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  1. 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!
  2. Do you tend to feel sadder/"bluer" during the winter months? Are you more likely to feel "down" or depressed when days are shorter and there is less sunlight? In short, do you experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) at this time of year? And if so, how do you cope?
  3. Your Health in Winter

    Brrr! It's cold! At least where I live. Time to start thinking about winter. Do you find you protect your health more in winter, in the effort to avoid colds and flu etc? Or that you take lesser care of yourself b/c you're more likely to eat warm comfort foods and partake of  such drinks as hot chocolate? Or ??   And, if you will, do you find yourself increasing, decreasing or maintaining exercise schedules and other health routines?
  4. About February Babies!

    Is your new child/GC or will your new child/GC be a February baby? If so,  please let us know (no specific birth dates, however - too identifying!) And please feel free to tell us all about them! (Please do not give us more than the first name, though - again, too identifying! And If you're a GP or other relative and would like to post pics,  please make sure you have the parents' permission, unless you have custody.)   ETA: You might also want to check out the thread, "Winter Babies!" http://community.gra...-winter-babies/
  5. About January Babies!

    Is your new child/GC or will your new child/GC be a January baby? If so,  please let us know (no specific birth dates, however - too identifying!) And please feel free to tell us all about them! (Please do not give us more than the first name, though - again, too identifying! And If you're a GP or other relative and would like to post pics,  please make sure you have the parents' permission, unless you have custody.)   ETA: You might also want to check out the thread, "Winter Babies!" http://community.gra...-winter-babies/
  6. Do you have any winter hobbies?

    Do you enjoy any hobbies/sports that are associated w/ winter - skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, ice fishing, etc?
  7. Mild Winter - A Plus or a Minus?

    As I said, elsewhere, I keep hearing this is going to be a very mild winter. A part of me is glad, if that's true, b/c that means warmer temperatures and fewer/no worries about black ice or my car getting stuck in snow, etc. I recall almost getting into a big accident a couple of years ago, due to black ice. Yikes!   But OTOH, a part of me feels bad b/c I love when my DGC get to play in the snow, making angels or building a snowman, etc. And, right now, the temps in my area are unseasonably high. We had a few cold days, but, for the most part, the weather has been way warmer than I've ever known it to be in December. It's nice - and yet... well... it feels weird...   Thoughts?
  8. Holiday Game

    It's December - the month of Christmas, New Year's Eve and a few other holidays! With that in mind, lets play a variation on the Two-Word game that focuses on the various holidays and the winter season (and let's give some leeway, again, and allow 1-3-word expressions)! Each player starts their expression with the last letter of the one posted by the player before. IOWs. if I say Happy New Year you might say, Rudolph and the next player might say Ho! Ho! Ho! or Happy Hanukkah  or even hail. The words don't have to be related to the holidays or the winter season though it would be nice, I think, if they were. And you don't have to bold the first and last letters being used the way I do, either.   I'll start below...
  9. Game: Have You Ever?

    Let's play the "Have You Ever?" game! I start, say, by posting a question such as, "Have you ever gone ice fishing?" You reply, "Yes" or "No," perhaps with an added comment or two, and then ask your own "Have you ever?" question for the next poster to answer. Then they reply yes or no and ask their own question, etc. Sort of like TPAM. Get it? Your questions can be related to New Year's Eve/Day or winter but they don't have to be. I'll start below...
  10. What are some of your favorite winter activities? Sledding? Skiing? Ice skating? Building a snowman (perhaps together w/ the kids in the family)?  And, if you will, do you get to share any of these w/ your LOs, teens, AC (adult children), GC (grandchildren) or any other relatives? Especially (but not only) during the holidays?
  11. To all those of you who are expecting to be hit with a major snowstorm this weekend - hope you and yours stay warm and safe!   Of course, I'm also wondering how it affects/how you think it might affect your caregiving situation. If you have the time and inclination, please let us know. But again, mostly, just stay safe!
  12. What's your favorite warn-up food or drink in the cold weather? A steaming bowl of soup? A yummy hot chocolate? What food or drink are you most likely to reach/make/ask for first when you' come inside from freezing temperatures? And while you're at it, got any good warm-'em-up recipes?
  13. Game: "Holly Jolly" Fun!

    It's a variation on the Two-Word game (and let's give some leeway, again, and allow 1-3-word expressions). Each player starts their expression with the last letter of the one posted by the player b4. IOWs. if I say Happy New Year you might say, Rudolph and the next player might say Ho! Ho! Ho! or Happy Kwanzaa or even hail or hat. The words don't have to be related to the holidays or the winter season, obviously, though it would be nice, I think, if they were. And you don't have to bold the first and last letters being used the way I do, either.   I'll start below...
  14. Love a fun holiday song, such as "Frosty the Snowman" or "We Wish You a Merry Christmas?" Or is your favorite a religious Christmas hymn, such as "Silent Night?" Or perhaps it's a Hanukkah or Kwanzaa tune? Or just a delightful melody about winter activities, such as sleighrides or ice skating? Or?? Whatever your favorite is/favorites are, please let us know below.   Then again, maybe you love all that holiday music? Or, if you're totally honest, are getting tired of it? Please feel free to let us know that, too...