How do you celebrate the Holidays??

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    Nov 10, 2008 1:39 AM GMT
    My brain is dead now with all the elections and crap.

    I am really into fun festive parties.

    This month starts the HOLIDAY run......

    I am just wondering what you do to enjoy the festivities all the way up to the NEW YEAR??

    This year I will start with a traditional Thanks Giving and I will slow roast "the bird" in an open pit (hot coals on a few prepared turkeys).

    I will fill in more later......
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    Nov 10, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    I hibernate for the next 8 weeks and hope to god that it all passes me by!....I don't enjoy the "holidaze" and wouldn't even waste time acknowledging it if my kids didn't expect me to do something or get them some sort of gifts. I may run a couple of 5K or 10K races, I may drive to Georgia to see my mom for turkey and maybe to Florida to see my dad for New Year's. My boys will spend time with their mother....and I will get a break and take a long nap! SAD is really bad this time of year for me and certainly doesn't help me want to be "active, happy and jolly".icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 10, 2008 2:16 AM GMT
    I hop from house to house, party to party trying to eat and drink as much as possible! haha

    The holidays to me are just about spending time with my amazing friends and family. When I get old and wrinkly and ugly, I know that I will always have my friends and family around!
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    Nov 10, 2008 2:19 AM GMT
    I love Christmas... I filled my house with christmas decorations, with 11 different theme trees, but this year I'll just do one tree and stay home alone... like I did the last few years. This coming Dec, I will hit a big 50... icon_razz.gif I wish you all a very productive and safe Holiday!
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    Nov 10, 2008 2:20 AM GMT
    i celebrate by reminding everybody about the secular origins of thanksgiving, christmas, and easter.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 10, 2008 2:20 AM GMT
    Huge Christmas decorator here... and today is put the large c9's on the house, its a process, but nothing gets hooked up until Thanksgiving.

    Usually have a couple of parties during the season, will have a big family thing here this year for Thanksgiving. Its going to be great!

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  • art_smass

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    Nov 10, 2008 2:25 AM GMT
    I try to cram in as much free food as possible.
  • comtnjock

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    Nov 10, 2008 2:30 AM GMT
    I celebrate with friends by going into the Colorado wilderness for skiing and hot spring soaking fun, always with booze and usually some elk meat.
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    Nov 10, 2008 3:27 AM GMT
    I celebrate the holidays with my parents or with myself at home.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Nov 10, 2008 3:46 AM GMT
    I need to release my inner homo and go all out to decorate for Christmas.
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    Nov 10, 2008 3:51 AM GMT
    I celebrate the holidays the same time every year.
    The day before Thanksgiving I spend all day with my mom preparing some dishes. Stuff you can make the day before and just reheat on Thanksgiving. Than around 9p or so I get ready to hit the town on one of the busiest club nights of the year.
    Thanksgiving day I spend time with my mom's side of the family until 5p, than I go to my dad's side of the family from 6p until I get tired and leave.
    Christmas Eve I go to my dad's house to stay the night, he likes having his kids spend the night and wake up Christmas morning to open gifts. I'm a little old for that but it makes him happy. I stay around for Christmas dinner @ 3p (so we can do our own family things) and I get to my mom's house by 5p for dinner and gifts.
    For New Year's I go out to the club or any type of party than on New Year's day I usually make phone calls cause I don't want to drive around with a hang over.
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    Nov 10, 2008 3:56 AM GMT
    I am an orphan since my family is in South Dakota, Iowa, and Minn. (I live in Seattle) Celebrations are as thus:

    Thanksgiving: 6 Pies two parties icon_biggrin.gif, yes I will bake them.

    X-mas: I'm on call for work. I will order pizza and call home. Maybe save alife.

    Happy Holidays!!!

    When I am back home its a weeks worth of food in one day and lots of board games with 17 nephews and nieces running around making noise. I miss it icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 10, 2008 4:13 AM GMT
    i celebrate with drinking
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    Nov 10, 2008 4:29 AM GMT
    With family. It is unheard of to spend Christmas Dinners (or Noche Buena in our culture) with anyone else.

    P.S. WTF... someone's playing Jackson 5's christmas carols outside. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 10, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
    Are they playing the one about santa boning mom?
  • VinBaltimore

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    Nov 10, 2008 4:49 AM GMT
    Our plans are still taking shape actually. Best I can tell we're doing Thanksgiving at my sister's house. She's make the turkey, mom will make dessert and I'll take care of all the sides. Time was, it would be my whole extended family, but we're all spread out now with way too many small kids to coordinate, so it's been just the immediate family. I do miss the big family dinners.

    Since we're having Thanksgiving with my family we're supposed to be spending Christmas with my boyfriend/partner/whatever's family (we alternate the holidays every year). His family is even more spread out than mine. I think we're going to Laurdale where his sisters are as opposed to central Massachusetts where his mom is. Course, I was just laid off from work so we probably should be spending the money to travel, but I think we'll probably do it anyway.

    For the past several years I would take a Friday off from work and make cookies for an entire three day weekend. This year might be different. I used to take dozens and dozens to work, but, as I said, I'm not working so I may just make a batch here and there starting in mid-December and scale back since I don't need nearly as many to give out.

    Oh, and it's also a tradition of ours to take my god children and their siblings to a movie one night as our present to them (and I guess the night off is a gift to their parents as well).



  • EricLA

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    Nov 10, 2008 4:55 AM GMT
    Alone. Crying.






















    Just kidding. But the holidays can be tough and lonely sometimes. My family is now a bit spread out, so it can take a little effort to get together. At least it's easier now that I'm back in California. But my sister is in Austin and my mother in the San Francisco Bay Area, but at least I can drive or fly up to her pretty easily.
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    Nov 10, 2008 4:56 AM GMT
    dowal saidAre they playing the one about santa boning mom?


    ROFL. Disturbing images flashed through my head ending with Micheal jackson's corpse-white skin. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 10, 2008 5:27 AM GMT
    Very minimally with a friendly supper between one or two friends.

    I don't celebrate the season of greed at all, otherwise known as Christmas. I think one should just buy a cake, sing Happy Birthday Jesus and go to bed. I don't beleve in presents just donate some money to a local food bank, so others can also have supper with friends/family.
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    Nov 10, 2008 7:04 AM GMT
    This will be our first year in the new house.

    Iain and I plan on an American style Thanksgiving and Christmas at the new house, then Boxing Day and Hogmanay at Iains uncles house in Scotland.

    The decorators should be mostly finished by Thanksgiving and we are having a lot of the family fly in and join us for a long weekend.

    For Thanksgiving I plan on smoking a Turkey with some Apple wood I have been saving. For Christmas I am planning on some dry aged Wagyu Chateaubriand's to go with some Neuveau Iain has on order.

    The new House should look very nice all decked out. Maybe we will throw a big party.

    My only real dilemma is that I still can't think of what to get Iain yet for Christmas. Oh well, there is still time...
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    Nov 10, 2008 7:17 AM GMT
    I eat good food, hang out with friends, and sleep in and relax.

    Oh, this thanksgiving I am making a grand tour of arizona with some friends, Sedona, phoenix, flagstaff .. oh and the grand canyon
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    Nov 10, 2008 7:49 AM GMT
    I'm a huge 'mo when it comes to the holidays..

    Usually my friends and i get toasted of spiked egg nog sing carols and head out to the bar.

    I love the last Saturday in November, Mom and I put on the Christmas music and get the tree up and the garlands on the staircase rails and over the fireplace and porch rail.. My dad puts up the lights which usually makes him pretty bittericon_razz.gif And finish decking the rest of the place up.

    Then spend most of my weekends in December prowling the malls for gifts. I love buying people gifts. Seeing the looks on there faces, seeing they got what they wanted. And Christmas parties in the evening.

    Ice skating on the outdoor rink with hot chocolate pretty much puts the 'mo factor to a whole new level but whatever... i'm a sap for Christmas.

    And of course my fave Christmas tunes "All I want for Christmas is you" and Carol of the bells make it pretty freak'n awesome!

    Christmas Eve and Day friends drop buy and chill out. We have dinner around 5 and usually watch Christmas movies and drink and eat chocolate till we passout.

    For me its about the experinces leading up to the big day and taking time to reflect on being thankful for what I have.
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    Nov 10, 2008 8:21 AM GMT
    ITJock saidThis will be our first year in the new house.

    Iain and I plan on an American style Thanksgiving and Christmas at the new house, then Boxing Day and Hogmanay at Iains uncles house in Scotland.

    The decorators should be mostly finished by Thanksgiving and we are having a lot of the family fly in and join us for a long weekend.

    For Thanksgiving I plan on smoking a Turkey with some Apple wood I have been saving. For Christmas I am planning on some dry aged Wagyu Chateaubriand's to go with some Neuveau Iain has on order.

    The new House should look very nice all decked out. Maybe we will throw a big party.

    My only real dilemma is that I still can't think of what to get Iain yet for Christmas.


    How about a nice pair of Monte Blanc cuff links!!

    I love mine :-)

    http://www.montblanc.com/index.php#trailer_Montblanc_Collection_Villeret_1858
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  • jrs1

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    Sep 15, 2009 11:26 AM GMT


    I try to with family and friends. It's just that, as I get older, I realize how difficult it is for me to connect with them. Everyone is getting so busy attempting to either keep the lights on or working to buy lights that they don't need. It's hard to find a middle grown to formulate traditions with new and current friends as well as continuing older traditions passed down for generations in the family.