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Old 11-30-2006, 10:41 AM   #1
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I have finished my christmas shopping, hoorah! I leave for Italy in exactly a week, so had to make sure I had left something for everybody here, and take stuff for DH and the cats! I have all my Xmas cards stamped and ready to post and everything is even wrapped. Now I just have to make everything I am taking fit in my little car! I have already started filling it, but I think its going to be a big squash, even though I got a roofrack and box fitted. I guess that I will have to take things out and repack several times to make it all fit.

I am feling pretty smug now that I think I've done it all, but I bet I have forgotten something or someone. I usually get my cards done on time, but then forget people or have to find a present last minute, so I hope planning everything will have worked.

Anyone else ready before December is even here?


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Old 11-30-2006, 10:46 AM   #2
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Wow... you rock! I am still in 'ideas' mode. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm gonna get and from where, and I guess that if I had to go somewhere in a week with gifts in hand I might be done, too.

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Old 11-30-2006, 11:14 AM   #3
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You can always do mine ..... I haven't even started.....I know I know......but this year I will not wait till Christmas Eve to do the largest of my shopping or wait to wrap most of the presents........I solomely swear. I'll kick it in gear tomorrow.
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:18 AM   #4
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Sizz, I'll do your shopping if you'll drive my car through France to Italy for me! I have an English car...ie steering wheel on the right, and of course, on the continent, its meant to be on the left, I've not done it before and its a long drive, so shopping sounds a good alternative, specially as my cats are going to "sing" the whole way there!
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:20 AM   #5
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Just about done here, have a few things to get the grand kids and the critters.Got my cards and a gift sent out today. I do have some specicalcards to make this evening tho and will get them out by the end of the week. I'm ahead of myself compared to other years.
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:23 PM   #6
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I have not even started getting my list together at this point - At the rate I am going it will be a last minute rush through the mall on Christmas Eve!!!!
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I'm done with Billy's. Still got to get the b/f is parents and his grandparents. I'm done with my nieces my sister my mom and my aunt.
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Old 11-30-2006, 03:14 PM   #9
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Not even started. For pete's sake, it was 72 degrees here today! hard to get in the spirit.
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Old 11-30-2006, 03:45 PM   #10
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I'm one of those rare(?) people who shops all year for Christmas. I "stash" all the gifts in a spare bedroom and keep track of what needs to be purchased when it gets close to Christmastime.

Since all of our children live some distance, I have to be sure everything's done in a timely manner because the gifts have to be shipped. At least, this year, all the children live in the U.S. That wasn't the case when we had sons in the military.

I also usually make quite a few of the gifts we give. This year, for some of the grandchildren, it's knitted toy animals. I also made a cable-knit sweater vest for my mother-in-law in her favorite color. I also made a valance for her kitchen window. She's 92 and very hard to buy for because whenever she sees something she wants, she buys it. That's maddening. Although, she has requested a variety of my homemade bread, so she'll definitely get that, too.

I've also put together several "soup" baskets for friends. I made a multiple dried bean soup mix; bagged it in glassine bags, wrapped each bag in a tea towel and tied a wooden spoon on. I'll add some homemade bread and the recipes.

I still have a few other gifts to make/put together, but I'm almost done, too.

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