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(Date Posted:09/09/2011 9:58 AM)
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anybody started christmas shopping yetsmiley123 we will have to get some christmas smilies on heresmiley64
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:09/09/2011 10:35 AM)

Oh help, I don't want to think about Christmas yet  smiley100  smiley94  Good point about the seasonal smileys, though!
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:09/09/2011 11:32 AM)

Actually I suppose I have started but this is only because I buy all the kids I know books from charity shops so I pick things up when I see them throughout the year.
Other than that I really don't want to think about it. Agggghhhh!

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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:09/09/2011 11:59 AM)

When I had the shop, people would be asking for Christmas cards in August.  I would have to order the Christmas stock in March and it would be delivered at the beginning of September.  If I didn't order it early, all the stock would be sold out.
It then used to sit in the stock room until mid November when I could face getting in to the festive spirit of things.

Bah humbug from me!
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:09/09/2011 12:01 PM)

That reminds me, I must prod Sunshine Meadows about getting a humbug smiley.

Who last had the cattle prod?




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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:09/09/2011 1:21 PM)

I have it in my possession and I'll prod you with it in a minute  smiley28

When I had the shop, people would be asking for Christmas cards in August.

Good grief - why??? smiley77  Christmas doesn't start until December as far as I'm concerned....
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:09/09/2011 1:40 PM)

I have bought a few presents nowsmiley64 i love christmassmiley108
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:09/09/2011 2:21 PM)

our supermarket has mince pies and chocolate selection boxes on sale this week. Not even got harvest out the way nevermind halloween. Far too early for christmas in my opinion.
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 4:26 AM)

I like to make an early start to spread the cost. I bought this year's cards in the post-Christmas sales, collect things for stockings throughout the year and have just got the kit to start making pressies.
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 7:54 AM)

>>I have it in my possession and I'll prod you with it in a minute  <<

I wish you would Kitty. 

It might keep him quiet for a couple of minutes!

 
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 8:23 AM)

My family over the last couple of christmases have only bought presents for the 2 young ones in the family.  Its a lot less hassle doing it like that.
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 9:24 AM)

I bet the mince pies and chocolates "best before" dates run out before christmas!!!
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 1:21 PM)

 I think I am going to be sick.
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 1:24 PM)

 "our supermarket has mince pies and chocolate selection boxes on sale this week"

Ours had hot cross buns on sale this week...
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Reply To Darrowsgirl
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 1:38 PM)

Reply to Darrowsgirl (10/09/2011 8:21 PM)

 I think I am going to be sick.


why
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 2:06 PM)

he he he
I love christmasy things.  Trouble is I keep buying them.  I  try very hard not to, as I do not need any more, but when I see something lovely at a good price, well, it is hard to resist all the sparkly, twinkly things.

But even I think that now is far too early.

On the other hand they do lovely ones usually in TKMaxx.  Now when I am I next going to the shops?
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Reply To ilovepinkandpurple
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 2:49 PM)

Reply to ilovepinkandpurple (10/09/2011 8:38 PM)

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 I think I am going to be sick.


why

Because it's only September... smiley73smiley100
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:10/09/2011 3:14 PM)

 I'm with Darrowsgirl on this..
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 8:33 AM)

Pink started this thread and is snow an ex member I just want to reassure everyone that Christmas cheer is not a banned topic here on Ouch ;-). It is not too earlier to start present gathering, but it is too early to be thinking of food and wine.

Talk of cattle prods will get Sir Cumference no where and in fact I might now keep the Scrooge smilie back until Christmas Eve.



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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 8:58 AM)

Humbug.

I'm already planning how to spend my £10 bonus from the DWP.

That thread comes round earlier and earlier each year.



Perhaps we could phase in some guidelines for its resurrection?






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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 9:56 AM)


smiley17
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 9:58 AM)

smiley64
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 12:10 PM)

Brilliant  smiley113

About the DWP Christmas bonus thread - as Sunshine Meadows has pointed out, there's nothing in the House Rules that says we can't talk about Christmas smiley115 -  but if I remember correctly from BBC Ouch!, someone usually started that particular thread around mid to late November when a lot of people started getting in the mood.  I leave it in members' capable hands smiley109
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 1:41 PM)

 All well and good, but do remember that for many people, Christmas brings nothing but misery, loneliness, conflict and (literal and metaphorical) darkness. Not everyone wants to be reminded of it. Especially not 3 months ahead. I am one such person.  

So, some consideration, please.
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 1:50 PM)

I'm sorry to hear that time of year is so dire for you, DG, and I'd like to think we are all aware that it isn't a time of joy for many people;  but for those people, perhaps a thread titled 'Christmas' is best avoided in the same way as other threads that might trigger unpleasant thoughts?


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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 2:24 PM)

 Not easy when browsing via the 'today's posts' menu.
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 2:28 PM)

But Kizzy, if Darrowsgirl had no read this thread she would not have known the important fact that I love all the glitz.  
The day itself is a non-event for me and can be rather lonely too.  But for some reason I still love thetwinkles.  If I do not go to the effort of doing a tree and some lights then it is even lonelier for reasons that I do not understand.
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 2:40 PM)

I think a lot more people than we realise just 'go through the motions' - I can't get into it the same since my grandparents died (we used to spend wonderful family Christmases at their house).  The presents bit always worries me, deciding what to get whom.  Once that's sorted I can relax more, but I never feel inspired any time before at least mid-November smiley104  Last year when I was in the grip of a severe depression, I wished fervently that Christmas could have been cancelled, so I do understand those who find it a trying time...

(DG, I have never used the 'today's posts' option, so that wouldn't have occurred to me!)

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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 2:44 PM)

"I leave it in members' capable hands"


Who's that, then?


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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 2:47 PM)

Why, are you thinking of volunteering?  smiley97
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:11/09/2011 4:30 PM)

The point is we are at least able to voice our opinions on Christmas, and have comments on whether it is celebrated too early, and too much.

I think Christmas is rather rubbish for too many people, but I also think its a bit like having children - some people get fearfully excited about it, others dont really want to have children, but there seems to be an obligation, and if you dont join in then there is something wrong...

Over the years I have discovered that not as many people enjoy Christmas, but dare not speak out for fear of seeming a miserable git, and yet for many there is very littl;e to celebrate.

Lets be honest, you give and receive gifts that a person could buy themselves if they so wished, or happily live without.
People buy and waste too much food.
Some family members find that all the responsibility for a "good" Christmas falls on them, and if it is not "amazing" then they have failed.
Some have no-one to spend Christmas with, and the continual bombardment of "Its for the children" or "Its a time for families" can be the depressing trigger.

Truth is, the perfect Christmas exists for what - about 1% of people?

Comment on Christmas if you wish, but be honest - you may be the lucky person who has a lovely Christmas, but many, many people are hurting inside believing that they should be too.

Every year I say the same thing, Christmas is not necessarily a good thing, and every year I get called out for saying it.

However I shall, as is customary now, feel obliged to write my usual Ouch Christmas ditty and probably this year a Christmas (hopefully amusing) Ouch Blog, which is the best bit of Christmas for me.
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