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24 November 2013 - 6:12pm

Holidays 2013

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Hello CL Friends

I thought we could post in here and share what we have planned this year for the holidays.

Are you celebrating Thanksgiving? Will you be cooking or will you get to sit back and be served while you watch the football games? lol Will you be with family and/or friends? What is your typical Thanksgiving menu. What is the one item that you MUST have on the Thanksgiving table or it would not be Thanksgiving.

Christmas: Do you celebrate Christmas? What are you looking forward to this year? Where will you spend Christmas: do you host or do you travel? Will you be with family and/or friends? Will you decorate and put up a tree: real or fake? Do you have any special items on your gifts wanted list or a special item in mind you are going to purchase for someone. Does your family even exchange gifts, and if so, how do you plan it (buy for everyone or draw names or other?). How many do you have to buy for this year? Are you an online shopper or do you pound the pavement to find those sales. In other words, are you a Black Friday or Cyber Monday person? If Cyber Monday, what are your favorite online stores?

Do you celebrate more on Christmas Eve or Christmas day or both? What do you do to honor both days if you do both? Does Santa visit your house? Do you leave out cookies and whiskey? Um, I mean milk and cookies? lol

What is on the Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day menu? Any unusual or even more common traditions you must practice or it would not feel like Christmas?

Can you think of anymore questions to answer I have not asked already? haha! Wink

Happy Holidays 2013 to all my CL Friends! Smile

CHEERS!

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25 November 2013 - 2:18am
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Starting tomorrow, I am going to my kids' Thanksgiving Feast at their pre-school. My step-daughter is off all week on vacation, so she will be joining us.

Then on Thursday, I will be making my way down state. I'll be going down about 100 miles to visit my both sides of my grandparents for Turkey Day. I am hoping that in all of the hub bub that I will be able to catch the Lions/Packers game (and praying for a win... they desperately need it!).

My Mom and Dad are keeping the kids for the weekend, so my wife and I will likely head out about noon on Black Friday to get some deals and then relaxing until the kids come back.

Christmas we are staying up here but going to my in-laws' house for Christmas. We do our Santa stuff here but go over there about lunch time and chill for the day. I can't wait to see my kids open their stuff. We got them some cool stuff that I know they will love.

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25 November 2013 - 4:43am
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Holy crap that is a lot of questions!

As you know we don't do Thanksgiving here in Australia. That hasn't stopped our clueless retailers from finally catching on to this technological marvel known as the inner-net or something and trying to imitate Cyber Monday. Last year there was a launch of this one day only online sale thing with a name that I can't remember. The fact that I don't know what its called says a lot about their marketing success or lack thereof. Anyway it was a miserable failure as the sites couldn't handle the traffic and their servers crashed as you can read here: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4383422.html
They did it again recently but it passed me by.

Christmas is the main deal now though and all the shops are pushing that hard. We'll be doing Christmas lunch at my parents place and dinner at the in-laws. We're trying to cut down the number of gifts that our kids get because every year they seem to get more and they barely play with 3/4 of the stuff they have already. Unfortunately everyone (and especially the grandparents) is conditioned to buying loads of stuff "just because" so its an ongoing battle to keep it to just 1 or 2 gifts each instead of 7 or 8 (no exaggeration). And they make you feel like a tight-arse grinch if you bring up the subject.

We've been having the "to turkey or not to turkey" discussion this year. My wife and I reckon the turkey is ridiculous because more often than not its over 30 degrees (86 for you Fahrenheit people) on the day which isn't the most conducive conditions for a big baked dinner and we end up eating it for a week afterwards as the things are so massive. But my mum won't hear of it, it has to be a traditional Christmas lunch so thats what we're having again.

I just realised I sound like a total Scrooge but I do in fact love Christmas!

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27 November 2013 - 1:21am
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That is awesome, CL-Ed! I commend you for trying to cut down on the gits. I also believe our family has a tendency to overdo it, and I completely understand what you mean about the kiddos. I remember how my sons' lists became more expensive the older they got. For example, when they were really young I could get by with a few little toys I found on clearance throughout the year (and hid well) then they got older and wanted every expensive electronic toy that "all their friends had, lol). Oh, and you do know you can FREEZE turkey right? lol I LOVE leftovers!

I had to cook for 15, at my mom's on October 20th, so she could be on a plane to Florida by October 30th. She insisted on an early Thanksgiving. So this coming Thanksgiving will be my SECOND this year! Surprized But I was fortunate enough to be chosen to bring home the carcass and some leftovers, and a few weeks later I took it out of the freezer and made a wonderful turkey-dumpling soup. When I used to have Thanksgiving at my house, I would eat turkey for as long as I could stand it, then freeze it in packets for future casseroles, etc.

I had planned to have my sons over for the "real" Thanksgiving. However, mom's early Thanksgiving kind of spoiled it for me. Two of my guys figure, now, since we already had the holiday with our entire family, they could go to their girlfriends' parents this year and the other son decided he could pick up some holiday overtime. So, thankfully, my brother had also called and invited us all, because it now ends up it will be only Otis and me joining my oldest brother and SIL, plus my SIL's closest friend, for the "real" Thanksgiving. I have mixed feelings, because at least I don't have to cook again (I was asked to bring only the stuffing/dressing), but I also like any excuse to get together with my sons. On the other hand, this will be MUCH easier for me, and my sons and I already get together quite often. So I am going with the flow, even though I will miss them. I told them as long as they will attend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities, then I would spare them the guilt trip about the decisions for Thanksgiving, lol

I will blab about Christmas in a later post.

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