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CHRISTMASSING!!!!!

December 4, 2014 · 9 comments

Bells!

EXCUSE THE ALL CAPS, but it’s a very exciting time here!

tree

I’ve out up my tree, wanna see?

purple tree

Giant microbes….

mas fae

Faeries

tree

Old and new decorations

FSM

The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

secret santa

Secret santa gifties

peppa pig advent calendar

My VERY OWN Peppa Pig advent calendar.

Ez and Li Elves

Ez and Li Elves

Diet coke xmas

And the gift of caffeine.

Bring on Xmas!

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There’s so many family activities being put on by Lake Macquarie council and the local business chambers! Check some of them out!

One Big Night

The Lake Macquarie International Children’s Games opening ceremony will kick off at 5pm Sunday 7 December in Speers Point Park, followed by the Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight from 8pm, as they combine for one big night of entertainment. Fireworks will be at 9:30pm.

This is a free event. If you get there early to secure a spot, you will also be able to enjoy free amusement rides for the kids from 3pm. Council is running shuttle buses from Warners Bay because there is so little parking in the park area.

Link for more information on the carols and Children’s Games.

Local Carols

There are also local carols at parks around the Lake as well as local primary schools. Some of the larger ones will be at Toronto, Swansea, Valentine and Morriset. Look for notices at your local shops!

Wangi markets

Night Markets

Markets are all the rage, and there will be night markets at Speers Point Park on Tuesday Dec 9 (See and share the FB event) and twilight markets at Wangi on Friday Dec 5.
At the Speers Point markets there will be Indigenous food tasting from 3-5pm followed by local stallholders and entertainment at 5pm.
On Friday Wangi’s main street will close for the markets and there will be craft activities for the kids (and kids at heart!)

Crafternoon

Speaking of Craft, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery in Booragul will be holding Crafternoons on Dec 13 and 20 for kids over 8. Bookings essential (ph 4965 8260)

christmas at the library

There are six fun activities for children this festive season at Lake Mac libraries. From Jingle Bells storytimes for young children to designing your own Christmas shirt! Check out this link. Bookings essential!

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xmas nail

christmas xmas nail polish art

So here we have a Butter red glitter, a Ulta3 in black plum and a Boe from Big w in green glitter.

Which ends up like this:

christmas nails

mas nails

Shiney!!!

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xmaspots

As much as I love a good hamper with wine and nuts and all the trimmings, there’s only so much you can take as far as eduble goodies go at Christmas. In between the food, the wine, and the food, pacing is hard and those hampers might just get pushed to one side, forgotten about until the decadence and hedonism is over.

Hedonism Bot

Two awesome bunches of flowers for my birthday!

The flowers at the top of the page are really gorgeous with their reuseable buckets , and would look great on the dining table or on your hallway table as your guests walk in. One of my previous (legengary) mas cocktail parties saw me filling buckets like this with all the chockie coins and santas I could load up on at the nearby Aldi.

Xmas Cocktail Party

But we know how cocktail parties end, right? Clearly, with us all admiring the decorations after a few too many…. and cozying down with Santa or Mrs Claus….

Xmas Cocktail Party

Or you might have one of those tricky “too close to the Baby Jesus’s” birthday people, who don’t always get separate bday and xmas gifties.

happy flowers

Maybe a Bright Bunch of Happy arriving on THEIR special day? Or perhaps a week or two after Christmas, you can sent a lovely Thankyou bouquet to your mother/auntie/sister/niece/brother who hosted you all on Xmas day and did all the prep as a labour of love, if only to see the youngest members of the family tear open gifts from Santa, interspersed with gorging on the ample chips, candy and xmas lolly mix provided on the table.

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Fresh Flowers can deliver to Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, but not yet Newcastle or other cool areas like the gong and CBR. I will keep my eye on that!

Have you given flowers before at Xmas? Or do you prefer the “keeper” gifts?

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xmas cupcakes

So, I had a lovely day heading to Sydney for the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch, catching up with old bloggy friends, meeting new ones, hearing lovely talks, particularly from Angela Priestly from Women’s Agenda and a gorgeous woman from The Nappy Collective, eating delicious food and talking about washing detergent and potty training.

But then, it was also awesome to come back home, get out out that awful heat, and browse my emails, drink some wine, and come down from the consumerism. And see one from The International Women’s Development Agency promoting their “Gifts of Change range of “e gifts” for Xmas 2014.

Like the other virtual charity gifts I’ve talked about, you can support a charity by giving a lovely “gift” to a friend… like a day of basic counselling training to support women who experience domestic violence in Papua New Guinea. Or helping people get qualified representation in court.

You could also defy all the nay sayers of femisnism, and wear it proudly, with a This is what a feminist looks like shirt, available in men’s, women’s and children’s sizing.

this is what a feminist looks like tshirt

More Xmas Gift Guides
Virtual Charity Gifts
Australian online handmade gifts

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Support the “Little Guy” this Xmas – some awesome online stores in Australia!

November 7, 2014

I’ve seen to above image going around again – calling for us to support our local artisans this Xmas. So I thought I’d put together a list of some awesome Aussie online stores to buy handmade wares from for your friends, family and for that Secret Santa giftee! Soaps and lip balms, from Veronica Foale […]

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“Virtual” charity gifts – not just goats and chickens anymore!

October 26, 2014

I’ve started my Xmas gift buying (you know, the stuff that strikes me as awesome on Etsy and I manage to buy ahead of time), and also just general browsing of the charity sites for ideas that are also awesome and ethical…. and I’ve stumbled across a few things this morning that I need to […]

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Christmas is Coming!

October 21, 2014

I know! It’s starting to creep all around me! From checking out Aldi’s Chrissy Range in the catelogue, with my niece exclaiming “MINE!!!!” every few items…. Ez wands the “du!” (blue) and the “gall” (ball) lights. To being dragged out to the shed and being nagged to get the Xmas tree up! To emails about […]

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Easy peasy reindeer bikkies

December 10, 2012

Arrowroot bikkies Icing from a tin Jaffas Tiny teddies and Choc Chips. Win! Like this:Like Loading…

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All I want for Xmas is …..

November 18, 2012

Yay! FSMas/Xmas/Christmas wishlist time!!!! Below I’m listing a bunch of things that I’d actually like for Xmas. Yes, you aren’t on there. That’s okay though? Nekomimi Animatronic, or not, I need more Nekomimi in my life. Purple, or two toned would be cool. Hello Kitty Things Yeah, anything Hello Kitty will do :) It will […]

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FSMas / Xmas Tree, 2011 Style

December 8, 2011

Who can you spot in the tree this year? :) x Like this:Like Loading…

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