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One year I actually had all my shopping done before Thanksgiving. The time between that and Christmas was the most enjoyable it has ever been for me. 
 

I hated the pressure of shopping and finding the right gifts for people. Now that the kids are out of the house and raising their own families, it’s less stressful once again. 
 

Now with the Wuhan virus lockdown it’ll just be my wife and I for Christmas and New Years. She traditionally makes Beef Wellington for Christmas dinner. That might not happen this year. 
 

Hope all your plans are progressing well and that it isn’t too stressful on you all. 

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As of now our plans are to go to the granddaughter’s house on Christmas Eve. Will come home Christmas Day in the afternoon.  
 

last year was the first Christmas they had at home. On Christmas Eve my niece and family and sister and husband come to our Daughter’s house for dinner and Christmas Day we drove up to her house in Andover Ma in the afternoon.   
In years before that we would have Christmas Eve at our house and Christmas Day ( mid Day) go to my sisters house. 
we live about 5 miles apart. our families have been getting together forever. 
our son and wife have not been coming up for Christmas for a while. 
 

wife takes care of all the shopping. 

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We have to get the tree up this week. I do have all the gifts purchased and wrapped, and everything is purchased for Christmas Eve dinner. I have done no decorating though. Yikes. 🎄 

 

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I have not decorated or bought any gifts. My wife grew up Jehovah witness and they do not celebrate Christmas. I did buy some cards for my sister and mom

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All gifts purchased and wrapped, minus a small handful that should arrive this week.

 

Crossed cookies and milk off the list for Santa, as one of my 6 year olds classmates spilled the beans. As a parent it’s sad to lose this magic, but it was probably coming soon anyway, as he called BS on the tooth fairy almost immediately after he lost a tooth earlier in the year. His enthusiasm for Christmas is still in high gear though. And plenty of gifts will not be placed under the tree until he goes to sleep on Christmas Eve, because he is going to need to be at least a few years older before I am willing to lose seeing his eyes light up with wonder and delight on Christmas morning as he comes down the stairs.

 

And I agree with @Nanker, the earlier you have everything done, the more enjoyable the season becomes. 
 

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5 hours ago, devnull said:

Garand has been cleaned an 8 round clip is ready.  If somebody tries climbing down my chimney, I'm gonna spread some 30-06 holiday joy

Now listen to reason here. It won’t be a reindeer that’ll be coming by that route. It’ll be the old jolly elf himself. Better be nice. 

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1 hour ago, Nanker said:

Now listen to reason here. It won’t be a reindeer that’ll be coming by that route. It’ll be the old jolly elf himself. Better be nice. 

 

Sounds like a good time to have a little chat about that bike I never got...

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41 minutes ago, Ann said:


I hope you  and yours are better soon. 

We have been better. little sniffles here and there. Just waiting for house arrest to end

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On 12/13/2020 at 12:02 PM, Hedge said:

All gifts purchased and wrapped, minus a small handful that should arrive this week.

 

Crossed cookies and milk off the list for Santa, as one of my 6 year olds classmates spilled the beans. As a parent it’s sad to lose this magic, but it was probably coming soon anyway, as he called BS on the tooth fairy almost immediately after he lost a tooth earlier in the year. His enthusiasm for Christmas is still in high gear though. And plenty of gifts will not be placed under the tree until he goes to sleep on Christmas Eve, because he is going to need to be at least a few years older before I am willing to lose seeing his eyes light up with wonder and delight on Christmas morning as he comes down the stairs.

 

And I agree with @Nanker, the earlier you have everything done, the more enjoyable the season becomes. 
 

 

I’ve got a 25 year old that still believes.

When they got older, our rule was always: if you don’t believe then you don’t receive. That was the threat so the older ones didn’t spoil it for anyone else. The least they can do is play along.  We’ve raised 4 kids to be willfully ignorant in select situations. Though that’s not easy to explain to a 6 year old. In those cases, we just bad-mouthed the other kid for being an ignorant fool.  That worked in the younger years.

 

 

 

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