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ElleBelleElleBelle Posts: 410 Community Manager
Merry Christmas everyone! How was your day? What pressies did you get? Did you fall into a food coma?


  • KitKit Posts: 403 Rock Star
    Merry Christmas!!!! No food coma but a pretty ace day of reflection and family. Definitely felt the love <3 I think it helped there wasn't a lot of travel this year – we normally drive a 4hr round trip to fit in all the families!
  • Awesone489Awesone489 Posts: 23 Rookie
    Thanks @ElleBelle , I had a great Christmas catching up with the extended family. My presents were clothes this time. I avoided the food coma this year :smiley:
  • MsBlueStreakMsBlueStreak Posts: 475 Rock Star
    edited December 2016
    @ElleBelle  - I hope you had a great Christmas (you didn't tell us about yours).

    So I've just completed family Christmas with my parents about an hour ago (who chose to be off cruising for the past 3 weeks, and so weren't here for the 25th). They seemed pleased with their pile of loot, and as I purchased my gift on their behalf I liked that too.

    I've pretty much been in a food coma for about 2 weeks, and I think my diabetes would like it if I'd take a break from all the goodies (I think it's back to salad sandwiches and lots of water for a while as soon as New Year's is done).
  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    I ended up with a sugar hangover and ate way too much! Good thing that it only lasted for 2 days!! :wink:
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    Merry (belated) Christmas! I got soooo many books, and a few nice other bits and pieces.

    And it was wonderful to see family. :)
  • CuriosityCuriosity Posts: 197 Mod Squad
    I had a really good time with the family over the Christmas break, and was prepared gift-wise in advance for the first time ever. 
  • KitKit Posts: 403 Rock Star
    Hooray for being prepared @Curiosity! And how good is it having all the books @Aunt_Flo? Summer is like an annual catch up for me like that.

    What were your fancy clothes @Awesone489? My family always had a fun but embarrassing tradition that if you get pyjamas or underwear you model them over the clothes you're wearing lol. Thankfully there's never been any photographic evidence!

    @MsBlueStreak Lol to purchasing your gift on your parents' behalf – it's the sure-fire way to get it right! ;)
  • CuriosityCuriosity Posts: 197 Mod Squad
    @Kit  that sounds like a hysterical tradition! A few years ago I decided to get my parents matching elf pajamas, as retaliation for the year before dad bought mum, my sister and myself matching pajamas. They were not so impressed modelling their elf wear, but was worth every cent to the look on their faces 
  • MsBlueStreakMsBlueStreak Posts: 475 Rock Star
    @Kit my mum gave up trying to purchase my brother and I our 'big' Christmas gift long ago, right around the time she stopped trying to watch our TV shows/movies and listen to our music. She still buys the cute little things one would never expect (this year crystal ornaments for my tree), and the annual underwear and PJs collection (that we do not have to model in front of the family).

    Normally she just gift wraps cash, but always invites us to point out if there is anything we really want - a few years back it resulted in some very awesome Foo Fighters tickets for me, and last year my brother got a new TV to replace his dodgy electrocution risk of an old one he'd been self-repairing for at least a year. (My parents are actually pretty generous for Christmas and our birthdays).

    @Curiosity I'd have paid to see those elf jammies on my parents, it would have been hilarious (and my dad at least would have loved them). Tips on where to buy?
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    Merry belated Christmas everyone and happy new year! I had a more quiet Christmas and new years this year. I spent Christmas eve with my mum, dad and extended family swapping Xmas presents and having a ham and seafood dinner. I was spoilt by my boyfriend and parents this year, getting some lovely jewellery, clothes, workout stuff and perfume. I also did some giving of my own and got my parents a trip to Melbourne as my mum hasn't been well. Was great to put a smile on their faces. Sounds like you all had a great Christmas too :)
  • CuriosityCuriosity Posts: 197 Mod Squad
    edited January 2017
    @MsBlueStreak I bought the elf jammies from target when I was in America, they are really big on Christmas jammies over there, no shortage on novelty ones :smile:
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    @Kit having so many books is wonderful! Really good for the train ride to and from work. I'm reading Vineland by Thomas Pynchon right now. :)
  • CookieMonsterCookieMonster Posts: 104 Mod Squad
    Christmas is 14 weeks away ppl.... Anyone else feel like it's still March????
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    @CookieMonster YEAH!! What happened to the rest of 2017??

    I think I'm more excited for Halloween atm tho :lol:
  • ElleBelleElleBelle Posts: 410 Community Manager
    What? How did it sneak up so quickly? Where has my year gone? Noooooo!

    Last year I was so prepared and had all my present shopping done quite early and then two weeks before Christmas my family decides we're gonna do a Secret Santa instead.
  • CookieMonsterCookieMonster Posts: 104 Mod Squad
    I know right I swear to god it was just January ???? 

    hahaha @ElleBelle that is the worst... did you keep them for this years presents?? 

    @tea I am not a big halloween person tbh I LOVE Christmas all that food nom nom nom nom excuse to sit on my arse all day and drink and eat who doesn't love that!!!
  • ElleBelleElleBelle Posts: 410 Community Manager
    I gave it to them anyway @CookieMonster, but then I only got one present in return  :'(
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    I'm soooo not ready for it to be Christmas!! Seriously where has this year gone?!
  • champagnepapichampagnepapi Posts: 66 Mod Squad
    I'm the designated family Christmas lunch chef every year and usually my creations are well received but this year I'd like to up the ante a bit. Anyone have any outrageous gourmet recipes??
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    @ElleBelle oooo i totally forgot about doing secret santa!!

    I actually love the idea of doing that within the family, I usually only do secret santa with friends but it would take so much stress off of everyone if my fam did it.

    What does everyone do for Christmas? I live in another state from my family so I don't always get to go down to celebrate with them, but this year I am (yay!!) We usually do bbq's on the beach! :smile:
  • MsBlueStreakMsBlueStreak Posts: 475 Rock Star
    @ElleBelle I definitely would have kept the presents for laters instead of handing them over.
  • ElleBelleElleBelle Posts: 410 Community Manager
    It does make sense @tea. We each used to spend $20-30 on each person's present, but bumped the secret santa max limit to $100 so it saved money but meant we could actually buy something decent for that one person. I am an online shopping wizard and managed to get my brother 3 plain tees, 2 short-sleeved shirts, 1 formal long-sleeved shirt and a nice black windbreaker for about $105. He was stoked!

    I usually do Christmas Day with mum's side of the fam, then either Christmas Eve or Boxing Day with my dad. A couple of years ago I was in Canada for Christmas and all the stereotypical Christmas stuff finally makes sense when you're somewhere cold for Christmas! I always felt bad for my uncle who had to dress in a big heavy santa suit in 40 degree heat every Christmas :D
  • teatea Posts: 267 Mod Squad
    @ElleBelle Omg you're sooo lucky! I really want to go somewhere cold during the Christmas season (lots of snow pls)!
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