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Old 12-05-07, 07:41 AM   #1
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Merry Christmas to 50+ers

This last weekend finally got my tree done. It takes a week to put up (because I am slow, fat and lazy). For some reason I love having my tree up. It takes me back to the wonder of Christmas many years ago. I would love to see photos of your trees or other Christmas decorations. Let's get in the Spirit!



(PS I changed the tree photo - I figured out how to take a photo showing the lights...)
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Beautiful tree, Pam. And yeah, I could sit around for hours just watching christmas tree lights

Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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Last night about in the same position as the blue fuzzy ornament in the upper part of your tree I saw a cat face staring out of mine. No pics yet as she runs like !@#$ when she see me coming toward the tree.

Her concept of no is to not let me catch her untill she's doing something good.

It turns out though that the ornaments near the bottom of the tree (cat safe) are not really the ones at risk.
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WOW, what a beautiful tree and Merry Christmas to you as well and everybody else.
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I am glad folks in this forum are not too Politically Correct to say, "Merry Christmas."
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Madd - I also have cat. The first year I had him I didn't put up a tree. The next year I tried. My tree is covered with Waterford birds and butterflies. I came home and one side of the tree was bare. I found all the birds, with their heads cut off, behind the sofa. I was sortof bummed but had to laugh. He definitely had a Merry Christmas!

This year I've learned. The birds are much higher up and some I no longer put on the tree. That does not keep him from bopping ornaments off. The ones on the bottom are "durable". Because I use an fake tree he doesn't climb it but I have had cats that liked to sleep on the branches of my trees in the past. Nothing weirder than searching for a cat and all of a sudden you hear a "meow" coming from the tree. I did have one Christmas tradegy when I was trying to get a cat out of the tree, he panic'd, scrambled out and the tree went over with him and he dragged it down the hall a ways. The tree never looked the same afterwards.

BTW I don't get the can't say Merry Christmas to folks thing. It is Christmas! I have a friend who is now celebrating Hanukka and we just talked about what to say. I told him since he celebrates Hanukka say Happy Hanukka and I would say "and Merry Christmas to you".
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All my Muslim patients (I have a few) wish me a Merry Christmas. It is very gracious of them and much appreciated by me.
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I am glad folks in this forum are not too Politically Correct to say, "Merry Christmas."
And a Happy Festivus to you, sir!

Holy cow, Pam, is there a tree under there? No wonder it takes you a week! Enjoy it and the season in good health and cheer...to Pam and all of you.
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The picture that normally adorns the wall behind the tree is removed and a guy wire is installed to the tree. Too many years with cats..

Merry Christmas and best wishes to all for Hunakkah as well.
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I am glad folks in this forum are not too Politically Correct to say, "Merry Christmas."
Yes, isn't that odd?

My delightful spouse is part of a choir ("Manama Singers") in this very liberal part of the middle east. A concert of carols is coming up. It's advertised as a "Seasonal concert of Carols". It's always a sellout, with all beliefs and backgrounds enjoying it. All the kids, Muslim, Hindi, and for all I know Zoroastrian too, want to see Santa and to sing along to "Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Silent Night". We've just had Diwali, widely and beautifully celebrated....

But no mention of Christmas, just in case the most intolerant raise a problem.

Beautiful tree, BCIPam, and have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas too - and same to all here. I love it - I'm listening to Bing and doing cards as I post!
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The big photo ( a picture of my Dad) has been removed and a wire installed holding the tree. I too have learned my lesson!

And Wobbly - how interesting to be in your part of the World this time of year. I never worry about not being able to say "Christmas" since it's always kept in my heart. Many blessings to you as well. That reminds me - I have to get cards done this weekend!
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Baa Humbug.


Christmas comes once a year and that it too often.








The only good thing about christmas now the kids have left home is that I have 2 days to relax before the End of year budgets have to be in at work. Then I suppose I might be able to get out on the Bike for a bit of a ride- but won't be any pie because the cafe's will be shut. Gonna cancel christmas until June- Then I will be able to get a comfortable ride in.
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Christmas comes once a year and that it too often.
So who else here thinks that our good friend Stap, like Ebineezer, will end up buying the biggest turkey in the shop and yelling Merry Christmas to strangers? If it was a horse, I'd risk a quid on it!!
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Beautiful tree, Pam.

Since the kids are all grown and moved away from home I don't put up the large tree. I just decorate with a few of my favorite Santa's, snowmen and candles. Now I just need to get busy and drag them down from the attic
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So who else here thinks that our good friend Stap, like Ebineezer, will end up buying the biggest turkey in the shop and yelling Merry Christmas to strangers? If it was a horse, I'd risk a quid on it!!
With all that Bird Flu about??

I'll make do with my bowl of Porridge -Nearest thing I can get to Gruel nowadays in the morning and after Lunch at my Daughters- I will start the bike repairs and bike fitting for the 4 new bikes that Santa. Delivered to my garage for the Brats in the road. Santa won't be building them up as he has no bike skills- But I do hope he will be delivering them as My ladders broke and I can't get on the roof


(Bird Flu has been a minor problem over here but Most turkeys sold at Christmas were frozen in June so no problem)
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With all that Bird Flu about??

I'll make do with my bowl of Porridge -Nearest thing I can get to Gruel nowadays in the morning and after Lunch at my Daughters- I will start the bike repairs and bike fitting for the 4 new bikes that Santa. Delivered to my garage for the Brats in the road. Santa won't be building them up as he has no bike skills- But I do hope he will be delivering them as My ladders broke and I can't get on the roof


(Bird Flu has been a minor problem over here but Most turkeys sold at Christmas were frozen in June so no problem)
Will you be keeping all the clerks late on Christmas eve to build the bikes?
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Will you be keeping all the clerks late on Christmas eve to build the bikes?
Only if they don't work hard enough in the 14hour day that they will be working. As its christmas- 4 hours off to save the candles.
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By the way I live on a Christmas Tree Lane; in one of those neighborhoods people drive to see... traffic gets horrible. Wish I could take a better picture. Hopefully you get the drift...
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Wow! That's a lot of lights!
That reminds me. My club is planning a Christmas lights ride through one of the larger neighborhoods in town where people decorate like that for the holidays. I need to find a sting of battery operated Christmas lights to decorate myself and my bike for the ride. Anyone know where I can find such a thing?
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I am glad folks in this forum are not too Politically Correct to say, "Merry Christmas."
When I was young my dad would play the Andy Williams Christmas records throughout the season. One of my favorite songs was (and is) "Happy Holidays." There's the line, "It's the holiday season," which I always understood to be Thanksgiving, Christmas, and new Years. Years later I would learn about Hanukka, and then Festivus, or whatever it's called. Then I heard about the "War on Christmas" and how wishing someone "happy holidays" was somehow wrong. And I thought, wait a second, Andy Williams was doing it in the 60s, and suddenly now it's wrong?

Christmas is a time of happiness, togetherness, and joy. People who get bent out of shape because someone says, "Happy holidays," rather than "Merry Christmas," are dopes. And vice versa. Fights about words are started to sell books and send eyes to advertisers.

Also, great tree. It's real, isn't it? Plastic trees are white bikes of the holiday season.
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No Christmas tree, but thought this would get us 50+ females in the holiday spirit!

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Merry Christmas, BCIpam and to all of the other denizens of the 50+ forum, even Stapfam, with whom I share some significant baa humbug feelings.

That's a great looking tree. Actually, it's down right outstanding. We've done the guy line thing as well. I use monofilament fishing line, strong, just about invisible, and works for all but the most determined of felines.

I've broken out the Pavarotti Christmas CD. This grounds me and gets me through some of the politically correct irritations which I have to endure. It also gets me pumped up for our choir music.

So, Merry Christmas to all!
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Radio's been playing X-mas tunes 24 hours-a-day for 2 weeks!
Elections are around the corner . . .
Valentine's Day is almost here . . .
Waiting for the Easter Bunny . . .

Happy Commerciali$m!
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