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gachrons
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   Posted 12/2/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi I went to the Santa Claus parade Friday night with my teen and my little sweety minature poodle. I think the dog loved it better then we did. It was great to get out for a evening and was wishing it had of lasted longer .I enjoy the horses in the parade done up so nice. How are others enjoying the season this year? Just getting rid of the snow here and another storm coming in this week end. I suppose those of you in warmer climates this time of year must have some flowers growing. Seems funny to look out here and see green grass.
 
Would love to hear some of your enjoyable times and Xmas experiences. lol gail
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smile1967
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   Posted 12/2/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Gail!  The parade sounds beautiful, I love horses!  I too am looking forward to the holidays, but only the traditional ways for a change. With so much ugliness going on in this world of ours, I really want to just concentrate on the important things, not shopping so much and spending way too much money. We went and got our tree yesterday, so we will decorate it tomorrow night. I can't wait to decorate the house all " christmassy" inside and out, we already decorated gingerbread houses on Sunday.

On Saturday, we have a big xmas party at my husbands firehall.  Santa arrives on the firetruck and delivers presents to all 50 of the firemen's kids. We have lunch and the kids also make crafts. Its lots of fun, our boys have been going since they are newborns.

Another Christmas tradition we do at my home is we have an ornament exchange party with all of my boys cousins. There are 17 kids now ranging from 12 to 6 months old. We get together and have lots of good food, the kids exchange ornaments (we draw names each year), I make little gingerbread houses out of graham wafer cookies and the kids make a great mess with the icing and eat most of the candy before it makes it onto the house to decorate!!  Its alot of fun each year, there a more kids each year, we drink some wine and have a great time.

One of my closest girlfriends has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and she will be having a masectomy next wednesday. It has been devasting. I will be helping her get her house decorated before surgery and get her bedroom all cozy so it can be her comfort zone when she gets home. Times like these really make you just step back and want to enjoy what important, not how many presents are under the tree Christmas morning.   (p.s. I really hope we get some snow this Christmas!)

So there's a little bit of my "sharing xmas cheer", thanks gail.

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gachrons
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   Posted 12/3/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shelley that sounds like alot of fun .Seems you have a big family and the kids are in for some good times. I have been thinking about decorating too so got the windows cleaned and they are ready. I like to decorate the patio door with beads and a bow.

Hope your girlfriend does good with her surgery it is good she has you.

Thanks for sharing it does help with the Xmas spirit ..lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


LMills
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   Posted 12/3/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
That sounds like it was beautiful :) I haven't been to a parade since I was three or four I believe at EuroDisney hah..

I think the overall positive feeling of the Christmas holiday season and my fiance(as well as his childlike enthusiasm for it) are the only things keeping me out of the hospital!! I'm so grateful for happy times like this.

We're trying to get a Christmas tree soon..but are arguing between white and colored lights.

Also, I heard we might not have to fly out to Missouri so more time to spend with my wonderful family!! We have German and Scottish in our bloodline so my mother always has the house decorated in accordance with that, and she always plays Windham Hill Christmas music which, if you haven't heard it, I highly recommend it. Especially the older ones. Not that I don't mind Jingle Bells or Deck the Halls, but I'm used to this kind better..
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gachrons
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   Posted 12/3/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi LMills Sounds like you are getting the spirit and yes I have been listening to some Xmas tunes already. Just watching Venus and Jupiter in the evening sky very pretty to see and quite visible to the naked eye. I have some beautifil pointseeta Xmas lights that look great on the tree they are red. Haven't got mine yet usually put it up a week before. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


gachrons
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   Posted 12/6/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I decided today I would decorate my door since that is better then chewing my nails off while my teen has gone out with some friends for some shopping and fun. I'am going to get some small trees and sit them in a pot on the step as they look lovely when covered in snow and the birds enjoy them. So while I'am off to cut some little tress perhaps you can tell me how you dress up your entrance way. I"ll grab the little white things in different xmas shapes while Iam out there as I got them stored .Hmm might as well grab the beads if I can find them and the big red bow. So I guess it's off I go to get it done. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


LMills
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   Posted 12/6/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't really put much more than a wreath for the apartment that I live in, but it would make me happy all the same...I'm hoping I can afford a Christmas tree after bills :) I love the smell..
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
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stephx
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   Posted 12/6/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Well christmas down in Orangeburg, South Carolina is quite comfortable. cool The only problem that I have with it is that it never snows, I repeat never snows. Its a bit cold enough to feel like christmas, but nothing harsh, just comfortable in the mid 50s or so. Believe it or not to southern breed people like me this is cold. Some years its a little too warm.

Well for my family the christmas spirit usually gets circulating by my brother and I the day after Thanksgiving, when we decorate our artificial tree, I want a real one though, might try one next year. While we decorate our tree we usually listen to old christmas tunes like bing crosby and old motown christmas tracks. Usually if we are up to it outside decorations begin the day after trimming the tree, but this year everything is backwards, because of my surgery. We are just now getting to the outside decorations and the tree will probably be last this year. Our lights are usually the best on the block but I think we are going to be beat by some new neighbors up the street, nono but I'm going to try my best to get things as close as I can get them to near normal for our home. I might be able to upload some live video to youtube, and give the link so everyone can check the lights out. Might even record a swing through our historic, Edisto Memorial Gardens with the all out light display here in town.

Well my usual family traditions are too, take everything easy. We attend my grandma's annual christmas dinner/party which is usually the second weekend in december, great family time, and I have a huge family on both sides, so catching up with relatives is fun. Then the next weekend its shopping and the family may take a car ride and site see different homes christmas decorations and lights, everyone also has a thermal full of hot chocolate, yum. blush The next weekend is usually mayhem, last minute shopping up to Christmas Eve, I tag along to see the fights break out in Wal-Mart kind of hilarious to see to people fight for a Barbie doll. shocked OL That happened last year.

I'll be sure to try and upload some video as soon as the decorations are complete, until then just soaking up the holiday spirit down in the south.

Post Edited (stephx) : 12/6/2008 8:36:51 PM (GMT-7)


gachrons
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   Posted 12/7/2008 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Steph That was a very delightful read on your wee climspe of southern xmas. I"ll look forward to seeing your pics.I did manage to get the door decorated inside and some outside stuff done. With the little cickadees flying around the little trees I put outside it is very lively looking. I have had a real tree all my life here and some years it has been a challenge to get as the snow can be a foot high some years. I am planning on buying one this year as there are many places along roadside that sell them.
I do have a light up bear I put on the step that is about 3 feet high and lights up the entrance.I also have a old pole that was a light at one time that I put a foot high tree on it so here is this little tree about 5 feet off the ground. My teen got quite a chuckle out of that.Your driving around to see the lights sounds fun and sometimes I go for a drive too.

LMills hope you get that tree and your wreath sounds nice some years we have made some. It was nice to get out a bit yesterday most of the snow is gone for now and I only have to go out in the yard to get some little trees for timming. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


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   Posted 12/7/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail
I took so many names for Christmas Hampers and will help to make them up and deliver them
The look on the parent(s) faces were absolutely priceles knowing they would have a turkey and all the trimmings as well as many toys for the kids...........

I have just put up the tree with Cait and singing carols as we did it
OF course I was outta tune but who cares EH'I had a great day

Good Thread............Luvs my friend
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gachrons
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   Posted 12/7/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lyn thanks for sharing and yes it would put a smile on a person's face to see the relief that so many have need for. Sounds like the tree had some very happy tunes to bring forth it's delight.Would have liked to have heard your singing.My teen said it sounded like the dog barking one night I was out here letting loose on some vocals hmm I guess I need more practice. lol gail
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Margie11
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   Posted 12/10/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I haven't done a thing!
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     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
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Joie1
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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
The best Xmas I've ever had...as an adult. We had Xmas morning at our apartment. Me and hubby. We weren't married yet. We had three tables set up, name tags on the plates, pancakes, and mimosas. My folks and family had never had mimosa's. We had this BEAUTIFUL tree...five years ago...and it was created by Kmart and Martha Stewart's line of bulbs which I still use to this day. The room was rearranged and everyone got a bit zippy and left laughing. Mom brought her nasty Xmas morning quiche (I always hated eggy tasting stuff). There was snow on the balcony and pretty birds flitting by. Best Xmas morning ever. Everyone was so happy. Even all stressed out...it worked wonderful. I had white bowls with white candles and floating cranberries in them on each table. In lieu of flowers that won't do well in cold except for poinsettas. But it was so nice.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Dx'd: February 2008.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)

Post Edited (Joie1) : 12/10/2008 9:19:10 PM (GMT-7)


gachrons
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   Posted 12/11/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joie it sounds like alot of fun and very pretty your table settings. I got a pretty table cloth one year from my Brother who is very sweet .It is one of my prize possesions as I love a pretty table at xmas. I also have 2 different plate setting sets which make it look beautiful.My teen sometimes makes me a table piece which isn't hard to do since we live near the woods. Candles are beautiful too and gee I cain't wait to start getting it decorated it's the last thing I do for decorating. You never know I'am getting that urge to hunt down a tree again was planning on buying but...the urge is coming upon me again as it does every year.Thanks for sharing..lol gail
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   Posted 12/11/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
We have no children so we usually spend Christmas with my MIL. Shes the last parent living , my folks are both gone. Guess What I really look forward to is not having to go out and work in the cold and rain like years before. A nice warm fire, roasting peanuts or sweet potatoes on the coals, friends and family, Treats that you dont get all year long like plum pudding, rare chocolate. Listening to my wife laugh with her mom . Thats all the gifts I need...God bless us every one...
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gachrons
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   Posted 12/11/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sniper that is so sweet that you enjoy the sound of laughter and a fire is such a cozy thing I too can look at the flames as the wood stove has a glass door. Keep warm and have a good xmas .I like laying back and taking in the tree and lights and some good food and the excitement of the presents. Forgetting about life and just enjoying a good season.lol gail
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smile1967
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   Posted 12/11/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
We don't have a fireplace, so the only sound of crackling fire I get to enjoy is the fireplace channel on tv!!!! LOL
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gachrons
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   Posted 12/11/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Smile didn't know they had such a channel but it is a warming sound and with all of us sharing in the cool weather it is a good thing to spread around. I seen a sweet little one that was electric with class on both sides for about 110. it looked pretty real too. Would go good with those crackles on the TV .lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


Joie1
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   Posted 12/11/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
~sighs~ All the best people get Crohns. devil Happy Yule and Christmas seasons all.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Crohns Dx'd: February 2008.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)

Trying to hang in there until January so I'll have some insurance and can visit a rheumy, neuro, GI, primary, pain control, and possibly a shrink so I could stop crying and living in my own lil pity party. :-P


gachrons
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   Posted 12/12/2008 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Tree searching yesterday but the good ones were about 15 feet high and since I didn't take a laddder there still safe in the woods. It was great though being able to drive back in the woods to look around. More fun for another day. lol gail
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smile1967
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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh gail, how fun!! We went and saw George Canyon last night for his xmas concert, it was amazing! (If you are Canadian and love country music then you probably know who I am talking about!!)lol
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Sniper
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   Posted 12/12/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
The fireplace channel, what will they think of next , the I smell smoke channel,, the your flue is stopped up channel, the smoke is filling your house channel. Good thing we are not out in the snow watching the, I'm not freezing channel. I'll come visit you on the frostbite channel...
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gachrons
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   Posted 12/12/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Oh that does sound like fun and I do love country music. Lucky you. I naver heard him in person.lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


smile1967
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   Posted 12/12/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper - Its so pathetic how we don't have a real fireplace and how the kids love the fireplace channel so much.......there is even a man's arm that appears every once and awhile and adds another log on the fire..........not a word of a lie!!!!!!!!!
Also I saw the DVD available in the store the other day , I think it was called "Faux Fire"
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Sniper
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   Posted 12/12/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Well Smile, at least you dont have to shovel the ashes, but your missing the fun of having a hot ember pop and land on your socks, or a worse place. This makes you want to get up and dance. We have a fire screen but you have to pull it back to stoke or add wood. Thats when the fire turns on you. That old song about chest nuts roasting on a open fire. Hmmm. By the way, chest nuts are not a common nut in Louisiana and when you find them in the store, they dont tell you the little secret about punching a hole in them before roasting. Noooooo, they ship those puppies down here to us unsuspecting novice nut roasters and let us find out for ourselves. I tell you Chinese new years has nothing on these things, they go off like grenades. Smoke and fire and hot coals blasting out in all directions. Nicely wrapped presents catching fire, I was spraying wine on stuff trying to save the tree ,,Diving on the floor yelling ,,INCOMING. My wife was running for the fire extinguisher. I finally got the glass door closed and was wondering if they would break the glass or shoot out the chimney and set the roof afire. And,,,,,after all that excitement,,,,, they taste like dung. Now when we grocery shop all I have to do is point at the bags and my wife puffs up and says ,,Dont even thing about it...Now thats a Christmas memory that should bring tears to your eyes..
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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