What made this Christmas most memorable?

  • kittar

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    Dec 27, 2011 7:06 AM GMT
    With Christmas coming once a year, routine is sure to follow. So it is with my family. (See my post on this thread to read further : http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2062693) What's the thing that happened this Christmas to make it memorable among the rest?

    For me it was inviting our family friend over for Christmas dinner. He's a feller that my dad knows well. He's a father of 3, is recently divorced, and his parents moved to Florida a little while ago. Realizing that he'd likely be spending Christmas alone, my dad invited him over to eat and be merry with our family. It was nice to have a fresh face around, particularly because we rarely have company over (we live in the sticks). Dinner was great, and afterward we played several games, which included dusting off our table hockey set that hasn't seen the light of day in some 12 years, and pairing off into various combinations of teams for rounds of hockey.

    It was a small event, but it changed things up a bit. And it was nice to share Christmastime with someone who probably appreciated the gesture.
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    Dec 27, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    lol, Hey Kittar!

    I can't answer your question yet because today is only the third day of Christmas. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 27, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    Feasting on "Who pudding "(peanut butter) and rare "Who roast beast" (ramen noodles).

    The new American holiday tradition.
  • LJay

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    Dec 27, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    nothing
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    Dec 27, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    My family finding out I have a tattoo...

    It was quite funny because there was some shoe on TV and there was a lady with a tattoo and my dad started going off about tattoos and how bad they are, so I just fessed up and said, well, I hate to tell you this, but I have one.


    OMG - Drama ensued... lol - but they handled it better than I thought they would. lolololol....
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    Dec 27, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    I suppose memorable because it was so atypical -- no decorations and few presents, no big meal at our place. We were just too burned out with other issues to get into all that this year.

    A good memory, though, was the way some impromptu things developed. In the week before Christmas our friends began inviting us to gatherings, so that we had 3 functions on Christmas Eve, and a couple on Christmas Day, and managed to overeat just as unwisely as we ever have. icon_redface.gif

    And while we did no presents ourselves, we received plenty from so many people. So my partner spent much of Christmas, when we weren't going somewhere, and yesterday (Monday) baking up a storm, to create gift cakes for our friends. There must be some 20 cakes on the dining room table, the kitchen counters, everywhere.

    So kinda memorable, in an offbeat sorta way.
  • rnch

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    Dec 27, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    mine was made memorable by two events:

    1. the fam-dam-ily dinner being enjoyable and drama free thanks to an unspoken ban on alcohol by all family members. the alcoholic gene seems to be in the doner DNA from my mother's side of the family and tends to flare up at the holidays.

    2. my bf was supposed to work Christmas night, was put "on call" at the last moment, so he & I spent an unexpected and pleasureable night together after the fam-dam-ily meal.
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    Dec 27, 2011 2:23 PM GMT
    rnch saidmine was made memorable by two events:

    1. the fam-dam-ily dinner being enjoyable and drama free thanks to an unspoken ban on alcohol by all family members. the alcoholic gene seems to be in the doner DNA from my mother's side of the family and tends to flare up at the holidays.

    2. my bf was supposed to work Christmas night, was put "on call" at the last moment, so he & I spent an unexpected and pleasureable night together after the fam-dam-ily meal.

    Just curious -- can he attend those fam-dam-ily gatherings when his schedule allows? Or would they frown on it?

    But glad it went smoothly for you, and you had some time with your BF. icon_biggrin.gif
  • cageym

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    Dec 27, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    I realized on Christmas Day that it was the first one in my life spent apart from my Mom -- she died this fall. Mostly we all just wanted to get through it, but we held up the traditions well and Mom would have approved.
  • rnch

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    Dec 27, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Art_Deco said...Just curious -- can he attend those fam-dam-ily gatherings when his schedule allows? Or would they frown on it? ...[/quote]

    he could, he has met some of the fam-dam-ily, but as we are down to 2 or 3 gatherings per year he has had the good fortune to have had to work the night shift everytime (so far).

    my mother is quite fond of my current long term bf; the other children wouldn't have the courage to incur the wrath and disappointment of our mother or their big brother by being rude to him as primogeniture still rules the fam-dam-ily icon_exclaim.gif

    my temper, like my father's, is legenday and still feared and respected by the other siblings. my mother's is more subtle, but definately there. my father often referred to her (beyond her hearing, of course) as "the Velvet Hammer".


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    Dec 27, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    Free stuff!! w00t w00t
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    Dec 27, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    Having Christmas day off was the most memorable, because it's the first time that's happened with my current job. icon_lol.gif
  • jhill2456

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    Dec 27, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    I got to meet my baby cousin who was born this year on my birthday. She is just the cutest thing in the world. She even fell asleep in my lap.
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    Dec 27, 2011 3:06 PM GMT
    Memorable? Well I had the best Xmas ever. My family and I who who are now all adults finally took a road trip to visit Disney world!! Who would have thought It would be sooo much fun as adults. At first I was apprehensive thinking Disney is for kids but I was wrong. Best Xmas ever
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    Dec 27, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    I had to work.. Definitely memorable.... My life sucks
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    Dec 27, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    Aggieboy saidMemorable? Well I had the best Xmas ever. My family and I who who are now all adults finally took a road trip to visit Disney world!! Who would have thought It would be sooo much fun as adults. At first I was apprehensive thinking Disney is for kids but I was wrong. Best Xmas ever

    Not Christmas related, but in 1982 my sister drove up to her mother-in-law's home in Central Florida (my sister already a widow), I drove down from Alabama, and my parents flew in from the Northeast. Then the 4 of us took my car to Disney World Orlando.

    We had a great time! And so nice for me to sorta treat our parents, chauffeur them around, arrange for everything, reversing the roles we all had when my sister & I were young kids, taking family vacations. Experiencing that during Christmas must have added an even more special dimension to your family gathering. It sounds wonderful! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 27, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    My dad was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, and had complications after surgery so he's still not out of the hospital. So this year was the first year of my life that the four of us weren't all in our living room together for Christmas morning. Instead, we took some presents down to him, but he was still so out of it that he didn't really want to open many and couldn't get very enthusiastic about the ones he did open. I felt so badly for my mom, who has been trying so hard to keep Christmastime as normal as possible for everyone else (and so we've all been putting on happy faces and trying to do the same back!).

    We got through the holiday, and there were still good times, but it was also underlain by a deep sadness. What's worse is that this could, statistically speaking, possibly be his last Christmas, and he had to spend it in a hospital room. icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:09 PM GMT

    Elistark, I'm going through much the same w/Mom in the hospital.

    hugs -Doug
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Mines was pretty good. I went home for the first time in a year, surprised my family when I showed up to and just had a great time with my family.
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    Having my dad back in my life after four years of not speaking.
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:44 PM GMT
    Kanaka saidHaving my dad back in my life after four years of not speaking.

    Good for you both. Is there a story we might know?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 27, 2011 4:44 PM GMT
    A nice combination of things. My partner is in town for a week, instead of just 4 days like last year and we will be spending a couple of days with his best friend he's had for 30 years (who's a great guy).

    Looking forward to all and a great 2012!

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    Dec 27, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
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    Kanaka saidHaving my dad back in my life after four years of not speaking.

    Good for you both. Is there a story we might know?


    My parents went through a three year divorce. My mother now chooses to want nothing to do with me. It made reconciling with my father even more important to me.
  • BoostToChase

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    Dec 27, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    I was able to chit chat with my cousin from Alaska who I rarely ever talk to. She's crazy and we shared a nice (small) pitcher or two of Sangria. It made all the little children hellians far less anxiety inducing!

    May end up visiting her and her parents this coming summer in CA near LA.
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    Dec 27, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    Kanaka said
    Art_Deco said
    Kanaka saidHaving my dad back in my life after four years of not speaking.

    Good for you both. Is there a story we might know?

    My parents went through a three year divorce. My mother now chooses to want nothing to do with me. It made reconciling with my father even more important to me.

    OIC, thanks. Hope things get better for you.