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    Default Have you all got your advent calendars ready?

    It's almost time...

    Mouse, I'm sure you said you had already bought yours - but can you remember where you have put it?

    I've got a feeling I have bought one for DD and if I have then I think I know where I will have out it.

    I have actually treated myself to one for the first time ever. I remember reading that lots of you had your own and so I now don't have to feel bad. Also, after previously slating advent calendars with gifts inside them, well, that's exactly what I have bought. In Clintons the other day they had some calendars with little Christmas tea lights in them. They were half price - so only £5. They also had the Yankee Candles calendar for half price - I have wanted that one for a few years now but even at half price I couldn't really justify it.


    What are you all getting this year?

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    No, I don’t do one for myself, childminding children have theirs at their own homes. I do however have a advent candle 😁

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    I still send my grown up lads the Divine advent calendar every year.
    I have the Melissa & Doug tree with the numbers on and baubles to cover ready and waiting - even though I have no children. It was a great calendar to have for childminding, the LO’s had the choc ones at home and we did the number count down. Throughout the days they played with it and then at the end of the day we put it back to the correct numbers covered with baubles - it really made them understand that we were counting the days.

    My home wouldn’t be the same without it so it is going out.

    I’ve seen a lot of 12 days of Christmas to open this year, I really think some companies think this is the 12 days BEFORE Christmas Day rather than the 12 starting on Christmas Day as is the tradition.
    Christmas has become a ‘countdown to’ season now, whereas traditionally it was a 12 days OF Christmas starting on Christmas Day and going through to the sixth Jan. Personally, I go for the 12 days during and after, with a holiday family atmosphere and relaxation after when we all enjoy our Christmas gifts and prepare mentally for a new year.
    The prep before is like planning and packing for a holiday...the main bit being when I am actually on holiday.

    Now it seems that ‘Christmas’ is ‘December’ - the advent calendar encourages this thought. Then trees get taken down on the 27th December. I think I am on my own in my seasonal thoughts.
    Soap box over !

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    Bunyip's turn on the soapbox now.......

    If only Christmas was just December. It now seems to start in September.

    I've also noticed that fireworks, Halloween and remembrance have also strayed well beyond their original calendar slots (don’t get me started on year-round virtue-signalling through competitive displays of poppy merchandise.) As traditions tend to evolve over time, I predict these will all eventually merge into a single festival, celebrating various forms of bad-taste consumerism, running from September to January, centred on the legend of a pumpkin-headed man in a red suit delivering fireworks to the trenches so they can see in the new year.

    I think the solution is to enforce the Twelve Days principal. In short, you can start Christmas any darned time you like, but you have to finish it within 12 days. That would go for shops, individuals, families, high streets, the lot.

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    Yes 4 have been brought eldest dd has taken hers to uni

    I dont know i feel there is a distinct lack of christmas cheer in the air at the minute.

    I do agree Christmas does start too early but there seems to be a lot of bashing this year. People being berated for everything or im just in a cob.

    I find it a strange sensation hate taking the tree down as its so bare but need too as i need the room and to tidy so i tend to leave all the other decorations up.

    I dropped my crib last year so im a bit gutted that wont be going up i do need to find another one but hard to find one i love.

    But it also means the elf will be making an appearance soon too
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    After my last thread and feeling bad that I haven’t got an advent calendar this year( and after reading your threads) this is the first year without a calendar and the first year I haven’t brought my adult children a calendar. They are too old lol as I am.

    So I will get one just for the childminding children’s benefit, though I’m sure they countdown until Christmas at home also.

    The Christmas cheer will come nearer to Christmas I’m sure. I love the run up to Christmas so much so I can’t wait until I put carols on for mindees ( not before the 1 st) and there is a Christmas film channel on 62 though the two times I’ve put it on for me they were American boring films. Need a bit of Dickens.

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    The one good thing about Christmas starting earlier is I can start grinching earlier every year.

    Bu5 am I being hypocritical? We went to see The Nutcracker and the Four Realms last weekend, and I guess that’s really a crimbo film.

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    My turn for the soap box - Christmas Eve Boxes. I absolutely get sweet little cosy family traditions on Christmas Eve, but they are becoming a commercial thing too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunyip View Post
    Bunyip's turn on the soapbox now.......

    If only Christmas was just December. It now seems to start in September.

    I've also noticed that fireworks, Halloween and remembrance have also strayed well beyond their original calendar slots (don’t get me started on year-round virtue-signalling through competitive displays of poppy merchandise.) As traditions tend to evolve over time, I predict these will all eventually merge into a single festival, celebrating various forms of bad-taste consumerism, running from September to January, centred on the legend of a pumpkin-headed man in a red suit delivering fireworks to the trenches so they can see in the new year.

    I think the solution is to enforce the Twelve Days principal. In short, you can start Christmas any darned time you like, but you have to finish it within 12 days. That would go for shops, individuals, families, high streets, the lot.
    I am not a big fan of your humbugism generally Bunyip but I do like your suggestion of 12 days, suited to you, idea! I want to draw your mythical person and put it in a time capsule to be looked at in 20 years time....I really think some elements will be true then! I did have a bit of a panic over when I should wear my poppy this year as the bbc seemed to be wearing it much sooner than usual...presumably because it was a special celebration year.
    In my lifetime Halloween has just grown and grown....I do hope no more American traditions invade us....I heard this week that a family in the village were celebrating Thanksgiving??? There is a complicated historical explanation!
    I am flummoxed this year though as the nearest forestry commission site, where we usually get our tree from, is only selling them from the 1st- 16th December. I put mine up usually on the 22nd ish.....so it looks like we’ll be buying, then storing/ acclimatising this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maza View Post
    My turn for the soap box - Christmas Eve Boxes. I absolutely get sweet little cosy family traditions on Christmas Eve, but they are becoming a commercial thing too.
    They really bug me too! And i have to say, that elf annoys me too! I do like the idea of kindness elves though.

    I am refusing to do anything Christmas related until December! Or in fact Advent Sunday which is 2nd Dec.

    My own children have a chocolate advent calendar and for the minded children i have a nativity picture wall hanging that has a different activity or craft ( or at least different for different days/children! ) to do each day. We have an advent candle for tea time and a Father Christmas that 'magically' is filled with chocolate shapes each day for after tea!

    Flora, I love the sound of your tree and baubles.


    In previous years we've had DIY calendars/pictures where each day we drew a different character on a big stable scene or stuck stickers on a big paper tree.

    The biggest hit though is always my fisher price little people nativity scene that is played with endlessly. Sometimes other little people go to visit ( including Father Christmas and Rudolph ) or Mary and Joseph go to play on the farm!

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    Nativity play scenes have always been a big popular play focus at Christmas, like you say Loocyloo, I think it’s because there are loads of opportunities for extended play.
    The most popular book ever, though not my first choice, is this :
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    They loved the tune and lights and then became absorbed in the story...it was borrowed every weekend.
    Strange things sometimes that children choose.

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    Digressing slightly, but DH picked up two Christmas tea towels (well, snowmen design) in Lidl today for £1.50. Super quality - much better than my £ shop ones. We actually bought them for DD to use in her sewing projects - perfect size for turning into a Christmas apron, drawstring bag, cushion cover etc.

    I love Lidl.

    (He actually bought me my very first Christmas jumper from there today too - we have charity Christmas jumper day at school, so I couldn't put it off any longer!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunyip View Post
    The one good thing about Christmas starting earlier is I can start grinching earlier every year.

    Bu5 am I being hypocritical? We went to see The Nutcracker and the Four Realms last weekend, and I guess that’s really a crimbo film.
    You pretend grinch fancy seeinga christmas movie in november

    My children find a pair of pyjamas on their beds every christmas eve so for 19 years.

    As for the elf i must be too lazy as it seems like hard work.

    I keep wanting to start the christmas crafts as i have lots of part time/ad hoc children but just cant bring myself to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloraDora View Post
    I am not a big fan of your humbugism generally Bunyip but I do like your suggestion of 12 days, suited to you, idea! I want to draw your mythical person and put it in a time capsule to be looked at in 20 years time....I really think some elements will be true then! I did have a bit of a panic over when I should wear my poppy this year as the bbc seemed to be wearing it much sooner than usual...presumably because it was a special celebration year.
    In my lifetime Halloween has just grown and grown....I do hope no more American traditions invade us....I heard this week that a family in the village were celebrating Thanksgiving??? There is a complicated historical explanation!
    I am flummoxed this year though as the nearest forestry commission site, where we usually get our tree from, is only selling them from the 1st- 16th December. I put mine up usually on the 22nd ish.....so it looks like we’ll be buying, then storing/ acclimatising this year.
    I could almost go with the idea of phasing out Christmas altogether and replacing it with Thanksgiving.

    Now before anyone cries out "but I hate all this American stuff" I implore you to ask yourself just how British Christmas is. Most of the original British traditions have been dropped, and replaced with Prussian/German and American ones (do you know why Santa wears a big red suit?)

    Historically, Thanksgiving is a British festival, established by colonists who self-identified as British, over 150 years before it was even possible to conceive of being American. The festival is rooted in English Protestantism, not dissimilar from harvest festivals.

    I like the way it seems to be about food and family, rather than tat and credit card debt, but I suppose that would all change once the shops and advertisers good their filthy snouts in the trough.

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    Choosing my advent calendar every year is serious business in this house! My (grown up) children start sending me links to advent calendars as soon at they appear online (usually from the beginning of September) and I then spend a daft amount of time deciding which one to get! This year though I decided I was going to wait until the very end of November and take my chances on what was left. Predictably I caved at the beginning of October and my M&S beauty advent calendar has been waiting on the top of the wardrobe since then!

    As well as my main advent calendar I always have a traditional one - not a religious one, but one that is just doors and pictures. It has to be a nice festive scene and be covered in glitter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    After my last thread and feeling bad that I haven’t got an advent calendar this year( and after reading your threads) this is the first year without a calendar and the first year I haven’t brought my adult children a calendar. They are too old lol as I am.
    You're never too old for an advent calendar!!

    My children are between 17 and 27 and they all still have one, as well as a Christmas stocking on Christmas day!

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    Elf on a Shelf - I love seeing the pictures on FB, but really couldn't be bothered with it myself and I'm very glad it wasn't around when my children were little.

    Christmas Eve box - I think family traditions, like a new pair of PJs on Christmas Eve, are lovely, but each year these boxes seem to be getting more and more elaborate and expensive. I have enough trouble getting organised with presents for Christmas Day, so I take my hat off to anyone who manages to prepare Christmas Eve boxes as well!

    Christmas songs playing in shops in November - I know a lot of people complain it's too early, but I actually love it!

    Father Christmas - where has he gone? He seems to have morphed onto 'Santa' and no one calls him Father Christmas anymore. I can cope with the commercialism, the extended festive period (anytime from September onward) and the cheesy TV adverts, but I do mourn the loss of Father Christmas

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    I refuse to call Father Christmas 'Santa'!!!

    I was out with the children earlier, and the coffee shop we stopped at for a quick cup of tea was delightfully silent, with just the sound of people talking. No Christmas music 😃!!! I don't mind some, but only as background music, not at conversation stopping volume!

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    Completely agree mouse , I’m forever correcting the mindees ....it’s always Father Christmas here too!!

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    Father Christmas here too and definitely no ‘xmas’....I like the full, many lettered Christmas word.

    New PJ’s came about in our family when one year all the early Christmas morning photos showed my lads in slightly too short, faded pj’s, that had seen better days but were go to comforts . I vowed then that I would make sure next year that they had decent pj’s on! Never wrapped, just left on beds on Christmas Eve, I still do this and when I prepare the beds for their Christmas visit I put new pj’s on the pillow.
    Last year DH left some super comfy ones for me on my bed, they had discussed that I always do this, but not for myself.

    Not a big fan of Christmas Eve gifts, you have to wait in this house for the day.
    I quite like the fun of the Elf getting up to antics, bringing laughter to a home when it can often be fraught in the run up to Christmas.... but a lot of Elves I know are used for ‘ he’s watching you’ threat and just sit on a shelf with no play opportunities, very sad for the Elf.

    I love Christmas music, I am always sad when the cd’s get packed away. Though this year we have listened to a lot of first lines of Christmas themed music throughout the year. Our new music set up in this house involves all our music on Apple being on a playlist that we play through the tv and living room sound system....DH has not yet categorised them all so the odd children’s song or Christmas carol slips in when we put it on shuffle....then there is all action to find the control and skip it.
    We have Alexa in our kitchen and I love that I can talk to her and instruct her to skip a track, or change radio station when my hands are floury or I’m washing up....I really want every electrical item to work and be controlled by voice in my house, it’s my favourite modern technology.

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