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12/7/12 4:35 A

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I agree too many people want and buy to much and as you say that the next year to pay it off.
It is ridiculous. Then every year they average out for every man, woman and child in Australia how much we spend which is usually in the thousands. Not me and I am proud of it. I usually spend a couple of hundred dollars and that is enough and this includes a bit of food.

I do love Christmas but not this side of it. I love catching up with family and friends and enjoying myself.



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12/7/12 3:00 A

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Susie, I would say those days have long and truly gone, or only a handful of families following traditions of, 'only handmade gifts'. I hear you about what children, or grandchildren want and expect. I have grandchildren to buy for. Where has the true meaning of Christmas gone. I am aware that there are many religions groups that emphasis it, but just how many of us think about it. Christmas's are just not like we remember them and with 'well it is the others sides turn this year' what can you say. This year is it DH and I and we will celebrate it our way.

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12/7/12 1:13 A

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Colin and I went shopping for Christmas gifts for our family today .. There is a great selection of specially boxed chocolates around and many at half price.. we decided that, instead of trying to buy personal gifts for each member of our grandson Terry's family, we would buy a big box of chocolates for them to share .
It is so hard and expensive buying for teenagers and a 8 year old boy.
I am going to get something else for GGS Joel as he is only 8 .
The other two girls are 16 and 18 and both working part time jobs .
Our GS Travis is single and has just bought a new home .. so we decided on some cushions for his new lounge suite .
For my daughter Helen, we bought another charm for her pandora bracelet .. and for Maureen we bought irish linen tea towels as she requested .

We also went up to Redcliffs a little town about 14 km away ( where Colin was born) to see our Sister -in-Law .. and took a box of chockies to her .She was delighted ..
We bought some nice table decorations to take to Helen to decorate her Christmas table as she is putting on Christmas this year ...
We posted cards and parcels to our daughters and their families in Perth WA .
so now we are just about finished ..
We had a lovely lunch out and came home, both headed for a nap because as you can imagine, we were exhausted .
I was happy with our choices and I am sure so will the families be .
There is so much Christmas paraphernalia out there and so much of it is totally useless ..
We looked at toys and most of them came from overseas ..
Some we considered quite dangerous, especially for little children ..
There were so many parents buying the technical stuff for kids, and it is so expensive ..
I think it will take them all of next year to pay their Cards off.
I wonder what happened to the Christmases of old, where we were content to have a stocking filled with fruit and maybe a comic ??



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12/4/12 3:47 A

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sounds like a good plan. I am like Susie, this ginger bread is interesting. I to am going to look it up.

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12/3/12 10:45 P

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Must check it out sounds interesting ! Thank you ..
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12/3/12 10:33 P

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I think it is an American term for bread made by rolling the dough into balls, put side by side in a tin and baked. I think the idea is that it can be pulled apart easily. Don't know why they call it that but when you google it a lot of recipes come up so it must be fairly popular.

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12/3/12 10:14 P

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Sounds so healthy and yummy... Penny ..You have really planned well .
PS what is monkey bread ??
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12/3/12 10:10 P

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Because there will be only the two of us on the day I'm keeping it simple. We don't usually eat meat but have a chicken in the freezer so will do that in the slow cooker and have lots of vegetables and salads to go with it. We'll have a big fresh fruit salad as well and cherries if any of the crop has survived the recent weather. I thought I'd allow myself one treat but haven't decided on it yet. Husband has his packet of shortbread fingers (Arnotts of course!) ready to go. I'm going to make ginger monkey bread to have before Christmas for people who drop in. I love ginger and the bread is less damaging than other more cakelike things.

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12/3/12 8:12 P

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Sound really yummy!!! Wendy
I love the healthiness of your plans.
I know you will resist the naughties as you have come to far now to go backwords.
You also know that a set back can be devastating to your health. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/3/12 8:03 P

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I have planned my menu out for Xmas eve as my son and his girlfriend is coming down to have dinner with me then.

I will have a cold one with turkey breast, chicken (g/f, does not like turkey) pickled pork, and 2 pces of ham for the visitors. Ham for me is pushing the sodium levels too high with the CKD. So no ham for me this year.
Salads, coleslaw (I am going to try the one from Sparks), salad platter with everything on it. Healthy for me. Not sure about dessert. I have thought about just buying cherries, apricots and so on. But I might be pushing the boundaries there. LOL. Maybe a fruit salad or a very small pudding, not sure.

Xmas day may be different as I am going over my nieces and celebrating with the rest of the family but I do know what I can eat and what I should not. I have already told her I am shifting the lollies, slices or whatever away from me. I will leave the cherries in front of me.

This could be the interesting one. It is going to make me or break me.

So I am going to cross my fingers and hope for the best.

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12/3/12 6:17 P

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Have you planned your menu for Christmas and if so, what have you planned?.
I have planned on a cold platter of various meats .. deviled eggs, salads, a potato bake, perhaps raw veggies. and my speciality.
Pavlova .

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12/2/12 3:48 A

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You Can do it !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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To prove to myself that I can do and to buy my first pair of jeans.

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11/30/12 6:23 A

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I so agree with you Penny. I do not want to lose my independence. I also do not want to go onto dyalisis.

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Well said Penny ..
I think we all have the fear of becoming infirm and depending on others .. and if the truth be know just losing a few kilos will help enormously .. it is the motivation that is lackingand if we can find a way of motivating others the battle is half won .. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Probably, if I'm honest, a combination of fear, meanness (thrift??) and vanity! I don't want to become so helpless that I lose my independence. Of course, not everything in life can be anticipated but I want to be able to tell myself that I did what I could to keep myself healthy and fit. And I don't throw out clothes that still have wear in them, so I want to be able to fit into the smaller sizes!
As for motivating others: just keep your eyes open! There are people everywhere whose lives would be so much easier with a bit of exercise and better food and drink choices. Doing this helps me to resist huge portions and some foods in restaurants and cafes. Loss of mobility is a huge drawback - and I know from friends' experiences that it's one of the main factors that lands people in care.

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Can you tell me what motivates you ?
Do you have any ideas that you think might help motivate others?.
This is your forum, come help me... help you...

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