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RoseRed135

"Bah! Humbug!" Or ? (Question of the Month, December 2016)

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Posting this a little bit early... Do you love the holiday season w/ all it's colorful sights and sounds? Or is there something you'd like to change - The "commercialism?" The pace? Who you're "expected" to visit/host and when? Or ??

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There was a time when I did not like the holiday season.  Too many expectations on the whole who, what, when, where.  But in 2008 I took my holiday season and my joy back.  My family and I now do what we like, when we like it.  The tree decorating has always been #1; the other decorations are what we feel like,  All the Dickens Village or just some.  Lights outside or just on the back porch where we come in.  Dinner, what we want and when.  We might visit our closest friends, but not on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  I now make plans for lunch with friends from Thanksgiving through the New Year.  I participate in smaller events, Yankee gift swap at work, a holiday music event, a trip to the city for a few hours of light shows, etc.  or not, depending upon time and effort needed, and what the family wants to do and not HAS to do.  So I really enjoy my holidays again.  Do most of my shopping on line.  My biggest shopping today, Black Friday, will be the supermarket because they are having an excellent two day sale on Rocher hazelnut chocoate and Hershey Kisses - so inexpensive that this year I will buy everyone in the office a bag, put a bow and gift tag, just as a little thank you and Happy Holidays.  This will make me happy.  Best Regards to all of you.

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I made these for a Christmas lunch with high school friends a couple of years ago. Huge hit....and so easy. I love to make things, terribly crafty. However, I'm still not in a place to concentrate long enough to see these kinds of projects through...this one is available on Pintrest.

One year I made PJs for all the GK (at that time there were 4, now there are 9)...well loved apparently. I am looking forward to serious sewing again...

Christmas in my childhood was mostly "ho hum". My mother was possessive of decorating the tree, often we'd come home from school to find it done. On another day most of the cookie baking was done without us. Her shopping style was to just buy 2 of everything...my sister is 2 years older so she figured if she gave us the same things we wouldn't fight... for an intelligent woman she totally lacked imagination.  This set the tone....DH was a wonderful life sized Elf....totally fun, which has moved me forward to actually enjoying the holidays with the AC/GK....I don't decorate much and rarely play Christmas music, but I still have a good time....

Traditionally the kids went to the other parent on Christmas Day, now they go to the other family....works well. DH & I went visiting (his sisters, my uncle)...short calls, then dinner just the two of us. My uncle passed this spring, so not sure what I'm doing Christmas Day....may just lie low. Several places I know I'd be welcome, so we'll see.

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I'm neither.

I enjoy my family's enjoyment. The holidays don't do much for me other than that.

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I love it!

The season creep does annoy me. I think it's ridiculous how early stores start putting out Christmas stuff. I normally have a hard and fast rule about no Christmas anything until after Thanksgiving. This year, though, I've been feeling bummed out since the election and due to a few other things going on here - so we went to see an area Christmas light display last weekend & put up some Christmas decorations. And I put on the all Christmas music station. It did help. :D

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I love Dickens .. candles, fruit and greenery- Love the gray skies this time of year too- It's the Christmas wishes that cause the conflict -- not the holly .. :)

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5 hours ago, Komorebi said:

It's the Christmas wishes that cause the conflict

Meaning?

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1 hour ago, RoseRed135 said:

Meaning?

People wish for many things over the course of the holiday season, maybe more so than the rest of the year, and are often disappointed- For example they spend time with family they wish were different or don't spend time with family at all but wish they could-

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Ok, understood.

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Love Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Love that most of my family/grandkids are near!  Love the sights, sounds, and smells.  All of this I love for the most part, but there are times I wish the pace was a little slower and that we took time to reflect more on the true reason for the season.  

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I took "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" & "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to DS' yesterday....they have all 5 kids for the weekend, so seemed like a fun thing, and it was. I stayed long enough to do the bedtime story...I love that, the littles are on me like barnacles, the 9yo loiters within earshot. My new 6yo GB has his first loose tooth, so he was gifted with his tooth fairy box (a little 2x2 treasure box). The olders already have theirs, so now that there are 4 more, so I had to find 4 more...His has ocean life on it.

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2 hours ago, gramlock77 said:

Love Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Love that most of my family/grandkids are near!  Love the sights, sounds, and smells.  All of this I love for the most part, but there are times I wish the pace was a little slower and that we took time to reflect more on the true reason for the season.  

Welcome gramlock77! Glad you decided to come and talk w/ us! What a delightful post!

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I love the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season. Family wise, there is a lot of conflict when they come for Christmas but that is usually tolerated. Looking forward to a good New Year. Last year my husband was in the hospital for a cancer treatment through the end of January 2016. So he is in remission and we have a lot to be grateful for.  Happy New Year!

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On 12/28/2016 at 4:09 PM, Scorpio318 said:

I love the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season. Family wise, there is a lot of conflict when they come for Christmas but that is usually tolerated. Looking forward to a good New Year. Last year my husband was in the hospital for a cancer treatment through the end of January 2016. So he is in remission and we have a lot to be grateful for.  Happy New Year!

Welcome Scorpiso318! What a beautiful post! Glad to see you've become such an active poster, too! Looking forward to reading more of what you have to say! :)

ETA: Sorry your DH (dear husband) suffered from cancer. but glad he's in remission and hope that continues!

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Thank you for your welcome..........looking forward to reading, sharing and learning with others.

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