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    Thanksgiving is already over if you're in Canada. Is it OK for us to start caroling?

    I've already finished shopping for gifts for my kids. We have a fabulous arts and crafts fair here (I'm in Saskatchewan, btw, CB :santawave) and I can finish up there.
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    I have this friend who leaves her tree up, lights, everthying all year round as she says it cheers her up. Strange, in mid-summer, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotuslander
    I have this friend who leaves her tree up, lights, everthying all year round as she says it cheers her up. Strange, in mid-summer, though.
    I know people who do that and use "cheery" as their excuse, but I personally think it's just plain laziness!

    I am so happy to see that there are others out there who want to wait and enjoy Christmas after Thanksgiving. I really thought there would be very few people in that category. Unk, I just LOVE your Scroogey cat! Very cute!

    Since we're on the Christmas topic, perhaps we can have a quick and fun poll?
    1. Real tree or artificial?
    2. Shop early or last minute?
    3. Are you a fan of eggnog?
    4. Decorate outside AND inside of the house?
    Of course, you don't have to respond until AFTER Thanksgiving!

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    OK - I'm in.

    1. Real tree. Love the smell / needles be d@mned. Em and I go tree-hunting, cut it down, and drag it back, cartop it and sing carols all the way home.
    2. Shop early (starting AFTER thanksgiving, usually done on-line before mid-December. Is that early?)
    3. Eggnog. Mmmm - eggnog. Little nutmeg, cinnamon, plenty of SoCo, and a little Bailey's for kicks.
    4. Inside - Dept. 56 Christmas village placed on various tables, mantle, shelves through-out. All lit up, every night. Evergreen garland strung with white lights on the banisters. White poinsettias. Snowman/snowflake-themed Christmas tree with blue and white lights and snowman, blue, white and crystal ornaments. Outside - Blue rope lights around the top of my wrap-around porch, white lights intertwined with evergreen boughs/garland up the porch posts, around the railings, and outlining the doors (front and back). Large white-light snowflake near the front door. Huge (5 foot) white snowflake on the front of the loft door on the barn.

    Sigh. I can't wait to put them all up again. But, I WILL refrain until after Thanksgiving. (Actually that weekend is when I usually set out the lights, but I do not LIGHT them until Dec. 1)

    Too much information?
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    1. Real tree or artificial? Artificial. It's what I grew up with.

    2. Shop early or last minute? Last minute. Usually a trip to Meijers at 3am sometime between December 15th and Christmas Eve.

    3. Are you a fan of eggnog? Never had it.

    4. Decorate outside AND inside of the house? On a good year, the tree gets put up and decorated. Nothing outside. I live alone and very rarely have company, so I don't see the point of going all out on the decorating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADKLove

    Too much information?
    *sigh* I'm so jealous. Sounds like you really enjoy all of the festives surrounding the holidays. I'm a nomad and move too much. Therefore, I won't have a tree or lights until I am permanantly settled (although my x-mas coaster's look pretty cool). But it is nice to live vicariously through all of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADKLove
    3. Eggnog. Mmmm - eggnog.
    I TOTALLY forgot about the eggnog. I lurve eggnog, although it did give me some problems last year.

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    I think Eggnog is one of the best parts of the Christmas season - you gotta try it, Erin!

    Wow, ADK, you sure are festive. Actually, I am too once December hits and I see some snow. My responses would be the same as yours with the exception of the tree - I've always had artificial. I just found out though that Mr. Bug wants real. Hmmm.......

    Speedbump, Christmas coasters are better than nothing!

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    Real tree, all the way. With the soft needles, not the sharp pokey ones. A former roommate and I once got an enormous tree -- I think it was a blue spruce -- and that thing punctured us all over before we got it set up.

    I shop at the last minute, despite vowing every year to get going earlier.

    I like eggnog

    And I don't really decorate. I have a fake tree my mom bought me, and I've never put it up. I live alone, and I go to my mother's house for Christmas, so I don't see a lot of point in decorating when I'm not even there on Christmas itself.
    The same roommate with whom I got the poke-y tree used to decorate everything that would sit still, though. She once draped shrubs in our front yard with the old big-bulbed lights from the 1970's. It looked like Santa had thrown up out there.
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    Nothing wrong with coasters, speedbump. They go quite well with eggnog
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