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Message 1905000 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 2:36:17 UTC

If your tree looks like it was decorated by Martha Stewart, this thread is not for you.

If your family sits around a perfectly roasted goose on Christmas day, dressed to the nines and not arguing about politics, this thread is not for you.

If you start shopping for Christmas presents in January and have everything you need purchased by May, this thread is not for you.

This thread is for the rest of us who, five days into this dreadful month, are already over-whelmed. It is a place to laugh, a place to whimper, a place to complain, a place to vent and even a place to post a picture of your Charlie Brown tree.

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Message 1905010 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 3:00:47 UTC

For some it is really dreadful indeed, due to CA brushfires and winds, but then, some have lost their homes, 150 in one fire alone, Gov Brown declared a state of emergency.

Merry Xmas, today has been a tiring day for Me...
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Message 1905028 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 5:04:06 UTC

Christmas, complicated? It just happens.
Do you really think is matters if everything comes out of a can and is put into a microwave?
Does it matter if the price tags are still attached?
Tree, 12 inch plastic, do you really need to dust it off from the last decade?

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Message 1905030 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 5:11:49 UTC

Christmas is only as complicated as you let it be. We de-cluttered ours a couple of years ago. We were buying each other expensive presents for the sake of it, not because we needed anything. We always bought too much food just in case people turned up unexpectedly. Spent hours putting up decorations that nobody really looked at etc.

As any parent will confirm, kids can wreck a tastefully decorated house in 1 hour flat, so we go to see them in their houses now, kids still get seen and pressies given, but we don't have the clearing up afterwards! Plenty of Christmas spirit still around but it is all lower key, less stressful, and cheaper. Last year we underspent by £50 from the budget, which we sent to a local hospice for their Xmas appeal. Much better than stuffing your face with extra mince pies and watching the waistline expand.

Only half the pressies bought so far, and not much Christmas fare about either yet, and almost the first week of December gone. Gonna be a big shopping trip looming I expect. But thank god for the Web and Amazon! I look back 20 years ago and think why ever did we rush around like lunatics the way we did? We still enjoy Christmas and still see friends, family, children etc, but we organise it much better these days.

Bah humbug? Not at all, but you hear more and more people say it's all for the kids really, not for us, and it's far too commercialised these days, Most people get paid a week early at Christmas, then you run out of money in Mid January as the bills arrive.
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Message 1905038 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 6:06:04 UTC

If you start shopping for Christmas presents in January and have everything you need purchased by May

I do, but I've forgotten where I put it all by July...
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Message 1905053 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 8:24:41 UTC

Still in progress of buying stuff. Think I have struck bone scratching my head thinking about what to get for whom. Scarier still making the money stretch until a full payday in January.

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Message 1905057 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 8:45:21 UTC

For John.

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Message 1905063 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 9:07:04 UTC - in response to Message 1905053.  

Well I've been told not to, they just want My company, so I don't.
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Message 1905080 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 12:25:34 UTC

I got my first Christmas card today from my sister. It contained 2 $20 notes which I passed on to my young sons Vincent and Thomas
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Message 1905084 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 13:06:24 UTC

We have got 6 cards so far and haven't sent any yet !

As a guest invited to a meal in someone's house, Christmas or anytime, it is normally considered, good manners to take a bottle of wine with you to contribute to the proceedings. The token offering is always appreciated.
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Message 1905088 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 13:24:36 UTC

From what I remember of living in Scotland - which barely recognised Christmas at the time - the accepted gifts when 'first footing' at Hogmanay (New Year's Night) were a lump of coal (for good luck) and a tot of whisky (because it's bloody cold up there, at midnight).
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Message 1905092 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 13:44:16 UTC

Ah yes, As Dr Cameron was wont to say "Ye'll have a wee dram?"

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Message 1905120 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 16:48:34 UTC
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It's nothing complicated about Christmas at all.
I stopped the Christmas craziness 25 years ago. I do not do anything special during the Christmas season.
Living exactly the same as the rest of the year.

Oh, of course I'm having thousands of laughs when I see all the people who buy stuff for thousands of money (any currency), and then in January complain about being broke :-)
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Message 1905121 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 16:52:58 UTC - in response to Message 1905120.  

I stopped the Christmas craziness 25 years ago. I do not do anything special during the Christmas season.
Living exactly the same as the rest of the year.


Hardly possible with kids and grand children.
On the other hand i love the blinking eyes when my grand children opening the gifts :)
With each crime and every kindness we birth our future.
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Message 1905122 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 16:54:43 UTC

That is it, exactly, I think. There are moments of the Christmas season that are simply wonderful, and there are moments that are less so.

It's complicated.
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Message 1905123 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 17:02:25 UTC - in response to Message 1905121.  
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I stopped the Christmas craziness 25 years ago. I do not do anything special during the Christmas season.
Living exactly the same as the rest of the year.


Hardly possible with kids and grand children.
On the other hand i love the blinking eyes when my grand children opening the gifts :)

Ah well, I don't have any kids. I came to the conclusion very early that:
    1. There isn't any lack of human beings on this planet.
    2: I don't have anything special in my DNA that I need or want to spread further into the gene pool.



Result: Christmas or any other big holidays, aren't complicated at all :-)

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Message 1905133 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 18:00:43 UTC

Oh, of course I'm having thousands of laughs when I see all the people who buy stuff for thousands of money (any currency), and then in January complain about being broke :-)

Some don't need Christmas for that!
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Message 1905146 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 19:25:17 UTC

My favorite thing to do this month is bake lots and lots of cookies.

When I assemble cookie platters, I try to have a mix of very sweet vs not-so-sweet cookies. I tried a new recipe yesterday for tahini cookies which, despite having 1.5 cups of sugar, still do not taste overly sweet because tahini is a very savory ingredient.

Here is the recipe, in case you want to try something new:

2.5 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
0.5 tsp. baking soda
0.5 tsp. table salt
12 Tbsps. unsalted butter
0.75 cups granulated sugar
0.75 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup tahini
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
additional sesame seeds

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.

Cream butter with sugars, 3 mins, scraping bowl as needed.

Beat in tahini, eggs & vanilla

Stir in dry ingredients

Roll cookies into small balls, place on parchment lined baking sheets and flatten very slightly with the bottom of a sugared glass.

Put a pinch of sesame seeds on each cookie and bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes, depending on the size cookies you have made.

Let rest on cookie sheet a few minutes, before removing to a rack to cool.

This recipe makes 32 medium sized cookies. I doubled the recipe and made the cookies small, so I ended up with about 150 tiny cookies.

If you make the cookies smaller, be careful not to over-bake them. They should be pale colored and only a bit brown around the edges, to achieve a crisp outside with a chewy interior.

Enjoy!
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