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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2012, 05:38:55 AM »
 ;D hmmm much prefer our Chrimbo weddings.
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2012, 05:42:49 AM »
Do you get snow?

Sometimes we get rain but usually just heat.

We don't go out till the arvo sun goes over the house and its comfy enough to do so though.  :D
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2012, 05:53:48 AM »
It just seems so wrong to have xmas decks up in the sunshine. :o :o

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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2012, 05:54:38 AM »
Well, we do very occasionally. It's always cold and wintry. Log fire season - bliss
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2012, 07:17:59 AM »
My girls insisted n putting up our tree while they were home from college for Thanksgiving.  It's way early for us, and now I'm stuck trying to keep the dogs from pulling it down for a month.

We still put up the same aluminum tree from my childhood.  Still have the roto-wheel, too.
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2012, 07:27:39 AM »
And a lovely tree it is, Laura ;)
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2012, 07:50:58 AM »
It just seems so wrong to have xmas decks up in the sunshine. :o :o

 :D :D :D

When its warmer outside then it is inside Ma, you would be confused.

My girls insisted n putting up our tree while they were home from college for Thanksgiving.  It's way early for us, and now I'm stuck trying to keep the dogs from pulling it down for a month.

We still put up the same aluminum tree from my childhood.  Still have the roto-wheel, too.

Laura you are lucky they don't want to lift their leg on it mate >:D

Whats a roto-wheel?

Come on guys, recipes please, what is Xmas lunch? Do you do the same thing each year or is it pot luck like my place?

I do egg nog every year and I drink it.  ::)
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2012, 08:05:49 AM »
I'll see your egg nogg recipe FF and I'll raise you a . . .Christmas dinner :P
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2012, 08:16:35 AM »
I'm thinking of reviving Dad's idea of setting the tree alight.  Not our own tree though, someone else's nearby which has been out in the garden flashing all night and pissing me off since mid-November ;-)  It'll probably stay out there until mid January as well, unless something happens to it.  (Mutters darkly to himself.)

Come to think of it Dad used to set the Christmas pudding alight every year as well, after sousing it with Brandy or Rum. I loved that little ritual.  Especially when one of the uncles carried it through from the kitchen, already lit, and burning spirit ran down the sleeve of his jacket as he accidentally tilted the plate.  He managed to reach the table and put it down with a stylish flourish and a certain amount of sang froid despite the lovely blue flames surrounding his sleeve.  Then he went mad patting ineffectually at the flames which were by then engulfing his entire forearm before running back into the kitchen to plunge his arm into the sink.  Fortunately the caravan kitchen was only about three steps away.  But he probably set a world record  for human powered acceleration.

In subsequent years the pudding was always placed on the table before lighting.

One year we didn't have any rum or brandy so Dad gave it a quick splash of methylated spirit and set it alight before it had a chance to soak in.  It burned off okay and didn't leave any really noticeable taint.  I liked the smell though.  Even now the smell of burning Meths triggers happy memories ;-)

Trees.  Burning.  Christmas puddings.  Burning.  Uncles.  Burning.

Putting two and two together I suspect my Dad was a closet pyromaniac.  Maybe that was why the Royal Navy made him a stoker.  "If you're going to burn everything in sight, Lad,  we may as well let you burn something useful."

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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2012, 08:19:31 AM »
Our tree is up too - crazy collection of handmade, bought and gifted decorations!

Ma - we used to have shrimp as part of the Christmas Day meal too. Back when I was young, some years Dad would have ham AND turkey. And we'd have leftovers for ages afterwards  ::) Always a christmas pudding and custard too.

I counted last night, and this will be my fifteenth christmas over here - not all of them have been white though! Some years there has been little to no snow leading up to Christmas Eve. We usually spend that at my in-laws doing the family meal, gifts etc. Then when we leave to go home, everything is covered in white. I still think everything looks rather pretty after the first snowfall :)

I tried instituting the 'open a gift early' tradition here. Because... technically at 8.01am Dec 24th here it is 12.01am Christmas Day in Sydney  ;D Hubby only let me get away with that for one year  :P
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2012, 08:45:21 AM »
Roto-wheel.  You point it at your tree and plug it in and it slowly (and loudly for ours) turns.  Makes the aluminum turn from red to blue, then green.
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2012, 09:24:34 AM »
Ah, one of them ;-)

I couldn't get the image of a rotavator out of my head and was picturing you carving furrows in the living room floor.
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2012, 11:16:14 AM »
Laura, I use to have a tree such as you describe, complete with the color wheel and the rotating stand for the tree. I had to do something after #3 son's first Christmas and found him to be super allergic to a live tree despite me having washed it down outside three times before bringing it indoors.

I used that tree for many years before it vanished in one of our many moves. First husband was one of those "the grass is always greener" types. I miss that tree. I had blue balls of several sizes that I used on it - looked especially great when the color wheel turned everything blue.

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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2012, 11:26:17 AM »
In our house we always opened gifts the night before...Since I don't have any kids of my own I tend to spoil the nephews and the half brother with gifts 8)

I don't expect much in the way of presents, Christmas is more for the young uns ;)




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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #29 on: November 28, 2012, 03:52:14 PM »
Francis, I am afraid to ask what that gift may be mate.  :D :D

Gyppo what a great story. I could see your uncle all fired up and on the hop.  :D :D Its a pretty cool time of the year for the get together, everyone seems to be nice and mellow. Don't ya just love the neighbors with their over enthusiasm for early decos mate. Doesn't make the day come any quicker. Ours go up Dec 1 (this year its tonight because Dec 1 is busy) and come down on Boxing Day.  8) 8)

Laura we don't have such things here that I have seen. We did get big on the fibre optic type of tree for a while. My daughter has one, I should request it for my front room this year but knowing her, its already up at her place.

Alice we had the same tree all the kids lives till about two years ago and I bought a new one. The old one my pet rosella loved to roost in at Xmas. But it wore out and in came the new. It seemed so big to the kids when they were little.  ;D

Sunny you would certainly see the difference in a white Xmas. I would love to go to one of them before vacating the planet but only for the day, the rest of the cold would be no good for my nipples I am thinking.  :P :P

I think this year I may have a selection of cold meats and do crunchy baked taters and assorted veg after consuming the two kilos of prawns and seafood damper dip.  ::)

We do a caramel banana trifle, now that is stupendous. It may come out again this year too I think. Son in law likes to cook that one too.  ;)
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