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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 7:45 PM


Grandson Devon was born last Thursday amidst panic and chaos - his heart stopped beating during the pushing, which led to emergency C-Section. All was well though an he and mom are healthy now and my son hasn't slept in 5 days! It was joyous to watch what a great dad he already is, and what a great mom she is. Devon is such a blessing to us all!

But sadly, now I've come down with bronchitus and can't be around Devon or the family right now. But I was surrounded by lots of family last week and it was the most beautiful miracle.

This is only my second Christmas to be alone (4 years ago I had the flu and missed my mother's last Christmas on earth).

This leaves me to focus on this: Funny how the Bible tells us exactly when resurrection day was, but leaves the birth date of Jesus fuzzy. While it's a miracle of the Lord's birth for us and our salvation, I'm guessing it was not so joyous for Jesus - to go from all His glory to be born into the very limited abilities of a human baby. Maybe that's why the birth day wasn't as important as the resurrection date.

All I know is I'm glad He went through the process. Merry Christmas and blessings to you and your family.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3843)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 8:00 PM

I feel for you. I had a real cold on Christmas a few years back. Me getting ill is a true rarity, and the cold only lasted, at least in significance, for about 1 day, but the day was Christmas. I was parked in a remote corner at the family gathering. People in space suits passed me presents and food on the ends of long poles while the reveled in another room. Fortunately there was plenty of football to watch. Blessing to you and your family, and your special, early gift.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 8:03 PM

Spacesuit!!! Why didn't I think of that!!!!! lol

Koota  (Level: 189.1 - Posts: 2120)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 8:06 PM

My family is 1500 miles away, so it's just me and Fred for Christmas this year. We'll get on the telephone and talk to everyone at some point, though.

We always have a nice meal even though it is just the two of us. Fred, at least, is a very good cook. I'm good for chopping vegetables, and I'm a very appreciative eater.

We'll break out a puzzle on Christmas and spend a cozy day together drinking Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps. YUM!

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Cjar855  (Level: 134.6 - Posts: 838)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 9:20 PM

My Christmas was today,with my son,Daughter-in Law and grandchildren.They will be going to her family's on Christmas.My husband and I, both of our parents are gone,and my sisters are on either side of the coast.One is in New York and the other in California. So today we had our Christmas .Noisy as usual.One grandson playing thr drums and the other on his guitar.Noisy, but lots of fun.So Tomorrow my husband and I will be home alone,resting up from today. Merry Christmas to all..


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 9:46 PM

All of my family is a thousand miles away, and Big John's parents are downstate and have to work the day before and the day after, so we're not making the trip this year, just having been down for Thanksgiving. I'll talk to my family in Philadelphia on the phone in the morning. John and I have been invited to the next door neighbors' for dinner in the afternoon, but otherwise we'll be right here, and I'll spend a quiet day reading, watching TV and checking in from time to time with whoever's on Sploofus.

You're not alone. There'll be egg nog and cookies.

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 9:57 PM

Yo guys will never be alone as long as you have your spoolfus family. Merry Christmas to one and all!!!!

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 10:27 PM

Yep, I'm alone too.My son, who lives in the same town as me, has custody of his children. My grandchildren are spending several days with their mother in another town. My son is spending Christmas with his ladyfriend in southern Kansas. My other children, who live 120-240 miles away, will be coming on Sunday for our Christmas.

I went to candlelight services at the church, took a cute picture of a dad helping light his son's candle for Wednesday's paper, talked to another person who will help me do a story tomorrow for Wed. paper. Oh, in case you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm working at the paper tomorrow. I was off Thanksgiving, so that means Christmas was my turn to work.

The question I'm going to be asking people is to tell me about their most memorable Christmas. The man I talked to tonight told about the Christmas when they had just adopted a son and then learned his wife was pregnant. He said they had to read the Advent lesson and light the candle and the Scripture was: Unto them a child is given, unto them a child is born. He said that particular Scripture had a whole new meaning to them that year.

How about it? Any of the rest of you want to share your most memorable Christmas with us .. and give me permission to use it in my story for the paper? I won't be able to use all of them, but I will use several if you don't mind. I won't use your name.

Vdrake  (Level: 195.1 - Posts: 20)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 10:46 PM

I'm at home alone as well - except for the two cats - what am I saying, no way I'm alone with those two! I'm in the midwest and my family is out on the coasts.

But I agree with Donna and everyone else - I'm not really alone because I have my Sploofus buds, my neighbors (who helped shovel me out this weekend - talk about people having your back!) and my friends here (who are like family in so many ways) - so I'm blessed.

And as mentioned before - we're are never really alone!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 10:48 PM

"Unto them a child is given, unto them a child is born." I have chill bumps. How beautiful is that meaning for them!

Speaking of eggnog, my son and I traditionally mix our eggnog equally with diet 7-Up or Sprite so it's almost like an eggnog milkshake. (For us, Borden's eggnog is best - or homemade.)

Thanks for your comments guys. I know I'm in good company!

Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 2:27 AM

Alone, More than you will ever know...

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 3:44 AM

I've spent most of Christmas Day with my mother, daughter and grand-daughter, but I am now alone for the evening and night.

I am thinking about my AK sister Helen who died in 2005, and how she loved Christmas: she threw herself into it totally. The whole world is a sadder place without her.

I am also thinking of my Chosen Family in AK, and will call 'em tomorrow........along with my partner Jeremiah who is also there. This is my first Christmas without him for a few years, and I miss him very much.

God Bless all of you, and may He watch over you gently....

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 3:49 AM

I wish all you people lived close to me. I've got a 22 lb turkey & there will only be 6 of us. I'd love to have you all over, to share the festivities, the more the merrier. Sending you turkey & hugs through hyperspace

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 9:08 AM

Hey Randy, save a drumstick for me, will you, please? and be sure there's plenty of that rich gravy to go over the top of the dressing. Yummm. And I'll take a small slice of the pumpkin pie, never cared much for mincemeat.

No, no more vegetables for me, thank you. I'm stuffed as full as the bird was. Thanks for inviting me over.

Greyghost  (Level: 69.0 - Posts: 640)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 9:13 AM

I hear ya Mitchy

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3843)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 9:42 AM

Spacesuit, like those movie scenes with the people with bizarre, contagious conditions.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 12:57 AM

I actually had some fun today that wouldn't have been possible if my family had been here. I wanted to do a story on what do the firefighters do to celebrate Christmas, so I went over to the fire station about 1 p.m. They had cooked up ham, a turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cheesy hashbrowns, green beans with mushroom sauce and onion, homemade apple pie, cranberry sauce.

They asked me to stay and eat with them, so I had Christmas dinner with 10 guys and one female firefighter. The food was delicious and it was like having my boys around the table - lots of joking, kidding each other, laughter.

Did I mention the food was great?

Maybe I'll volunteer to work next Christmas too!

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 1:45 AM

Pat, sounds like you made wonderful memories this Christmas.

my brother is a EMT in the small rural county in TN where we grew up. since he worked the 6am to 6pm shift today, Mother invited him and his partner for her 3:30 pm dinner. Wouldn't you know that just as dinner was brought to the table, they were dispatched!

Of course some concerned neighbors called to inquire about my terminally ill Dad after seeing the ambulance parked in front of their house. it's wonderful that they live in a place where neighbors are that caring.

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