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Carselea

Carselea

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Too early? Or are you super organised and have bought loads already? 🌲

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Carselea

Carselea

Keri
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Keri

I've started! I like to spread the expenditure out and also avoid a mad panic coming up to the big day!

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Sophia N
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Sophia N

Wow Keri you're so organised! I've promised myself it will all be done by 1st December this year - let's see how that goes! 🙄

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Laura

Laura

I was thinking of trying this gorgeous butternut squash and ricotta wreath. It’s vegetarian and isn’t a nut loaf!!

https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/vegetarian/squash-and-ricotta-croissant-wreath/

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Laura

Laura

Keri

Keri

Hi everyone,

Does anyone know of a great vegetarian main dish for Xmas lunch? We’re having a few guests who are vegetarian and I’d like to make something that they’ll enjoy...

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Keri

Keri

marialev

marialev

Hi everyone, I was wondering what you get husbands or partners for Christmas as I never have original gifts for him.

He seems to prefer to get his own 'gadgets' and stationery so I can't get him those, I've done all the classics like socks and ties so I end up stuck every year. Any help or ideas? It would be hugely appreciated!

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marialev

Holly B
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Holly B

Whenever I'm stuck I go for personalised stuff from sites like 'Not on the High Street' - there's so many fab ideas. Over the past few years Ive bought him a leather laptop case with his initials, a framed poster of all the places that mean something to us as a couple and even a pebble with your wedding date engraved (sounds odd - it's actually beautiful!). I also sometimes go for experiences over presents - last year I bought us both a gin tasting tour and one year I bought him a trip in a hot air balloon.

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Carselea
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Carselea

Last year me and my husband decided to just do little pressies to open (just something small) and to put some money into a kitty to treat ourselves to a day out or night away. It's actually lovely to plan our treat and then we both have something to look forward to in the New Year.

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Carselea

Carselea

This year I want to do a Christmas Eve box. But what do you put in it? Any ideas welcome. ????⛄

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Holly B
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Holly B

I've done this for the past few years and put in:


New pyjamas

Christmas activity/sticker books

Mugs with hot chocolate sachets and marshmallows

The book 'The Night Before Christmas'

Reindeer dust (oats and glitter to sprinkle on the path to guide the reindeer)

A Christmas bauble to hang on the tree


I pop everything in a cardboard box wrapped in Christmassy wrapping paper and the kids love it.

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Carselea
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Carselea

Thanks, Holly. Fab ideas.

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Carselea

Carselea

Every year we buy presents for the whole family. But it's getting so expensive. My brothers and sisters and I all have 2-3 kids and we still buy for the adults too. But it's getting ut of hand. I REALLY want to suggest we buy pressies just for the kids. But how do I do that without upsetting everyone (or sounding liked a cheapskate)?

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Holly B
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Why not organise a Secret Santa for the adults? Everyone gets one adult to buy a gift for so everyone has something to open on Christmas Day. It saves everyone a ton of money but no-one misses out on having a present to open on Christmas Day. We do this and set a £20 limit. It works really well.

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marialev

marialev

Does anyone know a good Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey recipe that's different? Like an unusual stuffing or a different way to do it? We've done the same turkey recipe for a few years now...

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Holly B
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I tried this recipe last year for a turkey breast roll - with garlic cream cheese and prosciutto. It's a nice twist on the classic Christmas turkey with a bit more flavour. Everyone loved it.


https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/garlic-cheese-turkey-roll


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marialev
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marialev

Thanks Holly that looks great!

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