Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the Festive Season

One of the rare occasions when there was notable snow in our road, January 2010.  Well, it seemed vaguely festive!
@Vivenda (588)
Portsmouth, England
November 28, 2015 6:37am CST
Apologies (to those who’ve noticed) for having been AWOL for a couple of days – Real Life (including cooking a meal for 10 people last night) took over. I hope all of you celebrating the Great Escape had a great Thanksgiving Day, with fabulous food and fellowship. Like all sensible people, I let my fingers do the walking on Black Friday. For the most part, I just spent my M & S gift voucher that my mother gave me for my birthday back in October. I also bought my husband’s present, and I’ll give you a clue – it wasn’t a onesie! They’re my pet hate right now – everyone’s bum looks big in them! We’ve also just begun buying presents for Son and Daughter. We had a good evening last night. We invited four recently-retired couples around to help us celebrate growing old disgracefully. I produced a Chilli con Carne and a Chilli con Quorn with baked potatoes and salad, and the other couples brought starters and desserts. Someone brought some of the bubbly stuff (Prosecco, not Shampoo) and we all decided that getting older wasn’t so bad after all! Anyway, next stop, Christmas. I haven’t even bought cards yet. Perhaps I’ll get round to it – perhaps I won’t bother this year. Who knows? (Well, I do – the guilt ethic will kick in, and I’ll get started!) If you celebrate it, how ready are you for Christmas?
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@MALUSE (37890)
• Germany
28 Nov 15
I'm glad that the sending of Christmas cards to everybody and their grandmother isn't a German custom. We only send some to family and close friends - if at all.
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
I only send to people I don't see often but who I wish to stay in touch with. I write a letter to them at the same time. I don't send to people I see all of the time
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• Greece
28 Nov 15
I don't send cards at all, although I do send emails wishing my nearest a Happy Christmas. Cards are pretty and I suppose there is an image factor since lots of cards represent lots of friends.
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@Marcyaz (35756)
• United States
28 Nov 15
The same here as the postage has gone up so much in price.
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@Rollo1 (16651)
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Nov 15
I am nowhere near being ready and won't be for a very long time. I will try to start getting ready. I can't send Christmas cards. I have been on the internet so long, I don't know anyone's physical address.
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@Marcyaz (35756)
• United States
28 Nov 15
I only have a few cards that I send out and the rest are on line cards.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Nov 15
At some stage I guess I shall have to get around to BUYING some Christmas cards!
@paigea (21755)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
I am now pondering how to get busy and grow old disgracefully. Love that
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@Marcyaz (35756)
• United States
28 Nov 15
Yes, grow old disgracefully, love that too.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Nov 15
@Marcyaz and @paigea - growing old disgracefully is certainly fun!
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
How ready am I? I have bought gifts for about 5 of 13 grand/ great grand kids. We bought the tree, it is sitting outside.
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@Marcyaz (35756)
• United States
28 Nov 15
well then sounds like you have a lot more gift buying to do and to bring the tree inside the house.
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
@Marcyaz - a lot more to do for sure.
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@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
I'm not at all ready and I've just worked out I only have one weekend between now and Christmas to do everything.
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@Marcyaz (35756)
• United States
28 Nov 15
Not a lot of time then is it?
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Nov 15
I'm beginning to get slightly rattled about time, but I'm sure I shall work it out!
@marlina (71284)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
I only send cards to my family now and only a few selected friends. I think it will also be the last year. I guess the bubbly helped you forget about the "not so nice things" about getting old.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Nov 15
The bubbly certainly tended to bring out some of the more disgraceful aspects in some of us!!
@Marcyaz (35756)
• United States
28 Nov 15
I'm just getting started on Christmas now and only send out a few cards by the PO and the rest will done online.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Nov 15
Severe note to self - get started tomorrow!
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@Marcyaz (35756)
• United States
29 Nov 15
@Vivenda Yes exactly get started with the rest of the Christmas presents.
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@sharon6345 (118360)
• United States
29 Nov 15
My tree is up and I have gifts around it now. More than what you see in the picture. I am still picking up stuff to that is good..
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@DeborahDiane (19953)
• Laguna Woods, California
28 Nov 15
I love the idea of growing old "disrespectfully." I am going to use this phrase from now on!
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Nov 15
Oh, I've been growing old disgracefully for years now!
@Ponder243 (198)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I have only purchased a few Christmas gifts so far, and I haven't even thought yet about decorating! I haven't started on cards yet either, but I did buy them and start making a list of recipients.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Nov 15
Oh well, I guess we shall all be as ready as we want to be eventually - or not...
• United States
29 Nov 15
@Vivenda I'll be the first to admit that I'm a procrastinator. I've been known to Christmas shop on Christmas Eve! :)
@Freelanzer (8287)
• Canada
29 Nov 15
It is too bad that people don't seem to send cards anymore at Christmas. I too am guilty of that.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Nov 15
The cost of cards and postage is going up so much that it's not altogether surprising. In my case, however, lack of organisation is certainly a factor!
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@jstory07 (65338)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Nov 15
I am not even going to worry about Christmas until I get two birthdays out of the way. My grandson will be 18 in december and my second oldest son has a birthday in december. He is the one who lives in great Britian and has three children.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Nov 15
Many Happy Returns to both of them! You've just reminded me - I have a birthday card to send off. Thank you!