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Holiday blues...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I am lucky this year for not feeling low . emoticon That was not always the case. Mainly when I was working full time emoticon and caring for my disabled husband emoticon the rest of the time, I'd crash when we got our school holiday vacation. It usually was 2 weeks but one time they made it only one week. I definitely needed the 2 weeks to get my strength back. I am now retired but, honestly, I think I have done less for the holiday this year than ever. I am not depressed but I don't feel like pushing myself either. When peopke tell me they made mountains of baked goods to give away or shopped till they dropped (like I used to), well, I listen and know that is not me anymore. My cooking is now geared toward healthy meals and veggies. But it does not look much like a holiday around here. I have no wreath on the front door. The condo association won't let us put lights up an dmy wreathe has little white lights. I am grumpy enough at them that I put up no wreath at all this year.

I have no little ones around. Our daughter is 31 and I want to take her shopping. I find that more fun. I do have a few things purchased for her. My husband , suprisingly, has been coming up with ways to celebrate! Since his stroke 7 years ago, he has pretty much had no ideas at all. So this is a pleasant surprise. Maybe he emoticon will get me more into the holiday spirit. If we had little ones around I'd be doing stuff for them for sure!

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DS9KIE 12/20/2013 7:52PM

    well you don't have to bake or decorate to have a great holiday...just being happy is emoticon

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DIETER27 12/20/2013 11:21AM

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/18/2013 5:48PM

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you are a cheery presence on Spark and I am grateful for YOU!!!
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EBURGITE 12/18/2013 3:26PM

    it's nice when you get to a point where you decide how you want to celebrate, instead of following the crowd. hope it's a wonderful season of health, sanity, joy and laughter. emoticon merry christmas.

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IMREITE 12/18/2013 1:02AM

    my hubby is not a holiday guy but he bough our 2 nieces xmas presents. he likes looking at toys. it is pretty great when you can avoid the grinches. condo associations can be a pain though

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DEE107 12/18/2013 12:54AM

    hugs and keep up your spirit

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CINDYWAGNER1 12/17/2013 10:31PM

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FROSTY99 12/17/2013 6:37PM

    I sometimes think less is more. I don't do much at home but I decorate in our community so that is enough for me-by the time I get that done I am wiped out and could care less here.

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DRAGON-CHICK 12/17/2013 3:14PM

    Good luck with all the holiday trials.
Sometimes it's just the little things in life...

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ARTJAC 12/17/2013 3:06PM

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LIS193 12/17/2013 1:01PM

    Great blog! Chris, I think we are being brain washed by the media about what the "perfect holidays" and the "holiday spirit" should be like and we feel we should live up to that picture.... In my mind the holidays are about family and love, not about food, presents and decorating. The best present is time together and the best decoration is a smile!!
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SHELL1400_85 12/17/2013 12:10PM

    Sometimes you just aren't in the mood to do of the "holiday things" like baking and such. I know I haven't been in the mood for the last few years until this year. I do hope you enjoy your time with your family.

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GARDENQE2 12/17/2013 11:45AM

    Great blog!
Too many people are tired and stressed and gorging on goodies and whining about it!
Most of these problems are self-inflicted, but unfortunately we don't get wise until we get old!!!
Great news about your husband!
Have a peaceful and healthful holiday season, Sister!
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MPETERSON2311 12/17/2013 10:50AM

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DONNABRIGHT 12/17/2013 9:14AM

    We don't bake anymore and the kids are adults older so not a lot of shopping to do. I still love to decorate and listening to the holiday songs helps me to keep the mood up.

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MISSG180 12/17/2013 9:08AM

    Sometimes when we don't do EVERYTHING, it gives the people around us a chance to come up with ideas! I am notorious for trying to run everything and then getting frustrated because no one is helping. Then they all yell at me that I didn't LET them help. Good on you being more relaxed this year!

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2HAMSDIET 12/17/2013 9:03AM

    We don't celebrate much here either as the little grand kids are far away. So this year I am putting on the Christmas music making dog biscuits instead of cookies to give away. Plus sewing hats flees hats as during the last cold snap many people that come into the food bank didn't have one. I didn't realize how many hats you can get out of a 3 dollar sale blanket. It sure is keeping me busy and in the spirit. I have thought one of these years that I would play around with writing some little Christmas stories... I guess the dreams of Christmas still dance in my head. emoticon

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PROUD-GRANDMA 12/17/2013 8:39AM

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COCK-ROBIN 12/17/2013 8:32AM

    I hope you have a good time with your loved ones.

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PATTYKLAVER 12/17/2013 8:26AM

    I haven't done much this year. Life's been too busy otherwise. My daughter reminded me last night how much fun we used to have just riding around looking at the decorated houses. We need to do that! Next year I will finally have a grandbaby in the house! emoticon I hope that my child-like wonderment qualities come back out.

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SANDRALEET 12/17/2013 8:12AM

    I bought gift bake some put up a 4 foot tree a wreath a few ornaments I never went overboard in buying things More the meaning of whot God did for us

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GARDENCHRIS 12/17/2013 7:51AM

    hope you have a wonderful holiday despite your condo association!

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SHERYLP461 12/17/2013 7:33AM

    Chris, you got the idea, we have decided that only the children get 'real' gifts. The adults get something handmade, baked or they are taken somewhere. this year my gift to the adults is Chrictmas chocolates, made by mom think of each and every one of them while I am makeing it just for them. To me there is so much more love in these gifts than ever in one we bought at the store.

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PATRICIA441 12/17/2013 7:04AM

  I am reading about a lot of people who seem to be having a harder time getting in the Christmas spirit so you definitely are not alone. For us Christmas is mainly about church. I love the Advent season and the readings. As all of our grandchildren are older I do miss the excitement of the children. At our churches Outreach program we gave our Christmas gifts to over 90 needy children. It was so wonderful seeing them get so excited with their big smiles. I am glad your hubby is doing better this Christmas. That has to be a gift in itself. Have a good day full of God's peace and joy!

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DMEYER4 12/17/2013 7:00AM

  I hope you get your spirit back. Have a great holiday

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DRLMAZ 12/17/2013 7:00AM

  Thanks for sharing

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