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Hey all!


I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season! Plus a great NEW YEAR to come!!


I'm almost ready for the big day. My hubby's birthday is also on the 25th!

So we get a double Whammy! But we usually eat cake :)

All that I have left to do is wrap! The boys awoke this morning with bad

cough's and icky noses! So they are home...I'm so exhausted...At least

it is Friday!


Does anyone want to share a tradition that you and your family look forward to

every year? We usually make cookies and package them up to give to neighbors and

friends in our area.


Super HUGS to All!! :bye:

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Hi, Susieq



Happy Holidays to you and your family. Im not sure how true it is ,but someone at work told me that holiday Eve is next friday? Oh my I am so not ready!!

:rolleyes: one of my best holiday traditions in our family is watching all the old time holiday Carols on television.


Happy Holidays**

northstarhope* :emoticons-i-care:  :thank-you: 

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Hi Susie,


Our family always has cheese fondue on the 24th - a good, gluey, goopy, load of deliciousness. The tradition is that if you lose your bit of bread into the pot, you have to kiss the person sitting next to you! We always do this by candlelight, have a fire in the fireplace (which is in the dining room), and for dessert, there is always a spectacular sauce that gets set alight and poured flaming over the pudding. And yes, the possibility that I could be a pyromaniac has been mentioned! :lol: This is one occasion when I don't use my O2!!


So, happy birthday to your hubby and a very happy holiday to you both. May next year bring you only good things.


Warm wishes,

Jeannie McClelland

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Hi Susie


It sounds as if your household is very busy at the moment; I do hope your boys recover from their colds in time for the holiday.


I always love to watch seasonal films at this time of the year. I particularly enjoy "It's a Wonderful Life" with the adorable Jimmy Stewart :wub: and sob pleasurably all the way through it! ;)


A very happy holiday to you and your family and a happy birthday to your hubby. :D

Jo Frowde

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Happy Holidays Everyone!!


We don't have any traditions, my family never had any and my husband's never did either. That said the one thing that is going to happen this holiday period is my husband doing nothing. I have insisted upon it. When he's off he's not going to be allowed to get up before 8:00 a.m. and when he does he can only be busy doing nothing...or else. :girly1-by-lisa-volz:


It's snowing here again and has settled...oh joy...not! Pusscat sat by the patio door last night so I opened it, turned around to find said pusscat gone. Pusscat had not gone out but shot through the kitchen and hallway and sat on the stairs in the time it took me to turn around...guess it was just to cold outside...can we have a shivering/frozen emoticon please?


Take care.

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Happy Holidays to all of you.


It is a great time to be with family, and hope that the warm feeling stays throughout the year. My hubby and I go and visit the family on the 24th. Since most of them come to our house, the month of December is full of festivities and I am looking forward to my apple cider and good food and especially the quality time with family and friends, so to all my sisters and brothers in this forum "Happy Holidays"...and do not overdo!!


Hugs Patty.

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Happy holidays to everyone as well!


This year I am really celebrating. :happy1-by-lisa-volz: I feel good enough to go all out decorating and have even been baking for the first time in 6 years! I've been to several parties already, this is a quiet week and then the week between the holidays is filled again with friends and celebrations.


I have no traditions left. :( Years ago my mother would hold holiday Eve and holiday Day we would spend running around to see all the other family. My husband only had holiday Day off and it was exhausting, so when we moved and hour away from everyone, we made holiday Day "our" day. We would have a special breakfast, open gifts, walk up to the beach and do a bottle of champagne on the jetty (some winters we froze and others we sat and watched surfers) and have a special dinner. Since my mother passed and my side of the family moved away that tradition ended, my husband's family had their big family holiday two weeks ago and either lives out of state or goes out of state for the holidays, and with scleroderma and dialysis I could no longer walk up to the beach or drink the champagne. We would drive up instead, but it wasn't the same. Last year I was actually pretty lonely. :(


We've had dinner parties New Year's Eve but it's so dangerous to drive around here, even if you haven't been drinking the cops stop you, that people are reluctant to come out. We will still be celebrating alone on the major days but have five events in between.


So, I guess it's time to start new traditions! :happy-day:



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Hi Miocean


Thank you for sharing your stories with us; they are always very touching and very interesting. You are my inspiration. :emoticon-hug: :thank-you:

northstarhope* :emoticons-i-care:  :thank-you: 

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Okay, first of all, I've made the decision to call you susieQ, rather than susie...for obvious reasons! ;)


Now, when I chatted with you after holiday, I was not aware of your hubby's birthday, so I would like to wish him a Very Happy belated Birthday!


Here are the traditions I've been a part of...over the years. As a child growing up, we always had oyster stew as was my dad's family traditon as he grew up. On holiday days over the years, we would often spend the holiday with my maternal grands or spend them at home with them coming to our home. Turkey with the trimmings was our meal, which I carried through over the years at my home.

However, holiday eves became a time celebrated with my husband's folks, siblings and their families. Over the years, the family has grown and grown and we've established our own traditions.


This holiday eve, we were so forutnate to be able to stay home, with our children, their children and their grands, would split up their time with me and hubby from Thursday night through the holiday Day night! With our cozy living space, it worked out beautifully and we were able to thoroughly enjoy each and every one of them -from our children all the way down to our great-grandchildren!


We HOPE that this becomes a new tradition for us, as this was my most favorite holiday EVER :wub:


May you ALL enjoy a Very Happy New Year!

Special Hugs,


Susie Kraft

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Hey everyone! :happy-day:


The Holiday was wonderful! I had all the kids home and shared very Happy Holidays. The kids got what they wanted, and I just enjoyed all their merryment! I hope everyone has a very Happy New Year.


I know this year brought a lot of obstacles. But we got through them. I hope this year will be a thinner, healthier year! I'm going to work hard on it!


Can't believe that it'll be 2011 in a few days. Well, everyone Stay Warm!


Love you All!



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