Last "normal" day

Discussion in 'Countryside Families' started by zealot, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. zealot

    zealot Soli Deo Gloria

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    Well, today is the last day of sanity before the long holiday season which seems to go on without end. I can't wait until it's over; can you?
     
  2. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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    no, I can't.
     

  3. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    This year, I have made the decision that, rather than bracing myself and gritting my teeth for the next 30-odd days, I am going to go THROUGH it with whatever level of disengaged serenity I can achieve.

    I am doing deep-breathing, mindful awareness, daily devotionals; I am letting in the good, saying "No, thank you" to the negative, I am taking care of myself and investing in a large box of Calgon.

    I'm also making sure I refill my Clonopin prescription.

    That's the plan. I'm sticking to it!

    Pony!
     
  4. jlxian

    jlxian Also known as Jean Supporter

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    I used to LOVE the holidays, but they have become very hard for me to live through. And then I feel guilty over not enjoying it..... What fun! I'm with you, can't wait till its DONE.
     
  5. Sassafrassa

    Sassafrassa WorkerBee

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    I'm with Pony! I am going to try to disassociate as much as possible from the commercial, materialistic circus that is about to begin...has begun already actually.

    My BF and I have agreed to not engage in this stuff this year. We are doing the "recycle, re-use or homemade" gift idea that someone suggested on another thread. We have everything we could possibly need, so why make up an excuse to buy more. And we are going to do our best to enjoy our family and friends by having small dinners and gatherings instead. Helps us to remember what's really important.

    Sassa
     
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Guest

    I have to admit these last several years I have started looking forward to the arrival of January much more than I used to.

    .....Alan.
     
  7. Sharon in NY

    Sharon in NY Well-Known Member

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    Well, we simply don't notice it. We're Jewish, so we don't do much of the classic cultural-overbuy. Yes, there are 8 nights, but Chanukah is a *minor* holiday. This year we're making all our gifts, except for a few books I bought back before we went on our "no buy" year. So other than knitting faster, there's no holiday hectic coming. We don't go to the mall, we don't watch tv, so honestly, we don't even notice it. We have a bunch of people over for Thanksgiving, and then, between now and Chanukah, there are just a few things to do - get the kids to make some blue and white paper chains, and color some pictures to hang up, bake Hebrew Letter and menorah cookies and decorate them, help them draw cards, do a little extra cooking, read the stories and sing songs, and enjoy the weather. We have guests for a latke party one night, and my middle son has a birthday on the second night of Chanukah, but that's all there is too it.

    I have to say, I love ignoring the whole thing.

    Sharon
     
  8. MelissaW

    MelissaW Well-Known Member

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    Someday, when I dig up a trunk of long buried money in my garden, or am willed a fortune from a long lost relative, I'm going to rent a cabin on a mountainside somewhere for the entire month of December. We'll hide out there with a big stack of books, lots of firewood, and a pantry stuffed with good food, and emerge after New Year's Day, none the worse for wear!
     
  9. Country Lady

    Country Lady Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I love the true meaning of the holidays, but not the commercialism. Usually, I can't wait until January 2nd.
     
  10. Ardie/WI

    Ardie/WI Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We refuse to get into that mind set about the Holidays. It's very low key here. I have no idea if Roger and I are even exchanging gifts and we aren't getting silly about decorating.

    We'll attend church services, we'll see some relatives, that's it!
     
  11. SFM in KY

    SFM in KY Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm another that used to enjoy the holidays very much, but pretty much started backing off by the time the kids were in high school and then grown and gone. Parents started wintering in Arizona ... husband and I both had shift work jobs and we pretty much grew into the habit of volunteering to work during the holiday shifts to cover for people who wanted ... and had ... extensive family holidays.

    I pretty much quit the gift exchange thing when my grandchildren got into mid-grade school age ... daughter and husband were doing well financially and they were doing things like getting the entire family snow machines for Christmas ... or ski equipment and a week at a Jackson Hole ski resort.

    She didn't grow up like that ... I don't approve of it ... and I mostly just "opted out" of the holidays except for a limited and sensible exchange with my husband and parents.

    I don't decorate, we go out to dinner at Thanksgiving and Christmas, DH and I send cards to the people we choose to, if we choose to do so ... and that is pretty much it.
     
  12. countryheart

    countryheart Well-Known Member

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    I love the holidays. I always get that excited feeling. I love the music (have already started playing Christmas music at home), the lights, decorations, and food. I do not like the stress of shopping for presents and I am willing to give up presents altogether. I would like the holiday season to last longer. Jesus is the reason for the season.


    Countryheart
     
  13. Bink

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    I don't plan on being out in it much, and that's a fact. I'm going to hole up and sew the stuffed animals for my niece and nephews, mail some Christmas cards and that's about it.

    I am looking forward to when my holly bushes are big enough to harvest a little for wreaths, though. That's going to be fun. :)

    One of these years I'll carve my own stamps for cards again, but that won't be this year. I've unearthed a box of yardsaled ones and they'll do nicely.
     
  14. donsgal

    donsgal Nohoa Homestead

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    I do not participate in any of it. I sequester myself (moreso than usual), in my little nest, playing cds instead of radio (no Christmas music that way). I shall not venture forth except for the bare necessities until after the first of January. And yes, it does seem like forever and a day.

    donsgal
     
  15. bugstabber

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    I thought I'd go into it with an open mind. Take advantage of the sales, view the special displays and events that people put on. Basically I'm not going to get my panties in a bunch. Too much Christmas music? Shut off the radio! Don't watch tv - that works for me. I've already dropped off my Operation Christmas Child boxes, we donated four bikes and a trike to a group collecting them for children on Indian reservations in SD and ND. I started shopping for gifts, and things are good. :angel:
     
  16. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    Bah Humbug!

    I love this time of year. For the most part, people seem to be a bit friendlier, a bit kinder, just nicer. I love the music, the movies, and the decorations. My shopping is done, all I have left to do is write out the Christmas cards.

    I have a 5 y/o son that is absolutely Ecstatic about the whole experience.

    Life is good!

    Nikki
     
  17. rnmom23

    rnmom23 Well-Known Member

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    Nikki, I'm with you! What's with all the negativity?

    I HATE all the commercialism, greed, long lines, as well, but I do my best to

    look past all that and keep the season magical! The lights, the carols, cutting

    and decorating the tree, LOTS and LOTS of baking and the perpetual

    comforting scent in my house as a result of all that baking, reading the

    Christmas story to my kids by the warmth of the wood stove on the cold

    snowy nights, family get- togethers and church events...

    Love this time of year!!!

    Of course, every time a commercial comes on the tv and I have to hear one

    of the kids whine for the dozenth time, "I want that soooo bad!!!!" I cringe. I

    try to keep the TV off A LOT in December!

    Happy Holidays! :dance:

    Liz
     
  18. auntielisababe

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    Hey Sharon-

    We are with you. We eat some Latkes. Give the kids small gifts. Have friends over. Read some stories. Bake some cookies and light the candles. To bad your not closer, you could come fry some latkes with us.

    Lisa
     
  19. Farmer Willy

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    Shame we can't have them last for 2 months. I think they should move Festivus to the middle of Jan.
     
  20. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have been reading about the history of Festivus. Actually, it's a holiday that can be celebrated any time between December and May. It's also been a pretty flexible, fluid sort of thing since its inception in 1966.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus
    http://www.cbrsd.org/nessacus/festivus/nytimes/19FEST.html

    Festivus (or a series of Festivi) may be the solution to the doldrums some experience between January and March...

    Of course, by March it's time to get the seedlings started, and there's PLENTY to be happy about then. :)

    Pony!