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pepper
post Dec 15 2008, 03:00 PM
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maybe it's because i had to spend an freezing hour and a half on the porch sorting out and repacking the halloween stuff before i could even get at the ornaments for the tree. oh yah, that was fun. *grumble grumble*.

feelin' grinchy.
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stargazer
post Dec 13 2008, 03:09 PM
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yeah, i feel ya pepper. i was sitting here thinking the same thing. i just don't have the christmas feeling. maybe cause our house doesn't look festive to me.


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pepper
post Dec 13 2008, 11:36 AM
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today we make truffles and popsicle stick ornaments and put up the tree. but i still am not in the xmas mood, i jess ain't gots the spirit. i don't know what's wrong with me, nearly 100 holiday cards later you think i'd get with it already! alls i gots is a hand cramp though. durn it.
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post Dec 11 2008, 10:43 PM
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Yeah, pretty much everything that you just mentioned is what I do. I decorate the tree, put up indoor garland with lights, put together the nativity scene, the Christmas village and I put up the outdoor lights. I'm kind of worried that this year our house will be completely dark. I wish I could just go home and do my regular thing. I'm used to being in charge. At the same time, I don't want to bug my mom because that will just put more stress on her. What bugs me the most is that my brother still lives at home and could help out so much but instead he spends every waking moment with his girlfriend. It would be nice if he would help around the house just a little.
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post Dec 11 2008, 08:15 PM
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My mom gets stressed out at Christmas too but it's because she does EVERYTHING. She buys us all great presents way in advance, puts up most of the holiday lights outside, buys the tree, puts on the dinner, does all the cooking, and decorates the inside of the house too. I always try to help out a bit but she's also kind of got her groove going and sort of likes things done her own way.

This year I find myself getting stressed. Almost all my shopping is done but I still feel pressure. For the past 5 years I've had pretty much all of December off because I was a university student, but now I'm working right up until the 24th so it doesn't feel like the usual great break. I do get the 24th-January 5th off, but I wish a portion of that fell BEFORE christmas.

But I also find myself getting more into the spirit now. I'm looking forward to enjoy some of the festive things going on in the next two weeks.


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post Dec 11 2008, 07:04 PM
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I am starting to get really excited for Christmas. I know that there is a ton of commercialism but I still enjoy Christmas. My family has never gone overboard with presents which I really appreciate. I feel bad for my mom though because she's getting stressed out. I know that she has low energy but I guess I don't see what's so difficult about just going out to the mall and picking up a few things really quickly. I feel bad because usually I'm the one who pulls everything together at Christmas. I do all of the decorating and wrap every single gift except for my own and I do most of dinner. But this year I have to work right up until Christmas Eve (which really pisses me off since home is a 4 hour train ride away) so everything is up to my mom. The only thing I really want this year is to go home and see everyone and have a nice turkey dinner.

As for trees, at home we always get a real tree and decorate it with all of the ornaments that we have collected over the years. So for my own apartment I decided to do the opposite and get a super tacky tree. I have a four foot tinsel tree with flashing lights!
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post Dec 11 2008, 01:52 PM
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this year I am going for simplicity of decore.
the mr & I bought a 7 ft pre-lit fake tree (white lights) a few years ago on sale, and every year we always say once it's up " wow, it's so pretty just as it is" and so this year, after framing just the porch door frame w/ icisle lights ( a big 1st for us ever) & a simple green garland over the actual door topped w/ a red bow (another 1st) by the time we got to the inside stuff I told the mr ' honey, it may be crazy but I don't want to decorate the tree this year; let's leave it as it is' and he was all for it. so it has the silver glitter star (new) & a small snowflake ornament w/ a small pictuer of our beautiful Golden Boy Lucky that we lost last year, and that's it. and the white tree skirt w/ baby pearls at the bottom of course.

and then I did very minimal decorating in the rest of the house as well although Had to include some special things frecklette has made for us over the years. smile.gif
I try to stick to silver, gold and white decorations too, so everything blends easily together, but usually do at least 1 goofy thing just for fun.. and this year it's wrapping paper that's Only snowflakes; I figure if I can't have snow here Outside, I can certainly at least have it under my tree! tongue.gif

shiny, I am sorry about your mr's trip .
my mr has been traveling a lot (gone ths moment as a matter of fact) & so I understand.
shopping & decorating on your own is lonely, but esp that your mr will miss shinyBoy's birthday makes me especially sad for you.
(((((((shiny familie))))))))))


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post Dec 10 2008, 02:33 PM
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i have started my candies oranges. it is ablout a one week process and it takes over my life but it sure smells good in here.

i am not feeling very christmasy this year. my hubby is leaving for a week on sunday. he is going to tokyo and i am bummin'. he will miss shinyboy's birthday and will be all jet lagged for a few days when he gets back and then it will be christmas. i feel like he is missing the season this year. he is pretty sick with a cold right now and has been for several days so he really doesn't want to do anything that is not totally required. he is also busy getting ready for this trip so he is extra busy on top of being sick. so i am feeling bahumbugish.


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post Dec 10 2008, 01:03 PM
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shiny, tree cutting and decorating is my favourite christmas tradition! i'm hoping to get to it this weekend. just reading your post i can smell the pine...
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post Dec 4 2008, 10:50 AM
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yesterday a friend and i went and cut down trees! it was fun. we ended up with a lil one for her apartment and a 16 ft one for my house. we had to drag them about .5 mile and i had my 16 mo old on my back so i am sure we were really a comic picture (i live in the woods though, no one to see and laugh) i am sore today but it is so worth it. we got the tree up with lights and ribbons on it last night and it is really pretty! i love sitting and looking at the lights in the evening.


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post Nov 17 2008, 09:42 PM
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thanks for that post cocl!


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lananans
post Nov 17 2008, 06:57 PM
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tommy -- i agree, i don't think i am going to get a tree. just some candles or something. they're cheaper.
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post Nov 17 2008, 06:26 PM
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post Nov 17 2008, 04:21 PM
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I think there are better ways to spend you holiday cash, lananans, than a tree, fake or otherwise. If it helps, my parents put up a tree every year, with blue-and-white decorations. You know, for Israel.

It's really classy of you to send baked goodies to your family, even though you're not going (which also sounds like the right thing to do).


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post Nov 16 2008, 01:14 PM
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I'm skipping my mom's side of the family's Christmas 'do' this year. For one, my granny isn't talking to me right now and I don't want to deal with her bitchiness. Two, my mom's brother always manages to upset me with what he thinks is his hilarious sense of humour. Three, I probably have to work, and honestly would rather spend the day in the bookstore.

But, I will probably send presents, tins of baked goods which I am planning to give to everyone this year because its cheap. And they will be impressed with the effort, I'm sure. I just have to decide what to bake first. I tried to make chocolate meringue cookies last weekend, and it was a complete disaster.

Currently I am debating whether or not my boyfriend and I should get a fake tree for our living room. He's Jewish, and doesn't care either way, but I can't decide if just some lights and decorations would do, or if I want a tree. I will decide by my next paycheque I suppose..
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post Nov 15 2008, 02:22 PM
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Ach, christmas. I used to have big ones when I was a kid. My mom went all out. I'd get so much loot, I wouldn't know what to do with half of it. It was all very materialistic, though, and that's what I thought of as familial love. When I got older and my mom didn't know what to buy for me any more, christmases got smaller. We didn't know what to say to each other, how to respond or say thanks for our gifts. What came out was a lot of fake pleasantries, and just waiting for the season to be over so we could get back to our regular lives.

I do remember one year, though, when I was 20, the Kate Bush box set had just come out and I told my mom that's what I wanted for christmas. My mom, a conservative, moralistic woman in her late 60s at the time, drove to the local underground record store, a hole of a place if there ever was one, and the only store that stocked the (import only) box set at the time. She walked in with her polyester pantsuit, sensible shoes and helmet hair and asked for the Kate Bush box set, which she bought for me that christmas. I was so impressed with her then.

Unfortunately, when I visit home for christmas these days, nothing much has changed with the repressed emotions and false pleasantries, but I do sometimes still get caught up in the spirit of giving that pervades the season like a bad rash. I've bought my mom some flameless candles this year. She's not really a candle person and has a rather spartan decorating style, with her irrational fears that everything will catch on fire or cause irreparable damage in an earthquake or other natural disaster. But hopefully she'll appreciate the flameless-ness...although I doubt she'll like the subtle vanilla scent they exude, since her nose is hypersensitive to any scent other than Clorox clean. But maybe when she puts in the batteries and turns them on, she'll appreciate the soft, atmospheric light they provide. Who knows. One can only try.

...Anyway, this song has always reminded me of christmas. Happy times.



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post Nov 14 2008, 11:50 AM
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roque, it sounds like you need to find some alternative holiday-time plans to cheer yourself up. invite whomever is your "chosen" family (friends and those you love and can stand to hang out with) and plan a fun get together to combat the drudgery of mandatory family gatherings...a couple years ago i did this with friends and all we did was slice and bake cookies, and watch "Rudolph" and "Nightmare Before Christmas". twas fun, and you don't have to do it on any particular day...good luck!

this weekend is our local Santa Claus parade, and i'm taking slew of kids. i'm looking forward to helping them write their Christmas letters before we go, because Canada Post walks the parade route and collects them...the kids get a letter back from Santa! we try to write more of a letter than a "list" since i don't like to overemphasize the gift aspect of things. but kiddo is always so excited when she gets mail back from Santa! let's just hope it doesnt rain on our parade, which is the forcast for Saturday...
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post Nov 14 2008, 05:25 AM
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Or you could search the web for a really funny quote from one of the shows and stitch it onto the tshirt.

I moved out from home in the last couple of months so I was able to buy my own Christmas tree this year smile.gif, I'm so excited about decorating it.


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post Nov 13 2008, 08:49 PM
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Pepper, if you (or a relative/friend) have photoshop skills, you could superimpose his face on his favourite TV character, and then put it on a t-shirt transfer. Photofunia.com is a good example of what I mean.

Good on you for making gifts!


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pepper
post Nov 13 2008, 10:21 AM
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hey, check out this cool site where you can make a calendar from your own digital pics for FREE! i just did one up, i'm going to print if off as an xmas gift for family. so cute!

hey, i always have trouble figuring out what to give to my uncle. i asked my auntie for some suggestions and this is what she said
"Anything to do with the military/peacekeeping, the Masons, the shows "Two and a Half Men" and "Lost" (Dharma stuff), or computers. He likes puns a lot.".
i hand make nearly everything and was wondering if any of you have an idea or two that i could make that he might like (an image or words for a tshirt are ideal). i REALLY appreciate your help, i always have the hardest time figuring things out for him. thanks!!!
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