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Title: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 15, 2007, 01:58:21 PM
Yes its here and it isnt even Holloween yet!!  :(

Was in Tescos and Home base this morning and they are both putting up their Christmas decorations, Dunnes and a few others have the selection boxs out already.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 15, 2007, 01:59:31 PM
Square Ball delete this thread now please it's toooooooooooooooooooooooooo early
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 15, 2007, 02:06:05 PM
I can hear Wizzard in the distance, the sound of sleigh bells, and only 70 days to go!!!!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 15, 2007, 02:10:17 PM
The thing i hate most about Christmas is that every year i get that same dreaded question of "Well are ye gonna get engaged for Christmas"
I reckon i'll hear it at least 500 times before Christmas...then it will be asked about New Years  :(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Gnevin on October 15, 2007, 02:11:20 PM
The thing i hate most about Christmas is that every year i get that same dreaded question of "Well are ye gonna get engaged for Christmas"
I reckon i'll hear it at least 500 times before Christmas...then it will be asked about New Years  :(
Just do it ,get engaged for Christmas but only for  the Christmas Week :)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Bensars on October 15, 2007, 02:17:49 PM
The thing i hate most about Christmas is that every year i get that same dreaded question of "Well are ye gonna get engaged for Christmas"
I reckon i'll hear it at least 500 times before Christmas...then it will be asked about New Years  :(


LaoisLad thenext one , once you get engaged will be " It wont be long now". If you had a pound for every time you hear it , it will pay for the wedding itself.

Then once youre married it becomes " well , any babies yet ?"
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 15, 2007, 02:23:00 PM
An engagement is for life, not just for Christmas 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 15, 2007, 02:24:46 PM
I'd marry her in a second


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: full back on October 15, 2007, 02:31:55 PM
LL you are so so shallow
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: stpauls on October 15, 2007, 02:33:25 PM
i have had it worse, i am engaged to be married next year, and last week we were at her brother's wedding. but nearly every person kept saying 'your next, your next'. it got to the point were i felt like putting a sign round my head with 'Yes, I know' on it just to get them to leave me alone!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 15, 2007, 02:33:45 PM
LL you are so so shallow


 :-[
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Bensars on October 15, 2007, 03:19:14 PM
i have had it worse, i am engaged to be married next year, and last week we were at her brother's wedding. but nearly every person kept saying 'your next, your next'. it got to the point were i felt like putting a sign round my head with 'Yes, I know' on it just to get them to leave me alone!!


You should have brought yer dog to ward them off !!


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: stpauls on October 15, 2007, 03:23:35 PM
very good bensars, very funny!! but i have been told i actually look like jerzy dudek!!

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on October 15, 2007, 05:05:05 PM
Theres questions for everything, it goes in order:
1. Well when are you going to make an honest woman of that girl?
2. Congratulations, have you set a date yet?
3. Ack, sure its not long now - are you nervous yet? (which you're not, but you feel like you should be cos everyone keeps asking you)
4. Ack sure you both look lovely - great day, the band was fantastic - thinking of babies soon?
5. Well - do you know if its a boy or a girl? Its a girl? Ack really? Did you find out? Ack I wouldnt have found out myself, I like a bit of a surprise! >:(





6. Wheres the wife - I havnt seen her about in a great while now. ::) ;)

PS - Delete this thread.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 15, 2007, 05:34:24 PM
Right

by popular demand, and the fact that its now a engagement/wedding up a duff thread I will lock it later on, and re start it closer to the date
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 15, 2007, 07:27:35 PM
the thread is now locked until after holloween
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 29, 2007, 12:48:44 PM
I know I said I would wait until after Holoween, but..

on my way to work the bus goes up University street, avenue, what ever that one is off the Ormeau road, and guess what, one of the houses has merry christmas written on the window in fake snow and santa faces in the windows as well WTF..

there are a few posters form that neck of the woods on here, whats going on guys.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on October 29, 2007, 12:50:50 PM
There's a shop in Omagh that has had their decorations up since the beginning of the month.  >:(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on October 29, 2007, 01:11:41 PM
Quote
on my way to work the bus goes up University street, avenue, what ever that one is off the Ormeau road
Both. I'd say it's University Ave though. What's the bus? 7a/7b?
Quote
one of the houses has merry christmas written on the window in fake snow and santa faces in the windows as well WTF..
Probably a house full of 6 girls with nothing better to spend their student loans on.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Bensars on October 29, 2007, 01:13:23 PM
whats the bets those 6 girls are also ranchers ?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 29, 2007, 04:53:03 PM
It was the 7a, checked on the way home just to be sure, yip it was Christmas stuff indeed.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Brick Tamlin on October 29, 2007, 04:58:01 PM
they are either ranchers or from Tyrone, ye could nearly bet your bottom dollar on that, or worse still both. ye know the type... probably from carmen, play football for the weemins(ahem) team, all built like brick outhouses, fuzzy top lips, beer-guzzlin, gambler-singin wenches that would make a wee boy outa ye given the chance.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 29, 2007, 05:03:55 PM
Right, what the hell is a rancher, and no funny answers someone who runs a ranch
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on October 29, 2007, 05:05:31 PM
St. Mary's University college on the Falls is the Ranch.
Given that name due to the number of country people that attend.
Trench house used to be called the Ranch too.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 29, 2007, 05:16:31 PM
St. Mary's University college on the Falls is the Ranch.
Given that name due to the number of country people that attend.
Trench house used to be called the Ranch too.

ahhh I see, used to play matched in trench house many, many years ago!!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on October 29, 2007, 05:17:40 PM
It was right and cold this morning too.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 29, 2007, 05:18:16 PM
It's getting dark.

its the sun going down does that!!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on October 29, 2007, 05:25:13 PM
I would love to have been on the Anagaire bridge this morning to see if it was misty.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mannix on October 29, 2007, 06:15:44 PM
i hate christmas, nothing but a lark for commercial interests, even santa is a fake.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 29, 2007, 07:02:37 PM
i hate christmas, nothing but a lark for commercial interests, even santa is a fake.

 :'(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: turkey+ham on October 29, 2007, 10:12:13 PM
What will youse all be having for dinner on Christmas day?
Anyone NOT having the oul turkey & ham with all the trimmings?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on October 29, 2007, 10:17:12 PM
The inlaws make goose instead of turkey. No ham. Hungarian Goulash to start. Maybe some lobster tails/crab legs thrown in somewhere. Im allowed a couple of sprouts (If i eat too many im relegated to the spare room for the rest of christmas week). :-\ :-[ >:(
Will be having a wee jag of middleton whiskey as an apertif, and some good old wine to wash it all down.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: stephenite on October 29, 2007, 10:49:54 PM
Prawns, Fresh Snapper, Squid, Lobster, Steaks, all done on the BBQ with loads of different salads.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 12, 2007, 07:13:09 PM
Christnmas has arrived in all its commercial glory, why? because the christmas coke add has been on the TV, holidays are comming, holidays are comming...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 12, 2007, 07:14:20 PM
Ah sh...

That ad hasn't started already!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ExiledGael on November 12, 2007, 07:17:05 PM
Met a number of buses today with the electronic sign at the front reading 'Merry Christmas from Ulsterbus'.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 12, 2007, 07:17:44 PM
It has indeed Zig, it has indeed.

thats it, all systems go, trees will be springing up all over the place from here on in
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 12, 2007, 07:20:20 PM
trees will be spring up all over the place from here on in

Not in Belfast ;)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Norf Tyrone on November 12, 2007, 07:26:08 PM
Someone across the road has the tree up....I kid you not. Has been up since Sunday!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 12, 2007, 07:27:04 PM
Have they a load of young kids Norf?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Norf Tyrone on November 12, 2007, 07:37:57 PM
3 lassies I think, all in the sub 10 range. I think having the tree up too early ruins it for them. You kinda peak Christmas too soon!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 12, 2007, 07:43:30 PM
6 weeks to a child is a lifetime waiting for Santa, far far to early IMHO, I always wait until two Sundays from christmas day itself
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: heganboy on November 12, 2007, 07:48:11 PM
Re the christmas dinner question.
I'm the only one in a family of 6 that likes turkey ham and stuffing. As a result when I was at home I used to suffer through a steak dinner every christmas.
On that note I was 21 before I realised that "food like your mother used to make" was supposed to be a good thing...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on May 01, 2008, 11:27:53 PM
sad but true

the Ramada are advertising Christmas parties for 2008 already  :o >:(, enough is en enough at least leave it until september
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on May 01, 2008, 11:29:01 PM
Lock this *@#|ing thread and don't open it until mid-December!!!!!!!!  >:(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 23, 2008, 06:43:54 PM
Castlereagh council are decorating their Christmas tree, and I think I caught the end of a Santa is arriving at ..... advertisment on the Radio earlier on.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: SidelineKick on October 23, 2008, 06:55:52 PM
Do you not know xmas is in November this year??
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on October 23, 2008, 06:57:13 PM
All together now -

I'mmmm dreaming of a white christmas....
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on October 23, 2008, 07:02:41 PM
I'm going to slap you
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on October 23, 2008, 07:03:54 PM
Thats hardly very festive in this season of goodwill toward men, is it Zig?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 23, 2008, 07:29:00 PM
sure didn't you hear christmas is cancelled this year due to the credit crunch  ;D ;D

It is in our house anyway.

Gonna tell the kids Santa has been kidnapped
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on October 23, 2008, 07:30:16 PM
Thats hardly very festive in this season of goodwill toward men, is it Zig?

It isn't the festive of goodwill yet Puck!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 23, 2008, 07:31:59 PM
Only 62 shopping days left Ziggy
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on October 23, 2008, 07:32:56 PM
Only 62 shopping days left Ziggy

I'll start mine on the 23rd after work. Half day for Christmas. Should get it all sorted in 20 mins.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on October 23, 2008, 07:33:24 PM
Just like the ones I uused to know...

Ziggy you are playing ebenezer to a 'T' Im getting excited for christmas now.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on October 23, 2008, 07:33:55 PM
Hope you arent really in that position square ball - the kids do love christmas.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maggie on October 23, 2008, 07:34:35 PM
Just got the Christmas play in today, oh the joys.........
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 23, 2008, 07:38:44 PM
Hope you arent really in that position square ball - the kids do love christmas.

nah Puck, would make sacrafices for Christmas if I was, only one believer left in the house so this could be the last biggie
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on October 23, 2008, 07:42:45 PM
My biggest was the year after the "news" was broken to me. I got some cracking stuff that year.

The BeeGees were in the charts with "you win again" Terence trent D'arby was signing pillows across the world and I got more stuff than I knew what to do with.

Ive been putting a little away every month for a charity run by the US marine corps over here called "Toys for tots"

Heartbreaking that the reality is many kids will be hungry on christmas day - parents with no money for food let alone toys.

http://www.toysfortots.org/ (http://www.toysfortots.org/)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on October 23, 2008, 07:44:05 PM

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 23, 2008, 07:46:51 PM
Ziggy

what is FSM,can we guess?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on October 23, 2008, 07:49:01 PM
Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 23, 2008, 07:55:46 PM
My biggest was the year after the "news" was broken to me. I got some cracking stuff that year.

The BeeGees were in the charts with "you win again" Terence trent D'arby was signing pillows across the world and I got more stuff than I knew what to do with.

Ive been putting a little away every month for a charity run by the US marine corps over here called "Toys for tots"

Heartbreaking that the reality is many kids will be hungry on christmas day - parents with no money for food let alone toys.

http://www.toysfortots.org/ (http://www.toysfortots.org/)

we do a shoe box appeal in work, then when the tree is put up there are cards on it with gifrs to buy for the elder children, sort of young teenagers, this group seems to be forgotten about at that time of year
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 25, 2008, 09:41:42 PM
Ive been thinking, someone should make a website where you put in a list of the people you've to buy presents for, their age and maybe one or two of their interests, how much you want to spend and they pick a present for you to give. Maybe they could even email you a choice of two or three things -you pick and the deliver them wrapped. 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on October 26, 2008, 01:06:37 AM
Ive been thinking, someone should make a website where you put in a list of the people you've to buy presents for, their age and maybe one or two of their interests, how much you want to spend and they pick a present for you to give. Maybe they could even email you a choice of two or three things -you pick and the deliver them wrapped. 


POG they have a website called amazon.com

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on October 26, 2008, 01:07:29 AM
Ive been thinking, someone should make a website where you put in a list of the people you've to buy presents for, their age and maybe one or two of their interests, how much you want to spend and they pick a present for you to give. Maybe they could even email you a choice of two or three things -you pick and the deliver them wrapped. 


POG they have a website called amazon.com



Whose "they"? Is this another american conspiracy? Dont get pints started FFS DH!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 26, 2008, 01:12:48 AM
Ive been thinking, someone should make a website where you put in a list of the people you've to buy presents for, their age and maybe one or two of their interests, how much you want to spend and they pick a present for you to give. Maybe they could even email you a choice of two or three things -you pick and the deliver them wrapped. 


POG they have a website called amazon.com



Have they a part on amazon where they go:
present for - and i put in "my mammy"
How much do you wish to spend - and I put in "fiver"
Interests - and I put in, uumm "housework"

and they email me with choice of two or three presents and I pick one and they deliver it wrapped?

Do they have this?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on October 26, 2008, 01:18:13 AM
Ive been thinking, someone should make a website where you put in a list of the people you've to buy presents for, their age and maybe one or two of their interests, how much you want to spend and they pick a present for you to give. Maybe they could even email you a choice of two or three things -you pick and the deliver them wrapped. 


POG they have a website called amazon.com



Have they a part on amazon where they go:
present for - and i put in "my mammy"
How much do you wish to spend - and I put in "fiver"
Interests - and I put in, uumm "housework"

and they email me with choice of two or three presents and I pick one and they deliver it wrapped?

Do they have this?

POG, if you put in "fiver" for your mammy they will instantly send coal to your ip adrdress.

Although amazon uk has free delivery over a purchase over a "fiver"



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Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 26, 2008, 01:22:01 AM
Pints just go home,give her a big hug and tell her you love her...I guarantee it will be as good and mean more to her than any present you might buy her


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on October 26, 2008, 01:22:45 AM
POG, Just for you  ;D


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Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 26, 2008, 01:24:17 AM
see, I either dont know waht those things arein that list or the presents wouldnt be suitable for the people who struggle with the tv remote control  :-\

Quote
Pints just go home,give her a big hug and tell her you love her...I guarantee it will be as good and mean more to her than any present you might buy her
She got that for her birthday.
Dont think that would work on the whole family.  The nephews and niece would definitley be pissed.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on October 26, 2008, 01:30:20 AM
see, I either dont know waht those things arein that list or the presents wouldnt be suitable for the people who struggle with the tv remote control  :-\

Quote
Pints just go home,give her a big hug and tell her you love her...I guarantee it will be as good and mean more to her than any present you might buy her
She got that for her birthday.
Dont think that would work on the whole family.  The nephews and niece would definitley be pissed.

POG,
Just get everyone a Visa Gift Card let them pick what they want.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hardy on October 26, 2008, 01:07:16 PM
I'm starting a website that people might want to use. You're looking to buy a sofa, a goat, a Honda or whatever. You find one of those shops or websites that say "if you can find it elsewhere cheaper, we'll match that price". Your sofa is €1,275. You log onto my website, and put "Acme Sofa, Model 153G, Red" in the product description and €89.95 in the price box. You pay me €50, print out the page and take it to the shop or email the link to the online shop and collect your sofa for €89.95.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 26, 2008, 01:10:34 PM
I'm starting a website that people might want to use. You're looking to buy a sofa, a goat, a Honda or whatever. You find one of those shops or websites that say "if you can find it elsewhere cheaper, we'll match that price". Your sofa is €1,275. You log onto my website, and put "Acme Sofa, Model 153G, Red" in the product description and €89.95 in the price box. You pay me €50, print out the page and take it to the shop or email the link to the online shop and collect your sofa for €89.95.
That's a  great idea!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 26, 2008, 02:09:46 PM
I'm starting a website that people might want to use. You're looking to buy a sofa, a goat, a Honda or whatever. You find one of those shops or websites that say "if you can find it elsewhere cheaper, we'll match that price". Your sofa is €1,275. You log onto my website, and put "Acme Sofa, Model 153G, Red" in the product description and €89.95 in the price box. You pay me €50, print out the page and take it to the shop or email the link to the online shop and collect your sofa for €89.95.

Sign me up to Hardy, what happens if the shop then tries to buy it from you?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hardy on October 26, 2008, 03:34:10 PM
Just sold the last one.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 04, 2008, 10:42:31 PM
Oh my God, Ballymenahay turned on their Christmas tree lights tonight WTF  :o.

Let the festive season commence
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 04, 2008, 10:43:27 PM
Oh my God, Ballymenahay turned on their Christmas tree lights tonight WTF  :o.

Let the festive season commence


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on November 05, 2008, 05:22:50 AM
Just left the store there, and as I was walking around I found myself whistling along with the music being piped through the speakers. After a while I thought - feck this is very familiar -but I cant put my finger on it. So I concentrated and realised I was fecking whistling silent night.

Its on people - sure for fecks sake valentine is just around the corner.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maddog on November 05, 2008, 09:45:54 AM
a neighbour of ours has the decorations all over the house lights on the roof etc, they were up 2 weeks ago.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: full back on November 05, 2008, 09:46:48 AM
a neighbour of ours has the decorations all over the house lights on the roof etc, they were up 2 weeks ago.

That was for Halloween ;)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: lurganblue on November 05, 2008, 12:00:01 PM
i was in the carphone warehouse on saturday and they were playing a christmas song. i thought it a bit odd but i wasnt in there long and thought it a one off.

went in there yesterday again to buy a phone and there was more christmas music playing. couldnt believe it. i says to the fella behind the counter that it was a bit early for that craic and he said "i know, i agree!" but the tone of his voice said he was rippin. imagine listening to that for the next 7 weeks or so, 8 hours a day!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maddog on November 05, 2008, 12:21:24 PM
a neighbour of ours has the decorations all over the house lights on the roof etc, they were up 2 weeks ago.

That was for Halloween ;)

If only it was, the 6ft santa on the roof sort of gives it away. I think the person in question does it for charity, the house is feckin plastered in it.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: thebandit on November 05, 2008, 12:49:34 PM
Lights are on in Dublin this Friday
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Denn Forever on November 05, 2008, 12:57:32 PM
Bah Humbug!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on November 16, 2008, 03:22:34 AM
The Sopranos complete DVD box set is now out.........a great gift but pricey
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 16, 2008, 10:40:52 AM
seen two Christmas trees up in houses yesterday, its here people
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 16, 2008, 11:18:26 AM
They turned on the lights where I live Thursday past.

6 Weeks before christmas - it's a bit much!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 16, 2008, 11:27:21 AM
They turned on the lights where I live Thursday past.

6 Weeks before christmas - it's a bit much!

agree, It should be illegal to put up house decorations before the 1st of Dec. Ours will be up about the 14th
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 16, 2008, 11:30:35 AM
Forgot to say there were reindeers there too and a snow machine!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 26, 2008, 05:52:52 PM
I can now officially announce Christmas has started, I seen the Coke add for it!!!!!

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: SidelineKick on November 26, 2008, 05:54:21 PM
The Sopranos complete DVD box set is now out.........a great gift but pricey

Great call DH exactly what I shall be getting  ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: stiffler on November 26, 2008, 05:55:58 PM
Christmas music started in lurgan today......clean ive!!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Gaoth Dobhair Abu on November 26, 2008, 08:02:05 PM
I love Christmas.  ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 26, 2008, 09:00:14 PM
There's a field beside where I work getting deliveries of Christmas trees all day, I assume they're selling them.  It's not even December.
The scary thing is I really want one. 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on June 06, 2009, 04:10:50 PM
The Ramada have been advertising Christmas dinners from the middle of May
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Sigerson on August 25, 2009, 01:09:33 PM
BUMP!

ONLY FOUR MONTHS

LETS HEAR THOSE SLEIGH BELLS RINING.......
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: vav on August 25, 2009, 02:36:37 PM
you have got to be kidding me  ::)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: fitzroyalty on August 25, 2009, 02:40:47 PM
you have got to be kidding me  ::)
scrooge
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tyrone girl on August 25, 2009, 02:45:18 PM
I love christmas, cant wait and next best thing to look forward to now that theres no all ireland weekend for us  :'(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on August 25, 2009, 02:51:50 PM
I'm looking forward to Christmas this year. LOVE it. Still four months... too early to be talking about it.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Sigerson on August 25, 2009, 02:54:57 PM
Obviously not Ziggy since well you know you are talking about it :-\
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: SidelineKick on August 25, 2009, 02:57:50 PM
It was a nice crisp morning this morn, I like those.  Thats when you know xmas is just around the corner*






* Albeit a very long sweeping corner.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: redhugh on August 25, 2009, 03:06:07 PM
Bah humbug! You cheery basterds :P
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Donnellys Hollow on August 25, 2009, 03:23:11 PM

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: vav on August 25, 2009, 03:44:24 PM
you have got to be kidding me  ::)
scrooge

not scrooge.. I love Christmas but the hype kills me.. It's feckin 4 months away, this thread should be in hibernation 'til at least November!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Sigerson on August 25, 2009, 04:24:42 PM
The shopping would need to start now. esp with the way things are at the minute to try and spread out the cost.
There wont be much for Christmas in my house anyway.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: leenie on August 25, 2009, 04:24:57 PM
BUMP!

ONLY FOUR MONTHS

LETS HEAR THOSE SLEIGH BELLS RINING.......


you must be seriously bored.........
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Sigerson on August 25, 2009, 04:33:07 PM
BUMP!

ONLY FOUR MONTHS

LETS HEAR THOSE SLEIGH BELLS RINING.......



you must be seriously bored.........

Eh?
We all cant lead the exciting life that you have Leenie!

Another Scrooge!!

O the weather outside is frightful....
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: leenie on August 25, 2009, 04:38:26 PM
BUMP!

ONLY FOUR MONTHS

LETS HEAR THOSE SLEIGH BELLS RINING.......



you must be seriously bored.........

Eh?
We all cant lead the exciting life that you have Leenie!

Another Scrooge!!

"O the weather outside is frightful....
and none of these christmas posts are delightful"

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Sigerson on August 25, 2009, 04:44:04 PM
But since I have nothing else to do,
let it go, let it go, let it go.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on September 23, 2009, 03:48:30 PM
its getting earlier every year, Dunnes have their seliction boxes and that out already
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: playwiththewind1st on September 23, 2009, 03:56:18 PM
full of cocaine, no doubt.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on September 23, 2009, 04:04:12 PM
Seen Christmas Cards for sale in Gordon's Chemist last week.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on September 23, 2009, 04:04:45 PM
Just over 13 weeks to go
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 07, 2009, 07:16:57 PM
seen my first Christmas add on the TV, tescos are advertising toys for Christmas already
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 07, 2009, 09:52:09 PM
seen my first Christmas add on the TV, tescos are advertising toys for Christmas already
>:(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: stpauls on October 08, 2009, 02:30:59 PM
seen my first Christmas add on the TV, tescos are advertising toys for Christmas already
>:(

i know, at least get Halloween over before the ads and shit start!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tyrone girl on October 08, 2009, 04:01:49 PM
U are all miserable aul men. I loveeee christmas and love all the songs and the ads , cant wait to start hearing them .
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: johnneycool on October 08, 2009, 04:07:07 PM
See page 3 of this thread about the house on the Ormeau road with the decorations up (2 years ago) and the comments about the house being occupied by Tyrone Wummin.

Tyrone girl has just given the comments credance.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Shortso79 on October 13, 2009, 09:04:27 PM
Lets go to the MALL...

http://news.uk.msn.com/odd-news/article.aspx?cp-documentid=150157970
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 09, 2009, 07:31:21 PM
try if you want but you will never stop Christmas, Santa arrives in Castle Court this Thursday  ;D Bring it on
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 09, 2009, 07:34:21 PM
Square Ball I like you,always thought you were one of the decent ones even if you do support Man U,so don't take any offense to what I am about to say.......


GO AND f**k YOURSELF AND AT LEAST WAIT TILL DECEMBER TO MENTION CHRISTMAS
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 09, 2009, 07:37:38 PM
Square Ball I like you,always thought you were one of the decent ones even if you do support Man U,so don't take any offense to what I am about to say.......


GO AND f**k YOURSELF AND AT LEAST WAIT TILL DECEMBER TO MENTION CHRISTMAS

You're just as bad Laoislad. I don't to hear about Christmas until mid-December! (Mass excluded, due to the Advent Calender)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 09, 2009, 07:39:52 PM
Square Ball I like you,always thought you were one of the decent ones even if you do support Man U,so don't take any offense to what I am about to say.......


GO AND f**k YOURSELF AND AT LEAST WAIT TILL DECEMBER TO MENTION CHRISTMAS

You're just as bad Laoislad. I don't to hear about Christmas until mid-December! (Mass excluded, due to the Advent Calender)

I'm just as bad with what?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 09, 2009, 07:40:51 PM
Square Ball I like you,always thought you were one of the decent ones even if you do support Man U,so don't take any offense to what I am about to say.......


GO AND f**k YOURSELF AND AT LEAST WAIT TILL DECEMBER TO MENTION CHRISTMAS

You're just as bad Laoislad. I don't to hear about Christmas until mid-December! (Mass excluded, due to the Advent Calender)

I'm just as bad with what?

As Square Ball. Mid-December is time enough to be getting excited by the thought of Christmas.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 09, 2009, 07:42:27 PM
Square Ball I like you,always thought you were one of the decent ones even if you do support Man U,so don't take any offense to what I am about to say.......


GO AND f**k YOURSELF AND AT LEAST WAIT TILL DECEMBER TO MENTION CHRISTMAS

You're just as bad Laoislad. I don't to hear about Christmas until mid-December! (Mass excluded, due to the Advent Calender)

I'm just as bad with what?

As Square Ball. Mid-December is time enough to be getting excited by the thought of Christmas.

I said the same thing as you ya big dumbass!!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 09, 2009, 07:44:25 PM
my local asda has a 7ft santa greeting everyone on the way in.  :-\
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on November 09, 2009, 07:46:26 PM
The wife started putting xmas (just for you ziggy) decorations up at the weekend! Her mate is putting her tree up next week.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 09, 2009, 07:50:12 PM
The wife started putting xmas (just for you ziggy) decorations up at the weekend! Her mate is putting her tree up next week.


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 09, 2009, 07:50:40 PM
The wife started putting xmas (just for you ziggy) decorations up at the weekend! Her mate is putting her tree up next week.


If that was my wife/girlfriend she would get a kick in the snatch for herself
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 09, 2009, 07:55:52 PM
The wife started putting xmas (just for you ziggy) decorations up at the weekend! Her mate is putting her tree up next week.
Need to put down the foot.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on November 09, 2009, 08:00:11 PM
The wife started putting xmas (just for you ziggy) decorations up at the weekend! Her mate is putting her tree up next week.
Need to put down the foot.
It doesn't bother me as I know the tree won't be up til early December otherwise the thing will be dead by Xmas. She said she was just road testing a few decorations, hanging different wreaths on the front door to see how they stick the weather etc. Doesn't everyone do this?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Caid on November 09, 2009, 08:01:53 PM
The wife started putting xmas (just for you ziggy) decorations up at the weekend! Her mate is putting her tree up next week.
Need to put down the foot.
It doesn't bother me as I know the tree won't be up til early December otherwise the thing will be dead by Xmas. She said she was just road testing a few decorations, hanging different wreaths on the front door to see how they stick the weather etc. Doesn't everyone do this?

No - you're a wild man letting your woman make eejits of the pair of ye's in front of the neighbours like that...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 09, 2009, 08:02:27 PM
The wife started putting xmas (just for you ziggy) decorations up at the weekend! Her mate is putting her tree up next week.
Need to put down the foot.
It doesn't bother me as I know the tree won't be up til early December otherwise the thing will be dead by Xmas. She said she was just road testing a few decorations, hanging different wreaths on the front door to see how they stick the weather etc. Doesn't everyone do this?

Oh good God no. Get your woman tested for ADD.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 09, 2009, 08:03:40 PM
The wife started putting xmas (just for you ziggy) decorations up at the weekend! Her mate is putting her tree up next week.
Need to put down the foot.
It doesn't bother me as I know the tree won't be up til early December otherwise the thing will be dead by Xmas. She said she was just road testing a few decorations, hanging different wreaths on the front door to see how they stick the weather etc. Doesn't everyone do this?
I see.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 09, 2009, 08:18:41 PM
The wife started putting xmas (just for you ziggy) decorations up at the weekend! Her mate is putting her tree up next week.
Need to put down the foot.
It doesn't bother me as I know the tree won't be up til early December otherwise the thing will be dead by Xmas. She said she was just road testing a few decorations, hanging different wreaths on the front door to see how they stick the weather etc. Doesn't everyone do this?

Eh no
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 09, 2009, 09:15:34 PM
Even I dont have a dry run at Christmas and I love it....

Ok if it will make all the Bah Humbug brigade happy I will not mention Christmas until I see the first house Christmas tree up, mine wont to up until around the 13 of Dec.

LL, dont worry I wont take offence, but I will report your anti Christmas attitude to Santa and bad boys dont get any









toys :D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 23, 2009, 08:45:45 PM
thats it, Christmas has now officially started as i have seen the Christmas coke add. Holidays are coming holidays are coming
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Archie Mitchell on November 23, 2009, 08:49:29 PM
The Late Late Toy Show is on this Friday, which should signal the start of Christmas. BTW how does one go about getting tickets for that show. Would save alot of hassle doing the Christmas shopping.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Caid on November 23, 2009, 08:52:17 PM
The Late Late Toy Show is on this Friday, which should signal the start of Christmas. BTW how does one go about getting tickets for that show. Would save alot of hassle doing the Christmas shopping.

"doesn't matter if you're RTÉ staff, the tickets are still gold dust, you have to apply in advance, people wait a long time, even years for the tickets."

http://blogs.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=62265522

Despite a plunge in television ad prices, advertisers are being asked to pay an unchanged €17,000 for a 30second spot during Friday’s Late Late Toy Show, amid hopes for a record audience.

This year, the spot price includes a second spot in the repeat version of the show next Sunday, so RTE is arguing that the pricing represents additional value.

Last year’s Toy Show achieved an average viewership across the programme of 1.2 million, making it RTE’s highest rating programme for the year. ‘‘We always have a good take up for The Late Late Toy Show, and interest and bookings are particularly strong this year, no doubt helped by the fact that it’s Ryan Tubridy’s first time to host the show,” said RTE’s head of TV sales, Dara Meaney. Its million-plus audience makes the Late Late RTE’s most expensive ad vehicle.

The cost of a spot in next year’s Champions League final, for example, has been pitched at €9,750.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 23, 2009, 09:07:57 PM
Still too soon.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: fitzroyalty on November 23, 2009, 09:11:35 PM
Still too soon.
:o
Never too soon
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 23, 2009, 09:13:37 PM
Still too soon.
:o
Never too soon

July?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: milltown row on November 23, 2009, 09:24:33 PM
wife has just got the stuff forthe Stockings (not hers :()

there was enough in it to do about 3 Christmas'!!

our kids are older now so the there wont be that many things to put up around midnight!!

 will be mostly DS games and Wii games, no bikes this year also

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 23, 2009, 09:29:24 PM
wife has just got the stuff forthe Stockings (not hers :()

there was enough in it to do about 3 Christmas'!!

our kids are older now so the there wont be that many things to put up around midnight!!

will be mostly DS games and Wii games, no bikes this year also

not use the r4 cards? 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: milltown row on November 23, 2009, 09:37:50 PM
wife has just got the stuff forthe Stockings (not hers :()

there was enough in it to do about 3 Christmas'!!

our kids are older now so the there wont be that many things to put up around midnight!!

will be mostly DS games and Wii games, no bikes this year also

not use the r4 cards?

are those legit? Christ we've down loading music on their MP3's!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: supersarsfields on November 24, 2009, 10:50:19 AM
So what date do most people start putting up the auld Christmas decorations? Was chatting ones there who get them up from the start of dec, seems hard early. Think anytime after the 15th is usually ok?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maddog on November 24, 2009, 11:27:20 AM
Time enough putting them up in the week of christmas itself. Neibghbours of ours put them up at Halloween. I shit you not. ::)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maggie on November 24, 2009, 02:59:53 PM
30 sleeps.
woo hoo
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 24, 2009, 03:03:20 PM
30 sleeps.
woo hoo

31 actually.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Shrek on November 24, 2009, 03:15:20 PM
missus ask me to put our tree up last weekend, i promptly told her to feck off.

i think i will get away with it till this weekend  ::)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on November 24, 2009, 03:30:38 PM
Lights going on in omagh this friday! Best band in ireland providing the music.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maggie on November 24, 2009, 04:15:23 PM

31 actually.


i meant til my hols.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 24, 2009, 04:46:11 PM
So what date do most people start putting up the auld Christmas decorations? Was chatting ones there who get them up from the start of dec, seems hard early. Think anytime after the 15th is usually ok?
I normally take the decorated tree out of the spare room and in to the sitting room about christmas eve.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 24, 2009, 04:50:15 PM
So what date do most people start putting up the auld Christmas decorations? Was chatting ones there who get them up from the start of dec, seems hard early. Think anytime after the 15th is usually ok?

Usually a week earlier than that, but aye, 15th's a good enough time.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 24, 2009, 05:18:33 PM
Bah Humbug  >:(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 24, 2009, 05:44:59 PM
wife has just got the stuff forthe Stockings (not hers :()

there was enough in it to do about 3 Christmas'!!

our kids are older now so the there wont be that many things to put up around midnight!!

will be mostly DS games and Wii games, no bikes this year also

not use the r4 cards?

are those legit? Christ we've down loading music on their MP3's!!

umm, prob not, but at £18 for a 4 gig one that will hold games and play music

seeen my first decorated christmas tree today in a house, sad sad people
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: takeyourownpath on November 24, 2009, 08:23:33 PM
my ma's startin the tree next weekend, so whats that? the 5th? 20days before the big lad comes still seems abit early to me. she maintains it's because she's "no time" to do it after then!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on November 24, 2009, 08:32:06 PM
my ma's startin the tree next weekend, so whats that? the 5th? 20days before the big lad comes still seems abit early to me. she maintains it's because she's "no time" to do it after then!
Same as that. Was informed by herself earlier that the tree(s) will be going up next week as there is a shortage of Nordman Fir this year and need to be in early. She also wants a second tree this year!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: takeyourownpath on November 24, 2009, 08:41:04 PM
my ma's startin the tree next weekend, so whats that? the 5th? 20days before the big lad comes still seems abit early to me. she maintains it's because she's "no time" to do it after then!
Same as that. Was informed by herself earlier that the tree(s) will be going up next week as there is a shortage of Nordman Fir this year and need to be in early. She also wants a second tree this year!

same as my ones! we have the MASSIVE (and when i say massive i mean it's about 6foot round at the bottom and 8foot tall) one in the house and then they bought a real one, roots and all in a pot out of B&Q, wee small one like, about 4foot just, to put outside the front door, and then 400 lights to put on her, not half wise if you ask me!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Canalman on November 24, 2009, 08:43:52 PM
The christmas "thing" very quiet imo here in Dublin at the moment.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Rois on November 24, 2009, 08:58:44 PM
There's a house on a street off the Cregagh Rd in Belfast with a 10ft light-up Santa in the garden that's been there since Halloween.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Niall Quinn on December 13, 2009, 04:04:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNsvE33pRSw
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hereiam on December 15, 2009, 03:31:30 PM
Not long to go now. I would say the bookies is sweatin a bit with this cold snap that is due. Good chance of seeing some snow over christmas
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Gaoth Dobhair Abu on December 15, 2009, 04:00:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNsvE33pRSw


That was terrible !  :D

This is yer only man (and woman).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCr30OVMjHA
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maggie on December 15, 2009, 04:06:09 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: saffron sam2 on December 15, 2009, 04:08:42 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

Tried that with my ones too. wasn't overly successful.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maggie on December 15, 2009, 04:12:56 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

Tried that with my ones too. wasn't overly successful.

How come?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on December 15, 2009, 04:16:47 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

how do you made reindeer dust?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Treasurer on December 15, 2009, 04:22:17 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

how do you made reindeer dust?

Put one in a cross-cut shredder??
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maggie on December 15, 2009, 04:23:47 PM
Good one Treas  ;D

But this is what I used:
Porridge oats
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Glitter

Put them all in a bowl and pass around so everyone gets a stir (adding more cinnamon and glitter)

Then put it in a wee gift bag and attach this rhyme " Sprinkle on the lawn at night.
The moon will make it sparkle bright
Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home"


They then sprinkle it outside their house on Chritsmas Eve.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: delboy on December 15, 2009, 04:25:51 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

how do you made reindeer dust?

oats and glitter mixed together, the kids sprinkle it about the place for santas reindeers to eat and help guide them to the right place.

Edit: I like the addition of spices and poetry, v. nice.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: lfdown2 on December 15, 2009, 04:27:54 PM
wife has just got the stuff forthe Stockings (not hers :()

there was enough in it to do about 3 Christmas'!!

our kids are older now so the there wont be that many things to put up around midnight!!

will be mostly DS games and Wii games, no bikes this year also

not use the r4 cards?

are those legit? Christ we've down loading music on their MP3's!!

umm, prob not, but at £18 for a 4 gig one that will hold games and play music

seeen my first decorated christmas tree today in a house, sad sad people

what are these (assuming they are discs with a number of preloaded games on them)

where can ye get them?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: johnneycool on December 15, 2009, 04:35:09 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

how do you made reindeer dust?

oats and glitter mixed together, the kids sprinkle it about the place for santas reindeers to eat and help guide them to the right place.

Edit: I like the addition of spices and poetry, v. nice.

That'll give the mice and rats something to eat on christmas eve, how thoughtful

 ::)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maggie on December 15, 2009, 04:38:12 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

how do you made reindeer dust?

oats and glitter mixed together, the kids sprinkle it about the place for santas reindeers to eat and help guide them to the right place.

Edit: I like the addition of spices and poetry, v. nice.

That'll give the mice and rats something to eat on christmas eve, how thoughtful

 ::)


A handful will hardly do much damage **scrooge**
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gerry on December 15, 2009, 07:39:54 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

No doubt with all the wine and chocolates the parents get you
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on December 15, 2009, 07:43:50 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

No doubt with all the wine and chocolates the parents get you
They'll not be get her anything, they'll be bitching about the shite they've to clean up out of the garden over her.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gerry on December 15, 2009, 08:10:44 PM
wife has just got the stuff forthe Stockings (not hers :()

there was enough in it to do about 3 Christmas'!!

our kids are older now so the there wont be that many things to put up around midnight!!

will be mostly DS games and Wii games, no bikes this year also

not use the r4 cards?

are those legit? Christ we've down loading music on their MP3's!!

umm, prob not, but at £18 for a 4 gig one that will hold games and play music

seeen my first decorated christmas tree today in a house, sad sad people

what are these (assuming they are discs with a number of preloaded games on them)

where can ye get them?

On my phone so cannot post link but you find all about it at  ds tread on here
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on December 15, 2009, 09:52:38 PM
I pmed If down 2 with the address I use
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: saffron sam2 on December 15, 2009, 09:58:10 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

Tried that with my ones too. wasn't overly successful.

How come?

They said it was a bit childish for them.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Treasurer on December 16, 2009, 07:54:44 PM
I am seriously uninspired this year for presents, usually have a least a couple of ideas but drawing blanks on absolutely everyone this year :(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 16, 2009, 09:23:45 PM
I am seriously uninspired this year for presents, usually have a least a couple of ideas but drawing blanks on absolutely everyone this year :(

I am very easily pleased.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Treasurer on December 16, 2009, 10:37:19 PM
I am seriously uninspired this year for presents, usually have a least a couple of ideas but drawing blanks on absolutely everyone this year :(

I am very easily pleased.

After your public sector comment??? Hmph!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on December 16, 2009, 10:38:40 PM
I am seriously uninspired this year for presents, usually have a least a couple of ideas but drawing blanks on absolutely everyone this year :(

Something small Treas would be fine, don't spend too much on me ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Gaoth Dobhair Abu on December 17, 2009, 09:53:45 AM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

No doubt with all the wine and chocolates the parents get you

Just on the point of kids getting their teachers gifts at Christmas - my sis-in-law in Carlow is on the Board of Governers of one of the National Schools and she was telling me that they have now banned children from giving presents to their teachers!! Is happening in the other schools as well. Bah Humbug.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: lfdown2 on December 17, 2009, 10:15:34 AM
wife has just got the stuff forthe Stockings (not hers :()

there was enough in it to do about 3 Christmas'!!

our kids are older now so the there wont be that many things to put up around midnight!!

will be mostly DS games and Wii games, no bikes this year also

not use the r4 cards?

are those legit? Christ we've down loading music on their MP3's!!

umm, prob not, but at £18 for a 4 gig one that will hold games and play music

seeen my first decorated christmas tree today in a house, sad sad people

what are these (assuming they are discs with a number of preloaded games on them)

where can ye get them?

On my phone so cannot post link but you find all about it at  ds tread on here


I pmed If down 2 with the address I use

aye cheers gerry got sorted, and SB for christ sake its LF
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maggie on December 17, 2009, 12:37:41 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

No doubt with all the wine and chocolates the parents get you

Just on the point of kids getting their teachers gifts at Christmas - my sis-in-law in Carlow is on the Board of Governers of one of the National Schools and she was telling me that they have now banned children from giving presents to their teachers!! Is happening in the other schools as well. Bah Humbug.


No.  :-\  :'(
P.S. Gerry, im more of a vodka girl.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on December 17, 2009, 12:43:13 PM


I pmed If down 2 with the address I use

aye cheers gerry got sorted, and SB for christ sake its LF
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Oops, actually makes a lot more sense now
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gerry on December 17, 2009, 12:44:37 PM
Made reindeer dust with my class today. They are so excitable, counting the sleeps every day and opening the calendar. I love my job-especially at this time of year.

No doubt with all the wine and chocolates the parents get you



Just on the point of kids getting their teachers gifts at Christmas - my sis-in-law in Carlow is on the Board of Governers of one of the National Schools and she was telling me that they have now banned children from giving presents to their teachers!! Is happening in the other schools as well. Bah Humbug.


No.  :-\  :'(
P.S. Gerry, im more of a vodka girl.

i heard this was in your staff room


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maggie on December 17, 2009, 12:49:04 PM
No its in my store cupboard.  8)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on December 18, 2009, 09:17:36 PM
all shopping done tonight, everyone's getting vouchers
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: stew on December 18, 2009, 09:25:29 PM
The wife had her digital camera stolen from her in Bostons Logan airport a few months ago so me and the kids bought her a really nice one between us, the kids got from me vouchers for girly stuff at a salon and that is me done until next year, happy days, i am usually a half hour before the shops close on new years eve type of guy, not this year. :)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: MR E on December 19, 2009, 11:34:06 AM
I have not starting shopping for the woman yet. Will start and finish it after work.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pintsofguinness on December 19, 2009, 11:57:00 AM
Get her a voucher
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 28, 2010, 01:10:28 PM
Less than 6 months to go.....
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: passedit on June 28, 2010, 01:14:21 PM
I thought this was about engerland getting bate yesterday. They really are the gift that never stops giving.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hereiam on October 07, 2010, 08:20:07 PM
Just seen the first proper christmas ad on there on E4. Bloody ridiculous.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Niall Quinn on October 08, 2010, 04:22:01 AM
Time for the tasteful festive footwear piece yet?
warning: eyes might get misty.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNsvE33pRSw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNsvE33pRSw)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tyrone girl on October 08, 2010, 11:11:52 AM
Yahhoo i love christmas - gonna start my christmas shopping next week i think. Im getting excited already  ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on October 08, 2010, 12:24:43 PM
Seen a Christmas advert on Channel 4 this morning.  >:(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: JohnDenver on October 08, 2010, 12:28:48 PM
78 sleeps til christmas, won't be long coming around.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tyrone girl on October 08, 2010, 12:45:23 PM
Did anyone else when they were wee ever dream it was christmas day and then wake up and be all disappointed? Or was that just me  :-\
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on October 08, 2010, 05:08:00 PM
Did anyone else when they were wee ever dream it was christmas day and then wake up and be all disappointed? Or was that just me  :-\
your not on you owe there TG.

God I love it, my youngest is in p7 so I think she is a disbeliever now, so its down hill from here  :P
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 26, 2010, 07:19:22 PM
Right its now officially Christmas time I have seen the Coke add, so if coke say its Christmas it must be.
Merry Christmas
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Title: The Christmas Thread
Post by: 5 Sams on December 16, 2010, 10:59:52 PM
It's not officially Christmas until you hear this classic on 2FM or Today FM....best Chrimbo tune ever..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JAQPZfycgk
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hoof Hearted on December 16, 2010, 11:11:55 PM
It's not officially Christmas until you hear this classic on 2FM or Today FM....best Chrimbo tune ever..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JAQPZfycgk


i love xmas, and i love xmas songs, but i f**king hate that song for some reason
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 16, 2010, 11:13:35 PM
It'll always be Mariah (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ymlnxMZkXA) for me.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 16, 2010, 11:26:04 PM
HOW MARIAH CAREY MAKES GOATS PRODUCE MORE MILK

WHAT do goats want for Christmas? Mariah Carey music, it seems.
A farmer has discovered that by repeatedly playing her festive favourite All I Want For Christmas Is You to his herd he can increase milk production by 20 per cent.
Whenever US pop diva Mariah’s 1994 record pipes up the goats immediately relax and produce around an extra pint each a day.

Angus, 57, who runs St Helen’s Farm in Seaton Ross, near York, said: “We are absolutely dumbfounded by the difference playing this song has made to the goats.
“Our milk maids started listening to the radio when they were milking them. They immediately noticed the animals were more relaxed and started producing more milk as a result.
“When one of the girls brought in a CD of Christmas classics they seemed to perk up when the Mariah Carey song came on. It’s really upbeat and they seem to love it.
“I think the staff here are sick of it now but unfortunately it works for the goats.”
Angus, who runs the farm with wife Kathleen, 55, has tried treating the goats with different Christmas-themed songs.
The goats like carols but Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday actually slowed down production and The Christmas Song by The Chipmonks brought it to a halt.
St Helen’s Farm milks 2,000 goats. Each produces about three litres a day...or three and a half litres if Mariah is playing.


http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/217648/How-Mariah-Carey-makes-goats-produce-more-milkHow-Mariah-Carey-makes-goats-produce-more-milk#ixzz18JuWybSd
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 16, 2010, 11:27:58 PM
Puts a whole new spin on the fact that Mariah Carey gets my goat.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 16, 2010, 11:32:16 PM
I'd like to see Mariah Carey produce milk!!






at least a few pints there :o
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 03, 2011, 08:17:48 PM
tomorrow its 50 days to go, lets bring it on, all I need now is the Coke add
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tyrone girl on November 04, 2011, 09:27:36 AM
Woohoo cant wait. Need to get all me presents planned. Loveee christmas  :)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Declan on November 04, 2011, 09:50:42 AM
http://christmasfm.ie/ (http://christmasfm.ie/)

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on November 11, 2011, 07:01:02 PM
seen my first Christmas tree in a house earlier on, a bit too early even for me
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ross4life on November 11, 2011, 07:29:47 PM
http://www.santabot.com/
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on November 11, 2011, 07:50:01 PM
http://www.santabot.com/

Got confused after my first question.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on December 08, 2011, 04:10:59 PM
Santa Claus is from Draperstown

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kchlcrvdxqQ&sns=em (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kchlcrvdxqQ&sns=em)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 08, 2011, 05:01:30 PM
The feast of the immaculate conception is today. Will be turning on the Christmas lights in the house tonight. Put the tree up on Tuesday night as tonight didn't suit. Lights only get switched on tonight though. Merry Christmas.
10 Days of work left. Ho Ho Ho.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 13, 2011, 01:07:12 PM
How much is a turkey per pound this year?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 13, 2011, 01:11:49 PM
Quote
The feast of the immaculate conception is today.

Unusually short gestation period, I'd have thought.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Iceman on December 13, 2011, 01:28:45 PM
Quote
The feast of the immaculate conception is today.

Unusually short gestation period, I'd have thought.
It is to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, not Jesus.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 13, 2011, 01:37:22 PM
Quote
The feast of the immaculate conception is today.

Unusually short gestation period, I'd have thought.
It is to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, not Jesus.

It is celebrated nine months after the nativity of Mary.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 13, 2011, 01:46:02 PM
Quote
The feast of the immaculate conception is today.

Unusually short gestation period, I'd have thought.
It is to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, not Jesus.

It is celebrated nine months after the nativity of Mary.

Cool, I didn't know that common-or-garden non-divine folk like Mary could have been immaculately conceived. 
Title: Dies Natalis Solis Invicti
Post by: thejuice on December 13, 2011, 05:11:55 PM
Its quite interesting, I've been reading up on the history of Christmas and pre-Christian Winter festivals and rituals. The 25th of December is the birthday of a few different figures from history and in particular to the Romans as it was when they celebrated the solstice (Brumalia). The most commonly referred to were Misthras and Sol Invictus, culturally descended from the Greek sun god Helios.

There is a lot of carry-over like Yule(Jul) which was the Nordic New year celebration which was part of the solstice fire festival. Some of them are quite bizarre, like the Tio de Nadal or Caga Tio in Northern Spain. In Scotland there was Hogmanay.

We had our own in Lá an Dreoilín or Wren Day, the Wren being considered the druidic bird of winter. It was part of the tradition of Wassailing, which was a wide spread tradition across Europe of visiting friends and singing together, while praying for a good harvest.

It's fascinating, I must keep an eye out for any solstice celebrations going on this year.  I wonder is there anything happening on the Hill of Uisneach in Westmeath? I know they used to do a bit for Bealtine.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AQMP on December 13, 2011, 05:20:31 PM
Quote
The feast of the immaculate conception is today.

Unusually short gestation period, I'd have thought.
It is to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, not Jesus.

It is celebrated nine months after the nativity of Mary.

Cool, I didn't know that common-or-garden non-divine folk like Mary could have been immaculately conceived.

The Immaculate Conception refers to Mary being concieved without the stain of original sin on her soul, unlike the rest of us.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 13, 2011, 05:52:00 PM
Quote
The feast of the immaculate conception is today.

Unusually short gestation period, I'd have thought.
It is to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, not Jesus.

It is celebrated nine months after the nativity of Mary.

Cool, I didn't know that common-or-garden non-divine folk like Mary could have been immaculately conceived.

The Immaculate Conception refers to Mary being concieved without the stain of original sin on her soul, unlike the rest of us.

That's what I thought.  A bit strange to be celebrating it a while after it 'happened' and a few weeks before the supposed anniversary of the childbirth, no?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Denn Forever on December 16, 2011, 11:30:39 AM
Not for the Children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFUgRRYmLvk
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Windmill abu on December 16, 2011, 12:01:41 PM
How it would be told today


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sghwe4TYY18
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AQMP on December 16, 2011, 02:16:25 PM
Quote
The feast of the immaculate conception is today.

Unusually short gestation period, I'd have thought.
It is to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, not Jesus.

It is celebrated nine months after the nativity of Mary.

Cool, I didn't know that common-or-garden non-divine folk like Mary could have been immaculately conceived.

The Immaculate Conception refers to Mary being concieved without the stain of original sin on her soul, unlike the rest of us.

That's what I thought.  A bit strange to be celebrating it a while after it 'happened' and a few weeks before the supposed anniversary of the childbirth, no?

BB, I think you're confusing the birth of Jesus traditionally celebrated on 25th Dec and the birth of his mother Mary traditionally celebrated on 8th September.  The Immacualte Conception was the conception of Mary (not Jesus) on 8th December and she was born nine months later on 8th September.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on December 16, 2011, 03:54:20 PM
How it would be told today


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sghwe4TYY18

First class windmill, I enjoyed that.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Denn Forever on December 16, 2011, 04:01:43 PM
I can't decide if it is pisstake or serious.  Enjoyed it but not LOL or LMFAO.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: muppet on December 16, 2011, 06:42:14 PM
http://ldolphin.org/2adams.html (http://ldolphin.org/2adams.html)

The above has the family tree of Jesus.

It says Adams was the son of God. Strangely enough Enoch was a relative of Adams. Not strangely after David arrived there was a split. The split lasted a long time but came back together after Peter and Jezebel. Then there was another split. Joseph came from the continuity Adams line while Mary, well, her Geneology doesn't really matter as Jesus was a 'Virgin Birth'. Although Jesus' six siblings (according to this (http://ldolphin.org/2adams.html)) probably considered themselves descendants in the normal sense of the word.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 19, 2011, 07:47:39 AM
Christmas Week.

Few questions for all of you:

All the shopping done?
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner?
Favourite Christmas movie?
Scholer or wine?
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas?
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning?
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night?
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber?
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tyrone girl on December 19, 2011, 09:53:39 AM
Christmas Week.

Few questions for all of you:

All the shopping done? NO
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? 10
Favourite Christmas movie? NO IDEA
Scholar or wine? SHLOER?
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? FAIRYTALE
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? EVE
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? SILENT NIGHT
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? BUBLE
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one? LIGHT SNOW
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Windmill abu on December 19, 2011, 12:24:00 PM
Quote
Christmas Week.

Few questions for all of you:

All the shopping done? yes
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? 4
Favourite Christmas movie? Die Hard/Its a wonderful Life
Scholer or wine? Schloer
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? Christmas morning
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? Oh Holy Night
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? Cant make up my mind on this one
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one?  Mild
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 19, 2011, 01:11:17 PM
Christmas Week.

Few questions for all of you:

All the shopping done? Yes
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? 5. First family Christmas dinner at home. Tried it last year but I had swine flu!
Favourite Christmas movie? Home Alone
Scholer or wine? Shloer. Wine when the kids are in bed.
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? Fairytale.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? Neither.
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? Oh Holy Night
Michael Buble or Justin Bieber? Neither. Bublé at a push.
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one?After last year as mild as you like.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Minder on December 19, 2011, 01:19:29 PM
I have checked the TV listings and can't see Home Alone on at all, which is pretty devastating.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 19, 2011, 01:29:14 PM
I have checked the TV listings and can't see Home Alone on at all, which is pretty devastating.

This year I have yet to see The Santa Clause with Tim Allen. Best Santa based Christmas film.
Some good TV on over the festivities.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: fitzroyalty on December 19, 2011, 01:31:37 PM
Christmas Week.

Few questions for all of you:

All the shopping done? Notatall
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? 7
Favourite Christmas movie? Elf
Scholer or wine? Both
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? I can't answer this one.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? Eve
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? Oh Holy Night
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? Bubbles
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one? Snow
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AQMP on December 19, 2011, 01:39:57 PM
All the shopping done? No
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? 4.  Just me, Mrs AQMP and the two kids
Favourite Christmas movie? The Muppets Christmas Carol
Schloer or wine? Wine
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? Fairytale
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? Midnight Mass Xmas Eve
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? Silent Night
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? Rather stick pins in both my eyes than listen to either
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one.  Oh mild please
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 19, 2011, 01:41:26 PM
All the shopping done? No
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? 4.  Just me, Mrs AQMP and the two kids
Favourite Christmas movie? The Muppets Christmas Carol
Schloer or wine? Wine
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? Fairytale
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? Midnight Mass Xmas Eve
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? Silent Night
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? Rather stick pins in both my eyes than listen to either
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one.  Oh mild please

Muppets Christmas Carrol is on TV Christmas Eve at 12 Noon. Can't mind which station. It's very good.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mc_grens on December 19, 2011, 02:24:50 PM
Anyone see the BBC drama Lost Christmas last night?

Really good show- it'll be a fixture for many from here on out I'd say.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on December 19, 2011, 05:37:29 PM
All the shopping done? No
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? 6
Favourite Christmas movie? Its a wonderful Life
Schloer or wine? Milk
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? Fairytale
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? Midnight Mass Xmas Eve
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? too close to call as I love them both?
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? Rather Buble but its a bad choice
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one. Smow
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Never beat the deeler on December 19, 2011, 10:37:21 PM
All the shopping done? Still have the traditional Xmas eve dash to get through
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? 8 - 10
Favourite Christmas movie? Home Alone
Schloer or wine? vino
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? Fairytale
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? Midnight Mass Xmas Eve
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? Oh holy night
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? Would go for Buble - best of a very bad lot
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one. Will be about 35deg
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Captain Obvious on December 20, 2011, 12:21:25 AM
Christmas Week.

Few questions for all of you:

All the shopping done? No
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? 4
Favourite Christmas movie? Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Scholer or wine? Wine
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? Fairytale
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? Eve
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? Silent night
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? Buble
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one? Snow
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Olly on December 20, 2011, 11:25:41 AM
All the shopping done? - No I haven't started yet and will probably wait til the Jan sales.
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? - just me
Favourite Christmas movie? - The Wrong Trousers
Scholer or wine? - Not into football.
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? - Neither. I'm a pianoman.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? - Not religious anymore since MJ died.
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? - Prefer afternoons.
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? - Don't drink beer.
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one? - Stiff one all day.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on December 20, 2011, 11:34:13 AM
All the shopping done? - Almost. 1 small stocking filler left.
How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? - We'll be down in Kerry, so 8 for dinner and about 18 afterwards for cards and brandy.
Favourite Christmas movie? - Polar Express or Santa Claus the Movie
Scholer or wine? - Don't know the first one, so Wine.
Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? - Fairytale
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? - Christmas Morning
Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? - O Holy Night
Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? - Que?
Snow on Christmas day or a mild one? - Snow, but as we drive down on Christmas Morning, not too much please.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Denn Forever on December 20, 2011, 11:43:45 AM
Scholer = Shloer  No alcoholic wine substitute.  Young children can be like their parents at Christmas dinner.  But you can get alcoholic cocktails.

http://www.shloer.com/
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on December 20, 2011, 11:48:34 AM
Scholer = Shloer  No alcoholic wine substitute.  Young children can be like their parents at Christmas dinner.  But you can get alcoholic cocktails.

http://www.shloer.com/

Ah. Ok. Still wine.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on December 20, 2011, 03:57:26 PM
I have checked the TV listings and can't see Home Alone on at all, which is pretty devastating.

Look harder.

RTE One: Friday at 3.45pm
Channel 4: Monday at 7.05pm
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Minder on December 20, 2011, 04:08:31 PM
I have checked the TV listings and can't see Home Alone on at all, which is pretty devastating.

Look harder.

RTE One: Friday at 3.45pm
Channel 4: Monday at 7.05pm

Excellent work Ziggy  ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 20, 2011, 04:18:56 PM
I have checked the TV listings and can't see Home Alone on at all, which is pretty devastating.

Look harder.

RTE One: Friday at 3.45pm
Channel 4: Monday at 7.05pm

The Santa Clause- When is it on? Go.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: thejuice on December 20, 2011, 04:56:35 PM
All the shopping done? - Done! Mostly on-line and delivered to the door.

How many will be at your table for Christmas dinner? - don't know yet.

Favourite Christmas movie? - Ben Hur or one of those older ones.

Scholer or wine? - Beer.

Favoruite between Fairytale of New York or All I want for Christmas? - The Pogues, though if I never heard that song again as long as I live I wouldn't miss it.

Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas morning? - Don't know yet, when I was at home it was the night before.

Favourite between Oh Holy Night or Silent Night? - Either, both good, really depends on how its sung.

Michael Buble or Justin Beiber? - Neither, They are both incredibly shit.

Snow on Christmas day or a mild one? - Whatever happens.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on December 20, 2011, 05:49:54 PM
I have checked the TV listings and can't see Home Alone on at all, which is pretty devastating.

Look harder.

RTE One: Friday at 3.45pm
Channel 4: Monday at 7.05pm

The Santa Clause- When is it on? Go.

Not on, but The Santa Clause 2 is on Saturday at 1.30pm on BBC One.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 21, 2011, 09:19:17 AM
I have just had someone say 'Merry Christmas' to me on the phone, I felt awkward saying it back. I'm more a Happy Christmas sort of guy.

Discuss.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tbrick18 on December 21, 2011, 09:28:15 AM
I used to work in a company where we had a lot of US clients. We weren't allowed to say Happy Christmas (or Merry Christmas for that matter) in case it would insult some of our American cousins. Instead we were instructed to say Happy Holidays!
Feck that for a bit of political correctness....it's Happy Christmas or it's fook all from me! :)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 22, 2011, 02:00:13 PM

Where do our Christmas traditions come from?
 
 
Why do we have ADVENT CALENDARS?
They were designed to help children focus on the coming of Jesus by having a "window" to open each day from December 1st to December 24th with a picture behind it of something related to the nativity. "Jesse Trees" were used in this way too - see Christmas Decorations and Christmas Tress. But modern day Advent Calendars are often a countdown to Christmas devoid of anything to do with Jesus, and instead have pictures of cartoon charaters and contain chocolates.
 
What does the ADVENT WREATH represent?
The circle of the wreath reminds Chrisitans of God, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that Chrisitans have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life. Candles symbolise the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son, Jesus. The three purple candles in the Advent wreath symbolise hope, peace, and love. These candles are lit on the first, second, and fourth Sundays of Advent. The rose candle, which symbolizes joy, is usually lit on the third Sunday. A fifth candle is placed inside the Advent wreath. This candle is lit on Christmas Day. It is white, the color associated with angels and the birth of Jesus.
 
What is BOXING DAY?
In medieval times, the day after Christmas churches used to distribute the money that had been collected in the "almsbox" (charity box) to the poor and needy. This evolved into the tradition of giving tradesmen a "box", meaning a gift or money, on the first day of the week after Christmas.
Why are CANDLES a Christmas symbol?
Because Jesus is the "light of the world"! In the pre-Christian mid-winter festivals sun gods were worshipped, and the candles were a symbol of the needed light of the sun.
 
Why do we sing CAROLS at Christmas?
Singing to and about their gods was part of all pagan festivals, including the winter ones. When Christmas was established on the 25th December in the fourth century, the church initially tried to stop people singing these pagan songs, but then changed track, and decided to encourage the singing of Christian Christmas themed songs in their place. By the late medieval period the singing of Christmas carols had become a tradition. St Francis of Assisi (around 1220AD) promoted the use of carols to spread the Christmas message by translating songs sung in Latin into languages spoken by ordinary people in Europe for use in formal church services.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 22, 2011, 02:00:41 PM
What is CHRISTINGLE?
The first Christingle service was held in Marienborn in Moravia in 1747, when the pastor, John de Wattville, wanting to find a new way of telling the Christmas story to children, gave each child a lighted candle tied with a red ribbon. He asked them to relight them at home and place them in their windows to show the Light of Christ to passers by. The tradition was kept alive by the Moravian church and in the United Kingdom was adopted by the Children's Society in the 1950s as a way of raising awareness of their work. Many churches and schools now hold Christingle services any time from Advent to the end of the Epiphany season. Each child is helped to take an orange (representing the World) and insert four cocktail sticks into it (representing the four seasons). Fruit, nuts and sweets can then be attached to the cocktail sticks to represent the fruits of the Earth. A red ribbon is then tied around the centre of the orange as a reminder that Christ died for us all. Finally, a small lighted candle is placed on top to symbolise Jesus Christ, Light of the World.
 
Why do we eat CHRISTMAS CAKE?
These rich fruit cakes were a sensible celebratory food as they didn't spoil quickly, and could therefore be made in advance to have in ready for guests whenever they arrived, or could be taken on a journey to give as a gift, in days when travelling was a slow process. The fruitcake as we know it today evolved from plum cake recipes in England.
Who sent the first CHRISTMAS CARD?
Greeting cards were not new. Since Aloys Senefelder perfected lithography in 1796, merchants would send their customers best wishes for the new year. But in 1843 Henry Cole commissioned an artist friend to design the first Christmas card as a way of making his Christmas correspondance easier. It took some time for Henry Cole's Christmas card idea to take root with the wider public. In fact, until 1878, more Valentine’s cards were sent in the post each year than Christmas cards. However, just three years later in 1881, the Post Office issued its first public instruction to 'Post early for Christmas', to help manage the volume of festive mail. The growth of the postal service, and introduction of a flat rate for sending cards allowed this custom to spread, especially when steam trains speeded up the delivery of mail.
 
Who first pulled a CHRISTMAS CRACKER?
Crackers were invented by Thomas Smith in 1846 as a way of attractively wrapping French novelties he was trying to get people to buy as Christmas gifts! For the full story see www.absolutelycrackers.com/hist_evolved.html
 
Why do we have CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS and CHRISTMAS TREES?
To appease the tree spirits, people in the Dark Ages attached painted stones and coloured cloth to oak branches in midwinter. The belief that bad luck will follow if you leave Christmas decorations up past Twelfth Night also has its origins here: if the spirits were not released once midwinter had passed, the forests and fields might not awaken again. Christian missionaries transferred the focus to firs, whose triangular shape they linked to the Holy Trinity, and people merged the idea of this tree with the tree seen in the Garden of Eden in the medieval "paradise plays"- depicting the story of man from Adam and Eve to the birth of Jesus- which had baubel like fruit hanging off it. The Christmas tree points upwards to heaven reminding us of the Christ Child who pointed us to God. The "Jesse Tree" is a custom from the Middle Ages. It comes from the words 'A shoot shall come up from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a branch will bear fruit' (Isaiah 11. 1) Jesse was the father of King David and the Bible tells us that Jesus will be born 'of the house of David'. Pictures or symbols representing people and events in the Bible were hung from a bare branch to make up a sort of family tree of Jesus. Christmas trees were decorated with apples, cakes and sweets for many centuries, and also decorated with candles, to remind children of the stars in the sky at the time of the birth of Jesus. Prince Albert didn't introduce the Christmas Tree to Britain, but he was responsible for the mid-19th century onwards surge in popularity. The first manufactured Christmas tree ornaments were sold by Woolworths in 1880. Electric tree lights were first used just 3 years after Thomas Edison had his first mass public demonstration of electric lights back in 1879. And in 1903 the Ever - Ready Company of New York began the mass production of stringed electric lights.
 
Why do we eat CHRISTMAS PUDDING?
The Celts kept the harvest god Dagda happy by stirring a pot of porridge for him. This was later livened up with prunes to become plum porridge; then it turned into plum pudding, and finally today's Christmas pudding. In theory, the pudding should be stirred by each member of the family in turn to show that everyone has done their bit, and only in an east-to-west direction, to mimic the sun's path across the sky. Flames from the brandy symbolise the heat of the returning sun and the sprig of holly - with its unique winter berries - evokes the fruit of the harvest. Two of the Christian version of this is that it should be made with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and His Disciples and that a sprig of holly is used to top the pudding as a reminder of the crown of thorns worn by Christ on the cross.
 
Where did some of the well-known CHRISTMAS SONGS come from?
Jingle Bells was written in 1857! "White Christmas" was first sung by Bing Crosby in 1942, and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was recorded by Gene Autry in 1949.
 
Why do we have CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS?
Christmas stockings come from one of the stories about the kindness of St Nicholas (see Father Christmas) who is said to have wanted to secretly provide the dowry for a poor girl to enable her to marry, and so threw a purse of money down a chimney...and it landed in a stocking hung up by the fire to dry!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 22, 2011, 02:01:09 PM
Why do we decorate with EVERGREENS?
Holly, ivy and mistletoe are some of the few plants that keep their leaves during the European midwinter, and were revered as symbolising everlasting life. Sprigs of green leaves were brought inside to provide a temporary haven for the tree-dwelling spirits that were seen to have deserted the rest of the forest for the winter. Holly and ivy were also primitive symbols for male and female and therefore fertility. The Church injected Christian meaning into the use of holly, making it a symbol for Jesus' crown of thorns. One legend says holly berries used to be white but Christ's blood left them with a permanent crimson stain. To Christians, decorating with evergreens symbolises eternal life through Jesus.
 
Who is FATHER CHRISTMAS / SANTA CLAUS?
Our British Father Christmas is a combination of the Viking "Old Winter" and the legend of St Nicholas who became known as Santa Claus. The Vikings chose someone to represent Old Winter and he was dressed up, fed and made as welcome as possible in an attempt to appease the gods and bring on a mild winter. This figure later became confused with Santa Claus and they are now considered one and the same. Santa, however, came to Britain from America, where he was introduced by Dutch immigrants. Their "Sinter Klaas" was Saint Nicholas, a Bishop of Myra in fourth century Lycia (in Asia Minor), famed for acts of kindness. see http://www.stnicholascenter.org
 
Why do we eat MINCE PIES?
The mince pie goes back hundreds of years - England's King Henry V was a great fan of them and was served a mincemeat pie at his coronation in 1413. When the crusaders returned from the Holy Land with spices, and it was deemed appropriate to celebrate Christ's birthday with a pie containing spices from his native land. It was important to add three spices (cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg) for the three gifts given to the Christ child by the Magi. Originally the mince pie did contain meat - mincemeat was a way of preserving meat by mixing it with fruit, spices and alcohol. The initial mince pies were large rather than bite size. It is sometimes said that the large pies were cooked in an oblong dish and that the top often used to cave in. As a result the mince pie looked a little like a crib, in keeping with the Christian nativity story. Over time the amount of meat in mincemeat was gradually reduced until it became the fruit only substance we know today. In addition, the pies became smaller. Apparently they were sometimes called "wayfarers' pies" because they were given to visitors over the Christmas period.
 
Why do people kiss under the MISTLETOE?
The European mistletoe, as a parasitic plant growing on deciduous trees, was seen as a symbol of the continuing 'life-force' (and vitality/fertility) of the tree through the winter, and was sacred to the Celts. The fertility image was completed by European mistletoe's shape and form. Druids would hold a special ceremony for any mistletoe found growing on a similarly sacred oak. Such a plant could be cut only with a golden sickle on to a white sheet - if it touched either earth or iron the magic powers would be lost. Scandinavians regarded mistletoe as a peace plant and it was given to indicate a truce between warring nations or husband and wife. Its evergreen leaves and association with kissing meant it later got used as a symbol of Christian love and eternal life. The modern tradition of kissing under the mistletoe may be more to with 18th century fashions to promote druidic ideas than a genuine national tradition. It is a very British tradition, hardly practised abroad except for English-speaking countries, particularly North America.
 
Who put on the first NATIVITY PLAY?
The nativity play was created as a means of telling the Christmas story. Many people were unable to read or write so they couldn't read the Christmas story in the Bible themselves. Also many of the church services were in Latin which they didn't understand. There were generally two plays in the Christmas repertoire, one about shepherds, the other involving wise men. These plays merged and some details about Herod and the slaughter of the innocents were later added for dramatic effect. The telling of the Christmas story has been an important part of the Christianisation of Christmas. One way that the Christmas story has been maintained is through the crib, a model of the manger that Jesus was born in. The tradition of crib making dates back to at least 400 AD when Pope Sixtus III had one built in Rome. In many parts of Europe in the 18th century crib making was an important craft form. This was not the case in England until much later, suggesting that British Christmases were less Christian than those in other parts of Europe. St Francis of Assisi is credited with staging the first Nativity performance in Italy in about 1223.
 
PANTOMIMES - why???
from www.hissboo.co.uk/pantomimes.html - Like Cricket, another venerated English institution, pantomime defies an easy and logical description. Why do men dress up as women and women with seemingly endless legs slap their thighs and pretend to be men - usually without the slightest glimmer of innuendo? Vast tomes have been written on the history of pantomime. It draws its origins from aspects of Commedia dell'arte, French ballets-pantomimes - which were themselves descended from a distant Roman tradition based on a dumb show performed by a single masked dancer called Pantomimus - and the 18th century Harlequinade. It was to be transformed in the early 19th century by the great clown Grimaldi who established many of its now established conventions.
see www.limelightscripts.co.uk/scripts/history.htm for more info!
 
Why do we give PRESENTS at Christmas?
One of the earliest known customs of giving presents around the time of the winter solstice was during the Roman festival of the Kalends, on the first day of January. Such gifts were known as "strenae" and were originally merely branches plucked from the grove of the goddess Strenia, probably with the aim of securing contact with this vegetation-spirit. High ranking officials of the Roman Administration were expected to present gifts to their Emperor during Kalends, and during Caligula's reign the gifts were changed to honey and cakes, as a symbol of their wish that the new year might be full of sweetness, and gold that it might bring prosperity, as Caligula was not impressed with olive branches. Sometime in the 1200's the custom of giving gifts during the mid-winter festival moved to the feast day of St Nicholas, the bringer of gifts. There was also a medieval legend that the baby Jesus GAVE presents ("Kriss Kringle", taken from the German "Christkindl ", little Christ child) and the part of the Christmas story where the wise men brought their three gifts to Jesus. The mainstream Christian view of present giving at Christmas today is that we give presents as a symbol and reminder that God gave the greatest gift of all - Jesus.
 
Why does Father Christmas have REINDEER? 
Reindeer have been domesticated and used for centuries to pull loads on sleds in snowy regions. The legend of eight flying reindeer was made popular by the 1822 poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore, and has its origins in an old northen European Lapp legend that says Old Man Winter brings his reindeer down from the mountains at the same time as the first snow. This got mixed in with the spread of the legend of St Nicholas to northen Russia and Finland. Reindeer made good animals to become part of the legend of Father Christmas, since they lived in very cold northern climates and were therefore unfamiliar to most people in the world.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hashtag on December 22, 2011, 02:01:29 PM
What about RUDOLPH?
Rudolph - the red nosed reindeer was the creation of Robert May, an advertising writer for the Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago. May, who was very imaginative, wanted to create a booklet to give to parents who shopped at Montgomery Ward and with the help of Denver Gillen, a friend who had artistic skills, they created a booklet about Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. The story of how Rudolph lit the way through the fog to help Santa Claus deliver his toys was distributed for several years, with millions of booklets distributed at Montgomery Wards stores over the years. In 1947 the story of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer was put to music by a friend of Robert Mays by the name of Johnny Marks. It was recorded and sung by Gene Autry, a famous TV star, and sold millions of copies of the song. Rudolph has had his own TV shows and movies and continues to grow in popularity with every passing year.
 
Why is the ROBIN a Christmas symbol?
The robin is a sedentary British garden bird. During winter they are often joined by migratory Scandinavian robins, making their appearance at this time more common. The birds often feature on Christmas cards, their red breasts a dash of colour in a white wonderland. According to a Christmas legend, a robin landed on the shoulder of Jesus when he was on the cross and sang in order to relieve his suffering. The blood from Jesus' crown of thorns stained the little bird's chest, and from then on, all robins were red breasted. Postmen in Victorian England were popularly called "robins". This was because their uniforms were red. Victorian Christmas cards often showed a robin delivering Christmas mail.
 
Who first decorated with TINSEL?
Tinsel was invented in Germany in 1610 and used to be made with real silver!
 
Why do we eat TURKEY at Christmas?
The tradition of eating turkey only at Christmas is a distant memory of the days when the principal dish on that day was something special. Before turkey took over, the popular Christmas delicacies were bustard, goose and cockerel, and in the houses of the rich, peacock and swan. The peacock was often skinned before roasting. For serving, it was re-clothed in its feathers and its beak was gilded. Sometimes the beak was propped open with a bit of bread soaked in spirit. This would then be set alight and the bird brought into the dining hall with the greatest pomp and ceremony. The turkey was introduced into Europe by one of Sebastian Cabot's officers on a return journey from the New World, which is where the birds came from. Strangely, they were called turkeys because of their similarity with another bird which was already established in England for human consumption. This was known as the turkey! Merchants from the Levant, or Turkey, first brought them to England, having originally imported them from West Africa. This soon created a lot of confusion. So, the first turkey was renamed the Guinea Fowl, as a reminder of its place of origin.
 
What's all the fuss about having a WHITE CHRISTMAS?
The interest in snowy Christmases has its origins in the colder climate of the period 1550-1850 when Britain was in the grip of a 'Little Ice Age'. Winters were particularly persistent and severe - 1813/14 was the last winter that a 'frost fair' was held on the River Thames in London. For most parts of the UK, Christmas comes at the beginning of the season for snow. Wintry weather is more likely early in the deepening cold of January. White Christmases were more frequent in the 18th and 19th centuries, even more so before the change of calendar in 1752 which effectively brought Christmas day back by 12 days. For many a White Christmas means a complete covering of snow, ideally falling between midnight and midday on the 25th. However, the definition used most widely, notably by those placing and taking bets, is for a single snow flake (perhaps amongst a shower of rain and snow mixed) to be observed falling in the 24 hours of December 25th. The last time we had a White Christmas with snow falling across the UK was 2001, but this was mainly confined to high ground, 1995 was a good year for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England.
 
Why is "Christmas" sometimes written as "XMAS"?
The word "Xmas" is sometimes used to stand in for "Christmas". This tradition began in the early Christian church; the first letter of Christ's name in Greek is X, and was frequently used at the time as a holy symbol. However, in modern days "Xmas" has been used as a way of avoiding writing or saying "CHRIST-mas".
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 24, 2011, 10:54:51 PM
And so it begins!! Kids are still awake, looks like a long night to get Santa work done
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 24, 2011, 11:22:37 PM
And so it begins!! Kids are still awake, looks like a long night to get Santa work done
We just had one arrive downstairs although luckily I caught him on the bottom step.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Minder on December 24, 2011, 11:26:13 PM
And so it begins!! Kids are still awake, looks like a long night to get Santa work done
We just had one arrive downstairs although luckily I caught him on the bottom step.

Santa is done and dusted, earliest ever. Usually in bed about 4am.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Captain Obvious on December 24, 2011, 11:29:29 PM
And so it begins!! Kids are still awake, looks like a long night to get Santa work done
We just had one arrive downstairs although luckily I caught him on the bottom step.
Too late to rush herself into hospital? good catch by the way.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 24, 2011, 11:30:27 PM
And so it begins!! Kids are still awake, looks like a long night to get Santa work done
We just had one arrive downstairs although luckily I caught him on the bottom step.
Too late to rush herself into hospital? good catch by the way.
Calling him Jesus. Knob.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 24, 2011, 11:34:34 PM
Rose a bit of a stink a few days ago about the lack of traditional Christmas dinner being served up (going to the inlaws for filet mignon tomorrow), so herself arrived home last night and fired a turkey and a bag of brussel sprouts at me. Needless to say I've been in the kitchen all day with this damn bird making Christmas eve dinner for the pair of us. First turkey I've ever done so will be interesting.

Did I mention it was a 15lb turkey she bought?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 24, 2011, 11:45:01 PM
Rose a bit of a stink a few days ago about the lack of traditional Christmas dinner being served up (going to the inlaws for filet mignon tomorrow), so herself arrived home last night and fired a turkey and a bag of brussel sprouts at me. Needless to say I've been in the kitchen all day with this damn bird making Christmas eve dinner for the pair of us. First turkey I've ever done so will be interesting.

Did I mention it was a 15lb turkey she bought?
5 hours! We've a 22lber for tomorrow and it's only me, the missus and 3 kids. As well I like turkey!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 24, 2011, 11:48:51 PM
I went with 20ins at 475f then 20mins/lb at 250f after that, just sent an emergency text for a meat thermometer (ooh er missus!) so I don't poison anyone.

I'll be poisoning anyone in a 10ft radius a few hours after the sprouts, but that's a different story
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Windmill abu on December 24, 2011, 11:54:33 PM
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5 hours! We've a 22lber for tomorrow and it's only me, the missus and 3 kids

Are you having Harry Enfield round for christmas
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 24, 2011, 11:59:56 PM
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5 hours! We've a 22lber for tomorrow and it's only me, the missus and 3 kids

Are you having Harry Enfield round for christmas
That's a blast from the past!



Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 25, 2011, 12:20:36 AM
My wife was telling me they didn't ask for much, happy days said I. There was more toys in their stockings than i had in all my years growing up. recession? someone forgot to tell my wife!!

The presents downstairs could have sorted out a village. No holidays next summer!

Ba hum bug
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: leenie on December 26, 2011, 04:21:12 PM

Well strangers,  long time...

Hope ye all are having a good christmas.... ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Captain Obvious on December 26, 2011, 07:32:51 PM
Glad it's all over, too much work & hassle for one day.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on December 26, 2011, 08:12:41 PM
This was a special Christmas. Chased Rois around Greencastle.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Square Ball on December 26, 2011, 08:26:17 PM
This was a special Christmas. Chased Rois around Greencastle.
Spill the beans ziggywiggy, did you catch her?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggysego on December 26, 2011, 08:54:51 PM
This was a special Christmas. Chased Rois around Greencastle.
Spill the beans ziggywiggy, did you catch her?

Na, she got away from me.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: supersarsfields on November 14, 2012, 09:40:57 AM
Is it too early to resurrect this thread? Made the decision that I was going to be organised for Christmas this year so looking to get the presents out of the way early. Have many of yous started? Or would you be leaving it til nearer the time.
I know it's not really the festive period as I haven't seen the lorry with the lights yet.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: NAG1 on November 14, 2012, 09:45:01 AM
Is it too early to resurrect this thread? Made the decision that I was going to be organised for Christmas this year so looking to get the presents out of the way early. Have many of yous started? Or would you be leaving it til nearer the time.
I know it's not really the festive period as I haven't seen the lorry with the lights yet.

Yeah but the Christmas movie channel on Sky has started so does that make if official then?  ;)

Slightly more organised this year than most others but always be a bit of frantic last minute shopping.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: supersarsfields on November 14, 2012, 09:56:52 AM
I saw that alright, there's even a +1!! Can't really feel the festive feeling until we're at least in December, but would like to have all the shopping out of the way in this month's pay.
Are there many still having big staff do's? We just got word that they're throwing £20 towards the Dinner which is better than last year so that's an improvement. The free drink all night seems to be a thing of the past for a lot of companies now.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: johnneycool on November 14, 2012, 10:13:17 AM
Is it too early to resurrect this thread? Made the decision that I was going to be organised for Christmas this year so looking to get the presents out of the way early. Have many of yous started? Or would you be leaving it til nearer the time.
I know it's not really the festive period as I haven't seen the lorry with the lights yet.

Yeah but the Christmas movie channel on Sky has started so does that make if official then?  ;)

Slightly more organised this year than most others but always be a bit of frantic last minute shopping.

Christmas officially starts when Larry Gogan (of the just a minute quiz fame) plays the first christmas song on RTE radio. I think that's the 1st of December.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hereiam on November 14, 2012, 10:17:53 AM
I see you really need to do the christmas shopping in october. I was looking at a buzz lightyear on amazon on the 31st October and they were selling for £34. Went on the next evening to buy it and it had jumped in price to £79. Crazy. Didnt bother about it then.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: supersarsfields on November 14, 2012, 11:24:23 AM
Do ya's buy for many? Usually I buy for the other half, the parents and that's it. Don't bother with the siblings which is handy.
And we've a new addition to the household this year but she'll only be a couple of months old so won't be having a big list!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Cold tea on November 14, 2012, 11:58:55 AM
Do ya's buy for many? Usually I buy for the other half, the parents and that's it. Don't bother with the siblings which is handy.
And we've a new addition to the household this year but she'll only be a couple of months old so won't be having a big list!!

Hardly matters if they do sure Santa will bring them, my wee lad informed me that he was going to ask for an I-Pad on his birthday in August but decided to wait and ask Santa as he knew they cost a lot of money, he's a wee star. :)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Declan on November 14, 2012, 12:14:41 PM
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Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: LeoMc on November 14, 2012, 02:00:58 PM
Do ya's buy for many? Usually I buy for the other half, the parents and that's it. Don't bother with the siblings which is handy.
And we've a new addition to the household this year but she'll only be a couple of months old so won't be having a big list!!

Hardly matters if they do sure Santa will bring them, my wee lad informed me that he was going to ask for an I-Pad on his birthday in August but decided to wait and ask Santa as he knew they cost a lot of money, he's a wee star. :)

You can't not get it for him now if he is that sharp. :)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on November 14, 2012, 02:53:04 PM
I'd always been a last minute shopper but lately have really been convinced if the savings and convenience if shopping online. Huge savings to be had on almost everything if you shop around over a couple days with the click of the auld mouse.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: orangeman on November 21, 2012, 11:33:35 PM
I'm devestated. After all this time. Little Donkey on the dusty road and all those nice wee songs.


And who else but the pope goes and busts the myth about the wee donkey and the sheep. Cruel on the mouth of advent.


WITH just over a month to go before Christmas, Pope Benedict has declared that the presence of animals like cattle and donkeys in traditional Nativity scenes is based on little more than a myth.

As churches and families around the world prepare to dust off their Nativity figures for the festive season, Benedict writes in a new book on Christ that, contrary to popular belief, Jesus' birth was not presided over by oxen, asses, camels or indeed any other beasts.

"There is no mention of animals in the Gospels," he wrote in the third and last volume of his biography of Jesus Christ, which, like the previous two books, is expected to become an international bestseller, with an initial print run of a million copies.

The inclusion of domestic animals in the Nativity scene may have been inspired by pre-Christian traditions, Pope Benedict wrote.

But children around the world need not be too disappointed – the German pontiff said that the tradition of donkeys or oxen beside the manger was so deeply entrenched that it would doubtless survive his scepticism.

"No one will give up the oxen and the donkey in their Nativity scenes," he writes in the book, which goes on sale today.

The book, 'Jesus of Nazareth – The Infancy Narratives', traces Christ's early life until the age of 12 and will be published around the world in nine languages. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

- Nick Squires Rome
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Orior on November 22, 2012, 04:06:49 PM



http://www.7dayshop.com/7dayshop-hd-vehicle-video-camera-kit-with-2-4-colour-screen-record-your-journeys?q=dash%20board%20camera&sl=sl (http://www.7dayshop.com/7dayshop-hd-vehicle-video-camera-kit-with-2-4-colour-screen-record-your-journeys?q=dash%20board%20camera&sl=sl)

Dashboard Camera, records up to 7 days of travel (but may need extra memory for that).

I think this is great for £25. How often have you thought "Christ look at the ejit, wish I'd got that on camera".

PS. Can someone buy me one please?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Dinny Breen on December 19, 2012, 04:52:34 PM
Have a good Christmas lads/lassies and best wishes for the New Year

Advent, by Patrick Kavanagh
 
We have tested and tasted too much, lover-
Through a chink too wide there comes
in no wonder.
But here in the Advent-darkened room
Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea
Of penance will charm back the luxury
Of a child's soul, we'll return to Doom
The knowledge we stole but could not use.
 
And the newness that was in every stale thing
When we looked at it as children: the spirit-shocking
Wonder in a black slanting Ulster hill
Or the prophetic astonishment
in the tedious talking
Of an old fool will awake for us and bring
You and me to
the yard gate to watch the whins
And the bog-holes, cart-tracks, old stables where Time
begins.
 
O after Christmas we'll have no need to go searching
For the difference that sets an old phrase burning-
We'll hear it in the whispered argument
of a churning
Or in the streets where the village boys are lurching.
And we'll hear it among decent men
too
Who barrow dung in gardens under trees,
Wherever life pours ordinary plenty.
Won't we be rich, my love and I, and
God we shall not ask for reason's payment,
The why of heart-breaking strangeness in dreeping hedges
Nor analyse God's breath in common statement.
We have thrown into the dust-bin the clay-minted wages
Of pleasure, knowledge and the conscious hour-
And Christ comes
with a January flower.

***********************************************************
 
from The Dead, by James
Joyce
 
"A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the
window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and
dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his
journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was
falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling
softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the
dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling,
too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey
lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on
the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as
he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling,
like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead."
 
************************************************************
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 24, 2012, 07:15:42 AM
Anyone in working this morning? On an empty bus this morning, hopefully boss let's us off early, heading for pints in keoghs in Dublin city centre, looking forward to it, and then wrapping up Santas pressies later on with a few pints in board. Hope everyone has a good one.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: JUst retired on December 24, 2012, 07:32:01 AM
The wife plucked and stuffed the turkey last night.
Today I have the awful job of killing it. I hate that job.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AQMP on December 24, 2012, 08:17:31 AM
Have a good Christmas everyone! 8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwtJHcCpDlc
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 24, 2012, 08:21:53 AM
Anyone in working this morning? On an empty bus this morning, hopefully boss let's us off early, heading for pints in keoghs in Dublin city centre, looking forward to it, and then wrapping up Santas pressies later on with a few pints in board. Hope everyone has a good one.

Been out since 6am will probably be working till 6pm.
Wouldn't mind a flexi day today.. ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 24, 2012, 08:29:54 AM
Anyone in working this morning? On an empty bus this morning, hopefully boss let's us off early, heading for pints in keoghs in Dublin city centre, looking forward to it, and then wrapping up Santas pressies later on with a few pints in board. Hope everyone has a good one.

Been out since 6am will probably be working till 6pm.
Wouldn't mind a flexi day today.. ;D

Greedy f**ker! I'd say the old Christmas Eve callout rate is pricey, the poor old dubs getting rode!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Declan on December 24, 2012, 08:32:07 AM
In for a few hours this morning. Happy Christmas and New Year to all
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: BenDover on December 24, 2012, 10:06:39 AM
Something to warm the hearts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20807844

nollaig shona duit!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on December 24, 2012, 12:39:04 PM
Happy Christmas Everyone, hope ye and yer families have a happy, peaceful Christmas.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ziggy90 on December 24, 2012, 01:01:59 PM
A happy Christmas to all on the board their families and loved ones.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Harold Disgracey on December 24, 2012, 03:37:07 PM
Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir agus Athbhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh, agus go mba seacht fearr sinn go léir ag an am seo ar an bhliain seo chugainn!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on December 24, 2012, 04:33:39 PM
Happy Christmas to all the "Gahboarders"!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: give her dixie on December 24, 2012, 07:38:17 PM
A very happy and peaceful Christmas to each and everyone of my fellow GAA Boarders.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: stew on December 24, 2012, 07:38:50 PM
Happy Christmas to one and all, hope you all enjoy the festivities and I need you all to say a prayer for Armagh football, we need the almighty if we are to win the McKenna cup. :'(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: theticklemister on December 24, 2012, 07:40:34 PM
Happy Christmas???????????????????????????????

1,000 words into a 5,000 word essay; no Christmas eve drinks for me :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 24, 2012, 09:10:44 PM
Go mbeirimid beo ar an am seo aris.
Go dtaga Sam thar Sionna aris. 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 24, 2012, 09:12:45 PM
Happy Christmas???????????????????????????????

1,000 words into a 5,000 word essay; no Christmas eve drinks for me :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
It is hardly due in tomorrow! Relax!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 24, 2012, 10:24:22 PM
http://www.google.com/santatracker/
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 24, 2012, 10:31:39 PM
Nollaig mhaith, a fheara.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: theticklemister on December 24, 2012, 10:44:52 PM
Happy Christmas???????????????????????????????

1,000 words into a 5,000 word essay; no Christmas eve drinks for me :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
It is hardly due in tomorrow! Relax!

Feck it, in the collon:-)   . Good man to y for talking sense!!  All downhill now for three days drinking!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Syferus on December 24, 2012, 11:00:29 PM
I wish everyone a happy Christmas, even that Rossfan fecker.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: theticklemister on December 24, 2012, 11:09:33 PM
Happy christmas to all the board members even the tryo.............. Feck it I I just cant finish that sentence.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 24, 2012, 11:48:45 PM
Balls to all a yiz
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Fear Bun Na Sceilpe on December 25, 2012, 12:02:16 AM
Beannachtaí Na Nollag Oraibh Uilig.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: muppet on December 25, 2012, 12:05:53 AM
Nollaig faoi shona agus faoi mhaise díobh go léir.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: give her dixie on December 25, 2012, 02:10:14 AM
Happy Christmas to one and all, hope you all enjoy the festivities and I need you all to say a prayer for Armagh football, we need the almighty if we are to win the McKenna cup. :'(

Stew, I could deliver anything, but, a McKenna Cup.................... You got to be joking?

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151370343744314&set=a.462809309313.246295.541019313&type=1&theater
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 25, 2012, 05:36:30 AM
Merry Christmas to all on this beautiful wretched ship. You all make this board what it is, which is the first website I read when I wake up and the last one before bed.

Mighty craic. Loads of frolics,
Pioneers and alcoholics,
PLAC, SPUC and the FCA,
Free Nicky Kelly and the IRA.
Hairy chests and milk-white thighs,
And mickey dodgers in disguise.
Mc Graths, O'Briens, Pippins, Coxs,
Massage parlours in horse boxes.
There's amhráns, bodhráns, amadáns,
Arab sheiks, Hindu Sikhs, Jesus freaks,
   RTE are makin' tapes, takin' breaks and throwin' shapes.
This is heaven, this is hell.
Who cares? Who can tell?
(Anyone for the last few Choc Ices, now?)

I wish you all a mighty day tomorrow filled with whatever it is gets yiz goin. Here's to another year.

Puck.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: JUst retired on December 25, 2012, 06:42:33 AM
Good man Puck. The new Christy Moore. Happy Christmas to all.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 25, 2012, 07:18:44 AM
4 buckin AM
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: southdown on December 25, 2012, 07:23:31 AM
Nice one Puck!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Minder on December 25, 2012, 08:02:00 AM
4 buckin AM

Made it to just after 5am
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: BenDover on December 25, 2012, 09:03:49 AM
Lol lads 6.30 here but sure it could be worse.  Plus they'll not always believe so enjoy it now.  Ye'll get ur rest after the dinner
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 25, 2012, 09:57:08 AM
8.00 clock for my two, I was awake since 6 listening out for them!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Gaffer on December 25, 2012, 10:23:56 AM
4 buckin AM

Paddy Bradley tweeted that at 8.30 he was standing with the video in hand waiting for the kids to wake up.   
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on December 25, 2012, 10:24:41 AM
5:30 for mini illdecide but he was quickly told santa was not here yet so go back to sleep. 8:20 then when it happened. There was far too much got...

Happy Christmas to all on the board...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 25, 2012, 10:35:36 AM
One didn't sleep till after 4 other one got up before 6. I've 3 hours sleep max, oh and the oil has ran out ffs!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 25, 2012, 10:54:22 AM
8am which was nice. One heard the missus go down at 7am but he was afraid it was Santa so stayed in bed!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 25, 2012, 10:56:07 AM
Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, etc

All the best to ye shower of gimps for the day and here's to 20 whatever.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hardy on December 25, 2012, 11:33:57 AM
10:00 a.m. Yiz have it all to look forward to.

Happy Birthday, SS. Happy Christmas everyone.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: heganboy on December 25, 2012, 03:07:02 PM
Merry Christmas to all on the board, the posters, the readers, the journos, the wums, the multiple personalities, the admins and the legends.

Don't know what I'd do without ye, thanks to ye all, hope you and yours have health and happiness to enjoy it
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 25, 2012, 07:46:26 PM
Merry Christmas to all on the board, the posters, the readers, the journos, the wums, the multiple personalities, the admins and the legends.

Don't know what I'd do without ye, thanks to ye all, hope you and yours have health and happiness to enjoy it
Good summary sir. Merry Christmas to friend and foe alike.

Just polished off my second dinner of the day! I'm going all in for Christmas and then a fitness drive in the New Year! In the words of Sam Cooke "I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will".
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 25, 2012, 08:03:30 PM
Merry Christmas to all on the board, the posters, the readers, the journos, the wums, the multiple personalities, the admins and the legends.

Don't know what I'd do without ye, thanks to ye all, hope you and yours have health and happiness to enjoy it
Good summary sir. Merry Christmas to friend and foe alike.

Just polished off my second dinner of the day! I'm going all in for Christmas and then a fitness drive in the New Year! In the words of Sam Cooke "I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will".
Had to go to the Mother in laws for dinner,her  idea of cooking anything is to cook it twice to make sure its cooked and then put it back in oven for another hour to make absolute sure
Looking forward to a proper Christmas dinner in me own Ma's tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: the Deel Rover on December 25, 2012, 08:41:24 PM
4 buckin AM

Beat ya by an hour o neill and they are still buzzing i'm a fecking Wreck  ;D Happy Christmas to all the posters hope ye had a great day.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 25, 2012, 10:06:05 PM
Looking forward to Stephen's tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Minder on December 25, 2012, 10:11:36 PM
Not often I am beat by a dinner but I was bate today, only ate about 60% of it, it was great gear too, embarrassing stuff.

The 5am start took a bit of fizz out of me though.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 25, 2012, 10:14:40 PM
Not often I am beat by a dinner but I was bate today, only ate about 60% of it, it was great gear too, embarrassing stuff.

The 5am start took a bit of fizz out of me though.
I would say you will make up for it over the holidays...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AFS on December 25, 2012, 10:40:22 PM
Looking forward to Stephen's tomorrow.

Aye, big fan of Boxing Day myself.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Celt_Man on December 25, 2012, 10:41:11 PM
Fry this morning, huge dinner, two big b**tards of mayo, turkey, ham and stuffing sandwiches...  Ample amount of Heroes, Doritos, Club Orange and Coke....

Plus there is a fooker of a selection box looking at me funny at the minute....

I'm gonna have to be rolled back on the pitch for training!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 25, 2012, 11:08:36 PM
Not often I am beat by a dinner but I was bate today, only ate about 60% of it, it was great gear too, embarrassing stuff.
Exactly the same for me. Very disappointed with myself. Just home from the PD. A couple of whiskeys, then bed.

Would love to go hammer and tongs at it tomorrow but working Thursday. Play it by ear.

Christmas is over.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 25, 2012, 11:17:48 PM
It really is a celebration of over indulgence. Too many presents. Too much food. All for Jesus.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 25, 2012, 11:18:50 PM
It really is a celebration of over indulgence. Too many presents. Too much food. All for Jesus.
Good craic but.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Captain Obvious on December 25, 2012, 11:19:16 PM
Christmas is over.
Thankfully.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 25, 2012, 11:21:23 PM
It really is a celebration of over indulgence. Too many presents. Too much food. All for Jesus.
Good craic but.

Indeed. You can get wired into brandy poitin with no dirty looks.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 25, 2012, 11:30:53 PM
Looking forward to Stephen's tomorrow.

Aye, big fan of Boxing Day myself.

Brits usually do  ;)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 25, 2012, 11:38:50 PM
You mean non-Christian?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 25, 2012, 11:39:54 PM
It really is a celebration of over indulgence. Too many presents. Too much food. All for Jesus.
Good craic but.

Indeed. You can get wired into brandy poitin with no dirty looks.
Real brandy or just balls?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 25, 2012, 11:45:16 PM
Balls.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 25, 2012, 11:48:19 PM
I haven't had poitin since a house party in Mount Charles in Belfast c.1998. Not good  :-\

My drinking has been poor so far this Christmas. All very piecemeal and no nights out planned as yet. Getting too old for it.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 25, 2012, 11:49:16 PM
What do you mean too many presents? Who could get too many presents?

I got a coat, a pair of shoes and a pair of handball gloves.

That's not too many!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 25, 2012, 11:51:47 PM
What do you mean too many presents? Who could get too many presents?

I got a coat, a pair of shoes and a pair of handball gloves.

That's not too many!!
That's a decent outfit. Get a quare sweat on playing handball though.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 25, 2012, 11:53:18 PM
Children. All the parents' fault. Too much shite. There are people in Moortown and Aghagallon with nothing.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Lar Naparka on December 25, 2012, 11:57:20 PM
Just woke up after sleeping off the effects of too much grub and not a little alcohol.
Same as every other Christmas Day I can remember.
Just in time to wish all an Athbhliain faoi Mhaise and hope yiz all had a Nollaig Shona.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 25, 2012, 11:57:56 PM
You mean non-Christian?

Nah I mean Brits, I like Stephen's Day (no saints in my day  ;)   )

I do also enjoy Wran Day / Lá an Dreoilín though.

None of those CHRISTmas boxes for me.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 26, 2012, 12:00:57 AM
I'd say there'd be very few who know anything about Stephen.

Same as the fcukers who speak or write Irish at his time only but haven't a clue what they're saying/writing.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 26, 2012, 12:01:56 AM
Sin fíor.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Ulick on December 26, 2012, 12:03:41 AM
Well I got a years subscription to National Geographic, a copy of Wars of Words (as recommended by seafoid) and some jocks n socks. That's a pretty successful Christmas...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 26, 2012, 12:04:05 AM
I'd say there'd be very few who know anything about Stephen.

Same as the fcukers to speak or write Irish at his time only but haven't a clue what they're saying/writing.

Stephen's Day all the way, take yer boxes away with ye.

Yer too long under the crown lads, too long  :o
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Ulick on December 26, 2012, 12:09:36 AM
I haven't had poitin since a house party in Mount Charles in Belfast c.1998. Not good  :-\

Strangely enough around the last time I ever went for it. Did your party also involve drinks in the QUB porters social club at the top of Mount Charles then party in one of the houses which was shut down by wardens, porters, peelers and a midget with a fire extinguisher? Details are a little hazy with the latter.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Lar Naparka on December 26, 2012, 12:13:41 AM
I'd say there'd be very few who know anything about Stephen.

Same as the fcukers who speak or write Irish at his time only but haven't a clue what they're saying/writing.

O’Neill, as you know, I hold you to be an example of erudition and perspicuity at the best of times but this plainly is not one of those times.
WTF are you on about here? ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 26, 2012, 12:16:00 AM
Got my niece a v-tech laptop.

She came to the house today.

"Thanks for the laptop. Well, it's not really a laptop......actually I haven't really looked at it."

No problem.....
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 26, 2012, 12:22:40 AM
Well I got a years subscription to National Geographic, a copy of Wars of Words (as recommended by seafoid) and some jocks n socks. That's a pretty successful Christmas...
So did I! Apparently there is a free XL fleece with it. The missus says it might be too small!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 26, 2012, 12:22:59 AM
Simple enough I thought.

Hoors writing as gaelige because they think they should at Christmas so copy and paste it thinking they're bastions of gaeldom. Then there are the Merry Christmas wishers. Feck away off. I hope you have a Happy New Year my hole. You'll not be thinking of my New Year. Nor do my travails interest you. Bollocks off the lot of you. Merry f**king Christmas eh? What if I don't have one? What ye gonna do then eh? Empty balaxing words. Save yer feckin breath. Happy buckin birthday. Hugs and shaking hands. Not happening.

On the whole though, I got a subscription to Astronomy Online. But sure I asked for it.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 26, 2012, 12:25:14 AM
I haven't had poitin since a house party in Mount Charles in Belfast c.1998. Not good  :-\

Strangely enough around the last time I ever went for it. Did your party also involve drinks in the QUB porters social club at the top of Mount Charles then party in one of the houses which was shut down by wardens, porters, peelers and a midget with a fire extinguisher? Details are a little hazy with the latter.
Ha ha unfortunately not nearly as entertaining as that! Recall a lot of foreign students and the obligatory Christy Moore-alike with the guitar in the corner. Happy times!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: theticklemister on December 26, 2012, 12:34:25 AM
Simple enough I thought.

Hoors writing as gaelige because they think they should at Christmas so copy and paste it thinking they're bastions of gaeldom. Then there are the Merry Christmas wishers. Feck away off. I hope you have a Happy New Year my hole. You'll not be thinking of my New Year. Nor do my travails interest you. Bollocks off the lot of you. Merry f**king Christmas eh? What if I don't have one? What ye gonna do then eh? Empty balaxing words. Save yer feckin breath. Happy buckin birthday. Hugs and shaking hands. Not happening.

On the whole though, I got a subscription to Astronomy Online. But sure I asked for it.

Je O'Neill, has the drink finally taken hold of ye??????????

The two things I love in the world:

1.)Christmas

2.) The use of our native language

And ye dish on them both; shame on ye >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 26, 2012, 12:43:07 AM
Didn't take long for the GAAboard season of goodwill to come to an end  8)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Captain Obvious on December 26, 2012, 12:46:01 AM
Alcohol can bring out the truth in us.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: theticklemister on December 26, 2012, 12:48:45 AM
Ps. You can shove your astronomy online up your hole
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 26, 2012, 12:53:09 AM
Simple enough I thought.

Hoors writing as gaelige because they think they should at Christmas so copy and paste it thinking they're bastions of gaeldom. Then there are the Merry Christmas wishers. Feck away off. I hope you have a Happy New Year my hole. You'll not be thinking of my New Year. Nor do my travails interest you. Bollocks off the lot of you. Merry f**king Christmas eh? What if I don't have one? What ye gonna do then eh? Empty balaxing words. Save yer feckin breath. Happy buckin birthday. Hugs and shaking hands. Not happening.

On the whole though, I got a subscription to Astronomy Online. But sure I asked for it.
Oh dear. Good rant but "as gaelige" has killed it for me. First off it's gaeilge.

Second and most important, I don't know where the phrase "as gaeilge" came from but it seems to be only used by clowns. In the Gaeltacht areas throughout Ireland, they will always use i nGaeilge or similar.
We need to get rid of as Gaeilge...anois.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Lar Naparka on December 26, 2012, 12:55:43 AM
Ps. You can shove your astronomy online up your hole

By the look of it, he already has. ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Ulick on December 26, 2012, 01:55:34 AM
So did I! Apparently there is a free XL fleece with it. The missus says it might be too small!

There was a postcard came through the door yesterday mentioning something about a free gift, but I burnt it so I could look surprised today. Still chuffed though. Rarely have time for reading newspapers so National Geographic once a month should be spot on.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Ulick on December 26, 2012, 02:03:41 AM
Don't do the "merry Christmas" thing myself or "happy birthday" either for that matter. Have to admit to "Nollaig shona" though that's only because we're making an effort with the language since the wee man started naíonra. 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 26, 2012, 02:20:45 AM
Are we really there? Where you'd begrudge the wishing of good tidings based on semantic or linguistic technicalities or accuracies?

Hopefully I articulate this correctly then: f**k away aff the lot of yiz!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 26, 2012, 02:37:00 AM
Don't do the "merry Christmas" thing myself or "happy birthday" either for that matter. Have to admit to "Nollaig shona" though that's only because we're making an effort with the language since the wee man started naíonra.
I would rather "Nollaig mhaith" over "Nollaig shona". Again, Gaeltacht areas tend to go for it.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Ard-Rí on December 26, 2012, 06:28:45 AM
If there's anything worse than ignorance of Irish, it's making people insecure about speaking it because they haven't reached technical mastery of the language.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir, bainigí taitneamh as an séasúr.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: stephenite on December 26, 2012, 06:58:55 AM
If there's anything worse than ignorance of Irish, it's making people insecure about speaking it because they haven't reached technical mastery of the language.



Amen to that, plenty on here too, most of them should be concentrating on Ulster Scots
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 26, 2012, 08:24:20 AM
Simple enough I thought.

Hoors writing as gaelige because they think they should at Christmas so copy and paste it thinking they're bastions of gaeldom. Then there are the Merry Christmas wishers. Feck away off. I hope you have a Happy New Year my hole. You'll not be thinking of my New Year. Nor do my travails interest you. Bollocks off the lot of you. Merry f**king Christmas eh? What if I don't have one? What ye gonna do then eh? Empty balaxing words. Save yer feckin breath. Happy buckin birthday. Hugs and shaking hands. Not happening.

On the whole though, I got a subscription to Astronomy Online. But sure I asked for it.
Oh dear. Good rant but "as gaelige" has killed it for me. First off it's gaeilge.

Second and most important, I don't know where the phrase "as gaeilge" came from but it seems to be only used by clowns. In the Gaeltacht areas throughout Ireland, they will always use i nGaeilge or similar.
We need to get rid of as Gaeilge...anois.

That's my point ye balax. I haven't a clue what she means.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 26, 2012, 08:26:18 AM
If there's anything worse than ignorance of Irish, it's making people insecure about speaking it because they haven't reached technical mastery of the language.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir, bainigí taitneamh as an séasúr.

Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 26, 2012, 08:28:36 AM
Don't do the "merry Christmas" thing myself or "happy birthday" either for that matter. Have to admit to "Nollaig shona" though that's only because we're making an effort with the language since the wee man started naíonra.


Good man. You sound well balanced and at one with the cosmos.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 26, 2012, 10:18:13 AM
So did I! Apparently there is a free XL fleece with it. The missus says it might be too small!

There was a postcard came through the door yesterday mentioning something about a free gift, but I burnt it so I could look surprised today. Still chuffed though. Rarely have time for reading newspapers so National Geographic once a month should be spot on.
Sorry if I ruined the surprise! NG is a great read - the wife's granny had a lifetime subscription so we got loads of them when her auld pair were clearing out the house last year.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Lar Naparka on December 26, 2012, 02:05:16 PM
If there's anything worse than ignorance of Irish, it's making people insecure about speaking it because they haven't reached technical mastery of the language.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir, bainigí taitneamh as an séasúr.

Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.
Arrra, get up the yard, ya baldy oul’ goat; you, of all people, have some neck in complaining about the shite that anyone else posts.
I bet the any time a moany Tyronie grabbed the Sam Maguire and screeched, “A chairde Ghaeil, tá .an-áthas orm an corn seo a ghlachadh...” into a bloody microphone, ya didn’t let it bother ya, did ya?
So who’s the hypocrite then, hah?
As you put it succinctly (like that one?) yourself:
“Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.”

Watch your inbox... Grrrr..!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 26, 2012, 02:35:35 PM
There is obviously a little insecurity going on from some fans of boxing day coz I said stephen's day. It was a really obvious rise lads. I'm suprised lads fell for it, but I suppose ye had the drink on board. Regarding the Irish issue, I think alot of Irish people talk it to some degree, I do. Also what is wrong with urban or non-gaeltacht area interpretations of the language. Any living language should grow and unfortubatly have the balls to get bastardised. I don't like to write it, as you see most people hete struggle to write English without error never mind Irish. Writing on phone here so editing is a problem.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 26, 2012, 05:21:12 PM
If there's anything worse than ignorance of Irish, it's making people insecure about speaking it because they haven't reached technical mastery of the language.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir, bainigí taitneamh as an séasúr.

Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.
Arrra, get up the yard, ya baldy oul’ goat; you, of all people, have some neck in complaining about the shite that anyone else posts.
I bet the any time a moany Tyronie grabbed the Sam Maguire and screeched, “A chairde Ghaeil, tá .an-áthas orm an corn seo a ghlachadh...” into a bloody microphone, ya didn’t let it bother ya, did ya?
So who’s the hypocrite then, hah?
As you put it succinctly (like that one?) yourself:
“Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.”

Watch your inbox... Grrrr..!!

Bothers me? Of course it bothered me. Brian Dooher fumbling around a few words in Irish in a Donemana accent and no one had a clue what he's saying. Waste of breath.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 26, 2012, 05:25:47 PM
There is obviously a little insecurity going on from some fans of boxing day coz I said stephen's day. It was a really obvious rise lads. I'm suprised lads fell for it, but I suppose ye had the drink on board. Regarding the Irish issue, I think alot of Irish people talk it to some degree, I do. Also what is wrong with urban or non-gaeltacht area interpretations of the language. Any living language should grow and unfortubatly have the balls to get bastardised. I don't like to write it, as you see most people hete struggle to write English without error never mind Irish. Writing on phone here so editing is a problem.

Lucksee, could you try to put those words in the correct order. Is it a Christmas quiz? You're living proof of clifts who hang on to bits of different tongues but can't string an intelligible sentence in any.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 26, 2012, 07:01:07 PM
There is obviously a little insecurity going on from some fans of boxing day coz I said stephen's day. It was a really obvious rise lads. I'm suprised lads fell for it, but I suppose ye had the drink on board. Regarding the Irish issue, I think alot of Irish people talk it to some degree, I do. Also what is wrong with urban or non-gaeltacht area interpretations of the language. Any living language should grow and unfortubatly have the balls to get bastardised. I don't like to write it, as you see most people hete struggle to write English without error never mind Irish. Writing on phone here so editing is a problem.

Lucksee, could you try to put those words in the correct order. Is it a Christmas quiz? You're living proof of clifts who hang on to bits of different tongues but can't string an intelligible sentence in any.

You O'Neill are just an angry lad from Tryone. There are alot of you lads. Hope you enjoyed Stephen's Day. Is "Clift" Tyroneese?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AFS on December 26, 2012, 07:15:08 PM
Looking forward to Stephen's tomorrow.

Aye, big fan of Boxing Day myself.

Brits usually do  ;)

Great stuff so far. Heading for a few shortly to finish off the day. Hopefully yours was as pleasant out Connaught way.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 26, 2012, 07:17:39 PM
Looking forward to Stephen's tomorrow.

Aye, big fan of Boxing Day myself.

Brits usually do  ;)

Great stuff so far. Heading for a few shortly to finish off the day. Hopefully yours was as pleasant out Connaught way.

That's more like it  ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Fear Bun Na Sceilpe on December 26, 2012, 08:25:26 PM
If there's anything worse than ignorance of Irish, it's making people insecure about speaking it because they haven't reached technical mastery of the language.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir, bainigí taitneamh as an séasúr.

Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.
Arrra, get up the yard, ya baldy oul’ goat; you, of all people, have some neck in complaining about the shite that anyone else posts.
I bet the any time a moany Tyronie grabbed the Sam Maguire and screeched, “A chairde Ghaeil, tá .an-áthas orm an corn seo a ghlachadh...” into a bloody microphone, ya didn’t let it bother ya, did ya?
So who’s the hypocrite then, hah?
As you put it succinctly (like that one?) yourself:
“Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.”

Watch your inbox... Grrrr..!!

Bothers me? Of course it bothered me. Brian Dooher fumbling around a few words in Irish in a Donemana accent and no one had a clue what he's saying. Waste of breath.
Was at school with Dooher, smart cub, good at Irish too, good at everything. Donemana isnt too far from where last native speakers in Tyrone lived so accent would be pretty authentic

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on December 26, 2012, 09:45:06 PM
Trust you all had a merry drunken one and wish you get beaten all ends up by Westmeath in the new year.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Lar Naparka on December 27, 2012, 12:50:59 AM
If there's anything worse than ignorance of Irish, it's making people insecure about speaking it because they haven't reached technical mastery of the language.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir, bainigí taitneamh as an séasúr.

Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.
Arrra, get up the yard, ya baldy oul’ goat; you, of all people, have some neck in complaining about the shite that anyone else posts.
I bet the any time a moany Tyronie grabbed the Sam Maguire and screeched, “A chairde Ghaeil, tá .an-áthas orm an corn seo a ghlachadh...” into a bloody microphone, ya didn’t let it bother ya, did ya?
So who’s the hypocrite then, hah?
As you put it succinctly (like that one?) yourself:
“Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.”

Watch your inbox... Grrrr..!!

Bothers me? Of course it bothered me. Brian Dooher fumbling around a few words in Irish in a Donemana accent and no one had a clue what he's saying. Waste of breath.
Was at school with Dooher, smart cub, good at Irish too, good at everything. Donemana isnt too far from where last native speakers in Tyrone lived so accent would be pretty authentic
Bedad, you’d be wasting your time if you are trying to talk sense to that O’Neill codger.
Them teachers I tell ya are the damn ruination of this board. Overpaid and underworked the whole damn lot of them! No wonder they spend so much time on this board arsing about and trying to annoy ordinary decent criminals people like the rest of us.
I bet that fecker got a whole assload of pressies from the poor kids that have the misfortune to put with him  before Santy put a foot on his chimney. Intimidation saw to that.
One thing for certain, póg  mo thón is what I’ll stick on my New Year card to him!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 27, 2012, 01:29:28 AM
This St Stephen lad. I believe he was a Jew himself. He was stoned to death by St Paul who was a Jew at the time.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 27, 2012, 01:53:31 AM
This St Stephen lad. I believe he was a Jew himself. He was stoned to death by St Paul who was a Jew at the time.

There was me thinking it was after the Gaffer. I wonder what they call it down in Maryborough! Wonder could Queenscountylad tell us.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 27, 2012, 05:30:50 AM
If there's anything worse than ignorance of Irish, it's making people insecure about speaking it because they haven't reached technical mastery of the language.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir, bainigí taitneamh as an séasúr.

Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.
Arrra, get up the yard, ya baldy oul’ goat; you, of all people, have some neck in complaining about the shite that anyone else posts.
I bet the any time a moany Tyronie grabbed the Sam Maguire and screeched, “A chairde Ghaeil, tá .an-áthas orm an corn seo a ghlachadh...” into a bloody microphone, ya didn’t let it bother ya, did ya?
So who’s the hypocrite then, hah?
As you put it succinctly (like that one?) yourself:
“Any hoor who is insecure about something on the gaaboard needs to be relentlessly bullied. Immediately.”

Watch your inbox... Grrrr..!!

Bothers me? Of course it bothered me. Brian Dooher fumbling around a few words in Irish in a Donemana accent and no one had a clue what he's saying. Waste of breath.

Where did the "Donemana accent" come from originally ?
Is it from the Home Counties ?
And where did the name Donemana come from? Is it Hungarian ? 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 27, 2012, 09:10:39 AM
Dún na Manach. Means the dwarf from the border.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 27, 2012, 10:11:47 AM
Dún na Manach. Means the dwarf from the border.
The Anglicisations of Irish place names are sometimes like the preservation in amber of the local blas at the time the names were turned into English.

Eg Doo in Tyrone v Duff in Kerry 

Or "Limerick" from "Luimneach"- the Connacht blas often has the pronunciation of "r" in place of "n" .

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f90b88dc-462f-11e2-b780-00144feabdc0.html

why is English spelling such a tangle? It all started when Latin-speaking missionaries arrived in Britain in the 6th century without enough letters in their alphabet. They had 23. (They didn’t have “j”, “u” or “w”.) Yet the Germanic Anglo-Saxon languages had at least 37 phonemes, or distinctive sounds. The Romans didn’t have a letter, for example, for the Anglo-Saxon sound we spell “th”. The problem continues. Most English-speakers today have, depending on their accents, 40 phonemes, which we have to render using 26 letters

I wonder how many phonemes Ulster Irish has
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hardy on December 27, 2012, 12:15:45 PM
I wonder how many phonemes Ulster Irish has

I'd say you'll be hearing in no time that it's way more than anyone else's Irish.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on November 08, 2013, 02:15:23 PM
One year ago this man made one epic journey. Lest we forget.


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hereiam on November 08, 2013, 02:20:55 PM
Would love to get a Christmas card from these boyo's


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 09, 2013, 08:34:42 PM
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on December 09, 2013, 08:40:44 PM
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

What do you mean the one on Amazon is no good to you? can't you get it delivered to work?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 09, 2013, 08:43:27 PM
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

What do you mean the one on Amazon is no good to you? can't you get it delivered to work?

Suppose never thought you could send it to different billing address, would prefer to pay cash also though and have a look at it before buying so I won't have to get extras, needles, speakers or whatever else,  we bank online and I like keeping things secret lol
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on December 09, 2013, 08:54:59 PM
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

Richer Sounds in Gresham street will be your best bet. The nerds will tell you everything you want to know. And they'll price match. Think there a Denon model that could be up your street.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: J OGorman on December 09, 2013, 08:57:12 PM
Quote from: Milltown Row2 linkc=5138.msg1303980#msg1303980 date=1386621282
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

I have a Ion Profile Pro  . Its a great job. Have a good set of Creative A300 speakers with a bass unit attached which I just connect into the headphone socket of laptop. Works a treat and the sound is brilliant. Bought a1971 Sinatra Christmas album froma charity shop last week...some treat in the evenings with a wee sherry or 2.

PCWorld or Maplin are bound to stock them

Now the important question...any records for sale?? :-)
(Rock, metal, alt country or folk)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: J OGorman on December 09, 2013, 08:58:29 PM
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

Richer Sounds in Gresham street will be your best bet. The nerds will tell you everything you want to know. And they'll price match. Think there a Denon model that could be up your street.

I thought it was to maybe retire the vinyl to mp3. Denon = £££
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on December 09, 2013, 09:25:56 PM
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

Richer Sounds in Gresham street will be your best bet. The nerds will tell you everything you want to know. And they'll price match. Think there a Denon model that could be up your street.

I thought it was to maybe retire the vinyl to mp3. Denon = £££

https://www.richersounds.ie/asp/product.asp?ObjectID=&Mode=0&CategoryID=&sub=&productid=1075

Could be crap but could be a starting point. Wouldn't go anywhere else for any electronics to be honest.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: J OGorman on December 09, 2013, 09:34:40 PM
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

Richer Sounds in Gresham street will be your best bet. The nerds will tell you everything you want to know. And they'll price match. Think there a Denon model that could be up your street.

I thought it was to maybe retire the vinyl to mp3. Denon = £££

https://www.richersounds.ie/asp/product.asp?ObjectID=&Mode=0&CategoryID=&sub=&productid=1075

Could be crap but could be a starting point. Wouldn't go anywhere else for any electronics to be honest.

If I was buying again, would certainly go with Denon..didnt know they had a usb turntable. Looks well
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 09, 2013, 09:54:05 PM
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

Richer Sounds in Gresham street will be your best bet. The nerds will tell you everything you want to know. And they'll price match. Think there a Denon model that could be up your street.

I thought it was to maybe retire the vinyl to mp3. Denon = £££

https://www.richersounds.ie/asp/product.asp?ObjectID=&Mode=0&CategoryID=&sub=&productid=1075

Could be crap but could be a starting point. Wouldn't go anywhere else for any electronics to be honest.

Hey that looks the part, must head in

Quote from: Milltown Row2 linkc=5138.msg1303980#msg1303980 date=1386621282
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

I have a Ion Profile Pro  . Its a great job. Have a good set of Creative A300 speakers with a bass unit attached which I just connect into the headphone socket of laptop. Works a treat and the sound is brilliant. Bought a1971 Sinatra Christmas album froma charity shop last week...some treat in the evenings with a wee sherry or 2.

PCWorld or Maplin are bound to stock them

Now the important question...any records for sale?? :-)
(Rock, metal, alt country or folk)

She has a shit load of Rock stuff so plenty of interest early on no doubt
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on December 10, 2013, 10:43:58 AM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's?
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley?
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day?

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts?
Mince Pie?
Christmas Pudding?

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink?



Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 10, 2013, 10:48:09 AM
Angel or Star at the top of your tree? If I had my way we wouldn't have a tree

Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's?Have to go to the Mother in laws. WORLDS WORST COOK EVER.

The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Glenroe re runs

Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? ;D Mass me hole.

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? No
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding?No

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? 8am. One needs to be drunk to be able eat Mother in Laws dinner.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Bingo on December 10, 2013, 11:01:15 AM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Neither,  have a shite tree and the top bit can't hold either. Have a small santa decoration that balances up there.
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Have the dinner at home with missus and the kids, done that the last few years and its great for the kids who aren't given a load of new goodies and then packed into the car a hour later, plus they'll actually eat and avoid been sick later that day. Will visit in the early evening.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Royale family
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas day

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? No
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? No

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Might have a glass of wine with dinner but outside of that I don't take any. Never liked drinking in the house or other houses to be honest.


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 10, 2013, 11:43:14 AM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Neither, 
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? haven't made xmas dinner yet, always go to her parents, food is great
Will visit in the morning to my family
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? see above

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? yes
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? No

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? once I park the car at her mums

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: blewuporstuffed on December 10, 2013, 11:49:28 AM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Im not sure we have either, must look when i go home  :-\
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? home to the parents for diner this year
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Royale family
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? christmas eve, followed by a  few great pints of stout in the local.It has become something of a christmas tradition in our parts at this stage

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? yes
Mince Pie? no
Christmas Pudding? no

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? may or may not have wine with dinner, but then usually not till early evening
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Megaman on December 10, 2013, 11:52:34 AM

Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Star
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Thankfully at home with the Kids, I can lay like a beached whale and kids can play with their toys
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Whats Mass :-/

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? no
Mince Pie? no
Christmas Pudding? no

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Around 10-11am
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: deiseach on December 10, 2013, 11:59:00 AM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Angel
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Our own.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Service.

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes
Mince Pie? Yes
Christmas Pudding? No

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? 2-3pm. Have to be a little bit tipsy to endure the Queen's speech.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 10, 2013, 12:21:18 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Own but Father in law, Mother in law and Sister in law coming this year.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither. Only Fools and Horses will be on some channel!
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither
Do you eat:Brussels Sprouts? Love them
Mince Pie? Love them
Christmas Pudding? Love it (will need Rennies!)

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? 1pm
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: God14 on December 10, 2013, 01:13:39 PM


Angel or Star at the top of your tree?
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's?
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley?
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day?

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? YES - despite all the jokes I actually love the Brussels. Only seem to eat them at Christmas though!
Mince Pie? NO
Christmas Pudding? NO

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink?
If left til my own devices it would be 1.30ish but with visitors calling the house this past few years its been 11am!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 10, 2013, 01:21:53 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? My ma's
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Probably neither but I'd rather The Royale Family out of the two.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Probably neither but always went on Christmas Eve.
Do you eat:Brussels Sprouts? Yeah, no problem
Mince Pie? Nah.
Christmas Pudding? Yeah.
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Probably around 8pm.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 10, 2013, 01:24:33 PM
Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Not sure
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? First time in own house. No visitors
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas Day, working Christmas eve, into keoghs in Dublin get locked, home, wine with wife, get Santa stuff ready, try for the Christmas jump.
Do you eat:Brussels Sprouts? Hate them
Mince Pie? Nope
Christmas Pudding? Nope
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? 1pm synchronizing with Mr Baloney
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on December 10, 2013, 01:26:04 PM

Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel on one, Star on another
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Sister in laws this year
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Wha? Bond!
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas morning

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? NO
Mince Pie?  Yes, many
Christmas Pudding? Yes

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Depends who is driving. If me then a glass of wine at the dinner will do me. If herself, then a few buideals when we arrive at sis in laws.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AQMP on December 10, 2013, 02:12:57 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Used to always have a Santie but this year a star
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? At home with Mrs AQMP and the Ogs
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Royle Family, though the last couple have been shite.  Don't watch much telly on the day
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas Eve

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes
Mince Pie?  Yes
Christmas Pudding? Usually too full after dinner but would take a bitin on Stephen's Day

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Her ones come out on Xmas morning so probably around noon.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Rois on December 10, 2013, 02:16:13 PM

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Star
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Home to my folks
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Vicar of Dibley every time
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas Eve because that's the time it is on at our family chapel.  Would prefer Christmas Day

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts?No
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? No

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? A Bucks Fizz (degenerating to just prosecco after the first) around midday, then have a nice bottle of Sancerre waiting at home to drink with the turkey...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on December 10, 2013, 03:17:29 PM
1. What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas? Twerky.
2. Why did no-one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay? Because they were two deer.
3. Mary and Joseph – now they had a stable relationship.
4. What does the Queen call her Christmas Broadcast? The One Show.
5. What did Santa do when he went speed dating? He pulled a cracker.
6. Why don't you ever see Santa in hospital? Because he has private elf care.
7. How did Mary and Joseph know that Jesus was 7lb 6oz when he was born? They had a weigh in a manger.
8. Why is it getting harder to buy advent calendars? Because their days are numbered.
9. How do you know if Santa's been in your garden shed? You've got three extra hoes.
10. Why was the Brussels sprout sent to prison? Because it was a repeat offender.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: CD on December 10, 2013, 03:25:49 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel - about thirty years old and looks her age!
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? - 21st here, Christmas eve at wife's sisters, Christmas and Boxing Day at parents and in laws. Nice!!
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither (Why punish yerself!)
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither (See above)

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Nope
Mince Pie? Nope
Christmas Pudding? Nope - love it, it doesn't enjoy me! A fistful of Rennie. Will settle for fruit flan and my sisters aero cheesecake.

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Shloer with dinner
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 10, 2013, 04:14:11 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel - about thirty years old and looks her age!
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? - 21st here, Christmas eve at wife's sisters, Christmas and Boxing Day at parents and in laws. Nice!!
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither (Why punish yerself!)
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither (See above)

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Nope
Mince Pie? Nope
Christmas Pudding? Nope - love it, it doesn't enjoy me! A fistful of Rennie. Will settle for fruit flan and my sisters aero cheesecake.

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Shloer with dinner

What's this "Boxing Day" you speak of?
And Shloer? Are you a pregnant woman? ;)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 10, 2013, 04:15:11 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel - about thirty years old and looks her age!
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? - 21st here, Christmas eve at wife's sisters, Christmas and Boxing Day at parents and in laws. Nice!!
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither (Why punish yerself!)
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither (See above)

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Nope
Mince Pie? Nope
Christmas Pudding? Nope - love it, it doesn't enjoy me! A fistful of Rennie. Will settle for fruit flan and my sisters aero cheesecake.

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Shloer with dinner

What's this "Boxing Day" you speak of?

That has a thread of it's own ffs
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: CD on December 10, 2013, 04:27:03 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel - about thirty years old and looks her age!
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? - 21st here, Christmas eve at wife's sisters, Christmas and Boxing Day at parents and in laws. Nice!!
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither (Why punish yerself!)
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither (See above)

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Nope
Mince Pie? Nope
Christmas Pudding? Nope - love it, it doesn't enjoy me! A fistful of Rennie. Will settle for fruit flan and my sisters aero cheesecake.

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Shloer with dinner

What's this "Boxing Day" you speak of?
And Shloer? Are you a pregnant woman? ;)

By that stage we're all sick o' the sight of each other - hence boxing day!!
Mrs CD is the pregnant woman! I've taken a vow of abstinence in sympathy - that and I get to do all the driving!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 10, 2013, 04:45:45 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Star
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? In-laws
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? As many as I can
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? Very much no

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Champagne with breakfast and Baileys in the coffee
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: CD on December 10, 2013, 04:59:22 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Star
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? In-laws
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? As many as I can
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? Very much no

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Champagne with breakfast and Baileys in the coffee

Jaysus - the Celtic Tiger's still alive and well in some homes! A drop of Cava or Blue Nun laced with Lemonade are the closest to Champagne you'd get around here! ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 10, 2013, 05:33:52 PM
It's easy to save money when you aren't horsing the Rennies into you. :)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: CD on December 10, 2013, 05:42:03 PM
It's easy to save money when you aren't horsing the Rennies into you. :)

Good man - having a good oul chortle to myself here ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: heganboy on December 10, 2013, 06:01:15 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Star
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? home sweet home
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley?not much telly on in our house Christmas day
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas Eve midnight mass

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? missus loves her sprouts
Mince Pie?  no
Christmas Pudding? nope no room at the inn

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? tradition dictates a wee glass of vintage port to be consumed on the strike of midday
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Captain Obvious on December 10, 2013, 06:03:18 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? whichever i can find in the attic.
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? my own
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? neither.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? don't go to mass

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? no
Mince Pie? no
Christmas Pudding? no

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? orange juice for breakfast. 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: armaghniac on December 10, 2013, 06:27:23 PM
Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Star
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Sister's residence
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley?not much telly on in our house Christmas day
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas Eve

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? of course
Mince Pie?  one or two
Christmas Pudding? the essence of Christmas

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? coffee at 10am
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 10, 2013, 11:54:23 PM
Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Dunno
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Everyone else can feck off
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? No

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? 1pm
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on December 11, 2013, 12:38:34 AM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  star I think
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Monster in Law
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? [/b]Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Weddings and Funerals only

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes
Mince Pie?  No way
Christmas Pudding? No way

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Can't remember ever having a drink on Christmas Day tbh.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: The Iceman on December 11, 2013, 02:07:36 AM
Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Angel
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? We have a wee baby due on the 27th so we'll host our own if it's on time and who knows where we will be dining if it's early.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas morning

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes
Mince Pie?  By the tray full
Christmas Pudding? If I can get my hands on a good one over here....
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 11, 2013, 09:42:17 AM

Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Neither
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Ours
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Go away out of that
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas morning

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Not if they are boiled to death
Mince Pie?  No
Christmas Pudding? Yes

First drink?  Lunchtime

I thought this was interesting

 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/0c2c025e-57c6-11e3-86d1-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2n9qZKrNk

Whatever one cooks and eats this Christmas, I cannot help thinking that the actual cooking process should be one of the chief pleasures. I am reminded of Bill Baker, a much-missed wine merchant of heroic proportions and generosity, who always did the cooking on Christmas day. Straight after breakfast he would nobly dispatch his cherished family to attend the morning ceremony at Wells Cathedral and, on their departure, open a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal champagne. He generally reckoned to have finished the bottle by the time he had roasted the potatoes and before his family returned – whereupon he would open a more modest bottle and toast everyone’s health. Charity begins at home.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 11, 2013, 10:46:45 AM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Star
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Own
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? No
Mince Pie? Yes
Christmas Pudding? As much as possible

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? After I've putting the turkey in the oven
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: screenexile on December 11, 2013, 10:55:11 AM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Somebody Else's
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Royale Family's my favourite comedy but Christmas Specials are shite so neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Normally Christmas Day but Christmas Eve this year because that's what she does

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? No
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? No

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? 12 probably
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: J OGorman on December 11, 2013, 11:26:09 AM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  a homemade gold star (is wile looking to be fair) that our eldest made many moons ago...tradition :-)
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? @ the outlaws
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Royale Family.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? No faith personally, but took our daughter to christams eve last year. Dozed through most of it but it was nice

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes, but only if fired with bacon
Mince Pie?  Mince pie's are made by the hands of satin
Christmas Pudding? Satin's other concoction
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Around 7pm after I've been home to feed the cat
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: 5 Sams on December 11, 2013, 11:28:52 AM
Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Angel
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Our own.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Royal Family
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? I'd rather eat my own socks
Mince Pie?  Yep with cream.
Christmas Pudding? Yep with cream
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Probably around 1pm
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: johnneycool on December 11, 2013, 11:42:44 AM

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  An Angel the wee girl made at school out of a bog roll holder and a bit of glitter.
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? The in-laws. I return the compliment on New Years day.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Corrie special.. Looking like wee Tina is going out with a bang this year  ;D
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Religion, what's that got to do with Christmas?

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes, nice if done right.
Mince Pie?  loads of them
Christmas Pudding? Meh, My ma used to make her own and I could ate it till it ran out of me, not so sure about the bought ones...
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? about 5ish
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Olly on December 11, 2013, 03:06:05 PM

Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? No faith personally, but took our daughter to christams eve last year. Dozed through most of it but it was nice



What did you dream about?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 11, 2013, 03:46:27 PM

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  An Angel the wee girl made at school out of a bog roll holder and a bit of glitter.
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? The in-laws. I return the compliment on New Years day.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Corrie special.. Looking like wee Tina is going out with a bang this year  ;D
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Religion, what's that got to do with Christmas?

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes, nice if done right. Fried a bit? with some black pepper??
Mince Pie?  loads of them
Christmas Pudding? Meh, My ma used to make her own and I could ate it till it ran out of me, not so sure about the bought ones...
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? about 5ish
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: johnneycool on December 11, 2013, 04:21:11 PM

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  An Angel the wee girl made at school out of a bog roll holder and a bit of glitter.
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? The in-laws. I return the compliment on New Years day.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Corrie special.. Looking like wee Tina is going out with a bang this year  ;D
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Religion, what's that got to do with Christmas?

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes, nice if done right. Fried a bit? with some black pepper??
Mince Pie?  loads of them
Christmas Pudding? Meh, My ma used to make her own and I could ate it till it ran out of me, not so sure about the bought ones...
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? about 5ish

Not a big fan of pepper, but they're nice fried off a bit.

I hate them boiled into mush...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 11, 2013, 04:23:34 PM

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  An Angel the wee girl made at school out of a bog roll holder and a bit of glitter.
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? The in-laws. I return the compliment on New Years day.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Corrie special.. Looking like wee Tina is going out with a bang this year  ;D
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Religion, what's that got to do with Christmas?

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes, nice if done right. Fried a bit? with some black pepper??
Mince Pie?  loads of them
Christmas Pudding? Meh, My ma used to make her own and I could ate it till it ran out of me, not so sure about the bought ones...
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? about 5ish

Not a big fan of pepper, but they're nice fried off a bit.

I hate them boiled into mush...

No Black pepper ???? tut tut

I've them fried a bit, well her mum does them that way, never had to do Xmas dinner, but fingers crossed hey  :P
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 11, 2013, 06:17:24 PM
Par boil the sprouts, cut them in half and flash fry them on a quick heat with a little diced onion, bacon and believe it or not a touch of soy sauce. I personally like to add a little heat in there too but not necessary. Then sleep in a seperate room from the Mrs.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: An Gaeilgoir on December 11, 2013, 07:35:24 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Star
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Own
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Day

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes
Mince Pie? Yes
Christmas Pudding? As much as possible

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? After I've putting the turkey in the oven
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: theskull1 on December 11, 2013, 09:02:26 PM

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Own
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes fried with diced bacon and roasted pine nuts
Mince Pie? Yes ...my mother in laws are out of this world
Christmas Pudding? The darker the better with brandy butter, custard and cream

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Bucks fizz with breakfast
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Lar Naparka on December 11, 2013, 09:32:57 PM
Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  TBH, I haven’t a clue. The Commander in Chief decorates the tree and I don’t give a damn one way or the other.

Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? At home with the family.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? I can’t stand either.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas Day if I go at all.

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Yes
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? A modest portion a couple of hours after dinner.
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? A  glass of red wine with the dinner.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Never beat the deeler on December 12, 2013, 02:19:21 AM

Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Star

Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? At home in Ireland this year so will be at the parents
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Gavin and Stacey followed by Fr Ted
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Christmas Eve

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Can't stand them
Mince Pie? Love them
Christmas Pudding? May have a small bit a few hours after dinner.
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? A  glass of red wine with the dinner.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: passedit on December 12, 2013, 02:16:48 PM
Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Star

Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Own
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Both well past SBD, family movie of some description and after much debate.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Nope

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts?yes
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? Maybe
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? A  glass of wine with the dinner.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on December 12, 2013, 03:44:06 PM
After reading through most of the posts there it's amazing how many people don't go to mass (myself included in that) and how many people dislike Christmas cake/pudding and mince pies (myself included)

What sort of catholics are ye
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on December 12, 2013, 03:48:55 PM
After reading through most of the posts there it's amazing how many people don't go to mass (myself included in that) and how many people dislike Christmas cake/pudding and mince pies (myself included)

What sort of catholics are ye

Agreed, the stats about mass are shocking here. Especially since a lot of people seem to have young kids, thought they would try and set an example.

Suppose for most people Christmas isn't about the celebration of the birth of a religious figure but a celebration of their own family.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on December 12, 2013, 07:32:35 PM


Agreed, the stats about mass are shocking here. Especially since a lot of people seem to have young kids, thought they would try and set an example.



We are.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: theskull1 on December 12, 2013, 07:46:18 PM
Agreed, the stats about mass are shocking here. Especially since a lot of people seem to have young kids, thought they would try and set an example.

The lack of setting an example from the church could well be the reason for that UL

Festive periods were invented before the church or the OO took ownership of them. As you said ... we can celebrate for other reasons.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 12, 2013, 08:42:08 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Neither, don't put one up.
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Someone else's if I haven't offered to work it like I did last year and again this year.
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither, Killinascully and Doctor Who.
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Not been the Xmas mass since about 1999.

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? No
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? Love it

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? If working, I won't drink at all. If not working probs 1pm.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on December 12, 2013, 08:47:23 PM
Few Christmas questions for our posters.

Angel or Star at the top of your tree? Angel - about thirty years old and looks her age!
Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? - 21st here, Christmas eve at wife's sisters, Christmas and Boxing Day at parents and in laws. Nice!!
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither (Why punish yerself!)
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither (See above)

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts? Nope
Mince Pie? Nope
Christmas Pudding? Nope - love it, it doesn't enjoy me! A fistful of Rennie. Will settle for fruit flan and my sisters aero cheesecake.

What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Shloer with dinner

What's this "Boxing Day" you speak of?

That has a thread of it's own ffs

Is that on the Our Wee Country thread?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 12, 2013, 08:53:05 PM
Agreed, the stats about mass are shocking here. Especially since a lot of people seem to have young kids, thought they would try and set an example.

The lack of setting an example from the church could well be the reason for that UL

Festive periods were invented before the church or the OO took ownership of them. As you said ... we can celebrate for other reasons.

I'm just after banishing to christains from the door!! Hey sir, do you have salvation? are you saved sir? I said we are well saved, closed the door and they continued to stand at the door!! This is why I dislike religion
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: haveaharp on December 12, 2013, 09:01:39 PM
Angel or Star at the top of your tree?  Couldn't tell you, its not up until this weekend and cant mind whats in the decorations box.

Host your own Christmas Dinner or attend someone else's? Elsewhere
The Royale Family or Vicar Of Dibley? Neither, no tv, a good drink and chat round the table
Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day? Neither. No interest.

Do you eat:
Brussels Sprouts?yes but wouldn't be mad on them
Mince Pie? No
Christmas Pudding? No
What time on Christmas Day will you have your first drink? Beer at noon
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: blewuporstuffed on December 13, 2013, 09:36:01 AM
After reading through most of the posts there it's amazing how many people don't go to mass (myself included in that) and how many people dislike Christmas cake/pudding and mince pies (myself included)

What sort of catholics are ye
i actually thought the same thing myself.
I would rarely attend mass during theyear anymore, apart from weddings & funerals (but that is more out of a sense of respect for the people rather than any sort of religious belief), but i would still always go christmas eve night.
I suppose its more of a tradition just than anything else.

Also is surprising that while a good few people actually do eat the much maligned brussell sprout, very few actually eat mince pies or christmas pudding.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: deiseach on December 13, 2013, 09:46:41 AM
After reading through most of the posts there it's amazing how many people don't go to mass (myself included in that) and how many people dislike Christmas cake/pudding and mince pies (myself included)

What sort of catholics are ye

The schismatic types who eat mince pies.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 13, 2013, 11:30:41 AM
I found this recipe the other day.

Christmas hot whiskey with spices 

Take 250 g butter and 250 g brown sugar and combine together in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 1 teaspoon of another spice power - either ginger, cardamom or allspice. Just one teaspoon.

This is your spice butter and it will keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge.

For one hot whiskey , mix
120ml boiling water
50 ml whiskey and
2 dessert spoons of the spice butter.

Drink up.
 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on December 13, 2013, 11:43:04 AM
I think I just vomed in my mouth a bit reading that.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Captain Obvious on December 15, 2013, 01:53:07 PM
http://www.dailyedge.ie/holly-stapley-kelloggs-christmas-ad-where-is-she-now-1207265-Dec2013/
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 15, 2013, 03:55:11 PM
Anyone know where in Belfast to get a record player converter? either for a USB or CD. Seen ones on Amazon but no use to me as its a prezzie for Xmas for her indoors.

Anyone got one before? do you need speakers also. £ 150 is the budget we've given ourselves. And I'm sticking to it or under it for sure....

Richer Sounds in Gresham street will be your best bet. The nerds will tell you everything you want to know. And they'll price match. Think there a Denon model that could be up your street.

I thought it was to maybe retire the vinyl to mp3. Denon = £££

https://www.richersounds.ie/asp/product.asp?ObjectID=&Mode=0&CategoryID=&sub=&productid=1075

Could be crap but could be a starting point. Wouldn't go anywhere else for any electronics to be honest.

Ok went in the other night, it was just about to close up  so I bought it and left, haven't had a chance to look at it till now, have realised that I 'll need speakers but even if I get speakers will they have a sound control on them to listen to the music, otherwise it'll just be a turntable lol!!!

Any links to type I should get would be a great help. It has two leads coming out the back I assume they plug into the speaker. I don't have a hi-fi system to plug them into  :-\
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on December 15, 2013, 04:44:32 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 15, 2013, 04:50:51 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.

I've wrapped it will take a pic
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on December 15, 2013, 05:13:17 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.

I've wrapped it will take a pic

I had assumed you had a hifi or midi system to plug it into  ;) don't unwrap it, I can check the spec from the website
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 15, 2013, 05:23:58 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.

I've wrapped it will take a pic

I had assumed you had a hifi or midi system to plug it into  ;) don't unwrap it, I can check the spec from the website

Binned one years ago, never bothered getting one again, settled for a great CD and docking system from Sony
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on December 15, 2013, 05:49:28 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.

I've wrapped it will take a pic

I had assumed you had a hifi or midi system to plug it into  ;) don't unwrap it, I can check the spec from the website

Binned one years ago, never bothered getting one again, settled for a great CD and docking system from Sony

It's a standard two lead plug. Would be able to connect to any modern hifi/ midi system. Most decent docking stations should have audio connections, check the back or side of yours. Worse case scenario, it'll plug into your tv.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 15, 2013, 06:27:00 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.

I've wrapped it will take a pic

I had assumed you had a hifi or midi system to plug it into  ;) don't unwrap it, I can check the spec from the website

Binned one years ago, never bothered getting one again, settled for a great CD and docking system from Sony

It's a standard two lead plug. Would be able to connect to any modern hifi/ midi system. Most decent docking stations should have audio connections, check the back or side of yours. Worse case scenario, it'll plug into your tv.

Aye thats a perfect idea!! Will check station
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on December 16, 2013, 11:15:16 AM
Everyone finishing up work on Friday? Anyone in working over Christmas?
We finish 20th and back in on 2nd. Think that's pretty standard.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 16, 2013, 11:17:29 AM
Everyone finishing up work on Friday? Anyone in working over Christmas?
We finish 20th and back in on 2nd. Think that's pretty standard.

Finish the friday at 12 we have a chinese at work with a bottle or two of red then into Belfast for a few more!! off till the 6th ;)

Well earned I might add
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: hardstation on December 16, 2013, 11:22:59 AM
Finish 24th. Back 27th. Finish 31st. Back 2nd.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 16, 2013, 11:29:15 AM
Finish 24th. Back 27th. Finish 31st. Back 2nd.

Same, get off a little early on 24th
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on December 16, 2013, 11:29:43 AM
I'm finishing half day this Friday, and back on the 6th of January. Cannot wait.

Down in Kerry last weekend for the Christmas visit because we're staying put on Christmas, and next weekend is the Offaly visit. Mulled wine, mince pies and christmas pudding already. May get an elasticated pants.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 16, 2013, 12:12:07 PM
Off today. Having a nice Christmas dinner out with the missus (number 4 of the season so far!). Back in tomorrow til Thurs then off til the 6th. Can't wait! On the downside I am killed with heartburn already.  :'(

AZ send me a link to your elasticated trouser supplier.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: moysider on December 16, 2013, 02:43:01 PM

Half-day Friday. Back on 6th.

Ordered a 3D TV today from Argos on a whim. Hope to have it for Christmas. The heating oil will have to go! Hope it continues mild!

Christ! Dangerous time of year.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Feckitt on December 16, 2013, 02:53:39 PM
I was going to take the childer to that new Titanic centre  in Beal Feirste and to see Santy.  To do both is £18.75 per adult and £22.25 per child.  So f**k that for a carry on.

Does anyone else know of any good places to see the bould Santy in Belfast?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 16, 2013, 02:56:50 PM
I was going to take the childer to that new Titanic centre  in Beal Feirste and to see Santy.  To do both is £18.75 per adult and £22.25 per child.  So f**k that for a carry on.

Does anyone else know of any good places to see the bould Santy in Belfast?
There's about ten of them selling the Belfast Telegraph.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: deiseach on December 16, 2013, 03:13:17 PM
I was going to take the childer to that new Titanic centre  in Beal Feirste and to see Santy.  To do both is £18.75 per adult and £22.25 per child.  So f**k that for a carry on.

Does anyone else know of any good places to see the bould Santy in Belfast?
There's about ten of them selling the Belfast Telegraph.


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 16, 2013, 03:24:38 PM
I was going to take the childer to that new Titanic centre  in Beal Feirste and to see Santy.  To do both is £18.75 per adult and £22.25 per child.  So f**k that for a carry on.

Does anyone else know of any good places to see the bould Santy in Belfast?
There's about ten of them selling the Belfast Telegraph.



;D On a good day!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: armaghniac on December 16, 2013, 03:29:10 PM

Quote
Does anyone else know of any good places to see the bould Santy in Belfast

Santy has a sleigh that can get anywhere in the world in a jiffy. Do you really thing he would spend his time in Belfast?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on December 16, 2013, 03:34:27 PM
Went to see the big man himself last Saturday in Pomeroy magical forest. Excellent, you get a bus to the train and a train to see Santa. Whole thing is done very well and really enjoyable. We seen Santa's workshop, his reindeer stables, his sleigh all before receiving a gift from him. Free hotdogs at the end too. £12 per person. Children under 1 go free. It's all for charity.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on December 16, 2013, 03:35:55 PM

Half-day Friday. Back on 6th.

Ordered a 3D TV today from Argos on a whim. Hope to have it for Christmas. The heating oil will have to go! Hope it continues mild!

Christ! Dangerous time of year.

I would say there is serious amount of ordering on a whim.
The worse I have done was spend £100 on a guitar that I've had for two years and haven't got round to trying to learn.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 16, 2013, 03:47:00 PM
Went to see the big man himself last Saturday in Pomeroy magical forest. Excellent, you get a bus to the train and a train to see Santa. Whole thing is done very well and really enjoyable. We seen Santa's workshop, his reindeer stables, his sleigh all before receiving a gift from him. Free hotdogs at the end too. £12 per person. Children under 1 go free. It's all for charity.
Sounds almost identical to one in Milford outside Armagh. Some effort goes into the setup of these things.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 17, 2013, 06:26:36 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.

I've wrapped it will take a pic

I had assumed you had a hifi or midi system to plug it into  ;) don't unwrap it, I can check the spec from the website

Binned one years ago, never bothered getting one again, settled for a great CD and docking system from Sony

It's a standard two lead plug. Would be able to connect to any modern hifi/ midi system. Most decent docking stations should have audio connections, check the back or side of yours. Worse case scenario, it'll plug into your tv.

Would this one fit it  http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1337480.htm#pdpFullProductInformation

Docking station features

Lightning Docking.
USB support iPhone/iPad/iPod and MP3 playback and charging.
Charges your device when docked.
Compatible with iPod and iPhone.
3.5mm AUX-in.
Total power output 20 watts.
10 watts per speaker.
USB port for external connectivity.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on December 17, 2013, 08:12:12 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.

I've wrapped it will take a pic

I had assumed you had a hifi or midi system to plug it into  ;) don't unwrap it, I can check the spec from the website

Binned one years ago, never bothered getting one again, settled for a great CD and docking system from Sony

It's a standard two lead plug. Would be able to connect to any modern hifi/ midi system. Most decent docking stations should have audio connections, check the back or side of yours. Worse case scenario, it'll plug into your tv.

Would this one fit it  http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1337480.htm#pdpFullProductInformation

Docking station features

Lightning Docking.
USB support iPhone/iPad/iPod and MP3 playback and charging.
Charges your device when docked.
Compatible with iPod and iPhone.
3.5mm AUX-in.
Total power output 20 watts.
10 watts per speaker.
USB port for external connectivity.

Aux connection is what your looking, says it has. Not a bad wee system either. Make sure it has a double aux connection though to match your turntable leads.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 17, 2013, 08:40:01 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.

I've wrapped it will take a pic

I had assumed you had a hifi or midi system to plug it into  ;) don't unwrap it, I can check the spec from the website

Binned one years ago, never bothered getting one again, settled for a great CD and docking system from Sony

It's a standard two lead plug. Would be able to connect to any modern hifi/ midi system. Most decent docking stations should have audio connections, check the back or side of yours. Worse case scenario, it'll plug into your tv.

Would this one fit it  http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1337480.htm#pdpFullProductInformation

Docking station features

Lightning Docking.
USB support iPhone/iPad/iPod and MP3 playback and charging.
Charges your device when docked.
Compatible with iPod and iPhone.
3.5mm AUX-in.
Total power output 20 watts.
10 watts per speaker.
USB port for external connectivity.

Aux connection is what your looking, says it has. Not a bad wee system either. Make sure it has a double aux connection though to match your turntable leads.

Aye will just have to take it out of the box there and then!! Always something ffs. Cheers
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: 5 Sams on December 17, 2013, 09:12:40 PM
Everyone finishing up work on Friday? Anyone in working over Christmas?
We finish 20th and back in on 2nd. Think that's pretty standard.
Finish on Thurs...off to Kerry early on Fri morning back in on the 30th for a couple of days. Quiet New Year...looking forward to it.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 18, 2013, 03:24:33 PM
Can you post a pic of the back of it? Don't be afraid to bring it back either.

I've wrapped it will take a pic

I had assumed you had a hifi or midi system to plug it into  ;) don't unwrap it, I can check the spec from the website

Binned one years ago, never bothered getting one again, settled for a great CD and docking system from Sony

It's a standard two lead plug. Would be able to connect to any modern hifi/ midi system. Most decent docking stations should have audio connections, check the back or side of yours. Worse case scenario, it'll plug into your tv.

Would this one fit it  http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1337480.htm#pdpFullProductInformation

Docking station features

Lightning Docking.
USB support iPhone/iPad/iPod and MP3 playback and charging.
Charges your device when docked.
Compatible with iPod and iPhone.
3.5mm AUX-in.
Total power output 20 watts.
10 watts per speaker.
USB port for external connectivity.

Aux connection is what your looking, says it has. Not a bad wee system either. Make sure it has a double aux connection though to match your turntable leads.

Aye will just have to take it out of the box there and then!! Always something ffs. Cheers

Will this do the trick? Think (though I haven't seen it) that there is only one port for  the leads to fit into and was wondering will this adaptor work


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on December 18, 2013, 04:41:59 PM
Think that is more to do with plugging in 2 sets of headphones into one device, your looking something thats has rear holes as below

http://worldwide.bose.com/productsupport/assets/images/articles/home_entertainment_systems/av28_rear_panel_aux.jpg
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Olly on December 18, 2013, 06:03:48 PM
Alott of people are not sending cards this year.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 20, 2013, 09:28:15 AM
12 finishes me today till the 6th!!! Some pints today, hopefully no black eyes. Always dodgy today ya sometimes tell your boss the wrong thing lol
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 20, 2013, 09:36:02 AM
Working till 8 tonight then giving myself 2 weeks off!
Had no time off at all this year as been very busy so looking forward to the break.
Hopefully some Golf and pints over the next few weeks!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 20, 2013, 09:38:10 AM
Working till 8 tonight then giving myself 2 weeks off!
Had no time off at all this year as been very busy so looking forward to the break.
Hopefully some Golf and pints over the next few weeks!

Self employed? It's hard to not work knowing its costing money.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 20, 2013, 09:43:43 AM
Working till 8 tonight then giving myself 2 weeks off!
Had no time off at all this year as been very busy so looking forward to the break.
Hopefully some Golf and pints over the next few weeks!

Self employed? It's hard to not work knowing its costing money.
Yeah self employed.
Most of the companies I have service contracts with close down for the Christmas anyway.
Sure we all need a break!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on September 17, 2014, 09:02:06 AM
Pomeroy Magical Forest all sold out- I would imagine there will be more dates added. Was at it last year- excellent.

Anywhere else worth going to? Would like to take the little one somewhere different this year.

http://www.santasmagicalforest.co.uk/ (http://www.santasmagicalforest.co.uk/)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Zip Code on September 17, 2014, 09:05:21 AM
We always go to Hiltown Santa http://www.santascottage.co.uk/ (http://www.santascottage.co.uk/), this will be our 9th year!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: supersarsfields on September 17, 2014, 10:25:31 AM
Innishowen do a Santa's hotel that was reccommended to me. Booked in for Monday 23rdDec 85 Euro for B&B. Think the hotel is basic enough, but the Santa experience is meant to be good. Sure we'll give it a go!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 17, 2014, 11:58:13 AM
We always go to Hiltown Santa http://www.santascottage.co.uk/ (http://www.santascottage.co.uk/), this will be our 9th year!

Spending money on the kids??? WTF 

Is that on the road down to Rostrevor

This will be my last xmas that the youngest will believe in Santa, though she's asked a couple of strange questions lately about him, I've dodged them with the usual, ask yer ma
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Zip Code on September 17, 2014, 12:57:56 PM
Yeah - we have done he is the real one etc so we only go to him, he's very good, it's limited booking so you get a good 10 - 15 minutes with Santa, you wait in a room and he comes down the chimney ho ho ho and away, then you are called as a family to see him.  You wait in his front room and you get called in - you email what the kids want and what mischievous they have been up.  When you go in he knows their names, ages what they want and if the room needs to be more tidy - the ear piece is well covered with the beard as someone reads the email into his ear.  Presents are ok to, we usually go the eve of christmas eve - but usually gets booked out in advance - I booked in July.  My oldest was doubting last year until he told him that his mother was sick picking his clothes off the floor!  ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 17, 2014, 01:03:47 PM
We usually go to the one in Milford (Co. Armagh) as all proceeds go to charity, not some farmer with a few fir trees and a mangy deer on his farm.

http://www.santasgatelodge.com/ (http://www.santasgatelodge.com/)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: BenDover on September 17, 2014, 01:04:28 PM
There has been one run in Milford in Armagh this past few years which has been good. The venue was vandalised not so long ago so does anyone know if its on this year or not?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 17, 2014, 01:05:15 PM
There has been one run in Milford in Armagh this past few years which has been good. The venue was vandalised not so long ago so does anyone know if its on this year or not?
;D See link above!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: BenDover on September 17, 2014, 01:10:52 PM
There has been one run in Milford in Armagh this past few years which has been good. The venue was vandalised not so long ago so does anyone know if its on this year or not?
;D See link above!
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Good news - a date for the diary then!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: BenDover on September 19, 2014, 03:48:58 PM
20% of in Smyths from today till Monday
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on September 19, 2014, 04:11:52 PM
ffs lads it's only September.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: BenDover on September 19, 2014, 10:06:53 PM
We went over and sorted out a right few bits. staff in newry were flat out and I'm guessing will be for the rest of the weekend.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: CD on September 19, 2014, 10:09:26 PM
Herself was down spending my hard earned pennies in Smyths there. Said the place was insane. Not a single 'Frozen' related toy of any description left in the building. The attic is full!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on September 24, 2014, 11:43:22 AM
Got this today for our little girl. Hard to get. Got lucky.

http://direct.asda.com/George-Home-Deluxe-Wooden-Kitchen/000799375,default,pd.html (http://direct.asda.com/George-Home-Deluxe-Wooden-Kitchen/000799375,default,pd.html)

Seems good quality. Loads of good reviews. We were looking at one's priced from £90-£140 so happy with this.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: NAG1 on September 24, 2014, 11:54:34 AM
Any one know about or have been on a break over christmas, after christmas day like, but have always fancied heading away somewhere over that time esp over new years.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on September 24, 2014, 12:04:06 PM
Any one know about or have been on a break over christmas, after christmas day like, but have always fancied heading away somewhere over that time esp over new years.

Any ideas?

Prague suppose to be nice at Christmas. You heading on your own?
https://www.onetraveller.co.uk/tours/christmas-in-prague/ (https://www.onetraveller.co.uk/tours/christmas-in-prague/)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: blewuporstuffed on September 24, 2014, 12:28:18 PM
Any one know about or have been on a break over christmas, after christmas day like, but have always fancied heading away somewhere over that time esp over new years.

Any ideas?

Prague suppose to be nice at Christmas. You heading on your own?
https://www.onetraveller.co.uk/tours/christmas-in-prague/ (https://www.onetraveller.co.uk/tours/christmas-in-prague/)
I have been away a few times the week leading up to chrismas.
Prague & barcelona were both very good ofr this.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: supersarsfields on September 24, 2014, 12:33:38 PM
The Christmas markets in Prague are brilliant. Beautiful city in the winter.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: HiMucker on September 24, 2014, 12:55:31 PM
Folks if you are looking for any toys for babies/toddlers IKEA is hard to beat.  None of that plastic crap, they have a pile of solid wooden toys, like wee trains, cranes, blocks, puzzle blocks etc.  All really cheap also.  Couldn't believe it when the missus brought them back and told me how much they were!  Unless she is lying  :-\
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: blewuporstuffed on September 24, 2014, 01:04:13 PM
The Christmas markets in Prague are brilliant. Beautiful city in the winter.
yeah, the christmas market is great.There was a great fall of snow hwen we were there so it was very picturesque
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on September 24, 2014, 01:28:23 PM
The Christmas markets in Prague are brilliant. Beautiful city in the winter.
yeah, the christmas market is great.There was a great fall of snow hwen we were there so it was very picturesque

I thought you despised Christmas chat in September???
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: blewuporstuffed on September 24, 2014, 01:30:00 PM
The Christmas markets in Prague are brilliant. Beautiful city in the winter.
yeah, the christmas market is great.There was a great fall of snow hwen we were there so it was very picturesque

I thought you despised Christmas chat in September???
what do you think now?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on September 24, 2014, 01:58:29 PM
The Christmas markets in Prague are brilliant. Beautiful city in the winter.
yeah, the christmas market is great.There was a great fall of snow hwen we were there so it was very picturesque

I thought you despised Christmas chat in September???
what do you think now?

That underneath it all you're really just Mr Christmas.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tbrick18 on September 25, 2014, 09:40:48 AM
The Christmas markets in Prague are brilliant. Beautiful city in the winter.

Copenhagen...there is a market there called Tivoli Markets. Really nice city and Tivoli is fantastic with everything from a pirate ship, to mulled wine, to funfair.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on September 25, 2014, 09:56:24 AM
Got this today for our little girl. Hard to get. Got lucky.

http://direct.asda.com/George-Home-Deluxe-Wooden-Kitchen/000799375,default,pd.html (http://direct.asda.com/George-Home-Deluxe-Wooden-Kitchen/000799375,default,pd.html)

Seems good quality. Loads of good reviews. We were looking at one's priced from £90-£140 so happy with this.

Had the kitchen out last night whenever the wee girl was in bed. Very good quality. Says it takes approx an hour to put together. Will have a turkey toastie on christmas eve when doing this.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hardy on September 25, 2014, 12:37:54 PM
Mods, I assume the reason you haven't commented is because you haven't yet been able to come up with a suitable retribution for these people.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: orangeman on October 03, 2014, 08:24:55 PM
No Christmas lights in Castledawson. The govt have blocked delivery of the lights till the flegs are sorted.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on October 03, 2014, 08:52:04 PM
Wonder what the real world is like?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: sensethetone on October 06, 2014, 12:39:43 PM
What's the best kids tablet?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on October 06, 2014, 12:40:43 PM
What's the best kids tablet?
A sleeping one.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hereiam on October 06, 2014, 03:52:19 PM
What's the best kids tablet?
A sleeping one.

Very good  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on November 10, 2014, 01:54:58 PM
Anyone got the shopping sorted yet? The misses and I are going this saturday and hoping to get all sorted in one swoop. Few bits and bobs picked up already.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on November 10, 2014, 01:57:43 PM
Any men who have started their Christmas shopping need a boot up the hole.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on November 10, 2014, 02:02:17 PM
Any men who have started their Christmas shopping need a boot up the hole.

The kids. Think of the kids. It's santa shopping we're doing. Get it done now and not caught up in the rush in December.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on November 10, 2014, 02:10:53 PM
Any men who have started their Christmas shopping need a boot up the hole.

I've started stockpiling beer and wine. Does that count?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: muppet on November 10, 2014, 02:15:32 PM
Any men who have started their Christmas shopping need a boot up the hole.

The kids. Think of the kids. It's santa shopping we're doing. Get it done now and not caught up in the rush in December.

Jebus delete that before the Rosfan and Syf see it!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on November 10, 2014, 03:03:34 PM
This is very Christmassy and very easy to make




Hot Butterscotch

50ml blended whiskey/whisky

120-150ml boiling hot water

1 tbsp spiced butter*

● Warm a mug or Irish-coffee cup with boiling hot water. Discard the water. Add the whisky, boiling hot water and spiced butter. Stir until the butter melts. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

*To make the spiced butter: combine 250g butter and 250g brown sugar in a mixing bowl with one heaped teaspoon of allspice, one of cinnamon, a small pinch of ground clove and a teaspoon of good vanilla extract. Blend thoroughly with a fork. Press the mixture into a ramekin, or wrap it in cling film and shape into a stick of butter. Refrigerate. This mixture keeps well for two weeks

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on November 10, 2014, 03:39:21 PM
Its a pity you couldn't just throw money at someone and they go and do all the shopping for you...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hereiam on November 10, 2014, 03:40:58 PM
Its a pity you couldn't just throw money at someone and they go and do all the shopping for you...
Isn't that what the wife is for  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on November 10, 2014, 04:02:25 PM
Its a pity you couldn't just throw money at someone and they go and do all the shopping for you...
Isn't that what the wife is for  ;D  ;D  ;D

Nah mine's useless, she leaves it up to me.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on November 10, 2014, 04:36:13 PM
I was in a toy shop on Saturday and the Christmas shopping was in full swing. Enough to give you a headache.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Under Lights on November 10, 2014, 04:39:21 PM
If you are one of those Christmas haters probably not the thread for you tbf.
If you think Christmas shouldn't be talked about until December- probably should avoid said thread until December.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on November 10, 2014, 04:54:44 PM
Any men who have started their Christmas shopping need a boot up the hole.

I've started stockpiling beer and wine. Does that count?

As long as you drink it all well before Christmas and have to bring in emergency supplies.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: bennydorano on October 29, 2015, 08:11:08 PM
Christmas Trees (plural) up in Salleys Restaurant in Aughnacloy last Saturday  - 24th October.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on October 30, 2015, 11:06:31 PM
https://www.sunfrog.com/Coalisland-its-where-my-story-begins-6375-Black-Hoodie.html?36914
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: GJL on November 27, 2015, 06:42:14 PM
Toy show night 8)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ONeill on November 28, 2015, 12:07:35 AM
Any hoor who sticks anything festive up in November should be tarred.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on December 07, 2015, 12:07:28 PM
Guys i'm struggling to get my 10 year old daughter gifts for Christmas, i've her main present got but sort of need a few ideas for like stocking fillers etc...Any u men/women out there with kids that age? what have u got them?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: STREET FIGHTER on December 07, 2015, 02:12:49 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Franko on December 07, 2015, 02:19:50 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?

Presents for the potential wife - or potential presents for the wife???

These are two very different things and clarification would be required...!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: STREET FIGHTER on December 07, 2015, 02:25:29 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?

Presents for the potential wife - or potential presents for the wife???

These are two very different things and clarification would be required...!

Sorry should have clarified....see above.

Have ran out of ideas at this stage.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Brick Tamlin on December 07, 2015, 02:34:47 PM
Adele tickets (maybe too late) or any other gig tickets she may like.
Spa treatments or spa weekend away. Useful if you have weans. Gives her a break.
Vouchers for whatever products she likes to cake on herself.
Beauty products you know she would like.
Watch, handbag, shoes. Hard to go wrong there.
if gadget inclined then obviously something in the phone, laptop, ipad market.
A boudoir photoshoot.
A Dyson!!

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hardy on December 07, 2015, 02:46:05 PM
When buying Christmas presents for your wife or girlfriend, remember the woman who is a good cook and cleaner and works hard in her job. Remember the woman who makes you laugh, who you can trust and who doesn't lie to you. Remember the woman who is good in bed and likes to be with you. Most of all, remember how important it is that these three women never meet each other.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: muppet on December 07, 2015, 02:59:21 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?

Presents for the potential wife - or potential presents for the wife???

These are two very different things and clarification would be required...!

I thought he was looking for a potential wife as the present!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 07, 2015, 03:00:26 PM
When buying Christmas presents for your wife or girlfriend, remember the woman who is a good cook and cleaner and works hard in her job. Remember the woman who makes you laugh, who you can trust and who doesn't lie to you. Remember the woman who is good in bed and likes to be with you. Most of all, remember how important it is that these three women never meet each other.
I'm not sure any of them even exist.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 07, 2015, 03:03:27 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?

Presents for the potential wife - or potential presents for the wife???

These are two very different things and clarification would be required...!

Sorry should have clarified....see above.

Have ran out of ideas at this stage.
Give her a few quid and let her go shopping herself.
At least she gets something she actually wants then.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: pullhard on December 07, 2015, 03:34:40 PM
My less half, wanted a Kindle. thought happy days on budget. Her sister changed her mind!
Now she and I are all over the place with what she wants.

We've had our first this year, so thinking of getting a personalised necklace with the babies name. Loads of them on not on the high street. weeman love that website!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: finbar o tool on December 07, 2015, 03:47:17 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?

go on to photobox, get her a photobook or something like that, chicks love that shit!  ;)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Megaman on December 07, 2015, 03:50:05 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?

Presents for the potential wife - or potential presents for the wife???

These are two very different things and clarification would be required...!

Sorry should have clarified....see above.

Have ran out of ideas at this stage.
Give her a few quid and let her go shopping herself.
At least she gets something she actually wants then.

My missus tells me what she wants, and then she goes and get it & wraps it, keeps us both happy, she gets what she really wants, i dont have to shop (which i hate)
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 07, 2015, 03:52:37 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?

Presents for the potential wife - or potential presents for the wife???

These are two very different things and clarification would be required...!

Sorry should have clarified....see above.

Have ran out of ideas at this stage.
Give her a few quid and let her go shopping herself.
At least she gets something she actually wants then.

My missus tells me what she wants, and then she goes and get it & wraps it, keeps us both happy, she gets what she really wants, i dont have to shop (which i hate)
More or less same here. She makes me wrap them though.
If I'm feeling extra romantic I'll drop her up the the shops and collect her afterwards.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: finbar o tool on December 07, 2015, 03:53:36 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?

Presents for the potential wife - or potential presents for the wife???

These are two very different things and clarification would be required...!

Sorry should have clarified....see above.

Have ran out of ideas at this stage.
Give her a few quid and let her go shopping herself.
At least she gets something she actually wants then.

My missus tells me what she wants, and then she goes and get it & wraps it, keeps us both happy, she gets what she really wants, i dont have to shop (which i hate)
More or less same here. She makes me wrap them though.
If I'm feeling extra romantic I'll drop her up the the shops and collect her afterwards.

ah lads ye are brutal!!  ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: annapr on December 07, 2015, 05:33:17 PM
Pandora bracelets and charms are always a good idea.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gallsman on December 07, 2015, 05:37:48 PM
My less half, wanted a Kindle. thought happy days on budget. Her sister changed her mind!
Now she and I are all over the place with what she wants.

We've had our first this year, so thinking of getting a personalised necklace with the babies name. Loads of them on not on the high street. weeman love that website!

I desperately hope this was a joke.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: J70 on December 07, 2015, 07:02:50 PM
Anybody any good ideas for potential wife presents?

Presents for the potential wife - or potential presents for the wife???

These are two very different things and clarification would be required...!

Sorry should have clarified....see above.

Have ran out of ideas at this stage.
Give her a few quid and let her go shopping herself.
At least she gets something she actually wants then.

My missus tells me what she wants, and then she goes and get it & wraps it, keeps us both happy, she gets what she really wants, i dont have to shop (which i hate)
More or less same here. She makes me wrap them though.
If I'm feeling extra romantic I'll drop her up the the shops and collect her afterwards.

 ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: maco on December 07, 2015, 10:54:39 PM
You'll never go wrong with a Michael Kors watch lads.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gallsman on December 08, 2015, 07:18:10 AM
You'll never go wrong with a Michael Kors watch lads.

Again, i hope that was a joke. You definitely can given that girls mock each other about them. A lot.


Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: JoG2 on December 08, 2015, 09:56:47 AM
You'll never go wrong with a Michael Kors watch lads.

Again, i hope that was a joke. You definitely can given that girls mock each other about them. A lot.




is Maco's wife 14?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: oakleaflad on December 08, 2015, 11:58:26 AM
You'll never go wrong with a Michael Kors watch lads.

Again, i hope that was a joke. You definitely can given that girls mock each other about them. A lot.




is Maco's wife 14?
I don't think girls mock each other at all about wearing that watch specifically, it's more the Christmas facebook status' that are put up with the picture of all the gifts attached. They annoy my happiness. More fool me for being on Facebook over Christmas I suppose.

P.S. No, I haven't bought a Michael Kors watch as a Christmas gift.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 08, 2015, 12:00:15 PM
Am I the only one who has never heard of Michael Kors or his watches before?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on December 08, 2015, 12:15:37 PM
Am I the only one who has never heard of Michael Kors or his watches before?

YES...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on December 08, 2015, 12:19:15 PM
Got 3 tickets for "Little Mix" this morning for concert in Odyssey, Belfast. Hadn't a clue who they are until i googled them and they look okay to the naked eye i have to say but i doubt their music would suit me so i'm sending the wife and her niece too ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Hardy on December 08, 2015, 12:40:48 PM
Am I the only one who has never heard of Michael Kors or his watches before?

No, but that only confirms your worst fears.

I remember when watches were made by horologists. When did "celebrities" (I assume that's what Kors is but I refuse to Google him) start making watches?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 08, 2015, 01:02:49 PM
No Santa arriving this year... Be very strange, we'll keep quiet but the youngest knows now, they all do once they head to big school.... But they are excited as feck and wanting the world!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on December 08, 2015, 01:15:56 PM
Am I the only one who has never heard of Michael Kors or his watches before?

No. I thought he made soup and gravy mixes.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: muppet on December 08, 2015, 01:23:09 PM
Am I the only one who has never heard of Michael Kors or his watches before?

YES...

Is he anything to Nick Kors?

Which, come to think of it, sounds much more like something you'd get the missus fro Christmas.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Rois on December 08, 2015, 01:44:49 PM
Karen Millen have up to 50% off bags and shoes if that's of any interest.  I just nabbed myself a little bargain - over £110 off a handbag.    There's some nice wee items on the website. 

I have about seven Michael Kors bags, all of them purchased a number of years ago in the states before they arrived en masse here.  I still use the bags I have, but won't be buying any more due to the sheer quantity of them around now.  Great quality, but very prone to fakes.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 08, 2015, 01:54:07 PM
anybody got those Fitbit watches/trackers? any good?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: JoG2 on December 08, 2015, 01:58:10 PM
got an invite to purchase the new oneplus phone @ £199. Even at this stage, it might not arrive in time. Anyone recommend a smart phone in or around the £200 mark that's shipped locally (europe)? LG 3G has been mentioned.
thanks
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: STREET FIGHTER on December 08, 2015, 02:00:04 PM
All useful stuff folks!

Might even through in the 'free' lift some have suggested  ;D
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: deiseach on December 08, 2015, 02:03:50 PM
got an invite to purchase the new oneplus phone @ £199. Even at this stage, it might not arrive in time. Anyone recommend a smart phone in or around the £200 mark that's shipped locally (europe)? LG 3G has been mentioned.
thanks

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is an excellent choice for the budget conscious. £115 on their website at the moment (http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/pay-as-you-go/vodafone-smart-6-ultra-payg/sku86605-grey) and you can get unlock codes on eBay for £3-4 (thanks to gallsman for pointing this out to me).
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jim_Murphy_74 on December 08, 2015, 02:09:42 PM

... but I refuse to Google him...

You are a lazy man (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=michael+kors)

/Jim
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on December 08, 2015, 02:10:32 PM
anybody got those Fitbit watches/trackers? any good?

I have the Fitbit Surge...not bad. If u train regularly and hard then they're good. I use mine as a GPS tracker out cycling too and when spinning it's good to check the heart rate...are they worth the money? Dunno. I got mine for £130 as Vitality Life Insurance got me the discount (was £200) but i believe they've come down a bit in price since then...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: JoG2 on December 08, 2015, 02:21:28 PM
got an invite to purchase the new oneplus phone @ £199. Even at this stage, it might not arrive in time. Anyone recommend a smart phone in or around the £200 mark that's shipped locally (europe)? LG 3G has been mentioned.
thanks

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is an excellent choice for the budget conscious. £115 on their website at the moment (http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/pay-as-you-go/vodafone-smart-6-ultra-payg/sku86605-grey) and you can get unlock codes on eBay for £3-4 (thanks to gallsman for pointing this out to me).

good man, looks great for the price !
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 08, 2015, 02:33:13 PM
anybody got those Fitbit watches/trackers? any good?

I have the Fitbit Surge...not bad. If u train regularly and hard then they're good. I use mine as a GPS tracker out cycling too and when spinning it's good to check the heart rate...are they worth the money? Dunno. I got mine for £130 as Vitality Life Insurance got me the discount (was £200) but i believe they've come down a bit in price since then...

Novelty factor ? its for the wife, now before if I had have bought a gift for her to do sporting things then that would have been a big no no... but hey they are mad for all that now... plus I can check her heart rate for nocturnal activities !!!...



like sleeping  :-[
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: BenDover on December 08, 2015, 02:36:36 PM
For all the Daddies try this site: https://www.portablenorthpole.com/en/ it's class if ye've wee ones that still believe
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 08, 2015, 09:59:42 PM
got an invite to purchase the new oneplus phone @ £199. Even at this stage, it might not arrive in time. Anyone recommend a smart phone in or around the £200 mark that's shipped locally (europe)? LG 3G has been mentioned.
thanks

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is an excellent choice for the budget conscious. £115 on their website at the moment (http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/pay-as-you-go/vodafone-smart-6-ultra-payg/sku86605-grey) and you can get unlock codes on eBay for £3-4 (thanks to gallsman for pointing this out to me).


good man, looks great for the price !
I bought this phone also and it was great at the start but it has slowed something fierce over the past few months.
I also notice a dark spot appearing all down one side of the screen.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 08, 2015, 10:03:05 PM
got an invite to purchase the new oneplus phone @ £199. Even at this stage, it might not arrive in time. Anyone recommend a smart phone in or around the £200 mark that's shipped locally (europe)? LG 3G has been mentioned.
thanks

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is an excellent choice for the budget conscious. £115 on their website at the moment (http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/pay-as-you-go/vodafone-smart-6-ultra-payg/sku86605-grey) and you can get unlock codes on eBay for £3-4 (thanks to gallsman for pointing this out to me).


good man, looks great for the price !
I bought this phone also and it was great at the start but it has slowed something fierce over the past few months.
I also notice a dark spot appearing all down one side of the screen.

Stop downloading porn and wetting the screen... Stops it slowing down and fluid damage on screen
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: blewuporstuffed on December 08, 2015, 11:38:05 PM
Karen Millen have up to 50% off bags and shoes if that's of any interest.  I just nabbed myself a little bargain - over £110 off a handbag.    There's some nice wee items on the website. 

I have about seven Michael Kors bags, all of them purchased a number of years ago in the states before they arrived en masse here.  I still use the bags I have, but won't be buying any more due to the sheer quantity of them around now.  Great quality, but very prone to fakes.
Jesus Christ how much was the bag to begin with?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Orior on December 08, 2015, 11:43:34 PM
Karen Millen have up to 50% off bags and shoes if that's of any interest.  I just nabbed myself a little bargain - over £110 off a handbag.    There's some nice wee items on the website. 

I have about seven Michael Kors bags, all of them purchased a number of years ago in the states before they arrived en masse here.  I still use the bags I have, but won't be buying any more due to the sheer quantity of them around now.  Great quality, but very prone to fakes.
Jesus Christ how much was the bag to begin with?

Bought a Michael Kors one myself this evening (I got the major hint earlier). House of Fraser, £300, and the shop assistant asked me if I wanted a bag with it.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Jell 0 Biafra on December 09, 2015, 03:32:35 AM
It's not hard lads.  Marry a woman who's only interested in books, music, booze and chocolates, and then you'll never have to worry about michael korr watches, whatever the f**k they are.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: omaghjoe on December 09, 2015, 07:57:42 AM
It's not hard lads.  Marry a woman who's only interested in books, music, booze and chocolates, and then you'll never have to worry about michael korr watches, whatever the f**k they are.

Mickey Corr has a garage full of watches down in Derrylaughlin, would say they go for a lot less than the prices yis are forking out
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tyrone girl on December 09, 2015, 10:31:28 AM
Im not a handbag type of girl. If he landed to me with a 300 quid handbag id beat him over the head with it. I have to pick everything.
This year, fitbit, satnav, new kindle, i am trying to think of a few more things to add to that. Thats for myself.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: tyrone girl on December 09, 2015, 10:32:12 AM
On a side note i wanna buy Dynamo tickets as part of a present but they are ground floor and not tiered seating. Would the seats be crap?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 09, 2015, 11:25:26 PM
Im not a handbag type of girl. If he landed to me with a 300 quid handbag id beat him over the head with it. I have to pick everything.
This year, fitbit, satnav, new kindle, i am trying to think of a few more things to add to that. Thats for myself.

Slate colour fitbit.... Which one is best!!?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: ashman on December 10, 2015, 12:53:30 AM
And I moan about 70 cents a bag in Dunnes !!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Boycey on December 16, 2015, 09:07:30 PM
Star or fairy?

Causes a standoff in our house every year...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: STREET FIGHTER on December 16, 2015, 10:10:47 PM
Star or fairy?

Causes a standoff in our house every year...

Star!!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: trueblue1234 on December 17, 2015, 09:01:18 AM
Angel...
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: gallsman on December 17, 2015, 09:51:45 AM
Angel...

+1
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: trueblue1234 on December 17, 2015, 01:56:32 PM
Outside lights seem to be a big thing this year. I know some people hate them and some love them. Personally i love a few, the bigger the better!!
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: HiMucker on December 17, 2015, 02:27:52 PM
Outside lights seem to be a big thing this year. I know some people hate them and some love them. Personally i love a few, the bigger the better!!
I have to say I love them.  I love all the tacky decorations and colour.  My women does my head in as the Christmas tree is done up perfectly matching with gold and normal lights.  She wont let coloured lights and coloured tinsel anywhere near it.  Tackier the better for me
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on December 22, 2015, 12:34:13 PM
Right lads, and ladies, finishing up for Christmas today at work, and the next couple of days will be manic I suppose with trips to Kerry and sundry other places. So Wishing ye and yers a happy, peaceful Christmas, and here's to a great 2016.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 22, 2015, 01:26:14 PM
Lots of discounts before Christmas this year. I wonder is it deflation.
And the weather is all fucked up as well. Very bad floods in Easht Galway .

the Corrib yesterday had flooded a riverside walkway. Never saw it as high.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Asal Mor on December 22, 2015, 01:57:30 PM
Outside lights seem to be a big thing this year. I know some people hate them and some love them. Personally i love a few, the bigger the better!!
I have to say I love them.  I love all the tacky decorations and colour.  My women does my head in as the Christmas tree is done up perfectly matching with gold and normal lights.  She wont let coloured lights and coloured tinsel anywhere near it.  Tackier the better for me
Yep, Christmas decorations should be colorful, shiny and tacky. I'm not fond of the subtler, more fashionably decorated trees either. Love looking at all the outdoor light displays, but a voice in the back of my head tells me that the use of all this excess, unnecessary electricity is vulgar and thoughtless given the state the environment is in.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 22, 2015, 02:10:26 PM
Im not a handbag type of girl. If he landed to me with a 300 quid handbag id beat him over the head with it. I have to pick everything.
This year, fitbit, satnav, new kindle, i am trying to think of a few more things to add to that. Thats for myself.
I have to say I'm looking forward to your adventures following a satnav.  ;D

For anyone buying a PS4 this year I would recommend upgrading to a larger hard drive or buy the 1TB option. The games now are massive and come with regular multi-Gb updates. The wains have been yapping for a while now that they have to uninstall games to install other ones. I installed a 2TB drive yesterday but for new buyers you'd be better doing it before anything goes on it.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 22, 2015, 02:14:28 PM
Outside lights seem to be a big thing this year. I know some people hate them and some love them. Personally i love a few, the bigger the better!!
I have to say I love them.  I love all the tacky decorations and colour.  My women does my head in as the Christmas tree is done up perfectly matching with gold and normal lights.  She wont let coloured lights and coloured tinsel anywhere near it.  Tackier the better for me
Yep, Christmas decorations should be colorful, shiny and tacky. I'm not fond of the subtler, more fashionably decorated trees either. Love looking at all the outdoor light displays, but a voice in the back of my head tells me that the use of all this excess, unnecessary electricity is vulgar and thoughtless given the state the environment is in.
+1

I think it is all "look at me" as well.
I think the St Vincent De Paul get closer to Christmas
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Asal Mor on December 22, 2015, 06:32:32 PM
I think it is all "look at me" as well.
I think the St Vincent De Paul get closer to Christmas

Very true seafoid. There's a fair bit of money spent on these light displays too. I know the kids love them but when my daughter is old enough to understand I plan to teach her that instead of wasting a load of money on lights and decorations and even presents, we'll use that money to help someone who's in a bad way. Rather than donating the money to a charity, I'd hope we could help someone directly so my daughter can see the benefit of it and learn from it. That's the plan anyway.

I was buying presents for some of my nephews and nieces(whose parents are pretty well-off) recently, and it was difficult to find something that would be of any interest to them, because they just have so much crap already. I've done the whole consumer Christmas this year because it's my first one after a good few years abroad, but I won't be doing it next year(again, that's the plan anyway).
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 22, 2015, 07:34:16 PM
Right lads, and ladies, finishing up for Christmas today at work, and the next couple of days will be manic I suppose with trips to Kerry and sundry other places. So Wishing ye and yers a happy, peaceful Christmas, and here's to a great 2016.

Merry Christmas AZ.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 22, 2015, 07:47:08 PM
I think it is all "look at me" as well.
I think the St Vincent De Paul get closer to Christmas

Very true seafoid. There's a fair bit of money spent on these light displays too. I know the kids love them but when my daughter is old enough to understand I plan to teach her that instead of wasting a load of money on lights and decorations and even presents, we'll use that money to help someone who's in a bad way. Rather than donating the money to a charity, I'd hope we could help someone directly so my daughter can see the benefit of it and learn from it. That's the plan anyway.

I was buying presents for some of my nephews and nieces(whose parents are pretty well-off) recently, and it was difficult to find something that would be of any interest to them, because they just have so much crap already. I've done the whole consumer Christmas this year because it's my first one after a good few years abroad, but I won't be doing it next year(again, that's the plan anyway).
Have all the Trocaire goats been put out to pasture. That fad seems to have all but disappeared.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 22, 2015, 10:04:20 PM
I think it is all "look at me" as well.
I think the St Vincent De Paul get closer to Christmas

Very true seafoid. There's a fair bit of money spent on these light displays too. I know the kids love them but when my daughter is old enough to understand I plan to teach her that instead of wasting a load of money on lights and decorations and even presents, we'll use that money to help someone who's in a bad way. Rather than donating the money to a charity, I'd hope we could help someone directly so my daughter can see the benefit of it and learn from it. That's the plan anyway.

I was buying presents for some of my nephews and nieces(whose parents are pretty well-off) recently, and it was difficult to find something that would be of any interest to them, because they just have so much crap already. I've done the whole consumer Christmas this year because it's my first one after a good few years abroad, but I won't be doing it next year(again, that's the plan anyway).
Thats a good idea, Asal. I think a lot of what teenagers are exposed to now on the net is me me me or look at you you are not good enough
and  it is way too narcissistic. Doing stuff for other people is good for the soul. 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: seafoid on December 25, 2015, 10:44:26 AM
Kids awake at half 6. I suppose it could have been worse
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on December 25, 2015, 11:08:58 AM
Quarter past 8, and had to wake the youngest. Result 😀
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on December 25, 2015, 01:29:15 PM
Quarter past 8, and had to wake the youngest. Result 😀

Exactly the same here...although didn't get to bed until 2:00 putting their stuff out.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 25, 2015, 02:54:10 PM
Quarter past 8, and had to wake the youngest. Result 😀

Exactly the same here...although didn't get to bed until 2:00 putting their stuff out.
Santa has got awful lazy.

Wains not asleep til well after 12 last night  >:(. First attempt at downstairs was 5.30 but held them off until 7.

Hopefully they get to bed earlyish tonight so I can get a rattle on this Star Wars game for the PS4.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Aaron Boone on December 25, 2015, 03:44:00 PM
Looking like 6pm before I have the turkey. All I can do is drink and have a sneaky bet on the Turkish football.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: omaghjoe on November 27, 2016, 09:44:45 PM
Looks like the Lancet are joining the every growing list of scrooges.....

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/23/belief-in-santa-could-affect-parent-child-relationships-warns-study
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: trileacman on November 28, 2016, 01:03:01 AM
Looks like the Lancet are joining the every growing list of scrooges.....

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/23/belief-in-santa-could-affect-parent-child-relationships-warns-study

Who was the gobshite on here who didn't tell there kids about santa because it was a lie?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: omaghjoe on November 28, 2016, 04:11:11 AM
Looks like the Lancet are joining the every growing list of scrooges.....

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/23/belief-in-santa-could-affect-parent-child-relationships-warns-study

Who was the gobshite on here who didn't tell there kids about santa because it was a lie?

 ;D ;D ;D Ahhhh there's always one.... We have friends and the fella said he told her wanted to do something similar..... she give him a quare dressing down and he slumped back in line.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: trueblue1234 on August 28, 2018, 04:48:26 PM
Too soon?  ;)

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a nice hotel that does a good Santa experience. Travelling from Tyrone but don't mind going 3 hrs. Have done most of the Donegal ones and Santa's cottage Newry. Have limited holidays in Dec so wanted to try and get something booked early. Might be one of the last years for the oldest.

Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: illdecide on August 28, 2018, 11:52:08 PM
Too soon?  ;)

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a nice hotel that does a good Santa experience. Travelling from Tyrone but don't mind going 3 hrs. Have done most of the Donegal ones and Santa's cottage Newry. Have limited holidays in Dec so wanted to try and get something booked early. Might be one of the last years for the oldest.

North Pole😂
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: BenDover on August 29, 2018, 08:28:06 AM
Too soon?  ;)

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a nice hotel that does a good Santa experience. Travelling from Tyrone but don't mind going 3 hrs. Have done most of the Donegal ones and Santa's cottage Newry. Have limited holidays in Dec so wanted to try and get something booked early. Might be one of the last years for the oldest.

How old is your oldest? Do you need to tell them the truth about Santa at some point before they find out through other means?
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: trueblue1234 on August 29, 2018, 01:16:52 PM
No not that stage yet. Hoping for another couple of years. But not sure. She started asing questions this year which gave us a junt as we thought she was well of that stage. Only going into p3. Think I found out in p5.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: Don Johnson on August 29, 2018, 01:40:29 PM
Also following for one of those Santa hotels. We haven't done any yet so any recommendations will be welcomed.
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: trueblue1234 on August 29, 2018, 08:55:56 PM
Also following for one of those Santa hotels. We haven't done any yet so any recommendations will be welcomed.

Where you based?

Innishowen gate way has a really good one, however hotel is a bit worn. But was very well put together.

Redcastle has a good one where you go to the famine Village for the Santa experience. Again very good

Jackson's hotel was just OK. Bit disappointing.

Santa's cottage in Newry was very good as well. Stayed in the Canal Court.

 
Title: Re: The Christmas Thread
Post by: oakleaflad on December 06, 2018, 01:53:10 PM
Too soon? :) We were away seeing Santa at the weekend there. Young ones pretty much sorted but haven't got the missus anything yet. Maybe I'm beginning to soften as I get older but I actually am enjoying the odd Christmas song on the radio too.