142 days until Christmas!

@ruby222 (4848)
August 5, 2008 6:48am CST
On the television they were talking how it was only one hundred and forty two days until christmas,and lol I have to admit to thinking..cant they just be quiet and go away!!..but no they wouldnt!Many family budgets are stretched to the limit already without having another thing to cope with..have you any plans or strategies for this coming christmas??
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@misshoney (973)
• Philippines
6 Aug 08
hello ruby :-) wow is it really only 142 days to go? how time flies..it seems like 2008 has just started yesterday and now it will soon end. gosh christmas season will be here again before we knew it. where are you from ruby? Because here in the Philippines, we celebrate Christmas the longest. By September 1, the start of the ber months, you will hear Christmas songs everywhere. I am looking forward to the noche Buena (Christmas feast) and midnight mass, Christmas bonus and gifts, and the cold weather. Christmas is an expensive season but it is indeed a happy one with lots of parties and gift giving. I hope Christmas of 2008 will be a happy one for all of us.
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@ruby222 (4848)
6 Aug 08
I am hoing so too !
@savypat (20246)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Well it's true Christmas will be here before we know it, but when things are tight as they seem to be this year I like the extra time to shop for bargins or find things I can make for people. It looks like this year it will be food. receipe in a bottle etc.
• Philippines
5 Aug 08
It's nice to know that Christmas is approaching. There are lots of activities during the season. There are parties, night masses, exchanging gifts, recollections and many others. I'm excited to decorate our christmas tree and belen again. Can't wait for the event.
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@ruby222 (4848)
5 Aug 08
Good to hear someone who is looking forward to it all!
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• Philippines
15 Aug 08
HI There Ruby, Thanks for the comment. I am really looking forward to it especially that i am pregnant. How wonderful is it to spend a special occasion like this knowing that you have a bundle of joy coming. Have a great day! Happy Myloting!
• Philippines
6 Aug 08
Yeah, if my wife fails to bring a positive result from her pregnancy test tomorrow, then would we have a chance of visiting Hongkong Disneyland with our son. But if what we are waiting comes tomorrow visibly true, then we'll save our finances for our second child. I just hope that its Christmas already. How I love the spirit of the atmoshpere during Christmas season.
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@ruby222 (4848)
6 Aug 08
So good to hear of a christmas lover!
13 Sep 08
A pretty pld discussion here and lol it must be even nearer christmas by now,and im no way near ready in any shape or form.I love christmas,its the kids faces,well grandkids in my books,but its great to see them smiling on xmas day.We like to get them stockings and fill them up with lots of littlee things,we reckon they seem to love all the little treats ,there are always choccies and comics,pencils,pens and little games in the stockings,For their main present we like to give them a bit of money,then they can choose there own main pressie,its better,they go off tio the sales and they can get things reduced,toys that were full price suddenly go down to under half price,and they look forward to the day out shopping with Mum and Dad.they generally have a Mc Donalds or a Kentucky fried chicken meal,that makes it a full day out for them,then they may round off the day by going to the cinema,to see a latest release.
@ruby222 (4848)
21 Sep 08
Good thinking on the parents parts there Chubby,the gifts can be bought in the after christmas sales and they get better value for money by doing it that way.Yes this is a fairly old Mylot discussion,but it has ben resurrected as christmas draws nearer.We have a local Pondland and the stock a lot of stocking fillers,at a tiny price,its possible to fill a stocking for a small child for around ten pounds,given that stocking fillers are exactly that,theres not a lot of point in purchasing anything a lot more expensive to fill them.
@johnson3 (152)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Not at the moment I don't have one thing planned or a dime saved. We grew up with no Christmas at all so its not a big deal to me. I do celebrate it for my children, but I teach them how to be grateful and thankful for whatever they get. I think its important too because when they get older they expect so much and we just can not guarantee that we can get exactly everything they want every time. I just don't want them getting the wrong perspective of Christmas--it's about giving not receiving. johnson3
@ruby222 (4848)
6 Aug 08
No receiving is the tiniest part of it all.
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
6 Aug 08
[i]Wow, I did not notice it. So its fast approaching. Its been a while that we celebrated Christmas and now its coming again.I wish I have enough money during Christmas. Lots of foods in the table and happy and complete family during that day. I hope and always hoping that during Christmas all of us well be happy including those street kids,those beggars and less fortunate people outhere.I wish that they have also food to eat. Merry Christmas in advance every one. [/i]
@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
Thanks for the comments
@jinxky (2251)
• Philippines
6 Aug 08
too early to have a countdown lol anywayz, here in the philippines, we're celebrating christmas as early a september. that's why philippines is the country who celebrated christmas so early.. christmas songs on the radio, christmas trees, lanterns on the street etc.. since you posted this discussion, i will greet you as earlier as now, advance merry christmas to you
@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
LOL well thankyou.
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
6 Aug 08
Oh, this is an early Christmas countdown. lol But it is true, feww more days to go and it is already the birthday of Jesus. I am excited just like many of the kids out there. I am excited because it is a time to celebrate our Lord's birthday.
@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
Thats lovely..thankyou
@casper27 (134)
• Philippines
6 Aug 08
I haven't noticed that christmas is about to come. Thanks to this post now, I need to have some tight budgetting to save for this holidays. Holidays specially christmas is really expensive.
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@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
Yes,keep hold of those pennies!
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
6 Aug 08
well since you reminded me of Christmas, i picture my next Christmas now. I wont be home because i'm going to work away from home by that time. Most likely or shall i state it as for sure as well as New Year. huhuhu.. sad indeed. most likely i'll be home by February.. hopefully..
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@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
Thankyou for your comments
@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
6 Aug 08
well, Christmas is not a big deal here. It is just like an ordinary thing for some people. But in other countries it is a very special time of the year where all relatives from all over will come and visit then they will have fun.
@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
Thankyou for the comments
@Rosekitty (19438)
• San Marcos, Texas
6 Aug 08
Hi Ruby! My Family knows they are getting money and then they can decide to do what they want..I have way to many to shop for so i give them money early and they usually use it to buy for the other members of our family..so in a way i'm helping them buy too! I usually try to buy gifts early or set money aside for each one but this year will be a bit tight with high costs...
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@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
Thats a good way to do it rose
@o2bnocn (2895)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I have been thinking about this lately. I think it is because I know I have to start saving soon. I don't make a lot of money so I need to start saving. I already know my family is going to struggle this Christmas. We are behind on a lot of bills. I know that there are a lot of people that don't even have jobs right now. I have always loved the winter and Christmas but I think this one will be a little stressful.
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@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
I will keep my fingres crossed for you,
• Philippines
5 Aug 08
Good day... It's beginning to look like Christmas hehehe . I think as long as it going to be a part of culture and of our beliefs it will always be like that, the count down and the early Christmas song. I'll try to avoid stress by not thinking what to buy or how much money to spend this early but rather I'll try looking forward to have the time to spend with my love ones cheers
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@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
Its not wise to get too stressed,it just spoils it all.
@Elixiress (3893)
5 Aug 08
I saw that this morning on TV too, I do not think about Christmas until two months before hand, which is about 60 days. I still have another 80 days roughly before I have to sleep about it. I do not have any plans yet as money I have at the moment will go towards paying for my travel pass for the next academic year. I will start saving after my birthday on 19th September.
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@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
A very well planned strategy there.
@hezoid (2148)
5 Aug 08
I have no plans for christmas yet, and in fact i am getting married on November 8th so i will probably leave christmas till the last minute as i will be too busy planning the wedding!
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@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
Well thats a christmas to look forward to !
• India
5 Aug 08
I am a Hindu. Still I enjoy Christmas, b'coz i have my friend Joseph. I enjoy christmas at his home. If we dont have money,then should enjoy with what we have. We can also enjoy by seeing the happiness of others. What do u say?
@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
If we can enjoy what we have then thats wonderful
@Jenaisle (3803)
• Philippines
5 Aug 08
Christmas is a joyful season and it should not be commercialized. My plans for Christmas is to gift each of my friends and family members a poem, I will personally write for them. This will show how much I do care for them and this is also an inexpensive but meaningful way to let them know I care.
@ruby222 (4848)
7 Aug 08
That sounds really lovlely.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
5 Aug 08
very great question! i have always started shopping pretty much just after christmas is over. i already have about one quarter shopping done already for this year. if i see something that would be good for someone on my list, i get it. why not? it saves headaches at christmas time too. i also start wrapping around october!
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@ruby222 (4848)
5 Aug 08
A very good idea indeed!
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@Stiletto (4584)
5 Aug 08
I don't spend nearly as much on christmas as I used to, simply because I just had enough of the commercialisation of it all. I'm not encouraging it anymore lol. I only have my daughter and grandaughter to buy for so I don't spend a fortune on presents (although I admit I do spoil my grandaughter a bit!), and as for food my daughter and I split the cost of that anyway and we make a conscious effort not to buy too much because it's just wasted. Oh and I absolutely refuse to do anything for christmas until mid-December at the earliest. I don't even start thinking about it until then. I'm usually a christmas eve shopper. But I generally think people spend too much and worry too much about it all. It's supposed to be a holiday and most of all it's supposed to be fun!
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@ruby222 (4848)
5 Aug 08
It is supposed to be fun,but for many its a complete nightmare.
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