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plasticcanuck Nov 28th 2020 7:29 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 
I miss so much my dear Mother. Most Christmases there was only the two of us (my father having been killed in war)and she went out of her way to make each and every one so memorable for me. Unfortunately when one’s a child one doesn’t fully appreciate the effort made, but I do now and each Christmas Day now I set aside a couple of hours to sit quietly and think of her.

Siouxie Nov 28th 2020 9:32 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by plasticcanuck (Post 12940815)
I miss so much my dear Mother. Most Christmases there was only the two of us (my father having been killed in war)and she went out of her way to make each and every one so memorable for me. Unfortunately when one’s a child one doesn’t fully appreciate the effort made, but I do now and each Christmas Day now I set aside a couple of hours to sit quietly and think of her.

:wub: where's a <<<<<<<<hugs>>>>>>>>> emoji when you need one. Wonderful sentiment, your Mother sounds as if she was an amazing person who filled your christmas's with joy and love.

Teaandtoday5 Nov 28th 2020 9:51 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by plasticcanuck (Post 12940815)
I miss so much my dear Mother. Most Christmases there was only the two of us (my father having been killed in war)and she went out of her way to make each and every one so memorable for me. Unfortunately when one’s a child one doesn’t fully appreciate the effort made, but I do now and each Christmas Day now I set aside a couple of hours to sit quietly and think of her.

This is really lovely.

Shard Nov 28th 2020 10:17 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by plasticcanuck (Post 12940815)
I miss so much my dear Mother. Most Christmases there was only the two of us (my father having been killed in war)and she went out of her way to make each and every one so memorable for me. Unfortunately when one’s a child one doesn’t fully appreciate the effort made, but I do now and each Christmas Day now I set aside a couple of hours to sit quietly and think of her.

What a beautiful thought. I'll remember this.

Pulaski Nov 28th 2020 10:26 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by plasticcanuck (Post 12940815)
I miss so much my dear Mother. Most Christmases there was only the two of us (my father having been killed in war)and she went out of her way to make each and every one so memorable for me. Unfortunately when one’s a child one doesn’t fully appreciate the effort made, but I do now and each Christmas Day now I set aside a couple of hours to sit quietly and think of her.

Thank you for sharing. I can't express my thoughts any better than this:

Originally Posted by Siouxie (Post 12940840)
...... Wonderful sentiment, your Mother sounds as if she was an amazing person who filled your Christmas's with joy and love.

This:

Originally Posted by Teaandtoday5 (Post 12940846)
This is really lovely.

And this:

Originally Posted by Shard (Post 12940849)
What a beautiful thought. I'll remember this.


Jerseygirl Nov 28th 2020 10:27 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by plasticcanuck (Post 12940815)
I miss so much my dear Mother. Most Christmases there was only the two of us (my father having been killed in war)and she went out of her way to make each and every one so memorable for me. Unfortunately when one’s a child one doesn’t fully appreciate the effort made, but I do now and each Christmas Day now I set aside a couple of hours to sit quietly and think of her.

What a lovely thing to do.





scrubbedexpat091 Dec 1st 2020 4:38 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 
Retro Christmas flash back to 1983.....Cabbage Patch Doll Mania.

Doll retailed for $20, but was reselling as high as $50. ($52 & $130 when adjusted for inflation to 2020 dollars.)


Partially discharged Dec 1st 2020 5:08 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by Jsmth321 (Post 12941805)
Retro Christmas flash back to 1983.....Cabbage Patch Doll Mania.

Doll retailed for $20, but was reselling as high as $50. ($52 & $130 when adjusted for inflation to 2020 dollars.)

https://youtu.be/mzfuo94KCe8

Similar prices going crazy in the 70's for Pet Rocks, Mood Rings and also Doodle Art kits.

scrubbedexpat091 Dec 1st 2020 5:16 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by Partially discharged (Post 12941824)
Similar prices going crazy in the 70's for Pet Rocks, Mood Rings and also Doodle Art kits.


I had a pet rock, but in the 80's, amazing what kids can convince parents to buy. :rofl:

I don't remember if my sister got a cabbage patch doll in 1983, she would have just turned 3, and I was 4 1/2 and don't have sufficient memory of 1983, can't remember anything really from 1983 specifically.


scilly Dec 2nd 2020 2:51 am

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by Jsmth321 (Post 12941805)
Retro Christmas flash back to 1983.....Cabbage Patch Doll Mania.

Doll retailed for $20, but was reselling as high as $50. ($52 & $130 when adjusted for inflation to 2020 dollars.)

https://youtu.be/mzfuo94KCe8

My daughter would have been about 8 that Christmas, and I remember she really wanted a Cabbage Patch Doll. I went to The Bay downtown around late November, and got the last one on the shelf in the Toy Department. I paid the going price for it! It was well-loved for years ......... and she still has it.

She then wanted another one the next Christmas, and I got another one then, and she used Christmas money to buy a male Cabbage Doll during the Christmas sales!

She played with them for quite some time, then they went on the shelf as she grew too old for dolls. In 1995, she gave me the second female doll to take to England to give to my niece's then 3 year old daughter .... and she loved it. Later, we took the first doll and the boy to Halifax. They are now on the shelves of stuffed toys in her son's room. Yes, he liked stuffed toys, though growing out of them now!

BEVS Dec 2nd 2020 4:27 am

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by plasticcanuck (Post 12940815)
and each Christmas Day now I set aside a couple of hours to sit quietly and think of her.

I love that you do this plasticcunuck as I do this also . For Xmas Day and also my birthday . Just some time for my parents.

You are obviously a chip off a rather special loving Mum's block & she brought up a wonderful son. She would be so proud.

scrubbedexpat091 Dec 2nd 2020 4:28 am

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by scilly (Post 12941960)
My daughter would have been about 8 that Christmas, and I remember she really wanted a Cabbage Patch Doll. I went to The Bay downtown around late November, and got the last one on the shelf in the Toy Department. I paid the going price for it! It was well-loved for years ......... and she still has it.

She then wanted another one the next Christmas, and I got another one then, and she used Christmas money to buy a male Cabbage Doll during the Christmas sales!

She played with them for quite some time, then they went on the shelf as she grew too old for dolls. In 1995, she gave me the second female doll to take to England to give to my niece's then 3 year old daughter .... and she loved it. Later, we took the first doll and the boy to Halifax. They are now on the shelves of stuffed toys in her son's room. Yes, he liked stuffed toys, though growing out of them now!


My mom doesn't recall having to go deal with the crowds, I don't think my sister got one until a couple years later when she was older, at 3 she probably didn't even know they existed, I certainly have no memory of 1983, I do have cabbage patch dolls, but I don't think I was aware of them in 1983....but maybe I was, I literally no specific memories from 1983, not until 1987-88 where I have some specific memories begin.

BristolUK Dec 2nd 2020 2:12 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 
Nice Christmas cake. But there is good news.

I usually buy a couple of those brick types of what they call fruit cake here. Not the light ones but not necessarily the dark ones either. :confused: :lol: They are acceptable but not really.

Last year, just after Christmas, Sobeys sold something they called "Sensations by Compliments Royal British Fruitcake" and I thought it was the real deal. Easily the best I've had in Canada and it seemed to me on a par with M&S.
I was just looking at the latest Sobeys flyer and I don't know if they've rebranded it (I remember something about a new name for 'sensations') but they appear to be calling it Deluxe Fruitcake now. But the wrapper is absolutely identical to the one illustrating it when it was Royal British Fruitcake.

So that's the one to get. :thumbup:

Jerseygirl Dec 2nd 2020 2:22 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 

Originally Posted by BristolUK (Post 12942098)
Nice Christmas cake. But there is good news.

I usually buy a couple of those brick types of what they call fruit cake here. Not the light ones but not necessarily the dark ones either. :confused: :lol: They are acceptable but not really.

Last year, just after Christmas, Sobeys sold something they called "Sensations by Compliments Royal British Fruitcake" and I thought it was the real deal. Easily the best I've had in Canada and it seemed to me on a par with M&S.
I was just looking at the latest Sobeys flyer and I don't know if they've rebranded it (I remember something about a new name for 'sensations') but they appear to be calling it Deluxe Fruitcake now. But the wrapper is absolutely identical to the one illustrating it when it was Royal British Fruitcake.

So that's the one to get. :thumbup:

I always buy the dark cake. Bought a couple from Metro last week. Last January I bought several from Sobey’s...reduced. Hubby loves Christmas cake/pudding. Went to the British Shop yesterday for M&S Christmas pudding. They have been forced to close during lockdown. Why...they sell food for goodness sake? Grrrrrrr

BristolUK Dec 5th 2020 9:51 pm

Re: What do you miss about Christmas from homeland?
 
I got my Christmas cake from Sobeys as above. Sadly it's not UK made like last year. Deluxe from Weston Foods Toronto.

But it is better than the usual stuff available. I always find light fruit cake to be just fruit cake and the dark version just seems like molasses was added.


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