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    Christmas ... just around the corner !!

    Post by Jan1 on Wed Aug 05 2015, 11:49

    Well I know I've already bought some Christmas Cards, purchased from the RNLI shop visited earlier this year, but when I saw this yesterday I thought affraid santa

    Selfridges has already launched its Christmas shop. The department store is the first in the world to open, 143 days before Christmas Day.


    Selfridges has become the first department store in the world to launch its Christmas shop – a full 143 shopping days before the big day.

    Christmas came early to the iconic British department store which transformed 3,000 square feet of its fourth floor into an Arctic wonderland filled with festive treasures and glittering decorations.

    Even Father Christmas was present, having taken a day's break from his North Pole workshop to welcome shoppers and make a few purchases of his own.
    Geraldine James, Selfridges Christmas Home & Decorations Buyer, said: "Despite the summer weather, we're in full festive mode here at Selfridges. We've been working on this year's Christmas Shop since Christmas last year.
    "We have so many customers visiting from all over the world and eager to snap up festive souvenirs on their summer holidays, which they can't buy at home.

    "So, we have to make sure we're ready to showcase Christmas decorations they will truly treasure."
    For shoppers who like to plan ahead, trends for Christmas 2015 include personalised decorations, black and white monochrome and 'Magical Forest', which includes wood-based decorations and woodland creatures.
    The store also revealed that this year's Christmas theme is 'Journey to the Stars', with a special line of decorations called 'Moonlight Magic' launched today.
    The shop's very first customers, Holly and Ken Martin, from Pennsylvania, USA, bought a Christmas 2015 bauble to mark their UK holiday.

    Each of the thousands of Selfridges glass baubles was designed exclusively for the store and was individually mouth-blown from one carefully-selected supplier in Hungary.
    The second phase of the shop's opening will be in Autumn, when the floor space devoted to all things festive will be more than doubled to 60,000 square feet.
    Open fully, the winter wonderland will include more than 60,000 baubles, 120+ cracker options, and 1,250+ different cards and wrapping paper designs.
    But for now, it's all hands on deck – especially for the man in charge.
    When asked if he shouldn't be taking it easy in August, the man with the beard said: "Relaxing? Oh I'm afraid not.
    "Christmas is all year round – I do take a little break in January but now is build up time, getting ready for the big day."

    Story from here http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/03/selfridges-has-already-launched-its-christmas-shop/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl12%7Csec3_lnk6%26pLid%3D370172

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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Sep 08 2015, 18:35

    Christmas is here: fancy a mince pie?

    Supermarkets have launched their Christmas ranges: is it too early?


    Don't look - it's not low carb !!

    Don't be fooled by the sunshine and balmy temperatures: it's officially the Christmas period. The Co-Op was the first supermarket to roll out their mince pies - with some stores stocking them as early as 29 August - and the other brands weren't far behind.

    The Co-op says it will sell 1.5 million by the end of the month, and they'll have to, because many of the pies have a best before date at the beginning of October

    Festive goodies

    The other supermarkets have been breaking out the festive fare too. Tesco had Christmas chocolates available in some stores from 26 August, and has rolled out some of its festive aisles this week. Sainsbury's started with a few items on September 1st and have been putting everything from chocolate to Christmas puddings and festive gift sets on the shelves this week.

    .........

    .........

    Earlier Christmas?

    Each year when the supermarkets kick off the Christmas period it feels incredibly early. It seems as though it's even earlier than last year - but it isn't. Some festive goodies were on the shelves of Tesco and Co-Op last year as early as 20 August, and Tesco stores across the country started rolling them out from 1 September. In some cases they launched an entire aisle of festive treats on day one.

    The supermarkets aren't even the first to embrace the festive season. That title goes to Selfridges in London, which launched its Christmas shop at the beginning of August, to catch the tourist trade.

    And while you might think Christmas has come way too early, there are those who have been desperate for festive goodies for months. A study back in July revealed that a million people had already bought all their Christmas presents, while 38% of people had already bought at least one gift. Meanwhile, throughout the summer, people were taking to Twitter to bemoan their lack of mince pies and Christmas pudding. You could argue, therefore, that the supermarkets are just giving people what they want.

    But what do you think? Are you ready for Christmas?

    See rest of article here ...... http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/09/08/christmas-is-here-fancy-a-mince-pie/

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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Nov 07 2015, 14:20

    santa   santa   santa

    With only seven weekends shopping to go affraid if you have a low carber / diabetic in your family and feel the need to buy them a little stocking filler, then how about these Mini Dark Chocolate Father Christmas Figures.

    I'm not saying you must buy them - it's only a suggestion rendeer


    See here
    http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/collections/chocolate/dark/dark-chocolate-stocking-fillers

    Have you any ideas to share ... or Christmas news ...

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    Re: Christmas ... just around the corner !!

    Post by mo1905 on Sat Nov 07 2015, 16:30

    How about this low carb Xmas snack Jan ?


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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Nov 07 2015, 18:35

    @mo1905 wrote:How about this low carb Xmas snack Jan ?

    I love it !

    Is it broccoli and cheese - it could be carrot.

    Have you got the ingredients and also what dip is that please.

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    Post by mo1905 on Sun Nov 08 2015, 16:35

    Looks like broccoli and cheese Jan but I think it's actually just a tin of beer cover lol ! Underneath that greenery lies a tin of Red Stripe ! Merry Xmas :-)


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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Nov 08 2015, 23:33

    @mo1905 wrote:Looks like broccoli and cheese Jan but I think it's actually just a tin of beer cover lol ! Underneath that greenery lies a tin of Red Stripe ! Merry Xmas :-)

    Merry Xmas ...  santa  Smile

    But you may have just given me a good idea for a super foodie decoration !!!

    Hope the Christmas shopping is going well - I did buy some more Christmas Cards yesterday ...

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    Post by Jan1 on Thu Nov 12 2015, 18:29


    Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without these ...

    I just love poinsettia - do you?

    You can read a little more about them here

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_subg._Poinsettia

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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Nov 17 2015, 13:57

    When all the children were at home, Christmas meant the house was decked out with so many decorations ... paper chains ... home-made fairies etc.

    Now with just the two of us at home we keep it more minimal, and have great fun seeing all the younger family members homes decked out in their style. Balloons, reindeer, elves you name it they will be there somewhere ...

    Many love to make their own decorations and Hobbycraft type shope are very popular ... looking at their web site they state:

    "Christmas has come early to Hobbycraft! Browse our huge range of Christmas craft supplies, gift ideas and decorations. From decorating the tree to crafting handmade gifts for loved ones, it’s the personalised touches that make Christmas special. From easy Christmas craft ideas and kids craft kits,"

    Now, I'm not saying dash off to Hobbycraft ... but I know of quite a few adults and children alike who get great satisfaction from getting 'hands on and creative' at this time of year.

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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Nov 24 2015, 13:03

    With December just around the corner, many towns are looking festive, with window displays and lights up ready for the big switch on.

    One of the grandchildren is quite involved with his towns Christmas Festivities and will be taking part in an illuminated procession ... dressed as a reindeer ... I only hope it will not be too chilly.

    ... and yes, there may be pictures to follow Exclamation

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    Post by chris c on Tue Nov 24 2015, 22:31

    Oh yes, the electricians were in the thoroughfare with a cherry picker last week reinstalling the Christmas lights and decorations. Haven't been back to see if they have been switched on yet.
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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Nov 25 2015, 18:28

    ... Have spent time with family today, which has been great Smile

    My dear dad is 90yrs young ... and is especially looking forward to next Tuesday 1st December ... one of his grandchildren, (my nephew), has bought him an advent calendar, and Shhh don't tell anyone it's the sort with chocolates in affraid  

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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Nov 28 2015, 11:24

    This weekend I think many towns were hoping to host a Christmas Switch On ... alas for some this will be cancelled / postponed. The great British weather is to 'blame'

    Christmas lights switch-ons cancelled amid strong winds


    A number of towns across the UK have cancelled their Christmas lights switch-on events this weekend amid warnings of blustery weather.
    Bognor Regis, Portsmouth and parts of Ayrshire are among the areas that have suspended their festive plans as the Met Office issued warnings of strong winds, as well as heavy rainfall in some areas.
    Gusts of up to 70mph are expected around some exposed coastal areas, with more inland areas reaching between 50-60 mph winds throughout Saturday and Sunday.
    Local authorities across Scotland have cancelled their switch-on celebrations - including Irvine in North Ayrshire, which was expecting an appearance from The Only Way Is Essex Star James Lock - as the country faces snow on higher ground.
    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Saturday and Sunday covering the whole of England and Wales, though the far north is expected to be slightly less windy than the rest of the UK.
    Winds speeds will strengthen from the west on Saturday morning with coastlines exposed to the west and south west experiencing 60mph gusts, the Met Office said.

    Story here
    http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2015/11/28/christmas-lights-switchons-cancelled-amid-strong-winds/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk5%26pLid%3D406368

    I think inland it may not be so bad, so dress up warm and enjoy the outdoors ... or stay in and write a few Christmas cards ...


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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Nov 30 2015, 11:54

    Is your advent calendar ready?

    For many it could be this sort ...


    Or will it be this ...


    How about the traditional ... I always liked the traditonal  Smile


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    Post by graham64 on Mon Nov 30 2015, 22:16

    Well I'm off out tomorrow night with little brother for an early Christmas bash, normally we'd go out the week before Christmas but he's booked a nineteen day Caribbean cruise and won't be back in the UK till the 23rd December.

    Jealous what me   mrgreen mrgreen mrgreen


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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Dec 02 2015, 16:45

    The postman delivered our first Christmas Card of the season earlier today ... it looks lovely up on the side  santa

    Now for some Christmas Cheer, this may be on your drinks list   Smile  


    Pomegranate rosemary spritzer

    This deep pink Prosecco cocktail with savoury herbal notes is a really simple way to add sparkle to your Christmas preparations and gatherings ...

    Ingredients:
    Serves Four
    200ml pomegranate juice
    sprig of Rosemary
    Prosecco

    To garnish:
    4 rosemary sprigs (optional)

    Method:
    1. Put the pomegranate juice in a small saucepan with a sprig of Rosemary. Bring to the boil and reduce for a few mins until syrupy. Leave to cool, then chill until ready to use.
    2. Fill four Champagne flutes with 1 part pomegranate syrup and top up with 3 parts Prosecco. Garnish each glass with a rosemary sprig, if you like.

    Per Serving it is 11 carbs

    Idea from here

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pomegranate-rosemary-spritzer

    Of course you may prefer something else ...



    Enjoy the coming Christmas season

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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Dec 04 2015, 12:44

    Gingerbread Men and Ladies : Low Carb and Gluten Free


    This lovely idea comes from Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food. It is an extremely popular recipe for all who live the LCHF lifestyle. Why not give these a try, and let your imagination (or those of your children / grandchildren) run wild ... as you and they enjoy decorating these Gingerbread Men and Ladies ...

    Recipe idea and further details can be found here

    http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2013/12/classic-gingerbread-men-low-carb-and-gluten-free.html

    and here

    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/gingerbread-men-and-ladies-low-carb-and.html

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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Dec 08 2015, 10:09

    For many young children, this time of year can mean a visit to Santa's Grotto ... and at times you can meet some very special Santa's.

    Take these two for instance. The first Santa Makes Christmas Extra Special For A Little Boy With Autism


    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/12/03/santa-christmas-visit-autism_n_8706734.html

    The second Santa Makes a Little Girl's Christmas Wishes Come True, he uses Sign Language To Chat In Heartwarming Exchange


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3349020/Heartwarming-moment-kind-Santa-uses-sign-language-ask-girl-hearing-problems-wants-Christmas.html

    Two of our grandchildren have an important date soon with Santa - it's so lovely to share their excitement

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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Dec 11 2015, 11:04

    There are a lot of good hearted people about ...

    Woman Fills Box With Items For The Homeless Each Day, Sparks Alternative Advent Calendar Trend

    A Facebook user has inspired others to create homemade advent calendars that will help homeless people this Christmas.

    Louise Scott, from South Shields, posted a status saying she was not going to buy a traditional, chocolate-filled advent calendar this December.

    Instead she will place a useful item, such as food, in a box each day and take her collection to a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve.

    The 33-year-old asked others to share the idea online and "make someone else's Christmas special".

    Her status has now been shared more than 62,000 times with many people commenting to say they plan to follow her lead.

    Speaking to The Metro, Scott said: "There’s been so much bad news in regards to the Paris attacks, that I thought it would be nice to show people that we do care and there are still lots of loving people around.

    "I never dreamed I would get the response I have. I will be getting everyone offering to help to drop stuff at my home just before Christmas Eve, and I will take some boxes around the streets and some to a homeless shelter."

    Story from here
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/12/03/woman-fills-box-with-food-for-homeless-as-advent-calendar_n_8706834.html


    On a personal note I have seen many of the local supermarkets have put collection boxes in their stores for items to be donated to local homes / food banks etc ... it looks as if people are being thoughtful and donating non perishable items ... I'm sure every item does help santa

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    Post by graham64 on Fri Dec 11 2015, 22:20

    For one of the wealthiest nations in the world why do we have homeless people a roof over your head and enough to eat should be for the deprived of this country a basic no matter what the circumstances, also the need for food banks is obscene, though I applaud the generosity of people and I do contribute  it should not be necessary.

    Our callous uncaring government even rejected EU food aid for Britain’s poor http://eu-rope.ideasoneurope.eu/2014/12/07/uk-government-fedup-eu-rejects-food-poor/ 

    And now the national lottery has stepped in with a £750,000 grant to the Trussell Trust for foodbanks, https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/press-releases/england/081215_eng_dlf_trusselltrust


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    Post by chris c on Sun Dec 13 2015, 18:00

    Scary isn't it, on the one hand "epidemics" of obesity and diabetes etc. and on the other hand people with nothing. We differ little from any other third world country - except that in the third world the rich are fat and the poor are thin, and in the west the rich are thin and the poor are fat.
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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Dec 16 2015, 18:08

    The days are pretty dark at the moment but this Christmas Cocktail may brighten things up ...



    Cranberry Margarita's

    see and read more here
    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/christmas-and-cranberry-margaritas.html?showComment=1450182036438#c1472370931922660859

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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Dec 16 2015, 18:25


    These two, and our other grandchildren, are counting down to Christmas.
    Just two more days of getting up and out in time for school and then yahoo ... the holidays and it's that much nearer to Father Christmas visiting

    Hope your Christmas preparation are going well

    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/christmas-preparations.html

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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Dec 20 2015, 19:13


    Spent some time with family and grandchildren ... what a lovely day, as well as a nicely decorated Christmas Tree  ... there were a few of these lovely plants too ...

    Hope everyone's had a good Sunday  santa

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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Aug 02 2016, 07:46

    They've gone and done it again!

    The countdown is on! Selfridges opens its Christmas shop in London including an £800 Nordic spruce and a £100 nutcracker (and yes, it IS still August)

    The Oxford Street store thew open the doors to its Christmas shop today
    Claims to be the world's earliest Christmas shop of its kind
    However there are still four months and 146 sleeps until the big day
    Its earliest opening was in 2011 when it threw open its doors in July
    Shoppers can pick up personalised stockings and artificial trees

    There may still be 146 sleeps to go until Christmas, but that hasn't stopped Selfridges from launching its festive range a staggering four months early.
    The London department store officially threw open the doors to its winter wonderland today, which comprises 3,000 square feet, 50,00 decorations and countless strings of fairy lights.
    This year's theme is 'shine on', with everything from neon-hued Christmas trees to multicoloured baubles and ornate tinsel wreaths on offer at the Oxford Street shopping destination.




    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3718027/Selfridges-opens-Christmas-shop-

    Dare I say Happy Christmas santa

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