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Subject: Re: [TRIVVIES] Christmas morning
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 13:54:21 EST
If anyone asks me what I want for Christmas I never really know.....I could
say in the summer if I see an advert for a CD or DVD but otherwise I leave it
up to them. I get a mix of pressies....gift boxes of cheese and wine,
chocolates and chocolate biscuits etc, Fenjal bath oil....they all know what I
like now. As a family we don't spend much on Christmas pressies as I taught my
kids that it being thought of and therefore receiving a present that counted,
not what it was. My worst Christmas pressie was TWO tins of Victoria
chocolate biscuits...one from each son's family.....LOL. Needless to say I managed
to eat them eventually!!!! :-) Still, that's what I call a luxury item and
one I wouldn't normally buy except if I was having a coffee morning and then
it would only be a small packet. Luckily this year they have realised that
I now eat more Shortbread than Chocolate biscuits so I have had some of that.
When I was in the WI our President used to put all unwanted Christmas
pressies in a drawer and then when she was asked for a raffle prize she used to
take it from the drawer. I tend to do that as well but mine is usually a bottle
of wine......and I do sometimes wonder how many raffles it's been in
before!!! I tend to use the smelly soaps in my bathroom.
In a message dated 27/12/2005 15:53:04 GMT Standard Time,
it's a very sticky situation Sue. I have had presents i didn't like but
mainly my family ask what we want..the kids compile a list in November which
greg and i decide what we will buy then the rest of the list is passed round
the family, or i add things the kids will like but haven't thought to put on
when i have a prezzie i don't like i'm not comfy telling the person who gave
it that i don't like it..
"smile and wave fellas, just smile and wave"
> I've been reading all your stories of Christmas 2005 - loved them all - &
> m so glad you all had such good times ...
> Here is mine ...
> Christmas Day ...
> Up around 11am - had dinner - opened pressies - had tea - watched telly -
> went to bed ...
> Boxing day ...
> Up around lunchtime - had dinner - watched telly - had tea - still
> telly ...
> Quite a boring two days really ....
> I did open two lovely pressies though ........
> A couple of brilliant fridge-magnets & a hand-carved trinket box .........
> Unfortunately - my children don't know what to buy - so they buy rubbish
> Oldest son bought us a "food parcel" (as he does every year - M&S this
> - other years it's been F&M or Harrods --- M&S is the worst - not for the
> food - but for the SBD, which are usually the week or two following
> Christmas --- in other words - eat up - or throw away ... ) --- & youngest
> son a DVD - which - will go back (on his insistence) - on his own
> - he bought in haste - as he was busy working --- in fact he's worked all
> over Christmas too (12 hr nights) - the hotel even gave him a 'free'
> Christmas dinner yesterday ..... And daughter bought - Andy, a Steam
> book - & she got me - a scarf (which is quite nice, but I have no idea
> I can wear it --- it's one of those really wide ones - in brown/black (not
> really my colours) ) - and a matching candle and photo frame ... To say I
> don't like them, would be uncharitable --- but - I do have opinions - &
> really - they are not my taste - they look as if they've come from out of
> boudoir" - all covered in lilac coloured beads (yuk) .... Neither of us
> the sort of people to have photos around the place anyway (all those eyes
> looking at you, oh no) - we much prefer to keep them in an album - where
> they don't deteriorate - so the frame will languish in a drawer - & the
> candle --- well - when you've already got drawers full of candles - do you
> really need another .. ? ... I wish my kids would actually "ASK" us what
> would like ...... Since they left home they have been so busy with their
> lives (as it should be) to make notes on our ever-changing likes or
> ... Something I know my parents would not have allowed me to do .. ;-)))
> . By gum - in fact - my mother always made a point of "telling" me what
> & my father would like - and I was expected to tell her about our
> preferences - there would be no pressies unless I did ... ;-)) .....
> parents always gave money - the easy (sensible) way out, eh ...
> And now - I can hear you all thinking - "oh, aint she ever so ungrateful!"
> --- well - no - I'm not ... None of us have money to just throw away - &
> makes perfect sense to me to ask what people want - so you don't waste it
> If people ever say "I don't know" - then they get vouchers --- & vouchers
> for a shop I 'know' they shop in - & would appreciate ....
> Two points ...
> 1. Have you ever had a present you don't like .. ? .....
> 2. What did you all do when people did give you pressies you don't like ..
> Do you smile sweetly & say thanks - or do you say thank you - & then say
> something else .. ? .........
> I doubt I'll say anything to my daughter about her choices - nor to my
> food-parcel" son --- I just don't feel comfortable talking to them - &
> besides - they are so busy at the moment - it's not appropriate .... Our
> Peter is different - he is fine --- in reverse - he would tell us ... ;-))
> . He told me what he wanted weeks ago .. ;-)))) ....
> I know one thing - we cannot be on our own with this ... Can we .. ? ....
> Happy New Year everyone ....
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