The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
I would have to say the build up Thats why I decorate so early, the day or so after Halloween.. so I can enjoy it longer, as it passes too quick for me.
Also have to say, A christmas without snow is like the 4th of July without fireworks. (cant even imagine, nor would I ever want to )Snow is a wonderful addition to the season. Bring it on from Nov 1st - December 26th
I enjoy the build-up of it all...most of the time the actually day does not go as planned....but the magic of standing on line on black friday in the cold with a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa to save a few bucks...makes it all worth while....heheheheh
I am an adult with adhd, so if I act strange to you, remember that is normal for me....be kind
I love both with seamless joy. The build up is great, all the way to Midnight Mass, Christmas Day at my sister's is like a day off. I can finally relax and enjoy the family. Christmas continues until about the 3rd week of January. Then s l o w l y we take things down and put them away. Outside lights stay on at night until everyone else has turned their lights off ( I try to be the last ).
Jana - Mrs.Eagle has a lock on the storeroom door, and won't let me start until a few days before Thanksgiving, and then only a few items. I do put up the outdoor roof lights after halloween, while the weather is still good. Ladders and snow do not go together well.
RavenHardt - Black Friday . . . . . bad memories. I got hit in the parking lot one year (not hurt too bad, just knocked off my feet), and just "brushed" by a car the next year. I stay home now.
I'm a huge fan of the build up. I work on Christmas things, to one extent or another, all year, but start the actual "build up" in July.
Waiting until September or October to start thinking about it all, just puts me behind in getting things done. I prefer to start unseasonalby early so that I can do things at a relaxed pace and enjoy the holiday. Now for me, the holiday is not Christmas Day itself but every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
There are all sorts of extra things to do during the season from shopping, to church and school programs, decorating, baking, mailing gifts and cards, etc. that are considered part of our Christmas memories and traditions. How can it all be packed into one or two days?
The joy of giving a gift is not in handing to someone, but thinking about it, shopping and choosing something that's "just right" then watching the person's face when they open it. That takes time. There are the chances to give to others, and time to just STOP all the craziness, look around and enjoy the Christmas wonderland while doing nothing.
That's why I enjoy the build up....because it too is Christmas.
I love the build up. The feeling thats in the air. Lights strung up everywhere. Christmas music playing at just about every store, or mall you go to. Getting into the car for another grueling day at work, but cheering up as I turn on the radio and hear Christmas music. The joy in little kids eyes when they are lined up to see Santa, or staring at a Christmas display, is just priceless. Better yet, be able to tell you kids to be good because Santa knows if you have been naughty, or .
I especially love it now because Christmas season pretty much starts right after Halloween.
For me, it's definitely the build up. It lasts the whole year, really. I sneak little listens of my Christmas CDs once in a while when I need a "fix". I start thinking about buying gifts in April or so, and really start the shopping in June. I have a little slate at my desk, and I count down the days, starting right after New Years. My co-workers get a kick out of it, while they may not be as enthusiastic as I am, I know it gives them a little smile once in a while.
I really get into the swing of it now though, once the kids are back in school. Now I'll really pin down what I'm going to get the last few people I haven't boughten for yet. I'll start work on my yearly Christmas letter. As the kids' school pictures come in, I'll get those ready to send with the letters. I'll listen to Christmas music much more now, even at home beginning in November. This year having a newly remodeled living room, I'll get to replan all my decorations, which will be a blast. So, the excitement is really beginning to build now.
I love Christmas Eve, the children's service at church, the buffete of finger foods I spread out, having family over, opening gifts, leaving milk and cookies for Santa, convincing my youngest that Santa won't come unless she is asleep. And Christmas Day, more gifts, going to relatives for a big turkey dinner etc.
Have I babbled enough yet? I havne't been on here in a while, it feels good, I needed this.