Are you decorating for Christmas? Or traveling or doing something else? Nothing?

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    Dec 01, 2013 11:17 AM GMT
    Put the Christmas tree up yesterday, a little early for us, when we have one at all. But bought a new one (artificial) and it arrived yesterday, was anxious to check it out. Will complete the decorating today (Sunday), with some outdoor lights, too

    We had Christmas & New Years with friends in New Hampshire last year, so our place saw no decorations, nor the year before, just not in the mood. But we're staying home this season, I really wanted to have a tree again, so got a very realistic fir like my husband & I both remember from our Northeast childhoods, good live ones hard to get in Florida.

    He's already planning all the holiday dinners he wants to have here, as early as this week. I told him "one thing at a time, let me make sure the place is presentable, I may add some touches after the tree is finished, might need to buy some new stuff". Christmas really brings out the gay in me! LOL!

    So what are you guys doing? Lots, a little, nothing? Traveling or staying home?
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    Dec 01, 2013 12:14 PM GMT
    Nothing. I'm over it. Xmas was great as kid. But as an adult.. bah humbug.

    I'm just going to enjoy my time off from work. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 01, 2013 12:34 PM GMT
    I thought I was going to not decorate this year, but I have a Christmas party at my house for the club that I sponsor at school. So, my parents are going to come and help me decorate today. I still need a bit of help. It's going to be different this year because I have new furniture in my living room. It's going to be a challenge. I will post some pics later today.
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    Dec 01, 2013 12:39 PM GMT
    xrichx saidNothing. I'm over it. Xmas was great as kid. But as an adult.. bah humbug.

    I'm just going to enjoy my time off from work. icon_cool.gif

    I never decorated when I was single. With both my late & current partners the holiday urge was revived. I could say it was done just for them, but then I realize I enjoy it, too. But only with someone else - it wouldn't work for me alone.
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    Dec 01, 2013 12:46 PM GMT
    Yes, it's a pretty big deal around my place. The whole place gets decorated,..tons of baking and a few get togethers with friends as well as the big family dinner. While my parents and son are still part of it I will continue to throw it together. Once they're gone or moved away, I'm sure it'll still be there but scaled down for sure.
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    Dec 01, 2013 12:56 PM GMT
    TheQuest saidI thought I was going to not decorate this year, but I have a Christmas party at my house for the club that I sponsor at school. So, my parents are going to come and help me decorate today. I still need a bit of help. It's going to be different this year because I have new furniture in my living room. It's going to be a challenge. I will post some pics later today.

    When I was 13 my Mother told me that decorating the tree and the rest of the house was now my job. She said I had a natural talent for it, better than she did (and of course my Father was completely out of the running, except to hang the outdoor lights off the house eves).

    I was surprised at her admission, because she was actually very accomplished at many things. I wondered if she just wanted me for my free labor, but I quickly had other plans.

    I immediately revamped the way we'd decorated from the time I could first remember. And persuaded my Mother to drive me to stores and buy all kinds of new things I wanted to use, to create a new look.

    It wasn't until decades later I learned my parents always knew I was gay, long before I did myself. And that Christmas in 1962 was their first recognition of that fact, in a way their acceptance of the realities of it. Even though they never mentioned it to me, and neither did they oppose me, except for one failed attempt earlier that same year, that I now think made them become resigned to the inevitable.

    So Christmas decorating also has that personal history element in it for me. Of my parents acknowledging me as gay in their own way, even if it was the stereotypical gay image of the decorator. I loved doing it then, and I love doing it now. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 01, 2013 4:09 PM GMT
    Christmas Tree was put up the day before Thanksgiving. I also decorated the entire house Wednesday as well as put up icicle lights on my house with reindeer in my yard.

    Christmas is my favorite time of year! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 01, 2013 4:15 PM GMT
    I haven't celebrated christmas since 98'. So it doesn't matter to me.icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 01, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidI never had a Christmas tree in my house until my last boyfriend (the only goy I've ever been with). But I kind of got into it, since I don't care a whit about the religious aspect. But it was fun and pretty and it horrified all my relatives, which of course was just a plus. (Not my immediate family, they didn't care either, but the others.)

    My best friend and motorcycle riding buddy in my late teens was Jewish. I wonder today if I had a crush on him for reasons I didn't understand at the time. But we traveled, fished and camped together, rode our cycles everywhere, went to Cape Cod, to his family vacation home in Pennsylvania, etc. It mostly ended when we both enlisted in the Army and got different assignments. I stayed in uniform and he later got out, losing track of him.

    Well, anyway (not sure why I wrote that diversion), his Jewish family always had a Christmas tree, and had wrapped presents on Christmas morning. He told me his parents were afraid their children would feel deprived if they didn't partake in the same Christmas customs as the other kids.

    I don't know how common that is among Jewish families. But maybe that's the point here. Christmas is as much a cultural custom as a religious one. Annual gift-giving & decorating is a pleasure unto itself.

    And the specific motifs we follow today, of trees, Santas, elves, snow and so forth, originated in a small area of northern Europe, and really have nothing in common with early Church traditions. And are certainly unrelated to the Jesus Christ of ancient Judea.

    But I do like the gift giving, whatever the premise that prompts us. And the annual decorations, sometimes tacky, sometimes exquisite. If it weren't the Jesus myth, I hope we'd invent some other. I just like the concept of a holiday built around gift giving, and especially to children.
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    Dec 01, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    Ya. I decorate. Not crazy over-the-top but a real tree and a wreath on the door plus a bit of reminder scattered around the place. I started doing it a few years after my divorce and I realized even though I no longer had the kids on Christmas morning, it was still a nice statement of good cheer and celebration of good fortune. Even if friends and family aren't around (as it will be this year), I still think of them and wish them well and count my blessings. I'm an atheist so it doesn't have a religious theme but I'm not offended by it and do revel in some of the beauty created in the religious ceremonies. If you've never seen it, the Episcopal midnight mass Christmas eve at a "high" church is especially beautiful and quite moving. Good time to reflect and be grateful.
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    Dec 01, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    I dont decorate. Was never my thing. I go to my mothers on the east coast for a few days. she seems to enjoy that.
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    Dec 01, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    Off to the UK for 3 weeks ...
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    Dec 01, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    I Put the Christmas tree up yesterday started to decorate it today only got the lights on so far still a lot of beads & balls to go on my 7.5 Christmas tree. I love decorating the house for the holidays
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    Dec 01, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    We did ours early because of company for Thanksgiving. First Christmas in the new place.

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    Dec 01, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidWe did ours early because of company for Thanksgiving. First Christmas in the new place.

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    How lovely!
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    Dec 01, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidHow lovely!
    Thanks Art.icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 01, 2013 6:40 PM GMT
    xrichx saidNothing. I'm over it. Xmas was great as kid. But as an adult.. bah humbug.

    I'm just going to enjoy my time off from work. icon_cool.gif


    This. Though I'm on call Christmas day 7am-7pm. I know where I'll be.
  • rnch

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    Dec 01, 2013 6:57 PM GMT
    I'm taking a break from decorating the 10 foot Martha Stewart tree (bought quite reasonably off evilbay when she was going thru her troubles), will hang the illuminated, timer controlled wreathes in the front floor to ceiling windows of the double front parlor, wrap some tinsel around the front porch railings and decorate with shatter-resistant ornaments, hand some tiny ornaments on the sweet olive tree between the sidewalk and the street.
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    Dec 01, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidWe did ours early because of company for Thanksgiving. First Christmas in the new place.

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    love it and good taste and oh that view!
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    Dec 01, 2013 7:07 PM GMT
    Unless it snows, it will be very small and subtle decorating.
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    Dec 01, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    Got my tree last nite from this church not far from my place. It smells so good in my place right now. I'm loving it. Will decorate it with 2 of my friends tonight over drinks and some weed. No work tomorrow. So glad about that.

    Beyond an xmas tree im not much of a seasonal decorator at home. I dont do light outside or anything like that. Just the tree. I go home to FL for the actual christmas holiday period from like 22 to 27 december.



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    Dec 01, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidWe did ours early because of company for Thanksgiving. First Christmas in the new place.

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    LOVE your place.
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    Dec 01, 2013 7:20 PM GMT
    Traveling out of the country.
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    Dec 01, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    JarIan saidTraveling out of the country.

    Will it include anything Christmas related?
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    Dec 01, 2013 8:43 PM GMT
    TURKISHDELIGHTS saidlove it and good taste and oh that view!
    Import saidLOVE your place.

    Thanks guys...I appreciate that!