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Mariah 11-24-2014 01:03 PM

We are working on it. The granddaughters are decorating the tree, and hope my daughter will put up the garland,ect. I have done some cooking, and shopping has gotten very easy. We give the kids and grands money, so that is easy. We have a grab bag after opening our gifts, so we have to buy a $10.00 gift for that.
It is easier than it was even 10 yrs. ago, as we have gotten so we don't expect as much of ourselves!
Happy Thanksgiving! Mariah

miriam 11-24-2014 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by sandy l (Post 6980388)
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.

It sure does.

cashs_mom 11-24-2014 02:49 PM

I love Christmas until I got married. My husband and family have a way of sucking all the joy out of the season. Money seems to be the only thing that matters so I'm pretty much in the stay-in-bed-until-January camp.

caspharm 11-24-2014 03:05 PM

Waiting until Thanksgiving first.

Sewnoma 11-24-2014 03:07 PM

DH & I are feeling the spirit a bit more this year than usual. My dear father died in a car accident in December 2002, just a few days after his 50th birthday and just a few days before Christmas, and it's taken me this long for the month of December to be anything other than utterly depressing. DH was very close to Dad too, so it has been hard on both of us.

BUT...this year feels a little different, to both of us. For the last several years we procrastinated on decorating and buying a tree until we're buying the saddest lopsided Charlie Brown tree on the lot the night before Christmas and just putting out a couple things. This year I want us to buy a tree much earlier, maybe even first week in December, and actually bother to decorate the house. It's been years since we put out our "village" of cast-plaster houses - we still have a few unpainted, maybe we'll get around to those this year too. Another thing we used to do and just sort of stopped. We don't have kids so it was easy to let all our traditions drop away, but now I'm starting to miss them.

I've started "decorating" the outside of my house a little bit already, but I come from a granola-crunching hippy family so my "traditional outdoor Christmas decorations" are really just bird food bells and the like, to help all my feathered neighbors get through the cold months. But I hang them with green and red ribbons and wrap green and red ribbons around the tall feeders, so I count it as "decorating", LOL. We don't usually do lights, maybe a string around the front door but that's about it.

As for gifts...my most favorite gift, that I look forward to the most every year, is the hand drawn Christmas cards my niece and nephew make. My niece makes one for me, my nephew makes one for DH, and I love them to pieces. I'm probably a little bit biased but I think those kids are the cleverest and sweetest kids on the planet, and their cards are always funny and cute and...I just love them! (The kids AND the cards!)

nannyrick 11-24-2014 06:05 PM


Originally Posted by sandy l (Post 6980388)
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 agree,wholeheartedly. It seems like Thanksgiving is totally forgotten. Pretty
soon, merchants will begin by Labor Day, putting up Christmas trees. It has
taken all the joy out of the holidays. JMHO.

miriam 11-24-2014 09:22 PM


Originally Posted by nannyrick.com (Post 6983005)
I agree,wholeheartedly. It seems like Thanksgiving is totally forgotten. Pretty
soon, merchants will begin by Labor Day, putting up Christmas trees. It has
taken all the joy out of the holidays. JMHO.

They already do - there are also magazines and books by August. BHG does it every year.

zennia 11-25-2014 06:05 AM

Yes, this year I am really in the mood and it all started with a wreath i seen at the $ store. I am waiting until after Thanksgiving but i have things ready in my mind. Turned on Christmas music yesterday.

Daisy Dew 11-25-2014 06:26 AM

Yep. We too have never decorated so early. I have a mix of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not all Christmas stuff yet but the tree is up and I love it. Now I truly love Thanksgiving but over the years with kids & GK living a distance we have started celebrating Thanksgiving in Oct because of distance traveling, in-laws kids need to see, and good ole bad weather. Kids get to play out side grandpa has a scavenger hunt we have a bonfire and we end up spending the entire day having a great time and sometimes they end up spending the entire weekend so we have a huge sleep over. The benefit is: when the 4th Thurs of Nov comes the kids can go to their other side of the family and everyone wins DH&I like to help at a shelter so it works for us.
Now we'll enjoy our Christmas decorations thru the Feast of the Epiphany!
Gotta go time to put the turkey in the brine! Happy Thanksgiving everyone

mjhaess 11-25-2014 12:45 PM

Wish I could get in the mood...My neighbor has her tree up already....


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