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Topic: CHRISTMAS 2016/NEW YEARS Chillout Lounge

  1. blondguy
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    14 November 2016

    Hey Everybody! Christmas is the time of year to enjoy & share with family & friends. Some people will spend this time alone & isolated too!

    This is a safe place where people can post and say hello, chat or send wishes to others and have a 'Virtual Christmas/New Years'!

    Whether you have plans for Christmas/New Years or having a quiet one you can kick back and just enjoy company of others. Its been a long year. Even if you have never posted on Beyond Blue before you are very welcome to come in and sit around our 'Virtual Christmas Tree' and chat :-)

    Just make sure you leave your snow gear/boots in the foyer. Please leave any reindeer or snow dogs outside if you can ;-) Happy Christmas xo

    Santa (aka Paul) Ho Ho! :-)

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    14 November 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Does anyone remember the "Six White Boomers" song sang by Rolf Harris about 6 kangaroos hooked up to Santa's sleigh? I might see if I can find the words on the web. (Boomers being kangaroos.)

    I also like the Aussie Christmas song about the Ute and being Bute, but have forgotten what that song was called.

    Does anyone have any favourite Christmas songs?

    Cheers all from Mrs. Dools

    Oh yer, the Dutch are already preparing for Christmas. Their Santa Claus has made his way from Spain to Holland and will be delivery gifts on December the 6th. Anyone for an early Christmas? You will need to leave hay and carrots in your clogs though for the horses!

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    16 November 2016 in reply to Doolhof

    The Finns have Christmas dinner on the 24th and open their presents at the same time,

    Do they know its Christmas by Band Aid in 1984 was an ace track (extended mix)

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    16 November 2016 in reply to blondguy
    dear Paul, as usual a great post to kick off with, and the song by Band Aid is truly a moving and sensational song, sung by all the top artists for a good cause.
    We all have our different reasons why we love Christmas or it's a time that we dread every year, but this year on the site it's been very busy with so people struggling with their own issues, but maybe this year might be different for you so you are able to get some joy from these festivities, I really hope so. Geoff. x
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    16 November 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Thank you Paul for starting this thread.

    Due to the recent excess of rain, Xmas bushes are flowering already all over this part of the outback. This year, the bush has already put out its decorations. This morning the first Xmas Beetle flew into my face, something those bugs are good at...why hasn't Mother Nature equipped those things with a decent GPS, I don't know.

    Anyway... reminders that this time of year is fast approaching are all over the place (I thought we only did that a couple of weeks ago but there we are again !). I will be spending it on my own too but being on your own doesn't have to mean being alone.

    Party invitations have been sent...Looking forward to seeing you around.

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  6. Lost Girl
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    16 November 2016 in reply to Starwolf

    Great thread Paul

    Dear Star, you reminded me of a classic Australian Christmas movie called, "Bushfire Moon", also known as, "Miracle Down Under" in other parts of the world.

    It starred Bud Tingwell and was a truly beautiful story about Christmas in the Australian outback. A story that lends itself tk the real heart of Christmas. Has anyone else seen it? It is worth chasing up, think I might go see if I can find a copy.

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  7. blondguy
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    17 November 2016 in reply to Lost Girl

    Hey Geoff Star and Carol

    you are all wonderful and thankyou so much for the huge support this year, wisdom and party invitations and the reference to 'Bushfire Moon' Carol

    Starwolf said "I will be spending it on my own too but being on your own doesn't have to mean being alone"

    I think a tiny Christmas tree (12" tall) will be fine this year.

    No high expectations here........just some inner peace......:-)

    Santa xoxo

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  8. Doolhof
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    17 November 2016 in reply to blondguy

    One year my sister asked her son to go out and get her a live Christmas tree. He came back with one so big they had to push and shove it through the door.

    Thankfully they have high ceilings!

    One year my niece was helping me decorate our Christmas tree. She hooked the tinsel into the tree then ran round and around turning the bottom part of the tree into a cacoon. After Christmas I almost had to cut the tinsel off, it was wrapped around that tight. Ha. Ha.

    Last Christmas Day I helped serve meals to those who had no where else to go for Christmas. It was a delicious meal, beautifully decorated tables, laughter and chatter. There was also a small gift for everyone. It was wonderful.

    For the virtual Christmas party, I will help decorate the tables. Does anyone have traditional colours they use at Christmas?

    Cheers all from Mrs. Dools

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  9. Doolhof
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    18 November 2016 in reply to Doolhof

    To find some Christmas joy and beauty, have a look at European Christmas Decorations on the internet.

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    18 November 2016 in reply to Doolhof
    Great point re the joy & beauty of a European Christmas Bev.... The US also do it with style as well :-)
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    20 November 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Paul and everyone,

    I am sure there are many different nationalities that have interesting and beautiful Christmas decorations and traditions.

    I've certainly seen some of America's Christmas decorations in movies! Some of the houses look so spectacular!

    In Russia, Father Christmas is dressed in blue and has a younger female helper.

    Does anyone have special food they enjoy at Christmas?

    Cheers all from Mrs. Dools

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    20 November 2016
    Is it fine for me to join in on this thread. As my family has been split up one thing or another. I have always had a pavlova. My mother taught me how every one always came back for more.
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    20 November 2016 in reply to Doolhof

    @Dosols -- My fav xmas song is Elmo & Patsy - Grandma got run over by a reindeer, but I suspect the funniest are those you hear in the pub...

    John Valby - Adult 12 Days of Christmas
    Ray Stevens - Nightmare Before Christmas
    Joe Diffie - Leroy the Redneck Reindeer
    Paul Evans' - Santa's Stuck Up In The Chimney
    Ray Stevens - Santa Clause Is Watchin' You

    --

    For those who are in Adelaide in December, make a trip to Lobethal to see some of the best holiday lightshows in Oz.

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    20 November 2016 in reply to blondguy
    Hello Santa and his 'little helpers',

    I think this post is a wonderful idea, thank you. V.x
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    20 November 2016 in reply to kanga_brumby

    Hey Kanga, always a treat to have you around. You have been on here for months! I live with my dog (small horse) and like some people here may be flying solo. Your mums pavlova sounds gorgeous :-) Thankyou for being here Kanga :-) What are you doing for Christmas?

    my kindest

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    20 November 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Paul and everyone

    My family will not be with me at Xmas this year. Gonna be the first Xmas without my parents. I am also working on Xmas till 2.30pm. At least I get a free meal with the other staff. My housemates think they will be here for Xmas so at least I have them.

    As for new years I don't have plans so far. I am lucky to not be working the NYE or NYD so I may go to watch the fireworks if I can find a good spot.

    Thanks for the post idea and I'll probably pop in again

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  17. SourceShield
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    Hey Santa!

    Every year...since I have lived here in OZ, I have an "Orphans Christmas" - Being a Chef, I love to cook...and being here in OZ, with no family...except the dog, at that time of year I also get that...many others are alone as well!

    This will be my last year in BrizVegas...so its gonna be a special one...I have organised with a few other organisations that work with people that are experiencing homelessness, and we are going to do something really awesome this year...a big celebration.

    But we also get that Christmas is just one day, so part of this is to also bring more awareness for the organisations in Brisbane that help to feed the homeless, as well...every other day of the year!

    Im already looking forward to it, and have the menu all sorted!.

    Everyone is welcome, and I know that we cant post links but if youre in Briz, look out for a very special orphans Christmas...extra hands and helpers are always welcome.

    MuchLove

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    21 November 2016 in reply to blondguy
    Hey blond thanks for the welcome back. As my Physical health went south for a bit. No computer or internet, the little kanga's being farmed out. My family is all over the shop. I am feeling relay left out except for here in the sanctuary. I am safe here amongst good friends. Looking forward to santa this year.
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    21 November 2016 in reply to kanga_brumby

    KB, you have been missed ! Great to have you back on board. Even better to know you'll be joining us for end of year celebrations.

    Mr Esse...what a terrific thing to do ! I hope you will be joined by other kind souls.

    I'll be doing the rounds in a dog shelter. Filling in allows dedicated staff to have a well deserved break and spend time with their families... and the dogs don't need to stay locked up and alone for longer hours than usual.

    Wi-fi will keep me connected to the human world and BB. Being able to be simultaneously in different places has always been a dream of mine...so it will be a Xmas present to myself.

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    21 November 2016 in reply to Starwolf

    Thank you StarWolf - Yes, the sleigh bells will be ringing for our Orphans Chrissy this year.

    And, bless you too!

    You are such a dear and kind soul to volunteer, so that others can be with their family and friends.

    MuchLove to you and all the furbabies!

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    21 November 2016 in reply to Starwolf
    SW thanks my family had a strange custom of if we knew someone was going to be alone for Christmas one of us would invite them over for a meal and time with our family. So at christmas a family of 7 would often jump to 90 or more
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    21 November 2016 in reply to kanga_brumby

    Hi Kanga Brumby

    Pavlovas are delicious! I am wondering if your Mum made a soft pavlova or a hard, crispy one? Or maybe here was a bit of both.

    My Mum always made a crispy pavlova where as my Mother in law makes a very soft one. They are so different!

    Mum always made one for Christmas as well with juicy fresh strawberries from the garden and dribbles with passionfruit!

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    21 November 2016 in reply to SubduedBlues

    Hey SB,

    I have been to the Lobethal lights heaps of times!

    They certainly are very pretty!

    I enjoy driving around seeing the Christmas lights and decorations at Christmas.

    Used to have friends in a retirement place, a lot of the oldies went to town decorating their homes!

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    21 November 2016 in reply to Doolhof
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    Hi Kanga Brumby

    Pavlovas are delicious!

    I was going to wait until December before posting in here, but seeing as you have mentioned pavlova... here are some mini ones (just to sample, if they taste ok we can make a larger one!)

    mini-pavlova-9884_l
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    21 November 2016 in reply to Doolhof

    Hi Everyone,

    It is excellent to have so much interaction on this thread.

    No doubt there will be a lot more over he coming weeks.

    I'd just like to let you all know, the Festive Season Struggles thread is available to those who would like extra care, support, understanding and acknowledgement about negative stuff relating to Christmas and New Years.

    You will be supported on either thread. If you really need to vent, the Festive Season Struggles is the place to do that!

    Cheers all from Mrs. Dools

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    21 November 2016 in reply to Doolhof
    Doolhof Mum did both couldn't make enough of them. Nona made Christmass puddings for all the rellos and for a few friends
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    21 November 2016 in reply to Chris B
    Thanks Chris, now I'm drooling like a Mastiff all over the keypad !
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    21 November 2016 in reply to Chris B

    Hi Christopher,

    They do look so delicious!

    Last year in a magazine I saw chocolate pavlovas for Christmas!

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    21 November 2016 in reply to Doolhof

    SS, you are a legend my friend, tipping my hat to you.

    Kanga's pav is a legend too - yummy!

    When my Mum was still around, our Christmas table would always have a few random older people with no families. I loved her big heart. When well I always invite my friends with no families too.

    I am pleased to be part of this thread and looking forward to taking some time out on xmas day to celebrate with you all.

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    21 November 2016 in reply to Lost Girl

    Nawww thanks, LG!

    And, right back at ya sweetheart!

    MuchLove

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