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Christmas Day!!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I got some wonderful new Clive Cussler books from DD.. some bath and beauty products from my friend in the U.P, Connie. I am now off to church, my favorite part of this day.
I am praying for those who have no place to go to today, ,, I wish I cold help them all...top of my list is a Spark friend with a very ill wife. We all have our family crises.. his is my top one today.. May God find peace to send to him and his dear wife.
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GABY1948 12/26/2013 9:38AM

    Hope it was a very blessed day for you and your friend.

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FLORIDASUN 12/25/2013 10:52PM

    We both have that mutual friend and our prayers are united and MUCH more powerful in his name! emoticon emoticon In the scheme of things we are truly truly blessed and I always count Spark as a spectacular blessing for uniting me to the BEST and most wonderful friends in the world! emoticon emoticon You are a dear and wonderful friend and I'm so proud to call you mine! emoticon

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ADKISTLER 12/25/2013 10:26PM

    Merry Christmas!

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PATRICIAAK 12/25/2013 7:02PM

    Peaceful Christmas

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BOSS61 12/25/2013 4:16PM

    My future might have me blogging, as a verbose comment, in someone else's blog. Sort of like this...

Christmas at a former workplace was something special, as well as both expense and silly. This story goes back to the late 1990s.

My former coworkers ate and drank to reckless abandon at a mountain B&B in the White Mountains of New Hampshire rented for an extended weekend just for the occasion. Of course, they then charged the P&L of the office I was in charge of running a pro-rated proportion of the expense. A $5,000 hit for which we had not budgeted. I digress...

The highlight of the weekend was the famed "Yankee Swap." Fifteen employees and their spouses for significant others. Thirty of us. We drew numbers out of a hat, one to thirty. Each of us brought a single wrapped present, which were placed on a central table. Rules: value of gift had to be $20 or less. Some gifts were serious (wine bottles) but others were gag gifts mixed in (a can of authentic State of Maine air). No one knew what was what, as they all were wrapped in similarly sized boxes.

The person holding "No. 1" proceeded to choose a present. Any present. It could be unwrapped, or left wrapped, at their discretion.

Person No. 2 then chose another gift. It could be wrapped or unwrapped. Then, either way, Person No. 2 could elect to keep their gift or could swap it with Gift No. 1 (that had to stay wrapped if it had been).

On to Person No. 3... Over the course of the evening and liberally lubricated by seemingly-free alcohol, the game got quite raucous. You see, as one's turn passed, recipients of gifts could exercise the power of vocal persuasion to entice future trading partners to consummate transactions.

Holding No. 17, I traded for a fancy corkscrew one by No. 8. The gift I traded was a cheese grater. However, I subsequently lost the fancy corkscrew to No. 23. For awhile I was stuck with a large unopened rectangular box which seemed like it might be something like a Hickory Farm holiday sausage pack, until No. 28 wanted that (I was right, but it was from Cracker Barrel) and bestowed me with gloves that were too small for both Susan and myself.

Fortunately, the diminutive woman holding No. 30 had cold, small hands. Successfully cajoling the trade, I went home with a battery-operated facial grooming device (she had no facial hair), happily having traded away the gloves. Susan opened and kept a one-wine-bottle display stand, which we never have used.

When the end of year profit-and-loss, I saw the $5,000 hit my office had taken for "holiday expenses," The wine bottle display stand and nose-hair trimmer were not worth that, but it was fun. Goes to show, Christmas can be both expensive and silly when celebrated with the right people.

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Now, was that not just as much fun? And guess what - it's yours! You may delete it if you so choose.

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RACEWELLWON 12/25/2013 11:21AM

    Bona Natalie ! Pass the Lasagna ,sausage and the Homemade Wine , Mama Mia - help me today ! lol Merry Christmas

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/25/2013 11:11AM

    Merry Christmas Lin!

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PB4WEGO 12/25/2013 9:55AM

    In my prayers as well.
Merry Christmas

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2BDYNAMIC 12/25/2013 9:21AM

    Sweet of you to think of others ...... and I will join in with a pray for your friend who's wife is ill .................. Merry Christmas to you .......... emoticon

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