No COW this week. Instead: Holiday Survival

 

Since Contributor of the Year voting is underway, I will not be posting a COW for this week.

This week I’d like to hear about how you either celebrate or endure the holiday season.

Are there family traditions that you enjoy or do you hide out with your light box and count the days till January 2nd?

~Angela

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Guess I'll be the first...

We actually have Christmas dinner in the afternoon and then we open presents. A few years ago, my wife and I settled on the following way of opening presents. (In previous years, the kids and grandkids would get a present, tear the paper off, and then go on to opening the next present. When you have 5 granddkids opening presents, no one really enjoys the experience, so now we do the following.) All of the presents are numbered and I make up a list of all of the names that correspond to the number of presents. Then, we will choose someone to draw a name first. Sometimes it's the youngest; other times it may be the second oldest. Once the name is chosen from the hat, whoever's name is on the slip gets to open their present that corresponds to the number on the slip. Then, that person draws and whosoever gets their name drawn opens their present. And so on and so on, until all of the presents are gone. The first year we did this the grandkids complained to the high heavens, but they now love the idea as to whom gets to open their present first and who will be next. They just love doing it this way. It also helps that a few practical jokes can be thrown in and everyone gets to see the look on the person's face when they open the box. For example, last year my oldest grandson asked for Skullcandy Beats, a type of headphone that the kids love to have. I naturally played dumb and when he opened the box, he indeed had some beets, the canned type. The look on his face was priceless. I told him that he had asked for beets (beats) and even though I couldn't really figure out why he would ask for beets, I figured he must have liked them and that is what I got him. The look on his face was something you could not describe. (By the way, he did receive the Beats in a later present.)

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

X Box

maddog67 wrote:

For example, last year my oldest grandson asked for Skullcandy Beats, a type of headphone that the kids love to have. I naturally played dumb and when he opened the box, he indeed had some beets, the canned type. The look on his face was priceless. I told him that he had asked for beets (beats) and even though I couldn't really figure out why he would ask for beets, I figured he must have liked them and that is what I got him. The look on his face was something you could not describe. (By the way, he did receive the Beats in a later present.)

I did a similar thing to my daughter several years ago. She wanted an X Box and I played the clueless father and wrapped up a box with a large X drawn on the top if it.

She opened it up and couldn't figure out why she got an empty box with a X on it. When I told her it was her X Box the look and reaction was priceless. Like yours she got one a bit later in the year.

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(formerly known as condump) RV 770 LMT-S, Nuvi2797LMT, Nuvi765T

Merry Christmas Angeal and

Merry Christmas Angeal and all who maintain this site!

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Our Christmas this year

Our Christmas this year didn't go as planned. We were going to have everything at our house on the 24th, but Mother Nature gave us a present in the form of an ice storm. Power went out Saturday at 10:30pm, so no heat or hydro. Our daughter's boyfriend came over and got the turkey, ham and fixings, took it to their small apartment and cooked everything there( he was going to cook at our place anyway, as we all worked the 24th). We made the best of it, our cat enjoyed the house to themselves, I checked on them twice a day and to see if the power came back on. Last night when I checked on them, the inside house temp was @ 35F. Power has been back on @ 1 hr and temp is back up to 50F. Food is back out of our cold room, into the fridge and freezer, didn't loose to much.

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All the worlds indeed a stage and we are merely players. Rush