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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8849102

Is it me, or has the past year flown by? I can’t believe it’s already time for our Christmas exchange! Thank you so much, LK, for volunteering to Co-Hostess

Among the suggestions of gifts below are several clever ideas many of you submitted. When you sign up, pick TWO categories by the numbers you’d like to RECEIVE and also let us know if you’re allergic to any foods or scents. Also mention the type of decorations you like or don’t like. Your Secret Santa may choose to send more than the two categories you pick.

1. Receive a Stuffed Stocking, either bought or homemade.

2. Receive an Ornament, a decorative Santa, Snowman, or Snow Woman. It’ll be up to your Buddy to choose which one.

3. Receive a minimum of six bows along with a plain wreath, homemade or bought. You as the recipient will be able to change the bows during the coming months and decorate the wreath to your liking.

4. Receive a new decorated Red or Green Garden Trowel or another new decorated gardening tool you can display inside or out. Again, it’ll be your Buddy’s choice.

5. Receive a small artificial tree decorated with traditional or non-traditional items. Non-traditional items could include shells, mirrored tiles, pine cones, feathers, sprays of flowers and leaves, or a combination of these or other items you have in your craft stash or imagination. It’s totally up to your Secret Santa how your tree will be decorated.

6. Receive food or non-food items. A few food items could be cookies, cakes, brownies, chocolates, pickles, and jams. Non-food items could include soaps, potpourri, fuzzy socks, or dish towels. Just for suggestions. Your Buddy will surprise you with their choice(s).

7. Receive a Glass Jar Candle with the scent of your Buddy’s choice.

8. Receive a regional cookbook OR several recipe note cards OR a magazine, new or used, that features Holiday recipes. Again this option will be left up to your Buddy.

9. Receive a mystery gift that begins with First Initial of YOUR User ID.

10. Receive a Large or Small garden flag OR Wind Chimes…your Buddy’s choice.

As always, our goal is to have fun as we celebrate another Christmas together and enjoy each other’s company! Put your thinking caps on, use your imagination, and brighten someone’s day with a box of gifts whether they’re on the suggested lists or not.

Fine print…..

If you have not participated in a swap I’ve moderated, prior to posting, please D-mail me your name, address, phone number and email address for my log.

All participants need to ensure your subscription is paid through January 31, 2012.

The value of the gifts you send should be around $20, excluding Priority Mail with a Delivery Confirmation Number. Keep your receipt handy or D-mail me the number you use. NEVER post tracking numbers directly on our threads.

Sign-Up ENDS Saturday, November 12th, and you’ll receive your Buddy’s name shortly afterwards from either LK or me in a D-mail. Reveal your Secret Santa when you receive your package. All packages need to be Priority Mailed with a Delivery Confirmation number no later than Saturday, December 3rd.




FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2011
4:02 PM

Post #8849103

Reserved for participants.

AmandaEsq / Amanda -- > I like all the choices but prefer #1 and #9.
I love smiley snowmen for Christmas. How can I list all my favorites and likes?! Chocolate, coffee, peppermint, golden oreos. Pink, purple, green and orange are my favorite colors but not really Christmas-y. Old fashioned traditional stuff reminds me of my Nana. Don't really care for perfume-y things, but vanilla/orange is a yummy combination. Love critters, flowers and candles.
No allergies. Have plenty of garden tools and supplies, but could use a truckload or two of mulch. And some anti-wrinkle cream. :D

Bettypauze / Betty -- > absolutely no preference. Cannot receive plants or food across the border.

Carolyn22 / Carolyn -- > Would like a stocking stuffed with homemade items or things such as gardening tape and seeds. The other ideas all look good too.

ClanCampbell / Chris -- > Will be back with choices.

Crit / Patti -- > #6 is first pick. Second picks would be:
#2 I like snowmen/women
#5 Up to my buddy
#8 I love cookbooks and other people's recipe's that they like
#9 I'm a C. If you opt for cactus, I like unusual hens/chicks, odd cactus like living rock, etc. I'm not especially "asking" for cactus, just wanted to throw that in, in case. It is ALL up to my buddy
#10 Would like to start getting yard flags, but don't have any of the holders that they go on. I also love windchimes.
No allergies. Love food, chocolate, jams and clay thingy's. (hint hint. And that's a C! ) Don't care for cinnamon type scents. Use scentsy warmers more than candles. Like scents like Thunderstorm, Enchanted Mist and Rainforest...or for Christmas Poinsettia Pine.

Cville_Gardener / Carole -- > #4 and #10
I don't care for santas, elves, reindeer, angels, stockings, holiday ornaments and so forth. We don't put up a big tree.
Not allergic to anything but not wild about a lot of overpowering scents. Cinnamon, vanilla and citrus are my faves.
Do like small decorated trees (the funkier, the better), yard art, gardening items of all kinds, mobiles, stained glass, dark chocolate, soup fixins, pastas, and coffees/teas (especially organic).

deejay9 / Susie -- > I Would love any of these #2, #3, #6, or #9 but truly anything for my new home. Love rainbow colors.

froggies_girl / Julie -- > My preferences are #6, 9, 1, 4, or 5 (I'm collecting New Orleans Saints items and their team emblem, the fleur de lis). Hyacinth, paperwhites, or other bulbs are fine. Buddy, I'm putting specifics but I'll love whatever you send. And I'd love a book that the children and I can record favorite Christmas traditions. Can be handmade or bought.

FruitOfTheVine / Susan -- > I'm picking #9 and #10 but would be just as happy with Surprises. Also love dark chocolate, jarred candles, and homemade jams or jellies. Don't send me a Fruitcake...lol, and I can't stand Chocolate Covered Cherries.

happgarden / Joyce -- > #2 and #9 Anything is ok with me. I am traditional bright red/bright green/and white Christmas person. Love surprises & homemade jelly.

jab91864 / Julie -- > I will be easy, whatever my buddy wants to send. No allergies or major dislikes.

joeswife / Debra -- > Surprise me.

lizrainey / Liz -- > #6 and #10 -- No rose smell, no coconut or cheese.

mandy97 / Mandy -- > I think I'd like #6 and either #1 or #8 - buddy's choice. I'm not a fan of floral scents, but do enjoy fruit and cinnamon scents.

Mud_Elf / Kris -- > First choice would be # 5. I would like the mini-tree as it can be our Christmas tree for this year. I would love a cowboy or beach themed one.. The cowboy is for the long suffering Ralphie. My second choice is #10 as I can always use more yard art.
Need to say we are in a tiny place so any types of scents over power us so no candles or anything like that PLEASE. And we are on restricted diets so food is out too.

purpbutfly / Cindy -- > I would rather be totally surprised. Let my buddy decide what she wants to send me. No candles though because I make candles myself. Would like to have a butterfly tree.

ridesredmule / Char -- > #5 and #9 and #10. I can't stand smelly candles. I'm not a candle lover. Can't even go into one of those perfume places. Lord help me around those cinnamon brooms that almost take my breathe away.

Robynznest -- > #2 and #6. I love snowmen. I am allergic to oranges and most citrus fruit. Even the smell of an orange makes me sick. Other than that I'm pretty easy. A snowman and loads of dark chocolate will pretty much make me a very happy camper.

rouxcrew / Joy -- > #6 and #9

rvnsbrk / Neener -- > Thinking about it.

taters55 / LK -- > No specifics, just what ever my buddy wants to send.



This message was edited Oct 21, 2011 6:25 PM

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 14, 2011
5:05 PM

Post #8849213

I'm Thinking, Maybe????? Yes, if you all can put up with clay thingies. Or want something special. We can make our own wreaths????
What so I want? #5- the tiny tree and the one with the windchime or flag.#9(?) or #10, I don't care I'll like anything.

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rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 14, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8849293

Sure I'll do it again. Sounds intriguing this year. How about 6 and 9 for me Fruity.

Joy

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 14, 2011
7:51 PM

Post #8849350

Add my name too please? No specifics, just what ever my buddy wants to send!

This message was edited Oct 15, 2011 10:19 AM

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2011
3:14 AM

Post #8849511

Yes, indeed.

#4 and #10, please. :-)
lizrainey
San Mateo, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 15, 2011
5:26 AM

Post #8849556

me too please
# 6,#10

no rose smell
no coconut or cheese

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

October 15, 2011
5:37 AM

Post #8849559

I would love to be in this but I would rather be totally surprised. Let my buddy decide what she wants to send me. No candles though because I make candles myself.

And if it turns out to be a little tree...butterflies for me :-)
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 15, 2011
6:06 AM

Post #8849584

Well, Cindy will understand what I'm about to say here :-) (since I did the same thing on her 3B swap lol)

I've been buying Christmas things as I've seen them and haven't signed up for the swap... so guess I should sign up too LOL

I'll be back to make up my mind on what I'd like to be surprised with :)


And I just renewed..bad Chris, I let it expire one day!

deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 15, 2011
7:02 AM

Post #8849661

GM Gee I Just Love surprises Myself & You gave so many good choices I Would love any of these
#2 - #3- #6 - #9 But Trully anything for my new Home :) I Spent my 1st night in there last night :) HEHE
Love rainbow colors
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8849734

Sooz - I have not done this one before - we vote on which numbers we would like to do? I have some jam I made this past summer and I do think this recipes is the best one I have tried so far...

Thinking about joining...
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 15, 2011
12:03 PM

Post #8849941

Hand a waving please pleasse I wanna join.
Anything is ok with me.
I am traditional bright red/bright green/and white Christmas person.
Love surprises, love homemade jelly hint hint abovve...rofl.

Editted to say, ok ok I got beat up with a wet noodle :) , I will pick two put anything is ok...rofl
#2
#9


This message was edited Oct 16, 2011 10:44 AM

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8850010

Carolyn, you choose by the numbers which two of those items you would like your buddy to send you. Hope you'll join.

Happ, pick two, it will make it easier for your buddy.

Gosh, I'm bossy today. :-D)))
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2011
2:46 PM

Post #8850112

Fruity - I like them all except for the storebought stocking. The stocking stuffed with homemade items or things such as gardening tape and seeds is fine though. The other ideas all look good to me too...

Carole - you aren't bossy - just helpful :P

Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2011
2:47 PM

Post #8850113

Oh, I almost forgot - count me in please.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2011
3:05 PM

Post #8850133

See, this is why I need help. Thank you, Carole. Been gone all day to a craft show. Wow! Such beautiful handmade items from glass to wood to fibers to paintings to food to candles and candies...and on and on. This is the only show I look forward to attending all year, and the best part is I got to go with my SIL who hasn't been "home" since January.

Char, you can make a wreath or any of your clay critters.

You all are to pick which TWO items you'd like to RECEIVE. It's up to your buddy to decorate, stuff, make, or bake to their liking. That way she has an idea what you like but is also free to send surprises. Will get you elves added in a few.

Robynznest

Robynznest
Pittsburg, MO
(Zone 6b)

October 15, 2011
5:24 PM

Post #8850268

May I play too.

I really like all the choices, but I think #2 and #6. I love snowmen. I am allergic to oranges and most citrus fruit. Even the smell of an orange makes me sick. Other than that I'm pretty easy. A snowman and loads of dark chocolate will pretty much make me a very happy camper.

Fruity, I'm going to send you my new address, not sure if you have it or not. oops! if I get to play.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2011
6:02 PM

Post #8850310

Absolutely, Robin. I was thinking about you the other day when I cleaned my fridge. Remember the magnets you gave me for Valentine's Day? They still make me smile. Hope you're doing good, Girlfriend.


FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8850317

Char, I saw your edit that you're joining us when I was adding Robin, and am glad you've decided to join us. Ya know it really wouldn't be the same without a Charley or another clay critter.

Head up, folks. Our thread is going to get long pretty soon, so any of you that change your mind about what you like or don't like, please add a new post.


Robynznest

Robynznest
Pittsburg, MO
(Zone 6b)

October 15, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8850330

Yes I remember the magnets, cause I got me the same ones, that way I can think about you and all my DG friends. .Although during the move I think my dd took one. Oh well, it's probably not a good thing to have all those magnets on the fridge.lol
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2011
7:40 PM

Post #8850433

I keep mine on the side, but you should see my SIL's encrusted fridge. You can hardly find the door for all the magnets. They're like a big collage of all the places she's been and used to travel to with her job from all over the Country.

Does anybody still collect Sterling Silver charms for bracelets? I haven't thought about mine in years and is in my jewelry box. Most of them are mementos of trips we took to Florida when I was a kid and bought the charms with my allowance.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2011
7:45 PM

Post #8850446

Fruity

I have one of those. I have more charms to put on my bracelet, but don't have any room for more charms...I haven't thought about that in years..
jab91864
Northern Michigan, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 15, 2011
8:55 PM

Post #8850513

I'm in, sounds like fun!!

I will be easy, whatever my buddy wants to send. No allergies or major dislikes.

~Julie
lizrainey
San Mateo, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 15, 2011
9:32 PM

Post #8850532

charms... still collect them my bracelet is very full always pull it out and sit and reflect all the places and special charms.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 16, 2011
1:24 AM

Post #8850608

I'd like to play in this reindeer game Froot. Too cross-eyed at this hour to read the directions at the top, but will edit this post when I come-to sometime tomorrow. ;)


Edited to say:

I like all the choices but prefer #1 and #9. :)

I was told by a guy I dated in Boston that I was TOO easy to please. Really.

I love smiley snowmen for Christmas. How can I list all my favorites and likes?! I need to do that for Neener's birthday club too. Chocolate, coffee, peppermint, golden oreos, pink, purple, green and orange my favorite color but not really Christmas-y. Old fashioned traditional stuff reminds me of my Nana. Don't really care for perfume-y things, but vanilla/orange is a yummy combination. Critters, flowers, candles, like the rest of you!

No allergies. Have plenty of garden tools and supplies, but could use a truckload or two of mulch. And some anti-wrinkle cream. :D

Loveya.
A.



This message was edited Oct 21, 2011 11:55 AM

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 16, 2011
6:16 AM

Post #8850733

Why couldn't you hang them on one of those little Christmas trees. Like mini decorations...
I'm thinking of making mini birds for my tree, will that work...

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8850793

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1224241/#top

Ladies, there is also a Thanksgiving swap going on. It closes next week. Take a look please?
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8851322

Boy ... sounds like about everyone is going to pick #6... myself included! :-)

The others are hard to make a pick from so I will let my buddy pic from these numbers and SURPRISE ME! 1,5,8,9,10

#1. I like snowmen/women
#5. Up to my buddy
#8. I love cookbooks and other people's recipe's that they like
#9. I'm a C. If you opt for cactus, I like unusual hens/chicks, odd cactus like living rock, etc. I'm not especially "asking" for cactus, just wanted to throw that in, in case. It is ALL up to my buddy
#10. Would like to start getting yard flags, but don't have any of the holders that they go on. I also love windchimes

No allergies. Love food, chocolate, jams and clay thingy's. (hint hint. And that's a C! ) Don't care for cinnamon type scents. Use scentsy warmers more than candles. Like scents like Thunderstorm, Enchanted Mist and Rainforest...or for Christmas Poinsettia Pine. The stuffed stocking could be a wonderful thing. I can think of LOTS of goodies to put in one of those! Gardening and Non-Gardening. Yippeeeeee. I can't wait for this!!!

I love Christmas but I'm with Fruity...where did the year go? I just wanted the temps to drop 20 or 30* from what we had this summer.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 16, 2011
2:29 PM

Post #8851395

If Canadians are accepted, please sign me in...absolutely no preference!
Mandy97
Paw Paw, MI

October 16, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8851447

I'd like to join. I think I'd like #6 and either #1 or #8 - buddy's choice. I'm not a fan of floral scents, but do enjoy fruit and cinnamon scents.

This should be fun just before the craziness of December.

Mandy
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2011
3:44 PM

Post #8851479

Gotcha gals added, Patti, Mandy and Betty. Betty you know you're welcome to play. What else besides food and plants can't you receive across the border?

Let me clarify what I meant by a store bought stocking. One may be purchased, for folks like me who don't sew, and it will then be up to to the Sender to fill it. I didn't mean to imply we were to purchase a pre-filled stocking. Half the fun is stuffing one with personal goodies.


Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 16, 2011
3:47 PM

Post #8851482

You know me and Christmas...almost done shopping so will have time to play!!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8851709

Betty...you are just soooooo organized! Glad you are joining!

joeswife

joeswife
(Debra) Derby, KS
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2011
9:54 PM

Post #8851943

hO hO hO Merry cHRISTMAs... ALREADY?

this sounds fun, I like everything, almost. Please accfept my request to join in this swap.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2011
5:14 AM

Post #8852133

Hey Sooze, I'm numbers 4 and 10. :-)

I don't care for santas, elves, reindeer, angels, stockings, holiday ornaments and so forth. We don't put up a big tree.

Not allergic to anything but not wild about a lot of overpowering scents. Cinnamon, vanilla and citrus are my faves.

Do like small decorated trees (the funkier, the better), yard art, gardening items of all kinds, mobiles, stained glass, dark chocolate, soup fixins, pastas, and coffees/teas (especially organic).

:-)
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2011
4:08 PM

Post #8853137

Oops, Carole. Sorry about that and have corrected my error and also added your likes / dislikes.

Awesome, Debra! Would you like to pick 2 or just be surprised?

Betty, with your Thanksgiving behind you, have you begun bringing in your Christmas bins yet?

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 17, 2011
4:30 PM

Post #8853158

Another couple of weeks, have to get the witches and scarecrows over with..do have a Halloween tree set out and house decorated for little goblins then rest assured decorated it will be...you know me well! Lol
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8853189

I couldn't believe Wallyworld today had already replaced most of the inside of the garden center with Christmas decor and had only two short aisles dedicated to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Talk about pushing the commercial envelope.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 17, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8853262

Main aisles in ours is Halloween,Christmas set out in others. At least they didn't have christmas carols playing..saving that for next week!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8853339

Oh but ours did to the tune of "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" playing on a CD at the end of one aisle. I about fell over watching a woman sway back and forth to the music dancing with her cart...lol

joeswife

joeswife
(Debra) Derby, KS
(Zone 6a)

October 17, 2011
8:47 PM

Post #8853482

I like surprizes, Thanks..

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 18, 2011
3:39 AM

Post #8853636

Ohhh there were a few ladies at the end of an aisle buying candles and pressing the cd tape machine, something was playing but I didn't take much notice..we will endure that music just not full blown mall music, especially now that my office is in a mall..lol
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 18, 2011
4:53 AM

Post #8853686

Betty

do you decorate your office for the holidays? I would think with you being in a mall, that you would. I have been thinking about it. Thankfully, I don't get the public in my office, though. :-)

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 18, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8853750

Yes, decorate to the hilt, do fresh flower arrangements/tree, lit glass box..not much traffic in my office either but I do it for ME lol
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 18, 2011
6:03 AM

Post #8853784

I am thinking about doing it for me as well!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2011
6:31 AM

Post #8853827

When I was single people would be surprised I would decorate for the holidays, but I don't do it for others I do it for me.

All our summer stuff in my little town has been replaced with Christmas already. Good thing about that is most of the stores don't have any room so they discount the summer, Halloween and Thanksgiving stuff early...rofl.

Trying to come up with a different way to celebrate Christmas this year, after losing my Mom we all know it won't be the same so I thought we need to do a celebration change, ocean cruise sounds good to me but unless I win the lottery that is out...LOL. Other reason is we all buy for each other and there are 14 of us now (not big items but something) and this year there are lots of money issues, one member is trying to survive on social security for the first time, another member just had a baby and the wife has been off work for about 4 weeks, another lost their job a month ago, and on and on. So long story short if ya all don't mind, how do you celebrate Christmas with your family? I know it is not about gifts, but we all enjoy gifts...obviously since we are in a Christmas swap...rofl.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 18, 2011
7:19 AM

Post #8853876

Christmas swap might be the answer between 14 of you.. when my DH passed away on New Years'Day it was difficult to even think Christmas but life goes on .. we made him part of our celebration by each year when we get together putting a special christmas tree ornament on the tree..we've now 20 of them..they are guarded like USA treasury.

One year for something different we said all gifts must be homemade, many said they weren't crafty, but crafts did not come into it for some...some it was a donation of time to the other, very creative gifts..just loved it..
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 18, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8853894

Christmas isn't the same since my mom died. We use to all go to her house on Christmas Eve. Kids, grandkids ...the works. There are 5 of us but only 3 of us lived close to her. The first Christmas after she died, one brother and I went to another brothers house, but all the kids and grandkids didn't come. It was nice, but not like before, and we haven't done it since.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 18, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8853898

Betty - some very good ideas.

This year, I am doing something different. Last June we all got together in Boston to celebrate my father's 80th birthday. I took a ton of pictures and so did my SIL. All the pictures have been loaded on Snapfish. I am making a 2012 calendar for everyone - yes, I will order 10 of them they will cost me around $200, but considering this takes care of 10 of us, I don't think that is bad. This will be a keepsake as well.

For the little kids, I will have something other than calendars, but there are only 3 of the little kids right now.

One year, my brother gave us a coffee cup that he had made through Snapfish. He has pictures of all of us on this coffee mug. I cannot tell you how dear that little coffee mug is to me - I beleive it only cost him about $10 each for them.

I think with your Mom's passing, that it is important to reach out to each other. I know the first Christmas without my Mom was difficult and I have to be honest in that I am so glad I have my siblings.

Happ - I am sorry about the passing of your Mom. I do think you are right in that it is time to make new traditions...

{{hugs}}

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
7:39 AM

Post #8853904

Since my boys live out of town, one usually comes in for Christmas and the other one comes in the following week, so we celebrate twice. Yep, two Christmas dinners...I usually do a ham for one, and a turkey for the other.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 18, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8853912

When our families began to grow, we would get gifts for the children and mom, then draw names between the siblings.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8853920

Thank you Betty. Love the idea of the ornament, I am going to borrow that idea for sure. Every year for Christmas when the kids are small up to high school graducation I paint them ornaments. My sister called me when the kids moved out and told me she no longer had any decorations for the tree because the kids took them with them. Course one year she was ready to murder me because the kids wanted to hang them by year so trying to sort thru them all and get them in year sequence took a little time...rofl.

We did the exchange of names one year and that just didn't seem to go over very well, but may be our only option, I buy all year long and have been lucky enough to be able to afford it, but I completely understand not being able to especially since the family has grown, and incomes have gone down. Sign of the times I guess.

Editted to say we cross posted Cris. Another good idea for sure. I do have to admit it is hard for me to look at my nephews and niece and see grown ups...rofl, youngest one is 22 and the oldest being 44, guess I am like a parent where your child is always a child...;) We have 2 little ones, a 5year old and a brand new one...

This message was edited Oct 18, 2011 9:01 AM

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 18, 2011
9:32 AM

Post #8854034

I might join,, need to see how things are going. So will need to be a last minute addition. Love the rules for this one!!

Huggs to all.

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

October 18, 2011
10:18 AM

Post #8854073

Please sign me up. My preferences are #6, 9, 1, 4, or 5 (I'm collecting New Orleans Saints items and their team emblem, the fleur de lis). Hyacinth, paperwhites, or other bulbs are fine. Buddy, I'm putting specifics but I'll love whatever you send. And I'd love a book that the children and I can record favorite Christmas traditions. Can be handmade or bought. Love, Julieanne
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 18, 2011
10:53 AM

Post #8854102

Lurking on this one Frooty. I may join, but probably won't. Same thing here Happ. My Mom says she wants to do everything different this year. So we aren't doing any gift opening or anything else that reminds her of Daddy. In fact she just told us to get one nice thing that we want, order it now and she would pay for it. At Christmas we are going to do a beach theme with Hawaiian shirts, coconut shrimp, and little drinks with umbrellas in them. :0)
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 18, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8854635

Neener and Elfie, I put you down as maybe's -- fingers crossed you'll both join -- and have added you, Julie.

It's awfully hard getting through the first few years of Holidays, Birthdays, Anniversaries and any other special occasions after you lose a loved one. After my Dad died, my Mom used to spend Holidays with us, often from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and one year she stayed til Valentine's Day. My Mom was my best friend and losing her was the worst day of my life. It's just hubby and me, no kids, and my only sis is gone. My MIL will be 80 Christmas week, and my SIL who just came for a visit are about all left of my extended family. It's been a tradition since I was a kid to open one gift on Christmas Eve. When I was single many moons ago, I'd host a 'trim the tree' party where attendees brought an ornament to exchange.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8854679

All I have are Neices and nephews, cousins. Immediate family all gone. It never goes away, They are with me in my heart so that is what counts...

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 18, 2011
7:07 PM

Post #8854725

Look at the cutie who shares Neener's Birthday!! Jaiden Vargas age 3!!

Thumbnail by Mud_Elf
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2011
3:41 AM

Post #8855085

Same here ... all immediate family is gone now except for one brother out West. We don't make a big deal out of the holiday anymore.

Jaiden is a cutie pie. :-)
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 19, 2011
5:06 AM

Post #8855136

It is so sad when we lose members of our family. I know I have problems with death and I know that my mother was worried about me when she was dying because of my problems with death. For some reason, I have problems coming to terms with death.

I also believe strongly in the afterlife and I believe in spirits. I know there was a time shortly after my mothers' death, that she came to my house and tried to scare the _____ out of my husband. Quite honestly, I found it the funniest thing I had ever heard. I absolutely roared - I still think it is funny.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
6:48 AM

Post #8855247

Jaiden is a sweetie, look at those colors on that pumpking...rofl.

Fruity I sure know what you are talking about with your Mom.

My DH has a very small family, since he is an only child, who only had one child, who only had one child...rofl. Pretty small family. Our Christmas with his side, is pretty refined and quiet.
For years I have taken videos of Christmas and DH's is all real quiet, then when the video starts on my side noise levels rise to about the decimal of a jet engine taking off. My side is total mess, everyone talking which including friends will be about 20 people, kids running/crying/laughing/screaming, people in and out, usually my sister doesn't have her tree decorated or her presents wrapped (she is 71 and just hasn't figured out when Christmas is yet...rofl) so we are finishing that up, plus trying to cook, all this is a very small house, I am guessing about 1000 sq feet. Only problem this same sister is a bit of drama queen, actually I take that back she is a drama queen, and I am so not looking forward to being around her Christmas. Course maybe if my other sister and I cause enough distractions she won't have time to think...rofl. What are sisters for?

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2011
7:13 AM

Post #8855289

Well,,, that explains why the post did not show up on the birthday card thread!!! I posted it here by accident... the mind is the first thing to go,,,
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 19, 2011
7:15 AM

Post #8855293

Elfie

mine is already gone, so you are in good company.

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8855458

oh good,, Hate being a party of one.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8855977

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8855982

I am in deep trouble, I had to read this thing twice to figure out what was lost!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8855994

ROFLMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

October 19, 2011
2:42 PM

Post #8856012

My philosophy is that once the mind goes, we have a good excuse for the goofy things we do! Gotta love aging gracefully! lol
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2011
3:07 PM

Post #8856066

LOL! My mind's gone South, along with the rest of me.

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2011
4:31 PM

Post #8856209

heehee,,ahhh you decided to join me in the south huh??? lol
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
4:32 PM

Post #8856211

That must be it, gravity has shifted my mind south which would put it in my mouth...OH, so that is why I speak without thinking...rofl
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8856263

Don't start with the gravity thing. We had the saggy butt/saggy boob discussion earlier this year. :0)
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2011
4:58 PM

Post #8856270

Yeah, Elfie, think of all the things we could get into...lol

happ, you always crack me up. GO Cardinals!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8856273

And nobody ever found a push-up bra I need that starts gathering at the waist either, huh, Neener?
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2011
6:21 AM

Post #8856852

Now, now ... don't you ladies know that when our brains get full all new information travels to your butt. So the bigger your butt the smarter you are!!! I must be a genius!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8856862

Einstein look out!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2011
8:18 AM

Post #8856976

LOL :-)

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 20, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8856992

Remember those "longline Bras" they used to have. I wore those in high school. Never did have a figure, unless you call Fluffy a figure...

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 20, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8856998

http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2011/10/sculpted-lower-body-slideshow?mbid=enws_mow1020#slide=1
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2011
8:57 AM

Post #8857027

Gee thanks Amanda. You're gonna be old and fat some day too. :0) Maybe even have some gray hair. Hee Hee.

Too funny Fruity. Man if I could find one of those bras I'd give Dolly Parton a run for her money.

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 20, 2011
9:06 AM

Post #8857043

I so can not wait for Amanda to get old and flabby like me...lol
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8857112

WOW ... I could do those!!!!! (when I was 30)

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 20, 2011
10:18 AM

Post #8857141

Ha ha - this stuff comes to me via email everyday. Usually I delete them without looking at them, but today I found some good use for those exercises. I need some chocolate. Gotta go. ;)

HUGS!
A.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2011
10:48 AM

Post #8857169

Like these Charleen?


http://www.hosierystreet.com/system/scripts/results_big.cgi?product=ef7530&refer=gb

But do they make them in plus sizes??? NO!!! Why would a skinny girl need one?

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 20, 2011
10:58 AM

Post #8857177

OW! Hurt my eyes to look at that.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 20, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8857273

Yes, Girl. I am short waisted so you know I was being cut in half when I sit down.
I even double over a belt I was terrible.

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 20, 2011
1:18 PM

Post #8857289

I could do those,, hummm, naa I never could do all that...lol
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 20, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8857397

Whalebone Stays? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corset



ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 20, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8857409

I ain't that old☺☺ I bet those wouldn't be comfy ewither, do you??? Boy oh, boy, You'd burn up in summer.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2011
3:43 PM

Post #8857423

Manda, are you in girlfriend?

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 20, 2011
4:27 PM

Post #8857467

I think so Froot - looked at my 10/16 post. Do I need to be more specific? I guess. Sill not ready to commit. I'll go back and edit tonight. Pinky swear.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8857492

Yeah I remember that post now, made a mental note to go back and check and well, you know the rest of the story.

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 21, 2011
6:57 AM

Post #8858020

lol

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 21, 2011
10:40 AM

Post #8858227

I'm edited so you can go back now Froot. ;)

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 21, 2011
11:27 AM

Post #8858274

ok.. I will be official too!!

I would like to join
Pick # 1. is # 5!!! I would like the mini-tree item as it can be our Christmas tree for this year. I would love a cowboy or beach themed one.. The cowboy is for the long suffering Ralphie.
Pick # 2 is #10 as I can use more yard art !! I mean really can I have to much?? nope not me
Need to say we are in a tiny place so any types of scents over power us so no candles or anything like that PLEASE. And we are on restricted diets so food is out too,,,whaaaa

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 21, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8858356

Heck of a mess you are in Elf!!!

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 21, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8858415

?????

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 21, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8858489

Being in such a closed in area, can't stand smelly candles. I'm not a candle lover. Can't (me) even go into one of those perfume places. Lord help me around those cinnamon brooms. Almost take my breathe away!!!!

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 21, 2011
3:54 PM

Post #8858545

ahhh... well I do like Cinnamon.. but not here

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 21, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8858562

Our ingles has them in doorway into store. They about take my breathe away. I guess one wouldn't hurt but they got more than one...
I love apple pie with cinnamon..
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2011
4:39 PM

Post #8858593

Okey dokey, likes and dislikes have been added for you Elfie, Char, and Manda. Pretty sure I've got everybody listed who has signed up so far. Check behind me, please!

I had totally forgot about pinky swearing. That was the ultimate way to make and keep a promise when I was a kid, long before I had to put a quarter in the swear jar.

FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8858605

It's time for us Elves to turn the page...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1226690/
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1226690/
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1226690/

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