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Old 13 Dec 2007, 04:35
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Lets Talk: Christmas!

Okay so for those of you who do celebrate Christmas. Does your family open gifts Christmas eve, or Christmas day?

We open them Christmas eve, always have. It makes sleeping real hard haha.


Also while were on the subject. Fake tree or real tree?


We have had the same fake tree for 20+ years now, Its covered in fake snow, I wouldn't dream of having any other one its a tradition.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 04:40
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It used to be one gift on the Eve then the rest on Christmas day. Now, everything is opened on the day or when it arrives (if on or after the day).

I like the smell of the real tree but I prefer the practical handlings of the fake tree.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 07:19
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Well with moms side of the family, christmas eve

Dads side is on christmas day.

Step dads is day after.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 10:35
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I hate christmas nowadays. I love spending time with my family and friends, but I despise how commercial it's become.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 12:15
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We always opened gifts on Christmas Eve when I was growing up, so I passed that tradition on to my kids.

I totally agree with Dean. Since I got remarried 2 years ago, my husband and I decided to be more practical about gifting: only our kids, get gifts. This year, since we've got two "adopted" daughters along with my biological kids, we're giving hand-made gifts, fleece knot blankets for the 4 kids, which I've made myself. That's it. Seeing and spending time with family is what's important on Christmas.

I LOVE having a real tree with that smell. But I hate cleaning up the needles, even though I love that you can smell that Christmas smell whenever you turn on your vacuum thereafter until you replace the bag. This year, however, we'll be putting up our fake little tree...we've got no space for a real tree, sadly.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 12:37
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Originally Posted by deezelpope View Post
We always opened gifts on Christmas Eve when I was growing up, so I passed that tradition on to my kids.

I totally agree with Dean. Since I got remarried 2 years ago, my husband and I decided to be more practical about gifting: only our kids, get gifts. This year, since we've got two "adopted" daughters along with my biological kids, we're giving hand-made gifts, fleece knot blankets for the 4 kids, which I've made myself. That's it. Seeing and spending time with family is what's important on Christmas.

I LOVE having a real tree with that smell. But I hate cleaning up the needles, even though I love that you can smell that Christmas smell whenever you turn on your vacuum thereafter until you replace the bag. This year, however, we'll be putting up our fake little tree...we've got no space for a real tree, sadly.
Vacuum bags? Someone needs to get you a Dyson for christmas
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 12:54
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Vacuum bags? Someone needs to get you a Dyson for christmas
OMG, Dean, you don't know how BAD I want one of those!!!
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 13:39
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 14:07
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My family is not Christian but do celebrate the holidays and have the tradition of exchanging gifts. We do so on the Winter Solstice as that date has spiritual significance for us. We will be exchanging gifts with friends and family from December 20th to December 22nd this year along with three nights of feasting and merriment.

On the subject of a tree, we do place one up and it is usually an artificial tree. We however do decorate with a lot of free pine, holly and mistletoe. No poinsettas so we don't kill the cats though.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 15:55
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BOTH!
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My family is not Christian but do celebrate the holidays and have the tradition of exchanging gifts. We do so on the Winter Solstice as that date has spiritual significance for us. We will be exchanging gifts with friends and family from December 20th to December 22nd this year along with three nights of feasting and merriment.

On the subject of a tree, we do place one up and it is usually an artificial tree. We however do decorate with a lot of free pine, holly and mistletoe. No poinsettas so we don't kill the cats though.
Question, Wayne...are you Pagan or Wiccan? Cuz my mother-in-law is one of those, not exactly sure, though, and that's how she and my father-in-law have always celebrated...she calls it "Lame Duck." Everyone attending brings a dish that's a non-holiday dish...I've always brought my chili. It's a lot of fun.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 16:33
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 17:15
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BOTH!

Question, Wayne...are you Pagan or Wiccan?
It's kind of more complicated than that as one's spiritual path develops into an intricate part of themselves as the walk along it. In order to not distract from the topic at hand, I'll send you a PM.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 17:19
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It's kind of more complicated than that as one's spiritual path develops into an intricate part of themselves as the walk along it. In order to not distract from the topic at hand, I'll send you a PM.
Right on, about the topic. Just was curious, cuz I am a Christian who celebrates Christmas, but I also understood what you meant about celebrating the Winter Solstice. I like celebrating both!
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 19:33
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Christmas day. I never got the Christmas eve thing...

And it's always been a real tree.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 22:34
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Okay so for those of you who do celebrate Christmas. Does your family open gifts Christmas eve, or Christmas day?

christmas day


Also while were on the subject. Fake tree or real tree?
we have a fake tree
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