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    Christmas ... just around the corner !!

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    Post by chris c on Tue Aug 02 2016, 19:22

    Oh don't start that again! Razz

    Yes it used to be bad enough when we had all the "Back To School" promotions just after the summer holidays started. Now Christmas in August and Easter Eggs starting as soon as Christmas is over <sigh>
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    Post by Jan1 on Thu Aug 04 2016, 20:13

    Well ... wouldn't it be dreadful if I said I'd already written my cards affraid

    No, of course I haven't but I did buy a few packs in the January sales lol!

    Talking with the grand-children when I told them it was only 146 days (or thereabouts) the reply was 'but that's a long time away ...'

    Each age-group see the passage of time differently!

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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Sep 19 2016, 18:29

    With less than 100 days to go ... Christmas is just around the corner santa

    Apparently (if you believe the hype!) this years Christmas must have is ... drum roll please!

    Speak Out

    " This Christmas' must-have game is already selling out

    Speak Out game sells out after video goes viral: where can you buy it?"


    The must-have toy this Christmas is set to be 'Speak Out', a game which gets players to say ridiculous things while wearing a mouthpiece, and the other players try to guess what they are saying. Sales have taken off since Katie Pryor, a mum from Macks Creek in Missouri played the game with her family, and a video was uploaded to the web. It has already been watched almost 39 million times.

    The game is being called the 'Pie Face of 2016', after a similarly daft game became a sensation last Christmas. It looks like fun, and you might be tempted to buy it, but unfortunately, now that everyone wants to get hold of the game, Playpennies is warning that it's sold out in a number of stores, including Tesco Direct, Argos, The Entertainer, Very, Littlewoods, Ace and Gameseek.

    Smyths toy stores sold out, and while they were initially taking pre-orders, they stopped after getting inundated with them. Toys R Us, meanwhile, is showing as out of stock for delivery, although some stores have it available for click and collect.

    Playpennies has found it available at Studio, and Ali Express, although you will have to wait for delivery from China.

    There are a few Amazon sellers offering the game, but they have already started cashing in on the fact it is hard to get hold of. The game has a recommended selling price of £19.99, and is up for sale for £39.99 or £76.99.

    Likewise a number of eBay sellers are hoping to make money from the shortage of the game - with lots priced up to £100.

    A number of people have even fashioned their own versions, pairing dental mouthpieces with home-made cards and have put them up for sale.

    What can you do?

    You have two options. The first is to wait and see. There are still three months to go before Christmas, and Speak Out fever has reached a peak. There's a reasonable chance that if you wait a month or two, the stores will have had time to re-stock, and you can get your hands on the game at a reasonable price.

    Alternatively, you can bite the bullet, and buy one on eBay or Amazon at a higher price. This will at least guarantee you get your hands on the game.

    Unfortunately, if you try to combine these approaches, you could come unstuck. If you wait and see for a couple of months, there is always the risk that stores don't manage to re-stock effectively. You will then be forced to turn to the resellers at a time where they know they have the upper hand, and the price will have risen accordingly.

    But what do you think? Do you want to play, and would you be willing to pay over-the-odds for the must-have Christmas game?"

    Story from here http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/09/19/this-christmas-must-have-game-is-already-selling-out/

    ... and our 'kids' still find it amazing that we were thrilled to get a satsuma wrapped in foil in our Christmas stockings ... I shudder to think what the grand-children would make of it.

    Oh - how times have changed !!!

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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Nov 06 2016, 18:08

    Would you believe it!
    I've actually bought a couple of Christmas presents Smile
    Of course the very organised people would now wrap them, label them and put them away safely!

    I can remember doing this one year and then completely forgetting that I'd wrapped them and put them away safely ...yes, too safely, in the Christmas rush I completely forgot about them Embarassed

    To help with the Christmas preparations ... dark evenings ... some may say any excuse!

    I happened upon this recipe idea for 'Red Wine Hot Chocolate' what do you think?

    I haven't tried it yet - just sharing the idea.

    "INGREDIENTS
    1 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
    1 cup red wine (I used Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon)
    1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
    Optional: coconut whipped cream
    INSTRUCTIONS
    In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk and chocolate chips. Whisking constantly until chocolate is melted into milk and you have a thick and creamy chocolate milk. Pour in red wine and heat until everything is hot. Pour into 2 mugs or 6-8 smaller glasses and top with coconut whipped cream.
    MAKES 2 MUGS OR 6-8 SMALLER GLASSES
    NOTES
    This drink is RICH. So instead of just serving 2 (as shown in the pictures), I would recommended serving 6-8 in smaller glasses for sipping.

    Recipe idea is from Kylie Held Mitchell ... here"
    http://immaeatthat.com/2014/11/24/red-wine-hot-chocolate/

    So when the recipe says I - it's Kylie's words!

    I think she enjoyed it judging by the empty cup LOL!


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    Post by Jan1 on Thu Nov 10 2016, 18:05

    Is it me, or does Christmas get more and more expensive?

    I've just seen these advertised


    £60-00 or thereabouts!

    Details from Argos

    Hatchimals are magical creatures that live inside of eggs. Who's inside? It's a surprise! Each egg contains one of two interactive Hatchimals. Love and care for yours inside the egg and its eyes will light up as it makes cute sounds, telling you how it's feeling! Once you've played with it enough, you'll see rainbow eyes – that means it's time to hatch! Hatchimals can't hatch on their own. Your touch encourages them to peck their way out of the egg! It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

    Out of egg, it's time to raise your Hatchimal through 3 stages. Teach your cute Hatchimal to walk, talk, dance, play games and more!

    Includes: 1 Hatchimal, 1 instruction booklet, 1 reference guide.

    Apparently it's on the list of must have presents for Xmas 2016 !!!

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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Nov 18 2016, 18:25

    Lots of Christmas Fairs, Mistletoe Fairs, Christmas Markets coming to a place near you soon!
    Probably this weekend!

    Our local Sainsbury's was doing quite a good trade on Christmas trees and Christmas lights today.


    None in my shopping basket. but looking around (as you do!) there were some in shopping trolleys.
    Now it's only 18th November so some folks are getting quite organised.

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Fri Nov 18 2016, 22:14

    I think our Christmas lights are up but haven't been switched on yet.
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    Post by graham64 on Fri Nov 18 2016, 22:37

    Christmas is the season of goodwill  santa and empty wallets to all men  Evil or Very Mad

    Bah humbug  couch


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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Nov 20 2016, 12:23


    Now there's a thought!

    Five weeks today - many of us may be sitting down and enjoying our Christmas Turkey  santa

    Yes, it's only five weeks away.

    Should you need any tips on cooking Turkey see here

    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/turkey-foolproof-guide-perfect-for.html

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    Post by chris c on Sun Nov 20 2016, 23:27

    Only a month to go to the shortest day!
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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Nov 21 2016, 17:00

    @chris c wrote:Only a month to go to the shortest day!

    What a thought!

    Mind you after that the evenings will be getting lighter again! cheers

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Tue Nov 22 2016, 22:06

    Thought from America

    "Isn't it lucky that Jesus was born at Christmas?"
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    Post by Eddie on Tue Nov 22 2016, 22:57

    @chris c wrote:Thought from America

    "Isn't it lucky that Jesus was born at Christmas?"

    Yes it fits in nicely affraid Can't just blame the Yanks. Most in the UK have the intellect of a lobotomised chimp. No disrespect to your avatar Chris.  rofl


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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Nov 23 2016, 22:49

    The nearer it gets to Christmas the more you hear the Christmas Songs when out shopping ...

    Looking back, I can remember when cotton handkerchiefs were given as gifts for Christmas, some even had the persons initials on ... but then I am going back quite a few years here - nowadays everyone just uses throw away tissues!

    I quite like being given novelty socks  rendeer  and there are plenty of those around  Smile

    ... I happened to see these recently


    Perfect for the man in your life ... ?
    or perhaps a son / son-in-law ...?

    Just a thought  santa

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    Post by chris c on Thu Nov 24 2016, 21:49

    I used to get an orange in a sock
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    Post by graham64 on Thu Nov 24 2016, 22:19

    @chris c wrote:I used to get an orange in a sock

    Yep I remember that too  Laughing nowadays it's more likely to be a Terry's chocolate orange  Shocked


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    Post by graham64 on Thu Nov 24 2016, 22:22

    @Jan1 wrote:The nearer it gets to Christmas the more you hear the Christmas Songs when out shopping ...

    Looking back, I can remember when cotton handkerchiefs were given as gifts for Christmas, some even had the persons initials on ... but then I am going back quite a few years here - nowadays everyone just uses throw away tissues!

    I quite like being given novelty socks  rendeer  and there are plenty of those around  Smile

    ... I happened to see these recently


    Perfect for the man in your life ... ?
    or perhaps a son / son-in-law ...?

    Just a thought  santa

    All the best Jan

    Noooo !!!! I don't need anymore stupid Christmas socks Sad Sad Sad


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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Nov 25 2016, 18:08

    @graham64 wrote:
    @Jan1 wrote:The nearer it gets to Christmas the more you hear the Christmas Songs when out shopping ...

    Looking back, I can remember when cotton handkerchiefs were given as gifts for Christmas, some even had the persons initials on ... but then I am going back quite a few years here - nowadays everyone just uses throw away tissues!

    I quite like being given novelty socks  rendeer  and there are plenty of those around  Smile

    ... I happened to see these recently


    Perfect for the man in your life ... ?
    or perhaps a son / son-in-law ...?

    Just a thought  santa

    All the best Jan

    Noooo !!!! I don't need anymore stupid Christmas socks Sad Sad Sad

    Spoilsport ... Smile
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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Nov 25 2016, 18:13

    @graham64 wrote:
    @chris c wrote:I used to get an orange in a sock

    Yep I remember that too  Laughing nowadays it's more likely to be a Terry's chocolate orange  Shocked

    Yes ... so did I.
    In fact it was either an orange or satsuma, and was so pleased to receive them because it meant Christmas had arrived  santa

    I believe that Terrys chocolate oranges are now a lot smaller than they used to be (as are Toblerone and Malteser's) good job we don't eat them any more.

    I hope they don't start making the Lindt dark chocolate into smaller bars - for the same price!

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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Nov 26 2016, 12:51


    Our youngest grand-daughter is going to be an angel in her school Christmas show
    Yes, I know, that  I / we are a little biased (LOL) but, what perfect casting  Smile

    She's already learning her words and practicing her moves and songs
    Special times

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    Post by chris c on Sat Nov 26 2016, 23:30

    Oh bless!

    Yes I used to get the chocolate oranges too, preferably the dark chocolate ones.

    After that thing with Tesco vs. Unilever I told someone I didn't have a single product from Unilever in the house and he didn't believe me - but as far as I can see I was telling the truth.
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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Nov 30 2016, 12:50


    You know me - I couldn't resist posting this  Embarassed

    Happy Christmas - it will soon be here
    santa  

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    Post by chris c on Wed Nov 30 2016, 22:43

    Santa may have to bring me a new phone, or at least a new SIM. I've been "searching for network" for a couple of days now. Well I'm not going to complain, it cost me about £70 14 years ago so I think I got my money's worth out of it.
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    Post by Eddie on Wed Nov 30 2016, 22:46

    @chris c wrote:Santa may have to bring me a new phone, or at least a new SIM. I've been "searching for network" for a couple of days now. Well I'm not going to complain, it cost me about £70 14 years ago so I think I got my money's worth out of it.

    Send it to the science museum. not a lot of them old steam powered mobiles left. mrgreen


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    Post by chris c on Wed Nov 30 2016, 22:59

    They can put it next to my old strimmer which lasted about as long. Stihl.

    Even in these throwaway days some things are still good value and well built. Mind you when we were young everything was built to last. Ever seen a stone hot water bottle? Or things that were passed down from your grandparents?

    Even diets were good value and well built in those days. I've ended up eating much like my Gran, but without all the pastry and jam. Well I'm not in the WI.

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