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FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,044
12/25/12 11:08 P

I am blessed to spend it with my wonderful family.



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BRANDON504 SparkPoints: (101,476)
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12/25/12 11:00 P

Just me and my wife

ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (58,543)
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12/25/12 9:55 P

Yes, all alone here. Just me and my streaming Netflix.... thank gawd for Netflix!

THOMAS.H Posts: 17,034
12/25/12 9:17 P

Yes, just my wonderful wife and myself (with a number of incoming phone calls).


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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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12/25/12 9:10 P

No with friends and family as we do every year! We are truly blessed

DELRIO1 Posts: 5,705
12/25/12 9:09 P

nope, we have plenty of company

TEEPHOTO SparkPoints: (51,616)
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12/25/12 8:35 P

Spending Christmas alone. Enjoying the peace and the day off. Talked to family earlier. Not feeling very well today anyway so, in bed most of the day.

BLUBEL1 Posts: 1,003
12/25/12 5:32 P

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Merry Christmas everyone!
Just me ,my hubby and cat. But it's all good. I am grateful for them and our home
Gave the kitty a wee bit of cream for Christmas. She lapped it up!
Poor hubby woke up with the flu :(, so went to the drug store for "sick food".
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12/25/12 4:02 P


Merry Christmas!!

I sat next to my Christmas tree (all by myself) and opened my presents this morning. It turned out to be a very emotional experience! I was absolutely moved to tears by the generosity of my family and friends this year.

So, now I have the Christmas music turned up very loud, a fire in the fireplace and soon I'll start prepping my little Christmas feast! It's a splurge day for me!! Yay!


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SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,058
12/25/12 3:43 P

Spent today with my hubs, daughter, and our son and his girlfriend. Hubs picked up my Mom for lunch, then took her home shortly after. The older my kids get, the quieter Christmas is...I wish you all much Love and Peace, today and every day!

Edited by: SCHOPPEK at: 12/25/2012 (15:44)
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CHICCHANTAL Posts: 2,133
12/25/12 2:09 P

My cats stormed out in disgusting when I tried hula hooping ; )

12/25/12 12:58 P

Yes, but not truly alone as I have 8 cats and an assortment of neighborhood squirrels that are family.

Edited by: BLUEBIRDSFLY at: 12/25/2012 (12:59)
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a secondís encounter with God and with eternity"
-Paulo Coelho

12/25/12 10:42 A

With my husband!

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CHICCHANTAL Posts: 2,133
12/25/12 9:03 A

Merry Christmas everyone!
I can tell you Sherrie, the telly in the UK is so dire today that I've had to resort to other forms of entertainment!
Cosmoangel, I'm having a quiet day without my cats, have sent them out for some fresh air - it has stopped raining today! I agree, there's a lot of pressure to party with large groups of people at this time of year. I always have a lovely peaceful time on my own. I have one colleague who lives very close by and she refuses all invitations . . . I like the peace and quiet too.
Kelliebean, I understand the guilt thing but I too just found the pressures of having to be on best behaviour too much, so I opted out many years ago now.

Edited by: CHICCHANTAL at: 12/25/2012 (09:08)
WELLNESSME09 Posts: 7,634
12/25/12 8:35 A

Spending Christmas with family!

Ane Marie
Hamilton On.Canada Est

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SHERRIE59 SparkPoints: (54,044)
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12/25/12 8:34 A

I have contemplated turning down all dinner invites this year and stay home, curl up and watch some Christmas movies but friends have been insisting that I come and share Christmas with them so I guess I will be house hopping today.

If I were in Toronto, which is where I usually spend my Christmases, I would be with another set of friends. They will not allow me to curl up and read or watch a movie, if I wanted to.

KELLIEBEAN Posts: 3,721
12/25/12 8:28 A

I hope everyone who is alone today feels peace and love from your friends and family or at least from your spark family. :-)

I spent Christmas Eve with my family yesterday and there was a huge public blowup. Usually holidays are simmering aggravations all around. Yesterday was epic. It made me question why we continue to get together.

I then felt enormous guilt at the thought of not wanting to go through this every holiday. This is not what holidays should be.

I hope everyone has a great day. Do something good for yourself!

COSMOANGEL SparkPoints: (7,949)
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12/25/12 8:08 A

Wishing everyone here a peaceful and hopeful Christmas. I'm spending it alone too, but am enjoying the quiet time with my dog. It is a blessing....I'm thinking about all those folks who are being pulled into a gazillion different directions and are really missing the "peace" of it all. It is a reminder that I am giving myself the best christmas present ever....taking time to be kind to myself by making healthy choices. I do have a little treat in the freezer, which I will enjoy every bit of. No guilt, because I know this is a journey and I will get right back on the road after my little pit stop. ...... And now for something completely different......if you are bummed out about being alone on Christmas, go to, they have a page of "Crappy Christmas Stories". I went there last night and it really put things in perspective for me.

Cheers to all, please have a little celebration with yourself today, whether its watching movies on TV, reading a good book, going for a walk, having a sweet treat or just taking the time to be extra kind to yourself. We all deserve it.

THROOPER62 Posts: 21,829
12/25/12 5:16 A

Quiet Christmas day with just my husband and cats

ADIOSALL Posts: 5,197
12/25/12 3:59 A

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I'n not alone. I have Spark!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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12/25/12 3:36 A

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Merry Christmas

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CHICCHANTAL Posts: 2,133
12/25/12 3:04 A

Merry Christmas evetyone! Or Bah Humbug if you prefer!

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12/23/12 3:29 P

this year i spending Christmas with my kids.....last year it was my ex's turn so i spent it alone....not too bad i slept most the day gave me the chance to relax and just do what i wanted for a day instead of chasing kids

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12/23/12 12:29 P


SAILSCALL SparkPoints: (59,012)
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12/23/12 12:11 P

No - Christmas Eve with the in-laws, Christmas Day with my family. This is the first time in probably 10 years that we haven't hosted one of these events at our house.

12/23/12 11:50 A

I will be spending christmas home alone this year.

I will drop by here on the 25th once or twice.

I flew out last Saturday to spend days with my brother's family and my dad, and came back to attend a wedding held yesterday. I arranged it like this because I have no intention of flying these next few days, airports are mad houses now.

So, we celebrated it last week. In any case, for me Christmas is a family holiday and the Solstice is a spiritual one. I know if I mentioned to friends in my area that I was going to be alone, they'd invite me. That would be fine, and I've done it for other holidays (and once for Christmas when there were only two other folks at the house who invited me).

The people I know who would invite me at the drop of a hat are having larger family celebrations than that. I don't want them to feel obligated to get me gifts, and I don't want to them or myself to feel discomfort as everyone opens gifts together. It is, after all, a FAMILY holiday for me and for many of my friends.

However, this will be the first year I will be celebrating Christmas alone. I'd love to go find some sort of interfaith ceremony to attend, however, especially considering that I live 15 minutes from Newtown, Connecticut, and those events have really hit us hard here.

Edited by: ARTEMISTHEGREEK at: 12/23/2012 (12:06)
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12/23/12 10:10 A

Well, this is Year 3 that I cannot fly to Toronto......but I have 2 Christmas invites

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12/23/12 9:48 A

I will be with my favorite aunt with my single daughter, hubby going to camp with his kids.

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12/23/12 9:00 A

I'm on my own and not looking forward to it.

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12/23/12 8:44 A

LOL....I actually came to see if anyone posted on this topic. I have come to dread this time of year. I enjoy time with my immediate family, but all of the expectations from parents drives me insane. It used to be that we had to go to my inlaws on Christmas day (a few hours away), but one year we got repeated phone calls asking when we were leaving/etc. on that morning, I had had enough because my kids didn't even get to finish unwrapping their gifts before we left. Now, we'll go up a few days later, but in all honesty, I'd rather be winding down at home and enjoying the season at home. Next year, I may need to put my foot down again. Bah Humbug! rofl

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
12/23/12 7:57 A

unless things change; it will just be the two of us this year

PARKERB2 SparkPoints: (129,515)
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12/23/12 7:19 A

Just the Dh and me this Christmas. We're doing Christmas on Christmas Eve at the grandchildren's.

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
12/23/12 7:15 A

It will be just my husband, kids and I, so not alone thankfully.

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
12/23/12 6:17 A

I will be spending Christmas Day with my hubby -- my family is coming over today

12/23/12 6:16 A

not exactly, it will be just him and me as usual. We have family gatherings, but not this time of year

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12/23/12 1:56 A

I will be spending Christmas with family.

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JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
12/22/12 11:10 P

That's very sweet and thoughtful of you. I will have family from noon to dark (and then the clean up) so it will be hard even to squeeze in Mass, much less SP but will be thinking of my friends here and sending Christmas wishes across the miles to you.

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12/22/12 6:17 P

Ya, but I don't celebrate Christmas so it is fine.

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a secondís encounter with God and with eternity"
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CHICCHANTAL Posts: 2,133
12/22/12 11:40 A

Hiya Ziggy, nice to hear from you. We can hold riotous assembly on this thread ; )

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12/22/12 10:29 A


ZIGGY122 Posts: 2,198
12/22/12 10:26 A

I'll be here also

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12/22/12 9:55 A

I could not the thought of spending the day alone. If I were to be alone, I would seek some form of volunteering for the day. The first place I would try would be the USO.

Fortunately, we have a son and his family close and we will be there but the troops will be on my mind.

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CHICCHANTAL Posts: 2,133
12/22/12 9:44 A

Two people having a peaceful day then!

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12/22/12 9:25 A

I'll be here! I'll be spending most of Christmas Day by myself.


Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.

A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?

CHICCHANTAL Posts: 2,133
12/22/12 8:24 A

I've come across quite a few SparkFriends who seem to be. Drop by here for a chat or an observation or a bit of a Bah! humbug, support to stop you eating things you'll later regret or as a break from your loved ones. Much as you love them, we all need a break sometimes.

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