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  1. With Independence Day coming up tomorrow, I'm wondering... Whether you're divorced, widowed, separated or have simply never married (and are currently unattached), how does that impact your holidays, if at all. Do you find it's easier, perhaps, b/c you get to decide on your own what to do for such holidays as July 4 (even if it's just stay home and relax)? Or harder b/c you feel more comfortable going places/celebrating w/ a partner? Or ??
  2. Do/did/would you ever bake for the holidays? A cake, a pie or some cookies? Or?? Also, if you will, do you ever do a "bake off" w/ family and/or friends? Or include kids/GC? Or do you tend to bake by yourself?
  3. Maybe your parents/PILs cover(ed) the house in Christmas (or Hanukkah, and/or Kwanzaa, etc) decorations, but you're a minimalist, so you don't. Or perhaps, to the contrary, they were very frugal decorators, but you go all out/spare no expense. Or maybe you use(d) some decorations that they don't/didn't like (as when my DM/MIL disapproved of my decorating w/ dolls). Or perhaps you have access to decos they never did b/c of today's technology, and they are/were fascinated/perplexed. In short, do you decorate for the holidays the way your parents do/did? Or do you do it very differently? Or perhaps you don't decorate at all? Or??
  4. Will you be traveling/did you travel this year to visit your long distance loved ones for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa, etc? Or will they be traveling to see you?
  5. Let's play a holiday game!

    Let's have some fun! Going in alphabetical order, let's each post something that we think of in regards to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the New Year, the holiday season, in general or wintertime, in general. Let's see if we can get through all 26 letters.  It can be something fun or something spiritual, a humorous comment or a serious one and, yes, you can do more than one letter/take more than one turn. Also, please feel free to write a whole sentence with the first word beginning with the letter, if you'd like. I'll start below...
  6. As I've said elsewhere on the board, there are several holidays coming up -  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's. So now I'm asking, is it generally easier to be single during the holiday season or more difficult? How about this year?
  7. Baby's 1st Thanksgiving!

    So it will soon be baby's 1st Thanksgiving! Will baby be part of a large celebration with all the GPs and lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, etc? Or just alone with Mommy and Daddy and any older sibs? Or??   And, if you will, how do you feel about this?
  8. Holiday Stesses - 2017

    We've talked in here before about the fact that for some people, holidays can be lonely and/or stressful. So w/ several of them approaching - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's - I'm asking, what stresses/upsets/hurts you, if anything, during this otherwise joyous time?
  9. Holiday Traditions

    Hello all, I feel like I might get stoned for asking about winter holidays in October but I am willing to take that chance! I like planning before the storm hits I am curious how all of you combined your holidays with your spouse/partner? How about with your new extended family? Of course you and your spouse each have your own traditions and come from different back grounds, how did you mix them together? Any suggestions on how to make the transition smooth or deal with ruffled feathers? Also, if you have any fun traditions that you started with your spouse, I would love to hear about them!
  10. It's baby's 1st holiday season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and/or the New Year, do you anticipate your new baby or GB will be included? Dressed up in holiday attire that says "Baby's 1st Christmas" (or Hanukkah, etc.)? Or just in their regular baby clothes? Traveling to see GPs and other relatives or just staying home w/ Mommy and Daddy? Or??
  11. In the past we've had MILs  (or FILs, etc.) come in here and complain that no matter how often they ask their DS/ DIL and family (or DD/SIL and family)  to come over for Christmas (or any other holiday), the younger couple declines. And we've had DILs gripe that MIL "won't take no for an answer,"  even suggesting one alternative after another ("lunch?" "dinner?" the next weekend?") rather than simply accepting the fact that they' (DIL, DS and family) aren't coming. OTOH, we've had posters suggest that it's no harm to "try again" a year later to get DS and family to attend this/that holiday event. And many of us have advised  moms/MILs/GPs to  come up w/ alternative dates if  DS and family aren't available on Christmas, Thanksgiving or whatever holiday. So... what's your take? How often should  MIL (or whoever) ask DS/DIL (or whoever) to this/that holiday event? Is it wise or not to suggest alternative dates if they  say no to the actual day? And is there a point where MIL should just let it go?
  12. Maybe you used to have a houseful for Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, etc), but now your sons/daughters are married and spend some Christmases at their ILs... Or perhaps your parents/PILs did the hosting for years, but that's changed now and you find yourself hosting "everybody."... Or you and yours always put the Christmas Tree up the day after T'giving, but your spouse/SO was used to doing it on Christmas Eve. So now you compromise and do it somewhere in between.... Or you and your spouse/SO are from different religious/cultural backgrounds and have had to find ways to honor both sets of traditions.... Or... How has your celebration of Christmas (and/or other December holidays) changed over time, if at all? And how do you feel about it?
  13. Do you send Christmas (or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and/or New Year's) greetings to otherwise estranged AC (adult children) and their families - or CO (cut off) parents/PILs - via card or FB (facebook), etc? Or "just" the GC (grandchildren)? Why or why not? Or perhaps your estranged relatives/ILs send greetings to you at this time of year, despite the CO? If so, why do you think that is? And how do you respond?
  14. Coping with Holiday "Blues"

    Major holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, etc., can be very difficult for some people, whether due to stress or loneliness or whatever. Do you ever have a blue moment or two during the holiday season? And if so, what, have you found, will lift your spirits?
  15. Baby's First Halloween

    Here comes Halloween! I've noticed I've seen more and more people dressing up their babies for this event, including the newest of babies. How about you - Are you into putting infants into Halloween costumes? Why or why not?
  16. Hey, it's December, w/ its several holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years and if you're one of our increasing members from Canada, the UK and other parts of the British Commonwealth, then, perhaps, Boxing Day, as well!   But whatever you celebrate (or don't), if your AC and family are living w/ you or you w/ them, what kind of holiday do you anticipate this year? Do you say, "the more the merrier" and enjoy having a full house during this season? Or do you find/expect it to be a little too hectic? Or, instead, will it be quieter than usual, as you all leave the home base to visit elsewhere? Or ??
  17. Among other things, Memorial Day Weekend has long since become a time of department store sales, etc. How much does that figure into your holiday weekend, if at all?
  18. What's the best Mothers' Day gift you've ever received or given? Worst?
  19. Happy Mothers' Day!

    Hope everyone has a great weekend and a lovely time on MDay, even if you're "just" staying home and relaxing!
  20. Passover & Earth Day

    Happy Passover to those of our members who celebrate that holiday! And have a lovely Earth day, everyone! In fact, while we're at it, how environmentally conscious are you - or IOWs, how green a life do you live?
  21. Do you throw pink and blue pillows on your livingroom couch in the spring and red-and-green ones around Christmastime? Or place poinsietta on your kitchen or diningroom table in the winter but roses in the summer? Or maybe you have bunny and chick figurines on your shelves around Eastertime, while you favor pumpkin and scarecrow ones come Halloween? In short do you change the decor in your home - and/or your office, if any - in keeping w/ the seasons and/or holidays? Or does it stay the same year-round?
  22. In her "spoiled child" thread in MIL Anon, MBear spoke, among other things, of GPs who give overblown Easter baskets. And recently, I heard an ad on the radio (sorry, I don't recall for what store/business) advertising such "Easter gifts" as bicycles, etc. - IOWs too big to fit even in a large, fancy basket! Is this a trend? And if so, what do you think about it? Are you or any of your family members/ILs into it? Is Easter, in short, becoming the "new Christmas?"
  23. If you're a GP estranged from your AC (adult child) and family, do they reach out to you on major holidays such as, Easter or Passover? If so, what's your response, if any? Or do you try to contact them,  in any way, at these times? And if so, how do they react, if at all?   Or if you're a "younger" parent and you and yours are estranged from your kids GPs/your parents or PILs - same questions, turned the other way.   Please feel free to reply, also, if you are estranged from any other relative or IL or if you simply have an opinion on the topic...
  24. Baby's 1st Easter

    Will your new baby/GB be joining extended family to celebrate Easter? Or just staying home, enjoying the day w/ Mom and Dad (and any older siblings). And if w/ extended family, will they be dressed up, say, as a bunny? Or in a fancy outfit? Or just wearing their regular baby clothes? In short, if you celebrate Easter, what will baby's first one be like (or what were your first babies/GBs' Easters like in the past?)
  25. Here comes Easter!

    Looks like Easter is just around the corner! So saying Happy Easter! And wishing everyone all the joys of spring! (Since Easter and Passover seem to be spread very far apart on the calendar this year, I'm saving my Passover greetings till next month.) Enjoy!