Star, I know this is a stretch, but there have been a few Christmases that were pretty bleak for one reason or another. One of the best ones was very, very simple, but we used the "as if" principle. We acted as if it was the best Christmas because there weren't going to be *any* gifts for anyone, so the ones we had were especially nice. We acted as if it was all a wonderful, pleasant surprise and we giggled ourselves into a wonderfully, happy day. Sending best vibes your way.
I'm just getting started and keeping it simple. It's taken me a long time to get in the Christmas mood and spirit, and now that I'm starting to feel it, I'm going to enjoy doing a little of a lot of things, including shopping.
My friend, the movie producer always says, "tits up, chin up, elbows out. Now work it, baby." I always laugh when he says that every time we go into some meeting or something. It's good to pretend you are nothing short of fabulous. Sure lightens the day...
Yes, I'm having fun. No ghosts from Christmas past this year. I'm likin' it a lot.
I've got a few things bought, that I picked up through out the year, for certain people. I do need to make a list, and see who I have something for, and who I don't. It is high time to get things mailed out.
Usually, I enjoy Christmas shopping or making gifts. This year, I think I am just focused on a lot of different things... plus, the kids already got their gift.
I don't know that the joy of Christmas is lacking, so much as the commercialism of Christmas. On facebook, I see that many of my acquaintances are using the sales to replace needed items, not splurge. I have met so many this year that are keeping their credit cards put away. I see that many people are less concerned with extra things this year. I think the downturn has helped people refocus, and see what is most important to them.
I plan to enjoy the people I can be with, and for the first time in years, am sending out some cards. It seems to me that those in our lives are the greatest gifts, and I intend to treat them as such.
Shopping is done. It's a simple Christmas, as it has been for many years. My mom and daughter give me their wish lists, as I give them mine. Mostly, the items on these wish lists are services to be given. Everyone else outside this trio will get good greetings from our hearts, and also home-baked cookies.
As a family, we've stepped away from the commercialization of this holiday. It took many years to do. It's now all about being together, sharing memories, giving gifts of service, and being grateful for having each other. And you are so right...the cookies never hurt!
Christmas has been weird for me this year too. Bill is still very sick and we're struggling without his income, although I'm still getting work and he does get disability checks. I don't much care about the shopping part--our families cut way back on gifts years ago--but I don't have much money to buy him something and I'm worried about him, so it kind of casts a pale over it all.
Still, I'm ready I guess. Not feeling it though. I should be grateful and I am, but I'm just not feeling it. Kinda down.
Christmas when we were kids was so simple...we got good stuff and believed in Santa. That's because our parents were taking care of us and we had our visions of sugar plums. Now we are those parents...adults...and we are caring for others.
Bill will love to have your love for Christmas. That's all that matters.
2 Presents. One for her, and one for me. The one for her was a spa gift certificate and a t-shirt that said "My husband's cock is bigger than yours!" And the one for me was VERY sexy underwear she will definitely be wearing to show her appreciation.
Edit: I now realize how immature I must sound. I'm a 33 year old psychiatrist.. I'm not this immature, haha.
haha I'm like that kind of for my grandma...she hasn't been the best grandma to me and yea...but shhhh don't tell my family that
and as for job wise...sadly I am one of the millions unemployed..one of the millions of teachers unemployed I might add...Preschool miss it sooo much. I actually LOVE working, which scares a lot of ppl for some reason and I write a lot more when I am working...which I know is weird but when I am with the little kids my imagination runs more...I think because of their imaginations and the stories they tell me. I can't explain it but I love working with the little ones. 3-5 year olds are the best!
And you're a shrink huh? naw I won't hate you for that. I went to one when I was younger but didn't help me any lol
My wife's a jr high teacher. She, with her own words "loves the kids who keep their mouths CLOSED."
It may sound a bit insensitive, but I'm making a huge amount of money of the unemployed now. I know, I feel bad saying it, but I'm taking $320 a session. But that's just because I went to Yale and I'm damn good. I feel bad saying that.
The fact that you love your work (especially as a teacher) shows that you're VERY mentally stable.
wow your wife is brave. I can't handle anything under 3 or above 5 found out that I can't handle 2 year olds at my last job...there has to be REALLY strong ppl for the 2s. phew! And also strong ppl like your wife to take care of the older kids. I'll take the 3-5 year olds over any of them anyday
and stable mentally? I question that one all the time...
I have a 4 year old I can't handle. He's too much for me. ADD and ADHD.
My job is harder than people think. It's not just like.. sitting on my ass and listening to people. I need to find sympathy (which becomes harder and harder the longer you do this, your emotions just float away..) and I usually see myself in patients, which leads to me diagnosing myself. When I was in university, I diagnosed myself as an alcoholic and went through AA, even though I drank MAYBE three times a month. Just because my test patient was an alcoholic. This still happens to me today. I see myself in EVERY patient I talk to. Whoa. Sharing personal things with random internet people. How gay am I?
well, right now im working on like 11 different hubs right now. plus, that doesn't include films that came out recently like princess and the frog and upcoming avatar and sherlock holmes. i'm trying to get it all done before the end of the year.
Nah. Neither of us celebrates Christmas in the traditional (i.e. Christian) sense, since neither of us is Christian by faith. She's Jewish, I'm an Eckist, and Christmas is--to me--the day I have to start working up my tax bookkeeping for the year. For Pam, it's just a day her regular TV programming is messed up.
neither have i. i just remember a hearing a joke about it on the critic, an animated show starring jon lovitz a while back. when a bunch of terrorists carry all this nuclear bombs into a film studio. one of the stage crew asks, "aren't you too heavily armed to be working here?" then the terrorist replies, "no, we took the subway here." then the crew guy says, "well then aren't you too LIGHTLY armed for the subway." that's why i always assumed downtown new york was like a bad place to be. kind of silly, huh?
I have not done any christmas shopping even though I am hosting the family dinner this year. Every since I became sick due to my back. I have been depressed and wondering can I work at other jobs and who will hire me, if I am not eligible for disability.
Although it is much safer to shop online; there is that interaction not only with sales personnel but with other shoppers when it is done within brick and mortar. People seem friendlier and more willing to assist during...