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Old December 25th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #201 (permalink)
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It's winding down. I am so ready for this to be over. Not a good year.
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Best year ever!
Sorry you didn't have as good a year as I did.
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Ok...I have to say, I have enjoyed reading most of the posts to this thread...

For me this Christmas has sux.

Christmas, especially Christmas Eve used to be a really special time in our family.

It has gotten less and less so over the years as my mom has gotten less and less and less healthy.

This year my mom is in the hospital. My mom is not doing well.

This year my dad and I have decided to skip Christmas. No tree and no gifts.

Sux!

This Christmas is a Blue Christmas.

As for the other posts, I agree that Christmas has become too commerical.

I, personally as Catholic, have to say that Christmas has become to much about commerce and less about the real reason of Christmas.

But personally, it sux with my mom being very ill and being in the hospital.

Makes Christmas sux.
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I am sorry about your Mom's poor health.
Try to honor your Mom by having the best life, including celebrating her favorite holidays, even when she is ill, because I am sure that she would not want to hold her family back from celebrating the reason for her strong faith. Mom's are like that.
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Old December 26th, 2012, 04:47 PM   #206 (permalink)
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I agree with damewolf here. Life continues. My Mom is also in the hospital but we celebrated Christmas anyways.
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This Christmas Eve was probably as good as I expected it to be. I was really looking forward to it and it panned out!

We went to my Aunt's house... unfortunately, there's some weird family BS going on that makes things kinda awkward and we left kinda early.... my mom must have picked up on the hints... I sure didn't Doesn't matter, I had fun.
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Well, I survived. That's something, I guess.
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Anybody else still not feeling it this year besides me?

Things I'm happy about this year ...

Puppies. Nothing beats puppies. NOTHING! ... except maybe more puppies.

My son got engaged to a nice girl and will be getting married next year. While the planning stage is nerve-wracking for them, father of the groom has only two jobs. Open the wallet when needed and stay sober long enough to dance with the mother of the groom, once.

My wife has been given a decent prognosis with her condition. (She prefers I not discuss details)

Things I'm not so happy about this year ...

The loss of our 14 year old dog in January.

Hernia surgery and the out of pocket expense for same.

My continuing disconnection with the arts due to a lackluster symphony season. Details tl:dt (too long: didn't type )

No vacation plans.


All of which has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays. Nada. Bupkis.
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I'm not nearly as excited about Christmas as normal. I've never been fired up about exchanging gifts with the adults. Most everyone has what they want already... unless it's something completely out of financial reach. Trading gift cards seems silly to me. Buying something they don't want or need seems ignorant.

Getting goodies for the little ones is entirely a different matter. The holiday season is so much fun when you have little ones in the house. However, I seem to be in-between kids and grand-kids at the moment. I have three grown or nearly grown grand-daughters and three children without children. The plus side is the growing potential
Just give me some little ones and I can put on a Christmas spirit like no other.

My family is so scattered and busy that I can't even manage to get all the knees under one table for a Christmas dinner. I well understand the miles and the expense etc... but still... it sorta bums me out. Perhaps it's my fault for having so many children.

Anyway... It's not the ideal Christmas this year. I love the holiday and it's time together and it's sharing. Maybe next year.
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Bah Humbug...we only buy gifts for the grand kids. I haven't been excited about Christmas for awhile, except for the grand kids.
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My feelings about the holidays have changed so dramatically over the years. I used to LOVE them. Now...not so much. There are many reasons, but the bottom line is I just try to suck it up and make it through the holidays, put on a quasi-happy face, go through the motions, and secretly count the minutes until it's all over.

Not even the impending arrival of my little family from out of state is shaking it up for me. However, this is also the first holiday season since my mother died earlier this year, and that's tough. All the 'first' things are tough.
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My feelings about the holidays have changed so dramatically over the years. I used to LOVE them. Now...not so much. There are many reasons, but the bottom line is I just try to suck it up and make it through the holidays, put on a quasi-happy face, go through the motions, and secretly count the minutes until it's all over.

Not even the impending arrival of my little family from out of state is shaking it up for me. However, this is also the first holiday season since my mother died earlier this year, and that's tough. All the 'first' things are tough.
Sorry to hear about your Mom, Moody. Hate to tell you in never get's easier. I try to make myself feel better by saying that by continuing to miss my mom, it's a tribute to her life. (Yeah, still doesn't help much.)

My chronology of Christmas emotions would be best described as disappointment to clinical disappointment to hatred to abject hatred to foreboding. Now it's just an annual colonoscopy.
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And I thought my outlook on Christmas was dim this year. Ho Ho Ho, I didn't know how positive my attitude was until now.

As for mother's lost... lost mine near 40 years ago... it doesn't get any better as time passes. ...and so it shouldn't.
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I lost my Ma over four years ago. I can still remember the last night I saw her alive in the hospital, like it was yesterday.

Ever since then I keep asking myself, "What's the point of celebrating Christmas when everything you hold most dear is gone?"

I treated Christmas last year as just another day, and I don't expect it to be any different this year.
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This is my first christmas with out my family. Yeah I'll have my Mom and Dad but not my wife and kids. Ever since she's left I just don't seem to have any spirit at all. My Mom is not doing well she has serious medical issues. So with the stress and worry that I have I just have no spirit for Christmas. I normally like this time of the year but really I just am not feeling it.
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I just realized that every December 25th, I do, in fact, get what I want every year ... the Christmas season is OVER!

I always sing "It's the most wonderful time of the year" when I'm taking down the decorations.
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This year ticked me off so much that I sent out Happy New Year cards.
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It hit me HARD this morning...the reality that this is the first Christmas since I was born that my mother isn't here. Earlier this month on my birthday, that reality was very present, too.
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Thanks, guys. I'm trying to focus on my little family's arrival tomorrow. My husband is here (we're technically divorced, for those who don't know), and he's been busting his butt cleaning up and doing projects to get ready for the kids/grandkids. He put together the bed I bought for Mom's room, and it looks like a really nice guest room in there now, very warm and inviting...but I still hate going in there.

I'm glad we have this thread, because I really don't want to post depressing stuff like this in OTHER Christmas threads, you know?!
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It hit me HARD this morning...the reality that this is the first Christmas since I was born that my mother isn't here. Earlier this month on my birthday, that reality was very present, too.
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It hit me HARD this morning...the reality that this is the first Christmas since I was born that my mother isn't here. Earlier this month on my birthday, that reality was very present, too.
My condolences to you, Moody. It's never easy when you actually realize your mother is gone. I mean, when it happens, it just seems so surreal. I remember being in a state of shock at my mother's funeral. I had no emotion whatsoever. And about a week later, it finally began to hit me.

I fell into a deep depression to the point of suicide. I just didn't know what to do with myself. If it wasn't for my sister being there for me at the time, I probably wouldn't even be here today typing this. So my point is, it helps if you have a loving family and friends to rely on through difficult times like this.

Speak to them about the memories you've had with your mother, no matter how insignificant they may be. And as long as you keep her in your heart, she will always be there for you. Lastly, try to live the rest of your life the best you can for her sake. Until you see her again.
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Sorry Moody your not the only one suffering a loss this year. I have just hung around the house all day not doing much. Need to be getting ready for my move but just can't seem to muster up enough care at the moment to do so. I may have not had the best Christmas's in the past but at least I had my family with me so it always made it worth it. Now its just a day off work with nothing open so there for nothing really to do. Nor is there anyone to do anything with. Well anyway I'm just so lonesome I could die.
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It's never easy when you actually realize your mother is gone. I mean, when it happens, it just seems so surreal.
So true. My husband and I have been talking about how--our whole lives--we've known that if things went according to natural order, our parents would pre-decease us. But now that they're all gone, and the reality hits that *WE* are now the 'older generation,' it's just very sobering. Plus, because I was living with my mom, and caring for her [along with private aides, and hospice at the end], I felt her absence profoundly. My whole purpose was gone. I went from spoon feeding her and changing her diapers, spending hour after hour sitting in her room, watching her sleep, moistening her mouth, holding her hand, comforting her--to NOTHING. And in the months since, it's been tough being here, in her house, her home, with things of hers in every room... And I can't stand going into her room. If not for the fact that I HAD to finally get off my ass and buy something for my grandsons to sleep on, the door would still be shut and I wouldn't be going in there. Thank goodness my husband arrived Friday and just swooped in and started getting things done.

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I remember being in a state of shock at my mother's funeral. I had no emotion whatsoever. And about a week later, it finally began to hit me.
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I fell into a deep depression to the point of suicide. I just didn't know what to do with myself. If it wasn't for my sister being there for me at the time, I probably wouldn't even be here today typing this.
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So my point is, it helps if you have a loving family and friends to rely on through difficult times like this.

Speak to them about the memories you've had with your mother, no matter how insignificant they may be. And as long as you keep her in your heart, she will always be there for you.
The absolute hardest thing about losing her is the feeling of 'lost opportunity' over the years. The story is far too long and complicated to go into here, so suffice to say that she and I had periods of estrangement, and our relationship was, at times, extremely contentious. In the end, we were able to resolve all the bullshit from the past, and we had 10 solid months of being extremely close. For that I'm eternally grateful.

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Sorry Moody your not the only one suffering a loss this year. I have just hung around the house all day not doing much. Need to be getting ready for my move but just can't seem to muster up enough care at the moment to do so. I may have not had the best Christmas's in the past but at least I had my family with me so it always made it worth it. Now its just a day off work with nothing open so there for nothing really to do. Nor is there anyone to do anything with. Well anyway I'm just so lonesome I could die.
I know, Frogster, and I'm sorry you're struggling. Just keep in mind that your AF family is always here. I am so thankful for the support I got here when my mother died. We're all here for you.
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Alrighty ...

NOW it's the most wonderful time of the year.


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Alrighty ...

NOW it's the most wonderful time of the year.


It's not QUITE over for me--so I'll delay celebrating with you until tomorrow. My family arrives today, so after the hoopla of opening gifts is done, THEN it's officially over. I can't wait!!

PS Why do we still have Christmas-themed avatars? (Off to change mine...RIGHT...NOW!!!)
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It's not QUITE over for me--so I'll delay celebrating with you until tomorrow. My family arrives today, so after the hoopla of opening gifts is done, THEN it's officially over. I can't wait!!

PS Why do we still have Christmas-themed avatars? (Off to change mine...RIGHT...NOW!!!)
Quite right. I'm getting my lazy posterior off the virtual couch and getting my avatar on.
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The only part of Christmas I like is the feast lol. I'm an atheist so it's always awkward when my whole family prays and I'm just looking around.
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