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Fri 22-Oct-10
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Michelle from Oregon
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devongarden said:

Lots of music, carols and classical mainly. Have you heard Here Comes Suzy Snowflake, or I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas? Both are tunes best avoided, I think.


 I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas? They used to play that in the store I worked in, many moons ago. I eventually changed the words to "I want a Frontal Lobotomy for Christmas". Try it, it fits, it does!big_laugh

Fresh trees are the only way to go, I agree. Which brings me to another sign of Christmas. I was sitting outside yesterday, waiting for a delivery of gravel, and I heard them. A low droning, over the hills.

The Helicopters. (No, I'm not paranoid!)

Where I'm at, one of the biggest cash crops around is Christmas trees. There is a certain cachet in having a Northwest Grown tree in Japan, especially. So, right about now, my hometown starts to sound like a military maneuver. They use the helicopters to remove the cut trees and lessen the trauma and tear up the heavy trucks make on the fields.

The harvest has begun.....magic

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Fri 22-Oct-10
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wave  Well the only low droning over the hills here is the noise of the stags rutting.  big_laugh

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Fri 22-Oct-10
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Rae - Copenhagen/ Edinburgh/ Stockholm  are close contenders for my absolute favourite city, so you would love it in Stockholm if you loved Edinburgh.

Christmas music- I'm a Wizzard girl, top notch for dancing around in the kitchen.

Has to be a real tree- my six year old is now too big to come indoors, so the three year old will be on its own this year...oh yes, two trees....

One Christmas Tradition in this house- and I can't believe I haven't mentioned this before- is that we have two Christmasses (as well as two trees). We do Dutch Christmas on December 5th as we loved it so much in Holland, we still keep Dutch Christmas too, my daughter and her best friends from Holland come over and we have a lovely Dutch meal and CHOCOLATE LETTERS....mmmm, in fact my daughter has just phoned me to say she was assuming we were doing it  so I'm feeling very Christmassy, despiote it still being October, and stupidly excited about it. Sint arrives the last week in November, so I get my Dutch decorations out , then after December 5th, out come the uK decorations....

Danuta- the only sound over the hills here is Andrew snoring.

 

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Sat 23-Oct-10
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Kate, such a pity the Christmas letters are not made from Dairy Milk !!

We wouldn't be allowed to have Zwarte Piet here, I'm sure; but Sintaklaas would be good.

What about the tradition of making things pertinent to the recipient - do you do that, too?

Our son said that they did that at school - each student was given another name from their class and they had to make something appropriate! (British School in the Netherlands) in Voorschoten.

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Sat 23-Oct-10
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(I did some teaching at the British School by the way) yes BS, home made gifts. Our Dutch friends in Scheveningen send over the chocolate letters for us ( from Hema, natch). I have a Sint and two Piets for the mantlepiece.

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Sat 23-Oct-10
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danast said:

wave  Well the only low droning over the hills here is the noise of the stags rutting.  big_laugh


 

big_laugh big_laugh big_laugh

I'll trade you!!!

Saw my first 4 "tree trucks" just now. Watched them go through town one way empty, about an hour later watched them come back full.

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Sun 24-Oct-10
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wave Oh we have our fair share of wood lorries here.  I just love meeting them on our roads.  monster  Thankfully they don't go past my house - actually no traffic whatsoever goes past my house!

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Sun 24-Oct-10
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wave Oh we have our fair share of wood lorries here.  I just love meeting them on our roads.  monster  Thankfully they don't go past my house - actually no traffic whatsoever goes past my house!


that sounds wonderful! despite being on a crescent that doesn't go anywhere (other than back to the road it came from) we get a surprising amount of passing traffic. Also the road is quite narrow, and oflate there have been vans parked on both sides! completely blocking it up aargh

 

We went for a drive to nowhere in particular yesterday eve, and went through a little village called Michaelston-y-Fedw, it was so pretty! and so many houses for sale. We came back and lookedssomeof them up on the old interwebs.My favouitest one is this. Imagine the size of tree you could get in that living room! Unfortunately it's a bit out of our price range at the moment cry

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Sun 24-Oct-10
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Nice house Rae Mond, a little out of my price range too and not interested in going back to busy places like the UK, give me rural Latvia any day.

In the US we went to collect our own tree from the State forest, which you are allowed to do with a permit. The only problem I find with collecting my own tree is they always look far smaller outside than they do indoors, fortunately our US home had a two storey entrance hall (great waste of space and heating in my opinion but great for Christmas trees), our little Latvian flat is not blessed with as much space. Then again this year won't be a problem - we'll be in Oz and our daughter has some expedition planned eeek

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wave Fantastic house Rae.  Not for me though, far too expensive.

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Sun 24-Oct-10
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I know, far too expensive for us also. Theoretically, if we both had proper jobs (you know, the ones graduates are supposed to get which are supposed to pay off the massive amounts of debt they would have incurred by going to uni) we'd be just about still less than three quarters of the way there.

Today I have made some "dignified" christmas ear rings. my face book albumshall be updated accordingly,and with pics of all the cards i've made so far.I was surprised when I looked in the box today to see how many there are.

I'm wondering how far in advance one has to start going about getting tickets to be in the audience for the Royal Society christmas lectures. For both Sam and me watching these on telly is another central christmas experience.I know they're pitched a mite lower than us in age and level of education terms (well, for Sam more so than for me, I did the easy combined sciences GCSE and haven't thought in any detail about anything science based since), but they're still entertaining.

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KateUK said:

.......is that we have two Christmasses (as well as two trees).......


 

Is it too late to be adopted????? big_laugh

 

 

Rae Mond - I love the christmas lectures too. I kept missing them last year and was quite put out! Will look forward to seeing what "dignified Christmas earrings" look like......ponder

 

 

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Mon 25-Oct-10
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what did you think Suz? I hope they're a bit less tacky than the usual flashing tinsel spangled stuff.

 

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I like them, esp. the stars.  Also loving your wine glass charms - how about a quick 'how to' run down on the frugal living - 'xmas/anytime gifts' thread?

I like xmas though I'm not religious in any shape or form.  It's taken me a while to get back to liking it though after years in retail - that really does destroy it for you.  Heard my 1st xmas music playing in a shop on Friday. *shudder*  Far too early!

Traditions - Ma's chestnut stuffing - cooked in a dish seperately rather than 'in-bird' as it were.  Walk 'round the block' (down country lanes and swinging past the local.)  Boxing day walk along Studland beach - whatever the weather!  Then a warming pint by the fire in the Half Way pub.

Seems to be becoming a tradition to watch whichever Wallace and Gromit offering is on, also if there's anything with Patrick Stewart or David Tenant in Ma is there! big_laugh

We always had real trees and there is nothing quite like them.  Last year I made my tree from bare branch offcuts though and that was pretty cool, think I'll go for something similar this year again.

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Ruthdigs said:

We always had real trees and there is nothing quite like them.  Last year I made my tree from bare branch offcuts though and that was pretty cool, think I'll go for something similar this year again.


 Now that's creative! Do you have any pictures? I bet it was very elegant!

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