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Old 11-17-2009, 01:01 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Gonna Change CHRISTMAS!

OK, NOT gonna change CHRISTMAS

Some of us celebrate Christmas from a religious perspective, others celebrate the season of giving ~ kindness ~ Peace On Earth hopes...others of us celebrate different holidays

We usually disagree a lot on these types of threads...

I think we all can agree that the majority of us celebrate in some form or another

Our world has changed much in the last few years in many ways....we may come close to agreeing that the majority of the changes have hurt us all in one way or another.....the world is changing folks...changes we never thought possible...it will always change... but one thing is for sure...

The CHRISTMAS SEASON will always be here...no matter how you celebrate it

But the season has changed for me, from when I was a child....how about you?

I don't remember seeing Christmas/Holiday decorations in stores weeks before Halloween....

A lot of changes...

In the last few years my family, all grown, has gone to giving to others more than between ourselves...this is a great change my family has done.

How about you? Any changes you are making? Things you want to share from your beliefs and thoughts on the season? Feel free to share all your thoughts...religious or not...but NO BASHING ALLOWED or I will close the thread...'k?
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:54 PM   #2
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well things have definitely changed a lot over the years for me. my grandmother always made christmas very special for the whole family when i was young. after she died, things just weren't the same. now the whole family is scattered and we don't get to see each other at all.
i spend my holiday with my husbands family now, which just isn't the same. they don't do gifts for everyone, they do steal a gift. which is fun, but just not the same. there aren't very many kids in the family yet, so it's just not as fun. to me christmas should be a time to make magic for children, and i feel like i'm missing out on that.
but it's not all sad. i still have my traditions that i stick to, and we always have a nice meal and good company. i've been trying to not get into a bad attitude but with my family gone it feels more like a season of miserable obligations.
that being said, i still decorate and have a few traditional recipes and in honor of the family that has passed or can't be with us, the last few years i started putting up pictures of everyone who isn't with us to remind us.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:01 PM   #3
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LIZZIE that is a nice idea with the pictures of those that have passed.

That sounds like a "change" I would like to make.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:08 PM   #4
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i made two photo holders similar to these:

http://holiday-decorating-entertaini...gar.com/839352

with ribbon and mini-clothes pins. they look really great.
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way cool!
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:49 PM   #6
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Christmas traditions have changed a lot over the last couple years around here.
1. The kids aren't here We spend a good chunk of the day on the phone and webcam with family members (younger AND older)
2. I no longer bake 20 dozen Christmas cookies. In fact, I bake zero dozen.
3. We give more gifts to charities in honor of others instead of buying "stuff".
4. I put up fewer decorations, and have really streamlined decorating.

Some things stay the same:
1. Candelight Christmas eve service
2. Full nativity lighted figurines in the yard
3. Home-made nativity scene stockings hanging in the living room
4. Advent calendar and wreath
5. Christmas (not holiday) cards to friends and family
6. Extra time spent in prayer and meditation to help insure that Christmas stays Christ focused for our family.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:42 PM   #7
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SCOOTER this year Angie has said no tree...but all the other decorations will go up and we have a really cool new Nativity...so excited about it!

Won't be able to hang up my "Jesus" Board on the house because of the surgery...but maybe some angel will show! already neighbors are asking me to put it up as usual.

I should say we did already buy a tree...we just donated it to a family at Camp Pendleton.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:50 PM   #8
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i thought of a couple more things- i usually make some of those cinnamon ornaments for the tree, smell so good!
one of my favorite christmas memories is with my mom. we decorated our tree for christmas with all edible things- dried slices of oranges, apples, star fruit, popcorn and cranberry garlands- and when christmas was over- we took anything that wasn't safe off, stuck the tree in the back yard and the birds fed off it! it was so cool!
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:15 AM   #9
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Another great idea Lizzie!
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:56 AM   #10
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I'm similar to lizziep in that my family always got together for holidays, especially Christmas at Pappaw and Mammaw's, but now they're gone and we live so far away from everyone else. DH's family never had any holiday traditions except for mom and dad being drunk, so no traditions from that side of the family for us to follow. We've just tried to keep it special and Christ-centered (no Santa's in our house) for our boys and do what we can for others who are less fortunate.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:27 AM   #11
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My Christmas got much smaller after my mom died. She was kind of the central, driving force of the family meal and Christmas, and after she passed away nearly six years ago it just wasn't the same. Then my brother's kids have gotten older, and their Christmas wishes have changed from stuffed animals and board games to expensive things we can't afford. So we do gift cards (which I hate with a passion - to me that's a "thoughtless" gift.) I used to LOVE going into a store and finding something for them, but they're not "into" anything but friends and shopping anymore.

Once I married my husband, Christmas got complicated. Now we have his dad's family Christmas, then his granny's Christmas, and Christmas Eve/Day alternates. One year (like this year) we'll spend Christmas Eve at my brother's house, do the morning stuff there and then do lunch at his mom's. But that may not even be the case this year, since his teenagers might prefer to sleep in, rather than get up early for gifts. Gotta check that out...

That being said, I LOVE and adore decorating for Christmas. This year we've got our new house that's just BEGGING for decorations! Can't wait for that!
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I want to make Christmas less and less about the stuff. I am fortunate enough to be spending part of the season in Europe going to the Christmas markets in Germany and sledding in the Alps in Switzerland. I want us to enjoy family time there and recognize what a blessing we have, go to seasonal concerts and see a play.

As for gifts, my kids are getting:

1 Joint gift from Santa Claus and stockings!
We are exchanging gifts with each other and that is it.

We will decorate the tree, put some lights up and do some special Christmas crafts like stringing popcorn and baking gingerbread men/women.

When I was a kid all Christmas entailed was lots of stuff and a meal for already obese family. Pitiful.
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the more i read the more stuff i am remembering from my childhood. my grandmother always read us a couple of christmas stories- she usually got them from magazines like "the good old days" and that was always really great. if i thought my husbands family would appreciate that at all, i'd start it back up.
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Christmas hasn't really changed much for me, and that's such a blessing. We don't get to spend every Christmas with everybody, but we alternate between families every year. We have children on both sides, so we still get to see the "magic" of Christmas morning. I love the time with our extended and immediate families and I've never had a drama-filled Christmas! Just lots of love and fun for everyone. It's somewhat cliche, but I don't care.

The only thing that has changed is that we no longer attend the candlelight service on the air force base with my family because it's just gotten too crowded. We go to the Christmas Eve service at my childhood church (also the church I was married in). It's a lovely service, but it's just not the same as the glow of the candlelight on the stone walls and stained glass windows and I miss the old, traditional hymns!

This year is the first year DH and I are going to host Christmas at our house. We know we're not going to have many guests, since everyone is 5+ hours away, but it will be wonderful regardless!
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Great stuff LADIES!

I just love the candlelight service at church too KIM...the early service has the Santa Claus "look" with all the young kids ALL EXCITED...way cool too!

Angie plays bells at both of the services this year I believe...early at 6...later at 10...used to be 11...glad we go at 10 now...old man I am....wink
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