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Is anyone started to think about Christmas at all? Could be anything to do with it.

Yesterday i defrosted the freezer so that i can start thinking about it. Always do that so we can buy the Christmas gateau and next month i can start buying sausages for the stuffing and bacon to put on the Turkey that i bought some time ago because it was on offer and a big one.
 
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We're hardly prepared for Christmas. As my wife buys a lot of fresh (then freezes) and frozen food on-line.
The freezer part of the fridge/freezer in the kitchen is usually full as are the two back-up freezerss in the room in the garage.
We usually go to the Iceland store in DEcember to get the more exotic items, like lobster tails and breaded scampi, they don't carry for the rest of the year.
But she's well on with making Christmas cards.
 
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I have just gotten to thinking about fall, and that is just because seeing leaves from the cherry and maples lets me know they are getting sleepy. Its forecast to be 100f today and a White Christmas is not on my mind yet.
 
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I am actually been thinking of traveling to Ohio for Thanksgiving to spend the week with my Ohio cousins. That is a 6 hour drive for me. Debated flying, but then I can't on the way back go to my favorite Jewish deli and pick up yummy stuff to take home. Or stop by Pittsburgh to see my favorite Foodie store. Wonder if Europe had Thanksgiving, when you'd be starting that discussion. LOL.
 

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I am actually been thinking of traveling to Ohio for Thanksgiving to spend the week with my Ohio cousins. That is a 6 hour drive for me. Debated flying, but then I can't on the way back go to my favorite Jewish deli and pick up yummy stuff to take home. Or stop by Pittsburgh to see my favorite Foodie store. Wonder if Europe had Thanksgiving, when you'd be starting that discussion. LOL.
That's a great idea if you really want to go then go.:)
No we don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here, some celebrate the harvest festival, it's not a holiday like for you. At school we went to church and donated food for the old people. At school we took them a box of food.
 
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That's a great idea if you really want to go then go.:)
No we don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here, some celebrate the harvest festival, it's not a holiday like for you. At school we went to church and donated food for the old people. At school we took them a box of food.
Yes, I know you don't celebrate Thanksgiving. Guess I should re-phrase that. "What if UK celebrated something like Thanksgiving, when would they get started with it". I have been involved with a wonderful cooking group for the past 20 years, most of the members are from the UK, or other parts of Europe. Learned a lot of the food type celebrations they do.
 

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Yes, I know you don't celebrate Thanksgiving. Guess I should re-phrase that. "What if UK celebrated something like Thanksgiving, when would they get started with it". I have been involved with a wonderful cooking group for the past 20 years, most of the members are from the UK, or other parts of Europe. Learned a lot of the food type celebrations they do.
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Some people might celebrate harvest festival but it's not a holiday thing like Thanksgiving. We just celebrate Christmas.:)

That's great about the cooking group, it must give you some idea about it.

Of course there are a lot of religions here so it could be different for them. :)
 
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HI,

Good question Logan. Bonfire night first then Christmas full on in the stores; Bron has already received information about Christmas Card materials.

The best thing I like about Christmas is Easter because Christmas to me is so false. I don't celebrate any religion but good luck to those of you do.

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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Just bought the gateau for Christmas, a triple chocolate one.

I defrosted the freezer the other day so that i would have room for it.

I used to wait until November to get things but it's not so stressful doing it earlier and much more enjoyable. :)

Yes Colin the card making does start early because they take a long time. My friend Keith starts his in September.

I'm not religious but i do enjoy it.
 

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Hi,

Thanks Logan. Bron makes Christmas cards throughout the year so she's always got lots ready. We also do our Christmas shopping very early avoiding stores as much as possible on the run up to Christmas. I can never understand all the fuss just for two days holiday apart from an excuse to throw money away on presents that possibly get dumped immediately after Christmas. Last week in November or first week in December I ask Bron where she would like to enjoy some well earned retail therapy and it's usually M&S in Pudsey or M&S in Meadowhall; we never bother with New Year sales either where so many items are bought on impulse then dumped. Christmas presents for friends are also bought throughout the year and stored. We've not got family so all we want for Christmas is two full days of peace without visitors just enjoying each other's company. I'm food intolerant of dairy products but I enjoy dark chocolate so for Christmas every year I buy two big boxes of Black Magic chocolates and scoff these from Christmas day until New Years day; I've got everything I want or need so presents mean little to me; if there's something I fancy I simply buy it at the time not needing an excuse. Bron's just bought me an AC/DC TIG welder because I was taught arc welding 55 years ago but have never tried TIG welding so an whole new world for me to play in.

We've not had an holiday away from home for the last 42 years being content and comfortable as we are.

After Christmas is the best part of the year for us with springtime to look forward to after our long dreary winter; when everything bursts into life once again; springtime is so magical bringing a new season in the gardens lifting our spirits. Our biggest problems are Blackie & Gale putting down so much rain and trying to remove our bungalow from the valley side the year round; as usual it's pouring with rain as I type but Gale must be having a breather.

We're all different and our simple lifestyle wouldn't suit many these days but we can say we're happy.

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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Well, after spending 6 weeks making candied fruit for everyone a few years back, only to see a recipient gulp it all down with a large spoon as an addendum to his four course Christmas dinner in 30 seconds, i'm growing everyone Loofahs this year and sod em :whistle:
 

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Yes colin we feel the same way, but we don't have to buy any presents these days. Even our son doesn't want anything, as well as his birthday. As you say Christmas is the turning point for the new season and look forward to spring.

I like dark chocolate so a few years ago i had 2 bars for Christmas but i was eating too much and i came out in a rash.
 
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We also don't buy many gifts, as both of us, Husband and I have enough stuff. Rather spend money on an experience. I do bake gifts for a few friends, as most are of the age where no one needs anything. But I won't bake until about the 2 nd week in December.
 
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