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Old 12-23-2014, 03:53 PM   #11
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We're the same way. We're doing the family dinner this year (it's our turn), but otherwise no gifts, no tree, no other stuff.
We do still decorate. For me that is part of what makes the holiday special. Getting together with friends and family and sharing the joy of the season. All we have done is ceased the unnecessary exchange of often unwanted gifts.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:27 PM   #12
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:25 PM   #13
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Today, I took a very deep breath and went out to find the last minute gifts for our Dear Friends that we'll visit later.

I shower my Mother with things that she loves to eat all year round, this gives her pleasure, and then this year I did a finale flurry at Thanksgiving this year since we will not be together on Christmas. I took two cases of goodies that I put up for her and a cooler full of frozen foods that I made.

Dearest Husband and I don't necessarily give each other 'things', but we DO THINGS. Travel, go to concerts, have a nice meal out, visit with friends in other States. So I suppose we show our appreciation for each other every day.

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I made this last year for DH and put it in his stocking chock-full of candies.
As kids, Mom had as make gift certificates to give to our Dad for little chores that we could do for him through out the year.
My husband had whined that I don't make his favorite things as often as he would like me to, SOOO!
He can redeem a gift coupon any time he likes, with advance reservations of course.
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:23 PM   #14
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Finished shopping today. All that's left is wrapping and cooking.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:00 PM   #15
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everything is cooked and wrapped, just have to pack a few clothes and load up the car just before we leave.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:24 PM   #16
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I'm pretty much ready. Shopping is done, and gifts for my 6 grandchildren are wrapped and under the tree. I usually only buy for the kids, but sometimes daughters and I will exchange small gifts. This year the grands get homemade blankets, jammies, and a couple of books. Neither one of my daughters want or need any 'toys' for the kids.

We have one of those 'blended' families, so the holiday get togethers won't take place all in one day. Fortunately, everyone gets along and we organize things best as we can for everyone.

We're having a big breakfast here at my home on Christmas morning so youngest daughter can attend a later dinner with her dad who's coming in from Arizona, a Mexican feast the day after that for my brother who can't make it on Christmas day, a ham dinner at youngest daughter's home on the 28th so her stepdaughters can be here, and another get together down in Santa Clarita at my oldest daughters around New Years.

Sounds confusing, but it works for us.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:40 PM   #17
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Took Shrek to pick up his present earlier today.

Picture is similar to...my batteries are dead on my camera.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:39 AM   #18
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Took Shrek to pick up his present earlier today.

Picture is similar to...my batteries are dead on my camera.
If I could find a heart emoticon--you'd get at least a dozen!!! Wonderful!!!
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:50 AM   #19
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Took Shrek to pick up his present earlier today.

Picture is similar to...my batteries are dead on my camera.
My brother-in-law is a bass player with the Thin Ice Band in Denver (Shrek can Google it if he's interested - they have a web page and a few bits on You Tube). They play clubs all over the state, and he gets invited to sit in with a half dozen other bands too. Pretty busy for a retired real estate broker (although he was working as a professional musician when he and my sister met some 35 years ago). He found that he could make a lot more money in real estate, then retire early and play his music without having to worry about paying bills on what he earned.
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:47 AM   #20
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Shrek was upset when we went into the store and there was a "Sold" ticket on it. Very surprised when he found his name on it. He was whinging because I made him leave the house...LOL.

He played (a cheap) bass when he was in the band many years ago and I could see he really liked this one. What's one more stringed instrument?
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