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RonA3597

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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:32 am

Brewdude wrote:
Mom used to say that if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all.
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:05 am

"Spoiling my dog with presents" rings true to me. From whom else do you get so much love and attention and such superb loyalty? I was eating cold cuts the other night with a bit of mayo. My cat got interested but then looked away, repeated this, but then grew assertive, looking straight at me and turning to face the food. Hell, I fed her; sharing is good with her. I like giving her part of my food and feel that the prohibition against feeding pets people food is misguided. We get treats; why can't they?

In general my pet standards have loosened over the years. I almost never gave them people food, and don't even try to walk on the counters. I don't want my current cat to get up on the pipe and tobacco table, but that's about it.
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:02 pm

I find good and bad in the holidays.

I hate the holiday shopping hype and I swear the commercials get louder and more annoying every year. I like Christmas music but after a few days of constantly hearing it I ready to be done with that as well.

I love the actual day of the holiday when you get to spend time with the family. Makes it almost worth dealing with the annoying stuff above.

I do miss the excitement that I felt as a kid before opening my presents. It doesn't help that my wife is a terrible gift buyer, she has an uncanny knack for finding a gift that is so not me? She has other good qualities so I'm not complaining, well not much. Having said that I'm excited to get my Secret Santa package this year and I'm really enjoying stuffing the box for my victim as well.

Happy holidays to you all.
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:11 pm

Love the holidays; despise the commercialism. Black Friday has now become Black Thursday & Friday. The dang malls will be open at 0800 Thursday morning!!!! No way to spend Thanksgiving. I find "shopping" repugnant enough as it is, I refuse to cater to businesses that are open on holidays. Bring back the 'Blue Laws" and knock this $hit off!!!!! Everybody have a great and enjoyable "Turkey Day!!!!!" FTRPLT
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Dragonslayer

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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:36 pm

I enjoy the holidays seeing family, friends and those who come along, 3/4 I like the other 1/4 well the feeling is mutual. After dinner, they’ve eaten the food I paid for and relaxing watching football on my home theater, I’m off to the man cave…Where I’d rather be anyways enjoying bowls of the special tobacco.

This year with the cellaring issue, I printed out copies of my shopping cart at 4Noggins and wrote in the discount prices. Then across the top wrote “pick two, give the money to your mother. If you buy anything else enclose the receipt, it will be returned the next day to complete the order.” Was going to go for a nice pipe but my birthday is in April and can wait that long. Desperate times, desperate measures.

Traffic is crazy during the holidays where I live, mostly food related. IMO Christmas shopping is three groups. 25% people still do all the shopping because they love it and running into friends. 25% are checking things out, running into friends but are seeing what something looks like or the size, then ordering it off the Internet. The rest getting the best prices, no hassle and buy it from the Internet. My wife falls under the first group.  I’ve got it easy and only buy one gift for her and she takes care of everyone else.

Craig
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:25 pm

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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:34 pm

I would not miss the commercial side one bit, but I do treasure the time spent with family and friends

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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:34 am

I like the holidays.
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:52 am

Happy Thanksgiving.   Cool 
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loco pony

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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:18 pm

I have finally had enough time to read each and every post on this thread. Very insightful, and alot learned. Thank you for sharing.

I live my life in such a way as to spend as much time as possible with my family, and loved ones.
I guess growing up where I did, where you are nothing and then holidays were overblown and tomorrow back to the grind stone killed holidays for me and planted in me to take advantage of all times that I can spend with loved ones.

Im just gonna try to glad others are happy with it.
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flyguy

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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:12 pm

@Hermit: That turkey could use an exorcism! affraid 
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:30 pm

Bradley that is very noble of you to do this holiday. While I'm not a parent or a grandparent, very far from being either, I do still have cousins of mine that are much younger, so I do get the joy of seeing them be happy. As for the season I get very happy when the snow starts to fly it calms me down and makes me relax so I can deal with all the commercials and busy-bodies of the holidays.
~Ron
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:00 pm

gravel wrote:
I like the holidays.
So do I. Ours will be quite different this year since my wife just got out of the hospital after a hip replacement.
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:22 pm

I don't really enjoy the holidays other than my house decked out for the season. My "holidays" are the playoffs leading up to Super Bowl. No travel, presents, relatives, cooking and cleaning. Just my TV, family, pipes/cigars, takeout wings/pizza and cocktails. Now that's my idea of a holiday! Shocked 
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:11 am

We enjoy the holidays here, particularly my wife. She was raised by a pair of alcoholics, so here Christmas memories were full of ups and downs. She made sure our kids had great holidays and over-compensates a little but we enjoy seeing her joyful.

Our guilty pleasure is watching holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel. We usually watch one a week, for the acting, suspenseful and unpredictable plot twists.
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:09 pm

"Our guilty pleasure is watching holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel. We usually watch one a week, for the acting, suspenseful and unpredictable plot twists."

OK, I'll be a man and own up to watching them too.
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loco pony

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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:18 pm

I hate those movies. Except the animated cartoons ones they are fun. And most of all I loath holiday music, yuck its such crap, especially that drummer boy song. That song is like 3 hours long and so repetitive. And that 12 days of christmas song. Irritating more than fiberglass underwear.
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:46 pm

I've seen them many times, but the classics such as "Miracle on 34th Street," "It's A Wonderful Life," "Going My Way," and "Holiday Inn" continue to draw me in year after year.
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:48 pm

I enjoy the Holidays but really take them low key so to speak. My better half celebrates her Birthday on Christmas Day so I make Dinner for her and a few other family members and then during the evening we celebrate her Birthday with cake and dessert. A double celebration makes for a full and enjoyable day. Even better if we get snowed in!!! My only regrets are that my family is so far spread and it's almost impossible to get everyone together.
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PostSubject: Christmas   Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:36 pm

Doc we do the low key now, with kids grown and there own families we only have my bachelor son who comes in from Houston. I share the same ritual with you as wife has her birthday on the 29th of Dec, joke at home is she gets 2 presents and I only get one. I'm not much on presents as I get within reason what I need all year.Merry Christmas to all , Notice I didn't say Happy Holidays.lol!
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:10 pm

cajun wrote:
I'm not much on presents as I get within reason what I need all year.Merry Christmas to all , Notice I didn't say Happy Holidays.lol!
I'm in the same situation here Bradley, I have more than I need already not really wanting for anything. And I am TOTALLY in agreement about Merry Christmas to all.rendeer 
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:52 pm

I enjoy the holiday season, having 4 kids it was always fun watching them unwrap their gifts and seeing the excitement on their faces. Now that they are older it is still fun to have them around to hang out, watch movies and eat some good food. My youngest daughter is only 11 so it is still an important part of her life and that brings a lot of joy to me. They have a Christmas song channel on my cable tv so I put that on and we listen to all the old classics. For me it brings back a sense of times gone by and a life that was slower and more family orientated. One of my favorite Christmas songs is the Little Drummer Boy sung by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. You can hear it here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXjbI3kRus
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:42 pm

Thanks for the link Harris. I must live in a cave because I've never heard them sing together before. Great video and song.
Very Happy 
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loco pony

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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:40 am

Well, I guess Im glad its there for those of you who do enjoy it. I do wish I could walk into a shop and not have my ears assulted with horrible repetitive music. There are some good Christmas carrols but they all seem to play the worst ones the can find, drummer boy, 12 day (which is like 12 hour long), and those horrible pop and country singer remakes.
I do enjoy everyone being happier and nicer this time of year though. Saddly come January they will be more grumpy and hateful than ever.
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PostSubject: Re: holiday season   Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:41 am

Leaping double posts and no delete button. Only edit.
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