PDA

View Full Version : Christmas Greetings and Happy Holidays!



Sallydaisy
15-12-2011, 21:35
Wishing you all a very Murray Christmas and Festive Season!!!

We're pleased so many of you found your way here and helped make this such a great forum.
Here's a thread to post your 'seasons greetings' messages to forum friends, one and all.

We've a Christmas Competition coming up with a very special prize!!! (no, it isn't a kiss from Andy!)
Join in the Seasonal Spirit and share your Xmas memories and thoughts past, present and future.
Secret Santa gets underway this coming weekend so put your thinking caps on!
http://allthingschristmas.com/forum/images/smilies/peekaboogift.gif

Have a very jolly time!


Cazza, Dave, Fiona, Jane, Pat, Ronnie, Sally and Zainab

http://www.inspirationbit.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/greetingcard_sm.jpg

"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"

http://www.allthingschristmas.com/forum/images/smilies/snowing.gif

RoastLamb
15-12-2011, 23:07
When I was about 10 my mother remarried and she then had a bit of extra cash at Christmas so she bought me a brand new bike. HUGE DEAL! My sister decided to borrow my brand new bike that I hadn't even tested to her friend's house and left it in the front garden where it was promptly stolen. Never seen again and not replaced. :crying:

My favourite Christmas memory is around the age of 7 or 8 and I decided to stay awake on Christmas Eve so I could see Santa and his reindeers fly across the sky to my house and see him fill my stocking which was hung at the end of my bed. I got myself prepared with lots of books to read and I kept looking out the window for any glimpses. Next thing I remember is waking up on Christmas morning really early and seeing my stocking (my brother's sock) bulging. I was so sad I missed Santa but so excited to see the stocking realizing that Santa had been in my room. Whenever I hear the song "I Believe in Father Christmas" by Greg Lake it reminds me of that night. My fave Christmas pop song.

cazza99
15-12-2011, 23:25
217

KnightOwl
15-12-2011, 23:46
When I was growing up, we didn't have our stockings at the ends of our beds, or in the bedroom, we left them lying on the hearth in the sitting room - one for everyone including the dog!

In the morning, my brother and I would get up really early but we couldn't go through on our own - the tradition I suppose developed from Mum & Dad wanting to see our faces when we unwrapped everything, rather then us doing it on our own - we had to wait til everyone was up, and as we got older even after Mum had had her cup of tea and Dad his coffee - then everyone would congregate by the sitting room door.

The bit I loved the most was something my Grandad came up with - he died when I was only six and my brother five, but we still remember it clearly - we couldn't just open the door and go in - one of us would have to knock first, to make sure Santa had finished and wasn't still in there. It was taken quite seriously - someone would knock and we would all listen - "can you hear anything?", "do you think he's finished?", "are you sure?", "Ok, then, let's go in and see...", then Dad would open the door and we'd peer through then go in to find all the presents.

It was brilliant - made it really special - and we kept up the whole "knocking" tradition for years, till my brother and I were pretty much in our teens!

cazza99
15-12-2011, 23:53
218
source unknown

pabbers
16-12-2011, 13:33
Well, Fiona - we still have a similar tradition in our house and my boys are now 29 and 26, with the addition of the 29 year old's gf. They're not allowed in the lounge to see "if he's been" till we've got the camera ready and they still have stockings with lots of little things in. Also up until they were 21 and 18, they came home from the pub before midnight so they could read The Night Before Xmas with Dad - then they all discovered they were just humouring each other and it stopped!

RoastLamb
16-12-2011, 14:34
Yes, the kids are not allowed downstairs until mummy and daddy are ready, I don't care how early they wake up. I try to get up early and put on all the Christmas lights. I always fill the stockings on Christmas Eve when the kids are in bed and I'm watching the late night carol service on tv then I put them under the tree in the living room.

pabbers
16-12-2011, 15:44
Sadly these days Mummy and Daddy are up long before the kids, pacing the floor and usually resorting to clashing things in the kitchen to wake them up :shamed:

cazza99
16-12-2011, 15:58
Christmas game - http://www.alafun.com/alafun-flash-games/snowball_fight.shtml

JennieF
16-12-2011, 16:02
How lovely to read everyone's memories of Christmas's past! Although there are slight differences for each family, much of it is the same for us all
and kind-of unites us all, don't you think? When I was young we didn't have nearly as much as children have these days, but one little present my brother and I always looked forward to came in the post from two maiden great-aunts, Aunt Annie and Aunt Aggie - sisters of our grandmother - who lost their husbands-to-be in WW1 and never married but lived together all their lives. They would put a 2/- piece (two shillings, 10p in todays money) inside a small bar of chocolate for us both
and this small gift was always so treasured! Merry Christmas and a really Happy New Year 2012 to you all!

hfwardhouse
16-12-2011, 16:45
Aw these memories are lovely. We used to sing Christmas carols to the Christmas tree when we were really young - it was in the "best" living room but Santa always left the pressies in the other living room ... but we had stockings on the end of our beds and I can remember waking up at 3 in the morning and opening all the parcels in the stocking then going back to sleep again!!! When we were older, we used to open 1 present each after midnight on Christmas Eve, usually when we got home from the watchnight service. Minnie was always terrified of Santa when she was little so we do the stocking and pressies downstairs and she's not allowed to come down till we're both up - of course it gets more challenging when it's Mr HFW's turn to work Christmas and it was hard on her when she was younger - patience isn't easy when you're wee! A few years ago, I had a lovely morning to myself while Mr HFW worked and Minnie forgot to wake up :rolling: ... she finally appeared about 9.30! I had a lot of the meal prepared by then!

RoastLamb
16-12-2011, 20:57
Sadly these days Mummy and Daddy are up long before the kids, pacing the floor and usually resorting to clashing things in the kitchen to wake them up :shamed:

:lol:

JAMES4578
16-12-2011, 21:53
Christmas Wishes to everyone on the forum and a Happy New Year too, hope all your wishes are granted.

219220221222223

Sallydaisy
17-12-2011, 00:39
Lovely collection of trees - and thanks for the good wishes James!

:merry christmas:

karanga
17-12-2011, 01:06
My earliest memories of Christmas were during the 50s when rationing was still in force so we didn't have much and Christmas was a very quiet and happy family time. We didn't celebrate New Year. We always had a stocking filled with small items such as books and sweets. Nearly all our presents were books.

I remember one year when I'd asked for a bike creeping down the stairs to our dining room during the night when my parents were asleep and seeing leaning against the wall a shining new bike. I crept back to bed feeling very warm and happy and of course the next morning had to look very surprised and pretend that I hadn't seen it

Thanks everyone for sharing memories of Christmas and James for the great collection of trees. :santa smile:

:reindeer: :merry christmas:

ljs
17-12-2011, 04:57
:merry christmas: everyone & :happy new year:

One Christmas when I was about 8 , I asked for a curious George monkey with a banana .
My mom hid all our presents in a big box in her bedroom , and one day while she was out I went in and removed a big yard stick from the top of the box , opened it and looked inside to see my curious george and his banana looking back at me . I carefully closed the box and figured she would never know that I had peeked.

But of course , she had placed the yard stick strategically on that box , so she knew :santa smile:

JennieF
17-12-2011, 08:24
:peekaboo: Ha Ha ljs!! Parents are such cunning creatures! :santa dance:

patmoren
17-12-2011, 15:40
:santa:We always used to leave stockings on the childrens bed so they had something to open when they woke up. The main presents were opened after breakfast. My son does a similar thing except the main presents are opened before breakfast (kids rule). :sleigh:They also leave a mincepie and a glass of milk for Santa and some reindeer food out on the lawn for the reindeers!:reindeer: Of course it all has to be gone before they get up in the morning. I love a family Christmas, will be a bit different this year but Dave will be here in spirit. :xmas large:

pabbers
17-12-2011, 17:06
We used to leave a carrot on the hearth for the reindeer when our kids were small. That was our undoing with youngest son - one year he'd taken stock of the fact that the carrot was a strange shape - then he checked in the fridge Xmas day and of course, there it was back in the veggie box. So young Sherlock no longer believed from then on.

cazza99
17-12-2011, 18:14
I used to have a pillowcase full of presents left by my bed and I often used to wake up in the middle of the night and open them then.

:reindeer::reindeer::sleigh::xmas large::santa smile::santa dance:

ljs
17-12-2011, 20:21
was just wondering ..... is it a British thing to leave stockings & presents by the bed ???

Have never heard of that before . Our stockings were always hung by the tree , and Santa presents were always left unwrapped

Hawkeye
17-12-2011, 21:13
It's the mantelpiece traditionally.

Linda
17-12-2011, 21:21
We always had pillowcases by the foot of the bed. These were supposed to be filled by 'Father Christmas' who knocked on the door, according to my Mum, as I was terrified by the thought of someone coming down the chimney. But we also had our main presents from our parents. Actually I have to admit that I don't think I ever believed in Father Christmas :shamed:

patmoren
18-12-2011, 10:30
:carols:Merry Christmas everyone and I hope it is what you wish it to be.:snowing:

Jan
18-12-2011, 14:33
Carols by Candlelight this evening :carols:

RoastLamb
18-12-2011, 17:15
Carols by Candlelight this evening :carols:

Lovely!!!

KnightOwl
18-12-2011, 17:57
was just wondering ..... is it a British thing to leave stockings & presents by the bed ???

Have never heard of that before . Our stockings were always hung by the tree , and Santa presents were always left unwrapped

Maybe - I think by the fireplace is more traditional, and certainly what my family did, but I've met a lot of people who used to have their stockings at the end of the bed - most of my school friends did that, if I recall correctly.

Jan
18-12-2011, 20:46
Lovely!!!
It was!!:candle:

Sallydaisy
18-12-2011, 23:57
Here's a cutesy online Christmas jigsaw puzzle .....
http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/5D055D4B37CD?z=1

and you can find more here .....
http://www.jigzone.com/gallery/Christmas?z=1

supergran
19-12-2011, 04:35
I would like to wish all my dear friends on here, especially those who kept faith with me during the upset re the forum a very happy Christmas. Some people thought wrong of me and I was very hurt. To those of you who know I am a true fan of Andy and his forum I send my love and best wishes for this festive season. Hope you all have a lovely time, seeing friends and family, opening presents, playing games, eating and drinking and weighing yourselves. 'Tis the season to be jolly folks!! And please remember......Christmas began in the heart of God, it is complete only when it reaches the heart of man. Happy Christmas!!
:carols::candle::xmas2:

Sallydaisy
20-12-2011, 12:21
Here's (http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/daily-jigsaw) todays Christmas jigsaw online - if you've time on your hands ...

patmoren
20-12-2011, 14:15
Here's (http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/daily-jigsaw) todays Christmas jigsaw online - if you've time on your hands ...
That one was tricky.

Alis
20-12-2011, 15:24
I only joined the forum this year after 'lurking' for many months and have really enjoyed the camaraderie - thankyou to you all for making me feel so welcome. I wish you a all a very happy Christmas, whatever you are doing, and a healthy and peaceful new year with much to celebrate on the tennis front!!!!

jeannie13
20-12-2011, 15:27
Happy Christmas to everyone on the forum--I hope you have a super festive season & a Guid New Year.:santa dance::sled::happy new year:
It was great to meet up with forum members at DC in July & Sept & put faces to names. I met so many nice people.:reindeer::flowers::shelebrate::xmas large:
I do love all these smilies :jitterbug:

Linda
20-12-2011, 19:14
I tried to do one of those elf yourself things and couldn't work out how to save or post it :shamed:

But I've just seen this great one, Christmas Greetings from the Top 5! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLjmZw4MiZw

silver
20-12-2011, 19:30
Absolutely brilliant Linda - couldnt stop laughing!

RoastLamb
20-12-2011, 22:10
Brilliant! Tears down the cheeks awesome. Love the bit where Federer is wrapping poor Rafa up with the tinsel. And that photo they picked of Andy - could they get one with a bigger mouth??? And Djokovic as the Joker. Very good!!! :lol:

Alis
20-12-2011, 22:36
I thought it was a bit unfortunate that they chose that photo of Andy - it made him look slightly deranged whereas the others were all smiling - apart from Djoko who was diffictult to recognise behind the make-up - great video though!

supergran
21-12-2011, 00:53
Loved Andy...he looked like a schoolboy at a disco!!!

ljs
21-12-2011, 02:52
here is my hub , me , and our little grandaughter elfing ourselves . Shes only 2 but whenever she comes over she says " gama I wanna see the elfs " :rolling:

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/96UsUawSYJtoCGFQ

Golden Lady
21-12-2011, 13:43
here is my hub , me , and our little grandaughter elfing ourselves . Shes only 2 but whenever she comes over she says " gama I wanna see the elfs " :rolling:

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/96UsUawSYJtoCGFQ

That's fabulous ljs! Thanks for sharing :santa dance:

RoastLamb
21-12-2011, 14:04
here is my hub , me , and our little grandaughter elfing ourselves . Shes only 2 but whenever she comes over she says " gama I wanna see the elfs " :rolling:

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/96UsUawSYJtoCGFQ

I love these JibJab cards. She is adorable, btw. What a cutie patootie.

Linda
21-12-2011, 20:21
Love your JibJab vid, ljs. What an attractive family you are!

Sallydaisy
21-12-2011, 21:20
Another online Santa jigsaw!
http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/54055D5005CA?z=1

ChrisMac
22-12-2011, 11:12
:nativity: Merry Christmas to everyone on the forum. God bless and hope you all have a brilliant 2012. :tennis:

ljs
22-12-2011, 23:14
Bet you guys didnt know this EH ?? :rolling:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei3rTITyOhY

RoastLamb
23-12-2011, 00:19
Bet you guys didnt know this EH ?? :rolling:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei3rTITyOhY

Love it!!!

cazza99
23-12-2011, 16:04
Merry Xmas to all those on the forum. Here is an ecard for everyone

http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=3217539555871&source=jl999

:reindeer: :reindeer: :reindeer:

VamosVixs
23-12-2011, 16:06
Merry Christmas everyone, hope you all have a fantastic time and santa is good to you all!

:xmas large::santa dance::reindeer::santa dance::reindeer::santa dance::xmas large:

cazza99
23-12-2011, 16:07
Bet you guys didnt know this EH ?? :rolling:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei3rTITyOhY

:rolling: :rolling:

cazza99
23-12-2011, 16:50
225
source unkown

226
source: crazy jokes.com

227
source unknown

228
source unknown

karanga
23-12-2011, 17:12
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year to everyone.

:merry christmas:

RoastLamb
23-12-2011, 18:11
Merry Xmas to all those on the forum. Here is an ecard for everyone

http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=3217539555871&source=jl999

:reindeer: :reindeer: :reindeer:

Brilliant!

Speedy Hawk
23-12-2011, 22:08
My favourite cartoon joke picture of xmas is this one:

Some are in colour and some are in black and white but it exact same picture.

239

Genbrit
24-12-2011, 04:41
Merry Christmas to one and all and A Happy New Year.

Here are some videos of what happens in Las Vegas at Christmastime.


The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjk3t6bR53Q

Fremont Street Experience downtown
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iIAQ_YNhNE

Bellagio Fountains Music Show (These are Christmas songs)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GCNw1iL45s&feature=fvsr
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5jtWv_M68

Enjoy :santa dance:

Fina
24-12-2011, 09:21
Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2012 [here's hoping it will be a good one for Andy too] :xmas2:

Sallydaisy
24-12-2011, 09:24
Here are some videos of what happens in Las Vegas at Christmastime.
My brother and his wife have gone to Las Vegas for Christmas!

Jan
24-12-2011, 10:37
A very happy Christmas to everyone here - hope it's a really special time for all!
:merry christmas:

Sallydaisy
24-12-2011, 14:51
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.
I hope you find some peace and relaxation among the mayhem of it all
and enjoy being with family, friends and anyone else you meet.



http://aux3.iconpedia.net/uploads/621563108245420895.png


http://wwe.4funnies.com/img/msn/animated_emoticons/christmas/4funnies_com_christmas_emoticons_464.gif

:xmas large:

Golden Lady
24-12-2011, 14:56
A very merry Christmas to all my forum friends. Hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful time! :merry christmas::xmas large::peekaboo:

Lizzim
24-12-2011, 15:06
Merry Christmas everyone! :santa: :santa smile: :merry christmas: :xmas2:

RoastLamb
24-12-2011, 17:25
Merry Christmas y'all!!!

ljs
24-12-2011, 18:59
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE :xmas large: ( Im POOPED already )

Genbrit
24-12-2011, 19:09
My brother and his wife have gone to Las Vegas for Christmas!

Hope they enjoy themselves, it is sunny and bright today. Tell them to be careful at New Year if they are still here then, people can get a little crazy!!! Although usually in good fun!!!

Sallydaisy
24-12-2011, 19:54
Hope they enjoy themselves, it is sunny and bright today. Tell them to be careful at New Year if they are still here then, people can get a little crazy!!! Although usually in good fun!!!
Thanks! They're used to the warm weather 'cos they live on Bermuda.
They traditionally host 'open house' on New Year Day so they're arriving back home late on 30th to prep up the next day for their party.

Katie
24-12-2011, 19:59
Merry Christmas everyone! :santa dance: :xmas large:

MurrayAOne
24-12-2011, 23:31
Merry Christmas to one and all. Love that rockin Santa!!!

JAMES4578
25-12-2011, 00:31
Merry Christmas everyone, have a fabulous day!:xmas large::santa dance::snowing:

lynne
25-12-2011, 05:49
:candle:MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, HOPING YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!:candle:




:nativity: :peekaboo:

KnightOwl
25-12-2011, 06:04
Merry Christmas, everyone! :santa dance:

patmoren
25-12-2011, 11:03
:santa dance:Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year:xmas::yahoo:

-J-
25-12-2011, 11:38
http://layoutsforchristmas.com/myspace-graphics/images/Anime/animeXmasBabesMerXmas.jpg

Sallydaisy
25-12-2011, 12:41
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Hope it's all you wish for.
:peekaboo:

Speedy Hawk
25-12-2011, 13:39
Merry Christmas to everyone!

JAMES4578
25-12-2011, 14:15
Merry Christmas all, hope you're all having a fab time!

hfwardhouse
25-12-2011, 18:29
Merry Christmas everyone - hope you're all having a fabulous day :yahoo: :santa dance: :reindeer::wino:

pabbers
25-12-2011, 18:42
Merry Christmas one and all. It's a close run thing between me and the turkey as to who is the most stuffed!

hfwardhouse
25-12-2011, 18:48
Same here Pat - except I didn't stuff the turkey ;) :rolling:

RFS
25-12-2011, 19:22
Oh wow that was way too much food .... Collapso heapo!!!

hfwardhouse
25-12-2011, 20:28
LOL Rozzie - I know how you feel!!!

KnightOwl
25-12-2011, 22:30
Merry Christmas one and all. It's a close run thing between me and the turkey as to who is the most stuffed!

:lol: Pat! Hope you've had a lovely day with your family :)

RoastLamb
26-12-2011, 03:27
Hope everyone had a lovely day. A bit sad and disappointed at my husband's reaction to my big gift for him. Sigh. I hate buying stuff for him, he's such a chore sometimes. And my banoffee pie melted - the caramel was a disaster. Other than that it was lovely. Sprouts turned out a treat! Mmmm.

Linda
26-12-2011, 09:30
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! :santa dance:

I ate far too much, I couldn't move :shamed:

DrewZiph
26-12-2011, 10:19
I hope you all had wonderful Christmas' and it continues on until the new year!

Lizzim
26-12-2011, 11:14
Hope everyone had a lovely day. A bit sad and disappointed at my husband's reaction to my big gift for him. Sigh. I hate buying stuff for him, he's such a chore sometimes. And my banoffee pie melted - the caramel was a disaster. Other than that it was lovely. Sprouts turned out a treat! Mmmm.

Oh no! We don't buy each other presents at Christmas - just buy things as we want them throughout the year :)

cazza99
26-12-2011, 12:59
Hope everyone had a good day yesterday. :santa smile:

I ate too much and we have another big day today with more relatives coming down :santa smile:

My niece had a pony for Christmas which was a complete surprise - he's little and a real cutie - looks a bit like a thellwell pony. :santa smile:

supergran
26-12-2011, 13:56
Hope everyone had a lovely day yesterday. We didn't have breakfast as we ate at 12.30 in the lovely dining room of the pub. The dinner was really good and worth every penny. Left about 3.15 and then opened our presents which took ages. We all felt very full and the rest of the day was spent playing games, watching some TV, particularly programmes which had us in stitches and dozing occasionally. Around 9 we had a buffet but we were all too stuffed to eat much. Lovely relaxed day. Son brought us home around 11 and I am now getting house ready for our gathering tomorrow. Open House from 4.30. Looking forward to it.

AllyB
26-12-2011, 14:12
Hope everyone had a lovely day yesterday. We didn't have breakfast as we ate at 12.30 in the lovely dining room of the pub. The dinner was really good and worth every penny. Left about 3.15 and then opened our presents which took ages. We all felt very full and the rest of the day was spent playing games, watching some TV, particularly programmes which had us in stitches and dozing occasionally. Around 9 we had a buffet but we were all too stuffed to eat much. Lovely relaxed day. Son brought us home around 11 and I am now getting house ready for our gathering tomorrow. Open House from 4.30. Looking forward to it.

If you could just let us have your postcode for the satnav that would be great!

supergran
26-12-2011, 14:25
If you could just let us have your postcode for the satnav that would be great!That's no problem, shall try and remember it!!

supergran
26-12-2011, 14:27
Hope everyone had a lovely day yesterday. We didn't have breakfast as we ate at 12.30 in the lovely dining room of the pub. The dinner was really good and worth every penny. Left about 3.15 and then opened our presents which took ages. We all felt very full and the rest of the day was spent playing games, watching some TV, particularly programmes which had us in stitches and dozing occasionally. Around 9 we had a buffet but we were all too stuffed to eat much. Lovely relaxed day. Son brought us home around 11 and I am now getting house ready for our gathering tomorrow. Open House from 4.30. Looking forward to it. Just read this and it reads as if we got home at 11 last night. It was this morning. No driving on Christmas Day.

RoastLamb
26-12-2011, 15:50
Oh no! We don't buy each other presents at Christmas - just buy things as we want them throughout the year :)

That's probably an excellent idea and one I will suggest to hubby.

banskogirl
26-12-2011, 16:17
Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and will continue to do so............until we are all back to work :) I am really sorry I havent been on to send my wishes earlier!

Lizzim
26-12-2011, 18:11
That's probably an excellent idea and one I will suggest to hubby.

Everyone says we are weird for not buying gifts but this way we don't waste our money buying things we don't really want/need.

ljs
26-12-2011, 19:31
Its just my opinion of course , but I think its nice to buy each other something , it doesnt have to be anything big , but a little something wrapped from each other under the tree .

He always gets me my fav perfume . This year I have 3 favs , so he spoiled me and I got them all :santa smile:

AllyB
26-12-2011, 20:01
Everyone says we are weird for not buying gifts but this way we don't waste our money buying things we don't really want/need.

We didn't even do cards this year. New flat screen telly to replace the 14" portable in the bedroom will be leaving a Sale near here soon!

RoastLamb
27-12-2011, 00:06
ljs, you are lucky. 3 perfumes!

I have mixed emotions about gift giving. I like to give gifts but I hate making the wrong choice. I made a very bad choice this year and it was an expensive mistake. I can't get my money back either and I think that's why it's so upsetting.

RFS
27-12-2011, 06:50
Everyone says we are weird for not buying gifts but this way we don't waste our money buying things we don't really want/need.
I think whatever suits people works fine. For some friends - we send a list of 3 things we like and they get one off the list so you know you will get something you want but it's still a surprise.

Another friend does tend to buy me bizarre stuff - but it's from the heart.

Mind you - I have a soon-to-be-ex friend who had a hissy fit this year after my birthday because I was sent to Liverpool for work for 2 weeks just before my birthday so I wasn't going to be at home when my present arrived. The day after my birthday she decided to "downgrade" me as a friend because I was never organised enough to give her my list when she wanted it.
I did once ask her for a play.com voucher as I was working away a lot and she refused point blank! So really I couldn't win!!!

Anyway - her loss, as she was pretty hurtful this year at a time when I was being bullied out of my job and what was a tumultuous year in the end for me - I spoiled the people who had been true friends this year and am so thankful for those friends. For them, I was happy to splurge a bit!

On the flip side - my mum is a bit like Lizzim where we are concerned. I always get her an M&S voucher but what she wants this year is for me to head to the sales with her and buy her some contraption but cheaper. So she will be the owner of a baby Dyson sometime today. It's what she wants and how she wants it - so I am more than happy to oblige. Especially as I want one too!!!!

Lizzim
27-12-2011, 10:35
ljs, you are lucky. 3 perfumes!

I have mixed emotions about gift giving. I like to give gifts but I hate making the wrong choice. I made a very bad choice this year and it was an expensive mistake. I can't get my money back either and I think that's why it's so upsetting.

Fiona, if hubby really doesn't like the gift could it not be sold online (ebay or similar) to recover some of your money and get him something else?

RFS
27-12-2011, 12:33
@Lizzim - the pics on twitter of the tinselated dog are ADORBS!!!! It's a wonder it didn't get shredded with the toys!

RoastLamb
27-12-2011, 16:40
Fiona, if hubby really doesn't like the gift could it not be sold online (ebay or similar) to recover some of your money and get him something else?

No, I doubt anyone else would want portraits of our children. :lol:

JAMES4578
27-12-2011, 16:56
No, I doubt anyone else would want portraits of our children. :lol:

Really sorry to hear that Fiona! Though not sure why your husband doesn't like them.

Lizzim
27-12-2011, 16:58
No, I doubt anyone else would want portraits of our children. :lol:

Well then you should bash hubby - that's a good gift! I gave my mum some piccys of Rob and I for Xmas and she loved them!

RoastLamb
27-12-2011, 17:18
Really sorry to hear that Fiona! Though not sure why your husband doesn't like them.


Well then you should bash hubby - that's a good gift! I gave my mum some piccys of Rob and I for Xmas and she loved them!

Thank you both for making me feel a little better.

Lizzim
27-12-2011, 17:26
Thank you both for making me feel a little better.

Well I thought you had bought him a 'thing' which he didn't like (which I could understand) but pics of the kids is cute :)

ljs
27-12-2011, 18:06
WHAT ??? Fiona , I thought it was maybe a leather coat or something , why oh why did he not like it ??

VamosVixs
27-12-2011, 18:13
No, I doubt anyone else would want portraits of our children. :lol:

What??? He didn't like them? Who wouldn't love potraits of their children??? :shocked: I'm not a mum but I know mums and dads who would see that as a special and personal gift.

:grouphug:

Hawkeye
27-12-2011, 18:35
VV you can have a picture of my kids if you like! :big grin:

RoastLamb
27-12-2011, 19:12
:lol: Hawkeye!

I know, I don't get it. OK, they're not brilliant portraits but he said he didn't like the colour of paper she did them on??!! Oh well. I've put them up in the computer/piano room (I envisaged them in his new office but he's refused). :sad:

VamosVixs
27-12-2011, 19:16
VV you can have a picture of my kids if you like! :big grin:

no thanks :lol:

hfwardhouse
27-12-2011, 19:30
:lol: Hawkeye!

I know, I don't get it. OK, they're not brilliant portraits but he said he didn't like the colour of paper she did them on??!! Oh well. I've put them up in the computer/piano room (I envisaged them in his new office but he's refused). :sad:

That is so unbelievably :sad:

xenon21
28-12-2011, 00:12
So sorry he didn't like it Fiona. :( I think it's really cute and a lovely and thoughtful gift :grouphug:

RoastLamb
28-12-2011, 00:20
Thanks. I'm glad you all think so.

supergran
28-12-2011, 01:21
Can't join in this conversation 'cos I was boring and bought Supergramps a sweater, two books, some aftershave, two ties and he loved them all!! After nearly 48 years I know what he likes. He's a man of simple tastes which I can easily accommodate. Mind you the aftershave has slowly, over the years, become to my taste.

-J-
28-12-2011, 17:01
i think the important element you ladies missed is the cost, RL mentioned somewhere back there the gift was a tad expensive, im with the hubby if he want to see the daughters take a Polaroid

Linda
28-12-2011, 22:39
He didn't want portraits of your children? :shocked: :shocked:

Grounds for divorce!

Golden Lady
29-12-2011, 16:05
Ah that must have been a blow RL :group hug:

I have been ill all over Christmas with a darn virus that I still can't seem to shift!! Hubby and I catered for 14 people on Christmas day and Boxing Day and I think the constant running round the kitchen has zapped my energy! Still it was good to have all the folks here.

Taking a few days off to relax with the kids now. Just got back from the cinema, went to see 'Arthur Christmas', a very heartwarming film. :santa dance:

RoastLamb
29-12-2011, 16:13
Hugs GL. It's LOUSY to be sick during the hols esp. when you're entertaining/hosting. Feel for you.

Linda, it's not that he didn't want them, he didn't like them coz the artist did them on coloured paper and they are not as professional (quality-wise) as I had expected. Big mistake on my part. What I should have done is kept them to myself, not got them framed (which cost more than the portraits themselves) and then got him something to do with golf instead.

PS GL we went to see Arthur Christmas on Christmas Eve and we LOVED IT! What a great movie. Will defo buy it on DVD for next year to watch at home instead of Polar Express.

Golden Lady
29-12-2011, 16:30
Hugs GL. It's LOUSY to be sick during the hols esp. when you're entertaining/hosting. Feel for you.

Linda, it's not that he didn't want them, he didn't like them coz the artist did them on coloured paper and they are not as professional (quality-wise) as I had expected. Big mistake on my part. What I should have done is kept them to myself, not got them framed (which cost more than the portraits themselves) and then got him something to do with golf instead.

PS GL we went to see Arthur Christmas on Christmas Eve and we LOVED IT! What a great movie. Will defo buy it on DVD for next year to watch at home instead of Polar Express.

Yes I thought it was a lovely film. Christmas Eve is the ideal day to watch it too :santa dance:

-J-
29-12-2011, 16:34
Hugs GL. It's LOUSY to be sick during the hols esp. when you're entertaining/hosting. Feel for you.

Linda, it's not that he didn't want them, he didn't like them coz the artist did them on coloured paper and they are not as professional (quality-wise) as I had expected. Big mistake on my part. What I should have done is kept them to myself, not got them framed (which cost more than the portraits themselves) and then got him something to do with golf instead.

PS GL we went to see Arthur Christmas on Christmas Eve and we LOVED IT! What a great movie. Will defo buy it on DVD for next year to watch at home instead of Polar Express.thats more like it (hint Calvin Green jacket)

RoastLamb
29-12-2011, 16:39
thats more like it (hint Calvin Green jacket)

Next year. If we're still married...

ljs
29-12-2011, 22:45
Next year. If we're still married...

:sofa:

supergran
29-12-2011, 23:52
:oops:Just edited my post to read ....after nearly 48 years! I put 47. Now what is that a sign of.......?:rolling:

Linda
30-12-2011, 19:34
I think this is brilliant! http://www.10sballs.com/2011/12/30/we-wish-you-a-mardy-fishmas-and-a-happy-new-tour/

cazza99
30-12-2011, 22:42
297
Reynolds.

298
cartoonstock.com

299
source unknown

300
source unknown

Nina
05-01-2012, 16:12
Okay I missed 25th of December but I'm orthodox, our christmas is on 7th of January, so you can congratulate to me :D Just kidding

Happy belated Christmas and New Year everyone

ljs
05-01-2012, 16:18
ohh 2morrow is Christmas eve for you ... Merry Christmas Queen !!!!!!

-J-
05-01-2012, 16:29
Merry Christmas
Queen N

VamosVixs
05-01-2012, 17:44
Merry Christmas Queen N! :)

cazza99
05-01-2012, 17:45
Have a good Christmas Queen N :)

Linda
05-01-2012, 21:19
Merry Christmas, Queen N! :nativity:

supergran
06-01-2012, 01:08
:nativity::candle:Happy Christmas Queen N. Have a wonderful time.:merry christmas:

jeannie13
06-01-2012, 01:13
Merry Christmas, Queen N. :nativity::carols: