Christmas: Doing it sober and in style

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We will be visiting my mom in her small place all masked up for Christmas eve. Leaving the tranquility at the shack to visit the big city. She really, really wants us to come. Laying it on thick. When it comes to guilt trips my mom is the travel agent. Of course she never wears a mask unless she is going for her dialysis - 3 times a week unfortunately. What are you gonna do in these times? All you can. Listen to the medical advice. Keep your distance. Wear a mask. Wash your hands frequently. Seems like pretty simple rules to follow. Not sure why so many people are making a fuss.

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Sandy wrote:
17 Dec 2020 12:48
Is that what to expect at the weekend do you think Mark? most people finished their work for the festive break and heading to the supermarkets?
Yes, I think so, Sandy. It's been getting busier all week, and, as you say, a lot of people knock off for Christmas on Friday, plus the turkeys arrive on Saturday. Mind you, it might not be quite as busy as last year if people are doing more shopping online.
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17 Dec 2020 13:00
What are you gonna do in these times? All you can. Listen to the medical advice. Keep your distance. Wear a mask. Wash your hands frequently. Seems like pretty simple rules to follow. Not sure why so many people are making a fuss.
Couldn't agree more, Cowboy! Wishing you, your mom and your family a healthy and very happy Christmas too, when it comes ;)?
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7 Sleeps.......cannot wait......

I’m not moving out now until Boxing Day aside from a walk or two in the local area for fresh air.....a few more days left to work, but just chilling out, doing my workouts and that’s me down \:)/ \:)/ \:)/

Got my main ‘other’ shopping coming today which includes all the AF drinks mainly slimline tonics, diet cokes etc and the fresh stuff for the day to be collected next week but all ordered so pretty organised thankfully. Anyway guys enjoy this next week, my candles were lit last night, I’m home all day today and will be lighting them today too just for me, the peace.
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6 sleeps \:)/ \:)/ \:)/
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\:)/ \:)/ \:)/ It's getting exciting! \:)/ \:)/ \:)/
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my candles were lit last night, I’m home all day today and will be lighting them today too just for me, the peace.
Sounds lovely, PP - enjoy ;)?
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I am the opposite PP with quite a few socially distanced meet ups with friends over the next couple of days. Not the great big drunken party nights of course, but this old body is still going to be spray tanned, false lashes, mani and pedi and a flourish of sequins. it will be sooo good. Certainly been feeling the "stuck in my home office" blues lately and no, please, I do not want another zoom online office party and quiz or coffee catch up!
So getting out and catching up with friends will be great. Meeting a couple for early dinner tomorrow ( restaurants all close at 6) So me and the other lady ( do you like that?? lady ?? :? ) are not drinkers and our men can usually sink a good fair few between them. Going to be vey interesting to see then both in their alcohol free ness, I know the restaurant serves alcohol free beer, so I guess that's what they will be drinking.
Need to write a food shopping list today too!
starting the parcel wrapping tonight....am inly because I cant remember what I have bought and there are shopping bags meting me as I open my bedroom door.
Christmas first for me. Not having as many family this year due to the restrictions so I have booked a swim on Christmas morning and boxing day morning at a nearby hotel. sadly the hot tubs ( germ soup??) saunas, etc are closed but i am so looking forward to the swim in the leisure pool. taking 2 of my grandchildren with me on boxing day morning and hopefully we will return home to a cooked breakfast ...or a selection box and a hot chocolate....I know what I would prefer!

Oh forgot to say as I didn't get in yesterday. Thursday night was the night Santa came around or estate on his sleigh. took 2 of my grandchildren out and walked the streets waiting on him, checking out all the advent windows ...have to say folks it was a magical evening, the streets were lined with super excited kids all beside themselves with glee when that sleigh arrived...loved every minute of that...then it was the office zoom Christmas party :roll: ........................honestly I am so over the zoom.........I done my bit dressed up with the hat and all and ho ho ho'd like everyone else, but made my excuses to leave early before the second quiz!! Topcat would have been proud of me :lol:

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Sandy :\: your estate and the wonders going on sound fabulous and I hope you have managed to get the wrapping done. I get it about the zoom meetings, not the best are they and certainly not the same as real life. I wasn’t aware restaurants were still open where you are, been trying to keep up with everything but I see things are changing again. Hoping you have a fabulous time lovely.

So things have changed for us again, no Christmas visit so not seeing my little family members or new baby again but its life and we need to just keep on pressing on as difficult as this seems at times. I am very fortunate to have my immediate family under my roof and our one member bubble who we can support and have over as he is getting a bit fed up with things too.

So with that in mind, really looking forward to the day and I hope everyone can make the most of their situation, thinking of everyone at these times, hugs to all <:)> <:)> <:)> <:)>

Morning Mark & everyone :\:

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Well best laid plans PP no swim on boxing morning as we go to tier 4 lockdown -unsure what will happen on Christmas day -I remain hopeful -who knows. Didn't get any wrapping done :roll: but I have my Christmas nails done with snowflakes and glitter- they are very nice.
I think you are right PP despite the new rules at least for us we have immediate family. My heart s broken for those who had plans to get together with family but now face the day alone. For some it will be a Christmas like no other, We have to stay safe.

Going out with friends later this afternoon so its a bit of housework then some time spent trying to make myself look half presentable- I will be wearing clothes - not sports stuff, or legging, or jammies, but real clothes -what a treat! I am very excited...and I will be wearing clothes again tomorrow and the next day. As well as the clothes excitement I will actually be leaving my home office, 3 days in a row. The excitement grows! Christmas is coming!
I will be wearing real clothes, getting my hair done. a fake tan , nails are done, makeup will be plastered on and I am getting out of this office where I have spent the bets part of 2020 on a computer. I have a few days of ( very restricted) liberty before tier 4 hits again...I am going to enjoy it as much as I can.
I will also try and get some wrapping done tonight....I promise

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Loving your real clothes stories Sandy :lol:
Doing it in style ;)?

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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 MORE SLEEPS \:)/ \:)/ \:)/

Sandy, I hope you had a nice time lovely, you deserve it.....keep those sparkly shoes to hand \:)/ <:)>

It is just us now until the new year so going to make the most of it.

Only a few days left to work and looking forward to the break, I never have the whole of Christmas off, usually just Christmas Eve but its all fallen nicely this year.

Have a good week everyone, thinking of everyone at what is a magical time but can also be tinged with many other circumstantial events which can overlap the magic of Christmas <:)>

This thread is however, ultimately about doing Christmas sober and in style and so far, I think a few of us are doing just that, I am going to continue for sure....I was even bought some AF sparkly wine so I think people are finally getting the message, any other year I have asked not to buy me alcohol the same person seems to just ignore the request ‘it’s only a one off’ and do what they like anyway with no option other than to give the booze away....not this year.
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Hey Sandy :\: how did the socialising go <:)>

Are we all ready for the big day.....two more sleeps only..exciting, break up today from work and I am looking forward to the rest, a few things to sort out on a personal level but at least I will have the time to do so.

Enjoy everyone \:)/ \:)/ \:)/

PS, I tried some of the 0% Freixenet AF sparkling wine.....was a gift & was actually a really nice drink. Like I have said before, I don’t go seeking replacements as I don’t want a replacement for this dreadful addiction and want to break the chains of addiction in the fullest form.

However, I have no issues at all with AF labelled drinks, there may be a good time or an event or it may be that someone just likes the taste, its all cool providing they don’t encourage the real thing or lead to addictive tendencies because we feel we are missing something.....so if anyone is looking for a replacement wine, sparkling..this isn’t bad at all.

I was actually really chuffed that the person had bought AF for me this year instead of the usual ‘alcohol laced’ drink despite being reminded year in year out :lol:
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The Freixenet sounds nice, PP! ;)?

I can't believe we're at the night before the night before Christmas already \:)/

But at least I am now ready - managed to buy my wife's present yesterday, which was a relief. Christmas is saved! :lol:

In the shop, the 23rd December is usually busier than Christmas Eve so it could be a hard shift today. Last night was also very busy. But it's been fun so far this week, and less chaotic than last year, I think.

Have a great Christmas Eve Eve, everyone \:)/
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We get there first down the bottom of the world (or perhaps the top depending on your point of view!), so its Christmas Eve and I am watching Netflix and wrapping presents. We did the typical putting together of a 4 year olds bike, where we had to borrow tools (packaging said easy assembly!!HA) and then go to the servo to pump the tyres, I am not sure who is more excited about the whole thing. But Miss 4 is definitely more aware than ever before and totally excited. I don't feel anxious about the drinking etc, but happy and relaxed.
Very sorry to hear on the news this morning about the more extensive lockdowns for those of you in England and wishing you all a very safe and happy celebration despite the worries.
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Glad you managed to get all sorted Mark ;)? have a grand Christmas.

Chirpy \:)/ the excitement for young children is just something else (& for parents), I hope your little one enjoys the bike and has a lovely time....you too.

Well the time has come to pick up my lunch and it all looks delicious when I ordered it, cannot wait to take a proper look....then the traditional breakfast on Christmas Eve but this year, a take out version so need to decide where to go.

So thank you all for sharing this journey and making Christmas stylish and of course sober....been a blast ha...

Happy Christmas Eve gang !!!!!! Xxxxx
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Chirpy wrote:
23 Dec 2020 20:41
its Christmas Eve and I am watching Netflix and wrapping presents.
That all sounded lovely, Chirpy (::)
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So thank you all for sharing this journey and making Christmas stylish and of course sober....been a blast ha...
Ha! And thank you, PP, for all your wonderful posts and for the countdown! \:)/ \:)/ \:)/ Enjoy your breakfast! ;)?

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!
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Its Christmas Eve !!!!!

Spent the last few days out and about (away from house/desk (::) ) and its been amazing! Such appreciation for the simplest of things like being off work, walking the dogs and meeting family/friends for a coffee!

Last day of out and about today before lockdown so best get on with it! Have a lovely day everyone!
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Merry Christmas everyone!! Sitting here, no hangover, having a lovely coffee, little one watching a movie in a new outfit, and her hair washed and plopped (curly hair thing for her) and waiting to make a cake!
She LOVES the bike, and of course cant ride it, but that's the fun bit.
She was super taken with the half eaten carrot and the little leg left of a gingerbread man!
Looking forward to seeing everyone, and a lovely sober present day.

Have a great day with your loved ones

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Merry Christmas to you and family, Chirpy - that sounds like a lovely day you're having \:)/ <:)>

\:)/ \:)/ to you too, Serend!
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A sober one this end too folks but there was never any doubt about that this year \:)/

Aww Chipy - super cute ;)?

Serend....the simplest of things are always the ones that we appreciate I think.

Love to all and have a jolly good day <:)> \:)/
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Morning all, just popping in to say a very merry Christmas to you all, this will be my 5th. Sober one and it still amazes me I achieved this, so grateful for my continued sober life \:)/
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