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11/26/19 7:13 P

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You both have some great suggestions...one helping, smaller plates, once to the buffet.

I looked those books up, both look like a good read, in a comfy chair next to a fireplace. I'm a fan of A Christmas Carol, dvd but keep telling myself I need to get the book, and the comfy chair and the fireplace !!

I've got some holiday organizing to do, cards, menu, gifts and that special apple for my horse. LOL, I'd better get that calendar printed!!

Enjoy your holidays!!!







When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.
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11/8/19 2:44 P

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I love Yule and Christmas and the traditions that go with them.
As a girl my Father would tell me about the various traditions of both Yule and Christmas and we celebrated both.
I did not know at the time that my Father was a witch, I only found out after he died. It was then that I learnt his Mother was a witch or as my Uncle said, a Wise woman. He said that only my Father learnt her skills and that they used to celebrate Yule and Christmas. and various things during the year and especially Halloween. Their father also celebrated them so I guess he may have been a witch as well.

I have celebrated Christmas with DH for the past 24 years after years of not having a Christmas with my first husband and still get a thrill doing it.
I love the shopping, planning, wrapping gifts, sending cards, planning things, baking and cooking.
I watch all the Christmas films that we have collected over the years and enjoy each one.
Getting the decorations out and putting up the tree is still special to me, DH says it's like having a kid in the place each year LOL.

I start my knitting for Christmas in September for friends and charities. The only family I have is my Husband, Brother and SIL so I have time to make stuff and set it aside for Christmas.



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11/8/19 6:55 A

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Thank you for the history! I knew about the fox hunts, but not much else. And I admit I learned about the hunts on Boxing Day from a painting.

I'm glad to hear it's an extra day of giving to the less fortunate, by tradition.

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11/7/19 10:07 A

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Mrs Eva Boxing Day December 26th stared roughly 800 years ago and was the time when the Alms Boxes ( Collection Boxes) were opened and the money distributed to the poor.

Later on the rich would give servants the day off and gave them a Christmas box. Servants would often visit their families and give them a Christmas box.

Various Traditions have grown around this day one of them was the Boxing Day Hunt, something that thankfully is no longer done as Fox hunting is now banned.

These days we have horse racing and football matches. It's also when shops traditionally have their biggest sales.

Some Churches still help the less well off like the elderly, single parents and those who rely on Food Banks at this time of year and very often will provide a meal and a gift.

I usually knit a few things for charities ready to be given in December especially for shelters that help the less well off and for animals, it is a way of ensuring everyone is remembered at this time of year.

For myself and Colin (DH) we give one another a small gift on that day, in fact we have a tradition of giving each other a gift on December 21st, then on December 25th and Boxing Day. It just keeps old traditions alive.


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11/5/19 6:38 A

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Paula, can you explain to me what Boxing Day is? I've heard of it but I'm not sure it's ever been explained to me.

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11/1/19 11:20 A

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In the UK we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, however I have adopted some of the traditions for myself and like to use them each year.



Make a list of friends I want to send e-cards to. emoticon
Contact friends far and near. emoticon
List what I am thankful for. emoticon

Make plans for meals
Add goals that I can achieve to keep calories down. emoticon



Check card list
List for gifts to friends that need posting early emoticon
Family gift list = Brother and SIL emoticon
List of gifts for DH emoticon
Check on wrapping paper emoticon
Gift labels emoticon
Sellotape emoticon
Get out DVD's to watch

ME TIME

Read books - Hogfather is a must. emoticon
The Winter Child
Cosy Mysteries


List what we will have for meals
Put aside Yule gift for DH



November 6th - Add dates for Christmas online grocery delivery emoticon
Make lists of foods for over Christmas period emoticon
Don't forget pickles etc emoticon
Make new centrepiece for the table

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Check Christmas lights
Decide which decorations we will have out this year
Check on Christmas Crackers emoticon
Put aside Boxing day gift for DH ( a tradition we have done for years)


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10/31/19 7:03 A

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This month's challenge is a revamp (sort of) of an old one.

November is the start of the holiday season. In the USA we begin with Thanksgiving and we party through New Year's Day.

So this month's challenge is to make a plan. Set a reminder on your phone (I do this) or grab yourself a calendar. You can print November and December here if you'd like.

www.calendar-12.com/printable_calend
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Make a todo list and pencil it in on your schedule. It's simple items like digging out decorations for Solstice/Christmas. Making out your cards to send. Look at ship dates for gifts you'll have to mail. Make the list of gifts you intend to buy and set a budget for yourself for each person. If you make gifts like we do pencil in a time to dedicate to shopping for craft supplies.

I also like to make food shopping lists in advance. Anything non-perishable I buy ahead of time and store it until I need it. And item or 2 each week adds up over time. this keeps me form having a big shock at the register for a single shopping trip.

And don't forget to pencil in some YOU time. You'll want moments to enjoy your hard work. Make sure you have that in there too. The whole point is to control the stress of the holiday season.

I also make a food plan. Our meals are all potluck style. I don't control the ingredients so I use the one plate method. It's a single plate, size appropriate. I go through the buffet one time and get a bite of anything I want. But I don't have seconds. The same goes for desserts, but I use a small dessert sized plate. There's no way for me to calorie control every dish and that's why I make this simple plan. I portion control my favorites and I don't feel deprived.

Share with us here your plan of attack for the holiday parties and gatherings that are about to arrive. And if you like to share with us your calendar to help lead you down a less stressful path for the holidays.



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