Budget Christmas | Win £50

I've said it! I've said that 'C' word. Christmas! There isn't long to wait now and Christmas will be here. This time last year I had already bought more than half of the kids' Christmas presents and I think it saved me a lot of money as I did find a lot of the prices went up the following month or two as Christmas was getting closer. Christmas is a very expensive time of the year for parents especially. But there are ways you can budget for Christmas and not go overboard with presents.

Let The Kids Choose
Sit down with the children, get some magazines and catalogues together and let the kids decide what they would like for Christmas. You could make this as a craft activity. all you will need is a piece of paper or card, glue or selotape, scissors and a catalogue/magazine. Then all the kids have to do is cut out the toys/clothes/accessories they would like from Santa for Christmas. 

Have A Budget
You will never budget if you don't have a set budget. Try and think how much money you want to spend on each child and stick to the budget. 

Shop Online
By shopping online you know how much you are spending and if you were in a shop you would be more tempted to put extra things that you don't need into your basket. Also, with online shopping you can be on different sites at the same time which means you have a better chance for finding bargains and better offers - which saves you money! 

Enter Competitions/Giveaways
Spend a couple of hours a day (or more if you can) and enter giveaways through Facebook, Blogs, Twitter and Instagram. There are hundreds and hundreds of giveaways around these days. The more you enter the more chance you have to win something. 



Are you ready for Christmas?

I am giving £50 away to one lucky winner. You can either have the £50 sent to you via PayPal or as £50 Amazon vouchers {online}. Please read the terms and conditions.

This giveaway is open worldwide. The £50 will be sent to the winner via PayPal - IF you do not have Paypal then I will be happy to exchange the £50 cash to a £50 Amazon online evoucher. The winner will be notified within 48 hours of giveaway ending. Giveaway ends 11th September 2016 at 11.55PM. Please enter the Rafflecopter correctly. Any questions please e-mail me : bethmiaelliw@outlook.com


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197 comments

  1. Yes, BattleKid will be nearly 3 so we're sure he'll be more into it and excited about Christmas this year!

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  2. Yes I am looking forwards to Christmas this year I love the Christmas bubble your in from Christmas day to new years eve when nothing matters except family :)

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  3. Not really looking forward to it - much prefer the good weather!

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  4. Yes! I love Christmas and love to see Christmas appear in the shops in September!

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  5. Yes i am i have 2 grandkids this to buy for

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  6. Margaret Clarkson
    Yes, I like Christmas

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  7. Yes my 4 year old son understands all about Christmas now and is already thinking about what he's going to ask santa for.

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  8. Yes I'm looking forward to this Christmas because my girls are going to love it! The toddler will be almost 3 and the littlest will be a year and a half and should understand what's going on.

    I need to sit down and do a budget otherwise I can see the credit cards getting a bit of a bashing! x

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  9. Yes, I love the magical run up to Christmas and all the excitement surrounding it

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  10. I love Christmas but I'm trying not to think about it too much as I need to have a baby first!!

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  11. Yes, I enjoy Christmas every year, so can't wait!

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  12. yes, we love having all the family together

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  13. I always look forward to Christmas. It's full of warmth and tradition.

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  14. I love Christmas! I start buying presents as soon as the sales come out, and buy bits and pieces throughout the year! Have to cut back this year though. :(

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  15. Yes! We have just moved house so a new experience this year! :)

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  16. Ever since having children, it's my favourite time of year. Thank you for the lovely giveaway. We are planning on booking Disneyland Paris in lieu of tons of toys that take over our house for Christmas so this would be amazing! They'll still get toys - just not as many haha!

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  17. eeer no not at all, may be when we get to december

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  18. Not just yet, still thinking about Summer and holidays.

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  19. hopefully a lovely holiday somewhere hot

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  20. I can't wait for Christmas. I've already started Christmas shopping for our 4 kids. It's best to be organised.

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  21. I love Christmas. I have bought a lot of things in the sales last year but I do start to panic around this time thinking about how much money we are going to need to get the kids everything, the food etc. The main thing is spending quality time with family though. I love it :-)

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  22. Most certainly YES, I love Christmas!

    Thanks for a super giveaway :) x

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  23. I love Christmas but I don't like to think about it until Summer's over, keeping it shorter makes it more exciting for me. I absolutely love it when it's here though!

    Jenn x

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  24. Oh yes. I love Christmas. I have already started buying gifts and planning the days. I love going over the top

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  25. At this moment in time no, if ill health carries on through out the year then we will be down to half pay & there's no way Christmas can happen if that happens to us. Also Christmas day will be the 1 year anniversary of the death of my Granddad who suffered a awful accident & we suddenly lost him.

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  26. Heather Morrison18 August 2016 at 12:29

    I love christmas! I have lots ready already for my son. Just need to sort everon3 else out now xxx

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  27. I love Christmas, I'm still like a little kid.

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  28. Great post! I've entered, thank you! #kcacols

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  29. Looking forward to the time off not so much the expense.

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  30. love christmas mornings seeing my family faces :)

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  31. I love Christmas, I'm definitely looking forward to it!!

    Kirsty Fox

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  32. now the summer hols are coming to an end i'm starting to think about xmas, can't wait!

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  33. Yes, I love Christmas! I'm not thinking about it until October though - its the middle of Summer still :D Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES, thanks for the lovely giveaway :o)

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  34. Yes! Yes! Yes! I love Christmas :)

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  35. I look forward to Christmas, but not just yet. Summer is still (supposedly) here.

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  36. Yes, I love it! I'm like a big kid (even though I'm middle-aged)! x

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  37. i love christmas, i cant wait!! makes it even more special that its our 6th childs first christmas this year :)

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  38. Im in a bit of a daze about Xmas as Ive just heard that family in Australia are coming over to have Xmas with me

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  39. Yes as always , it will be great fun.

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  40. Until you mentioned Christmas I hadn't thought about it... Usually around December for me... I do like it though!

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  41. I am looking forwared to Christmas, I love it.

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  42. I am looking forward to it. It will be the first time myself and my partner are spending it together despite being a couple for 7 years and getting married next year!

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  43. Yes, but I don't start thinking about it until the 23rd December :)

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  44. Not yet but will be in a couple of months

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  45. I love Christmas, but I do like to wait and get excited in December, Autumn first :)

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  46. love Christmas! sucha lovely time of the year to spend with the family

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  47. Yes, I love Christmas - and all the preperations leading up to it. We moved house in November last year and I really didn't get to enjoy it as much as I usually do as everything was so manic, so really looking forward to enjoying it properly this year!

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  48. Ive already been telling people at work how long it is til christmas!

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  49. Yes! I've already done all my christmas shopping!!

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  50. Yes and no. Hate all the Christmas rush and the cold, but love to be with the family at that special time.

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  51. Not looking forward to Christmas... I have both parents re-married and a sister that thinks she's my mother = arguments and upset over where I eat dinner 😔 Very stressful.

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  52. Yes, I love Christmas! Am so excited about it this year.

    @rachiegr

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  53. Oh yes! We are a big family; Parents, us their 4 daughters and their 13 grandkids and I've already started buying Christmas gifts! My spare room has a couple in there already!

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  54. Yes, its so stressful in the run up but every second is worth it on Xmas day with my family :)

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  55. I love Christmas but it's the expense I don't look forward to x

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  56. Yes, but I love the decorations so much I keep them up all year round! I have 3 trees and my house is smothered in fairy lights! ;-)

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  57. I'm trying not to think about christmas and just enjoying the sunshine

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  58. I've found that the weeks leading up to Xmas that I've had that 'happy anticipation' feeling has diminished every year since my teens but having children definately makes it more special in a different way. x

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  59. I always really enjoy the run up to Christmas with the Christmas Carols, films, advent calander etc. So fun.

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  60. Yes - it's when our little baby boy is due :)

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  61. Yes, Christmas is my favourite time of the year! <3

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  62. Yes! Our little one is 4 this year and he's going to be so excited. Such a magical time!!

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  63. Heather Morrison24 August 2016 at 22:15

    I always look forward to Christmas. My son is 4 and is already thinking about what to write on his list to father christmas. I love the look on his face when he sees all of the lights and tinsel. It's my favourite time of year xx

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  64. I do love Christmas but I don't tend to look forward to it in August!

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  65. Not really it can be a bad time for people who have lost their loved ones.

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  66. not really.I've just split up with my partner of 4 years & all my close family are going abroad so not sure what myself & my 2 children will do

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  67. Love Christmas, even more so since my almost 5 year old was born on Christmas Day!

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  68. Yes, I love Christmas. Even more so since my son was born. This is a great giveaway, thank you xx

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  69. Love Christmas, just hate the cold weather!

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  70. Yes we love christmas its a Magical time of Year where my kids can have all there little heart desire and see the magic brought to life by believing in santa would love to win for them thanks for chance

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  71. Looking forward to Christmas, spending time with the family

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  72. I LOVE Christmas. So excited as my little girl will be 22 months and will know more

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  73. Yes I can't wait. Last year I had just had a baby so it was all a bit of a blur! @kleesical

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  74. yes xx got family over from Portugal xx

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  75. Christmas is always fun but expensive -So in one way I am looking forward to it and in another there is a bit of trepidation!

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  76. I am but it will be a weird quiet one as my parents are travelling the world :-)

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  77. I've never really looked forward to Christmas, probably because I'm part of a big family! I don't like large gatherings. It's much better now there's just my wife and I.

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  78. Yes, but mainly because of my kids. I love watching them opening their presents.

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  79. Yeah. I love that season feel so 'festivalish'. Lot's of gifts and cards

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  80. Yes love the build up to Christmas

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  81. not really all that bothered - it all seems a bit anti-climactic xx

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  82. I always look forward to christmas, we tend to keep it laid back though, so it's not stressful :) x

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  83. looking forward to it, but not the expense!

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  84. Not yet, but once I've started shopping for it I will. I try to start in September and like to be done by end of November. Then I can relax and enjoy.

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  85. FIRST YEAR WITH A GRANDCHILD SO YES

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  86. Yeah im looking forward to it, (i love christmas) as i do every year with my two boys x

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  87. i cant wait ! love christmas !

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  88. yes, looking forwrd to a week off work!!

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  89. Yes I always love Christmas but not in August, not yet way too early

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  90. Love it, it's a magical time when you see those little faces light up because 'hes been'!

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  91. Yes, I'm always looking forward to Xmas... My favourite time of year!

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  92. baby no 2 is due around christmas time, so im planning already just incase, i want my 4 year old to have the best christmas ever, especially if im in hospital. so im all finishished with her gifts, just need some bits for the family, then i will start wrapping x

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  93. Christmas? Let's get back-to-school over with before we think about that :-)

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  94. No not at the moment, usually get into the spirit in December ��⛄️��

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  95. I haven't really cared for Christmas in a long time. However, this year it will be my nieces first, so I can't wait. I won't get 'Christmassy' until December though.

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  96. Definitely as my little boy is 4 now and really believes in Santa!! He is excited already....

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  97. I am looking forward to it for the kids but not the expense. i have 2 of my three children with birthdays in December so it's all expense and I never get anything :(

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  98. Yes! I always love Christmas, I find it so nostalgic and I love to give gifts!

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  99. I absolutely love xmas, can't wait for it!

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  100. Yes and I'm ready for it this year will be stress free :)

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  101. Yes I am looking forward to Christmas. I love everything about it.

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  102. We always look forward to the holidays such a festive family time!

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  103. Definitely we LOVE Christmas especially the family time and food yum!

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  104. Yes! I love Christmas and everything about the festive season!

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  105. My kids are excited about it already xx

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  106. Yes - I've always loved Christmas.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  107. It's all about the kids - so as long as they enjoy it, that's the main thing!

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  108. Yes and no. I like the time of work, I hate the cold and the putting up decorations.

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  109. Not really I find it very stressful

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  110. Yes I can't wait for Christmas, am a bigger kid than the real kids in the house!

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  111. cant wait for christmas and have hot chocolate by the fire

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  112. noooo i dont really like christmas if im honest but the kids love it and i always make it special for them xx fab giveaway thankyou x

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  113. Yes I am looking forward to Christmas, always have a good time with my family xxx

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  114. Fantastic 👌👍👏🍀🍀🔥⭐💞♠😊

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  115. I can not wait for Christmas!!!

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  116. I love christmas, cant beat seeing beaming faces on christmas day

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  117. Absolutely, Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year!

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  118. Yes,I'm looking forward to Christmas

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  119. Yes, I love Christmas almost as much as my 5 children do

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  120. Yes and no. I would give anything to have a quiet Christmas with just my husband and our two girls. Unfortunately, no-one on my husbands side ever invite his Mum and Dad to their house for the day so it's always left to us to have them over. It infuriates me. I've tried dropping hints but to no avail :(

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  121. It's far too far away to even begin to think about. I do like autumn though, and love Halloween. And it is time to get craft things in for Christmas so I suppose I'd best get on with it.

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  122. I am lovely to have the family all together and have a big feast!

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  123. Yeah i'm looking forward to Christmas but it's so stressful. So winning this would be so amazing

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  124. I LOVE Christmas <3 So much looking forward to the festivities with my lovely family and friends X x x

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  125. I love Christmas with my little family :)

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  126. Yes!!!! I'm super excited - It's my little boys second Christmas :)

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  127. I always look forward to Christmas. A very special time of year :)

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  128. Yes. I always enjoy a good family Christmas. It's nice to spend some time together.

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  129. Most definitely but not the cooking 😜

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  130. I do like Christmas - but I always get run down with everything there is to do beforehand

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  131. Yes I love all the decorations and food!Such a great time to spend with loved ones.

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  132. I am looking forward to Christmas as I'll be spending it with my family in Sunny South Africa!

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  133. I'm not ecstatic about Christmas. Our daughters are grown up and we don't have any grandchildren. We don't have any big family gatherings

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  134. Yes looking to forward to playing board games.

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  135. Of course I have 3 kids so can't wait

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  136. Yes, I love it x

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  137. Yes, I love Christmas

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  138. Yes, can't wait! Absolutely love christmas :) My favourite time of the year x

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  139. Yes :) Thanks for running this comp.

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  140. For the first year ever I'm feeling anxious, I quit my job and I'm going back to college to retrain as a preschool practiser. Funds will fight but I do love the challenge of finding a bargain :)

    CLARE MUNDEN

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  141. Yes but a bit worried about the cost.

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  142. no I hate christmas because my dad died on christmas eve, but I try to make the most of it for the kids

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  143. Yes! I love Christmas & am already starting planning presents & buying little stocking fillers 😊

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  144. Only the day itself but I hate all the stress in the months running up to it.

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  145. Yes, I love Christmas - although I'm not always so keen on the commericial side of it.

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  146. Yes, as all my family come home....it's exciting but can be utterly exhausting.....

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  147. I cant wait!!!my daughter is three so shell totally get it

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  148. I cant wait!!!my daughter is three so shell totally get it

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  149. I absolutely love Christmas! It's such a special time in our home! We have so many traditions and family things that we all do together!

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  150. Yes, I love Christmas, with 4 children I just love seeing their faces when they come down christmas morning .x

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  151. Yes! I love Christmas! Family time, presents etc

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  152. I sure am :) this one will be extra special as it will be my first Christmas with my little girl, shes due in 6 days x

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  153. I'm extremely excited for Christmas, it's my birthday on Christmas day as well

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  154. I love Christmas, I'll be pregnant this year so no mulled wine for me!

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  155. I used to love Christmas, now I'm working in retail I'm just tired out when the day arrives!

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  156. I love Christmas because itsxwhen the whole family gets together xxx

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  157. I absolutely love Christmas. :) It reminds me of happy times when we used to descend on my grandparents house along with the rest of the family, so there used to be 13 of us for Christmas dinner, had to do it in 2 sittings. Now my sister and brother-in-law usually come over (from the USA) and we don't see them very often throughout the rest of the year.

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  158. I can't wait, it's my favourite time of year! My little boy is older this year as well and knows about Santa Claus so it's even more exciting!

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  159. Oh yes - I love Christmas :) I am like a big kid - I love putting my tree up and all the decs too and the kids love it just as much as me:) I love the huge build up to it and all the toys ect in all the shops while playing Christmas songs! Yep I think I love Christmas lots :D

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  160. Yes I love Christmas, from decorating the house to buying gifts and baking Christmas treats x

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  161. i'm not even ready to accept christmas is coming. But will love it when it gets here.

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  162. Christmas this year is going to be wonderful our baby girl will be 1, she's going to love the songs, the lights and tree

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  163. I love Christmas, even if my son has had his Christmas list finalised by August

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  164. I have yet to organise ours, but have been putting together a lot of fun stuff for my great nieces in South Africa

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  165. Yes yes !! started already shopping lol x

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  166. I use to always look forward to it but as my girls are now teenagers I find it so hard to know what to buy them!

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  167. I am so looking forward to Christmas, I have already started my shopping :-)

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  168. yes its my baby boys 1st Christmas

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  169. I love Christmas especially having little children it makes it so magical.

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  170. I will be nearer the time but we have so many birthdays in September and October to get through first that can't think about it yet!!!

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  171. I don't like the weather, but I do like more family time that Christmas brings!

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  172. I love Christmas. My partner's birthday is late November, so we kind of have a late run to Christmas! 🌲

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  173. This is my first christmas as a mum! Little dude will be 6 months old by then I can't wait!

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