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#1    matthewgoad

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 02:38 PM

Christmas is not far away. Do you have a fond memory of Christmas that stands out to you? If so, share it. I would love to hear. Christmas is my favorite time of the year.


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 03:11 PM

Thanksgiving is close and its better then christmas.

The only memory I have from christmas is that I never get what I want Santa is a fascist! mad.gif

And I just end up volunteering at a some center!


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 03:46 PM

My fondest memories of Christmas, was when I was around the ages of 10-11 yrs old.  Surrounded by a huge family, it was joyous!! original.gif

Now it's . . . . Humbug!  disgust.gif


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 04:01 PM

My best Christmas was that of 1993, a time when my wife was dying of cancer.  She was not able to go out and shop and so we agreed that we would not exchange gifts, rather, we would consider our time together as a gift.   We sat in front of the fireplace and drank hot chocolate.  She smiled and said, "I never thought I'd see this.  I'm so thankful."  So was I.  We relaxed and talked about the things that really matter.  Things like life and living, learning and feeling, being and letting others be.  The most beautiful things were those that we didn't need to say.  

She died the following May.  I have never had a better Christmas before or after.


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 04:52 PM

That is beautiful man.


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 06:11 PM

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My best Christmas was that of 1993, a time when my wife was dying of cancer.  She was not able to go out and shop and so we agreed that we would not exchange gifts, rather, we would consider our time together as a gift.   We sat in front of the fireplace and drank hot chocolate.  She smiled and said, "I never thought I'd see this.  I'm so thankful."  So was I.  We relaxed and talked about the things that really matter.  Things like life and living, learning and feeling, being and letting others be.  The most beautiful things were those that we didn't need to say.  

She died the following May.  I have never had a better Christmas before or after.

but she never left you as she is in your heart and you are in her heart forever! one day you shall see her again thumbsup.gif


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 06:14 PM

Growing up, we didn't have a lot but my mom insisted that every year in December we go through our toys.  We picked out our cleanest, nicest toys and set them aside.  Then my mom asked us to donate some of our good toys to charity.  

She reminded us that there were kids who wouldn't have a Christmas.  It taught us to be thankful for what we had but also to realize that Christmas was more than just getting presents.  And now I carry on that tradition w/my kids.  We donate toys and clothes to different places around here and they are realizing just how cool it is to help others.


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Posted 11 November 2005 - 01:25 PM

I grew up in a family that did not (and does not) keep CHristmas.  As far as I was concerned, December 25 was just another Summer day.  It still surprises me when I see how much emphasis people put on this day.

Though the "best" Christmas I have had would probably be two years ago, when i was able to get time off work (no mean feat in retail) and travel up to my auntie's 500 acre farm on the North Coast.  My aunt does keep Christmas.  My cousin and I walked the property, looking for a suitable tree to cut down.  We found one about 35 minutes from the house.  We cut it down and walked back, dragging and carrying it along.  It was great fun.    

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My best Christmas was that of 1993, a time when my wife was dying of cancer. She was not able to go out and shop and so we agreed that we would not exchange gifts, rather, we would consider our time together as a gift. We sat in front of the fireplace and drank hot chocolate. She smiled and said, "I never thought I'd see this. I'm so thankful." So was I. We relaxed and talked about the things that really matter. Things like life and living, learning and feeling, being and letting others be. The most beautiful things were those that we didn't need to say.

She died the following May. I have never had a better Christmas before or after.


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Posted 12 November 2005 - 01:39 AM

bahh.....humbug!

Yes thats right the first time I saw that wonderful film a 'Christmas Carol'

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 01:52 AM

Touching story iaapac.

I remember going to see my family up north in 2001 for Christmas. After we opened the gifts (yea!), we took a roadtrip to New York and just chilled there. It was after 9/11 and everyone was so...polite. unsure.gif
But I guess that's a good thing. Then we went to Rockerfeller Center, and saw all the lights. It was better being there than my lame description. blush.gif

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 03:12 AM

truly touching iaapac...Your reward shall be great in Heaven. That reward  is her...

My family has a lot of tensions, as My mom had 14 siblings, and some of them are not on talking terms because my Dad is Hindu and My Mom is Catholic, but when I was 7, my Mom's whole side go together for Christmas....it was my best yet...

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Posted 13 November 2005 - 04:22 AM

My Christmas memories are always confusing because my parents are divorced and have been since I was very young. Two families are not better than one if you ask me.


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Posted 13 November 2005 - 04:33 AM

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My Christmas memories are always confusing because my parents are divorced and have been since I was very young. Two families are not better than one if you ask me.



I agree. Past the presents and food it was just another day off from school. Now I work Xmas day because of extra pay.

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Posted 14 November 2005 - 12:36 AM

Still get that holiday spirit every year, can't help it.
it's not the presents it just the atmosphere, the food, the family that come round. (I am just a sucker for x-mas)
I't doesn't matter what is going on in my live of the world, X-mas always gets me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Best X-mas was when my girlfriend and I bought our dog Grommit 2 years ago.
It was snowing, he was a wee little pup, she looked beautyful and all was right in the world, atleast for that moment.

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Posted 14 November 2005 - 07:11 PM

I have received some very nice comments here and some e-mails from those wanting to say something about my post in this thread.  I simply want to thank you all and let you know that each message was special and important for me.





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