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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:01 PM

So when do you get into the "Christmas Spirit," if at all?

Just had this discussion with my significant other. She has had decorations up for a couple of weeks. I was trying to explain that I was more of a mid December person. A week or two of Christmas carols is plenty for me.

There certainly is not any wrong answer. Everyone is different.

On the other hand I keep my fake 4' tree up all year round. It gets decorated for Christmas, Valentine's, Easter, 4th of July, etc. Mostly it is just a night light that goes out around 5am.....

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Reply So when do you get into the "Christmas Spirit," if at all? (Original post)
dameatball Dec 2018 OP
johnp3907 Dec 2018 #1
dameatball Dec 2018 #4
Charlotte Little Dec 2018 #32
dameatball Dec 2018 #38
Charlotte Little Dec 2018 #40
malaise Dec 2018 #2
dameatball Dec 2018 #3
BigDemVoter Dec 2018 #5
dameatball Dec 2018 #6
BigDemVoter Dec 2018 #7
dameatball Dec 2018 #39
elocs Dec 2018 #8
shanti Dec 2018 #10
Delmette2.0 Dec 2018 #34
Liberal Veteran Dec 2018 #9
dameatball Dec 2018 #13
Roland99 Dec 2018 #11
hunter Dec 2018 #12
LeftInTX Dec 2018 #15
dameatball Dec 2018 #16
Hotler Dec 2018 #14
Hekate Dec 2018 #17
dameatball Dec 2018 #18
blueinredohio Dec 2018 #19
dameatball Dec 2018 #20
dameatball Dec 2018 #41
Dulcinea Dec 2018 #51
WeekiWater Dec 2018 #21
dameatball Dec 2018 #22
WeekiWater Dec 2018 #23
dameatball Dec 2018 #25
BannonsLiver Dec 2018 #24
dameatball Dec 2018 #26
NotASurfer Dec 2018 #27
dameatball Dec 2018 #29
Raine Dec 2018 #28
dameatball Dec 2018 #30
misanthrope Dec 2018 #31
elleng Dec 2018 #33
dameatball Dec 2018 #35
elleng Dec 2018 #36
dameatball Dec 2018 #37
WhiteTara Dec 2018 #42
dameatball Dec 2018 #45
Bayard Dec 2018 #43
dameatball Dec 2018 #44
JI7 Dec 2018 #46
dameatball Dec 2018 #47
blaze Dec 2018 #48
dameatball Dec 2018 #49
Codeine Dec 2018 #50
Siwsan Dec 2018 #52
PJMcK Dec 2018 #53

Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:08 PM

1. I work in college foodservice.

I get into it when we go on Christmas break. This year our last day is next Friday, the 14th.

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Response to johnp3907 (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:15 PM

4. I think we have a similar outlook. Mid December.

One of my daughters is a school teacher with two young kids. She has all she can handle until the break.

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Response to johnp3907 (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:53 PM

32. Me too!

I work at a university that goes dark each year. This year, we get out on Friday, 12/21 and don't come back until after January 1st. Can't wait!

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Response to Charlotte Little (Reply #32)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:33 PM

38. Enjoy your time!!....:)

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Response to dameatball (Reply #38)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:39 PM

40. Thank you



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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:13 PM

2. We started cleaning last week

When we're finished, I'll make a wreath and put up some other decorations - around the 15th next weekend.

But Mueller can get things going tomorrow.

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:14 PM

3. Ha! I hear you! That would speed the festivities up for sure.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:17 PM

5. I don't. . .

Ever. . . .

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Response to BigDemVoter (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:18 PM

6. Nuttin wrong with that. Happy Festivus.....:)))

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Response to dameatball (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:23 PM

7. Thank you!

I had to move from San Francisco to the deep south in 2012 (I didn't last very long and ended up fleeing back to SF). . . I always thought that wishing somebody "Happy Holidays" was the polite thing to say, as I never know who is Christian or who celebrates what holiday. . . Furthermore, as a nominal, middle aged Jew, I kind of felt that it wasn't MY holiday to play around with. . . .
OMG. . . People got OFFENDED that I didn't wish THEM a Merry Christmas. . . I am still baffled about what exactly bothered them???????

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Response to BigDemVoter (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:36 PM

39. lol....."play around with"...just caught that.....:)

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Response to dameatball (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:26 PM

8. Well I put up my Festivus pole last year,

but I've used it this year for a snow shovel handle.

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Response to BigDemVoter (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:32 PM

10. Me too

Once my kids were teens, I stopped with the tree and home dec. It just doesn't interest me. I do send my 4 grandkids xmas gifts, but that's it.

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Response to BigDemVoter (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:58 PM

34. I don't either. nt

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:30 PM

9. Sometime around 11:50 pm on December 25.

The feeling passes in about 10 minutes.

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:22 PM

13. Ha! Whatever works!

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:40 PM

11. Nov 1!

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:13 PM

12. When I was a kid Christmas time was the peak season of religious warfare within my family.

It's amazing how raw sexual attraction can bring people of diverse and conflicting faiths together.

My own "Christmas Spirit" looks a lot like PTSD.

My best Christmas ever I got the Hong Kong flu and everyone temporarily put their religious differences aside because they were afraid I was literally going to die. My dad's sister, and my mom's cousin had died as children in similar circumstances.

Alas my anoxic self did not get the Heathkit radio I most desired for that Christmas.

That may have been for the best. I later built a similar radio from scratch and that was immensely empowering.

My personal religion is equally scratch-built.

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Response to hunter (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:29 PM

15. Hey I got Hong Kong flu on Xmas Day!

We had chocolate covered cherries under the tree. I ate one, my mom said, "You're gonna get sick. You didn't eat breakfast." 5 minutes later, I got sick.

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Response to hunter (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:30 PM

16. Thanks for the replyt You had some experiences that diverged from mine. The Heathkit was also

something I had never heard of.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:27 PM

14. Home Depot rolled out the Christmas shit before halloween

and I was swept up in it right then and thought oh boy. Now I'm all burned out and could care less. Now I'm ready for Valentines Day.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:42 PM

17. Well last year was a bummer because of natural disasters, but I sent presents to the grandkids...

...who were evacuated to my brother's place. Hooray for Barnes & Noble, who will mail books for you. I did not manage to decorate -- I was just happy to still have a house.

December really has had its ups and downs over the years, but I made up my mind long ago that children should be the focus and that helps a lot.

This year I dragged out all the decorations I could find and put them up December 1. The fireplace hearth in the family room has all the Hanukkah stuff, and the smallish tree is on a table in another corner. Strings of colored lights are plugged in. On the second day of Hanukkah we took a Hanukkah Basket over to our daughter's, lit candles and spun dreidels for gold chocolate coins while she fried latkes. Her stepchildren were at their mother's, so they missed out.

Next weekend we'll have our daughter, her 3 kids and 2 stepkids, and our son over for brunch and Christmas gift giving. If her husband is not working, he'll come too.

When does "the season" start? When I buy a gift for someone else, and when I unpack the first box of ornaments.

Happy Holidays to all.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #17)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:46 PM

18. This seems normal to me too. Everyone has different schedules and maybe no schedules at all.

Happy Holidays to you too!

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:52 PM

19. I put my tree up today.

We have our family Christmas on the 22nd and my tree will come down on the 23rd.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #19)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:56 PM

20. We usually took our tree down on 12/31 or before.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:58 PM

41. Yup. Same here. A few times we slacked.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #19)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:05 AM

51. I like Christmas trees & lights.

I like the symbolism of the triumph of light over darkness, which Christianity borrowed from pagan traditions.

This year, it's rough. My father is in poor health. We're going to stay with my parents for the week of Christmas. I fear that this may be the last one with all of us together...

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:04 PM

21. This weekend and I'm excited.

 

I had a really rough November. Some family members are coming over on Saturday for a decorating party. Then we are going to the Botanical Garden and dinner after. I was going to do it myself last weekend but I just stared at the boxes with lights and decorations. I couldnít do it. I have to do it as I have a young son so I aske a family member to come help me. She gave me the biggest smile. Within a day multiple other members of my family called or texted and asked if they could get their name on the guest list for the decorating party. Itís done a lot for me and Iím really excited.

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Response to WeekiWater (Reply #21)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:09 PM

22. Great news. Like I said, everyone is different, but if it works for you....wonderful.

Having help with decorations is quite nice.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #22)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:19 PM

23. I like what you do with the tree.

 

The first family member I asked to come over lives on the edge of a community park. Each year she asks the guy who heads up the park what kind of tree he wants for the park. She then buys it, decorated and cares for it, and gives it to him after the new year. One year she had the best Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I donít remember what it was but it was around four feet tall with just a couple of bare branches. Normal for it this time of year if winter shows up a little early.

I love hearing unique ideas about Christmas trees.

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Response to WeekiWater (Reply #23)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:28 PM

25. That's a great idea for the park. Thanks for explaining it. Good thoughts all around.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:26 PM

24. I like how you use your tree.

The late great Carrie Fisher also kept her tree up year-round.

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Response to BannonsLiver (Reply #24)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:31 PM

26. I did not know that. Thank you. The funny thing about a year round Christmas tree is that it

just celebrates good thoughts. Not necessarily a religious thing. At least in my view. It could be candles or whatever. Doesn't matter.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:36 PM

27. It's not Christmas until Charlie Brown says so

If I don't see that particular special, it's just December all month

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Response to NotASurfer (Reply #27)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:40 PM

29. November belongs to Linus and the great pumpkin. After that Charlie Brown and Snoopy.You got it.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:40 PM

28. I have to wait till after Thanksgiving

before even thinking about Christmas after that I can get into the spirit. I guess it goes back to my childhood when it all started after Thanksgiving and it seemed more special and exciting then, instead of seeing Christmas decorations starting to come out around Halloween. I like each holiday to have it's own time instead of being all jumbled up and overlapping.

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Response to Raine (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:43 PM

30. I agree. Definitely after Thanksgiving!

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Response to Raine (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:48 PM

31. How un-American!

All retail capitalistic primacy, all the time! SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!!!!

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:54 PM

33. About 30 years ago (maybe,)

when kids were 3 and newborn. But husb was a holiday 'fanatic,' started planning/shopping for their gifts in October, and it got a bit much for me. BUT we got the best tree in the best house, so that was good.

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Response to elleng (Reply #33)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:16 PM

35. I know what you mean. I have grandkids now so the fancy stuff is at their house.

Mine is just what works in this house. The dog and cat could care less. My Op was just about what others think and the responses are very different. Many different strokes on here, which is good.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #35)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:20 PM

36. Yes, different strokes!

Have sent Hanukkah gifts thru mail for 3, 4, and 5 year old grands, and leaving for 5 year old's Saturday b'day party tomorrow. MY home is peaceful (and empty, for a few days any way!)

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Response to elleng (Reply #36)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:25 PM

37. Happy Hanukkah and best wishes for the new year. Seems like it may be a wild ride.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:19 PM

42. I started working on a wreath this week, so I guess

that I'm getting into the season spirit of friendship and warm fires and polishing the silver for the mid winter gleam. I recorded 8 hours of a fire burning the other night and no to the christmas music except maybe on the day, but probably not; but great jazz sounds good with a crackling fire I don't have to tend with friends dropping by and cozy nights. Yeah, that's the spirit for me.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #42)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 08:17 AM

45. Was listening to some Andrea Bocelli Christmas music online last night. That was fun.

I get two channels that have the yule log thing. Great for sitting and reading a book. Plus no ashes...

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 01:02 AM

43. Xmas is pretty sad for me

I always get bogged down in memories of the big happy noisy gatherings when my family was alive. Xmas was a huge deal. It hurts my heart.

The husband is going to be gone most of that week to visit his family for his once-a-year trek. He hates xmas anyway.

I have the tree he bought last weekend set up in the stand, but still un-decorated. Just not in the mood.

Bah, humbug.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #43)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 08:14 AM

44. It's hard to get in the mood sometimes. This time last year Iwas coming off colon cancer surgery and

I didn't really care about Christmas. Too many other things to be concerned about. I had a few days where I perked up and that was enough. I hope you find some time to enjoy the holiday in your own way.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 08:21 AM

46. end of august/start of september

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Response to JI7 (Reply #46)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 08:27 AM

47. Wow, that's early. Good for you. Lots of different responses on the OP. Thanks.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 08:35 AM

48. Growing up, the tree was put up on Christmas Eve Day

Friends would come over and help decorate and put up the simple string of lights that went around our small front porch. And all the other decorations... village on the mantle piece... one of those cherub candle carousel thingies...

And then everything came back down on New Years Day.

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Response to blaze (Reply #48)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 08:42 AM

49. We never had the cherub carousel things. Those are cool.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 08:59 AM

50. I'm not religious but I enjoy a Christmas tree.

 

Ours goes up tomorrow, after I give the living room a good cleaning. Itís beginning to look a bit ďlived-inĒ, as my mother would have said. Between two messy children, two working adults, a shedding cat, and an absurd number of books, board games, and card games it can all become quite disordered.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:09 AM

52. I celebrate the Solstice but this year I have to 'accommodate' family for Christmas

Most years, December 25 is just another day. This year my niece and her husband are driving up from Florida and they let me know they'd be over for Christmas Eve dinner, AND that I am expected at her Dad's for Christmas Day dinner. I'm a real softie where my sister's kids are involved, so I caved.

My only request is, no gifts - just food, drink and conversation.

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Response to dameatball (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:25 AM

53. Tonight, Friday

The Landlady(!) has a performance of "The Nutcracker" this evening and I plan to surprise decorate our apartment while she's out.

It'll make her happy!

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