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Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:42 pm Post

...for the first year I'm nearly on top of it!

I ordered a calendar for the grandfolk via iPhoto (Kevin - my brother - if you are reading, don't tell mom!). I have loads of other stuff that's already arrived online too. For the first year I've actually got around to ordering in time. And Amazon Prime is already paying for itself, as it means I can just click "buy now" as I go without having to worry about delivery charges - normally I build up a big list on Amazon and then fret that I'll have something to add that will cost extra delivery.

If you are a UK user with children: avoid ELC (Early Learning Centre) like the plague. Nearly everything that's any good in their catalogue is already out of stock on their website. I ordered some stuff from them and they didn't send all of it. When I phoned them to find out, I get some cold customer services woman saying, "I think you'll find it's out of stock, sir, which is why we only charged you for one instead of two. Oh, sorry no one let you know sir. It's near Christmas, sir." Grr... She was bloody rude.

Anyway, how's everyone else getting on with the Christmas shopping? I quite enjoy Christmas, to tell the truth, which is somewhat hypocritical given that I am a born again atheist. :) Still, being an atheist doesn't mean that you can't appreciate the idea of a man 2,000 years ago going around telling people to be a bit nicer to each other...

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Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:54 pm Post

Disastrous. As always.
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Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:35 pm Post

Also, if you are a pagan (or a druid), any holiday that coincides with an equinox or a solstice is cause for celebration. After Dec 21/22, the shortest day and longest night, the sun begins to return to the Northern hemisphere. As our friends at Wikipedia say, interpretation of this holiday varies from culture to culture, but most see it as a recognition of rebirth. Wassail! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

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Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:05 pm Post

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. I love the cooking, the eating, the drinking, the buying of gifts, the daft Christmas CDs, the stacks of Christmas recipe books, the giving of gifts, the entertaining, the family get-togethers, the candelabra-thingy in the front window, the Baileys you wouldn't touch the rest of the year... I even like carol services, which is ironic from a non-believer. We just do family things, and cook, and play silly games, and read, and flop on the sofa, and make bad jokes. Sounds corny. But I think everyone needs a nice, cheerful festival to break the gloom of winter. I look forward to it as much now as I did when I was a child.

The only thing I don't like is writing Christmas cards. Guess what I am planning to do this weekend :-(

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Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:08 pm Post

Hey Dru! :?

Most of my in-laws call me a, "*%&%*g pagan!!" :shock: Does that make me a Druid like you :D
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Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:23 pm Post

Capt`n Keef, y`ronna, sir

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Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:34 am Post

:shock: Christmas? Oh balls, had forgotten about that. :oops: Guess I'd better get the snow shovel out and dig myself a route through all the scrumpled balls of paper round my desk. Suppose then I should head off for some of that festive bloody spirit everyone is so full of around this joyous time of year. :? Sod that, I'll just go with the spirit. Where's that Pusser's?
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Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:25 am Post

El,

You could always buy yourself a little chrissy tree and hang all those paper balls on it, as tree decorations :wink: How festive is that then? :lol:

I alway wecolme the onslaught of the festive season with open arms! As if :cry: :
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Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:02 pm Post

vic-k wrote:El,

You could always buy yourself a little chrissy tree and hang all those paper balls on it, as tree decorations :wink: How festive is that then? :lol:


Vic Ol' chum. I've been debating this Christmas quandary. I feel using some of the paperballs for decorations may, as you say, look very festive. Especially if dipped in coffee to add colour. However, leaving some upon the floor lends the ambiance of snow to my room. As for buying a tree? :shock: Hmmmm... I think a cuctus will suffice.
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Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:15 pm Post

I love celebrating life, so this is a good time. Though I'm not a druid, the solstice is important as a symbolic as well as actual new beginning. :D

And, personally, I like the idea that it all started with Saturnalia.

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Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:36 pm Post

El,
Is it cactus..or ...cacti? If it`s cacti , you can tie a piece of string between them and hang your balls from it. How festive is that then?:lol:

Stu,
It`Saturnalia every weekend in my village :twisted: :lol:

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Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:11 pm Post

vic-k wrote:If it`s cacti , you can tie a piece of string between them and hang your balls from it.


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Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:19 pm Post

WOT..?!!! :?
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Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:42 pm Post

I am in Thailand for Xmas. The lights are up in the bars, plastic xmas trees are out. The Thais seem to look forward to it as a festival of eating and drinking and making merry. They know nothing of the exchange of gifts for which I am grateful.

Myself I am happy to be out of the UK with its fake Xmas and the fact you can;t go anywhere as its closed and teh transport isnt there.

At least in Thailand its an authentic fake, just an excuse to be happy.

Anyway, enough from Mr Grouch, have a good Xmas one and all.

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Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:57 pm Post

Cheer up Paul.
What`s Xmas for, if not to turn us all in to `Grouches`? I mean just take Eldrich for example. Thare`s a man too Scrooge-like, to even buy himself a set of flashing coloured fairy lights to wind around his bal.....then again... perhaps...not an avenue to explore eh? :lol:

Exorcise Mr. Grouch and have a good one Paul

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