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post #1 of 102 (permalink) Old 30-11-2019, 19:17 Thread Starter
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The trees are up

Not yet decorated

And once we felt it was the last Christmas as we put put up these trees

But here were are again

All four are up, without lights as yet

And they will be decorated, eventually

And today I set up the crib

1967 I watched it carved

And I guess even now our grandkids will move the wise men, Shepardís, sheep and donkey

Into different positions

Destroy my well thought out arrangement

But it wouldnít be Christmas if they didnít

And once they stop

If. Iím still alive

Maybe the great grandkids will do me the honour

Of shifting the wise men , shepherds, sheep, ox and ass

To disturb my perfect arrangement

Sandra
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Not done anything Christmassy yet.

We are off to Spain the day after Boxing Day. The actual day and Boxing Day we will be at our daughter's and she will have it all under control.

I have ordered the turkey from a local producer of Norfolk Black Turkeys, except we are having a Lavender one apparently they carry more fat and so can be moister. We had one last year and I was asked to get another one so must have been well received.

A village friend makes mincemeat, Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes all for charity and so we have ordered all three from her. Daughter has already made a Christmas cake so we will take ours to Spain. We once travelled all around Europe with a huge Christmas cake, made by another friend as a present, which gave us many a wayside "brew with a view" moments

We will take our favourite tipple and some more but as daughter is pregnant she won't drink, I suppose, and son in law has Crohn's disease and was not drinking last time we were there though I think he is allowed.

Next year there will be a nine month old baby in the mix so much more exciting!
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Well next year there will be another baby in the mix

Still, four Christmas trees are up

And almost all decorated

Outside trees are also decorated

And we never thought we would live this long

So quite an achievement

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I'm trying to avoid the Christmas goings on and leaving for Portugal sunday Dec.15th. just as the Anglo/French association carols gets underway.
But knowing we are off just about everyone else has invited us to dine and gather every day for two weeks before we go. It's draining.

Christmas for us will be a six hour dinner booked and paid for in a reasonable hotel in Albufeira. My wife won't have to do any of the preparation, cooking, serving and clearing up and she is not happy as she likes to do it all for others.?

You just can't please some people.

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You enjoy Ray

Iím going to have to cater for 50

I felt so well, such a difference to the painful zombie

But not so good now

But much better than previously

And Iíll manage

I tell myself, all these people want to come

They want to come

And you never expected as a child in a childrenís home

That anyone would want to come for you

Sandra
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We tried to disappear before Christmas but daughter wants us to stay. She is organising everything with the help of her husband so it will be fine. Nothing for me to do except pick up the turkeys (her mother in law wants one too) buy some booze and few bits and pieces and we are done. I haven't delved but I think they are avoiding Christmas at his parents...

We send each other Christmas wish lists. On hers is a "new toilet"!!! As I read the list out to Chris he immediately pounced on that as the one we should choose to buy them!! As he needs educating in the joy that giving brings I am going along with that choice so that he will hopefully experience that joy. He is a hopeless present chooser. Either splashing the cash on rubbish or buying absolutely nothing. Both of those options upset me as I am far too sensitive about these things. Might have something to do with my mother completely forgetting my 11th Birthday and, later, throwing my, long thought out, Christmas present for her into the cupboard under the stairs on its way to the rubbish.
Not sure if Chris had a worse time than me as a child as it seems he usually got nothing much, through poverty, and in return gave nothing back.

Next year will bring a whole new dimension to our lives with a new grandchild
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I apparently am also a terrible gift buyer.! Even when I am given written details of size, colour, the shop, shelf, etc. It still has to be taken back after Christmas.
So now I await the 'empty' box of expensive perfume to de dropped on my desk. If I dare deviate from this it's wrong.!

When you make so many mistakes it's pointless trying any more. Last time I bought an equally expensive but different perfume it was immediately classed as fly spray and discreetly put into my sock drawer.

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Like Ray, I am a hopeless shopper who really cannot be trusted to buy a paper bag.....

I leave home on Saturday to head towards the St Malo ferry, secure in the knowledge that there are bound to be blockages / jams / strikes on the route which hopefully I can avoid (note that word, I'll tell you after Tuesday how successful I have been). Then time before the "festive" stress provoker to visit children and grandchildren around Britain - more driving....

After the jollities are over it's drive time again, up to Norwich to drop MrsW off, then back to Romsey, more driving.....

Stay there for a couple of weeks before returning to France and various hospital appointments 2 1/2 hours away... and of course, never on the same day !

So Christmas trees ? Not up to me ! My time will be spent studying the steering wheel - maybe I should have some 12v festive lights on the steering wheel, but I suspect the Police might not be too impressed although we used to put a couple of sets in the ambulance when we ran it and never had any problems.

Oh well Happy Christmas to one and all and a restful New Year with hopefully, political stability being restored (and I believe in Father Christmas 😀 ).

We will see.......
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Most people will express a wish to do something or to have something. The thing to do is to PAY ATTENTION If absolutely stuck then vouchers come a close second.
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Fortunately I now longer need to buy presents

Except for friends

And we know each other so well

The kids, grandkids get a share of their inheritance

Except Archer

He wouldnít understand a card containing Money

So his card with money will go to his dad to save for him

And Iíve really enjoyed buying him a pull a long toy, and a wooden police car

And who knows the next one will be a girl

And I can buy a doll

I really miss buying dolls

But

Iím not really sure I want anymore grandkids

At almost 76 surely they should be great grandkids

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