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    what do you work on this time of year? I always use this time to enter into a sort of finishing frenzy. I try to finish as many projects as possible. I always enjoy it when everyone else is busy with family and holiday stuff, and I can just relax and finish projects.

    What about you? How do you use this time if you don't do Christmas stuff?

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    I just keep on with my current project. Right now I'm working on a "square in a square 2" for a friends wedding present in March.
    I do enjoy seeing what everyone is making for Christmas gifts and then I copy and give on other occasions.

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    I confess I'm making quilts for presents this year but usually I just sit back and watch everyone else going crazy (and broke) with their decorating mania (they have to have more lights than the neighbors,etc) and shopping.
    I don't decorate, bake or put up a tree anymore.
    So much easier!
    And getting rid of all that stuff gave me more room for sewing/quilting items, lol.
    Jan. 1 they're packing up stuff. I'm relaxing and sewing. Love it.

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    I seldom make Christmas gifts anymore.It just stresses me out to work on a deadline.So I give quilty things away when the mood strikes.
    Like you, there's always a stack of UFOs awaiting borders,backing etc.I do some baking & candy making,address the few cards I send & enjoy the season.Love the music & cold snowy days.That's time for reading, sewing & lots of hot chocolate :-)

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    And here I was, thinking I was the only person who would be quite happy if Christmas was abolished. Yes I do have grown children and grandchildren, and do spend time with them over the yuletide, but I would be quite happy to hide away

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    Quote Originally Posted by sall
    And here I was, thinking I was the only person who would be quite happy if Christmas was abolished. Yes I do have grown children and grandchildren, and do spend time with them over the yuletide, but I would be quite happy to hide away
    This makes me sad because I would be happy if I had children and grandchildren to celebrate with. I guess it just depends on your circumstances.

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    I figured that with this many people, I couldn't be the only one who didn't celebrate Christmas.

    Quote Originally Posted by sall
    And here I was, thinking I was the only person who would be quite happy if Christmas was abolished. Yes I do have grown children and grandchildren, and do spend time with them over the yuletide, but I would be quite happy to hide away

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    I love Christmas! But, over the years, I have really slowed down with the hoop-la of it all. It seems so crazy with they BUY BUY BUY stuff.

    I am doing 3 gifts for each of my grown kids. Oldest ds and his wife will get something together and then something small for each of them.

    Middle ds, my Marine, is getting a digital camera and a camera card and stocking.

    Youngest ds, who is 17, is all on his dad this year! LOL

    I love to bake and have family around. I don't decorate as much as I did and I try very hard to AVOID the stores!

    I love to be able to just sit and sew and enjoy my family. Simple times are the best times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Quote Originally Posted by sall
    And here I was, thinking I was the only person who would be quite happy if Christmas was abolished. Yes I do have grown children and grandchildren, and do spend time with them over the yuletide, but I would be quite happy to hide away
    This makes me sad because I would be happy if I had children and grandchildren to celebrate with. I guess it just depends on your circumstances.
    Sadiemae, I don't know where you are (location wise), but if you're close to me, we'd LOVE to have you! ((hugs)) To me, the more the merrier! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    I confess I'm making quilts for presents this year but usually I just sit back and watch everyone else going crazy (and broke) with their decorating mania (they have to have more lights than the neighbors,etc) and shopping.
    I don't decorate, bake or put up a tree anymore.
    So much easier!
    And getting rid of all that stuff gave me more room for sewing/quilting items, lol.
    Jan. 1 they're packing up stuff. I'm relaxing and sewing. Love it.
    Me too. Gave mine to DGD when she got married. I don't have time for that stuff anymore, to busy quilting.

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    himnherr,
    I love your avatar!! Just the title tells the story!

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    What I find now is that Christmas is just far too much commercialised. I live in a large city and the shops start in September, most of the goods are related to Christmas, much too early.When I ask some people, when did they last go to a church service at Christmas they cannot even remember, this is what I find sad. I love Carol services, and midnight mass, but even in a lot of christian schools, they do not allow the Nativity play which is a very long standing tradition, and they reason given is because it might not be acceptable to non christians.
    How sad is this, when our little ones cannot re enact the meaning of Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sall
    What I find now is that Christmas is just far too much commercialised. I live in a large city and the shops start in September, most of the goods are related to Christmas, much too early.When I ask some people, when did they last go to a church service at Christmas they cannot even remember, this is what I find sad. I love Carol services, and midnight mass, but even in a lot of christian schools, they do not allow the Nativity play which is a very long standing tradition, and they reason given is because it might not be acceptable to non christians.
    How sad is this, when our little ones cannot re enact the meaning of Christmas.
    You hit the nail right on the head!!!

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    I do not decorate for Christmas either. It is just so commercial, we just need to remember why we really have Christmas--the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. All of my children feel the same way. I make things for my family all the time. They love the surprises, never know when they are comming. That's the fun part!!

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    While I understand the dislike of Christmas's commercialization, I guess I was also thinking about those of us who don't "just need to remember why we really have Christmas," because we don't have it - we don't celebrate at all. What do those of you who don't celebrate spend this quiet time at the end of the year making?

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    Just don't see the need to get all excited for 24 hours!

    It's not that we don't celebrate - it's just that our children & Grandkids are in Wisconsin and we're down here in New Mexico. DH can't fly (wheelchair weighs 250# & would need a lift to get it into a vehicle.) Driving to there would take too long. When we had the time, we didn't have the money. Now that we have the money, we don't have the time. Always happens that way, doesn't it? Someday, I'm hoping the kids will come down here.

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    We have dinner with the kids and my mom. Then I do exactly what I do the rest of the year, anything I want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Quote Originally Posted by sall
    And here I was, thinking I was the only person who would be quite happy if Christmas was abolished. Yes I do have grown children and grandchildren, and do spend time with them over the yuletide, but I would be quite happy to hide away
    This makes me sad because I would be happy if I had children and grandchildren to celebrate with. I guess it just depends on your circumstances.
    You are welcome at my house Sadie...i Love the Holidays :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    While I understand the dislike of Christmas's commercialization, I guess I was also thinking about those of us who don't "just need to remember why we really have Christmas," because we don't have it - we don't celebrate at all. What do those of you who don't celebrate spend this quiet time at the end of the year making?
    I think you'll find most people don't understand the concept of just not celebrating Christmas at all. There are millions and millions of non Christians that don't celebrate. I'm sure there are Jewish, Buddist, Hindus and probably several people of various Pagan paths on this group that do not celebrate this holiday.

    At my house we have a holiday complete with lights and a tree and gifts.

    Mostly I work on things I'm behind on and have a good time with my kids and grandkids.

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    I know you're right. With all of the recent threads about Christmas gifts, I just got curious about all of those you mentioned, as well as Christians who don't really do much for the holiday.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    While I understand the dislike of Christmas's commercialization, I guess I was also thinking about those of us who don't "just need to remember why we really have Christmas," because we don't have it - we don't celebrate at all. What do those of you who don't celebrate spend this quiet time at the end of the year making?
    I think you'll find most people don't understand the concept of just not celebrating Christmas at all. There are millions and millions of non Christians that don't celebrate. I'm sure there are Jewish, Buddist, Hindus and probably several people of various Pagan paths on this group that do not celebrate this holiday.

    At my house we have a holiday complete with lights and a tree and gifts.

    Mostly I work on things I'm behind on and have a good time with my kids and grandkids.

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    I think everyone needs a holiday event of some type to look forward to, religious or commercial. Without anticipation life would be a joyless.

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    Thanks for being so kind, I am just kind of blue today...

    I don't know anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas at all for the reasons mentioned, so can't help there.

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    I've never celebrated Christmas and have been raised as a disciple of Christ. I don't begrudge anyone their right to decide what to or how to believe. We are all created to be free moral agents.

    Now all my kids are out of state with no plans of visiting, so for me it's like any other day to which I'm accustomed. I don't plan any special projects, maybe take the time to think about the "to do" list of projects that keeps getting longer and longer. :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    I've never celebrated Christmas and have been raised as a disciple of Christ. I don't begrudge anyone their right to decide what to or how to believe. We are all created to be free moral agents.

    Now all my kids are out of state with no plans of visiting, so for me it's like any other day to which I'm accustomed. I don't plan any special projects, maybe take the time to think about the "to do" list of projects that keeps getting longer and longer. :D :D
    Thanks for sharing with us. We don't have these churches in our area and I enjoy learning about other areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    I've never celebrated Christmas and have been raised as a disciple of Christ. I don't begrudge anyone their right to decide what to or how to believe. We are all created to be free moral agents.

    Now all my kids are out of state with no plans of visiting, so for me it's like any other day to which I'm accustomed. I don't plan any special projects, maybe take the time to think about the "to do" list of projects that keeps getting longer and longer. :D :D
    Thanks for sharing with us. We don't have these churches in our area and I enjoy learning about other areas.
    Sorry for the confusion, I'm a disciple of Christ, adhering to what he taught about his Father, but I'm known as a Jehovah's Witness. :-)

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