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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:12/09/2011 3:16 AM)

You know, I hadn't even realised that there is a 'today's posts' option! I have just found it andhad a look - all of the posts are shown but not the threads that they are attached to. I think you must need a better brain than mine to use this option - I didn't have a clue what people were talking about because I couldn't see the context smiley103
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:12/09/2011 2:19 PM)

tescos have big tins of roses and quality street for £5 i am trying not to look at them
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:12/09/2011 2:51 PM)

smiley64 there is less sweets in those tins than what was in them years ago. i cant buy them yet because if i do i wll eat them before christmas then i will end up having to buy moresmiley115
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:12/09/2011 2:53 PM)


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


Retailers, mainly. And The God Squad, of course.




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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:12/09/2011 4:33 PM)

I don't think the perfect Christmas exists for aybody even us Christians, there's always something that goes wrong! Either the bulbs go in the lights or somebody gives you a rubbish pressie or the Turkey takes forever, but you carry on regardless anyway :)
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:12/09/2011 5:04 PM)

 It's wayyyyy too early to mention it,really, but it's not too early to plan the odd purchase. I've got my grand-daughter some bits and pieces already, plus tins of choccies are on offer at half price at the moment.. My Injured Jockeys Fund Chrissy catalogue came last week and that's got lots of new things this year, including horse - racing - themed Christmas baubles, woo-hoo, woo-hoo, been after some of those for YEARS. 
I don't collect anything conventional (plates, ornament collections, dolls, overpriced cute tat) but I do have a huge collection of very individual Christmas tree ornaments. Many of them are hand-made, from about 15 different countries and many places in the UK and Ireland. My friend bought me a little doll ornament from Russia as an present in St Ives, so that will be new on the tree this year, along with a sequinned star I bought at a craft fair in Helmsley and a little wooden bathing hut from Falmouth (meant to be a light-pull but the pull I have already is fine, the tree is a longer-lasting destination). 
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:12/09/2011 5:21 PM)

"My Injured Jockeys Fund Chrissy catalogue came last week and that's got lots of new things this year, including horse - racing - themed Christmas baubles"


Arghhhh I take it all back, gimme, gimme, gimme... horse-racing themed christmas baubles (melts with longing).
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 6:14 AM)

>>I do have a huge collection of very individual Christmas tree ornaments. <<

Me too. smiley33

I've been collecting (mainly glass) Christmas tree ornaments for over thirty years. 

I add a couple of ornaments to my collection every year, so I have to buy a larger tree every so many years to display them all.

In the next post, I'll attmept to load a photo taken of my tree Christmas 2006.                        
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 6:21 AM)

Christmas Tree 2006My Christmas tree 2006

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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 9:37 AM)

What a lovely tree! I love glass ornaments but can't have them because of the danger to little paws smiley97
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 10:07 AM)

Your christmas tree is
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 1:08 PM)

                                    
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 1:36 PM)

really nice tree i am hopeless at decorating the tree
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 2:27 PM)

Yvette, 
your tree is very, very twinkly.  Terrific.
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 4:08 PM)

We don't have a tree as there is not enough room for one, but when the boys were younger we used to go out for a walk to ceremoniously cut the festive twig, that we brought indoors and decorated with quality street tied on with bits of ribbon.
Your tree looks lovely Yvette.
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 6:47 AM)

Thank you all for your kind comments about my tree.

I must admit that my tree is renowned amongst my friends and neighbours!! 

I just love decorating Christmas trees and love the effect of the lights, especially in the evening.

I have two sets of lights - which you can't see on the photo of the tree.  A white sit which are static and a coloured set which I set to glow and fade.

A few years ago when I was in hospital waiting for an operation (which had been delayed by a couple of days) I decorated the ward tree  and it was voted by the doctors as the best decorated tree in the hospital, which really pleased the ward sister.

Trees are probably not allowed in hospitals now.

It takes me two days to decorate the tree.

My cleaner/helper puts it together for me, which is a job in itself.  It takes ages to pull out all the branches and separate out the greeenery.

Then I start with the lights:

Check they work before winding them around the tree.  Start winding from the bottom up, so the leads have plenty of length to each the socket.  I always use a fuse protector thingy to make the tree as safe as possible.  Try to push the wires in amongst the greenery so they don't show.

Then, wind your chains or tinsel around the tree.  I use a pattern of winding from the top of the tree with the first strands going left to right.  Then with the second strands I go from the top of the tree right to left.  You get a nice criss cross over pattern that way.

The chains are a pain as they get tangled up and are a devil to undo, so if you don't want that hassle, stick to tinsel.

Then I grade all the ornaments by size on lots of trays.  The ornaments are put away each year, wrapped in bubble wrap, in boxes according to size, so that makes it a bit easier.

Start with the bigger ornaments at the bottom and work your way up the tree so the smallest ornaments are on the top.  Make sure the sides of the tree are decorated too.

If you have any small ornaments left over, hang them wherever there is space on the tree as having some smaller ones scattered around the tree makes it look less 'arranged'.

Then I finish off with those very thin foil strips.  I can't remember the name of them.  They are about twelve inches long and very thin.

I am very traditional and like the colours red, gold and silver on my tree.  I don't go in for purple, black or green ornaments.  I'm not keen on trees being decorated in colours to match the decor either.
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 6:50 AM)

>>We don't have a tree as there is not enough room for one, but when the boys were younger we used to go out for a walk to ceremoniously cut the festive twig, that we brought indoors and decorated with quality street tied on with bits of ribbon.<<

What a wonderful idea.

I couldn't do it though - my festive twig would be rather bare as the  Quality Street sweets wouldn't get as far as being tied on to the branches!!   smiley113 
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 4:36 PM)

>>Then I finish off with those very thin foil strips. I can't remember the name of them. They are about twelve inches long and very thin.<<

Lametta!

I am official tree decorator in my house except my mum puts the tree up and puts the lights on, her technique's the same as Yvettea's.

Then I start with the large baubles, then wooden and large decorations, then small baubles, then the knitted ones, then the chocolates and candy canes (so they're easy to get off again ) then lastly the lametta, one strip for each branch!

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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 6:26 PM)

That's it. Lametta!  Thank you.
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:15/09/2011 4:20 AM)

My method is similar to Yvettea's, although I didn't bother with tinsel this year and it still looked lovely. I am a bit obsessive about the tree - I move things around several times a day as I decide there is a gap to be filled or two similar things too close together. My friend with OCD opts out altogether and gets her hubby to decorate theirs - otherwise she would be there with a set-square and ruler trying to get it exactly right!
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:15/09/2011 3:14 PM)

The decorations have to be in the right places before the lametta goes on but after that I just let it go... because I end up doing everyone else's wrapping, because I'm the only person who cares if they looks good!!
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:16/09/2011 1:49 PM)

 What a fantastic tree! I don't have a good pic of mine, I normally put it up fairly late - but this year it's going up earlier, as though only 4 feet high, it takes 4 hours to decorate. 
There are hundreds of decorations. Literally. Some of my favourites are the felt ones my now very adult  children made when very small, those I made when showing childminded children how to make different decorations (felt, plaster, modelling media) and ones that are souvenirs from days out and holidays. Regarding getting a balance, most decs have their set position roughly on the tree - showy at front, naff at back - and go there year on year. 
The tree itself (dk. green mock fir and rather nice) was bought in a Woolworths in Germany in 1981 and cost 50 Deutschmarks, about £15 at the time, so actually quite a lot of money back then. I think I've got my money's worth out of it, at 50p a year... 
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:17/09/2011 6:03 AM)

how early do you put your tree up Andmacsmiley64 

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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:17/09/2011 1:35 PM)

 

(Message edited by Dark_Divinity On 17/09/2011 1:35 PM)
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:17/09/2011 5:11 PM)

smiley49smiley28 smiley26smiley29
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:18/09/2011 3:41 AM)

I went shopping on thursday and the supermarket i went to already had a load of christmas food on the shelves.  I did notice that the use by date for some mince pies was early October!  Who wants to be eating mince pies in October?  Not me!

Bah Humbug!!!

 

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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:18/09/2011 3:45 AM)

Leggy, its madness init?

DD, that skull / tree is my idea of christmas!!!
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:18/09/2011 3:56 AM)

Its bloody crazy.  Ive already been asked at work about a christmas night out!!
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RE:Christmas
(Date Posted:18/09/2011 5:39 AM)

It's definitely that time again as the Kleeneze Christmas catalogue was dropped through my door this morning. I don't know why they bother as I never buy from it, and I usually forget to leave it out for collection.
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Re:Christmas
(Date Posted:18/09/2011 7:40 PM)

 My tree usually goes up Dec 21/22 ish. I'm thinking around Dec 6 this year so it's up for about a month, rather than a couple of weeks.
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