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Nearly Christmas

Post by PrimroseHill » Fri, 18 Oct 2013 2:56 pm

I know, I know, it is still only mid-Oct but I need to start planning. Some help and advise would stand me in good stead.

Since OH is from the Carribean boy, he thinks that he is much carribean than he is Brit, anyhow, long story. Every Christmas I make a Black Cake - so where is a good place to get good rum in SG. and Augustas Bitters. I have the dry fruit supplier from another thread.

I make a bacardi (white) triffle, rather than a sherry.

Christmas pudding - where can I buy a good one here?

Christmas crackers - where can I buy nice ones?

Christmas trees - circa $500, I am guessing? Up until 2years ago, we paid 85-110 for a good one.

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Post by BedokAmerican » Fri, 18 Oct 2013 3:53 pm

Got a 6-foot (183 cm) artificial Christmas tree last year in early December on Craigslist for $50 from an expat couple who was moving. It was only used one year and was like brand new. Cheap ornaments and decorations are available at the Giant hypermarkets.

The Swedish food market at Ikea had some decent Christmas crackers/cookies last year in circular tins and some Christmas wine. They'll probably have them again this year. There's also the option of baking your own.

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Post by PrimroseHill » Fri, 18 Oct 2013 4:33 pm

BA, thank you. Christmas crackers are thesesImage

I will make a christmas pud, if I can't find a good one, hence asking for recommendation.
I will look out for IKEA's Christmas stuff

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Post by Max Headroom » Fri, 18 Oct 2013 5:00 pm

Marks and Sparks do a wicked chrissie pudding.

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Post by JR8 » Fri, 18 Oct 2013 7:23 pm

I refuse to read beyond the first 5 words.

It's October, this is silly

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Post by Max Headroom » Fri, 18 Oct 2013 7:36 pm

Well, true, but the rate this year has been going, December is just a blink and two heartbeats away eh.

Even the winds have already done their shift to northeast. Perhaps that's what got OP going :)

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Post by JR8 » Fri, 18 Oct 2013 7:42 pm

Nah PH is a 'mummy-organiser', from London.

I hate the peer-instilled Xmas hysteria though. i try not to think about Xmas until 2 weeks, or so, prior. Surely this is more in the spirit of how it's meant to be ... ? Not 3 months a year of panic and stress.



p.s. I know it's 3 mos away ... but anyone have any recipes for smoked turkey man... ;

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Post by Max Headroom » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 8:27 am

Ho ho ho!

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Post by x9200 » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 9:02 am

Christmas trees can be bought from majority of the nurseries (e.g. Far East Flora). They show up end of November but for obvious reason you don't want to get them that early. Unfortunately they can disappear very quickly. For like 6ft tree (American Fir) you have to pay $150-250 IIRC. Last year we had nearly a miss (~3 weeks before Christmas) but managed to get one from CS (yes, Cold Storage), 4-5ft for $50 or $60. It did knock me down with its beauty but was reasonable for the price.

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Post by nakatago » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:53 am

JR8 wrote:Nah PH is a 'mummy-organiser', from London.

I hate the peer-instilled Xmas hysteria though. i try not to think about Xmas until 2 weeks, or so, prior. Surely this is more in the spirit of how it's meant to be ... ? Not 3 months a year of panic and stress.



p.s. I know it's 3 mos away ... but anyone have any recipes for smoked turkey man... ;
The Philippines has been celebrating super-duper-extra-mega-ultra extended Christmas before everybody else did.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_ ... hilippines
The country has earned the distinction of celebrating the world's longest Christmas season, with Christmas carols heard as early as September and lasting until Epiphany, the feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9 or the Feast of the Santo Niño de Cebú on the third Sunday of January.
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Post by eastcoastsg » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 3:49 pm

So mall Santa also plays grim reaper during Halloween in the Philippines?

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Post by nakatago » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 4:21 pm

eastcoastsg wrote:So mall Santa also plays grim reaper during Halloween in the Philippines?
Nah...no Halloween in the Philippines. The big deal is All Saints' Day where everyone goes to the cemeteries for their dearly departed. It's like obon but with a Christian (rather, Catholic) bent and the festivity typical in the country.

Though, I think some cops (who are there for general security) will shoddily dress up as Santa.

Cemeteries are all lit up with candles...while the homes are all lit up with Christmas lights and lanterns.
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Post by JR8 » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 5:46 pm

Boy oh boy, you can't beat this place for unexpected cultural insights! :)

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Post by x9200 » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 6:52 pm

nakatago wrote:The big deal is All Saints' Day [..] Cemeteries are all lit up with candles...while the homes are all lit up with Christmas lights and lanterns.
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But we don't do anything for the homes.
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Post by nakatago » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 6:53 pm

x9200 wrote:
nakatago wrote:Cemeteries are all lit up with candles...while the homes are all lit up with Christmas lights and lanterns.
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But we don't do anything for the homes.
Needs more chaos.
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