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LOL yes okay, i admit, me and the boy (Craig JR) are Santa + Elf :D

Sorry yunguns he aint real

its me :lildevile:

you may have noticed a pile
of presents under the tree
but what you didnt notice
gone is the TV

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boombotz said:
I'm done shopping!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I start in July.
Good gravy

Actually, in August, i was screamed at for going in the garage whilst my wife was unloading "shopping" from her car.......

She doesnt let me see what the kids get because i tell them and let them at the stuff early so i can play with it :D

Like MC6 always gets the JEremy Clarkson DVD of the time, and i have to "test" it with the boy present before Chirstmas
 

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93fleetwoodlowlow said:
freakin sweet! it is almost christmas time. oh man i better start saving up. i know a guy who starts the week after the new year. well he doesnt do a lot but he gets a few things here and there and everyone gets more presents for Christmas. we on the other hand start the day after Thanksgiving, get up bright and early and start before the stores open... thats right infront of the line baby!
I dont go Christmas shopping for the family

Claire does it all

MY CHristmas shopping (for the wife, the mistress and the girlfriend) starts on chrismtas eve, although she did get a car one year, but that was different....
 

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I agree in the fact that Christmas is becoming too comercialised, although i am looking forward to gettting my MP3 player this year :halo:

It is the same for me, we usually end up having a huge family dinner at my house, one year we dined 21 people.

Alas, there will be one person amiss this year, my dear old Grandmother, Great Granny to the kids.

My older son has already been given his Christmas present this year. My 2004 BMW 545i Touring. It will be signed over to him just before Christmas. The other two are not jealous of this, because they knows that if they stay on track in University they will get such presents as this in the future.

I, personally switched my excitement for my kids when my older son had his first Christmas, and there was an almighty enourmous stack of presents under the tree, on the sofas, on the floor, in his stocking and every where between!

This year i will be dealing with one grown up son, and two teenagers. As i have been doing for a few years now. What have i let myself in for?

As for other religions, we get Christmas cards from our muslim friends, our Jewish friends (which there are alot of in my wife's prfession), and of course all of our christian friends.

AS for Chanukah Sandy, i hope you get that Bentley!
 

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Yes Sandy, Volvo wagons, usually the older veriety, 960s and V90s. I think its just the way it is. Also we know a couple of Italian folks and they drive an Alfa Romeo 166, a 147, and a Fiat Coupe between three (father, mother, son)

Im unsure why, but it seems most of the Jewish community (and North East England has the biggest Jewish community outside of London) drive Volvos of some sort. There is one area of Gateshead where most of the Jewish community lives, and you can drive down that street, and out of maybe 60 cars parked on it, 50 of them will be Volvos.
 

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DopeStar 156 said:
Speaking of which, it should be about that time my colligues and myself like to call "Mall Christmas." Ya know when you go to the mall and J.C.Penny, Macy's, Lord and Taylor, and Sears have whipped out the plastic Christmas Trees and the tassles and the entire mall is covered in tinsel and the Santa's Lap thing is partially set up? Haha fun mischief times for me and my pals the Mall Rats that we are! Nothing's funnier than sending a whole nativity scene up the escalator one person at a time.
LMAO :rofl:

I didnt see this post

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Reminds me of the manikins, when i was about 16 i had a summer job in a department store, which was in the OLD SCHOOL and remained closed on Mondays for shopfloor preparation, and it was my job to empty the trucks, take things to various floors, at the time i was dating one of the girls who worked in ladieswear.

The guys from the loading dock used to goof around with these girls all the time, we used to get the manikins, and put them in funny positions, like touching another manikins arse, turn their hands upover and put pennies in them, or put them in the "Bruce Forsyth" position

Like this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41188000/jpg/_41188737_dudek8.jpg

We would have been fired had we been caught, but ti was so funny seeing the girls come in on the tuesday mmorning and see the manikins in the windows in rediculous positions!
 

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I was at a talk last year with my younger son, by a Mr. Leon Greenman. He survived Auschwitz. He was an English Jew, born in whitechapel in 1910, His paternal grandparents were Dutch, and he moved to Rotterdam with his wife. He was captured by the Nazis in May 1940, and taken to a camp, he fought that he was british, but the Nazis didnt listen, and gassed his wife and child, he had no proof of him being British, and by the time the papers arrived it was too late and they had gassd his family, he was taken out of Auschwitz.
There is obviously much more to his story. He stod in a sports arena for over an hour, at the age of 94, and told his story to about 6 schools of high school children, my wife being athe principal at my sons school, we were obviously invited to watch it. He was a remarkable man, I met himm back at the school, and bought a copy of his book, he signed the copy for me and we exchanged a few words.
I have no direct connection to the war or the holocaust, but this talk was very inspirational for, i think, every 15 year old that saw it.
I found it very touching

http://www.johnlondei.co.uk/gallery/AustwitzsurvivorOBEtype.jpg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/articles/2005/01/25/holocaust_faye_feature.shtml
 

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I would also like to thank the moderators for allowing this discussion to continue.

It just shows, that this kind of discussion CAN take place in a friendly, civilised manner, with no arguing, name calling, or other unpleasant things. Its a perfect example of how this place should always be.

People who are from all religions, all backgrounds, empathising, and talking politely and honestly with others on the topic of religion, and not resulting to racism, or in a thread where mention of the Jewish faith is high, senatism.

Sandy, we have groups in the UK that echo the Nazis in the way they move, mainly the British Nationalist Party and the National Front. These people are basically, modern Nazis, and want to get rid of all who arent themselves, and its damn wrong, live and let live is what i say, and im sure ALL here agree.
 

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addison_ii said:
I, too wish to thank the Administrators/Moderators for allowing us to continue this informative and inspiring conversation. It just goes to show as McCombie said:It just shows, that this kind of discussion CAN take place in a friendly, civilised manner, with no arguing, name calling, or other unpleasant things. Its a perfect example of how this place should always be. Thanks again. We appreciate it very much.
To all the participants :Sandy,Kev,McCombie 5, 93fleetwoodlowlow, and myself : we are truly a good example of cooperation, understanding, and harmony. I am honored to be friends with such people.
The hate groups that are spewing doctrine of hate, fail to realize one thing, and that's the fact that there is overwhelming proof that the horrible act of the Holocaust did indeed happen. They deny this because they wish to further their one-sided belief of superiority. I do not tink there is one race or ethnic group that is better than another. We were all created with different skills and ability to showcase GOD's will of a diverse society created in his image.

I agree, in that nobody is any better than anyone else, we are all equal brothers (and sisters) and should live side by side in harmony, like it was intended.
 

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gothicaleigh said:
As mccombie states, I was more directing that comment at the season itself.
No offense intended to those celebrating Sol Invictus, the birth of Mithras, Saturnlia, the birth of Horus, or any other religion to come after seeking claim to the winter solstice.
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LOL

I dont think anyone took or will take offence, my kids loathe Christmas, easter, and all those otehr family type things........
 

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93fleetwoodlowlow said:
well Goth your opinion is still welcome on Christmas, Chanakkuh, Qwanz... ok i cant spell it..., and any other holiday i missed. this is a friendly thread, no one has taken any offense.
Admitedly i dislike Christmas etc when i was young, it meant i had to buy presents for all my girlfriends :sneaky:
 

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93fleetwoodlowlow said:
now you have to buy presents for me! i got you something for christmas, its the same thing i got you last year except a different color. i didnt buy presents for no one, now that i have two neices it looks like i will be buying more and more presents for them.
Yeah when kids are involved you always end up spending more money

in 2003 Christmas cost Claire and I £12,000

In 2004 Christmas cost me a small fortune, as i bought her a car
 

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93fleetwoodlowlow said:
i know, last year i spent 300 dollars on Kizzie alone. now i got her and Allysa so i am looking at a small fortune (to me, prolly toilet paper for you).
Everyone starts somewhere

Any amount of money, however small, is money, and its better off in your (or your family's) pocket than anywhere else.

I just like to spoil my family really. Claire and I usually exchange presents of a relatively small amount of money (the car was a one off)
 
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