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  #1  
December 22nd, 2010, 08:56 PM
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Hi ladies,

I'm Marissa. I'm new to the JM site and only found it because I was looking for a forum to chat with mum's who valued having more than the average number of children. I've always wanted a large family and haven't really found many people who are positive about the idea (quite the opposite really, most people look at me like I have 2 heads when I say i want more kids). I currently have 3 children William who's 5, Kirsten who's 4 and Emily who's 2. We've ben NTNA for the last few months now and I'm hoping for a bfp soon. My wonderful Dh isn't as convinced as me on the merits of more kids and at the moment is only open to 1 more.

I live in Rural North West, Western Australia so am in a different timezone to most of you ladies and also have some different spelling and slang words. So just let me know if you don't know what i'm talking about (hehe) .

I hope its ok if I join in even though I don't technically have a large family yet.

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December 22nd, 2010, 09:07 PM
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December 22nd, 2010, 11:12 PM
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December 23rd, 2010, 05:57 AM
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Welcome! I am Shari and I have four kids - 16,10,7, and 6. Jump right in and join us - everyone is wonderful here!!!
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December 23rd, 2010, 06:47 AM
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Yes! Looking forward to getting to know you. I live in the south east us. I have 8.

What is the traditional Christmas like there? Here we are all snow and ice. But it is summer there. So what is it like? My husband and I were just talking about going to Australia for Christmas someday.
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December 23rd, 2010, 11:41 AM
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hi marissa!! i am a grandma here in the large family forum - #6 is on the way!

@FW, last week excluded, we have warm dry holidays here in the cali desert. not often that it gets very cold or wintery here. i think australia is very similar, yes marissa?
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December 23rd, 2010, 12:49 PM
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I'm Rebecca, mom to 6 kiddos with one on the way. This is a great board. You'll love it here.
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December 23rd, 2010, 03:36 PM
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December 23rd, 2010, 04:42 PM
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hi marissa!! i am a grandma here in the large family forum - #6 is on the way!

@FW, last week excluded, we have warm dry holidays here in the cali desert. not often that it gets very cold or wintery here. i think australia is very similar, yes marissa?
I understand that it what it is like. I just want to know what the tradition is. Like we have Christmas cards with snow and snowmen and sing songs like "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas", what is the look and feel like in the biz there?
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December 23rd, 2010, 08:05 PM
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It is very hot here and I live near the dessert so its even hotter than most of Aust. I think tomorrow we're expecting about 104 degree (i've converted that to F so I hope thats right).

Funnily enough commercialism reigns supreme over Christmas here and the shops sell a lot of the US traditional things. Most of the cards have snowmen etc on them and the carols are still the same. Some people buy fake snow to spray on their windows etc and people have fake snowmen etc in their front yards.

There are a few Aussie Christmas carols that are traditional carol tunes with different words which are fun but mostly only get sung by school kids at their Christmas concerts. .

Foods can be a bit different. Its too hot to be in the kitchen cooking roast turkeys or hams etc so lots of people opt for seafood, salads and BBQs. Triffles and pavlovas are often for desert. Lots of people still like to stick to the same traditions as you do.

I always try to emphasize the original meaning of Christmas with my family. For food we'll be sticking with tradition this year. I'm doing a baked honey ham as well as a turkey roll. My oldest wanted to try a Christmas pudding so we'll be having that with custard for desert as well as a triffle. We have a lot of BBQ's and seafood in normal eating so wanted something that we wouldn't normally have. We'll have Christmas crackers (or bonbons?) and paper hats. Our home is decorated with lots of tinsel, bells, stars, wreaths, candles etc and of course a beautiful tree (fake though) Mistletoe isn't very popular here.
Most people visit family and lots like to go to the beach. We'll be going out in the boat on Boxing day and going to our favourite island with friends.

FW - Maybe we should do a swap one year. My hubby and I have been talking about going over there for a white Christmas

What are you all doing?
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December 23rd, 2010, 09:00 PM
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Oh, don't come visiting here for a white Christmas. Go visit Marie in Canada. I live in Florida. No snow for us! I would die if we had snow! That's why I want to go to Australia for half the year. It is too cold for me here in FL!

Thanks for the insight. That is pretty awesome. This year we are going to drive to my inlaws house after opening presents/having breakfast/cleaning up a bit on Christmas day. We don't normally do that, but have been feeling like we should the last couple years, so we are this time. They live about 2 1/2 hours away, so it will be a long day of driving there and back.

So tomorrow, we will do the other half of our usual Christmas tradition: eating a big meal! DH likes to grill the turkey and I like to eat it and not do any work. I will make traditional carb-a-holic sides: stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, applesauce, cranberry sauce. I might make MORE fudge (the last batch is gone!) and a birthday cake for Jesus. We also have cheese cake in the freezer. We will go to church and come home and do our Advent stuff. For Advent, we have a Bible reading time, a prayer time, and a song time. We have a wreath with candles and a calendar with candy. I may start a thread later with pics of all this because the Advent tradition has been about the best thing we have ever done with our parenting. We started it about 7 years ago.

This has been a year of changing things, too. We didn't send out cards, I didn't get the kids' portrait done, I haven't done any baking and carrying Christmas cheer to anyone. I did give some fudge to our piano teacher/director lady. I didn't have my mother come up and neither has my dad and his wife. But I had a baby 6 weeks ago and have really been thinking of what HAS to be done and what really doesn't. A lot more doesn't than I thought 15 years ago!
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December 24th, 2010, 12:38 AM
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I'd love to hear more about your Advent traditions and it would be great to see pics.

I make a Birthday cake for Jesus too and love that the kids sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.
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December 24th, 2010, 08:20 AM
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Great, now I have "6 white boomers in my head" lol.

Welcome here! It's great to have you
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December 29th, 2010, 04:52 AM
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Welcome Marissa!
I'm Tiffany, momma to 5, a 13, 12, 9, 7 and 6 month old.
I'm somewhat of a large family convert.. I never wanted a large family and did look at large families like they were crazy.. After my 2nd I was very adamant about NEVER having any more..
Well then I met a wonderful man who had 2 of his own and after much talking and thinking we decided to just see what happened. Less than a month later, I was expecting. Now my family is complete and I love(most of the time) being a large family, and now I'm the one getting the crazy looks instead of giving them...
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December 29th, 2010, 10:58 AM
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Welcome! I'm Mari, mama to 8. They range in age from 10 years to 7 months. Good to have you!

BTW, we are in Wisconsin and get lots of snow. We have drifts over 6 feet right now in our yard.....you could have them
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January 4th, 2011, 01:24 AM
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Hi Marissa,
I'm Stacey, from Perth, Western Australia. Mum of 4, Alexander who's 5, Lilia who's 3, Caleb, who's 2 and Quinn (boy) who's almost 5 months.
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January 6th, 2011, 10:18 AM
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January 13th, 2011, 04:57 AM
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Thankyou all for your welcome.

Stacey - Great to see another Aussie on here. I am in Karratha.
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