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My wife and I were getting grumbly about the Holidays. Family scattered everywhere, shopping for what...we have so much stuff, but worst of all, my wife's attachment to an old artificial tree that's so ugly I can't stand seeing it again.

Then last week, the spirit hit us, so we went out and bought a really nice, new artificial tree. Hanging all our glittery decorations on it. Won't take it apart for storage, which ruined the old one, so it will have a cover and live the rest of the year in the garden shed. Giving money to charity, no presents for us.

Daughter's living nearby but blind partner doesn't care about decorations, so she can get in the spirit here and we'll feed them. Heck, even putting up lights, but not the way I always have, something new this year, even wrapping the small herd of fake deer so they glow in the dark from internal lights. Found some nifty LED spotlights to illuminate the bare trees that form a little bower in the front yard. Not the same old decorations, and doing this leaves me feeling refreshed.

Hope everyone is having a nice, humbug-free holiday season. Merry Christmas, happy holidays and Chanukah, and to all, a good night.
 

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Good on ya, Tom!
My Holiday doesn't start until I've bought the Lamb's Overproof Rum...for the Xmas pudding of course. What'd you think I wanted it for? ;)
Spent yesterday pruning back the Wisteria on the pergola so I can get the lights up. Opened up a rat's nest. Something fairly solid fell out of it; now I can't find where it landed....oh let it not be a dead rat, or a live one for that matter!
Kind of grossed me out...of course I wasn't wearing an N95 mask; why would I have been?
 

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SIL, who lives on the acreage adjoining ours, is hosting the monthly girls card party next week. She'll be using an artificial tree, a 4 footer, for part of the decorations for the party. Then she heads to CA to spend Christmas with her daughter. We'll be borrowing that tree...and the lights. We're not cheap...or lazy. Just frugal with our money, time and effort.0:):grin:
 

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Speaking of gross Dan, my ebrake on the work van is push on with your foot. But there’s a release above it at the bottom of the dash .
I should know better , as I have short arms , so I normally release it before I sit down . This way I avoid getting dirt supercharged into my face when I release it .
So I’m deep in thought and not paying attention this morning , as I’m singing (If I could turn back time by Cher) I release the e-brake , and almost like in slow motion, a small diameter brown snowball fly’s off the pedal and directly into my mouth like it had a guidance system !
Not impressed to say the least . Been eating Chinese and those chocolate oranges all afternoon , and still can’t get that dirt taste out of my mouth .
Maybe it’s psychosomatic?
 

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Our senior group, Seniors With Inquiring Minds, has our Christmas pot luck next Friday. I'm VP this year again. Today our speaker was an internationally known violinist who at age 7, watched the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. Very interesting day spent with good friends. I really appreciate the friendships made on this Forum over the past few years. I hope we all get many more years of hanging out together.
 

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We bought live trees for years so we could decorate them on the front porch and leave them out for all to enjoy. Planted them later in the year as appropriate. Created my own little forest in the interim.
 

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Haven't had a tree or decorations in over 20+ years. Our house is easy to find - 1st one on the street with nothing. Wife sometimes puts a ceramic little manger scene up or unpacks a foot high ceramic tree - just plug it in. After 40 years - no gifts exchanged or anything else. We don't need anything else.

We'll do something for the grandson, but he's 750 miles away - down by (oh my) Joat.

To quote my hero -- Bah Humbug!!
 

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We have a Santa costume at work that is used for parades . I went to the office and grabbed it Christmas Day , and went two doors down to give my neighbors 3 year old daughter a present .

It was hilarious,as the parents knew I had bought her a present , but had no idea Santa was coming to the house Christmas morning .

I was in the back yard hoe hoe hoeing , and dad thought this guy from downtown was in his backyard stealing his bottles again .
Was he ever surprised when it was in fact Santa . I go inside and told there daughter what a good girl I heard she’s been , and tried to give her the present .
Well it was worst the extra effort, as her eyes were like saucers and she stood there paralyzed in bewilderment .
When dad told her to give Santa a hug , she started crying lol , as she’s smart and doesn’t trust strangers, not even Santa !
 

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When you name isn't Rudolph, the view is always the same.

I thought of this when I saw your post Dan.


My herd of reindeer (6 lighted) are still in the high pasture (shop attic) and I won't be putting them on the lawn at the end of the driveway to graze until the end of the Christmas Season this year. I'm having heart problems (again) and will be going in for possibly a few more stents in January. Trying to minimize my activity until then, but still making the tiny reindeer ear rings and larger sizes when I get the chance.

Charley
 

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Gonna rename you St. Charley...St. for 'stents'.
The kickboxing lessons are postponed then? ;)
You can't go anywhere, Charley, until you've finished all your projects...and the paperwork!
 

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I keep telling myself that I can't go because I have too much to do yet, but I seem to have very little control of the situation.

Charley
 

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Not humbug but this month is a hard one to go through. I have been to too many funerals of family and other loved ones in December to get excited about the holiday. Reaching 70 and a cousin who is closer than any sister who will be 75 doesn't help either. I just cringe when the phone rings in December.
Sorry to be so negative but I'm sure many of you will understand.
 

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And Nov., Jan., and February, John.
Flu shots are free up here. Pretty much mandatory if you want to visit someone in a care facility.
 

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...I just cringe when the phone rings in December.
Sorry to be so negative but I'm sure many of you will understand.
I do understand. Deaths in the family and the passing of more than 50 in my senior discussion group over the past few years were depressing, and yet, we're still here, which really beats where they are now. I have been a bit depressed from time to time, but I keep surrounding myself with people who have a zest for life. And I'm fairly sanguine about people passing.

I died on a plane a few years ago, but came back. So I don't entertain any fear because it was such an easy process. Being revived was the painful part, those chest compressions really made me sore. The compensation was the charming and pretty nurse who watched over me in Nashville. I tried to fix her up with a single doctor there, but it didn't work out. I think he must have been gay beause she was a prize.

Hope this helps cheer you up
 
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