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Is anyone besides me dreading the Holiday season?

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      Frannie1964 wrote Oct 10, 2011
    • The only thing I’m dreading, Is the shopping and all the crowds. I don’t like shopping online, so I put up with it.

      Other then that, I love the holidays cause I get to spend it with familyhearthappy




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      Tuliplady wrote Oct 10, 2011
    • For once, I’m not dreading the holidays.




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      Diane17 wrote Oct 10, 2011
    • YES!  There’s a strong possibility we will celebrating the holidays by ourselves this year.  frown




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      Anne E wrote Oct 10, 2011
    • I know what you mean.  It’s expensive (buying the gifts, paying the pet sitter, etc)and I feel lonely with no fancy parties to go to.  I like seeing my dad and brothers and their families, but it’s a lot of driving and they have such nice homes I feel a bit sad.




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 11, 2011
    • I am looking forward to the holidays.  I do each year even if I don’t have a lot of money or any parties to go to.  I make my own party.  Sometimes I will host a party for Pampered Chef, Stella & Dot, or Thirty-One or anyone that is an independent salesperson/consultant during the holidays.  I invite friends over...have my house decorated...and enjoy time with them.  You can do this with neighbors, people from church, or any civic group you might be a part of.  

      We do not buy gifts for everyone in the family anymore.  WE use to draw names but we don’t even do that.  When we quit doing all that the holidays became so much more fun.  Of course I do buy a few gifts for some of my friends but I’ve usually bought it sometime during the year and we don’t spend a lot of money.  I have Thanksgiving for my husband’s side of the family each year and I thoroughly enjoy it.  

      If the holidays seem boring or money is tight...find ways to change that.  Make your gifts...or start new traditions.




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      Denise Richardson wrote Oct 11, 2011
    • Noooooooooo I love this time of year only because of the two winter holidays (Thanksgiving & Christmas) they are my all-time favorites. I out for them too! Can’t wait to start shopping for decorations, and gifts for the giels and the g-baby lol. And I go nuts in the kitchen with all the baking of the desserts.happy




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      Gardenchic wrote Oct 11, 2011
    • we just had our THANKSGIVING WEEKEND HERE IN CANADA, we love the holidays!




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      Connie Wray wrote Oct 11, 2011
    • I try really really HARD to “remember the reason for the season” but I haven’t enough money for gifts or to go to where my kids/grandkids live.I live downstairs from my sis. She’s going to Texas for Christmas,so I’ll be alone AGAIN! Last year one of my 3 kids and none of my grandkids sent a card or gift. I’m so sad and alone at that time that I’d rather not have it at all. I can’t afford the fixins for T day or C day either. My sister takes care of T day but makes wierd stuff I don’t like. I’m grateful for the food though. I go to her home upstairs of me and I do get some turkey for a sandwhich for later and that’s actually my favorite part! I’m so thankful for a roof over my head and heat! The simple things are truely the bestparts of life.




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 11, 2011
    • Connie...I’m sorry you are alone.  Are you a member of a church?  I know sometimes “singles” of church groups that are alone on holidays...sometimes will spend the holidays together and I’ve had some tell me they really enjoy being with them.  Just an idea...




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      Msj wrote Oct 11, 2011
    • I was dreading the season because we had 2 people living on 1100.00 a month with rent at 800 and blls/gasoline/food... besides owing every one and their brother.... no way to even have a nice dinner.

      BUT My S/O just got hired today! So hopefully this will be the job that works out for him, it is his favorite thing to do (he is a carpenter) building sets for movies/commercials/ and other things (he is creative)!

      Keep us in your prayers please! This just might be a good Christmas after all.




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 12, 2011
    • Great msj!! I hope it all works out for him!!heart




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      Connie Wray wrote Oct 12, 2011
    • MC, Yes,I have a wonderful home church. They are all married or widowed and I’m the youngest and the only divorced woman. People don’t know what to do when a person like me comes along. I don’t tell them I’m alone as people feel bad but if they invite you to their home for xmas they feel they need to give a gift which makes me feel I need to give a gift(which I can’t afford).I have a settlement for a bad accident I was in 2&1/2 yrs. ago that should be settled within 2 years. If I get the money I hope to get,I’ll have a little more in my monthly income. I’m also looking for a job when I get back from my sons wedding in Pa. next week.(my sis gave me the money to take a bus there) So I’ll be gone the 19th through te 24th. God does provide! I have no doubt things will be better. I just need patients and time.Thanx for your kind thoughts,Connie




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      Connie Wray wrote Oct 12, 2011
    • Msj, I’m so glad your son is seeing a light at the end of the tunnel! Has he gotten work on any tv shows we might recognize? LOL Connie




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      Marya1961 wrote Oct 13, 2011
    • This time of year wears me out physically, so I take it very slow..not sure where we will be this year, would love to visit my parents in NC, time will tell.




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      Msj wrote Oct 13, 2011
    • Connie Im sorry you have sad times at the holidays,, I can relate...

      oh, my s/o significant other.... boyfriend. Not my son. I wish my son would continue to get better.  

      Thank you for the kind thoughts.

      Phil,(my S/O)  is building a set for some commercial... naw, he won’t be seen in any of them. He sure does love the work though, he get s  to get creative on some . One of his fav’s was  building a set for Star Trek lol




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      Connie Wray wrote Oct 14, 2011
    • msj, I can relate in an indirect way. My brother in-law,Mike built this house. He LOVES to build and when I agreed to move into their basement,he started working as soon as I agreed to move in! He used to have his own construction business. I have about 1100 sq. feet.My bedroom is huge with a small bath and the living room and kitchen is built as a great room. The basement is not under ground at all but is sort of dark as we live in the woods. I love it here and I’m so blessed! Good luck to you and Phil. C




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      Kmarie wrote Oct 14, 2011
    • I on on hand am dreading the holidays, money is tight and I really need more time, but on the other hand I really enjoy the holidays. Thanksgiving I usually spend alone, it is a great weekend to relax, gather myself and reflect on my missing loved ones. Christmas is my birthday so I always look forward to it




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      Connie Wray wrote Oct 14, 2011
    • Kmarie, I’m so sorry you‘re all alone for T-day! My daughter in-law’s B-day is Dec. 27th and she get’s so mad if her gifts are wrapped in xmas paper! lol How ‘bout you, does it matter to you? Connie




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      Butterflyrose wrote Oct 19, 2011
    • @Connie, I pray that Christmas will be a time of joy for you!

      Thanksgiving is our time to thank God for His many blessings throughout the year. We usually have a large family gathering.    

      Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth, being with family and friends and expressing our love toward one another through words, deeds and gifts.

      I am called “The Christmas Lady” by my family. Hubby and daughters play a great part in the preparation as I love to decorate our home for Christmas. We have a large gathering for family and a few friends including gifts and a signature favor. I am  excited about Christmas!

      An act of kindness is a gift given
      Butterflyrose

      #enjoylifeheart




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      Msj wrote Oct 25, 2011
    • Connie,
      Your place sounds amazing!

      I used to invite people to my apt (I didn’t have much) and I would find the people I know or my son knew who didnt have much and we would celebrate T day and Christmas at my lil apt.... one year we got our food from the local food bank, complete! raw turkey with the pan to bake it in and allll the fixin’s.... that ws a special year! and being we were all in the same boat noone felt out of place!




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      Connie Wray wrote Oct 26, 2011
    • Thanx,MSJ. It’s those dearest memories that become so special.My sister will make the majority of dinner,but she doesn’t make the traditional meal from our childhood.I bring green beans and last year made dessert too.I LOVE left overs especially turkey sandwiches. I don’t go to food banks inless I’m down to nothing. The food bank I went to made me feel bad. Most of what they give out was unhealthy.Boxed Mac and cheese for example.And stale bread not worth trying to eat. I can’t afford red meat and since reading a web site called meat out mondays, I gag thinking of eating beef and pork. Eventually I hope to be totally vegetarian. In the freezer section of our grocery store is something called grounds. It’s a protien based food that I put in chili,spaghetti,etc. and I love Quorn chicken nuggets.A bag of these lasts me a month or more.All are vegetarian. I’ve lost weight and fell great! But turkey and chicken are still on the menu for me for now.lol Talk later,C




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