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My name is Ron, I am a Christmas nut always have been always will be. I am first and foremost a stay at home dad that has an evening job at a retail/grocery establishment. After my second son was born I stepped down from my management position, so my wife and I don't have to pay for daycare. My wife is a teacher in the town we live, so people recognize us everywhere in our little town.
My wife and I have been married for 9 years. We have 2 boys aged 6 and 3, both are young Christmas nuts.

I have loved Christmas as long as I remember
from seeing the lights on all the houses, to seeing if I could stay awake to see Santa.
Christmas has been the one constant in my life it has always been there for me, through the rough times of my parents divorce when I was 10 y/o or my mother's passing when I was 16.
Everyone always tried to make it something special for myself and sister when we were young no matter what was going on. I now believe that is why I love this time of year more than any other because of the efforts of my family to hold it above any other time of year. I get to make the season special for my boys now, whether it be by playing the music decorating the house and yard or just playing the dvd's. The memories the season has brought have always warm and it is no wonder why I look forward to making more of these memories every year. My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story my favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. My favorite Christmas artist is Bing Crosby.
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Posted 08-25-2010 at 09:29 AM by xmas365

Looking at the calender I see we are now 4 months away to Christmas Day and only about 2 months away from decorating for the season and I am realizing I am starting to get a little behind in my planning. I learned of keeping a notebook when I became a member of this site but I procrastinated and here we are and I never did start one. So instead of one of my normal blogs I am doing sort of an impromptu checklist for myself to get myself back on track and I won't lose it this way.

1. Start putting together Christmas list for family and myself. Usually start this in May but I didn't and will be "rushing" for myself since my wife is already asking for it so she can start shopping.
2.Plan for Christmas Eve Family party, put together menu and what for each guest to bring. Two years ago we made homemade Buffalo wings and Garlic Parmesan wings along with Snickerdoodle cookies, and my wife's peppermint bark. Try new recipes especially the Peppermint Patty Surprise cookies in the next few weeks.
3.Decorations check the lights and take inventory of what I need for this season. Already know we are doing white lights outside instead of colored, and need to replace one window candle, and more green "pine" garland for inside decorating.
4. Figure out where we will be putting the outside decorations, we have the new Santa, Rudolph, and lightpost, to go outside with the 3 trees. Will we be putting those on the porch? or in the yard?
5. Inside decorations, is LC old enough to keep his hands off village, and Nativity this year, or wait another year for those. Tree will be going in a new spot this year due to the new furniture, will it look good there?
6. Start shopping. Enough said.
7. Christmas Day does Mother-in-law want me to make a Prime rib for the dinner to go along with the turkey again this year? Watch for low prices.
8. Nov. 1 take down all Halloween decor.
9. Nov. 10 start to put up Christmas decorations.
10. November 25 Thanksgiving Day WATCH parade. Give Thanks and Pig out.
11. November 26 Set up and decorate trees and all indoor and outdoor lighting gets turned on.
12. Get all the shopping finalized by December 10.
13. ENJOY the whole season watching movies and shows and spending time with family.
That is a quick checklist of what I have in store for the next few months, I will probably enjoy most of it, excluding some of the shopping. Four months from now that feeling and glow of the season will be at its pinnacle and I am looking forward to it so much right now.
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    YAY Ron!!! Good for you for making a list! Just reading all the things that needs to be done makes me feel excited! Oh yes...Christmas is the day that we all LOVE and look forward to - but I also LOVE the time leading up to it as well! I suspect that you do too! I hope you enjoy every second of it!
    Posted 08-25-2010 at 10:32 AM by ChristmasHeart ChristmasHeart is offline
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    [B]What an AMAZING Blog. It makes me want to decorate like YESTERDAY !!! Thank you for your inspiration. You are an amazing man and I am proud to call you my friend !! [/B]
    Posted 08-26-2010 at 01:16 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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