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    WTF is that smell? crackerjab's Avatar
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    First year without the fam at Christmas

    I'm still a little bummed out. This was my first year not being with the family at Christmas. With the wife being out of work for 2 months because of the surgeries, she didn't have the time off to go back home for the holidays.

    That all being said, having the girl of my dreams there by me was a nice pick me up though. And the fact that the spark is still there after being together for almost a decade is nice too.

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    I actually have grown to appreciate those holidays that do not involve travel and lots of family. I still enjoy the ones that do also though. This year was about the slowest Christmas I have ever had, and it felt good.

    Spark is good. Keep fanning it.
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    I always complained about having run around like crazy during the holidays. Things get taken for granted I guess. Those inconveniences are worth it in retrospect.

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    Yes they are. Most definitely. For me, I found that it took a few slow holidays before I started to catch the groove with them. But holidays with the herd is great too.
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    My family is leaving to Florida as we speak! (4 AM!) Im going to be alone for the very first New Years Eve and for another 6 days after
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Aren't you the guy who goes around spanking the MIL and whoever else falls to hand?

    Maybe there's a conspiracy to keep you and the rellies apart, and your hands to yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    Aren't you the guy who goes around spanking the MIL and whoever else falls to hand?

    Maybe there's a conspiracy to keep you and the rellies apart, and your hands to yourself.
    Never thought of it like that. Maybe there is a conspiracy.

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    your first time without family at Christmas? well, try this one on for size...my first Christmas spent ALONE. never, in 43yr have i had a Christmas alone. but, can't let that **** get you down, so i spent time chatting with my friend in the mtns and i rode yesterday. it was actually kinda nice to not have to fix all that food and spend all of that money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgedwa View Post
    I actually have grown to appreciate those holidays that do not involve travel and lots of family.
    I don't get jealous often, but I have friends whose families on both sides are far away, so this year they just stayed home and had the whole holiday season with just themselves. Ahhh, how nice that must be...

    We had our own holiday plans in contol this year until the very last minute, and then we were spread too thin, with a new baby in tow, too.

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