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Posted December 21st, 2012 - 7:10 pm from Broughshane, Northern Ireland
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Posted December 21st, 2012 - 7:16 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted December 21st, 2012 - 7:22 pm from Pune, India
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Posted December 21st, 2012 - 7:40 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted December 21st, 2012 - 8:01 pm from Morgan Hill, United States
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Posted December 21st, 2012 - 8:10 pm from Broughshane, Northern Ireland
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Posted December 21st, 2012 - 9:33 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Nice to see your message Yak. I have wondered about you lately. I hope all is fine. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Peace,
Judy

Posted December 21st, 2012 - 10:07 pm from Broughshane, Northern Ireland
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Posted December 21st, 2012 - 10:55 pm from Alicante, Spain
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 1:38 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 1:38 am from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 3:02 am from Seattle, United States
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Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 9:23 pm from Broughshane, Northern Ireland
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Posted December 24th, 2012 - 5:14 am from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted December 24th, 2012 - 9:25 am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Posted December 24th, 2012 - 10:30 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Hang in there, Kris.

Today ALL of the CS posts are arriving in my spam folder.

AUGH!!!!!!!!

Cherie

Posted December 24th, 2012 - 10:55 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Judy

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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 5:56 am by from Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Permalink)
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 6:03 am by from Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Permalink)
This is an Uzbek New 2009 Year Greeting card..
Will prepare another one to the 2013 year too...

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.couchsurfing.us/46BLV0K/3877002_l_8384f1eb165e994c65a92bd54515204d.jpg
as one can see there is our national ford, called ARBA, then our Uzbek animals called Donkeys and they are attracted by carrot...
What else?!
May be to load some CS onto ARBA?!
H

Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 2:12 pm from Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 3:37 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 3:50 pm by from Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Permalink)
2012 was the leap year...
Must the gratulation to the no leap year be somehow different?!
Halima

Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 4:12 pm from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 7:11 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 4:15 pm by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 4:36 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 5:55 pm by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)

Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 5:56 pm by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
Drops of light to you, friends!

Emi.

Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 6:51 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 7:13 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 12:41 am by from Daylesford, Australia (Permalink)
wow
don't all those cats look pissed off?

i attempted to tie a bit of tinsel round my belvedere's neck, the first christmas.
never tried that again....

so, yak is back and cherie, on the other thread, heaven!

to all of you:
thank you for being there another year. so lovely to see you pop up on my screen, from all over the world. love talking, joking, arguing with every one of you.

(even that old canuk, who can't spell if his life depends on it. that's probably why lise sent him out the back and he is shivering, staring at the stars, until she lets him in again).

a very merry christmas and an excellent new year, from your poor, sweltering

best roo :>)

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 12:48 am from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 8:01 am by from Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Permalink)

to ALL CS at our People,CS For All Ages,50s+ Travellers
Forum!!!
Halima

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 8:33 am by from Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Permalink)


dear People,CS For All Ages,50s+ Travellers at our Forum!!!
Let's communicate only friendly, let's visit each other despite living in different continents!
Halima

Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 6:54 pm by from Battle Ground, United States (Permalink)
Merry Christmas from sunny Indiana :-)

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 8:54 am from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 3:52 pm by from Welwyn Garden City, England (Permalink)
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and an exciting and healthy 2013.

Had 13 CS guests this year, some returning ones and met others in London and at Martin's 2 parties in Luton. We shared some great times.

Kyo from Japan returns and arrives for Christmas tomorrow.

New young girl student, Angela, from South Korea arrives on 2nd.

Be well and enjoy,

Val in Welwyn Garden City, England.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 5:31 pm by from Weston-super-Mare, England (Permalink)
Wish you all a very good Christmas and large horizons for 2013.

Am looking forward to hosting next year and reading lots more of 50+ & 60+ CS posts.

Anne in grey and misty Weston super Mare, Somerset

Posted December 24th, 2012 - 10:17 am from Fort Worth, United States
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Posted December 24th, 2012 - 12:02 pm by from Daejeon, South Korea (Permalink)
Merry Christams and may you enjoy the magic of the season :)

Posted December 24th, 2012 - 1:53 pm by from Gdansk, Poland (Permalink)
Marry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013 to all of you.
Bożena from Gdańsk.
It is very nice to receive so many wonderful wishes and beautiful postcards.

Posted December 24th, 2012 - 3:43 pm from Victoria, Canada
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Posted December 24th, 2012 - 10:28 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted December 25th, 2012 - 1:02 am from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted December 25th, 2012 - 1:53 am from Seattle, United States
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Posted December 25th, 2012 - 2:20 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
What a great idea, Marilyn.

When Santa asks "Have you been naughty or nice?" and you have a gun, he says "Naughty!" and confiscates it.

Love it.

Cherie

Posted December 25th, 2012 - 1:53 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Oh Kris

It's all what you make it, as you well know.

Four years ago I was in Iceland with 20 or so from 15 different countries potlucking a Christmas dinner thousands of miles from our families and familiarities. It was wonderful.

Tonight I'm home with the cats after working the last 30 hours around the clock caregiving for my clients. We're celebrating with a hot rum toddy and take out Chinese food. Delightful. ;D

I've had snow white Christmases, and Palm tree Christmases.

They're all quite lovely.

This one is special: it's my first without my mom. She was my best friend, best teacher, and always master creator of magical Christmases, however simple, to be remembered forever.

They, and she, are with me tonight.

Cherie


Posted December 25th, 2012 - 2:02 am from Victoria, Canada
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Posted December 25th, 2012 - 2:33 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
You're so right about being there to enjoy: that sounds fantastically delicious.

Winter around the world usually means serving roots and tubers, all considered in Asian cuisine as "Yang": potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, parsnips, yams, sweet potatoes, beets, kohlrabi) , as we crave the hearty combination of them (love the addition of broccoli, too).

And, as a general rule, the more herbs the better. Good for you.

Please note: we both live in Cascadia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadia_(independence_movement)

Cherie

Posted December 25th, 2012 - 7:46 am from Somerville, United States
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Posted December 25th, 2012 - 8:49 am from Tulle, France
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Posted December 25th, 2012 - 2:45 pm from Thornbury, England
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Posted December 25th, 2012 - 4:59 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
Here in Costa Rica people celebrated Christmas Eve with fireworks. Today I'm suddenly writing a comic book, spending the day with three delightful characters I dreamed up yesterday. Does that belong in the indulgence thread?

Posted December 25th, 2012 - 6:42 pm by from Colon, Costa Rica (Permalink)
Costa Ricans celebrate everything with fireworks! We celebrated with 3 consecutive Major Meals, interrupted by the exchange of gifts...also mostly food. The comic book sounds like a great idea. Will it be available to see online?

Happy Holidays from your landlords in Geneva!

Sharon and Dick

Posted December 25th, 2012 - 7:06 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
I want to put the comic book on-line, but I'm only writing the words and specifications. Do you suppose Maia would consider drawing it?

Posted December 27th, 2012 - 1:31 am by from Battle Ground, United States (Permalink)
Puzzles are great holiday activities! I just finished a 1,000 piece puzzle of a street scene in Italy. Should have bought two puzzles, lol. Now I need another one to do!

Posted December 27th, 2012 - 3:47 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
@DanielaCal

I would love the recipe for pasticio di lasagne. Is the besciamella sauce a white sauce? This year two of my sons made lasagne. One was very light,with plum tomatoes and cheese with cinnamon, and the other was very heavy with layers and layers of cheese and pasta. Both were good and love to see my sons,18 and 22 cooking together in the kitchen.

Judy

Posted December 27th, 2012 - 1:03 pm from Alicante, Spain
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Posted December 25th, 2012 - 11:58 pm by from Venice, Italy (Permalink)
My Christmas Day starts with the girls opening the presents. Not a very rich Christmas gifts this year, just small ones, but well appreciated by everyone in my family.

I cooked all yesterday afternoon. The most waited dish at Christmas is my top recipe of "pasticcio di lasagne". Here in Italy the lasagne can be very different from home to home, and often the recipe is an old family receipe. My personal one has around more than 50 years, but it takes 4 hours to do it, (included the time of cooking it in the oven)because every ingredient is home made, included the pasta and the besciamella sauce.
Then in the afternoon. all my relatives, in turns, came to my home because of my mum who now lives with me, and she is the oldest in the family.

My house is small, but today at 6 pm we were in 18, and everyone together had a 5 minutes Skype call with the only relative that could not join us, because he was working.

Finally I am now alone, relaxing and going to sleep in five minutes

Good night and may all your wishes and dreams become real and true..Lots of health, love and money to you all!

Daniela

Posted December 26th, 2012 - 1:47 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Thank you for sharing your holiday with us.

Sweet dreams!

Cherie

Posted December 26th, 2012 - 5:11 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 2:53 am by from Jupiter, United States (Permalink)
I would like to wish the group a healthy, happy, and fullfilling New Year. I would also like to say ....When your heart weeps for what you've lost, let your spirit laugh for what you have achieved.

All good things for 2013!

Posted December 31st, 2012 - 3:14 am by from Fort Collins, United States (Permalink)
Best wishes to all for Health, Happiness & Good Fortune in 2013.

Posted December 31st, 2012 - 3:57 am by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
I hope to be more active on this site in 2013. Let me wish all of you a most Happy and Healthy New Year. Perhaps I will meet some of you someday.

Becky

Posted December 31st, 2012 - 7:40 pm by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
HAPPY NEW YEAR to All!

What a great group of people - Hope some of you will consider coming to beautiful Portland, OREGON this summer. I always say that our summer usually starts on July 5th (as it fairly frequently rains on the 4th of July).

I hope to get more active on this site in 2013.
Best to all,
Loie

Posted December 31st, 2012 - 8:28 pm by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
Hi Loie,
I actually visited Portland last summer, as my son and his GF were living there (They've now moved on to NY) Portland is a real foodie town. The 3 outstanding things I noticed there:

1. A lot of eating going on. (food carts and restaurants abound)

@. Nobody is fat in spite of all that eating. (lots of people running or riding bikes)

3. Hardly anyone glued to their cell phones as it is here in Silicon Valley. and no one talking while driving.

I liked Portland, but alas, it would be too wet for me year round.

Posted January 1st, 2013 - 1:47 am from Portland, United States
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Posted January 4th, 2013 - 8:49 am from Kuenzelsau, Germany
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