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      23.11.2011 23:10
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      magical

      I cannot remember how old i was when Father Christmas became my parents, but i have a 3 year old now and this Christmas is already proving magical!!

      Having 2 x Rottweilers, we have a rather large dog flap, and my little one knows that as we havent got a chimney, that Father Christmas will be coming through the dog flap this year!!

      When my son wakes up on Christmas morning, if all goes to plan, he should find:

      1. A half eaten carrot from Rudolph ( He couldnt manage it all, especially with all the other carrots he had been given!!)
      2. A half drunk glass of milk ( Mummy never drinks wine before work, so Father Christmas can have milk before his busy night too)
      3. Crumbs from a mince pie (Father Christmas didnt get his big tummy from not eating lots of pies?!)
      4. A couple of foot prints just inside the dog flap, of Santas boots, and Rudolphs hooves. ( I am going to sprinkle a little talc on the floor, cut a potato into half and then again for a hoof and one of dadd'ys :) boots as Santas shoe) - i will have to tell my littlw one how we had a little snow that they brought in with them.

      I cannot wait to see his face. I dont ever remember anything like this when i was little and so want to pass on a little magic to my son!

      Father Christmas is also very generous in our house. Half of my little one's presents are from him nd the dogs even get a little something wrapped?!

      Now the coca cola adverts have started, Christmas is certainly on its way!!

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        22.11.2011 18:50
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        a great little Christmas tradition

        To me Christmas Eve has always been the best day of the year, even on the ones I have had to work I have always enjoyed it as we have had mince pies and shared a bottle of fizz at home time. But if I am ever off work then it's usually a day that I spend visiting friends and family to deliver presents. Then in the evening it's time to put the Christmas lights on, make some food and watch some Christmas films always remembering to leave something out for Santa and the reindeer before bed.

        Even though at the age of around 10 years old I twigged that my mum ate the food and drank the lovely alcoholic drink that I left out for Santa I still have to leave something out each year now.

        I have always left the same thing's out:
        - 2 mince pies, homemade of course
        - a carrot for Rudolph
        -a glass of sherry for Santa

        I remember when I did still believe in Santa I used to come down the stairs in the morning and the carrot would be gone the sherry drank and a few crumbs left on the plate from the mince pie with my mum always saying 'look he's been' and pointing at the plate in the corner of the room!

        I think leaving some food and drink out for Santa makes Christmas seem even more magical especially for children. From what I can remember I think I once asked 'how can Santa eat at drink at everyone's house' my dad's response was that it was very hard work that used a lot of energy so that he needed food all the time and the sherry to keep him warm.

        Now it is me that eats the mince pie and drinks the sherry in the morning but if I ever have children I will certainly teach them to leave some treats out for Santa!

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          19.12.2008 15:02
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          My favourite night of the year!

          Christmas Eve has got to be the most magical night of the year...children around the world desperate for the first time to be tucked up in bed, hanging up stockings for Santa to (hopefully!) bring some pressies, watching a cheesy christmas movie before bed...
          The tradition in our family is to leave out a nice treat for Santa and rudolph- a carrot, glass of milk, and whatever sweet treat for Santa is open in the cupboard!- followed by a lovely hot bath. While my little girl is getting bathed, theres a tiny knock at the door...it's one of Santa elves, checking if Tyla's being good this year. Since she always is (!) he leaves a special parcel for her to open... inside is a lovely new pair of pajamas, and possibly a new christmas story to read in bed as well. Sometimes, if Mummies been really good, she gets a pair of PJs too!
          So, we snuggle up together, cosy in our new jimmys, read our new storybook, then put out our special Santa key so he can get in as we have no chimney, then it's away to bed for Santa to come and do his evenings work...and a nice glass of something for Mummy!

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            19.12.2008 14:21
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            a little bit of magic

            With all my kids christmas presents sorted and the majority of the food done. Now is the time to focus my attention on gifts for father christmas.
            I have two children joshua is 7 and alexis is 2 and both of them enjoy our little routine for christmas eve.

            We get make some raindeer dust, which we make by mixing rolled oats with glitter.

            We also bake some christmas cookies by using just a normal biscut recipe and cutting them out in xmas shapes and iced them.

            Father christmas always has the snowman cookie and a glass of milk.
            We don't leave a mince pie because my son thinks he will be fed up with them by the time he gets to us.

            The raindeers get carrots and water.

            We leave a key out at dusk and also put the raindeer dust on the patio to guide them into land.

            I then leave footprints outside on the patio with flour but not in the house as I have ocd.

            This year maybe the last for my son as a believer as he has asked a few questions so I hope to make this year extra special.

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              08.11.2008 02:45
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              i like these idead i wish i was a kid again

              Even when your far to old parents still like to belive there children belive in father christmas and when i have kids i will make sure i pull out all the stops so my kids belive in him two.

              I have some good tips on how too.
              for instance if you stand on talk and walk up or down the stairs it looks loks f.c has walked through the snow and down you stairs.

              If your child leaves out a caroot for reindear or mince pie for santa allways make sure you take a bit and leave crumbs on the plate.

              another good one is for on one of ure gifts to your child make it our from father christmas.

              when u want present ideas be sure to make your child give father christmas a ring but tell them he doesent speak as he just listens and take note of what they want and they will get excited.

              leave clues around the firplace such as such things looking like snow or something father christmas has dropped on his way down.

              or let your child write him a letter if your not keen on the phone call one.

              you could maybe leave out a christmas hat and makeout santa accidently left it behind and if milk was left out tip some back in the carton to save it and your child thinks he was thirtsy.

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              06.11.2008 22:06
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              Leaving stuff out for Santa is a tradition in my family, just make sure you do it right!

              My mum still likes to believe I believe in Sant Claus, even though i'm 19 and it was my parents fault I found out he wasn't! Still, every year my Mum tells me a story of when she 'seen santa fly past the moon in his sleigh' and she once 'heard santa's sleigh bells and reindeer footsteps on the roof' etc etc.

              Well when I was younger we left out quite alot for santa claus, knowing he wa quite fat and had alot of reindeers, I liked to know I was being generous enough. Before I went to bed, on the mantle peice, I put out Two oranges, a glass of Brandy (or whisky or Baileys or whatever my Mum or Dad fancied to drink before they went to bed!), of course a sweet mince pie or maybes two and I sometimes used to leave a little thankyou note. Some years we would put the gingerbread house, that me and my Mum made every year, by the fire to let Santa Claus see our creation.

              I used to wake up in the morning, wake up my parents, wait until they had been to the toilet and got their dressing gowns on etc and I ran down the stairs to see if 'Santa had been'.To my amazement every year he set out my presents neatly on the settee and my two brothers and everyone elses. He had also 'eaten' the mince pies, 'drank' the Brandy/Whisky/Baileys and 'taken' my note and the oranges!

              When I was around 9 years old, I began to hear rumours about Santa not being real so to prove to my friends that he was, the next year i decided to count the oranges and mince pies before we put them out and again the next day. And thats when I realised santa wasn't real! I realides the oranges were put back in the fruit bowl and the sweet mince pie, back in the fridge ( as i was the only person who really liked them in our household and they couldnt ask me to eat it!). I was horrified! Of course my parents tried to say 'santa musn't have been hungry' and had put it back but I knew that wasn't true!

              I think santa claus is a lovely belief and makes christmas very magical and special.

              So my advice to anyone leaving something out for Santa this year, eat the oranges and mince pies!!! hahaha it will save alot of tears! Of course you'll drink the Brandy or whatever you leave out but dont forget the food! even if it is 2 o'clock in the morning and you couldnt possibly eat 2 oranges and a mince pie... do it for your kids!

              P.s- you can buy fake snow in a pack with a foot print template, I've seen them on various websites. I'm definitely going to buy a kit next year for my little one, this year he'll only be 6 months old and wont really understand. But wouldn't that be magical? especially if it isn't snowing outside, snow from Lapland!!!!

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                24.12.2001 15:29
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                Christmas Eve is upon us again and now the preparations have to be made for Father Christmas’ visit. The whole of our close is lit up with displays of twinkling stars in the windows and Father Christmas on his sleigh. In our house Christmas Eve is meticulously planned for the important visitor. My two young children aged 2 and 4 arrange the dinner table for him to have his picnic at. He is left out a glass and a bottle of brandy to warm himself up with and a box of mince pies to eat. This year we have made an extra special arrangement as he now has the choice of cranberry muffins, chocolate cornflake cakes and top hats (marshmallows in chocolate in little paper cases) My son Luke loves cooking so he has made them especially for Father Christmas. Never forget the reindeers as they work really hard, so we are leaving them out a bunch of carrots to nibble on and a bowl of water for them if they are thirsty. Usually once the table is laid out for him they are happy to go to bed. Last year Father Christmas left their Christmas presents in their bedroom for them to open when they wake up in the morning. This however was not a success as they woke up at 2.00am and proceeded to open the presents. Luckily with all the noise they were making I managed to salvage some for later in the morning. So this year I have asked Father Christmas if he could leave them in the living room near the Christmas tree. The plan this year is when the children wake up in the morning they will rush to wake us up and we will all head downstairs together and they will notice that Father Christmas has left his snowy footprints on the carpet. This is done by standing in a little flour, don’t worry its not too messy. The picnic table will have the half-eaten mince pies and the carrot tops left over and a couple of bites taken out of the carrot for further effect. Well that’s our Christmas Eve planned, I hope you all have a Happy C
                hristmas.

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                  19.12.2001 05:27
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                  These traditional words we hear every year. What do you leave Santa? Well every year since my daughter has been old enough I always leave a Baileys, a Mince Pie or Cake, Milk and some Carrots. These are always put oout by my daughter, she always puts them in about 5 different places before she decides which place Santa will find them in. i tell her every year Santa is magic and can find them anywhere she leaves them. After the ritual of putting the food and drink out for Santa and the Raindeer, I put the children to bed and tell them to listen out for the bells, but they musn't move or Santa will see they are awake and go to the next house. So by the time they have tried staying awake to hear the bells they are worn out and can bearly keep awake. This is when I gently ring the blls so they can just about hear them, I then go up and check on them and ask them if they heared the bells. My daughter is as good as gold she will tell me that she has to stay in bed until Santa has been and gone, but before I have left the room she is asleep, the excitment and contentment that Santa is on the way lets her sleep. In the morning they get up and the pie is half eaten and so ios the Carrott but the drink is always empty she said last year that Santa shouldn't drink so much, I was in stitches. I always buy a plain christmas card (Without a verse) and write "Thank you for my lovelly Mince Pie and drink, Roudolf and the other Reindeer are very grateful to, it helps them on their way to the other children. I hope you play with all your toys and have a magical christmas. But remember you must be good for mammy and daddy so I can call again next year". Lots of Love SANTA. XXXXXXXXXXX The kids love it and she said last year that I hope the other children feed the Reindeer so all the children in the world can have christmas day with presents. SO SWEET. HAPPY CHRISTMAS

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                    15.12.2001 06:14
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                    Yes, that's right. He doesn't exist. I could put it a softer way, but considering that not many people under the age of fifteen are probably going to be reading this, you should all know better by now anyway. But since some of you are writing about him as if he does exist, let me give you a little insight as to where exactly the myth of Santa originates from. It is believed among many Christians that there was a bishop in Asia Minor who died in around the 4th century AD named St. Nicholas. However, there has been no evidence to suggest that the man ever existed, and instead, it is entirely possible that he could instead be a pagan god. But despite the fact that he is probably a pagan deity, he has still managed to obtain the honoured rank of patron saint of Austria, Germany, Italy, and several European countries, as well as patron saint of children. Over the years, a fictional life story was created for the man, and he began to obtain special powers, as it were, until he morphed into the modern day Father Christmas. The red suit with white trim that he is portrayed as wearing can be attributed to the Americans, and in particular, Coca Cola, who began an advertising campaign from the 1930s which included the Santa figure. So he doesn't exist kids! So when your parents tell you to hang your stocking up for Santa to fill up during the night and then go to bed, don't be fooled. Pretend to go to bed, and then hide in a position where you are able to see the stockings hanging up and the mince pies and brandy that you have left by the chimney for Santa. Try not to fall asleep kids - this is an important landmark of your life, discovering Santa doesn't exist. After a couple of hours, you will see your mum and dad bring down the presents that they had been hiding in the attic and start filling up your stocking with them. They then proceed to eat the mince pies and get pissed on the brandy. Sorry kids, but that's the truth. There are
                    no sleigh bells. There is no Rudloph. There are no elves. Get used to it. What? You still don't believe me? Well, here are a few facts that will straighten you out. 1. Let's be generous here. Let's say that there are a billion children in the world (I know for a fact that there are more) and that Santa optimises use of the time zones, so he has 24 hours to deliver all of the presents. 24 hours = 86,400 seconds. Divide a billion by that number of seconds and you would soon realise that in order to meet deadlines, Santa would have to give presents to over eleven thousand kids a second. Unless he has an army of elves helping him, this is quite frankly impossible. But the elves don't actually help in the delivering anyway, so that possibility is ruled out as well. 2. Why is it that the poorer children get given fewer presents by Santa than the richer children? Surely that's unfair, considering the richer kids are going to get more presents from family anyway. Unless Santa's a capitalist pig... 3. Do you not think that after drinking all of that alcohol and eating that number of mince pies, Santa would a) be the size of a small city by the end of the night b) be so drunk half of the presents that are eventually delivered are covered in vomit? 4. What does Santa do about flats, or houses without chimneys? 5. Flying reindeer? Puh-lease. How many flying reindeer have you seen around? So, I hope I've set you kids straight here. I mean, how are you meant to develop intellectually when your parents keep telling you that a mythical bloke based on a pagan god comes down every Christmas Eve and puts presents in your stockings? I found out he didn't exist at the age of seven, which in my opinion, was far too late. Your life needs to be based on facts, not fantasy. Otherwise you might as well spend the whole of your lives having trips on acid. Are you convinced yet? No?
                    Very well, then. If you must insist that Santa Claus does exist, then I have just one piece of advice to you: don't put any food or drink out for him this year. Don't you think he gets enough food from all the other children all around the world? And you wouldn't want your imaginary friend to die of a heart attack or kidney failure, would you? Besides, how is he supposed to fit down other kids' chimneys when people keep stuffing his face full of goodies? He can't help being an absolute glutton, you know.

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                      06.12.2001 21:28
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                      For some reason, almost everyone on this site seems to believe that Father Christmas is fed up with mince pies and that he's on some sort of diet, bringing the rest of the food home to Mrs.Christmas. Well, I decided to investigate, and visited the great man last weekend, as he was getting ready for Christmas. Sadly the first thing to say is that he is now divorced from Mrs.Christmas. Last year she finally walked out, having threatened to leave several centuries ago, complaining about his job and the fact that although it put food on the table, his income was particulary poor. Father Christmas thinks shes gone off to live nearer the equator somewhere and is desperate for her to come back, but it doesn't look promising. Secondly, all the magical elves have been released and Eastern European refugees have taken their place in the many workshops. I was quite shocked by this and Fr.Christmas explained that the new workers were cheaper, plus the elves had gone on strike, demanding that their friends-the garden gnomes-should be allowed to come and work in the workshops too. Thirdly, his flock of reindeer had to be destroyed due to foot and mouth. Even if that hadn't happened, he would not have been allowed to let them fly anyway, as new safety regulations do not permit transport by reindeer. Fourthly, hes had to change his name from Father Christmas, as people began to think he was a religious leader. Also he had to shave off his beard incase people mistook him for a member of the Taliban. The final disaster is that having recieved a sponser on his big red suit that he wears during Christmas Eve, some Chelsea fans mistook him for a Manchester United supporter and promptly ripped the suit to shreds. With Mrs.Christmas gone, he has no way of making a new one. So unfortunatly hes not in the greatest of moods this Christmas and has given me a list of things he would appreciate everyone left for him on Decemb
                      er 24th. 1) A return ticket back to Greenland 2) Several bottles of vodka to drown his sorrows 3) Phone numbers of any single women (aged between 20-879) 4) Some lucazade to help him through the night 5) Some anti-depressant pills Poor old Santa

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                        06.12.2001 00:45
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                        What would you want if you'd been traipsing around the planet all night distributing pressies for everyone? Mince pie sir? Do you like it sir? Suets you sir! I don't think so. I have been pondering this question and have decided that poor old Santa needs a change. Even Rudolph must be sick of finding carrots! So I asked myself...Heather, if you were Santa - what would you like to nibble on as you drop off gifts to deserving folk? The answer? Well I haven't worked that out yet so I'll see what a few friends think...(to any new Dooyoo-ers, you might like to check these members out - they're all brilliant writers!)... My dear partner John (otherwise known as ANDREWSJK) would probably say a full english breakfast - the works, bacon, sausage, egg, tomato, mushrooms etc etc. But poor old Rudolph might have a few problems taking off after Santa has tucked into that lot! Sue26 is a Yorkshire lass - she might suggest a sunday roast of Roast beef and yorkshire pudding washed down with a pint of Black Sheep ale - hmmmm must visit that brewery when I'm next in Ripon. Again - a bit too heavy - nice all the same. How about our old sparring partner Smark1985? He will be sure to say the traditional Cornish pasty has to be a favourite with Santa in Cornwall, neat, easy to handle, and with lots of meat and vegetables in it to share with the reindeer - could be the winner. Maybe a clotted cream tea to follow? Ooooooh stoppit Smarky - you're making me drool! And the beard will get in a terrible mess. OK - we are not getting anywhere are we - there's misslook - maybe a nice champagne cocktail - Sexykay - better not repeat what she wants to give him!!! - So many Dooyoo members all eager to excite Santa's tastebuds with scrumptious morsels. So what do I think? I think the modern Santa will be really pleased to sit down to a plate of smoked salmon sarnies, a bag of Kettle crisps, a small t
                        ub of Haagan-das, washed down with a glass of Goats do Roam red wine from South Africa. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and he brings you everything you want - he's already given me the best present in the world - ANDREWSJK! Love from HeatherXXX

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                          30.11.2001 14:34
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                          When I was a child, all that was ever left out for Father Christmas was a stocking to fill, or one of my dad's old boot socks to be precise. In fact it wasn't until my own two children were little that I ever even thought of leaving anything out for Santa himself. Poor old Santa must have been starving when he left our house! Anyway, the first year, on Christmas Eve it was just a glass of sherry and a couple of mince pies, just to be traditional, or more likely because I had no imagination! Then after that it progressed to a couple of sausage rolls, mince pies, a glass of whiskey or brandy (purely to keep warm of course not to get drunk) plus anything the children thought he might like. It added a little bit to the excitement for them and they loved the idea of getting 'supper' ready for Santa, just before they went to bed. They liked to add some sweeties, a glass of ribena, a couple of Satsuma's, a slice of cake, a sandwich.. soon the kitchen table would be groaning under the strain with a feast of goodies for Santa,it's wonder he was never sick! Then the question would be "How will he get down all the lickle children's Chimlees (chimneys) he'll be too fat?" Younger readers don't you worry about Santa drinking and driving because his sleigh is magic, it knows where to go and how to get there and he has the help of Rudolph and all the other reindeers to help keep him on the right track. As for getting down all the chimneys, well not everybody's house has one, but how he gets in and out is a secret! Thinking a little about the reindeers, the next question would be "What about Rudolph, won?t he be hungry too?" So be sure to leave out some carrots for him and his reindeer pals to eat and a bowl of water for them to drink, then they'll be strong enough to pull the sleigh and visit all the children, everywhere in the world. It's along journey for them to make an
                          d like Santa they will need a few snacks along the way to keep them going. Last but not least,don't forget to leave out your stocking! These days now the children are older, (15 &13) they don't get Santa's supper anymore, it's down to me again, so this year I'll be giving him some doughnuts (made by bread maker and myself) a nice hot frothy cappuccino coffee and a glass of Baileys for a change! Enjoy making Santa's supper, he'll be very grateful!

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                            29.11.2001 03:36
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                            Most of us are aware of the tradition of leaving a little something out for the fat fella on christmas eve, some of us even remember doing it ourselves. I certainly do. I remember leaving him a mince pie and dad talked me into leaving good old santa a drop of scotch to warm him up on christmas eve. Of course now i know why dad objected so much to me leaving him a cup of tea!!! Beware to all families who are about to start this in there house. It is very important you give this a lot of thought before you do it. So now it is our turn to play this game with our daughter. This is the first year we wll carry out this ritual as our daughter is now two and is beginning to understand what is happening. My husband is slightly nervous as what ever we decide to leave out this year will begin a new tradition in our family. I personally think we should leave him an unopended bottle of tia maria and a box of milk tray. Hubby disagrees, he thinks a case of bear and a chinese take away would more appropriate. Of course santa is expected to finish all the treats so he does not upset the children which means it is our responsibility to make sure this happens. So we will probably have to play a forfit game to decide the winner. So as it stands at the moment we cannot decide how to start this new family tradition which must remain the same for years to come. The only thing we can agree on is that Rudolph deserves a carrot and a wee drop of milk which we can secretly feed to the rabbit. Suggetions as what others could leave for him are; any form of chocolate any form of alcohol maybe a prada handbag play station 2 any signed pictures of Brad Pitt

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                              29.11.2001 00:09
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                              It's a nightmare of Groundhog Day proportions, the same thing left out at each chimney, again and again. Blimey the counselling he must need! Well as I can’t stand mince pies and don’t like sherry, I was wondering what Santa could really do with and being a practical bod thought that the following might be of use to the fat old geezer in red. Copy of the Manual Handling Guidelines I’m sure some of those sacks must present a lifting hazard, it wouldn’t do for him to pull his back on the most important night of the year! This suggestion has root in the fact that part of my “real” job (as opposed to writing on dooyou) is Safety rep and if us poor mortals have to go through seemingly stupid training, I see no reason why Santa shouldn’t as well. Stain Devils (or should that be angels, it is Christmas) Soot on the suit must be a bugger to get out, these things seem to work on most of the things that I spill on me, I’m sure he’d appreciate the opportunity to spare poor Mrs Claus all that extra washing. Packet of mints – hides the alchohol fumes should he be breathalysed for drunk in charge of a sleigh, I should imagine he has enough magical powers to negate the effects of the M25 speed traps. A large glass of Baileys – what, you mean he doesn’t drink that sort of thing? Well I do, Cheers Santa! A curry – afterall it’s late at night, he’s been drinking non-stop and he’s a bloke, what could be more logical than a curry with his mates. Reindeer Vindaloo anyone? A big sprig of English mistletoe – so that he can take this back to the North Pole and have a reason to give Mrs Claus a big kiss as an apology for stopping out all night with no phone call. It would have to be magic mistletoe of course as from my experience the last thing that most wives want from a drunken husband rolling in the early hours is a
                              snog! A stack of “You’ve been too naughty” cards – it’s so important that children (and adults) know the boundaries of behaviour and the penalties for non-adherence of the rules. Good children get presents, bad children should know what they are missing out on! A woolly sheep and a bag of sweets I’m convinced that he must be aching to say Bah Humbug at some point in his life – well now he can. I realise that these suggestions may lack some of the magic and sparkle of other suggestions within ops, and are obviously firmly tongue in cheek. I come from a family where we didn’t leave anything out for the jolly visitor so I haven’t any family traditions to continue. On reflection, maybe ancient traditions aren’t too bad and perhaps mince pies and sherry are what he likes best – afterall, someone has to and he does come back each year!

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                                27.11.2001 21:14
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                                Hands up if you leave mince pies out for Father Christmas (FC) every Christmas Eve. Wow that is over half of you! I thought maybe we could stop and think about it a bit this year because I reckon that man must be pig sick of them by now. When I was growing up I must admit we didn’t leave the poor fella anything but somehow I gained this tradition once I had children, it just seemed a nice thing to do. We began leaving out a biscuit and a glass of juice (well times were hard you know!) and then progressed to mince pies and a glass of sherry as we felt maybe FC’s taste may have matured! There is something about writing on Dooyoo, I expect most of you will have noticed it too, it makes you consider things you otherwise might have ignored. This is just such a case, for about 25 years I have been happy with the pie and sherry and FC has not complained and he has left some pretty good gifts too! I have however decided this year it will change. What then will be left out in Millergirl’s house for our rather rotund annual visitor? Maybe something lighter as although he has a lot to do and I feel he would benefit from a light snack keeping his figure in mind! More than that though I think he needs more variety, so I reckon if all we Dooyooers made a pact to leave something different he would be in for a great Christmas eve. So here I am (when really I should be doing many other things!) sitting thinking up ideas of what treat to provide this year. Now I could leave him some fruit (or a little tart!) that would make a change, or maybe just a fancy yoghurt. But of course he does have one heck of a job to do so perhaps he would like a sandwich or some cheese and biscuits (or a little cracker!). What about a bowl of cornflakes, my hubby can eat them at any time of day or night! Hot soup, now there’s an idea, have to put it in a flask or leave the pan on a low heat though, but that would be good
                                on a cold night. This is harder than I thought I am beginning to realise why I have stuck to mince pies all these years, but hang on what about some cheese straws, I could even make my own. Or there is always a bit of my banana loaf always popular though I say so myself! Then what do I leave him to drink? Well I can honestly say he has never left one drop of the sherry that I’ve left out in years gone by so maybe that really is his favourite tipple. I have thought I might leave a glass of Baileys for a change. I had considered a bottle of beer, but I’m sorry the thought of him going into children’s bedrooms stinking of beer is too much for me to even consider. Time now to make my decision, but just a brief hesitation to say that I think I will stick to the traditional carrot for the reindeers but maybe leave a bit of broccoli with it. I don’t know why I just feel a bit worried that they may have an iron deficiency!!! Knowing that Doyooers are not stupid I haven’t bothered to mention leaving your stocking out for FC to fill with goodies, now come on would any of you have forgotten? I have finally made my mind up though I am not leaving mince pies, cake, cereals or any thing else like that. I am just going to leave a bottle of wine, a corkscrew, two glasses and directions to where my stocking is hanging! Ho,ho,ho! Well that should put a smile on his face! Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, remember why we celebrate it and have fun too.

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