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Post Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:59 pm

Christmas Blog

I thought maybe we could use a space to share Christmas stories, pictures, video's and what not. ? ?

I asked on FB - What is the oldest Christmas ornament or decoration that you own - and what is it's story?

For me, it's a Christmas tree top, that my mom bought in 12/1959, for her 1st childs, 1st Christmas. It has sat on top of the tree, every year since. Which is pretty amazing, when you realize it's made out of that super cheap & fragile ornament glass ... and has survived all the animal attacks on the trees, thru-out the years. ;-)


What was a memorable Christmas Eve or Christmas for you?

What was one of THE MOST memorable gifts you ever received?

Any funny stories? Sad stories? Inspiring stories?

Do you have a theme or color scheme to your decorating? All helter/skelter - anything ( & everything ) goes?

Do you decorate the outside? What does it look like?
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Post Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:56 pm

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I have this one Christmas Ornament which is stocking about six inches long. It was made by my teacher when I was in kindergarten because I was fighting the chicken pox.

This seemed to be a reoccurring problem year after year. That year it was chicken pox, a few years it was the flu, one year it was pneumonia, another year it was bronchitis, and when I reached my pre-teens things seemed to calm down. But it was short lived because once I reached my teens that is when I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I was convinced time and time again that I could beat this...mind over matter. Boy was I ever wrong, I spent many years in denial on that one.

Christmas was never a fun time for me as a kid and my sister would say the same thing about New Years because I usually gave her whatever bug I had...I always did believe in sharing.
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Post Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:47 pm

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My past Christmas's are quite a few. I have a box of ornaments purchased in 1955 that my daughter wanted me to save for her. They were blue and nothing spectacular but It was what I could afford at the time. I bought them at Woolworth's where I worked during high school. We've had spectacular holidays and also sad. My father passed away just three days before Christmas over 30 years ago. My next door neighbor's husband passed away last year just before Christmas. It's been a tough year for the wife but she has family that is close. I used to decorate the house way more that necessary but I knew there would be a day I couldn't do much which is now. I do have things out that I've made like beautiful stockings and some small trees decorated. My daughter handles the Christmas dinner as she has the space for more people than we do. We've had awesome Christmas's but I can't just choose one. It was fun when my son and daughter were small as my husband didn't think the kids were getting enough under the tree so he'd be out Christmas Eve adding to what was already purchased. It drove me crazy the first couple of years but got so I didn't say a word. I have one thing that always irritated me was my birthday is just a couple of days before Christmas and I swear my mother never remembered it. But my husband has made up for it as he has never forgotten. I do like to look back as every year has been different.
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Post Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:07 pm

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I think some of my best memories of Christmas are how I would guess my presents that people would give me and it did not matter who was giving them to me, my average is about 95% at getting them correct.

Oh my mother gets so irritated when this happens. My father and I sit there and laugh at her, which just adds to her infuriation.

My favorite gifts have always been Tony and Kevin related. They have managed to get some stuff autographed over the years. They have even gotten some stuff of Ricky Craven's when he was racing, being a Maine native and having met him and being part of his security detail a couple times was kind of neat.
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Post Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:13 am

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I don't decorate for Christmas- haven't for years... Ihave a couple things I might put out or not...no tree..not here much and not necessary for 1 person. After my dad passed when I was young, Christmas wasn't the same, so it's not a big day for me. Once I got into my 20's my Christmas was always spent someplace else. A hassle when you have to travel and the weather is iffy. That is also when I started feeling that Christmas is great if you're a kid or parents with kids....other than that, it's nice to spend time with family. At my Aunt's funeral just before Thanksgiving, we were talking about the Christmases at my grandparents when we were little-- all their children and grandchildren- at the least there would be around 20 people. We didn't get a lot of things, but being together was the best time.
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Thanksgiving for us became such a bummer for our family almost 20 years ago when my grandfather passed away three days afterwards. His final wishes for my grandmother were to get out and visit the family. She spent Christmas in Maine that year. I will never forget that as we went Christmas shopping together. That was the first of about three I spent with her over 10 years.

Then I lost an Uncle whom I was very close to just days before Christmas three years ago. We had some really great Thanksgivings and Christmas' together over the years.

I know they are in a much better place and not having to deal with the stress of day to day illnesses that they were going through in their end days as the Lord has healed them of that.
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Post Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:11 pm

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I have to agree with all the posts so far. Every family is different and Christmas is different. We all try and do the best we can. I learned a good lesson when my father passed away 33 years ago. I made the remark "It's a shame someone has to pass away at Christmas." The person I was talking to said "Is there ever a good time?". This was the best reply I could ask for and believe me I never said it again. To make sure I wouldn't make any foolish remarks again I found some material that gave what should or shouldn't say to a person who has lost a loved one.
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I spoke with my Aunt this morning to see how she was doing and let her know that she has been in my thoughts. I shared with her some of my memories of her and my Uncle as a kid. She said she remembered many of those things and is glad I remember many of those as well.

I think she needed to hear from me this morning and know that just because he is gone, he is not forgotten.
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Post Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:56 pm

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I have 2 separate stories ... and another question... LOL

How do you or your family share the holidays?

For my family, we always 'claimed' Christmas Eve, for our side. We all got together, had the big meal and opened presents. That way, our spouses ( sig others, etc ) could have Christmas Day with their side of the family.

JD - I hear ya on how you feel. I've been there too. You might feel or be alone, but trust me, you are not. :-)
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Post Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:57 pm

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beaverpond wrote:I spoke with my Aunt this morning to see how she was doing and let her know that she has been in my thoughts. I shared with her some of my memories of her and my Uncle as a kid. She said she remembered many of those things and is glad I remember many of those as well.

I think she needed to hear from me this morning and know that just because he is gone, he is not forgotten.



Wow! Now that ^^^ is REAL Christmas magic!

beaver! You almost made me cry!!! Got a big lump in my throat & heart warmed. :-)

You're awesome for doing that. :-)
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Post Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:08 pm

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Story #1

Back in 1971, I was like 8 and there was a TV show on called "The Waltons Homecoming" or something like that. ( It was a one time show, that actually spun off into the series ) All I really remember, as a kid, was that the dad was missing for Christmas Eve or Thanksgiving. ( the details escape me ) So the show was the prep for the holiday - dad said "I'll be back" and then went missing until at the end, when he came thru the door, to everyone's relief. Nobody knew where the dad was, was he ok?

So on Christmas Eve, in '71, we were waiting for my dad to come home, to open presents. My dad was CHP and in a marked B&W, at the time. As an 8 yr old, let's face it, it was all about the presents. We had waited a whole month ... dad ALWAYS came home.... so this was just aggravating.

But then the clock started ticking .... and there was no dad. My mom called the office and was told he had gone to some type of big, dangerous emergency - another detail that escapes my memory - and we spent hours and hours, waiting for him to walk thru the door. It was no longer about presents.... or waiting... it was about, and like that show - DAD PLEASE COME HOME, OK!!!

Of course he did come home ... at 2 in the morning and just like the show, we all gathered around him and hugged him ... and had a special reason to celebrate ... without decorations, without presents, without a big fancy meal... none of that seemed to matter, or be as important as "family together."
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Post Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:14 pm

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Story #2

This is a true story ... and belongs in my "weird files" - but here goes.

In 1980, me, a sister & mom were living in Montana at the time and my brother and a sister decided to drive, from California, to Montana, for Christmas, with my mom.

They drove together in one car and faced really bad weather most of the way. They got to a point, where it was almost a white-out, they were tired ... when they spied this little motel light on. They went to it and spent the night. They paid cash & received no receipt, and left.

When they arrived, they told us about their trip ... and how that little motel had almost saved their lives. I asked where - they told me.... and I replied

"There is no motel there."

"Um... yes there is, we stayed there."

"No.... I know the area ... and there is NO motel there."

The argument went on, back and forth. A check in a phone book showed no listing.... and it wasn't until I drove them to the area, the next day that their eyes were wide ... THERE WAS NO MOTEL.

They were CERTAIN of the area ... and we drove all around, looking for this mysterious motel... and never found it or one. It remains a mystery to this day. ;-)
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Post Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:34 pm

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I have a couple of snowstorm stories just because the in-laws refuse to take no for an answer no matter what the weather is outside. We had been more reliable than the mail carrier.

#1 We had been staying with my Grandmother in VT and it was Christmas Day. We spend a couple of days before Christmas with her including a bear of a snowstorm that had dumped on us and still was. Problem was that my in-laws insisted on seeing us as well back home in ME and it did not matter that we drive back during a snowstorm. So our normal 3 hour trip took more than 7 hours and they were ticked that it took us so long getting to them. I lit right into them that they were lucky we even showed up at all. This was in 1999 or 2000.

#2 The next one was around 2008 or 2009. After this storm we swore off traveling in anymore snowstorms for them because one of wiper blades actually broke off because of the amount of ice build up. I was some irritated...I could not even speak when we arrived. Again they were mad because it took so long, but this time I lit right into them that if they think they can do better then they are more than welcome to drive in this crap because from now on we will no longer be driving in this crap for them or anybody else for that matter.

Now I may have a vehicle for this type of weather unlike back then, but that has not changed my attitude on how I feel. It was only this year that they began to realize just how serious we are about traveling, safety, and other issues.
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Post Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:52 pm

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smokieonefour wrote:I have 2 separate stories ... and another question... LOL

How do you or your family share the holidays?

For my family, we always 'claimed' Christmas Eve, for our side. We all got together, had the big meal and opened presents. That way, our spouses ( sig others, etc ) could have Christmas Day with their side of the family.

JD - I hear ya on how you feel. I've been there too. You might feel or be alone, but trust me, you are not. :-)


Thanks, Smokie! No, really, I don't feel alone at all... Because of bad weather I have spent a few holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) at home alone, but it has never bothered me...sometimes I actually preferred to be by myself.
It has been my choice to be single at this point.... left a bad marriage, broke off a few (3 or 4) engagements because the relationship just didn't feel right at the time. I would rather be happy and single (I am) than in a relationship or marriage and be miserable (had already done that).

I love my family and it is great when we can be together. My immediate family all spent so many years in different places for the holidays that it is special anytime we can be together (except for funerals which has been happening a lot lately :(

I'm not Scrooge, though I do say BAH HUMBUG :lol:
Personally, I feel that the commercialism and materialism of Christmas have overshadowed the true meaning.
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