The magic of Christmas lights – giveaway

In collaboration with crazysales.com.au

Perched on the edge of our back deck, Dave and Miss Four huddled together in deep discussion.

In his hands Dave held a special bundle. A bundle that had Miss Four beside herself with excitement.

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Earlier that day, pre-Christmas hysteria reached new levels when a mysterious box arrived on our doorstep.

With my two girls jostling for prized position in front of me, I opened the box to reveal a bundle of 200 LED solar power fairy lights.

Well, all of Miss Four’s Christmas dreams came true right at that very moment.

She’s been a tad obsessed with Christmas lights ever since we took her on a Christmas light tour of neighbouring suburbs last year. She has been quite persistent this year that Santa will not be able to find our house without the aid of Christmas lights. Rudolph’s shiny nose can only do so much apparently.

While Miss Four sussed out the best vantage point for Santa to see the lights, Dave focused on placement of the solar panel to ensure it received maximum sunlight. Finally, they decided on the perfect location and Miss Four waited patiently while Dave strung them up.

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When Miss Two awoke from her afternoon nap, her older sister couldn’t wait to tell her the news.

‘Daddy put up the fair-wee lights. Daddy put up the fair-wee lights,’ she shrieked.

I don’t think Miss Two had any idea what fairy lights were, but hell if her sister was excited then she was excited too. Cue high pitched squealing from two little girls and plenty of running around in circles.

The atmosphere was palpable all afternoon. It was the only time in her life that Miss Four prayed for night to fall.

Meanwhile, Dave had forewarned me that he didn’t think the lights were going to work that first night as it had been overcast and drizzling for most of the day and the lights may not have had enough time to charge. Not having ever used solar power lights before we weren’t sure how much direct sunlight was needed to power them.

I was preparing myself to have two disappointed little girls that night.

But lo and behold, when I switched the telly off after Guess how much I love you and turned to tuck the girls into bed, I caught a glimpse of rainbow lights flashing outside.

It was me this time who squealed as I raced to the back door with my little friends close behind me. The three of us burst out onto the back deck to watch the colourful fairy lights dance and prance in the moonlight transforming our back deck into a magical wonderland.

The multi-coloured lights complemented the blue fairy lights on our Christmas tree perfectly and have ensured that Santa will have no issue finding our Christmas wonderland.

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Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Maree OShea. Thank you to all who entered.

Now it’s your chance to create a Christmas wonderland of your own. Crazy Sales has kindly offered to giveaway one set of 200 LED Christmas Solar Fairy Lights – Multi colour to a lucky Mummy, Wife, Me reader.

The lights have two modes – flashing or constant. They don’t require electricity and are environmentally friendly. (It’s kinda cool not having to worry about turning them on or turning them off before you go to bed at night. It’s like magic!).

To enter all you need to do is tell me in the comments what you do to bring Christmas spirit to your house.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Monday, 15 December 2014.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday, 16 December 2014.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed the winner.

This post was written in collaboration with crazysales.com.au. As always, all opinions are my own.

Linking up today with Jess for I Blog on Tuesdays.

76 comments on The magic of Christmas lights – giveaway

  1. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    December 9, 2014 at 5:24 am (3 years ago)

    I have to say I LOVE the look of your house and so sweet to put a few lights up! So we got a bit further around here and have quite a few, timed to make beautiful patterns, takes the hubby half a day each year, but the kids adore it. To bring Xmas spirit into our house we walk down to our neighbours every night, when it’s not raining and admire their house, which takes weeks to decorate!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 5:57 am (3 years ago)

      Oh wow! Your husband is very clever then. Did you see the Frozen lights I put on my FB page last night? Maybe your husband could try that next year? πŸ˜‰

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  2. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    December 9, 2014 at 6:02 am (3 years ago)

    We do the whole lights thing on the front of the house. We put up the tree in the window. We dress the fireplace. Love it!
    What a beautiful house you have.
    Lovely lovely LOVELY
    L

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 5:58 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Leanne. Dressing the fireplace just sounds so christmassy πŸ™‚

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  3. Lydia C. Lee
    December 9, 2014 at 6:03 am (3 years ago)

    Our Christmas lights are truly festive lights (and solar) so they go up for the Halloween party and stay up all summer…
    Our live xmas tree (in a pot) makes the house smell, transforming it into a festive pine forest (well, slight pine smell) inducing a festive feeling…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 5:58 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. We used to have the live trees when I was a kid. There’s definitely something special about them.

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  4. iSophie
    December 9, 2014 at 6:08 am (3 years ago)

    I love fairy lights! Unfortunately my completely non-handy husband ripped ours all down one year rather then carefully removing them and it totally wrecked them (of course!). I love Christmas Magic, and now the reindeer’s and Santa will def have no trouble finding your place! #teamIBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 5:59 am (3 years ago)

      Oh no, Sophie. Definitely time for new ones then!

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  5. Jess - Peachy Keen Mumma
    December 9, 2014 at 6:15 am (3 years ago)

    Being Canadian Australian feels like a conflict at Christmas
    I’m used to feeling snuggly and warm by the fire, sipping apple cider, the house smelling of fir tree.
    but here you feel sweaty and hot by the sprinkler, arms pits stinking of old spice and gumtree
    When I miss the cold this time of year I sit there and sing just like the Aussie King Lear
    “Well the weather outside is stinking hot but the lights are so delightful,
    When you live down under you say “Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow.”

    We don’t have many places with snow or places here that have ice blow
    so for me it’s hard getting into spirit of Christmas.
    I dress up the lounge room with care,
    making sure that not a shelf turns up bare
    It’s covered in tinsel, and sparkles of schnitzel (just kidding).
    But it always comes back to the lights on the tree, they bring me back to when I was just 3.
    Memories of when we would all decorate our tree together like it was a cake.
    So weather differing, we’ve got this in common – we all feel Christmas with lights on whether it’s blizzarding or sizzling πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:00 am (3 years ago)

      Very clever, Jess. Nice job πŸ™‚

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  6. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    December 9, 2014 at 7:07 am (3 years ago)

    I love Christmas! Every year our Christmas tree goes up at the start of December if not slightly before, we make and decorate our own gingerbread house, bake loads of Christmas goodies for friends, relatives, and teachers, and we love going to Borgnis St, Davidson, which is an amazing Christmas light wonderland where almost every house in the street gets involved and has the most elaborate light displays.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:01 am (3 years ago)

      Sounds amazing, Ingrid. I will have to think about making a gingerbread house with the girls πŸ™‚

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  7. Jade
    December 9, 2014 at 7:21 am (3 years ago)

    This is the first year my Daughter really understands what Christmas is all about and she loves it! We are starting to build our outdoor light collection and think an inflatable Santa for the roof is a definite must!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:01 am (3 years ago)

      Oh a definite must, Jade! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  8. Kathy
    December 9, 2014 at 7:33 am (3 years ago)

    Love the look of your house. We have a few lights too – full of admiration for people who go the whole festive hog.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:02 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kathy. Yes, some people really do go all out!

      Reply
  9. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    December 9, 2014 at 7:35 am (3 years ago)

    Lights are fab! It’s not just the kids who are the light lovers! I think they spell Christmas spirit!
    I deck the house out with tinsel. It’s ridiculous but it really does create the feel of Christmas. Lights on the tree also always make me feel Christmas. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:02 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, I don’t think it’s Christmas without lights πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  10. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    December 9, 2014 at 7:39 am (3 years ago)

    Santa definitely needs lights to see! Our whole street gets involved and having moved here only a couple of months ago we are not keeping up with the Joneses. But the tree is bright and shiney and every day we do Christmas activities, craft, baking, singing, books, movies. I love the excitement that lights give little ones.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:03 am (3 years ago)

      They really get hyped up about them, don’t they?! πŸ™‚ Sounds like the christmas spirit is in full bloom at your house πŸ™‚

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  11. Narelle Rock
    December 9, 2014 at 8:38 am (3 years ago)

    put a decorative wreath on the front door, set up the Christmas tree with plenty of sparkle, ornaments around the house, advent calendars and pressies under the tree.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:04 am (3 years ago)

      Sounds perfect, Narelle. We’ve just put our wreath up too πŸ™‚

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  12. Twitchy Sharon
    December 9, 2014 at 9:28 am (3 years ago)

    We don’t celebrate Christmas, yet coloured lights are beautiful regardless. Yours look lovely!

    We are going to put some solar lanterns up because did you know, many different religions celebrate their own “festival of lights” in the festive season. Chanukah and Diwali, just to name two more. #teamIBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:05 am (3 years ago)

      I didn’t know about that, Twitchy. Sounds really interesting. I think it’s a wonderful idea.

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  13. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    December 9, 2014 at 9:48 am (3 years ago)

    Oh they look so spesh! Have always intended to do this but never quite get around to it. Maybe when the kids have grown up and I have more time? Oh the irony huh?!

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  14. Susan
    December 9, 2014 at 10:15 am (3 years ago)

    Oh the wilson house is getting in the spirit!!! So glad your girls are enjoying the Magic of Christmas and can squeal their delight. Oh- and watch for a wee package from Texas too.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:06 am (3 years ago)

      Oh thank you so much, Susan! That is very sweet of you πŸ™‚ Hope you and Larry are well.

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  15. Maree OShea
    December 9, 2014 at 10:31 am (3 years ago)

    Sooo love reading your blogs Renee. The bit about the excitement when your lights first appeared bought back a memory recall and tears to my eyes. I’m a grandma (known as “ma” ) to my six beautiful grandchildren. My house is glowing with a mixture of love and joy which comes from every moment the grandchildren are around. More than ever this year’s Christmas tree and lights are a hit. The kids took the lead and I did the work. Mind you, every time I was balancing on top of the ladder I had a child to hold as well as the lights…….(PT is paying off). We are all gearing up for our family Christmas….lists completed, presents wrapped, food being organised…….but the one big thing that we are doing differently is that we have adopted a rural family who are doing it so tough. Within the next week or so this family will receive our gifts of food and santa surprises. I would love to include the 200 fairy lights in their package. I know the lights will bring them much joy and delight that is so deserving.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:07 am (3 years ago)

      Oh Maree. You are such a kind and generous person. Enjoy Christmas with this family and all six of your grandchildren πŸ™‚

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  16. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    December 9, 2014 at 10:34 am (3 years ago)

    There is most definitely magic in Fairy lights. We leave some up all year around, Christmas shouldn’t get to have all the fn. Your photos capture the excitement perfectly, very sweet. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:08 am (3 years ago)

      So true, Nicole. We may leave ours up πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  17. Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum
    December 9, 2014 at 10:46 am (3 years ago)

    I love Christmas lights! You almost need sunglasses at night to see ours as the entire front of the house, roof and garden is covered in lights and decorations. My girls just love it … and it makes it easy for Santa to find our house!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:09 am (3 years ago)

      I bet, Erika! Sounds amazing πŸ™‚

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  18. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    December 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Aww your house looks gorgeous!!! Bringing Christmas to our house is all about the food. I don’t think I’ve left my kitchen for the last two weeks.. I’m beginning to look like a piece of rocky road. Mum’s enlisted me to make all of her friends homemade gifts this year… which seemed lie a great idea at the time lol! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:10 am (3 years ago)

      Ahh Lucy! You make me laugh xx

      Reply
  19. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    December 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm (3 years ago)

    I love fairy lights! We have fairy lights up on our alfresco area all year round. I love the festive feel. And then at Christmas we dress up the front with some icicle style lights.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:12 am (3 years ago)

      Ooh that sounds beautiful, Jodi πŸ™‚

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  20. EssentiallyJess
    December 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I find that Christmas spirit can always be found in trifle. Especially chocolate trifle. That brings out all the fuzzy christmas feelings πŸ™‚
    Love the lights Renee. So exciting for the girls πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:15 am (3 years ago)

      Lol Jess. Very funny πŸ™‚

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  21. Bec @ The Plumbette
    December 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm (3 years ago)

    My Esther would be jealous if she saw that you had lights. She has been pestering Jacob to put lights up on our house. We want to do it, but we don’t want it to look tacky. How cool does your house look?? I hope all is going ok with the repairs after the storm. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:16 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Bec x Jacob should put a few lights up. They would look great on your house.

      Reply
  22. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    December 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm (3 years ago)

    We live in a townhouse so we cant enter christmas light comps which sucks because I used to force my mum to put up christmas lights every year when we were younger lol. We’ve put some solar ones on the front door, but they don’t get enough sunlight to work properly so only half of them light up and only for about an hour πŸ™

    It’d be great to have some coloured ones for the backyard and solar lights are way better for the electricity bill. I shudder to think how much mum paid for electricity when we used to cover our whole house in lights! Thankgod I wasnt paying the bill then.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:17 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. That’s a shame about the ones on your front door. You definitely need some for the back.

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  23. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    December 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh how exciting! My husband has wanted to put up lights for years but we still haven’t even this year! Which, as it is an extremely boring answer, I’d best go out and buy some as I’m definitely not going to win this comp!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:19 am (3 years ago)

      They sure do, Carla x

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  24. Lauren @ Gold Coast Mum
    December 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh I love these! Great idea! (And I’m totally in love with your lawn – ours has bindis at the moment πŸ™
    We bring the Christmas spirit to our house by singing carols as we put up the tree, giving baked treats to our neighbours, visiting the local Christmas lights and, most importantly, saying thank you to all the fab neighbours who go to so much effort with their displays πŸ™‚
    Before my little ones came along, it was a tradition with my Mum, my sisters & I that we wear Santa hats and drive around singing Christmas carols at the top of our lungs in Mum’s convertible on Christmas Eve. The looks from motorists = so hilarious!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 10, 2014 at 6:20 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my gosh!! I can just imagine you doing that! Sounds like heaps of fun πŸ™‚

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  25. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    December 10, 2014 at 8:55 am (3 years ago)

    So gorgeous, Renee!
    I love how the kids get so excited about the beautiful lights. We do a big neighbourhood lights tour every year on Christmas eve, and I have to say, I’m always beside myself with excitement too xx

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  26. Grace
    December 10, 2014 at 11:08 am (3 years ago)

    Oh, so so pretty, Renee! If there’s one thing I just love about Christmas, is seeing fairy lights on all the houses in our neighbourhood. Makes the season so special x

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  27. Dannielle
    December 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous post Renee. I love fairy lights and the magical intimate feelings they create!
    The Christmas spirit in this neck of the woods starts with putting up the Christmas tree as a family (even though I may rearrange a few decorations afterwards). Grandma usually gets the kidlets a chocolate Advent calendar each but this year I asked her to just buy one (to share) as I purchased a nativity scene advent calendar for everyone to enjoy, each morning there is the anticipated excitement of who’s turn it is to open the nativity scene puzzle piece and also open a little chocolate from Grandma’s Chocolate calendar. We made some snow globes too which have taken centre stage on our dining room table. I love Christmas!
    Have a great week Renee! xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Dannielle πŸ™‚ That nativity scene advent calendar sounds gorgeous. Have a wonderful
      Christmas x

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  28. Hugzilla
    December 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm (3 years ago)

    I am having massive house envy right now!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Pfft! You’re one to talk Hugzilla πŸ™‚

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  29. Tegan
    December 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm (3 years ago)

    First off, your deck is awesome. I would love to have that at my house!

    The Christmas cheer has been a little low this year but to change that I’m putting together a Christmas Eve Box for Mr 5 to open. I’m looking forward to filling it with goodies for him to enjoy!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm (3 years ago)

      That sounds lovely, Tegan. He will love that!

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  30. Glenis
    December 12, 2014 at 11:10 am (3 years ago)

    Really lovely, if these don’t get you in the Christmas spirit nothing will.
    All we do is the tree with lights and decorations and plenty of Christmas baking to share with friends, neighbours and relations especially the little ones. It is great to see the magic of Christmas in their eyes and their barely contained excitement waiting for the big day.
    It really is a Christmas miracle and as for the “Happy Holidays” greeting, I say bah humbug, Christmas is about Jesus after all – he is the reson for the season!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Very true, Glenis πŸ™‚

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  31. kathy B
    December 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I bake and bake and bake, for friends and family as gifts, for our local hospital auxiliary as raffle prizes and for the local nursing home that my husband works for, for the residents as little gifts. Obviously I love baking, while I’m baking to my hearts content, my hubby is decorating our house for Christmas, he loves setting up his Christmas train set for our little Grandchildren to enjoy.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

      That sounds lovely, Kathy. I wish you’d come and do some baking around here πŸ˜‰

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  32. Diana O
    December 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Cook up a storm, lots of traditional treats to share with family and friends. Always fills the house with Christmas spirit.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure does, Diana.

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  33. laura
    December 13, 2014 at 9:23 am (3 years ago)

    I make lots of food, that in turn brings the hoards of people and then the house is full of chatter and laughter. That’s Christmas to me. Everyone together having fun.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds perfect to me, Laura πŸ™‚

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  34. NΓ©e Say
    December 14, 2014 at 10:43 am (3 years ago)

    In recent years we have started to get into christmas lights and my kids just love it. Most of ours are electrical though but solar would make it so much easier!! Christmas is all about the sparkle, wonder and sense of magic.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

      It really does make it easier. We love ours πŸ™‚

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  35. Lady Tiffany
    December 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

    We invite friends around and give gifts that they werent expecting…paying it forward…the best feeling in the world πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

      It really is the best feeling, Tiffany. Thank you.

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  36. Belle
    December 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m Australian, but my kids were all born in the USA where we’ve been living for the past 5 years. This will be their first Aussie Christmas because we’ve just all moved back here. This year is a bit of a write-off, because we’re staying with relo’s while we wait the 3 months for our shipping container with all our things. However, the fact that we’re all together and able to spend time with all the family is the truest Christmas spirit we’ve had in a while!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm (3 years ago)

      That will be lovely to have all of your family together. Such a long wait for the shipping container though. You poor thing!

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  37. Tobes
    December 14, 2014 at 10:55 pm (3 years ago)

    my landlord told me off this week for having those Santa Stop signs in the front yard. Santa Stop signs, in the ground. Ones that can be taken out so easily as if nothing was there. Not in the lawn or anything, just 5-10cm deep in the dirt, so that Santa knows he has to stop at my house. Ridiculous!! So, you have to let me win the lights to get back at my landlord. I want to cover my house with as many decorations as possible to piss them off! So, if you’ve ever hated a landlord, please send the prize my way. Would really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahhh Tobes! You really made me laugh out loud. I can’t believe that landlord. Craziness.

      Reply

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