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BlondeStrat

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Dec 23rd, 2017 11:11 AM        

Reminiscent of Holiday Seasons of years ago. <br /> <br /> Back in my days of retail management in Southern California I had no family in the area and no time off during the Holidays. <br /> <br /> I spent a lot of holiday seasons alone. For me that's not a negative thing, I've always done just fine with just myself. <br /> <br /> I would usually spend Christmas day back at the store prepping for the after Christmas clearance sales. The crew always liked showing up early morning on the 26th surprised at how much prep was already done.<br /> <br /> Then came the next 30 years with a Wife and family under the same roof with me. Plenty of love and joy especially when the children were young. It's what life is suppose to be about. ;)<br /> <br /> Anyway I just dropped Queenie off at the airport to go visit her Father and Brother in Tucson. My Daughter is in Lake Charles and has been for about ten years. My son is on a work project in Wisconsin. <br /> <br /> As strange as it may be to some ... I'm eager to see what the next ten days hold. <br /> <br /> No plans, no demands, no outside pressure. Just time and myself. <br /> <br /> I'm sure there will be plenty of reflective thought going on in my head. Who knows, I might even learn a thing or two about myself. ;)<br /> <br /> Anyway folks, this is not a *downer thread*. In my mind it's an opportunity.<br /> <br /> Anyone else with something unique going on this Holiday Season?<br /> <br />



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Dec 23rd, 2017 12:03 PM        

I've spent several years in midlife spending the holidays alone, in between marriages, etc. And have also spent joyous holidays with family, Christmas and opening presents, spending time in front of the fireplace. However, other then family dinners, for me, the holidays are a pain. The extra work involved, heavier traffic, and the expenses. <br /> <br /> That being said, I enjoy the meaning of the holidays, not what they've become.



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Dec 23rd, 2017 12:15 PM        

I can be perfectly content by myself or with family/friends over the holidays. <br /> <br /> I think it's because I keep things in perspective; crowds, full house, etc., can be stressful on people, so the quiet is a welcome thing during the hectic craziness. Conversely, being thrown in with others (especially young kids) brings back memories of being that age and how truly magic Christmas seemed to be.<br /> <br /> Either way is good for me. This year, it's just me and my bitter half :o)<br /> <br /> Merry Christmas to all!<br />



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Dec 23rd, 2017 01:55 PM        

Very nice thoughts expressed throughout... I am also due for a reflective period with the holidays and the New Year.<br /> <br /> Thanks again for sharing and a good time to one and all at this special time of year.<br /> <br /> And thanks again to the FDP for being there and for providing the opportunity to share.<br /> <br /> Be well and Merry Christmas to all.



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Jan 1st, 2018 12:13 PM        

Well, I have survived to this point in fine fashion. :)<br /> <br /> I pick Queenie up at the airport tomorrow night.<br /> <br /> Here's the deal though ... Queenie's B-day is January 8th. <br /> <br /> That means around here the Holidays are extend for an extra week. <br /> <br /> Every year we have X-mas, exactly a week later we have new Years and then exactly a week later we have Queenie's B-day.<br /> <br /> What else would I expect when the Wife is called *Queenie* ;)<br />



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