Dec. 18, 2016 Hello to my Wonderful Followers and even the Non-Followers, This is a Harmless Post. There is nothing inside this post to execute a fiery argument or harsh words. This post is sincere and directly from my heart. "Everyone, (including HubPages staff) have a Safe, Happy, and Peaceful Christmas." God bless each one richly, Kenneth
Dear Jean, THANK YOU! I mean it. And I will tell you this: You and none of my Wonderful Friends/Followers (one of the same), can never fathom just HOW MUCH that I love you all. I am completely sane and serious.
tsmog: you are welcome. This week Dec. 19-25, is a happy week mixed with sadness for this will be the first CHRISTmas without our daughter, Angie, who is viewing THE REASON for this season face-to-face.! Still, my heart is broken and I haven't come to grips with this sad-but-true fact of life. Thanks to ALL of My Great Followers for being just that: GREAT.
I have some sense of how you feel. My husband's mother died on Christmas Day three years ago. Obviously my husband misses her greatly, but I miss her too because she was like a mother and best friend to me (I lost my own mother many years ago). So it's no longer a day of celebration for us and I wonder if we will ever get to the point where it is.
Bless everyone who has lost a loved one, whether on Christmas Day or any day. It's never the same again. The best you can do is try to make new traditions. This is my third Christmas without my husband, and we were together for 39 years. The first year I actually left the country and went to Antigua, because I couldn't handle how Christmas is already in your face by October in the U.S. Plus our son was the same age as when my Dad passed, and I remembered what that first season was like for me and for my younger brother.
I always hosted all the holidays with my husband, and am kind of shocked at how people treated me. It's like I disappeared. I always had both sides of our families here and did so much work to make it special for them. Not only on Christmas, but every holiday. But everyone is different.
This year I am trying, and have put up a small tabletop tree and am having a small party for my neighbors. Our son moved out, but is back now, career change, and I'm kind of glad to have him. My sister in law and I have become closer. So it does get a little better each time. You just have to do what you can, or even don't do anything if it's too hard. I think Christmas is mostly for children, and a time to thank the people who are in your life that do make it special. Go at your own pace and be good to yourselves too!
Yes, I'm lucky that I'm Scottish and therefore Christmas is very much a children's celebration, so I never paid it much attention as an adult anyway. New Year is our big family event. It's very much a pagan celebration (just try Googling Up Helly Aa, it's Scandinavian but also celebrated in my part of Scotland), that probably says something about us!
We get bombarded with Christmas Carols and toy commercials, gift ideas for adults, all starting before the end of October now. It used to start at Thanksgiving. I usually was glad when it was all over.
The Scottish way sounds like fun! New Years' Eve is big in the U.S., but usually for younger people who drink too much waiting for Midnight and sleep the first day of the New Year away. It's a popular night for people to get engaged too. I began seeing it as a time of reflection, so treat it much as any other day.
The other is the idea of bringing good luck for the new year. Ideally, you want the first person to cross your threshold after midnight to be a dark handsome man, with a piece of coal in one hand and a cake in the other, so you won't be cold or hungry in the year to come.
@Christy, You are so welcome. I believe that YOU and the HP staff Rock! I pray that so many good things come into your lives that you will have to rent storage facilities. I also believe that I have THE BEST Followers on HP
Kenneth, My problem is I don't know the meaning of Christmas nor whether it is supposed to bring Safety, Happiness or Peace. I understand there was a seven-day practice of giving gifts after the sun been lengthening mornings that Catholicism renamed Christ Mass which was shortened to Christmas and practiced gift giving saying the person they call Christ was born on that day as "god's' gift to the world.
Changing "Christ Mass" into Christmas suggests someone saw it suggested the masking of Christ as it does to me. The Bible provided four feast representing the birth and something else for both Christs that were preformed in the Hebrew month corresponding with late September to early October, thus, it is not about either Christ that we know. However, should the second messiah enter the White House of the U.S. sometimes during this season then it would be the Unmasking of Christ and be a cause tor Safety, Happiness or Peace.
LOL, I had to pull your leg in some form and that was the only way I could. Enjoy the season.
Why I said is true, if you don't believe it look it up, but I enjoy revealing things people don't care to find out. That's why I post the topics I have on here, it is information people take for granite.
Peace and a Joyous holiday season, Elijah "The0NatureBoy"
TheONatureBoy, And I am always intrigued by your posts and topics. With your high I.Q., why not sit down and write a best-selling novel? You could do it. But first, have a Very Safe and Merry CHRISTmas.
@DMark1961, well, my friend, I grew up and learned as I went in the "Turbulent 60's" (not the 1860's, mind you) and I suppose that at my age, the rebel has not yet fully passed. Thanks for the friendly warning.
We love you, Dear Kenneth, I love you, Dear Kenneth. I'm wishing the best for you and yours this Christmas Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
This is a rough Christmas for us, being the first we've had to spend without my son. He had a sense of humor that I think may have gone even farther than yours. Put him in a room with the Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge and Sad Sack and they would all be laughing within minutes.
(Yeah, I'm kind of surprised that some PC hasn't singled you out.)
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