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#118196 12/25/03 04:46 AM
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we just *had to have a thread with the subject heading, don't you think?

A VERY Merry Christmas, to all of you who inhabit this little wordy world, this place of secure companionship. Thanks for a whole year of friendship, learning and thought provoking debate; for sharing and letting me share.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL!!


#118197 12/25/03 11:21 AM
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thanks! and right back at ya!
hoping that this holiday season brings peace to all.



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Yes, peace...more peace...and sweet slumber.

Joy to all!


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thank you, maahey, and duddub and eta
belated greetings to you all and to everyone who reads this


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Why, thank you, Ms. maahey; much appreciated! Christmas should be a time of peace and giving, and well, holiness. It is hol(y)day, after all. Those* who look upon it as merely a time to be off work and party--well, that's their choice, and I'm glad it isn't mine. It is also a time to, as you did in your post, count my blessings; but then 'most any time is that, for me.
*I am not speaking here of those who practice other religions.
Our family had a good Christmas, despite 2 of us being sick. Everybody got things they really liked, which pleased the givers. Hubby and son reverted to childhood with the burp guns I gave them; another ambush was just staged! We had (by vote) a traditional dinner of roast turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, broccoli casserole, and fruit salad. Too full for dessert!
It won't be much longer, I think, until our kids have moved away and/or married; so one of the things I was thankful for is that we still had them both, yesterday. And yet--I'll also be thankful when/if they do those things, because that will mean they're successful.


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Thank you! And a Happy New Year 2004 to all of you as well.

Personally, I'm very glad the shopping orgy is over for me. My New Year's resolution is to rethink who I give to next year -- and especially how much. I had 47 people on my shopping list this year. Yikes! Perhaps it's downsizing time? Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Merry Merry!


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Oh, but it's fun, though, isn't it? I love finding things that just "fit" a certain person. Even if I'm not shopping for gifts at all, if I see something that just shouts out someone's name to me, I'll buy it--assuming it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, that is. Usually I send it to them on the spot, too--nothing like an unexpected present to lift the spirits!


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Hi Jackie, and Gifthorse, and, of course, everybody else as well.

I'm glad you had good Christmases, and hope you have great New Year's too.

I had my niece around for lunch, so put together a roast duck (more traditional and al that - goose would have been too big), along with trimmings - stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce - all made from scratch, of which I was quite proud. Couldn't drink, though - work later in the evening.

And, uncharacteristically, I actually bought three presents this year - my first in about five years. I must be going soft in my dotage.

Anyway, hope you all have a great year to come, and lot's more AWADing.

cheer

the sunshine warrior


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47!! no wonder you're the GIFT horse
We've got it down to stocking stuffers for the adults and presents for my neice(4) and nephew(1) and the occasional little something as a surprise gift for a friend. The hardest part was finding a toy for my nephew that didn't take batteries. I wanted the stacking rings and it took me almost a week to find but he loves it.


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The hardest part was finding a toy for my nephew that didn't take batteries. I wanted the stacking rings and it took me almost a week to find but he loves it.

Even the stacking rings take batteries now. My daughter had a set that played music and lit up as each ring (star, actually) was added to the stack. I certainly appreciate your dilemma -- my daughter got not one but two "learning systems" for Christmas this year. They are proto-computers, really, put in a cartridge and a book, and you can touch words to hear them read aloud or play little "find the red square" games. She seems to like them, but the little cartridges are about 1" x 2", and I know they will be lost by Valentine's Day. Thankfully, her most appreciated gifts were a humble changing table and new bottles for her dolls.


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