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What's Your Favorite Holiday?

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I am wondering what your favorite holiday is...and what makes it special. Maybe share your favorite holiday and something about it that makes it special to you.

 

My favorite holiday is Memorial Day! It falls at the end of May here and is in remembrance of those who gave their lives for this country's freedom. However, it is the unofficial start of summer! The beaches open, which here means they start charging fees to go on, the lifeguards and my beach friends return, and it is the beginning of everyone coming to the Jersey Shore (and if you watch the t.v. show it is really not like that...well, sort of :D ).

 

So it's about 5 more months to my favorite holiday!

 

I am wishing peace and strength to all my forum friends.

 

:balloons: :balloons: :balloons:

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Hello Miocean

 

I think my favourite is the December Holiday, presents, food, presents, family, presents, friends, presents and did I mention presents? :yes:

 

 

Seriously though, I was able to go out today with my :wub: husband :wub: and my wheelchair to do a bit of holiday shopping and really enjoyed buying them for him. He works so hard, does so much and never asks for anything so it's a great opportunity to be able to spoil him.

 

Take care.


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Hi,

 

I think my favourite holiday would be December too except that it is also the start of the summer and most years it is so hot it becomes a chore. Not this year though, yesterday it was 14 degrees C and bucketing down with rain. Today is fine again but only about 20. Today the Weather Ambassador (what a poncy name - what is wrong with Weather Forecaster? - what is the world coming to!) said that we can expect more settled weather for next weekend but no talk of hot weather thank goodness.

 

Sometimes we celebrate in mid-winter about 25 June and that is the perfect time to have all those hot dishes which are traditional.

 

Our grandies have been home from school since Wednesday and it is hard to cope with them being so excited while we are still trying to get things done. We have had them for a couple of days each, on their own, to try to ease the stress at home. Isn't it great how they can rise to the occasion when by themselves with Granma and Granpa. Perhaps the fact that they don't have broadcast TV at their home makes the difference. We had the Cartoon Channel all day yesterday while the rain poured down.

 

Today I was very noble and sat through a Chipmunks movie at the local theatre - and no I didn't fall asleep!!

 

Best wishes to you all - enjoy your holidays the best you can.

 

Judy

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Hi Miocean,

 

I do like the summer, although I must admit that we avoid going anywhere on the actual bank holidays as it's so crowded everywhere these days and it's not much fun sitting in endless traffic jams for hours on end. :glare:

 

I would probably agree with Amanda and Judy about the December holiday. For a start, my hard working and permanently-stressed-at-work husband will have at least 10 days leave over the holiday break (perhaps more if I can pressgang persuade him to take more leave which is owing to him ;) ) which does give him a bit of a chance to relax and brace himself for the new year. When I was working full time I used to love the December holiday because of all the parties and jollity around that time of the year........oh, the office parties!! My tolerant and long suffering husband used to collect myself and a car load of inebriated revellers at the end of the office party; his only stipulation was that nobody threw up in the car........ah, happy days!!! ;) :lol:

 

Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays to all the lovely people on these forums!!


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I enjoy so much hearing all these things and "youse guys" slang!! I had to convert 20 c in 68 f, that is really enjoyable weather. especially if the sun is out.

 

As a teacher I had a holiday break and even though it has been 7 years since I worked, I still think of my life in teacher time, and think, oh, I'll be able to get that done over the break. :P

 

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Miocean!

 

"Youse" is to me the most objectionable slang ever. Our gorgeous middle Granddaughter spent a bit over two years at a school which was 98% Polynesian - she was not happy there. She is 9 1/2 now and a great linguist (for 9!) she knows some Spanish and Maori and loves to do the daily Crossword with Granpa, has a reading age about 2 years ahead of her years.

 

Came home from that school one day upset - the other kids told her she didn't speak properly - she said "you kids" - told her the plural is "youse".

 

I get your point that it definitely is slang and I guess that our language is evolving all the time and maybe it is not just a South Pacific term but I think if we come back in 50 years we won't be able to understand a word.

 

Needless to say she is not at that school now, but my point is that I think youse will become common usage before we know it.

 

Better go to bed I think before I get myself embroiled in a discussion which will go nowhere.

 

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Miocean, "you guys" has history for me...for sure! When me and sis were 5 and first went to America and met the step family one lady used to call us you guys and one of us would always say we're girls!! :lol: :lol:

 

 

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Well, we may be in a "whoops" because the forum guidelines state: Our mission requires language that is appropriate for all ages, cultures, beliefs, and countries. We avoid cursing, swearing, "instant messaging" abbreviations, and slang (since it can be misconstrued or offensive in other languages and cultures)

 

I thought "youse" was typically New Jersey/New York and in my ignorance thought the rest of the world would know that, too. Interesting that it is not. I guess that's why the guidelines ask we don't use slang. I do not say it, I tend to use "you all" typically used in the Southern USA from my years of living in the south when referring to a group of people. "You" is probably grammatically correct, whether referring to singular or plural.

 

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Ah, if you were from western Pennsylvania, you'd say 'you'uns' or 'youns' - no idea how that came to be!

 

My favorite holiday is Midsummer and it comes from many years living in the far north of the UK and southern Scandinavia. It's simply a celebration of having the most hours of light in any day of the whole year. It brings back memories of flowers, warmth, sunshine, and a relaxed celebration involving the whole community.

 

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2012,

 

Jeannie


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Hi Jeannie,

 

I was thinking of you this morning! wondering how you are and missing your funny posts - now I log in and there you are!!!

 

A happy and healthy as possible New Year to you.

 

Love and hugs from the upside down side of the world.

 

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December Holiday in Florida is high on my list of favorite Holiday's or places to be on a Holiday.

I do believe our 4th of July celebrations at our home make that my favorite of Holiday's. Warm weather, sun, family and water sports. What more can a person ask for? Huh! Oh alright, then food makes the day complete. Also it happens to be my Mother's Birthday. So we really celebrate Independence Day.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

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Oh Jeannie, Midsummer sounds fabulous! I wish we could celebrate it now; I feel like we are in Midwinter here, with hardly any hours of sunlight.

 

My favorite holiday is my husband's birthday -- because we celebrate it every day, all month long, however we want. So he gets unlimited birthday dinners and I search the world high and low to find the "very best" of some thing for him. It doesn't have to be expensive, so to speak, but just the very best of its kind, so I spend all year trying to figure out something he will use every day and that is the very finest (in our price category, that is!), and then save up for it.

 

As you can imagine, each year this gets more difficult, as I've used up all the easy or obvious choices already. One year I had to talk him into shaving the old fashioned way, just so I could have another few years of presents to give him. (Shaving soap, shaver, shaving brush.)

 

This year, my goodness, who knows what I might have to talk him into! :emoticon-dont-know:


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On the topic of slang. You can only imagine how naive we were when we first started the forum, with no guidelines at all. Only through the School of Experience were our forum guidelines born. And then they grew (and GREW!) along with our Interesting Experiences, which are also known as Total Disasters.

 

One of those Interesting Experiences came when a US member used a totally common, everyday slang term -- and one of our New Zealand members was absolutely aghast that we allowed someone to post such a nasty slur. And oh my, it was a *really* nasty term in New Zealand!

 

That's when we stumbled upon the interesting phenomenon of bland slang in one country sometimes being beyond nasty in another country. Since our moderators can't spend all day long looking up words to see if they are "nasty" somewhere else in the world, we had to just go with the safer option of trying to eliminate slang, when possible.

 

As you can all see, we loosen the restrictions a little bit in Fun and Friendship, but if we knew that "youse" was a dirty word somewhere else, we'd need to eliminate it so that we wouldn't be offending anyone.

 

It's not easy, trying to have fun and keep World Peace all at the same time. Thanks to all of you for your understanding, and also for poking fun at our guidelines too. We have to have some type of stress relief from them around here or we'd go stark raving nuts!

 

:nervous: :high-five:


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