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September 26, 2022


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And I thought I was the only one who wasn't fond of Christmas. The gifting stress, the high expectations, and the work involved have turned it into a season to get through rather than enjoy. I was a bit shocked to find our it was also not my Mom's favorite for many of the same reasons. Now Thanksgiving is just fun, food, and family - what's not to like?
Your Mom looks wonderful and so happy!


I think it's only human to look back and contemplate what we didn't do in our lives- as long as you can see and appreciate everything you have accomplished. I wonder if it's human nature to perhaps always want more while forgetting to simply be grateful...
I see your family as one of those keys- you make the effort to be with each other, making memories, sharing your lives and simply being present for each other.
How can it be that you have never had a spritz cookie? You must get a spritz gun and enlist the help of the little guy to make a bazillion cookies for the holiday season!


I love spritzes (add triple the almond extract the recipe calls for) but am not a fan of Christmas at all. I love Thanksgiving. It's all about family and being grateful, very low pressure even though I cook the turkey and potatoes for everyone. :)


Happy if that is the right word to find others that don’t care for Christmas. So much work and hype for one day. I much prefer Thanksgiving. Your Mom and Grandson look so happy. We have cooled right off now , in the 50’s and 60’s, and I am very happy!


We’ve been a Christmas family in the past. Now, Christmas is split, and the kids don’t love the turkey feast, and neither Sue nor Sha want to cook it anyway. We still do Christmas Eve with the kids, but they are gone by noon the next day, and Sha heads off to her retirement home to greet the folk there. It’s not all bad because then we get to go home and relax. Thanksgiving is a deal here but not as grand a deal as your TG down there. And Halloween doesn’t rate. I mean it does for some, but is a minor thing for us.


That's an interesting thought process going on at the top there Margaret, but I can't imagine someone like yourself having many regrets... your life seems to be a pretty full & happy one. :^) Um--that's an awesome picture of your mom & grandson! That little boy kills me, he's so sweet! Hope your week ahead is a bit cooler one. :^)


Gosh, I'm a big Eagles fan though Hotel California isn't my favorite song. My favorite is probably "Peaceful Easy Feeling."

I like Thanksgiving because there is almost no commercialization since it focuses on family. I always enjoyed getting together with family and friends over a homecooked meal, and at least in our family, a hike. We usually liberate our free Christmas tree (red cedar) from it's earthly toils and decorate it on the same weekend.

Donna W

I used to like Thanksgiving the best, but now I dread all holidays, due to some rivalries and misunderstandings among some family members... not me, but others. So one person won't attend if another one is there, etc.


I'm not a fan of Christmas day. I like the build up, I love buying gifts, baking and decorating but the day itself is just another day with added mess and a huge meal to make. I've started precooking my turkey and that's helped with the prep and mess. Mostly it's a let down. Familes suck, at least large parts of mine:)

Your mom looks wonderful and happy. I should be so lucky.


I forgot to mention how much I love Halloween. I loved dressing up as a kid and loved making costumes for my kids. And candy.

Arkansas Patti

Once childhood faded away it became Thanksgiving for to me it was everything Christmas was without the stress.
Love that picture of your Mom. She looks great. Nice to know there are good genes to count on.
Glad LG is looking so good and appears over the health scare.

kayak woman

I like to celebrate holidays but not over-celebrate them. And commercialization drives me absolutely NUTS! My husband knew one of the Eagles' younger brothers pretty well. They went to the same (huge) high school in Royal Oak MI. I like some of their songs better than others.


Your mother looks terrific and she loves being with her great grandson. I enjoy all the holidays and bringing everybody together. My family and friends say because I have the large dining room all celebrations should be at my house. I'm not a great cook. That said, I have the ability to put together a great cocktail hour followed by a 5 course meal. Roasting turkey, ham, prime rib roast, and poaching salmon; I can do just fine. Beyond that, knowing where and what to order is the key. Sometimes everybody gets along and other times there can be a small fire. I refuse to get concerned, play it all down and tell people to "relax." Nobody is going to spoil my celebration. I can't wait for Christmas. The food, my 10 ft. tree, wreaths on all the outside doors... Anybody that can not make Christmas day is invited to my Christmas buffet. My one regret is not circumnavigating the world on a schooner. That's a long story.


Wow. A lot going on in this post, Margaret.
First off, when you talked about not being a fan of The Eagles it reminded me of "The Big Lebowski" because the Dude effin' hates them and lets his cab driver know.
Your mom does look great and I am glad you had a nice family get-together.
I still enjoy Halloween because the kids are into it and that is why I still like Christmas because Kyle and Hayden find it magical for the time being.
Thanksgiving is nice because of the food but it is a big production that is so time consuming.
Take care.

Karen Sullivan

Your Mom looks great!!!!

I think I would pick Christmas as my favorite even though I'm usually so busy putting everything together that I don't really have time to enjoy it and then it's all over! I love having everyone together and seeing kids be happy.

Marie K

My favorite used to be Christmas, especially when my kids were young, but now, I'm with your guys and your mom...holiday gatherings are something I could totally dismiss. Random, thoughout the year gatherings are much more fun and less stressful.


I am not fond of Christmas. It's just too much work and I'm not good at selecting presents. It's stressful. Thanksgiving is a lot of work but it's nice to see family now. I think my favorite would be New Years here in Hawaii because it's more low key (for us). And even though people here go nuts with fireworks, it's (shhhh) fun to see from our window.


I forgot to mention that your mom does look awesome for her age. I hope you inherited her good genes.

Ally Bean

You were glowing, of course. I like Hotel California, it reminds me of a dorm I lived in in college when I was young and could dance around without pain. But if it bugs you then ignore its very existence.

Jenni Elyse

I'm glad grandson is okay. I hope the health scare is over for good.

Thanksgiving is my favorite as well. I love that it's all about being thankful. I also love the food. :D Corey isn't a big holiday goer either. His favorite, though, is Halloween. He couldn't care any less about Christmas or other holidays.


I like the Eagles! Hotel California as well ;-)
So nice to put an impromptu meal together with family. We all should do that more often.
I love Christmas. I love Thanksgiving too and the leftovers from Thanksgiving. But, then I can start
working on my Christmas shopping. That said, I am NOT a good gift giver. My mind doesn't work that
way I guess. But, it's a heck of a lotta work to get ready for the holidays, both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the family home and game playing, laughing, visiting and I love it when they all go
home and it's quiet again and I can putz and get my things back in order.

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