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    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

    I don't know what has gotten into me! I NEVER have felt like getting ready for Christmas this early. Why, sometimes i never feel like getting ready for Christmas ever!

    The furniture has been rearranged in readiness for the decorating. Hub is bringing the artificial tree and all the decorations in from the garage. Christmas music is on. Half my shopping is done!

    What about you? Are you in the mood yet? What have you done so far?

    Trish
    Last edited by Trisher; 11-22-2014 at 10:23 AM. Reason: grammar police - sorry about the sometimes/never/ever faux pas

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    Not really in the mood but we do have most of the outdoor lights up and on. We decorate almost a block long with lights. It is our present to those who drive by and live near. We live out in the country so not a lot of traffic but getting more each year. Several elderly people live in the area and can't do the decorating for themselves so they especially enjoy seeing it. It will be up until after the beginning of the new year. My shopping is done except for two more things, charity coats and blankets done and delivered and even put a tree up inside!..No baking started as of yet. No snow here yet but maybe I will get more festive if it comes. Please not as much as Buffalo, N.Y.

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    No tree for us this year. DD will be hosting. I haven't started shopping either. I have to send emails asking for suggestions this week end. I have been procrastinating because if I ask for suggestions, I have to supply some of my own and my mind is blank. Maybe I should try some Christmas music. Might get me in the mood.
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    Nope, Thanksgiving has still to be celebrated!
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    We don't decorate until the day after Thanksgiving. We used to do it the a bit later, but then everyone was too busy with other projects except for that Friday. None of us wanted to go out in the shopping mess so we stayed in and decorated, just made a day of it. Last year with our two girls no longer home, my DH & I went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Las Vegas that weekend and didn't get our tree up for 10 days. Our schedule was thrown off so we decided not to do that again. Even it if is just the 2 of us, we prefer to keep our tradition.

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    Oh yes. We Canadians celebrated thanksgiving in October. Well, enjoy your Thanksgiving, my American friends. We can talk 'turkey' after!

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    My son and DIL are coming from Seattle and we're just over the moon! So we arre getting the house presentable...reupholstered the recliner, had new drapes made, drawers are cleaned out in the kitchen and guest bathroom. The artificial tree will be decorated on Thanksgiving...can hardly wait!!
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    No one here but me and DH now. I put up a small tree 4 feet on a table at the living room window. DH likes the running lights to out line the walk and around the front door and a wreath up. That's about it. Rarely buy gifts now, they all want money, so it's mostly money or gift cards of their favorite places... We still love Christmas... Christ is the reason for the season at our house...

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    I realize that this probably sounds Scroogy, but it's getting harder and harder each year for me to get excited about Christmas, seeing that it seem's like the merchandise for it is showing up earlier and earlier each year.

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    First Thanksging. I won't be able to take the Thanksgiving decorations down until Monday as I have a quilt-in to do on Nov. 228,29 and 30.

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    I will betaking down Thanksgiving decorations the same day I put up Christmas decorations.

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    Have finished all gift shopping, made quite a few presents, even bought the gammon joint and put in freezer. Always make cake and puds in October. Put the decs up mid December. Made lots of Xmas bunting this year. We will have 6here for Xmas day and just 3 for Boxing Day. Our eldest grandson is in the army(Royal Engineers), he will be home from Kenya. Great joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy l View Post
    I realize that this probably sounds Scroogy, but it's getting harder and harder each year for me to get excited about Christmas, seeing that it seem's like the merchandise for it is showing up earlier and earlier each year.
    I'm with you. A week before Halloween I needed a bag of potting soil and our local WM was full of Christmas decorations including a 1/2 decorated tree. I've been boycotting the commercialized Christmas for the last 25 yrs. We all get together just like we do for Thanksgiving and have a great day of enjoying each others company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid View Post
    Nope, Thanksgiving has still to be celebrated!
    i am with you, no Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I want to say thank you for my blessings before the crazy at Christmas comes.
    If you always do, what you have always done, The results never change. Change is the wings you give yourself.

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    No Christmas stuff up yet here. After Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy l View Post
    I realize that this probably sounds Scroogy, but it's getting harder and harder each year for me to get excited about Christmas, seeing that it seem's like the merchandise for it is showing up earlier and earlier each year.
    I know how you feel. I am not able to spend what I used to on gifts for people and it's hard seeing all the ads on TV and the sales flyers. It's just to much focus on materialism. No one in the family wants handmade gifts. Too bad. Today I was looking at a Christmas Holiday book and got some ideas on gifts I can afford to make. The last few years, it has been more important for me to celebrate with friends and family than gift giving. I don't even want any gifts because the things I need are too expensive (like a newer car, a better sewing machine, money for fabric...etc.) I finally read Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol and realized that he got it right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltjoey View Post
    No one here but me and DH now. I put up a small tree 4 feet on a table at the living room window. DH likes the running lights to out line the walk and around the front door and a wreath up. That's about it. Rarely buy gifts now, they all want money, so it's mostly money or gift cards of their favorite places... We still love Christmas... Christ is the reason for the season at our house...
    Just me here but want to put up a real tree, our son planted some about 18 years ago. It will be a memory tree in his honor and for my DH. I have white LED lights on my dog yard out front and will put them on a timer Friday. Am keeping the reason for the season, no gifts for years now, just together with siblings.

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    We are setting the tree up on Thanksgiving! It's just the 3 of us having dinner...so it's a decorating Thanksgiving. My son is so excited! Also spent this morning shopping on-line for several gifts. Made a big order from Lego! And...the big thing we are doing is getting our plans for our trip together. We are driving (from California) to Seattle and stopping to see friends in Portland. So coordinating visiting friends, two sides of the family, plus fun activities like visiting Seattle Center, making hotel reservations, etc... It's coming together! I finally printed out a 'paper calendar' of just December so I could write it all down!
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    I hosted 20+ people from DH family today for Thanksgiving and will be having my dad/step-mom (in their mid-80s) on Thanksgiving Day along with my son and VERY pregnant DIL (due this week). We have been in our new home for three weeks and had our youngest daughter's wedding just two weeks ago. I have not started Christmas shopping yet but I am looking forward to decorating. I plan to decorate on Fri. I have already been listening to Christmas music but I haven't watched any of my favorite holiday movies yet.

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    Christmas is just another day for us. family is scattered all over the country. I suffer from depression and I some times wish I could just go to sleep after Halloween and not wake up until mid January. It was different when my family were close.

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    We have an 18 month old GD living with us so we are more in the Christmas spirit than we have been in years. My DH is even listening to Christmas music already!
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    even though I have a lot of things to do so I can decorate
    for Christmas, I am more ready than I have been in a long
    time.
    I think it's bc my oldest dd, hubby and 2 grandmouslings
    have moved back here and I have my whole family together
    again
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    Years ago I talked to my 2 kids about gifting to little kids only. As I would rather they saved their money for a trip By the time Dec. 25th gets here I am burned out ! The stores, radio and TV, start so very early ! It really takes it out of me . Chirstmas is about Christ and his love for us, not about who will spend the most on gifts and etc. If my kids can make it home that is all I want or need , just a little time as a family again, to share with each other what the past year was for each one. Time as a family to thank Christ for all we have been given by him. And, no , I don't do Black Friday, that time is for my family . I was a single working mother and therefore not able to go to all school functions and etc. I am making up for that on the holidays , time earned and well spent ! Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving one and all .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy l View Post
    I realize that this probably sounds Scroogy, but it's getting harder and harder each year for me to get excited about Christmas, seeing that it seem's like the merchandise for it is showing up earlier and earlier each year.
    You are not Scroogy!

    Liturgically, Christmas is December 25-January 6. Secularly, and commercially, "christmas" is any time the retailers, etc deem it to be. Advent has begun. I love Advent services....they are reverent, calming. And they prepare us for His coming. I am amused at the frenzy for celebrating a season that many do not fully understand nor choose to find out "why". For me, The season is so much more sacred when observed liturgically. It keeps me balanced. I enjoy it much more, in fact.

    I decorate after Thanksgiving..usually a week before Dec. 25 and I leave the decorarations up until Epiphany. (jan 6). I am amused when people are all decorated before Thanksgiving and then rip down the trimmings as soon as the gifts are exchanged! This is not to say that I don't gradually put a few things out. But I no longer go nuts with the decorating frenzy. I pace myself and each year is different. I have pared back, in fact.

    To each their own. Peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katiebear1 View Post
    Christmas is just another day for us. family is scattered all over the country. I suffer from depression and I some times wish I could just go to sleep after Halloween and not wake up until mid January. It was different when my family were close.

    Katiebear, i pray that you can find a way to "celebrate". Attend services throughout the month (Advent....beautiful, calming) , volunteer, ring the Bell (salvation Army....amazing and rewarding experience!) . Find ways to divert your attention FROM the commercialism of the season. Charitable organizations need your help this season.

    I call the commercials a Hallmark Christmas. I know of no one who lives that . No Mercede in the driveway with a red bow on the grill, no diamonds under the tree, no one shows up at my door laden in packages, etc. Too funny! No CREDIT CARD BILLS TO PAY OFF EITHER! Lol!

    Life IS Different. I miss my long gone Aunts and Uncles, the delight of Santa coming, being geographically close to home vs. 2 hours away,etc. the niece and nephew are young adults, not the cuties that I used to love buying toys for. Our parents are gone. ( I never knew his patents.) We dont have kids and my sibs do their own thing at Christmas.

    We attend church, i cook a nice meal for the two of us, and we enjoy the peace of a day that requires nothing out us. We are home. Oh....did I mention that I do a marathon of sewing all day? It is what you make the of day. And the season. ( my intent is not to make light of your condition, btw.) life evolves.

    peace...Sandy
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