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Title: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: saltine on December 23, 2014, 04:21:31 PM
We are having our Australian grandson and his parents over for an early swim, then drinks (Leo will be napping) and late lunch on Christmas Day; same for Boxing Day ... swim, drinks, late lunch.  Nothing exciting but nice family time and pavlova!  My American family is going to NYC for Christmas.

What's everyone else doing?
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: oldkid on December 23, 2014, 09:57:18 PM
My plan is to drive my daughters up to Mt. Hood to play in the snow.  However, since I twisted my ankle, Mrs. oldkid is lobbying to have us stay at home with my foot in the air.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: pixote on December 23, 2014, 10:54:10 PM
Going to see new releases in the movie theater for the first time in months. Probably The Hobbit, Into the Woods, and ... not sure yet.

pixote
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: oneaprilday on December 23, 2014, 11:18:00 PM
Lots of family time for us, too: stockings and homemade cinnamon rolls in the morning when the kids wake up, then Christmas service at church, then home for family time, presents, etc. Then, over to my parents for Christmas dinner and festivities with my grandma, my brother, his wife (Uri's sister), and their 5 children.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Junior on December 23, 2014, 11:29:02 PM
These all sound like fun, including both potentialities for oldkid. And as of tonight, I can actually vouch for The Hobbit part 3 as being at the very least the best film in the trilogy.

As the son of divorce, I split my time between my mom and dad every year. So morning will be with my mom. We usually watch a movie I got, but sometimes something else. Pancakes this year. After that we'd usually go to visit my grandfather but since he died this year, that's not happening. Then is the drive ACROSS STATE (20 mins or so) to my dad where I'm not the only kid. It can get a little rowdy there, but it is good fun. It's the first year in the 6th or 7th house I've celebrated with them in, so that'll be a new thing. Another new thing: we're having some aunts and uncles coming over for dinner. Which unfortunately means I'll probably have to put some actual clothes on instead of PJs. Whatever. Over there we also like to have the NBA games on, even though we (my bro and I) only really pay attention to the night cap game. Clippers Warriors should be a fun time.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: jdc on December 23, 2014, 11:40:36 PM
For xmas eve, will go to a dinner party at a friend's house.  Lots of good food and wine.

My wife won't be here until this weekend so just going to take care of some personal projects.  Most important will be changing around a few things in the home theatre and trying to get them configured and calibrated. 
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 24, 2014, 08:23:48 AM
Still living at home, so I'll just be hanging with the immediate family. We'll do gifts in the morning and probably have steaks for lunch. Beyond that, we'll probably watch a movie, play a boardgame or two, and just chill. We like our Christmases as laid back as possible.

Most importantly, I've made watching Shop Around the Corner a Christmas eve tradition, so we'll be watching that tonight.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Bill Thompson on December 24, 2014, 09:27:12 AM
I'll be on a 40 hour shift throughout Christmas. Accordingly we already celebrated our Christmas yesterday.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Sandy on December 24, 2014, 11:13:50 AM
Hope you had a wonderful celebration, Bill.



Dinner at my house tonight - Chicken Tortilla Soup

Christmas Morning, a big breakfast (to offset all the candy that will be in the kid's systems) and then presents one by one - very slow and torturous for said kids. 8)

Dinner at my parents (Yay! I don't have to cook it!)

Then Borzage movies!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: maņana on December 24, 2014, 11:54:34 AM
I'll be on a 40 hour shift throughout Christmas. Accordingly we already celebrated our Christmas yesterday.
Double time, at least?
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: oneaprilday on December 24, 2014, 12:11:31 PM
Most importantly, I've made watching Shop Around the Corner a Christmas eve tradition, so we'll be watching that tonight.
A Christmas eve tradition for us, too. Decided this is the year to introduce the kids to It's a Wonderful Life.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on December 24, 2014, 03:37:38 PM
Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful day.

We will be have lunch on the beach.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: saltine on December 24, 2014, 04:28:43 PM
Merry Christmas, everyone!  Family is gathering, sun is shining (but not too hot), food is ready, drinks are cold...should be a great day at the  beach in Redcliffe!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: oneaprilday on December 24, 2014, 05:00:55 PM
Merry Christmas, friends! :)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Bondo on December 24, 2014, 05:54:49 PM
Pretty sure I'm spending Christmas isolated in hotel room to avoid spreading bad cold to relatives.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: maņana on December 24, 2014, 07:14:23 PM
Redcliffe!
Home of the Bee Gees!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: 1SO on December 24, 2014, 07:15:58 PM
Pretty sure I'm spending Christmas isolated in hotel room to avoid spreading bad cold to relatives.

That's one way to get out of going to Epcot.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Sandy on December 25, 2014, 02:02:02 AM
Merry Christmas, Everyone.    :)

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Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: saltine on December 25, 2014, 04:56:27 AM
Redcliffe!
Home of the Bee Gees!

Too right, mate.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Antares on December 25, 2014, 06:43:49 AM
Merry Christmas, Everyone.    :)

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Love watching Pigpen leaving a dust trail on the ice.

Happy Holidays everyone.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Bill Thompson on December 25, 2014, 07:38:51 AM
I'll be on a 40 hour shift throughout Christmas. Accordingly we already celebrated our Christmas yesterday.
Double time, at least?

Time and a half, which is why I'm always down to work holidays. :)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 25, 2014, 11:25:54 AM
Merry Christmas to all!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: oldkid on December 25, 2014, 02:55:50 PM
Merry Christmas everyone!

Also, my wife won.  I'm spending Christmas with my foot up in the air.  I've been designated the household "Tiny Tim"

God bless us everyone!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: sdb_1970 on December 25, 2014, 03:10:16 PM
What has become the holiday tradition: Double feature of Oscar bait ...

One thing I miss from childhood was the point in Christmas Eve mass (after communion) where our church would bring in a semi-professional (usually a major or grad student in music at the local college) for a solo performance of "O Holy Night."  To me, there is really nothing that feels more like Christmas than hearing that song sung, with minimal accompaniment, by a female vocalist who truly has the range to pull it off.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Bondo on December 25, 2014, 04:15:14 PM
Christmas was spend bedridden. Tomorrow is Wizarding World of Harry Potter day, even if I have to rely on a dangerous quantity of cold medicine.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Monty on December 25, 2014, 05:04:58 PM
It's a little late in the day, but Merry Christmas everyone :)

Christmas was spend bedridden. Tomorrow is Wizarding World of Harry Potter day, even if I have to rely on a dangerous quantity of cold medicine.

I'm sorry to hear that Bondo, hope your feeling better soon. 

Not really Christmas Plans, but a summary of what's happened today.

At my mom and dad's

Woke Up - hungover ::), Open presents (chromecast with Netflix subscription :) ), Breakfast (bacon sandwich & cups Of tea), Dog walking & jogging, Lunch (poached eggs on toast), Drink, The Lego Movie (excellent), Christmas Lunch & Wine, Nap, Christmas Pudding, Frozen movie (fell asleep - another nap ::) ), Turkey sandwich, Drink, Watching basketball on TV, Drink...and Goodnight  :)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Junior on December 27, 2014, 10:03:12 AM
Let us now switch this to gifts we got. Dual purpose!

I got:

Jaques Demy Criterion set
My Darling Clementine Criterion
Steven Spielberg box set (Duel, 1941, Always, The Sugarland Express, Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park, The Lost World)
Giant West Side Story box set

A fun Lego set
Sandman Omnibus Vol 1
Munchkin board game
Bluetooth headphones
Metro Remastered
Wolfenstein: The New Order or whatever it's called.
A bunch of clothes
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Corndog on December 27, 2014, 10:08:40 AM
My girlfriend and I had a whirlwind Christmas time.

She worked 6am-11:30pm Christmas Eve. She was supposed to get off at 7 and we were going to drive up to her family's (2 hour drive - they do Christmas on Eve), but because she got off so late, we decided to stay in town, and do Christmas with my family Christmas morning (which is our tradition) and drive up to hers in the afternoon/evening. She was quite upset over missing Christmas Eve service and traditions with her family because of work, but we made it work and everything ended up fun and cheery!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 27, 2014, 12:48:44 PM
Only asked for board games this year:

(http://i.imgur.com/Wyt2ujb.jpg)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: ses on December 27, 2014, 09:01:57 PM
I got a bunch of cool kitchen stuff (the benefits of having an Amazon wish list that my husband just poached from).

I got:
a new pizza stone
an electrical knife sharpener
a broiler safe porcelain baking dish
a mini donut pan
a bench scraper
a Cuisinart Griddler
vanilla beans
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: The Deer Hunter on December 27, 2014, 10:08:50 PM
I got:
Xbox One + 6 games
JFK 6 disc documentary boxset
Gift card
Lynx pack (annual gift)

That's mainly it. Few little things on top.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: saltine on December 27, 2014, 10:50:21 PM
Travel and wine.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: jdc on December 27, 2014, 11:47:48 PM
I got a bunch of cool kitchen stuff (the benefits of having an Amazon wish list that my husband just poached from).

I got:
a new pizza stone
an electrical knife sharpener
a broiler safe porcelain baking dish
a mini donut pan
a bench scraper
a Cuisinart Griddler
vanilla beans

Somehow it seems like he will get the most benefits from those gifts...
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: MartinTeller on December 27, 2014, 11:56:51 PM
Cuisinart ice cream maker
rotary cheese grater
bread knife
iPad stand for the kitchen

And a check from my dad, which went right into the wedding fund.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: ses on December 28, 2014, 12:11:23 AM
I got a bunch of cool kitchen stuff (the benefits of having an Amazon wish list that my husband just poached from).

I got:
a new pizza stone
an electrical knife sharpener
a broiler safe porcelain baking dish
a mini donut pan
a bench scraper
a Cuisinart Griddler
vanilla beans

Somehow it seems like he will get the most benefits from those gifts...

I think you may be right.  :)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Sandy on December 28, 2014, 01:28:34 PM
Love watching Pigpen leaving a dust trail on the ice.

Happy Holidays everyone.

:D Me too Antares!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Also, my wife won.  I'm spending Christmas with my foot up in the air.  I've been designated the household "Tiny Tim"

God bless us everyone!

Ha! You're a good sport oldkid! Hope you're doing better now. And thanks, Mrs. oldkid for winning. :)


sdb_1970, that sounds like a beautiful memory. I think of Sandi Patty when you say O Holy Night. She's definitely got the pipes for it.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLZClW3YF5I#no

Bondo, you feeling better? I really hope you got to go to Wizarding World!

Monty, bacon sandwich for Christmas breakfast?! I like that tradition. :) Would you be able to show me what the Christmas pudding looks like?

Junior! West Side Story box set?!

(http://i57.tinypic.com/2dkwjz9.png) COOL

Way to make things fun and cheery anyway, Corndog!

Sam, could I come over and have you teach me how to play the X-Wing Miniatures Game? :) That looks fantastic!



Great gifts you got, everyone!

Mine are:

A Ukulele :)
Bento Boxes
And an assortment of Beautiful DVDs!

Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 28, 2014, 02:06:46 PM
Sam, could I come over and have you teach me how to play the X-Wing Miniatures Game? :) That looks fantastic!
Sure thing!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Jeff Schroeck on December 28, 2014, 05:00:08 PM
I got:

David Thomson's "Moments That Made The Movies"
Mitchell Zuckoff's "Robert Altman"
Negativland's "It's All In Your Head"

and a bunch of clothes and gift cards.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: pixote on December 16, 2016, 10:38:27 PM
Any good gift ideas this year I can steal?

pixote
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: smirnoff on December 16, 2016, 11:01:22 PM
For my sister's family I got a Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 (https://i.imgur.com/rpHFykn.jpg). It looks the balls! For $150CAD I thought it sounded like a pretty fun blast from the past.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: pixote on December 16, 2016, 11:08:59 PM
a pretty fun blast from the past

I was going to get a NES Classic or two, but I haven't seen them available anymore for the $60 suggested retail price. Closer to $250!

pixote
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: StarCarly on December 16, 2016, 11:14:35 PM
Zach "the fiance" traditionally buys a board game for my parents. The Wikipedia game  (https://www.amazon.com/Cardinal-Industries-6029295-about-Wikipedia/dp/B011KVZ6TM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481951511&sr=8-1&keywords=wikipedia+game)has been surprisingly fun. Less surprisingly, Exploding Kittens (https://www.amazon.com/Exploding-Kittens-About-Explosions-Sometimes/dp/B010TQY7A8/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1481951561&sr=1-1&keywords=exploding+kittens) is great for the whole family.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: smirnoff on December 16, 2016, 11:15:24 PM
a pretty fun blast from the past

I was going to get a NES Classic or two, but I haven't seen them available anymore for the $60 suggested retail price. Closer to $250!

pixote

Yeah, that's a bummer. Gotta be Arnold Schwarzenegger to score one at this point. Get out of here Sinbad!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: StarCarly on December 16, 2016, 11:17:35 PM
a pretty fun blast from the past

I was going to get a NES Classic or two, but I haven't seen them available anymore for the $60 suggested retail price. Closer to $250!

pixote

Yeah, that's a bummer. Gotta be Arnold Schwarzenegger to score one at this point. Get out of here Sinbad!

Bill Gates bought one for his reddit Secret Santa giftee. That's the level to aspire to.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: 1SO on December 16, 2016, 11:20:22 PM
I have one. Mrs. 1SO was driven and plotted to be one of the lucky ones at Target. We have the extended cable but only 1 controller. Not meaning to sound greedy but it would be nice to have 2 controllers.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: StarCarly on December 16, 2016, 11:23:50 PM
*sigh* Link your Amazon wishlist  ;)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: smirnoff on December 16, 2016, 11:26:20 PM
I don't what would be more fun, getting a gift from Bill Gates or getting an NES Classic. :))



1SO, I can imagine! How's a person gunna play double dragon by themselves? Not very double.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: MartinTeller on December 17, 2016, 12:06:58 AM
Less surprisingly, Exploding Kittens (https://www.amazon.com/Exploding-Kittens-About-Explosions-Sometimes/dp/B010TQY7A8/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1481951561&sr=1-1&keywords=exploding+kittens) is great for the whole family.

My wife got that one for me last Xmas! (I think... it might have been my birthday) Pretty fun.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Corndog on December 17, 2016, 03:23:34 PM
My wife and I got 7 Wonders for her brother last Christmas. It is our new favorite game, so we got it for my brother this year!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: smirnoff on December 18, 2016, 12:19:01 AM
If we're talking board games, Seasons is my all-time favourite right now. :)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Sandy on December 18, 2016, 09:53:05 AM
ooh, I'd love to learn how to play Seasons!

I was given the game Splendor recently and it is an easy, pleasant game. It's a lesser Dominion, but it doesn't make my head hurt in it's strategizing and it's quicker to play. Nice for when you just want to hang out with a game.

Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: MattDrufke on December 18, 2016, 10:13:39 AM
Zach "the fiance" traditionally buys a board game for my parents. The Wikipedia game  (https://www.amazon.com/Cardinal-Industries-6029295-about-Wikipedia/dp/B011KVZ6TM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481951511&sr=8-1&keywords=wikipedia+game)has been surprisingly fun. Less surprisingly, Exploding Kittens (https://www.amazon.com/Exploding-Kittens-About-Explosions-Sometimes/dp/B010TQY7A8/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1481951561&sr=1-1&keywords=exploding+kittens) is great for the whole family.

Exploding Kittens is my absoulte jam. Got it for my boy last year. We love it.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: smirnoff on December 18, 2016, 07:30:15 PM
ooh, I'd love to learn how to play Seasons!

I was given the game Splendor recently and it is an easy, pleasant game. It's a lesser Dominion, but it doesn't make my head hurt in it's strategizing and it's quicker to play. Nice for when you just want to hang out with a game.



Tell me about it. Dominion can take a looong time to come around in the late game, depending on the cards. "+1 card +1 action" again and again. :))
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Sandy on December 19, 2016, 12:07:08 AM
You might as well just go fishing when you finally finish! :))



oooh, look at your new card! That might move things along. Anything is possible.

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Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: smirnoff on December 19, 2016, 12:35:09 AM
:)) That's it.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: MattDrufke on December 20, 2016, 12:22:56 PM
Xmas Eve, I'll go to my mom's. We usually have a big party (suspended last year because of everything with my dad) and it's nice to see that we're doing it again.

Xmas day, I'll wake up with my son and girlfriend. We'll open presents and then have late breakfast with her mother and niece (in from Texas). My ex will pick up my son and then we'll all go see a movie.

Work on the 26th... boo.

Just wanted to say, in case I don't get a chance, how fortunate, lucky, grateful, and thankful I am to have this forum. It was a crap year for me, and being able to read and contribute in these conversations was a true blessing. Happy holidays to you all from wherever you may be.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: saltine on December 20, 2016, 04:11:07 PM
That sounds like a great day for you and yours, Matt.  I know it won't be exactly the same with your dad missing, but family traditions often can outlive the participants and follow on to the next generation. 

Glad to have you here as well. 
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Sandy on December 20, 2016, 04:26:08 PM
Nicely said, saltine.

Happy Holidays to you too Matt,

from another who's grateful to have this filmspotting community. :)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: saltine on December 20, 2016, 05:43:06 PM
Happy Holidays, Sandy!

As to our Xmas plans, from tomorrow on we are wall-to-wall family until Jan 4th!  So tonight John and I are having a movie date in the city and staying overnight, eating at a place called Texas Smokehouse (I'll be the judge of that!) and seeing The Legend of Ben Hall, recommended by filmspotter Tim Opie, and playing only in the city.  Then returning to Redcliffe tomorrow to begin the festivities.

One thing about being the oldest in attendance, no one asks us to bring a dish, just lots of drinks all around which we are happy to do. We've been laying in wine and muscat and sparkling for weeks now so I think we're ready to party.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: smirnoff on December 21, 2016, 01:38:58 AM
It's more of a Christmas with friends this year for me. My sister is with her bf's family, and my parents are escaping all the extended family obligations (for once) by flying to Vegas, which I've been telling them to do for ages now. 7 Days in the Bellagio, lol. I'm burned out after 3 days in Vegas! Anyways, I bought them Cirque tickets for Ka, to go along with their tickets for O. I hope they have a good time. I'll be egg noggin' it with a friend's family, probably playing board games. :)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: MartinTeller on December 21, 2016, 10:29:38 AM
Out of the blue, my wife's uncle (who she barely knows and I never heard of before yesterday) sent us a gigantic box of See's Candies. FOUR POUNDS of candy. Yum!

I got my wife a cheese-making kit. I have high hopes that it will go over well. She loves cheese, and she loves DIY/crafty stuff.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Sandy on December 21, 2016, 10:46:16 AM
Martin, what is your favorite candy in that See's box? Cheese making? Sounds ambitious! Hope she has fun with it.



Sounds practically perfect in every way, smirnoff. :)    Ka tickets! You're a good son!



saltine, hope your outing was a good calm before the storm! Enjoy your company!

I've got family coming in too, so will be hosting until the new year. I'm most excited for a party I'm planning during this time. It's going to be a Golden Age of Hollywood night with a double feature of Singin' in the Rain (some of my nieces haven't seen this yet!) and Hail Caesar! with a dinner "at" the Brown Derby in between. I'm working on the menu and trivia during dinner, but everyone else is enthusiastically considering what to wear! I wish you could all be here. If you could dress up in your favorite Hollywood attire, what would it be?
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: MartinTeller on December 21, 2016, 01:26:01 PM
Martin, what is your favorite candy in that See's box?

We've only scratched the surface, but so far my favorite is one that had a maple-flavored nougaty center.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: jdc on December 21, 2016, 02:21:26 PM
going to spend xmas in Germany.. between xmas and New Years we will bring the Maisy up to Amsterdam by train, over to UK on ferry and take her to the farm in Wales for New Years which will be her home for the next half year. 

She is loving the weather

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/433/31412888670_9747253fd3_z.jpg)

Maybe I will get to watch a movie sometime this month during the holiday
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Sandy on December 21, 2016, 02:47:27 PM
I'm loving following along with Maisy's travels. It would make for a great children's book. :)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Sandy on December 24, 2016, 09:35:12 AM
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Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Monty on December 24, 2016, 12:05:01 PM
going to spend xmas in Germany.. between xmas and New Years we will bring the Maisy up to Amsterdam by train, over to UK on ferry and take her to the farm in Wales for New Years which will be her home for the next half year. 

She is loving the weather

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/433/31412888670_9747253fd3_z.jpg)

Maybe I will get to watch a movie sometime this month during the holiday

Such a great looking dog. What do you mean "take her to the farm in Wales for New Years which will be her home for the next half year."?
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on December 24, 2016, 01:45:42 PM
Merry Christmas one and all. Enjoy the food, sun (or snow) and friends and family.
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: 1SO on December 24, 2016, 02:20:08 PM
You are my family. Merry Christmas one and all!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: saltine on December 24, 2016, 03:09:56 PM
Very nice sentiment, 1SO!

We're up early this Christmas morning as the grandson got a trampoline and has called us to "come jump!"

Might be having a mimosa first!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MY FILMSPOTTING FAMILY!
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Monty on December 24, 2016, 06:00:04 PM
Up early, open presents, It's usually socks and tokens these days. :(
Then to my parents about 11-12 o'clock, meet up with them. Various aunts & uncles.
To the local pub for a few pints with family members  :)
Back to the parents for Queens speech and Christmas lunch. I hope there's carrot and turnip mash.
The Queens speech is a big thing in our family.
Watch a variety of TV shows/films/sports, while drinking copious amounts of alcohol ::)

Helen Mirren recently did her version of the Queen's speech on TV. I think we can all agree with her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj8SMKvgYwM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj8SMKvgYwM)

Merry Christmas everyone :)

Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: StarCarly on December 24, 2016, 06:20:33 PM
We did Christmas eve with my in-laws tonight. We got a pet drinking fountain, which both the dog and the cat are terrified of  ;D  Other than that, it's been wonderful! Tomorrow is Christmas at my parents' house. I have a 5 year old nephew and 2 year old niece, and watching them open presents is such a delight. Can't wait to see their smiles.

Merry Christmas to my Filmspotting family! So glad I'm back with y'all :)
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: jdc on December 24, 2016, 11:32:51 PM
going to spend xmas in Germany.. between xmas and New Years we will bring the Maisy up to Amsterdam by train, over to UK on ferry and take her to the farm in Wales for New Years which will be her home for the next half year. 

She is loving the weather


Such a great looking dog. What do you mean "take her to the farm in Wales for New Years which will be her home for the next half year."?

When I accepted to work on the project in the UK, there was the possibility that I wouldn't able to keep her for a while, at least until I know if I will permanently settle down here.  One of my friend in Singapore is from Wales and their family has a farm so they agreed to care for her for a period of time. 
Title: Re: Christmas Day Plans and (Part 2) the Gifts We Got!
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 25, 2016, 06:35:55 AM
Merry Christmas!

I'll be hanging out with my immediate family who live about a mile away from me. We all plan on going to Church, so I'm not sure how much we're going to do before that. We also have a steak dinner to round off the day. Should be fun.
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Post by: Junior on December 25, 2016, 07:24:42 AM
Dad's house for the first half of the essay, ending in watching the Celtics. Then over to my Mom's for movies and stuff.

Also, merry Christmas to all!
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Post by: oldkid on December 25, 2016, 03:56:39 PM
Did a trip to see if I could find my homeless friends who got swept this week.

The rest of the day is with family at my house.  One highlight will be introducing ourselves to Exploding Kittens, due to FS acclaim!
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Post by: MattDrufke on December 26, 2016, 01:18:21 PM
My girlfriend hit it out of the park in the present category! Wilco tickets, Bulls tickets, CD-Rs that look like old records (they even have the grooves in them), and a Casio calculator watch.
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Post by: pixote on December 26, 2016, 01:34:55 PM
Yeah, Exploding Kittens won Christmas. Thanks for that recommendation.

pixote
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Post by: StarCarly on December 26, 2016, 02:03:38 PM
Yay! We had only ever played Exploding Kittens at friends' houses. We got our own copy from my sister this year and played a few 2-player rounds last night. So much fun.
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Post by: oldkid on December 26, 2016, 03:03:11 PM
What we enjoyed even more than Exploding Kittens is Superfight.  A card game where you receive a set of cards, try to create superheroes out of a variety of characteristics and defeat villains that also have a random set of characteristics.  It sounds weird, but you really use your imagination.
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Post by: Bondo on December 26, 2016, 03:29:45 PM
I played Ticket To Ride and Settlers of Catan. The latter is overrated drastically.
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Post by: Teproc on December 26, 2016, 03:32:49 PM
Well, Settlers was hugely influential in the modern boardgame movement... but yeah, it doesn't hold up very well. I'd still be glad if it replaced Monopoly as the one boardgame everyone knows, that'd be a vast improvment. Ticket to Ride on the other hand, is the best gateway game there is.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 26, 2016, 03:41:34 PM
Yea, Settlers is a gateway drug into the wonderful world of Eurogames, but it's not very good.
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Post by: MattDrufke on December 26, 2016, 05:00:10 PM
My girlfriend got my sister the board game version of the Oregon Trail, which is apparently very fun but also very difficult.

Has anyone played Mad Gab? That's been one of my favorite games as of recent.
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Post by: Corndog on December 27, 2016, 09:28:00 AM
Belated Holiday wishes to everyone here! I've been away from the boards a few days for the holidays with family. Love all the board game talk!

We got my brother-in-law a Hogwarts Co-op deck building game which was a lot of fun! Recommended for HP/game fans. He got us a game called Codenames. We haven't played it yet, but will have to soon.
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Post by: Teproc on December 27, 2016, 09:19:06 PM
And the same to you Corndog ! Codenames is very good, a worthy Spiel des Jahres winner (the boardgame equivalent of Best Picture for those not in the know). Heard good things about that HP coop game, but it's apparently a US-only thing for weird rights issues, which is somewhat annoying.
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Post by: Junior on December 29, 2016, 01:24:17 PM
I also got Codenames for Christmas, and I played it with friends the other night. We played for four hours straight and never got bored. It seems almost perfectly crafted for infinite replayability, and it changes with every group. Really fun and clever, just the right degree of stress and fun as both a giver and a guesser.

Other things I got:

Blus:
Miyazaki Blu ray box set
The Thing (Shout Factory)
Return of the Living Dead (SF)
The Exorcist III (SF)
Carrie (SF)
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses
Game of Thrones Season 6

Books:
The Complete Langston Hughes
The Collected Poems of H.D.
The Gift by H.D.
Bacchus Omnibus Vol 1 by Eddie Campbell
Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

Final Fantasy XV
Uncharted Trilogy

Two lego sets and headphones as well as Codenames and Pandemic and clothes round the list out.
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Post by: Teproc on December 29, 2016, 05:01:33 PM
That's an insane amount of presents, how does that even work ?
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 29, 2016, 05:43:19 PM
He was really good this year.
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Post by: Junior on December 29, 2016, 10:00:14 PM
Divorced parents and an only child. I'm very lucky.
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Post by: maņana on December 29, 2016, 11:14:25 PM
I got a kettle. It whistles. Pretty pleased with it.
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Post by: smirnoff on December 29, 2016, 11:48:00 PM
I got a kettle. It whistles. Pretty pleased with it.

Don't get got (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMguPp3sJaM#no).
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on December 31, 2016, 06:19:03 PM
I also got Codenames for Christmas, and I played it with friends the other night. We played for four hours straight and never got bored. It seems almost perfectly crafted for infinite replayability, and it changes with every group. Really fun and clever, just the right degree of stress and fun as both a giver and a guesser.

I bought Codenames last January. We enjoyed it but we only got around to playing it once when we bought it until this week when we played 3+ hours straight of it. The game is hilarious when you're playing with older people who completely forget the no emotions rule every turn. It's pretty much a perfect game.
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Post by: MartinTeller on December 31, 2016, 11:45:46 PM
I really want to play Codenames.

I got:

A box grater (much needed!)
"Our Family Table" by Julie Goodwin, winner of Masterchef Australia season 1 (so far I've made her chicken parmesan and honey roasted carrots, both very good)
Himbox Bluetooth car adapter (very cool! no more plugging in my phone, just start up the car and push a button!)
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Post by: smirnoff on January 01, 2017, 09:07:16 PM
All these board games sound so good! I played a lot of a game called Privateer. I really enjoyed it.