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It's poncetastic 2019!

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NerosFiddle Wed 25-Sep-19 17:47:16

Since no one has started it yet, I thought I would.

Happy Rudolph Day

So come on, show us yours!

NoWordForFluffy Wed 25-Sep-19 17:51:40

Here's the poncetastic description, if you're new. I believe credited to Fellatio Nelson.

OK, first of all, I know it's still September by we need to start this thread now because as you all know, having a truly Poncetastic Christmas involves precision planning, strategy, bravery, heroics, and frequently martyrdom. A bit like the war in Afghanistan, only with nicer food and sparkly shoes.

So, if you, like me, actually want to make the next twelve weeks of your life a misery by hand-crafting your cards, finding a huge bucket for Nigella's turkey in brine, pickling pears, shrivelling oranges in a low oven for those rustic au naturel decorations, dragging half a holly bush back from the woods, and just generally being a smug annoying jobsworth ponce, join me on this thread.

Feel free to post photos of previous tree-trimming, cake icing or table centrepiece triumphs, discuss this year's bauble colour themes, debate the merits of Delia versus Gordon, road-test a selection of canapes and cocktails, (all in the line of duty) and link to lovely inspirational photos/craft ideas for a truly Poncetastic Christmas.

Warning: If your idea of a good Christmas involves Pizza, ITV, gravy granules or anything with 'Aunt Bessies' on the packet, this is not the thread for you".

I've been doing a cross stitch already. This is going to my in-laws' house!

NerosFiddle Wed 25-Sep-19 18:28:30

Thanks Fluffy for the description.

livingthegoodlife Wed 25-Sep-19 18:29:50

Hooray! I have fruit soaking in brandy for a Christmas cake. I have already made my homemade mince meat smug

NoWordForFluffy Wed 25-Sep-19 19:05:51

I made my mincemeat a fair while ago. Two types. <also smug>

I've done little puddings too...how often do I feed them?!

TheWoollybacksWife Wed 25-Sep-19 19:06:03

Move over on the smug bench living. I also have fruit soaking for my cakes and my puddings. Only DH likes Christmas pudding so I'll make 2 small ones for him for Christmas Day and Boxing Day and make either a Yule Log or a chocolate chestnut torte for the rest of us.

TheWoollybacksWife Wed 25-Sep-19 19:08:49

I've never fed my puddings Fluffy and DH has never complained in my hearing but I do use the leftover soaked fruit from the Christmas cake so they are fairly moist.

NoWordForFluffy Wed 25-Sep-19 19:10:57

I might not bother then! These were a fairly wet mix, so maybe they'll be fine. And one is for DS, so I'd prefer not to add more alcohol!

livingthegoodlife Wed 25-Sep-19 19:14:33

What's next on the early prep list then? I thought I might make candied orange & lemon. My DH very dear grannie used to make them but is sadly no longer with us. Pressure!

IncrediblySadToo Wed 25-Sep-19 19:23:11

@NoWordForFluffy your cross stitch is lovely. I used to do a lot, mostly on fine linen, but my eyes aren’t up to it anymore! I’m having enough issues crocheting!

I might get kicked off this thread. I’m whinging about all the ‘Book You Christmas Party with us’ signs, so I'm
probably not welcome! I was just hoping to be inspired!!

73kittycat73 Wed 25-Sep-19 19:26:44

NoWordForFluffy that cross stitch is amazing!
Sorry I don't belong in here Uses instant gravy but just popped in for a sneak peek. ;) :D

Toadsrevisited Wed 25-Sep-19 19:33:39

Yay my people!
I've made 30 jars of fruity chutney for presents. That's about it so far.
How long til the Booths catalogue arrives...?

Awks Wed 25-Sep-19 19:36:47

Booths catalogue day. One of my absolute favourite moments.

Trumpton Wed 25-Sep-19 19:45:10

Raspberry gin ✅
BlackBerry brandy ✅
Marmalade gin tick ✅
Limoncello ....next week .
Pudding ✅
Cake ...very soon .
Paint sun room peacock blue with silver accents .... November
Spreadsheet for presents ✅

I need to design cards and thinking of making origami Christmas decorations for the DDs .

NoWordForFluffy Wed 25-Sep-19 20:27:10

Friday 18 Oct for Booths!

I've got a stack of cross stitches to do before Christmas. Need to up my speed a bit! 😂

FireflyGirl Wed 25-Sep-19 21:22:51

moist snigger grin

I always start with good intentions, but they fizzle out when real life starts to get in the way looking at you, fabric Advent calendar I started embroidering for now 4yo DS!

I have bits crocheted for a wreath a-la attic24, but haven't yarn-wrapped the wreath.

Nobody we get presents for eats chutneys/jams/Christmas cake/fancy liqueurs, so no homemade edible presents.

I have started crocheting a 'paper chain' tonight, so let's see how long that lasts...

FireflyGirl Wed 25-Sep-19 21:23:50

Looking a bit sad at the moment... blush

TheWoollybacksWife Wed 25-Sep-19 21:42:47

Oh crap. It was me that used moist wasn't it? Sorry 🤣

TheWoollybacksWife Thu 26-Sep-19 08:50:35

Very disciplined Firefly! I admire you for sewing it up as you go. I'd make all the bits and then have it sitting in a bag taunting me. I've made a couple of nativities this year and had to steel myself to construct as I go. I make and finish the first figure and then dread finishing the next one because I know how much sewing is involved.

NerosFiddle Thu 26-Sep-19 09:47:23

I'm "making" wrapping paper today. Well, the dc are. They've got a Christmas stamper they are putting on paper.

livingthegoodlife Thu 26-Sep-19 10:55:23

Nice work on making wrapping paper! I need to make some Christmas cards.... Never done it before and need some inspiration. Hobbycraft here I come...

Toadsrevisited Thu 26-Sep-19 12:34:35

@awks
@nowordforfluffy

How about the Booths christmas tasting evening? I went last year and it was glorious. Anyone know dates for it?

Toadsrevisited Thu 26-Sep-19 12:35:29

I'm doing all presents in brown paper with proper fabric ribbons this year. Eco friendly plus matchy matchy smile

Outtheforest Thu 26-Sep-19 12:55:41

I've found my people, current plans are to make some mini cross stitches for home made Christmas cards and to make some stockings to hang on the fire place as we have an actual stone fire place for a log fire this year and I plan to make the most of it (despite being in the southern hemisphere where it'll likely be 30+ degrees). If anybody has good patterns for either please do share 🙂

NoWordForFluffy Thu 26-Sep-19 17:40:12

@Toadsrevisited, there aren't any dates on the Facebook page yet, unfortunately!

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