enough (often they seem to hit on weekends which means two days before starting ABs!).

I am annoyed though as this weekend I was supposed to be staying with my mum and going to Bluewater today. I had planned among other things to pick up a few stocking fillers - both ELC and Disney Store have gone from my local mall this year sad so I wanted the opportunity to browse. Hopefully we can rearrange soon if DH's hectic weekend work schedule allows.

Can't believe it's almost July. Not much left of this term either. Trying to declutter more so by Xmas there's not so much mess!

VikingVagine Sun 30-Jun-13 09:49:22

Hello all, I'm in France and the summer sales have just started so I'm going to try and get some Xmas shopping done (can't tell anyone here as they'd think I was batshit crazy thinking about Xmas now). I bought all my decs in the sales just after Xmas and have forgotten just what I bought blush , I think there was a colour scheme).

There is a lot of summer fruit at the moment so I think I'll make some homemade jams as presents, is there anything else I could do with the fruit (cherries, raspberries, apricots, strawberries, plums etc.)?

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 30-Jun-13 11:24:15

I've got 4 presents for DD now ready for Christmas. I'm now starting to think about some stocking fillers and bits to put in the wooden advent calendar - always a challenge to find things small enough!

buzzgirly Mon 01-Jul-13 15:42:58


50shadesofknackered Tue 02-Jul-13 08:09:22

176 grin its the first time I've posted the Christmas countdown, I'm quite excited!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 03-Jul-13 00:01:54


70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 04-Jul-13 17:59:33

Peers round door
Tiptoes in


Sneaks out again

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 05-Jul-13 00:35:24


DaddyPigsMistress Fri 05-Jul-13 11:48:00

I started my shopping today. Sorted out my sisters and stepmum plus some bits for my boys. Felt so festive I considered making myself some mince pies for after tea but DP would take the piss so I decided against it.

I suppose I could make them and eat all the dirty little mincy secret...

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 06-Jul-13 00:08:32

172- I've not started my Christmas shopping yet.

DS was hmm when I suggested we look for his new school blazer tomorrow (because he won't be seen out with his mother and I need to grab the oppurtunity to try it on him)

"It's July" he protested "there's months to go"

You can see what I'm facing here grin

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 07-Jul-13 07:56:38


Viking re the fruit- what about a Rumtopft ?
You layer fruit, alcohol (we used brandy) , some sugar , in an airtight container.
At the end of the maturing you have soaked fruit to eat and fruit liquor to bottle for cocktails?

Our Rumtopft Jar was used once and now lives life as a 1p/2p/5p jar

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 08-Jul-13 19:08:04


70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 09-Jul-13 18:08:26

169 into the hundred and sixties grin

fuzzpig Wed 10-Jul-13 08:04:28


50shadesofknackered Thu 11-Jul-13 16:38:48


buzzgirly Fri 12-Jul-13 07:32:54


It's so quiet on here, we're enjoying the sunshine too much winkwinkwink

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 12-Jul-13 10:01:04

I'm still on the Countdown buzzgirly - I sometimes get the the thread before everyone else but it's great to see so many people clicking on.

Keep the thread going Christmas Lovers grin

I'm gearing up for QVC Christmas in July (24th/25th) but I'm prepared that it might be a bit meh.
I'll be looking for decorations (I got a gorgeous Bethlehem Lights outdoor wreath last year)
Yankee Candles
Lindy Bowman wrapping

On the 24th I may launch a Christmas Traditions Thread (why not start early) grin

HibernoCaledonian Fri 12-Jul-13 22:39:04

Even with the sunshine I was thinking about Christmas presents today. I must admit that I started buying a fortnight ago. Granted, my excuse for that is that it was something I'd planned on buying my brother for Christmas last year but by the time I got back to the shop they were sold out. sad

VikingVagine Sat 13-Jul-13 09:36:14


45° here, difficult to think about Christmas!

50shadesofknackered Sat 13-Jul-13 10:08:27

70 I'm looking forward to Christmas in July too. It's my first one grin. I've been trying to decide what colour's to use on the christmas tree so I'm hoping to buy some lovely decorations.

buzzgirly Sun 14-Jul-13 08:06:20


70s - I love the Christmas tradition threads! I always steal people's ideas, if it hasn't been for mumsnet I would never have heard of Elf on the Shelf and now it's the highlight of year!!!

Do I remember someone saying in here that a channel on sky does christmas in July? And puts on Christmas films?

fuzzpig Sun 14-Jul-13 08:48:38

Oh no hiberno, what was it you were planning on buying for your brother?

I hate it when you miss out on something. Most recently I missed out on a set of Wreck it Ralph figures from the Disney store - they were good value and I decided they'd be good for DD's birthday or her stocking at Xmas. But then the local Disney store closed and when I looked online, it turns out they'd only been available for a really short time (quite unusual for their figure sets). You can get them on amazon but for about £40! I'm going to hold out in case they do bring them back at Xmas.

Anyway, I am getting more proactive when it comes to snapping things up now - that's why we already have the playmobil pyramid after an MNer said it was no longer being made! We may not even give it to them this Xmas as it'll keep perfectly well in the cupboard.

I am really looking forward to the traditions thread. 'Tis a tradition in itself grin I have nicked pretty much all ours from them. I know some people have been a bit scornful of the threads and said people should just take what they want from their childhood xmases and see what develops naturally. But it's not always that simple is it? If you had rubbish childhood xmases, for whatever reason, you might have literally nothing to go on (well apart from knowing what NOT to do!) and having inspiration from people who know what they're doing is invaluable.

I'm not really sure how this Xmas is going to work though. I think I mentioned unthread that my nan was unwell (cancer) and that plans may have to change (my parents used to stay with her on the 25th as she wasn't up to the journey here, and we would see them on another nearby day) if she was no longer around. Well, she died on Thursday sad sad I think we will go back to spending it with my parents. DH is happy for me to decide anyway. Maybe we will stay with my mum as her new flat is huge. Thankfully although my parents are technically separated now they still get on really well so it won't be awkward. Anyway, I just want to do something different this year, although no matter what we do it will still be sad.

Sorry I have really waffled on there haven't I blush

buzzgirly Sun 14-Jul-13 16:18:55

Sorry to hear that fuzz, hope you're ok thanks

Maybe your mum could come to your house? I'm sure you'll get it sorted x

fuzzpig Mon 15-Jul-13 10:21:49


thanks buzz thanks

buzzgirly Mon 15-Jul-13 20:06:28

My dd was asking about Jimmy the Elf (our elf on the shelf) earlier today - she has caught the Christmas bug!!

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