Merry Christmas! What Are You Doing This Morning?

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    Dec 25, 2017 12:48 PM GMT
    I got up at 5:30 AM to put out his presents and card. Found he'd done the same for me even earlier, but went back to sleep. I've just stayed awake. But haven't touched the presents, versus like I did when I was a kid. I'll wait until he's awake again to open them together.

    I've encountered different Christmas customs over the years. For instance, I thought opening presents on Christmas morning was universal. You know, Santa arrives late at night, and comes down a cold chimney, doing all his magic while we sleep. "All through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."

    But a BF's parents were 2nd generation Norwegian settlers of the US upper great plains, and they opened presents on Christmas Eve, before going to bed. We'd both be invited over to their house, and I asked him aside why his family didn't wait until morning. He told me it's the way he'd always done it, instead he thought morning presents were strange.

    A family custom of my own parents was to not wrap presents. They'd all be put out and displayed unwrapped after my sister & I went to bed. The night before there was nothing under the tree. In fact, the earliest years I can remember there was no tree at all, although there were lights outside the house, along with other indoor decorations, and so we knew Christmas was approaching. But the lit & decorated house tree suddenly appearing all at once was always a surprise.

    I suppose it was practicality based. We may have been too young to deal with wrappings. And many toys back then required some assembly from their factory box, an adult's job. Plus I guess that putting wrapped presents out early was too great a temptation for little kids, who'd try to peel back the paper for a peek.

    Oh, and not to mention that some toys we got at that age were kinda bulky for wrapping. Like sleds, and a big ride-on pedal-powered farm tractor I got one year, and so forth. But by around my 9th birthday, when my sister was approaching 7, presents began being wrapped. And the house Christmas tree went up weeks earlier.
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    Dec 25, 2017 2:03 PM GMT
    My partner and I are playing with our new iToys. I gave him the iPhone X. He gave me the Apple Watch 3. And we both have new Apple Music subscriptions. He's so happy he hasn't stopped smiling. I love his smile.
  • Edward89

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    Dec 25, 2017 3:00 PM GMT
    Family dinner with my sister, mother, and brother who's bringing my nephew later on today in the afternoon.

    We are cooking right now and getting prepared

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 25, 2017 3:04 PM GMT
    Christmas dinner with my sister, brother in law and their family this evening.
  • mybud

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    Dec 25, 2017 3:19 PM GMT
    Caught a glimpse of myself in a Christmas ornament..Now sitting back and basking in the glow......
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 25, 2017 5:15 PM GMT
    This is a very different Christmas for my family because my mom has been in the hospital since October 20th from a pretty severe stroke. I am headed there in a bit and I will spend my Christmas Day with my Dad loving on my mom and making sure she is feeling pampered on Christmas.
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    Dec 25, 2017 6:21 PM GMT
    Christmas was yesterday, Down Under, we, my fiance, and I, had a full house..
    Today being Boxing Day, is a day of rest, albeit I was up at 05:00 hrs.
    Another beautiful day ahead, and it's been a wonderful year too.
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    Dec 25, 2017 7:11 PM GMT
    Growing up, we had the morning present tradition so that's what I've done with my kids for the most part. Mine are too old for 'Santa' now, although I still put the presents under his name. We are of German and English descent.
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    Dec 25, 2017 7:32 PM GMT
    Went on my annual Christmas Day hike. It's nippy out!

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    Merry Christmas!
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Dec 25, 2017 10:52 PM GMT
    Slept in this morning( I celebrated with my sister and niece last night on Christmas Eve). Went to the health club this morning and did my swimming workout(They were open 7am-1pm). Afterwards I went to see the movie Jumanji, and saw it in 3D (For all you fellow Nick Jonas fans, he is in this j . Am chilling out now with wine before I have dinner. Merry Christmas fellow RJers, and I am extending that to everyone, even those on the right who I completely disagree with. Christmas is a day when we leave all of our differences on the sidelines and reflect.
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    Dec 25, 2017 11:26 PM GMT
    Merry Trumpmas all.
  • jeep334

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    Dec 25, 2017 11:53 PM GMT
    Merry Christmas to all.

    The standard practice for gift opening has always been early on Christmas morning as soon as the kids woke up. Working for the rail industry made us be a little flexible and sometimes we would wait until I got home if I had to work. Christmas breakfast made by me was always a feast and we always enjoyed a traditional (for us) lasagna dinner later in the evening. Even after the loss of 2 children and a spouse, and with my early retirement, we have remained pretty much in the same tradition. On the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's we will gather with the rest of the nieces, nephews, siblings and who ever is left and have a dinner (usually at my brother's) and enjoy gift opening once again.

    As I play organ for three different denominations, there is always a lot to do in that regard. From Saturday this week to Christmas morning I have played for 7 different services, each with their own unique traditions. That pretty much consumes a lot of time in planning, practicing and all that stuff for a couple of weeks prior to Christmas. The most difficult is playing for a midnight mass and getting into bed by 2 AM only to be back at the first church for a 9 AM mass on Christmas Day so everything at home has to be ready so we can begin our family festivities when I get home from the last service.

    It's a time to reflect and be be grateful for all the I have had with a hopeful look to what is yet to come. A new tradition for the past few years for me is to not open Christmas cards that have arrived in the mail when they arrive. I take some time late in the evening on Christmas night to open them. It gives me some time to reflect on the love of friendships and family at the end of a busy time.

    My wish for everyone is that they enjoy this time in whatever tradition, new or old, that they follow.
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    Dec 26, 2017 12:41 AM GMT
    One thing I did notice Christmas Eve that was different, and the same again today at dark on Christmas Day: fewer home lights and decorations than I've ever seen before. We drove some miles back from a friend's home where we had Christmas dinner, spending half the day there.

    And everything was so relatively dark and undecorated, compared to my previous 10 years living in this community. Also darker than any other US neighborhoods where I've lived over my past remembered 60+ years. Has America gone into mourning? I wonder why this would be?

    But whatever the reasons, whether confined to this 1 sprawling part of South Florida or not, it was a bit depressing. Especially depressing to look from our patio and not see the holiday lights reflected into the river from house after house. Just the usual security and window lights one sees all year. I had to walk down to the seawall and crane to look way down the river, to finally see a single house lit for Christmas. It might as well not have been Christmas at all. icon_sad.gif
  • carew28

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    Dec 26, 2017 1:39 AM GMT
    Anyone who lives in New England must have been out shovelling snow this morning.
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    Dec 26, 2017 3:09 AM GMT
    Merry Christmas guys! Spent the day lounging around, watching movies and shoveling snow. Other then that, just a normal day for me. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 26, 2017 5:28 AM GMT
    Writer22 saidMerry Christmas guys! Spent the day lounging around, watching movies and shoveling snow. Other then that, just a normal day for me. icon_smile.gif


    I think you made it a great day. Merry Christmas!
  • Suetonius

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    Dec 26, 2017 6:00 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThis is a very different Christmas for my family because my mom has been in the hospital since October 20th from a pretty severe stroke. I am headed there in a bit and I will spend my Christmas Day with my Dad loving on my mom and making sure she is feeling pampered on Christmas.


    Wishes for her complete recovery.
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    Dec 26, 2017 6:13 AM GMT
    Will you be spending anytime with your grand kids Deco?
    I'd love to have grand kids. Alas, not being born a breeder, it was never meant to be.
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    Dec 26, 2017 6:14 AM GMT
    Suetonius said
    CuriousJockAZ saidThis is a very different Christmas for my family because my mom has been in the hospital since October 20th from a pretty severe stroke. I am headed there in a bit and I will spend my Christmas Day with my Dad loving on my mom and making sure she is feeling pampered on Christmas.


    Wishes for her complete recovery.

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    Dec 26, 2017 4:26 PM GMT
    art_deco saidI had to walk down to the seawall and crane to look way down the river, to finally see a single house lit for Christmas. It might as well not have been Christmas at all. icon_sad.gif




    Must be a Florida thing because here in AZ, where it was in the mid-70's yesterday, there were Christmas lights to be seen all over the place. I especially enjoy seeing the Saguaro cactuses here and there draped in twinkly Christmas lights. What I really noticed were the hoards of people at the shopping malls. They say that many more people are shopping online now, but you wouldn't know it from the lines in all the stores here at Scottsdale Fashion Square. People were out, buying gifts, spreading the "Merry Christmas" spirit.
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    Dec 26, 2017 7:50 PM GMT
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    art_deco saidOne thing I did notice Christmas Eve that was different, and the same again today at dark on Christmas Day: fewer home lights and decorations than I've ever seen before. We drove some miles back from a friend's home where we had Christmas dinner, spending half the day there.

    And everything was so relatively dark and undecorated, compared to my previous 10 years living in this community. Also darker than any other US neighborhoods where I've lived over my past remembered 60+ years. Has America gone into mourning? I wonder why this would be?

    But whatever the reasons, whether confined to this 1 sprawling part of South Florida or not, it was a bit depressing. Especially depressing to look from our patio and not see the holiday lights reflected into the river from house after house. Just the usual security and window lights one sees all year. I had to walk down to the seawall and crane to look way down the river, to finally see a single house lit for Christmas. It might as well not have been Christmas at all. icon_sad.gif



    Hmmm...

    Has America gone into mourning? I wonder why this would be?

    I couldn't possibly even guess. What do YOU think it might be? I'm sure you must have SOMETHING in mind as to the cause. Do share with us your thoughts. NOBODY here even has an inkling as to what you think the possible cause is.



    Maybe Madame Deco, is home alone.
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    Dec 27, 2017 1:21 AM GMT
    art_deco saidOne thing I did notice Christmas Eve that was different, and the same again today at dark on Christmas Day: fewer home lights and decorations than I've ever seen before. We drove some miles back from a friend's home where we had Christmas dinner, spending half the day there.

    And everything was so relatively dark and undecorated, compared to my previous 10 years living in this community. Also darker than any other US neighborhoods where I've lived over my past remembered 60+ years. Has America gone into mourning? I wonder why this would be?

    But whatever the reasons, whether confined to this 1 sprawling part of South Florida or not, it was a bit depressing. Especially depressing to look from our patio and not see the holiday lights reflected into the river from house after house. Just the usual security and window lights one sees all year. I had to walk down to the seawall and crane to look way down the river, to finally see a single house lit for Christmas. It might as well not have been Christmas at all. icon_sad.gif


    Everything was normal here..for Idaho anyway. I wonder if there was a subdued celebration of the holiday, not necessarily because of the hurricane related losses Florida, but because of the abdication our country seems to have done, at least federally, with our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the stronger connection that must have in FLA. Really just a guess from the peanut gallery from far away.
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    Dec 27, 2017 5:31 PM GMT
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    Writer22 saidMerry Christmas guys! Spent the day lounging around, watching movies and shoveling snow. Other then that, just a normal day for me. icon_smile.gif


    I think you made it a great day. Merry Christmas!


    Haha! Thanks! Merry Christmas to you as well.