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***The OFFICIAL Weekend Singles Thread*** December 14 -16 - How prepared for Christmas are you?
14th December 2007 | Snugs

Posted on 12/14/2007 5:20:05 PM PST by snugs

How prepared are you for Christmas?

A lot of singles I know and who live on their own do not really do much for Christmas in the way of decorations or buying any special food etc for Christmas. A lot of them get an invite for the day to spend either with friends or family members and therefore their sole preparation is buying a few gifts for the people likely to be at this event and maybe contributing either monetarily to the host/hostess or taking a few food/drink items on the day.

So as a single you think you are prepared and will not be caught unawares but you maybe wrong so I thought this weekend I would offer a few suggestions in order that we may not be embarrassed this year

Many stores in Britain and I suspect in the US have tins or large boxes/cartons of sweets (candies) or biscuits (cookies) only available at Christmas and Easter and many have offers on such as 3 for the price of 2 or a special price for buying 2.

A large tin of chocolates or toffees are always acceptable and even if the recipient does not consume them at Christmas often the best before will be Easter or even beyond, having a couple of these in the house can often be useful for that unexpected gift you get, such as a long lost friend or relative ringing and saying I am in your area today/tomorrow can I pop in and almost certainly they will have a card and a small gift for you.

Also if you do not use these for gifts at Christmas they can be used at Easter or for a birthday present next year. In particular Scottish Shortbread is a good one to give as this is a traditional Christmas/New Year treat.

Another idea is that there are presentation boxes of nuts and dried fruit they make a nice gift and again can be stored for Easter or given as birthday presents if not used.

If you are a baker why not make an extra batch of cookies or candies such a rum truffles or home-made fudge or toffee or even mince pies, keep a few little fancy cardboard boxes and some ribbon and they can quickly be used to create up a present for the unexpected visitor.

A tip also if you have been invited out for the day and you think you have the gifts thing covered in case of an unexpected fellow visitor why not take an extra couple of bottle of wine and bottle bags with you so that you can make the person welcome and they have as least one gift to open if present opening is part of the day's celebrations.



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1 posted on 12/14/2007 5:20:09 PM PST by snugs
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To: 38special; aft_lizard; abishai; A knight without armor; Alberta's Child; Allegra; Amityschild; ...

Bonus questions

How did you buy your gifts or are buying your gifts this year?


 

Are you more an online or mail order shopper than a shopping mall or High Street shopper?


 

Do you buy gifts and cards or donate to charity instead? (Fully understand if you do not want to answer this one as this can be a very personal issue)


 

Any ideas for last minute emergency gifts?

 

Is there anything you simply have to buy or make for Christmas because it would not be Christmas without it?

2 posted on 12/14/2007 5:32:59 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: snugs
Bought all of my presents last weekend. It was the first time since '97 that I didn't do nearly all my shopping online. After my mom's birthday present took two weeks to go from NJ to FL via regular mail, I used UPS for all shipping. Got to all of my relatives within two days.

All I have left to buy is some booze for my boss, and I am set.

3 posted on 12/14/2007 5:35:25 PM PST by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: snugs

Hmmmm, well I am prepared to work on Christmas Day. :-/

The nice thing about working a holiday as an hourly employee is that it’s the same work, but more pay! :)


4 posted on 12/14/2007 5:46:00 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Oh yeah, that reminds me this question is for Dave mainly...are you aware of a lot of religious/Judeo-Christian faiths that encourage it’s churchgoers to keep journals? I have heard from my grandparents (who are Seventh Day Adventists) that they are encouraged to do this, so I’m wondering if this is true for other faiths?

That also reminds me, I need to FReepmail you back at some point.


5 posted on 12/14/2007 6:00:35 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: GOP_Raider

I don’t know any Seventh-day Adventists who are encouraged to keep journals. Never heard of such a thing.

And...I just broke off a long term relationship and I’m sooo not ready for Christmas. sniff


6 posted on 12/14/2007 6:12:19 PM PST by DeLaine (Santa...I can explain!)
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To: snugs

Started my annual vacation TODyaaaay!
Off till after New Years!!!
Now if my boss will just cough up a bonus I might be able to buy presents.
Actually, I braved Black Friday and got some shopping done
but still need some gifts.

Happy Kwanzahanikamus to all my FRiends.


7 posted on 12/14/2007 6:14:45 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DeLaine

Yeah that’s why it seemed weird to me. I just figured 12 year old girls were the only section of the population that did things like that.

That and I’ve also never met many Seventh Day Adventists outside of my grandparents...or any at all to be honest.


8 posted on 12/14/2007 6:15:06 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: DeLaine

Sorry to hear that, just love those you have all the more and enjoy every minute of the season. Well, ok, not every minute, shed a few tears but look to the future, now’s your chance to move ahead. Remember YOU are the center of the universe, make what you want of it.

Best wishes.
Tet68


9 posted on 12/14/2007 6:21:27 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: snugs
I will get a tin of Royal Dansk cookies.

Wow that chocolate orange looks delicious. The store also has that. I may try it.

Plus I will make a mincemeat pie. When you make pies do you have special design you put in the top crust for steam holes? I do. I always do like my mother always did. It is a single curve cut with four hole pricks on both sides. Very leaf looking. Then I brush the crust and edges which I have crimped between by fingers with milk and sprinkle lavishly with granulated white sugar. I put that same design on meat pies, too.

10 posted on 12/14/2007 6:25:18 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: snugs

Candy is usually a good gift. I’m a young single male poor student, so no one expects me to go giving gifts. There’s not a heck of a lot of people to give gifts to anyway, except within my family, and that keeps me busy enough.

Parents are the hardest for me to shop for. They tend not to think a whole lot about items they want as gifts, so it can be a challenge to force them to think about things they want, or to come up with ideas for them.

I’m someone who usually wants to give a really good gift...something that someone never thought about, or didn’t know existed, but is thrilled to find out.

I also am not afraid to utilize eBay to get what I want, and it has come through for me on more than one occasion. (I’ve ordered several items off of eBay this year.)

In answer to the bonus question, I’m usually definitely more of an online shopper. However, I was able to knock several people off my list with one fell swoop during a visit to one store a week or two ago.

Emergency gifts...it depends on the person you’re shopping for, and how much you want to spend. I’ve never wanted to take this easy out, but gift cards are always a thoughtless-but-sure gift.


11 posted on 12/14/2007 6:43:34 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: GOP_Raider
Journals...what, like, prayer journals, or spiritual progression journals, or "I bought a new toothbrush today" journals? I've heard very few recommendations for them. I don't associate journals with churches in any way. Mind you, 7th Day Adventists tend to do things a bit...differently...
12 posted on 12/14/2007 6:45:46 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: DeLaine

Sorry to hear that, DeLaine. Want to talk about it?


13 posted on 12/14/2007 6:46:32 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: snugs

I haven’t done much for Christmas yet. I bought my nieces some presents, but that’s about it. I haven’t written a single Christmas card yet. I bought 2 frozen ducks for Christmas dinner a few weeks ago.
I love the chocolate oranges! My sister-in-law also brings back Quality Street chocolates and Flake bars when she comes back from visiting her relatives in England:-)


14 posted on 12/14/2007 6:47:20 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: tet68

My vacation just began too, but it only came through completing my last final exam for the semester! *Contented sigh* So now I’m in one of those all-to-rare moods where almost everything is good.


15 posted on 12/14/2007 6:47:27 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
That's just it, I really wasn't sure what the grandparents were talking about specifically.

Mind you, 7th Day Adventists tend to do things a bit...differently...

And here I thought it was my grandparents who do things differently. lol!

16 posted on 12/14/2007 6:48:37 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I’ve found that TJMaxx and Marshall’s have nice international food gifts. Cookies, biscotti, Turkish delight, gourmet chocolates, coffees, etc. A LOT cheaper than shopping in a “gourmet” store!


17 posted on 12/14/2007 6:52:35 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: GOP_Raider

Nice to meetcha. Now you’ve met one more. :D


18 posted on 12/14/2007 7:10:49 PM PST by DeLaine (Santa...I can explain!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

differently? As in how differently? And your basis for this statement is....????
:)


19 posted on 12/14/2007 7:13:12 PM PST by DeLaine (Santa...I can explain!)
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To: DeLaine

Well cool! :)


20 posted on 12/14/2007 7:15:54 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: DeLaine

It was nice to meetcha also.


21 posted on 12/14/2007 7:16:12 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
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22 posted on 12/14/2007 7:23:33 PM PST by DeLaine (Santa...I can explain!)
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To: snugs

Evening folks... Singles thread newbie here. :-)

I’m actually almost done with my shopping. First time in ages that I’ll be done and still have shopping days left over that I didn’t use.

So far all of my shopping has been online. May well finish up that way.

Ho ho ho... :-)


23 posted on 12/14/2007 7:50:22 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: DeLaine

No fun, that.

I know where you’re at. :-)

Just keep hangin’ in there.


24 posted on 12/14/2007 7:57:21 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

thank you, I will


25 posted on 12/14/2007 8:04:50 PM PST by DeLaine (Santa...I can explain!)
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To: snugs

Sorry to have posted and run back after a very pleasant evening with a friend I was pretty well done in after I posted.

Had an hour nap and about 3 hours later woke up :o) - will catch up on pings tomorrow and post some last minute homemade gifts ideas.

Night all


26 posted on 12/14/2007 8:12:47 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: snugs

Well, I just showed my family how to use the ‘wishlist’ feature on amazon.com. I’m planning on keeping it updated from now on so nobody ever has to bug me about what I want again.

As far as the bonus questions go, if I see something that looks like it’ll be really great for a certain person, I’ll buy it for them regardless of time of year and save it for the next holiday/birthday/graduation when a present is expected.

No ideas about last minute gifts... I’d usually find some inexpensive jewelry for girls or a t-shirt or something from the clearance section of Hot Topic for guys.


27 posted on 12/14/2007 8:15:38 PM PST by Hyzenthlay (1 4m t3h 1337 h4x0r ch1x!!!!111!!1ONE)
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To: GOP_Raider

Alot of Missionary Baptist do it. :)


28 posted on 12/14/2007 8:22:13 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: snugs
I've bought my gifts all year and stashed them. Last minute gifts were ordered online.

I hate the Christmas crowds at the Malls and refuse to drive around for 2 hrs looking for a parking place. UGH...

Our office collected and donated 1440lbs of canned goods to the local pantry.

Last minute emergency gifts usually consist of ornaments and baskets of fresh fruit, chocolates and wine.

I HAVE to have a batch of homemade divinity. :)

29 posted on 12/14/2007 8:26:13 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: LaineyDee
I hate the Christmas crowds at the Malls and refuse to drive around for 2 hrs looking for a parking place. UGH...

What's somewhat scary is that the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) our big mall here opened at 1am. Out of sheer morbid curiosity, my brother and I went there and not only was the parking lot "plum full", but the aisles and stores were jam packed and a few fights broke out.

I haven't been back there since...

30 posted on 12/14/2007 8:30:00 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: Shadowstrike
Alot of Missionary Baptist do it. :)

Okay, I would surmise it's done for spiritual purposes then? I haven't really heard of this being too common until my grandparents mentioned it, so someone here usually has the answer. :)

31 posted on 12/14/2007 8:32:36 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: snugs
Not even close to beign prepared!

The tree is only half decorated. (We did have a few "technical difficulties" over the past few weeks.)

32 posted on 12/14/2007 8:36:49 PM PST by Kate of Spice Island (Merry Christmas!)
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To: GOP_Raider
but the aisles and stores were jam packed and a few fights broke out.

I rest my case! lol I've never been a "shopper" and don't understand how some can lurk for hours browsing the stores. Just not my thing.

33 posted on 12/14/2007 8:37:50 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: GOP_Raider
Okay, I would surmise it's done for spiritual purposes then? I haven't really heard of this being too common until my grandparents mentioned it, so someone here usually has the answer. :)

Yeah, but it's also a way to contemplate on the things happening in your life, a written reminder of how certain things shouldn't be stressed over. And, a way for kids or grandkids in the future to not just 'know about' said relative, but to 'connect' with that person.

34 posted on 12/14/2007 8:39:15 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: LaineyDee

Oh, the women in my family are very dedicated shoppers, credit card debt be damned. Thankfully they aren’t “going to the mall at 1am” kind of dedicated. :)


35 posted on 12/14/2007 8:49:34 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: GOP_Raider

Here’s an idea for a present from you. Buy an inexpensive candle (pillar?) and some spray craft adhesive and WHITE glitter. Put a piece of newspaper down and pour some glitter on it, in a long row, the length of the candle. On another piece, spray the candle with adhesive. Holding the wick and bottom, roll it in the glitter and touch the candle top and bottom in the glitter. Set aside to dry for a day. (it doesn’t take that long, but I always give it a day) Then tap it a little and trim the wick once it’s in the gift bag.
You can make many candles cheaply once you buy the adhesive and glitter. It makes a lovely snow candle and burns nicely.


36 posted on 12/14/2007 8:58:08 PM PST by DeLaine (Santa...I can explain!)
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To: Shadowstrike

I keep a private journal, online. But it has nothing to do with any religion and is just a private habit that I’ve recently picked back up to help me deal with some private issues.


37 posted on 12/14/2007 9:00:26 PM PST by DeLaine (Santa...I can explain!)
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To: GOP_Raider

I’m glad I never fell into the trap.....EXCEPT.....I can go a little wild at Home Depot. I like gadgets and projects. My last purchase was a new drill and circular saw. I bought a small chainsaw this fall....(one I can actually handle) and I love it. :)


38 posted on 12/14/2007 9:02:48 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: LaineyDee
I can go a little wild at Home Depot.

Mom loves Home Depot. Anything that combines shopping and remodeling and she'll go hog wild. :)

39 posted on 12/14/2007 9:08:15 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: DeLaine

That’s a great idea. A variation on this I just thought of would be to use home made (self-made) candles for a possible candlelight dinner.

Now I just need to find the most elusive ingredient: a female companion. :-/ At least it’s an idea...


40 posted on 12/14/2007 9:10:05 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: DeLaine

I used to keep a journal, not online though, it would be too public.


41 posted on 12/14/2007 9:13:21 PM PST by darkangel82 (And the band played on....)
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To: GOP_Raider
LOL! Well...I'm not into remodeling as such...but I like to make projects outside....and edge the gardens, make trellis apiaries.....stuff like that.

This past year I was in college full-time and the property was neglected. It responded by being overgrown, plants/shrubs dying, etc....so I'm having to start over with several things.

42 posted on 12/14/2007 9:18:32 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: LaineyDee

My mom and her current boyfriend are moving into their new house and getting married this summer (although not in that order, don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea or anything). Even though the house is essentially new (only about a year old), that’s never good enough for Mom, so she thought she’d do some painting and remodeling.

Home decorating shows play on a loop in her house it seems.


43 posted on 12/14/2007 10:00:24 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: DeLaine

No personal offense intended, I’m sure, DeLaine. I read up a bit on the beliefs of 7th Day Adventists after encountering one in a class, and found some of their views unscriptural. And I’m sure they as a whole would be the first to admit to doing things “differently”.


44 posted on 12/14/2007 10:52:13 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: GOP_Raider
Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.
And don't forget the homeschoolers...
45 posted on 12/14/2007 10:56:07 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: Kate of Spice Island
Oy, tell me about it! Our Christmas tree cord quit on us, and it was a nice green color and didn't really stand out. Now we have a big white one which just clashes with the tree skirt. :-P

This year, I was hanging up some colored icicle lights in a new place. I had a ladder, but it didn't quite reach where I was going (I was up against a fence) so I gingerly stepped on one of our closed-lid garbage dumpsters to complete the task. This one was empty. And had wheels. I'm not really sure how I escaped worse injury than I did...an abrasion on my hand, and a sore seat. (God knew what he was doing to pad that area!)

And of course, our old white icicle lights from last year only work in places, so they're only good to be lumped together on bushes, which looks TOTALLY trashy when viewed in the daytime, but makes a nice look at night when all you can see are the lights. But I think I plugged in too many into one outlet, and now the whole section of bushes won't work. (That's on tomorrow's agenda.)

And our giant inflatable snow man has no anchors to keep him pinned to the cold hard ground, and rather looks like a snowman with brachial palsy doing the limbo. And the light-up tree next to him is leaning, and the topmost section of lights seem not to work.

Ho ho ho, and a very merry Christmas to you too!
46 posted on 12/14/2007 11:08:09 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: GOP_Raider
Now I just need to find the most elusive ingredient: a female companion. :-/ At least it’s an idea...
"Got my tweed pressed, got my best vest, all I need now is the girl
Got my striped tie, got my hopes high
Got the time and the place and I got the rhythm,
Now all I need's the girl to go with 'em

If she'll just appear we'll take this big town for a whirl
And if she'll say "My, darling, I'm yours"
I'll throw away my striped tie and my best-pressed tweed
All I really need is the girl." - Frank Sinatra, "All I Need is the Girl"
47 posted on 12/14/2007 11:12:25 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
And don't forget the homeschoolers...

Indeed, although I'm still somewhat jealous of America's home schooled kids. ;)

48 posted on 12/14/2007 11:53:12 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: Clemenza; All

Well done a couple of stocking fillers for dad and small gifts for people at work and I am set.

Have decided it will be drink for at least 2 of them what do you give people that are either so exact in what they like or are fairly well off that if they want something they will buy it.

Looking for inspiration for the guy that was my boss but due to changes in the office now just works in the same office but having known him over 26 years I will of course still buy a gift. Properly something in the cooking line as he is one that does the cooking especially the Christmas meal.

He has about 20 coming round including his 2 grown sons and grandchildren and small neices so trying to think of some fairly inexpensive that will go down well difficult one - any ideas?


49 posted on 12/15/2007 3:50:04 AM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: GOP_Raider
Good for you getting more pay I have heard that in some instances depending how your contract is worded that people just get time in lieu and no extra pay for working Christmas. It is a scam that a lot of companies have adopted in Britain when shops etc moved from traditional opening hours to evening and Sunday opening. Employees did same hours so no extra pay even if working on days traditionally that before were considered exceptions and therefore extra pay.

They offered employees cash sums etc to sign new conditions of employment some did and bitterly regretted it afterwards especially those who had an agreement not to work on a Sunday due to religious convictions and used to before signing new agreement work it out with colleagues to ensure it did not happen so having signed they can be forced to work or be in breach of their contract of employment and not only work on Sunday but at flat rate.

Similar but not the same my nan said one her best adult Christmas was spent in hospital she really enjoyed how the staff that had to work got in the spirit, they had Father Christmas and stocking with toiletries in them as gifts. A Carol service and full Christmas dinner and she said is was obvious that those working though would probably have preferred to have been at home with family enjoyed themselves as well. What sort of work do you do that means you have to work on Christmas Day? Some sort of monitoring or something that for health and safety reasons cannot be shut down during the holidays? I think for this reason a lot of engineering companies in Britain close for about 10 days including weekends at Christmas so that everything can be shut down safely and no one apart from maybe senior management or directors need to pop in. Even this is becoming less needed nowadays with email assessable from home for the directors.

50 posted on 12/15/2007 3:59:54 AM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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