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Christmas time

Published: Sunday 2004-12-05.

It’s nice to have Christmas shopping done early. With less than three weeks until Christmas Eve, I’m almost done with my gifts this year, I have a couple that are coming in tomorrow, and some that I have ordered on-line that haven’t arrived yet, but by large I am done.

I did start out really early this year, I actually bought the three first gifts this summer back in August, but then it all stood still until this week, and now I can just sit back and enjoy watching everyone else being stressed out over how they’re not done yet.

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  • Datum: 2004-12-05 12.35.39 CET
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
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Vi som inte ger eller får julklappar längre kan också luta oss förnöjt tillbaka. Om jag inte hade föräldrar att fira hos skulle jag fundera på att följa tipset i SIF-tidningen att låsa in mig hemma med en flaska Calvados och lära mig mer om att optimera webbsidor (!) på julafton.

  • Date: 2004-12-05 14.09.01 CET
  • Name: Marit
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Nice to have it all in hand, isn't it:) I actually picked up the first few Christmas presents in January; some books and things. I have a shelf with "could be" presents where I keep things that I buy or make throughout the year. It makes things a lot easier come December! I'm almost all done too, and I have plenty of time to finish or buy the few presents I have left -- I know exactly what they'll be too:)

  • Datum: 2004-12-05 21.45.21 CET
  • Namn: Peter Karlsson
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Anders, jo, jag har haft funderingar på att ställa in det hela, men det fungerar dåligt med en skara syskonbarn som vill ha julklappar, och en mor som *älskar* att öppna paket.

Jag har faktiskt haft allvarliga funderingar på att skippa alltihop och kolla med frivillighetscentralen (eller vad det nu heter) om de behöver några voluntärer till jul. Eller bara resa bort någonstans där man inte firar jul (frågan är väl bara om det finns några kvar...)

  • Datum: 2004-12-05 21.49.26 CET
  • Namn: Peter Karlsson
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Marit, yeah, that's nice. Unfortunately I totally suck at making present by my own. I got a weak 2 mark (on the old Swedish scale from 1 to 5 where 5 was the best) in carpentry back in school. The reason I didn't get a 1 was because I actually showed up at all the hours, 1 was "reserved" for those that didn't...

  • Datum: 2004-12-05 22.17.28 CET
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
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But making your own presents doesn't only have to do with carpentry or sewing.. you could write your own book, record your own CD, solder together your own DVD player, cook your own food or a lot of other things.

Actually, bring some food to the table if you visit someone I think is a nice alternative to wrapped gifts.

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