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post Nov 15 2005, 01:50 AM
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I like this time of year, the shadows are semi-permanent, the air is crisp and the trees look like they want to shiver.

There are some things that always make me think of Christmas and help me get in the mood. For some reason, there was a Christmas back around 1996/7 that seems to have stuck with me. That year I got Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett, as a present, which I now read pretty much every year around this time. I also got the third album by Enigma, which now always makes me think of Christmas a little bit. Even the album Dead Cities by Future Sound Of London was a present that year too and still occasionally makes me think of Christmas times gone by, despite the fact that I must have listened to it several hundred times all around the year since then (probably at least five times in the last week alone).

These things help me get in the mood for the whole capitalist shebang, so what do you do?


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post Nov 15 2005, 02:02 AM
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I dont think I really do much.... What really makes me feel good around this time is a potpourri (sp?) thats made with leftover orange peels and spices that you plop into some water and set on the stove. It makes the house smell SO lovely. I think I also drink more hot chocolate around this time, but probably because I'm more stressed tongue.gif

I tend to get in the 'mood' of worrying. What do I get people? Where do I get money to get this stuff for people? Then theres the issue of putting up and decorating our huge fake tree and in the midst of everything my parents tend to argue more about little things. Its all very upsetting usually.

I think that potpourri really makes me happy though tongue.gif


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post Nov 15 2005, 02:07 AM
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Ah yes, I meant to mention hot chocolate myself.

Some people seem to cope better than others. One part of my family always gets immensely stressed at this time of year, but I don't really see the need. I do my best to prepare then try to relax and enjoy an excuse to stop working for a day.


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post Nov 15 2005, 02:33 AM
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Well this tends to be around the time that theres enough snow for me to start snow boarding again. Which means that notice scrapes in the board, the bindings aren't so good, or my boarding jacket doesn't match the board that well. So I tend to ask for boarding stuff for Christmas.
The shifty guy that most obviously is selling stuff that came off the back of a truck starts coming around the pub. Everybody I don't know that well is totally getting mini crockpot, European coffee presses, or in house cell phones that cost me $5 a pop.
Other then that theres the impending doom of my finals that remind me that Christmas break is coming biggrin.gif


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post Nov 15 2005, 02:38 AM
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Um, I drink some egg nog, whistle Christmas tunes incessantly (though to be fair, I tend to do that all year round) and I drink more hot coffee than normal. I wear sweaters and play some Christmas music in my high school symphonic band. I get slightly weepy when I go to church, but that often has just as much to do with the fact that winter makes me a little more sadthan normal and combining that with religion makes me kinda on edge. If I have someone with a fireplace, I go there, otherwise I make a point to stop by a local bakery/cafe that has a fireplace in the winter time. I go shopping the day after Thanksgiving and put up my decorations. I hope to make a tradition of going in to New York City for the lights and whatnot and Tuba Christmas.


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post Nov 15 2005, 02:41 AM
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Oh! And my mom always reads us a short little novella called "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." It's a cute story left over from my childhood that takes about an hour to get through and is rather groan worthy, but we do it anyway.

We also always watch the Fred Estair classic "Holiday Inn," "A Muppets Christmas Carol," and "It's a wonderful Life." If possible, we also check out "The Grinch," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and "The Nightmare Before Christmas."


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post Nov 15 2005, 05:27 AM
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I make plans to go home. 'Course this year I'm already here.
I bake christmas cookies. I plan marshmellow roasting in the fireplace. I sing.


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post Nov 15 2005, 05:49 AM
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Aww man, you guys all do things. For me its just lalala its december lalala ooo its christmas lalala oh its the new year.


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post Nov 15 2005, 08:38 AM
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I lay down and hope it all goes away. Soon.

Oh. And this year I intend to drink lots of Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes. That's festive.


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post Nov 15 2005, 11:41 AM
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I wander round ranting that Christmas doesn't start till December and yelling at christmas carols played in shopping centers. Is that classed as festive?
Dont get me wrong I love this time of year but in relation to the seasonal changes in the weather and the countryside, not in respect to christmas.


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post Nov 15 2005, 04:56 PM
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I buy things from the bakery near me and wander around Main Street with a croissant or brand-new mini loaf of bread in a bag, munching and looking at people/things/buildings. I try to make my room smell nicer, rather than just "room" or the decidedly unfestive "room that smells like overcooked socks".

There are some songs that will always remind me of Christmas --Shellyan Orphan's "Ice" which my mother makes a habit of sobbing to at least once a year; "Babylon Sisters" by Steely Dan, which is my tree-trimming song. Oh, and "I Predict A Riot" by the Kaiser Chiefs, which is my "going to bakeries" song, because they are Kaisers. Silly, I know, but it's so happy-sounding.

My impractical-to-begin-with clothes take ridiculous turns, and often weigh heavily on Victorian inspiration because the Victorians had to wait outside in the cold a lot, as do I.

(Also, it is still November, right? Have I lost a month?)


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post Nov 15 2005, 05:03 PM
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Well we were singing the 'Flying in The Air' song a couple of days ago and that made me feel a bit Christmas-sy inside. Apart from that I moan about how shops are already selling decorations and stress about report cards. I only feel Christmas-sy when we do Christmas related things at school or when it actually is Christmas, apart from that I a cynic.


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post Nov 15 2005, 05:52 PM
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ohmy.gif I love the run up to Christmas! It is a big thing in our household; not the presents, but the family thing and spending time together.
We all help to make decorations, food and mulled wine. We also make pomanders on the first of December, and have them hanging up around the house. We also make ridiculous amounts of gingerbread and stock up on ginger wine.

When it gets closer to the day, we watch "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" and all
the other typical Christmas films. There is also a copy The Night Before Christmas, and Dickens's Christmas Tree laying about.

And however much I hate the company and think that they are evil, the first Coca-cola advert on the TV always marks the first day of the Christmas period for me (and my siblings).


I want it to be Christmas now biggrin.gif


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post Nov 15 2005, 07:49 PM
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Well, year-round I keep a "gift list" because no one in my family can buy presents worth a damn (though my little sister knows that I wear boxers and like SpongeBob as well as black tee shirts with bands on them). My folks put up the tree and my sisters decorate it. My dad goes batpoo insane with Manheim Steamroller and Nat King Cole. We watch movies and eat too much candy. I feel guilty because I'm too broke to buy anything for anyone. Christmas morning brings out the worst in all of us and my dad gets it all on tape. It's all over by noon and we scatter. We celebrate the religious aspects before Christmas Day. I'm a big non-fan of Christmas...the presents are pretty cool, though.


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post Nov 15 2005, 07:51 PM
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QUOTE (Daria @ Nov 15 2005, 09:52 AM)
It is a big thing in our household; not the presents, but the family thing and spending time together.
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Likewise. smile.gif It's tradition for us to start on Thanksgiving. After eating the huge meal and tons of pie, we go on a walk to help it "settle" a bit so we don't feel so much like we're gonna burst. Then we start putting up the decorations. It's a little early, but it's the closest time to Christmas Day that we're all together and stuff, so who cares?

I don't celebrate the whole Christian savior being born stuff, but regardless one of my favorite things is setting up the manger scene my mom has. It's quite pretty, and I can always joke about "finding Jesus" because inevitably the baby Jesus gets lost somewhere in the box the whole thing is stored in. She believes in all that stuff, but tends to just laugh at me when I do heretic-type things like that.

Let's see...reading How The Grinch Stole Christmas, walking along Main Street in my town and looking at all of the decorations in the shop windows, the Christmas tree festival here in town...that thing is great. Though I'd never buy any of them. Honestly, $300 for a pre-decorated tree? That takes all the fun out of it. They're pretty to see, though. Having a snowball fight with my sisters and then making a snowman is always good. Though they've both gone away this year...so maybe the neighbor kids will join me. unsure.gif

I'm an incredibly festive person. Starting just before Halloween, I think I get intolerable with holiday cheer. I mean...all those holidays right in a row! I get waaaay too excited about them all.


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post Nov 15 2005, 08:04 PM
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When we get the christmas decorations out, there's a smell that seems to linger with them that's just....christmassy to me. Probably smells mouldy and musty to everyone else (they're kept in a box in the loft). I think this year we're going to invest in some new ones, the decoration to staple/selotape ratio is getting a little low now, we need new ones!
Also, those oranges with cloves in, and the fact that there's so much food, chocolate and booze in the house that lasts well into spring of the new year. But mostly the smell.


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post Nov 15 2005, 08:06 PM
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QUOTE (Righteous @ Nov 15 2005, 03:49 PM)
I feel guilty because I'm too broke to buy anything for anyone.
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Definatley one of my problems. This year I'm a bit better with my money. I think I have about $100 dollars (WOW! I have money? tongue.gif ) which will hopefully cover small gifts for peoples. Presents are expensive sad.gif


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post Nov 15 2005, 09:10 PM
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QUOTE (Kitty @ Nov 15 2005, 08:06 PM)
QUOTE (Righteous @ Nov 15 2005, 03:49 PM)
I feel guilty because I'm too broke to buy anything for anyone.
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Definatley one of my problems. This year I'm a bit better with my money. I think I have about $100 dollars (WOW! I have money? tongue.gif ) which will hopefully cover small gifts for peoples. Presents are expensive sad.gif
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In my group of friends we're just doing a secret santa so that you only have to buy one present.


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I thought for Secret Santa you buy a weeks worth of presents to give them 'clues' and then at the end they're supposed to guess who you are and get their final present....

I guess it all depends on the group tongue.gif


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post Nov 16 2005, 12:32 AM
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QUOTE (candice @ Nov 15 2005, 07:51 PM)
I'm an incredibly festive person.
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Your avatar and me glancing at the screen combined in my head to let me read that as 'I've incredibly festive porn'. Women in little red Santa cowls and otherwise-naked men wearing elf hats sprung quickly into my mind as I tried to work out how this had somehow become a tradition for you, and just how very odd that really is. That happened in about a quarter of a second, then I read the line again and giggled a bit. Oops!


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post Nov 16 2005, 01:11 AM
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No, Mata, I don't have any Santa porn. tongue.gif

Although there was this one story that Missy linked me to about mall Santas...but that was for humor purposes only.


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I might actually have some money this time around, but I'll probably still be frugal (though I owe the girlfriend and a friend of mine dinner). I'm thinking of giving out gift cards and one of those coupon books for my girlfriend with stuff like "Free Back Rub" and "Help on a Chore."

I'm not a big fan of "getting." THe only present I think I deserve is a big banner from a pair of friends of mine that says, "THANKS FOR LETTING US CRASH AT YOUR HOUSE AND EAT YOUR FOOD AND MESS AROUND IN YOUR BROTHER'S ROOM BECAUSE ENZO'S MOM HATES AMBER."


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I've been in the mood for chirstmas since November started! I can't wait biggrin.gif We do christmasy songs in all my music things, and all the customers are in an unusually good mood. <3 Christmas happy.gif


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Oh god, today I suddenly got a kind of fuzzy-inside/christmas/scared feeling you get in your tummy because in my french horn octet we were playing that 'Dreaming of a White Christmas' song and it hit the most amazing harmony and it just happened. Then I underestimated the note I was aiming for and spoilt it all a little. But I've been feeling slightly Christmas-sy all day now. Meh, it'll wear off by tomorrow.


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post Nov 16 2005, 08:29 PM
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QUOTE (Sir_Psycho_Sexy @ Nov 15 2005, 09:04 PM)
When we get the christmas decorations out, there's a smell that seems to linger with them that's just....christmassy to me. Probably smells mouldy and musty to everyone else (they're kept in a box in the loft). I think this year we're going to invest in some new ones, the decoration to staple/selotape ratio is getting a little low now, we need new ones!

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ohmy.gif I had forgotten that smell! Now you mention it, you're so right- it is the Christmas smell! It is almost fruity, and musty, and you just know it is only because the things have been all cooped up in a box together for a llittle over 11 months.

I also love the cold smell. Like when you open the front door in the morning to greet the postman, and it hits you (the smell, not the postman), and it makes you realise that winter is here and your "bear" instinct to eat alot and curl up kicks in biggrin.gif

Re-reading that, it sounds very story-book like, but I suppose it is the Christmas spirit coming through. tongue.gif


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