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Old December 18 2010, 08:52 PM   #376
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Re: The Christmas Countdown Thread!

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I bought some candy canes yesterday, for the first time in a couple of years. Minty Christmas goodness!
I made sure to have a big glass jar with individually wrapped mini candy canes -they look good hanging from a cocktail glass with a Candy Cane Cocktail in it

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I used to love the big candle-shaped lights we had on our trees when I was younger, but those type are nowhere to be found.
This year I saw something interesting in a shop: a set of candle shaped electric lights with little clamps to hold on to branches and NO WIRES! -each had a little battery and the set came with a remote control! -I kinda regret not getting them...

/.../ "the yellow stapler set" /.../
luv it!
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Old December 19 2010, 10:55 AM   #377
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I love the yellow stapler story, macloudt! You need to find an indentical one on eBay and resurrect that next year.


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I got the photoshopping done on my sister's card yesterday but I still have to build it.
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Old December 19 2010, 01:53 PM   #378
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Something my husband said earlier reminded me of a running gag gift which made its way between my three brothers (4, 8 and 9 years older than me) and me for years. About 35 years ago an aunt gave my youngest brother what became known as "the yellow stapler set" as a gift. It was boxed and contained a bright yellow stapler, tape dispenser, and staple remover. It was cheap, butt-ugly and my other brothers and me teased the youngest brother mercilessly about it ("Wow, Auntie must dislike you so much that you're out of her will!"). So the following Christmas my youngest brother wrapped the yellow stapler set box and put it under the tree for one of our other brothers. That brother gave it to the third brother for his birthday, who then gave it to me the following Christmas, and I passed it back to the oldest brother as his birthday was next, and so on. This yellow stapler set made the rounds between the four of us for about 10 years, with Christmas being the most exciting time as we never knew who was going to get it (you knew you were going to get it for your birthday if you didn't have it already!). I think the set was thrown out by my dad when my mom died and he moved into a condo, and it saddens me that the tradition can't continue. It was childish, pointless, and so, so much fun.
I love this.
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Old December 19 2010, 03:46 PM   #379
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Last card done. All ready for the big day.

(*phew!*)
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Old December 19 2010, 06:13 PM   #380
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Of the five gifts I have to give this year I -after today- only need to buy another three
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Old December 20 2010, 01:52 PM   #381
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Four days until Christmas!!!

I had a neat picture to post today... but I've left it on my USB stick which I can't find at the moment. I'll try again tommorow
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Old December 20 2010, 03:23 PM   #382
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And guess who still doesn't have all the Christmas presents wrapped? I'll be up til midnight again on Christmas Eve
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Old December 20 2010, 05:14 PM   #383
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I have to do my grocery shopping for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners. I've been so busy house sitting for my sister that I haven't even planned the menu!
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Old December 20 2010, 06:53 PM   #384
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Still have one package yet to arrive--another of hubby's last minute gifts. I hope it gets here soon.
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Old December 20 2010, 09:36 PM   #385
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I'm still waiting for one package but Devon's trapped under a blanket of snow and travel is treacherous even in the larger urban areas, so it may not arrive on time. It's for my husband, and he won't mind if it's a few days late. Besides, his birthday is in early February.

I still want to buy a few things for the kids' stockings and am hoping the buses are running tomorrow, as it's very slippery out there and I'm not in the mood for the long walk to the shops in these conditions.
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Old December 20 2010, 09:42 PM   #386
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And guess who still doesn't have all the Christmas presents wrapped? I'll be up til midnight again on Christmas Eve
it's kind of more fun that way!

got all the cards out today and have only the end-of-the-year gratuities left to distribute. boring.
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Old December 20 2010, 10:36 PM   #387
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have only the end-of-the-year gratuities left to distribute. boring.
I'm never certain what to do about those - who do you give to?
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Old December 20 2010, 10:49 PM   #388
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As promised, here's the TNG naitivity scene...
OMG, I love it!
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Old December 21 2010, 04:40 AM   #389
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For my younger brother, I have devised the ultimate torment. When he opens his present from under the tree on Christmas morning, he will find...First Steps 2 Forever by Justin Bieber.

After observing the hopefully extremely funny look on his face and maybe crushing his soul a bit, I will then give him his real present, a Guy Gavriel Kay novel.
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For my younger brother, I have devised the ultimate torment. When he opens his present from under the tree on Christmas morning, he will find...First Steps 2 Forever by Justin Bieber.

After observing the hopefully extremely funny look on his face and maybe crushing his soul a bit, I will then give him his real present, a Guy Gavriel Kay novel.
Not only is that sick and twisted: I love it and have done a similar thing to my nephew once
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