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Evie

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas Eve tomorrow (in case you hadn't realised!!!), so I just thought I'd start a thread to wish everyone on the board (and all the lurkers!) a very happy Christmas - and a very *safe* one, to those who are travelling. Please drive carefully!  And if you are using public transport, may all your trains be running and all your buses use only major roads...

So - a very happy and peaceful Christmas to one and all - hope you find a bit of time to do some lovely reading amid all the hecticness!

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Apple

Thanks Evie!

...and I second that!!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New year from me too!

I'm feeling very deprived though,Crying or Very sad  the whole country except us is looking extremely christmassy with all the heavy snow, but we seemed to miss it all! All we have had was a very light dusting which barely covered the ground on Saturday night, which is still lying in places due to the extremely harsh frosts and and freezing fog we have been getting
Evie

We haven't had much here either, but I am very glad - however lovely it looks, it just causes havoc!  We have lots of ice, which I *hate*, it makes all the necessary food shopping even harder (I don't drive).  Just call me Ebenezer!

Have a great Christmas, Apple, even if you don't get any snow (you may still get some!).
MikeAlx

Merry Christmas everyone!

We had snow for a couple of days, then absolutely lethal ice, especially on our pavement. I had to park the car round the corner for several days to guarantee being able to get out to work. Getting George to and from the car (amidst refusals to go in the pushchair) has been a challenge!
county_lady

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Mike try giving George a choice 'Do you want to hold Daddy's paper in the buggy or the parcel?' (I always had a couple of unimportant items ready) it made my awkward sons feel important and got over the I want to walk moment.
mike js

Merry christmas to everyone, all you readers and posters and thinkers.
Caro

Merry Christmas to you all - already Christmas Eve here.  (But I have a full working day.)  

Giving a choice works with older people as well as toddlers.  When I had a young Japanese boy staying once, I couldn't easily find out what he wanted to do; he liked to be obliging, so if I asked if he wanted to come to town with me he would always say "yes".  After I while I learnt to couch these questions in a choice and would ask if he wanted to come with me or to stay at home.  

Cheers, Caro.  

I don't envy you the ice - horrid stuff to walk on or drive on.  At least in Britain people salt it quickly; here salt is not approved and we just have to drive carefully and hope.  They do grit the roads but it's not as effective.
Sandraseahorse

Merry Christmas. santa
Ann

and a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS from me too.
We've just had our first snow here and, having seen all the horror stories on the road, it has made me rather frightened.
I hope you all find some lovely books in your stockings jocolor
Thursday Next

Merry Christmas everyone! Lots of excitement in our house. Friday is 3 now and very interested in Father Christmas. Saturday is one and just likes all the lights.
Evie

How can Friday be 3...?!?
Castorboy

No change from last year’s routine - it’s early evening on Christmas Eve – the turkey and pork are defrosting, the mince pies are made, there’s the spuds to peel and stuffing and forcemeat to make. All in preparation for 8 adults & 5 grandchildren to sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner in a forecast cool temperature.
But there is still time to send a big thank you to the administrators and contributors for making this such a very addictive Board and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Bon Voyage to Klara who is coming to The Shaky Isles in January.
Evie

Sounds lovely, Castorboy - have a wonderful time with your family.

I was meant to be doing lunch for 8 today and tomorrow, but my brother and his family will be unable to travel today (I was worried about them in the snow and ice anyway), so it is just 4 tomorrow, which is a huge difference!  Though I was only going to do baked potatoes and sausages today.  I am annoyed because the pavements in the main street have frozen over again - they were almost clear yesterday, as it rained - so last minute shopping (bread, and other fresh essentials) will be hazardous.

Despite Caro's faith in British councils, they have been *very* slow about gritting the pavements here, in fact most are not gritted at all (I put salt down outside my house, but there is a large pedestrian area nearby, with lots of shops, that hasn't been gritted, and it's on a slight slope - I hate it!  The main shopping street has not been gritted at all, nor has the municipal car park behind my house, which is now lethal.)

Still, even if I don't manage to get bread we will survive - it's not as though there is no food in the house!!
Caro

Christmas here is at my son and his partner's.  Ham, and turkey roll, which some of us are a little uncertain about, new potatoes, salads, tiramasu.  They didn't want my Christmas cake or my other son's Christmas pud.  And parcels are to be before the meal (my son has to be out at 2.30 milking cows on the farm he manages).  There will be just seven of us; some of the larger families here are expecting over 20 people.  

Cheers, Caro.
iwishiwas

MERRY CHRISTMAS to one and all. Hoping Santa got to Borders before it closed!
We have loads of snow up here in the NE, big fluffy flakes for about 3 hours this morning. Just been out for a walk with dog and daughter and it's very slippery now.
Looking forward to turkey and trimmings tomorrow and a relaxing day at home.
Marita

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone. We’ve had snow last week. The roads are clear now but the fields are still covered in snow, a real winter wonderland.

Marita
miranda

We've got the same snow we've had for the last week .....


Merry Christmas Everyone!
Apple

Shurrup you theres no need to rub it in!! I want some snow!!!  Smile  its dank cold and foggy here, and the snow which we got last Saturday has now practically all gone. Deprived of a white christmas its not right you know Wink

Anyway have a good one Miranda!!
miranda

Laughing

We had heavy rain last night so the snow is all gone.   And it's much warmer today.  Although... just looked out of the window and there is some black, black cloud approaching....


How was your Christmas?
Apple

Hi Miranda! our christmas was quiet and thats just how I like it!! We didn't get any snow to speak of  Crying or Very sad  but loads of frost and freezing fog. There is some snow forecasted for later this week though so hopefully we won't be deprived this time, I love the snow!!

It all just flies past so quickly, (Christmas that is) after having it rammed down your throat from September onwards at work and the shopping frenzy of that last week leading up to Christmas then now thats it all over!

I was back at work today which certainly makes you realise christmas is over, when you go into the warehouse and there are easter eggs sitting on the shelf! so I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy easter!!  (detect the hint of sarcasm there anyone!!)
miranda

Oh don't!  Bloody hell!
 Evil or Very Mad
county_lady

Rolling Eyes  Laughing Well we've been given enough chocolate to last until Easter!

We had a enjoyably quiet holiday, my brother stayed over on Christmas day but went home Saturday evening as he was back at work yesterday too.
MikeAlx

county_lady wrote:
Rolling Eyes  Laughing Well we've been given enough chocolate to last until Easter!

So was I, but most of it has gone already!!  Very Happy
Sandraseahorse

As I'm going to be pretty busy tomorrow:-

rendeer MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE jocolor
Marita

I might not have time till Boxing Day, so:


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Marita
Hector

I'm also going to be offline for a few days so Merry Christmas to all of you from me. Hope you get plenty of literary treats!

Wishing you all the very best for 2011.

Regards

Hector
Chibiabos83

And in case I'm not around very much, have a very

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

from me.
Gul Darr

Yes, have a good Christmas eveyone. A safe journey to anyone travelling and some peace and joy to all.
Evie

From me too to all of you - hope you all have a

happy and peaceful Christmas!

I love sharing bookish thoughts with all of you - thanks for everyone's contributions, I read and enjoy them all, even when I disagree!  Long may it continue - here's to lots more reading in 2011.   Cool
Apple

To Everyone on BR Board ~ Have a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2011 from me as well
Caro

Same from me.  Our Christmas is now three-quarters over, but there was just the two of us this year (sons up north with in-laws).  We went for a picnic in an old gold-mining area - ate ham, Brie, rolls, tomatoes, lettuce and radishes.  Tonight big turkey, lots of stuffing, new potatoes, kumera, broad beans, and then a little meringue with strawberry and rhubarb compote (was about to say sauce, but nothing so ordinary).  

And main prezzie was the old home movies put onto DVD of our kids and activities from the 1980s, looking forward to seeing them.

Bestest wishes, Caro.
Mikeharvey

Hello Caro,
Your picnic sounds delicious and inviting. What's Kumera?  

It actually is a White Christmas here. But I wish it wasn't.

Best wishes.  Michael
Ann

Happy Christmas to everyone here. I wish you all a book filled stocking. A picnic sounds heaven in this cold, Caro. It is just two of us here, too, as both daughters can't make it although Skype is a wonderful thing. I'm doing pheasant for a change. We have a huge family get together (weather permitting) on Tuesday.
Caro

Skyped our son last night and they are having a white Chrismas too, courtesy of the snow falling a couple of weeks ago and never since getting over freezing point.  We, used to cool houses in NZ where you wear much the same clothes inside as out, were amused to see our son wearing a tee-shirt.  

Kumera (perhaps kumara really) is a large sweet potato brought to Aotearoa (NZ) by Maori when they arrived here.  Very nice indeed.  Usually roasted, but good in a dish layered with oranges and brown sugar too.  Traditionally and still relatively frequently Maori would put them in a hangi (cooked underground with a certain type of heaeted stone that doesn't explode)

Best wishes, Caro.
Castorboy

A belated MERRY CHRISTMAS from me. When my Windows system developed faults, a kindly son-in-law installed Ubuntu on my computer.
It is an open source operating system built around Linux. The Ubuntu idea is that software should be available free of charge. I find it has altered the look of the BR pages with a noticable lack of adverts both at the top and bottom of the page. I wonder how long that will last!
county_lady

Castorboy wrote:
A belated MERRY CHRISTMAS from me.


and me. I hope everyone received their wished for books or tokens.
Mine from hubby were Why does E = mc2 and why should we care? and a book of local memories.
Jen M

county_lady wrote:
Castorboy wrote:
A belated MERRY CHRISTMAS from me.


and me. I hope everyone received their wished for books or tokens.


and me.  I had hoped to get on here on Christmas Eve to post Christmas greetings but fell asleep in my chair instead!

And yes, I did get some of the books on my wish list.
Billy the Fish

Best wishes of the season to everyone.....Now what about those New Years Resolutions?!

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