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Hobbes
post Nov 30 2010, 06:07 PM
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Well, tomorrow is the 1st of December and, what with the amount of snow the UK has been receiving the last few days, I don't think it is too awful to mention Christmas. Plus, I've had a few wintery songs entering my ears today so (right now, at least) I am feeling rather festive.

I think Christmas, for most people, tends to have two opposing feelings about it. Assuming you aren't totally pre-ghosts-Scrooge-esque, and thus hate it, or for religious/personal reasons you do not take part in the holiday, there is a certain amount of excitement that begins to brew up as the 25th approaches.

However, I think there's often some sadness at Christmas, too. Being one of the major events in the year, it is usually when friends and family get together, so it is undoubtedly a time when we recall the people we have lost in our lives.

But I don't want to depress people...

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I find Christmas terribly nostalgic, and so it'd be nice to focus on some lovely yuletide thoughts.

What I would like you lovely people to do is post some jolly memories about Christmas. They can be from your childhood (those of you that aren't still in it wink.gif), from a few years ago, or just last year. And they can feature yourself, or your friends and family, or people that are no longer with us... or your dog, etc.

But... they must be stories that are a source of happiness for you smile.gif

And if you don't celebrate Christmas, but a different event during this holiday season, then share appropriately smile.gif
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Hobbes
post Nov 30 2010, 06:19 PM
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I suppose I should begin smile.gif

One memory that repeatedly comes up at Christmas concerns my granddad (no longer with us). He was a character at all times, regardless of festivities, but I remember his 'ways' at Christmas fondly.

Aside from insisting on leaving mid-afternoon to watch the Queen's speech at home (despite our repeated offers for him to watch it at our house), he was always particularly amusing with presents. He'd always give us specific information as to what he wanted, which was fair enough; it meant he'd always get something useful that he actually wanted. But, as a result, there was very little surprise for him. So, the wrapped up pillows would be handed to him, he'd squeeze the packaging, say, "Pillows?" and then put it to one side... still wrapped. As a child, this would annoy the heck out of me because I was in my usual state of desperately wanting to pull the paper off every gift.

We would, of course, give him presents that he'd had no say in, too. And he still seemed able - with a squeeze and a shake - to work out what it was without having to open it.

"Shirt?"
"Yes..."
*puts to one side*
"Don't you want to see what it looks like?"
"It's okay, it will be lovely, don't worry."

There wasn't any ungratefulness or obnoxiousness in it at all, so nobody was angry. We just found it amusing, particularly when - after he died - we were clearing the house and found the pillows in his wardrobe, still wrapped up. Even though he had asked for them, and even though the ones on his bed still needed replacing.
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