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Old 21.11.2015, 21:58
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I was told not to take food/drinks/gifts as it implied the host/hostess weren't doing a proper catering job....ie...implied criticism.....
That said, I like the crackers idea.....go upmarket in case the I laws be posh. Waitrose/johnlewis at least.
Not Harrods? Dear, dear, standards ARE slipping!
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Old 21.11.2015, 22:00
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Be sure to keep your shoes on!
Are you insane?

Rather, bring your slippers!

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Old 21.11.2015, 22:02
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I'm a lot more relaxed... as long as their tattoos are all spelt correctly and they can operate a moss gearbox I'll leave the handcuffs off.
What's a moss gearbox - something you attach to the lawn-mower?
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Old 21.11.2015, 22:08
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

If you want to go with the Christmas Crackers idea, but don't want to spend a fortune, try UK Amazon. Most of the Amazon sellers won't ship crackers to Switzerland but after a bit of hunting I found these

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...ilpage_o07_s00

I am now all ready for Christmas (apart from the turkey, the tree, the pudding, the sprouts, the pigs in blankets...)

PS hope it goes well
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What's a moss gearbox - something you attach to the lawn-mower?


The gearbox in Jaguars up until about 1968... a "crash first", you can pretty much only engage 1st gear when the car has come to a stop.


Back to the topic... I think Mince Pies would be a fantastic mitbringsel.
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Old 21.11.2015, 22:29
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Be aware this will most likely be nothing like Christmas Eve in the UK. It could be very low key with the lights out as real candles are lit on the tree, maybe even singing - watch out for 'O Tannenbaum'.
Should your hosts break into "O Tannenbaum", you will know the melody immediately - it's what Corbyn and his lot sing at the end of their annual party conference, or at any other venue where Socialist ideology is the order of the day!
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

After some visits from Swiss friends, I noticed they like to give something to the woman (flowers, or some fine biscuits) and a bottle for the husband. I think it is a safe idea.
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