CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

  • baldone

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    Dec 28, 2009 12:34 AM GMT
    just wondering if there is any of you guys feeling the same way, ready to take all the decorations and tree down already,,,,been a rough year and did not enjoy this christmas at all ..just really ready to move on to the new year,new start ....
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    Dec 28, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    Take them down? I didn’t put them up this year.
    Normally I love Christmas, but UGH! This year was awful for me too. No job for 6 months. I make more on unemployment than I would working full time at Macy’s. WTF!

    I’m not in the spirit this year.
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    Dec 28, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    We didn't decorate this year, either. Hubby is too infirm after his medical emergency, and while I could have done it all, he would have been hurt by being left out. Next year will come soon enough.

    Plus we have to leave for the SMART Ride on Jan 5, and didn't want the hassle of taking down the tree and decorations, since we'll be in Key West until Jan 13.
  • Sparkycat

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    Dec 28, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    All I did was hang a wreath in the window. Already took it down and put it back in storage. Just did not have much Xmas spirit this year.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 28, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    mine will be coming down this coming weekend
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    Dec 28, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    hopefully my tree will last until Jan 11, thats when I plan on taking it down.

    When I used to go out in NYC a day or two after X Mas I couldnt believe all the Christmas trees thrown to the curb already. Im one of those who also does not understand why X Mas is only played until X Mas, it should be played at least up until New Years
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    Dec 28, 2009 4:05 AM GMT

    In the three weeks leading up to Christmas I was absorbed completely by managing a medical emergency that put my 12 year old son in the hospital for three weeks. He came home on the 23rd and we bought a Christmas tree, which we finally decorated on Christmas day.

    I've come to appreciate Christmas as an excuse to be near light and color during the darkest part of the winter. So I guess we'll take our tree down some time right after New Year's Day.

    But, for people who are finding Christmas decorations a reminder of a time or a holiday they would rather forget, I would say - by all means - have a good old purge a.s.a.p.
  • pandx970

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    Dec 28, 2009 4:09 AM GMT
    OMG. Already?

    When I was living at home it was the day after Thanksgiving the tree goes up and the day after new years the tree goes down. Now that it's just my parents and grandmother at the house, it's more like just for a couple of weeks.

    Meaning, they don't have our slave labour to make sure that the tree area is clean and stuff. Haha. icon_exclaim.gif

    But, in my apartment in California, I've been too busy in the past 2 years to actually put up christmas decorations. It's something that I'd like to do were my situation different. In its place, I've had exactly 4 dinner parties since Thanksgiving. Nearly one a week, to spread the holiday cheer.

    Happy New Year's all!
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    Dec 28, 2009 4:15 AM GMT
    I can understand why some people aren't in the holiday spirit this yearicon_sad.gif The problem with the Holidays is that people are force-fed it since the day after Halloweenicon_twisted.gif Christmas music was played since early November, and in actuality Christmas is actually a season that begin on the eve of the 24th and ends January 6th. That's where the 12 days comes from. We'll be taking the decorations down usually around the 7th. They've been up since the Sunday after Thankgiving, and now since the rush is through, I can actually sit back and enjoy themicon_smile.gif I hope the New Year will be better for all of you.
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    Dec 28, 2009 4:27 AM GMT
    I like my decorations and it's only once a year so I leave them up. Usually the first or second week in January I take them down.

    I agree though that Christmas seemed kinda weird and felt rushed this year, moreso than usual. Not sure what was with that but a lot of people I talked to seem to feel the same way.
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    Dec 28, 2009 6:12 AM GMT
    I noticed a LOT of homes in my town did NOT have lights or decorations beyond maybe a tree n the window.

    My BF and I had NO money this year, not even for a tree. Then, somebody who owes me $100 gave me $25, and since I had spent the last few years basically homeless, I really love the Christmas tree. So I went to the store, and as it was the 23rd, they told me to take whichever fresh cut tree I wanted, free! Then they even drove me home with it, and refused to take any money! The next evening, we we given three wreaths and another, smaller tree, all live and fresh, all free!

    We couldn't really afford any presents, but we gave each other some nice, inexpensive gifts that said far more to our souls then a more expensive gift might, because they were thoughtfully tailored to each of us, each other.

    So, despite the down feeling of the Season for some, I enjoyed simply having TV to watch for the first Christmas in 5 years, and a home and a loved-one to share the day with.

    Here's an image of our house I shot at midnight Christmas Eve, and sent out that morning as an eCard.

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    Dec 28, 2009 6:27 AM GMT
    The X-mas shit is down and I would just assume it was burned. Let's limp away from this disaster at best possible speed to the next holiday....
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    Dec 28, 2009 6:46 AM GMT
    mine will be up until Jan 3, just before I return to work. Love the season, and the time spent with friends and family.
  • lucidleo

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    Dec 28, 2009 2:22 PM GMT
    Absolutely not. I think it's really sad how Christmas, and all the holidays for that matter have been totally hijacked by the retail channel and as a result, affect the way people "celebrate" the holidays. Mark my words: one will be hard pressed to find a single piece of tinsel come January 1st; it will all be replaced by Valentine hearts and candy. The Christmas decorations go up almost immediately following Halloween, and most people therefore put theirs up at home around that time too. By the time Christmas day is actually here, most people are already so sick to death of hearing the music, seeing the decorations, etc., that they can't wait to rip it all down. When one refers to the 'twelve days of Christmas' many people don't realize that Christmas day is the first day! Personally, I try to tune out what the retail channel throws around and do my own thing. I stopped buying gifts about six years ago because I disliked how the stores pervert the holidays to be really just about consumerism. Instead I do Christmas cards, holiday treats which I give away, and make a few generous donations to some worthy causes. I keep my decorations up until January 6th (or the second weekend in January.) Regardless of your faith or lack thereof, enjoy the spirit of the Christmas season and try to ignore what the retail channel has done to it.
  • jessetriguy

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    Dec 28, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    I am over Christmas. Its too commercial. Lets begin 2010
  • Menergy_1

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    Dec 28, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    It took long enough for me to bring in the ornaments/decorations storage boxes from the garage and finally get the stuff on the tall tree (fake fir) -- and some thingies here and there around the house (not everything, just some selected ones this year)....No way it's going to all come down until sometime in January (after Jan 6 - 3 Kings Day/Epiphany etc. for lack of a particular "official" undecorate date - or later!).

    It looks good, there are some small open houses or gatherings I want to do in between the holidays (Christmas and New Year's) or even the first week in January -- and it takes f'ng forever to undo all this! LOL

    No relation to the commercial hype that starts the day after Thanksgiving nor the Valentine's Day premature advertising....



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    Dec 29, 2009 6:42 AM GMT
    I'm fat and since Chritmas isn't over until the 6th, my present to myself is a brand new attitide and a workout program starting on the 2nd. My gift to myself is to take better care of myself!
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    Dec 29, 2009 7:21 AM GMT
    baldone saidjust wondering if there is any of you guys feeling the same way, ready to take all the decorations and tree down already,,,,been a rough year and did not enjoy this christmas at all ..just really ready to move on to the new year,new start ....



    What a shame about the lack of Christmas spirit I see on RJ this year! I love the whole Christmas spirit thing except the commercialization of it! this year I didn't put up the decorations and even the Christmas tree until a week before the December 25th, as I remembered as a child being done by my parents. I intend to leave the decorations up until January 6th, as it was done during my childhood years.

    I dedicated the gift giving only with the immediate family and my wonderful boyfriend! I did not celebrate the holidays nor exchange gifts with friends or co-workers like I have done every year. This holiday will be marked as a very different and memorable one for sure in years to come! Happy holidays to those who are still celebrating it, and my good wishes for a New and better Year for those who are anxiously waiting for it!!


    ♥ Leandro ♥
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    Dec 29, 2009 7:23 AM GMT
    tr..ee?
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    Dec 30, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    zeebyaboi saidI noticed a LOT of homes in my town did NOT have lights or decorations beyond maybe a tree n the window.

    My BF and I had NO money this year, not even for a tree. Then, somebody who owes me $100 gave me $25, and since I had spent the last few years basically homeless, I really love the Christmas tree. So I went to the store, and as it was the 23rd, they told me to take whichever fresh cut tree I wanted, free! Then they even drove me home with it, and refused to take any money! The next evening, we we given three wreaths and another, smaller tree, all live and fresh, all free!

    We couldn't really afford any presents, but we gave each other some nice, inexpensive gifts that said far more to our souls then a more expensive gift might, because they were thoughtfully tailored to each of us, each other.

    So, despite the down feeling of the Season for some, I enjoyed simply having TV to watch for the first Christmas in 5 years, and a home and a loved-one to share the day with.

    Here's an image of our house I shot at midnight Christmas Eve, and sent out that morning as an eCard.

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    Very nice scenario! I too recognized the lack of decorations. Assuming that most people use the same decorations over and over was it the lack of spirit this Great Recession or anticipated cost of electricity (marginal?) or both??