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.
Hi and welcome to MMC, linni54! I totally agree with what Christmasstar said. You've come to the right place for a "family" away from your real family. You will feel right at home here! Always feel like you can talk anything!
__________________ The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. - Burton Hillis
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Thank you to everyone for their kind and comforting replies. I will stick with you all and seek solace and advice! In fact, I should start preparing now for next Christmas........
How kind and thoughtful you have both been `Tis the Season, in that you and your wife have shared your time with your parents. I know from my own situation, and now with my son, that there is pressure on the only child. I think I would be more understanding if I came from a big family, but I guess my feelings stem being an only child myself.
I can fully accept, of course, that you and your wife want to be together. Would there be any possibility that members of both families could get together even just for the day? If families are able to travel, they often take it in turns to celebrate Christmas all together, where both sides of the families come along, or they meet half way and rent somewhere for the holidays, sharing the cost. I suppose it does get complicated though, when both sides of the family are large.
I guess most of you guys on the forum are from the US. The three of us have enjoyed so many Christmases in the States in recent years, hiring a car and travelling from one State to another. It has meant many one night stays and a lot of driving, but it has been such fun. Oh I wish for Christmases past......!!!
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I can start to understand just a little bit how you feel, for my wife and I can start to see the writings on the wall ourselves, that time is passing quickly and that our children are grown (20 &18). Each Christmas is now so special because at this point we will/ do not know if they will be home for Christmas with us. With my daughter away in college and my son just joing the Air National Guard, we are dreading that day when they will tell us that their moving out, getting a job in another state, engaged, etc....
So, I can feel for you!
Ahhhh, I wish they both were 2 and 4 again, it was sooooo much easier back then......
The Bell Still Rings for me,
as it does for all who truly Believe!
Aaaa, it's comforting to know I'm not alone in my nostalgia and reminiscence of times when our children were young! Us parents have a very involved role and our family have been the centre of our world, so that when they leave to go to Uni, etc, there can almost be a feeling of bereavement. They come for visits, etc, and we can keep the home fires burning, but life as we have known it for many years disappears.
Some parents welcome time to themselves to do the things they have wanted to do, but for me, we always did such a lot in our little family unit, including a lot of travels, and I had a `good run' before I married and had my son, so I've no burning yearning to do things as such. I don't know, when they're young, we somehow think they're going to be with us forever!
We can only hope they stay close and don't stay away too long - and that includes at Christmas!!
Best wishes to you all.
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Welcome, linni54! Our daughter & her family were not able to join us for Christmas 2012. Her younger brother & girlfriend made it Christmas night. While the visit brightened our day, it did not diminish our longing to be with all of them.