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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 12th November 2010, 8:49 pm

I'd love a Christmas on my own, to laze around the house in my pyjamas just eating and drinking what I want without having to think about anyone else. Is that selfish?? I know I could do that any old weekend but then I'd never get anything done. Christmas is different

But guilt and family mean I do otherwise. I make the dinner so I know what I'm eating, and it's a bit much to expect my mum to cook for me, Lucy, Henry & his girlfriend and my nephew these days.

I still enjoy it though and we always have fun. I do put up a tree and greenery around the house and lots of fairy lights

Oh and of course.....watching the Dr Who Christmas Special in my PJs with a large Baileys



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Post by Compostwoman on 12th November 2010, 10:24 pm

Oh yes to Dr Who...!

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Post by polgara on 12th November 2010, 10:30 pm

I agree with FC until the children say otherwise, none of ours have ever said they do not believe so it carries on which is a lot of fun.

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th November 2010, 10:31 pm

I was quite surprised at Cg, Pol...I think it came about from a conversation with friends at school.

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Post by polgara on 12th November 2010, 10:36 pm

Yes I would have been too, I would think she should be in the "is it or isn`t true" stage.

Wait till you hear about our Christmas fairies!!

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th November 2010, 10:42 pm

Well she DID couch the question in a way which I sort of wondered " should I keep up the myth?" but looking at her face, I knew we had been rumbled..and I can't lie to my DD

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Post by polgara on 12th November 2010, 10:47 pm

A really important thing is to tell the truth, but we always said make it fun for the young ones, that was the kids at work I might add.

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th November 2010, 10:51 pm

trouble is, she reads so widely and is so advanced in reading skills that it is hard to know what she has read...........

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Post by polgara on 13th November 2010, 8:19 am

Just remember though Saint Nicholas was probably a real person, so there is something to think about.

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Post by Dandelion on 13th November 2010, 2:08 pm

Have just found out that DD2 is coming home for a few days next week (don't tell MrD - it's a surprise for his birthday!) so we'll be able to start the festive proceedings - which is, that we all decide what we want to have as special food. The roast and Christmas pudding are taken as granted - we sit down together and make a list so that everyone has the things they specially want. (It also means I don't end up buying or making things which no-one eats!) We ususally end up with traditional things - Panettone, as MrD's family are Italian originally, but also things you might not expect. DD2 has a soft spot for summer pudding, so I ususally freeze fruit for that in the summer if it's required. Apart from that we don't do much until after DD2's birthday at the beginning of December.

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Post by polgara on 13th November 2010, 5:43 pm

Christmas Tree, who decorates yours?

I have decorated ours ever since I can remember, I choose a day when there is is a sloppy Christmas film on TV & make a start. It usually takes several days, not because it is big, but because I do it bit by bit. Always the lights first.

I have loads of decorations but some of the most useful are dressmakers beads & they drape really nicely.

To top it off, a star.

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Post by Compostwoman on 13th November 2010, 6:05 pm

We decorate on the 21st, Cg and I do it, we try to have a real tree but have been known to decorate a branch!

Lots of home made decs here are used, some which were made by Cg when a small, small, some made by me, some which Cm and I bought25 years ago, some which we get at craft fairs etc.

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Post by polgara on 13th November 2010, 6:11 pm

I had quite a lot given to me by the kids on my bus when I worked, & they always bring back memories. Some even date back to when I was a small. I often decorate some of the plainer decorations even if it is only with some glitter.

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Post by Dandelion on 13th November 2010, 6:18 pm

CW - Someone after my own heart - I much prefer the tree to be done just before Christmas, but I'm told by the younger generation that this is too late! When I was a teenager (yes, back in the Dark Ages...) I had a Saturday job in a little garden centre/ greengrocers. There were no special festive arrangements made until the week before the 25th, when the shop was decorated, and it did look lovely (in a gimcrack, greengrocery sort of way) especially just before closing time, when it was dark outside, and the shop window glowed with the citrus fruit piled up in it, and added sparkle. It just wears a bit thin for me when the decorations have been up for a month before Christmas.
I would prefer a real tree, but as it's not my domain I keep quiet. We have a lot of little red apple decorations that we've had for years, and little felt stockings to be filled with goodies (DD2 is lactose intolerant so we didn't have chocolate decorations when she was small)

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Post by Compostwoman on 13th November 2010, 6:28 pm

COme over here then , we keep the decs up until 12th Night then they all come down. Smile

We put on a carol CD and have those german soft, choc covered gingerbread cakes ( can't think of the name...!) and spend th evening doing it.

Quite how I am going to manage this year, what with being crammed in the dining room and all, is beyond me. Shocked

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Post by polgara on 13th November 2010, 6:39 pm

Just lost a big post, bother must now try & remember what I said LOL

Don`t put the tree up till at least a week into December, but I do get Spar to go into the loft & get the boxes down.

I remember a row of shops in the village I grew up in, particularly on a wet night just before Christmas, they shone & glittered so much & were ao pretty.

Decorations go up in stages, I still put up a crib as my Mother would have wanted it. Other things, ornaments & candles etc go up in stages. The main decorations have to wait for the fairies, but more of them later!!

I also get out my music books & go through a lot of Christmas tunes for my own enjoyment.

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Post by Compostwoman on 13th November 2010, 6:46 pm

What ARE those yummy choc covered ginger cake things called? In shapes, hearts, doves etc and sometimes have apricot filling...

And NO they are not Jaffa cakes! (Although that maybe where the idea come from?)

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 13th November 2010, 7:18 pm

Now, I do it on my own, usually about a week before Christmas. I have a big tree (artificial) and a small room Very Happy I do it late in the afternoon so by the time I've finished it's dark so I can switch the lights on
When Lucy & Henry were small they did what me and my sisters and brothers did and that was to carefully pick a decoration out of the box and take it in turns to hang it on the tree, with me putting the ones at the top (or my dad when I was little)

On Christmas Eve when they were in bed then I'd add the chocolate decorations so it was an extra surprise on Christmas morning (the same way my dad did for us)

Up until recently I had some of the decorations that we'd had when I was little but after last Christmas I passed them on to my niece
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Post by Dandelion on 13th November 2010, 9:56 pm

Compostwoman wrote:What ARE those yummy choc covered ginger cake things called? In shapes, hearts, doves etc and sometimes have apricot filling...

And NO they are not Jaffa cakes! (Although that maybe where the idea come from?)

Are they lebkuchen?

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Post by Compostwoman on 13th November 2010, 10:31 pm

YES! Thank you, Dandelion! I couldn't recall the name....have been trying all evening.... Very Happy

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Post by polgara on 14th November 2010, 6:30 pm

Knowing that many of you have wood fires, how many of you keep the Yule log traditions?

In my decoration box there is a piece of charred wood from the last time we had an open fire for a Yule Log must be about about 30 years old. All ready for the next time we are in a position to use it to light a new fire.

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Post by Hathorite on 14th November 2010, 7:06 pm

Wow, that's really awesome! I'd love to do something like that (crossing appendages for a wood fire again).

The best I could ever do was I remember we had a cut log when I grew up and we put candles in holes drilled into it and lit those. Somewhere along the line that tradition fell by the wayside, and sprog hasn't been safe around fire till recently, may stir it up again (but then have to worry about kittens)
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Post by Guest on 15th November 2010, 11:18 am

polgara wrote:Knowing that many of you have wood fires, how many of you keep the Yule log traditions?

In my decoration box there is a piece of charred wood from the last time we had an open fire for a Yule Log must be about about 30 years old. All ready for the next time we are in a position to use it to light a new fire.

yes we do this too. Unfortunately, when I moved to london in 1974 we lost the piece of wood dad gave us from the chittlehampton fires - and no fires in London anyway. So our piece of wood comes from last year's fire each year. Our current tradtiion is only 10 years old so far as that's as long as we've been here. I love the custom. Our wood comes from a piece of our own ash tree - Gwydion's tree, and the best wood of all :-).

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Post by Compostwoman on 15th November 2010, 12:38 pm

We have a bit of wood from last year's fire as well...and I have various natural wreaths made last yule which are added to the first fire this Yule...and then I go and make a few decorations which are kept until next year, to be added to the fire again.

I do this with the hop garlands and first corn dolly I make as well..

I think it is fascinating the amount of tradition we all keep up!

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Post by Adrian on 15th November 2010, 1:24 pm

Actually, It just occurred to me, I do have one Yule custom.

Each year, I buy just one handmade tree decoration to add to our collection. I would like to believe that I manage to knit a new jumper ornament each year as well - but I fail most winters because I am busy making other gifts.

On a tradition note, when I was youngling, my dad and I used to share a box of chocolate covered Brazil nuts each year. I miss that.

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Post by polgara on 15th November 2010, 3:46 pm

CW I like your idea real renewal if you see what I mean.

We always had a box of figs for my Dad & he would spend half his time cleaning all the little pips off his false teeth.

Also used to have a type of fondant cream that does not seem available now, used to buy it in the baccy/sweet shop called Finleys.

Perhaps you should buy a box of choc brazils & share them with LSS in memory of your Dad Badger.

Elen I think my piece of charred wood will passed on to Spar, as I think he is the one who will see to it. We have no chance of an open fire or a woodburner unless we win the lottery.

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