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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by staffslad View Post
    In the 80s when I had a video recorder I would record all the kids shows, particularly on Christmas Day, then when my cousin's or friends' kids visited I would play the tape knowing they had almost certainly not seen them due to being too excited with their new toys. It's funny, but that is something I miss about Christmas now I have no-one to record them for.
    It wasn't until 1991 when I started to do that as well - I heard that I was going to become an uncle and that my nephew was to be born the following June, so as I got a pack of two Bush E240 blank tapes from Woolworths while doing Christmas shopping in Leicester, and I decided to record some programmes for when he was older and could see them.

    I don't have the tapes anymore, but I recorded the premiere of Father Christmas from Channel 4 as well as that year's showing of The Snowman. I also recorded a CFF film seen during the early hours of the morning, and also a Disney film complete with the Central region sales adverts on them. It was only many years later that I recorded The Queen, the Midnight Mass and other traditional stuff each year.

    Back to the present (and I don't mean "Christmas" present): I went to do a huge food shopping spree at Asda this afternoon and anyone would have thought it was December 5th instead of November 5th! The manufacturers probably think that Christmas is a month earlier this year - just like last year, the year before and so on.

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  • Trickyvee
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    I think Christmas began to lose its shine for me around my mid teens and Iíve been a grumpy old Scrooge ever since. I do enjoy putting up the Christmas tree as it looks pretty (although some years I havenít bothered because Iíve been too meh) and I like having a dinner with family but other than that Iíd rather it didnít happen. Iím not a traditionalist so doing the same old things every year gets on my nerves, and I donít like all the fuss, needless spending and tat.

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  • staffslad
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    I remember the Christmas Day Leslie Crowther programme very well. There would also be a few entertainers tagging along with him.

    In the 80s when I had a video recorder I would record all the kids shows, particularly on Christmas Day, then when my cousin's or friends' kids visited I would play the tape knowing they had almost certainly not seen them due to being too excited with their new toys. It's funny, but that is something I miss about Christmas now I have no-one to record them for.

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
    My best memory of Christmas in the 60's is that special program with Leslie Crowther .... on Christmas morning or Christmas Eve ??

    He used to visit all children's ward handing out pressies
    It was on Christmas morning at 10.00 am before the church service in the early 1970s.

    I met Crowther myself back in 1987 although it wasn't on Christmas morning but one day in August when he was invited to open a new shop up for the first time.

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by tex View Post
    Norfolk n good
    Or indeed he would have Suffolk Kate'd them.

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  • Zincubus
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    Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    My best memory of Christmas in the 60's is that special program with Leslie Crowther .... on Christmas morning or Christmas Eve ??

    He used to visit all children's ward handing out pressies


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    Last edited by Zincubus; 03-11-2018, 16:10.

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  • Zincubus
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    Originally posted by tex View Post
    Mmmm...Carvery, the only time i get to eat parsnips.I love the humble parsnip but my wife hates them.
    I just think potatoes.. boiled , mashed and roasted .. then the gravy ... apple sauce , mint sauce ....


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  • tex
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    Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
    My old mum was hilarious whenever we visited a carvery ...

    You're kinda expected to choose your meat at the start so she would ask for Turkey and be all complimentary and get half a plate of turkey ... then ask for some Lamb same thing .. then some Beef .. Pork ... she loved her food


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    Mmmm...Carvery, the only time i get to eat parsnips.I love the humble parsnip but my wife hates them.

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  • Zincubus
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    Same here, I only have turkey any other time if I go to a carvery.
    My old mum was hilarious whenever we visited a carvery ...

    You're kinda expected to choose your meat at the start so she would ask for Turkey and be all complimentary and get half a plate of turkey ... then ask for some Lamb same thing .. then some Beef .. Pork ... she loved her food


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  • tex
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    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
    Orr if you were Bernard Matthews, a turkey is for a life of a successful career.
    Norfolk n good

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by zabadak View Post
    Remember - a turkey is for life, not just for Xmas!

    Orr if you were Bernard Matthews, a turkey is for a life of a successful career.

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  • Richard1978
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    Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
    Really !!?

    We have chicken all the time so Turkey is a nice change at Christmas


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    Same here, I only have turkey any other time if I go to a carvery.

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  • zabadak
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    Originally posted by staffslad View Post
    No...no...I cannot abide turkey sandwiches. Actually, I am not a fan of turkey at all, so I have a traditional dinner without turkey but with more of those little sausages wrapped in bacon as I really like those.

    I hope I don't sound like a Scrooge but Christmas has really lost its magic for me over the years. I still go through the cracker-pulling etc but I wouldn't be at all bothered if it didn't happen. Perhaps I will feel a bit of the old magic when I get grandkids. I certainly enjoyed it far more when my son was growing up and I think a bit of what kids feel about Christmas rubs off on jaded old codgers like me
    Remember - a turkey is for life, not just for Xmas!

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  • Zincubus
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    Originally posted by staffslad View Post
    No...no...I cannot abide turkey sandwiches. Actually, I am not a fan of turkey at all, so I have a traditional dinner without turkey but with more of those little sausages wrapped in bacon as I really like those.

    I hope I don't sound like a Scrooge but Christmas has really lost its magic for me over the years. I still go through the cracker-pulling etc but I wouldn't be at all bothered if it didn't happen. Perhaps I will feel a bit of the old magic when I get grandkids. I certainly enjoyed it far more when my son was growing up and I think a bit of what kids feel about Christmas rubs off on jaded old codgers like me
    Really !!?

    We have chicken all the time so Turkey is a nice change at Christmas


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  • staffslad
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    Originally posted by tex View Post
    Turkey butties

    No...no...I cannot abide turkey sandwiches. Actually, I am not a fan of turkey at all, so I have a traditional dinner without turkey but with more of those little sausages wrapped in bacon as I really like those.

    I hope I don't sound like a Scrooge but Christmas has really lost its magic for me over the years. I still go through the cracker-pulling etc but I wouldn't be at all bothered if it didn't happen. Perhaps I will feel a bit of the old magic when I get grandkids. I certainly enjoyed it far more when my son was growing up and I think a bit of what kids feel about Christmas rubs off on jaded old codgers like me

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