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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/17/2006 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
sad  Spent the day yesterday at the "Foodbank" where I go every Thursday to help out those in  need
This time it was to take names for Christmas hampers ( food for Christmas ,presents and all the trimmings)
I was saddened by the amount of peeps that had to come in and sign up this yr we had more than double the amount
They were embarrassed to say the least at having to ask for help
Many were two income families and have 4 to 5 kids which they just cannot afford to to get all the stuff for
While there with some of the older ppl I made a few suggesstions and talked about the days where we popped popcorn and had it strung arond tree made home made decorations
cookies and cakes to hand out to some ppl and family members in nice containers from the dollar store or better yet home made
Make Christmas cards .......homemade presents are the best come from the heart 
Those are my best memories of Christmas long ago
Not this Commercial Thing we have now where the most expensive gift is the "IN" thing 
Parents go into debt on Credit cards and such just to get that "Perfect expensive gift"
I am going back to the basics this year yes cait will get some bigger presents but not so I am broke for the rest of the yr
The whole Christmas Spirit and reason for celebrating is almost a forgotten thing IMO tongue  WHAT are some of your favorite memories times and things you did at this time of the year
I loved hay rides with huge snowflakes listening to carollers singin my fav " Silent Night"
Just think about it I am sure you have some great memories there in your head
Share if you will lets get this spirit going
God Bless
Lyn
 
** We had so many ppl yesterday had to make today another day for signing them up so if you have an extra can of food non perishable item drop it off
If you can afford a couple of bucks get a small doll or lil firetruck drop it off
If you knit or crochet make some gloves slippers anything .......... 
There are so many kids out there that have nothing and so many parents that feel they have really let their children down and remember what Christmas IS ALL about ..........
Thanks to all
Lyn. 
 


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Suzy35
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   Posted 11/17/2006 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree that most people have lost what Christmas is about. The last few years we have cut back on presents. I don't buy for family, just send pictures of my kids and NO using credit to buy anything. I will miss the Wal-mart layaway, that was always great to help get stuff without using the credit cards.
I think to many people worry about buying "the right" gift. Last year my husband and I didn't buy for each other and honestly, it was nice, I'm planning on the same thing this year. There is nothing that we need and why spend the money on stuff that will just sit around and collect dust.

normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/17/2006 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My cousin understood giving at age 9. For her 9th birthday she decided (on her own) that she didnt want any gifts she simply wanted you to use the money you would have spent on the gift and she would take a collection and give it to a local childrens hospital. It was soo precious the kid is wise beyond her years.
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When everythings made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am..."
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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/17/2006 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynn - Bravo! My Mom and I are volunteering this Thanksgiving at a soup kitchen for the homeless. My heart is for the underdog. My neices and nephews get waaaaaay tooooo many toys. When my Sister found out that Mom and I are setting up, serving and cleaning up for the homeless dinner, she commented that she would like my Neice to go there too. This is great because they are extremely materialistic. I guess what triggered this was a fit about not getting something and then a comment "well SANTA will bring it." Another idea for those who have kids -- a lot of churches and non-profit organizations have you buy a stocking and fill it with things - the stockings go to kids in group homes. What an awesome opportunity to explain the the well-to-do kids that their are little kids who don't have a lot and even 1 doll is very special to them. I for one am flat broke this year and dreading Christmas because of how I am going to feel not being able to give presents. The sad thing about that is that I am a Christian and I know the true meaning and it isn't about that. Anyhoo, it was nice to read these postings - especially after a long day and sad feelings.
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/17/2006 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I dontated some money to the guy ringing the bell outside of Michaels, does that count for Christmas spirit?

hehe

I don't know what to do in my area, I haven't found anything yet. I want to volunteer in the soup kitchen or something fun like that.

This is the most christmas spirit I've had in years! I used to DREAD Christmas and now I can't WAIT. I feel like I'm 5 years old again LOL

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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/18/2006 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Twiggy -- keep your beautiful holiday spirit - check out these sites for Minnesota:
For more information, contact the Volunteer Resource Center at
2021 Hennepin Avenue East #420
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 379-4900
Fax: (612) 379-3104
E-mail: amy@volunteertwincities.org
Web site listing the current week's volunteer opportunities: www.volunteertwincities.org.Volunteering
Feel Good Volunteer Opportunities
Religion/Worship
Elsewhere on the Web Single Volunteers of the Twin Cities
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/18/2006 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
SWEET thanks hopeful!! I appreciate it......

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/18/2006 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
tongue
I am sooooooooo proud of all of you I knew it was in you all
I do believe we can and need to get back to what it is all about helping and being there for each other
sis I too had that a few yrs back breaks yet fills your heart
All of you have made me so happy reading these posts and I know in my heart you are doing the right thing and so am I
So glad there are a couple (HM and Twiggy) that are willing to volunteer ..............I get choked when I do it but with tears of happiness and knowing I am being a friend to fellow man woman and child
I cannot imagine how I would feel in there place sometimes and it is heartbreaking
So yes please all keep this spirit alive ...........
Lil one Cait is like that as well
JordaNZone..........I will take one of those huggs you are so right
ONE SIXE fits all
God Bless and Happy Giving
Lyn  yeah

BTW .......Happy Thanksgiving to all of you us Canadian's had ours so enjoy your family and all the great food ........


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/18/2006 4:22:04 AM (GMT-7)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/19/2006 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
You cannot tell me that no one has good / great memories ( if only small ones) of Christmas past
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Suzy35
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   Posted 11/19/2006 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Honestly, when I am in the "spirit" I LOVE Christmas. I love getting out all my decorations, putting up the tree. Having the kids put their ornaments on, then I fill it in with my favorites. (I'm a big Hallmark ornament collector) I love making cookies. When the feeling is right, I just love this time of year.

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   Posted 11/19/2006 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I just adore the smell of christmas trees, my mum's gluten free shortbread and the delicious mango chicken salad we always eat (summer here).  I'm going home to sydney to spend the week with my mum, sis and her little ones.  I can't wait.  I love plane-rides (wierd for a panicker I know!!!) and I'm helping out with a food hamper fundraiser..it feels good to help doesn't it?? yeah
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/20/2006 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes it does feel good to help out those in need
Nothing fulfills your heart more than that IMO

Suzy I had to get self more into spirit yesterday ( would have been Mom's BD) and I needed the way to keep my mind off of it ...I agree feeling HAS to be right
I put up decorations and cleaned the house (Played Christmas music )
all decked out and ready except for tree
I too have some Hallmark decorations they are the best

Many traditons remain in our minds so we can pass them on and I love that I have so many to pass on to Cait
Love that smell of fresh baking and Turkey cooking
Teaching Cait to do the dinner as well and know what Christmas is about
Some family gatherings and joyous times
Keep them coming ppl I just love reading these

yeah


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normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/20/2006 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Mostof my "traditions have been lost through the years as my parents liked to change things up on me ...but...in my happier times I remember....

going out asa family to get a christms tree...In later yrs my parents couldnt be bothered and well they got a fake onethat the folded up an dstashed away every yr. I also remember when I was little my brother and I (The only time of yr we agreed on anything) would sneak into the living room super early in the morning while my parents were asleepand stake out the presents from santa. Then we would run to my parents and wake them up begging them to wake up and open presents. My mom would come out and put on the coffee while we waited for dad and the camera (he was always the slow one). Also one white christmas I had built a snow man on the porch (the porch was almost as wideas the house) wellchristmas eve was a white one and the family was all over and my mom would keep having me check on my snowman. They kept pushing it across the porch as if it came to life...me being young and illible believed them and thought it was sooooo coool that he was alive.

This Year I am going to semi ressurect the "tree tradition." My bf is gonna take me to get a tree and help me decorate it etc. I cant wait. My mom thinks its stupid and my grandma tried to offer me a spare fake tree she has but it may be a small thing but it means alot to me to have a real tree. I was always big on traditions but being young had no say in keeping them. Now that I am on my own I am gonnatry and claim back christmas. We will see how it goes. Some radio stations have started christma music already and all it does is make me cry but we will see if the magic of christmas cant be revived.
--Michelle

...I dont want the world to see me, 'cause I dont think that they'd understand
When everythings made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am..."
--Goo Goo Dolls

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Those who are the same keep it that way."

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shell67
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   Posted 11/20/2006 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
It is so sad that christmas is for people to make so much money. I happen to be one of those who hate to ask, but this year, well i dont have much choice, we got a big box of food from my sons school for thanksgiving, it was great, there are good people out there that just want to help, they are just not so easy to find. My sons principal asked him (since he knew i was in hospital) if we wanted a basket of food for thanksgiving, they brought it last night, and yes, i was very thankful. There is so much to be thankful for, and so much love to give for christmas, that im trying to keep my head up, since it wont be much christmas here ive been out of work so long. But, i have great kids that understand, and i honestly believe they would be happy with the one size fits all hug ;) i know thats the best part anyways. I wish you all the best christmas and thanksgiving. hugs!!!
shell
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I will NEVER forget (told Normal this one already) one yr when cait was about 9 or 10 anyways I always put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for reindeer ......then I would drink half milk eat most of cookies and bite pieces off of carrots .....
Anyways this yr I also decided to climb up the antena and onto the semi detached roof and my bro passed up two pieces of 2by 4 and I made sleigh tracks in the roof top and I put bread ( pieces ) all over snow on ground
I have never seen Cait so excited and she still believed til she was 12 and one of other siblings told her ( and I imagine tv and friends ) that Santa did not exists
I still believe in Santa in my heart always will and I have told her to do the same
I dont think I will need to eat carrots cookies and drink milk lol this yr but I will always remeber that yr especially
I also wrote her a letter from "Santa" every yr thanking her for feeding him and his reindeer ........she has kept everyone of them .........Memories are great if they make you happy and laugh at some things you just do ..........
Am a sap I know lol
Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing memories

Lil one there will be a real tree here for ya too
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normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hehe Lyn I cant wait. My parents had me convinced till i wasin 5th grade so like 10-11. They killed it on christmas morning that year at the request of my younger bro. I wanna say thats one of the reasons i cut off from my parents and dont trust well.
--Michelle

...I dont want the world to see me, 'cause I dont think that they'd understand
When everythings made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am..."
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Those who are the same keep it that way."

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/21/2006 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I know lil one we have had this discussion
I dont care how old you are
THERE IS A SANTA............
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normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/21/2006 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there a such thing as starting Christmas music too early? A radio station here started liek a week ago...I mean its not even past Thanksgiving.

I think this christmas I am gonna try and reinstitute some of my old traditions that I miss like having a tree and such. I also think I am gonna try and pick at least one new thing to make a tradition.
--Michelle

...I dont want the world to see me, 'cause I dont think that they'd understand
When everythings made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am..."
--Goo Goo Dolls

"Those who are different change the world,
Those who are the same keep it that way."

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
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normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/22/2006 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
What are everyones plans for Christmas if you celebrate, or any other holiday you may celebrate this time of year.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/22/2006 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Shell sista
I dont know about there where you are but here ( I work doing this ) you can go to Salvation Army and good fellows Churches and such to have a Christams hamper complete with all the trimmings turkey and toys for kids or for older ones clothing
There has been at least 3 times the amount of ppl join up for help this yr and quite a few are two family incomes ya know
Kids have to learn I agree that "Santa cannot bring all "

I am so glad you niece is helping out it will open her eyes for sure about what others dont have and I think it is great of you and your mom to volunteer as well .........
We need to get back to being Humane to others ya know not just sloughing them off ...........
Cait knows she will get one big prsent as always and the rest are small inexpensive and home made BUT she doe know what others go thru she has been with me during school holidays and helped to give food to ppl and seen the embarrassment and then the RELIEF that they have finally got food for their kids
It is a hard cruel world out there and we need to teach our children EMPATHY ..........not sympathy totally different and once they have that instilled in them they will be the great next generation IMO .....
Glad to see so many posts keep them coming

Lil one I am decorating ( most done ) going to Sloans tree home and cutting down our tree and decorating it with the old fashioned way
Paper ( construction) made into loops and all put together kinda like the tinsel things and also stringing popcorn..........thats just a few things I have so much I want to do this yr it will help to get Mom at the back of mind for a few days and stay outta that BLACK hole I was in
Post more I am loving it
Luvs
Lyn
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   Posted 11/22/2006 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
They were collecting for toys for tots today at work so i gave a dollar. Its not much but I dont have much either.
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When everythings made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am..."
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"Those who are different change the world,
Those who are the same keep it that way."

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/24/2006 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thats still in the Spirit lil one good for you
loves ya
Mom


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/5/2006 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
How about it ppl any Christmas Spirit out there
Please do share with us .........
It does help sometimes IMO to open up memory bank and have a lil withdrwal just to escape the bad day or whatever
try it
you might just like it EH ..........
Lyn
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athmlldy411
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   Posted 12/5/2006 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
you know i have been so paniced over what to get this person and that person that i have truely drove myself just into the ground . i am so worried that i didn't get the right thing or i spent more on one person than i did the other. however after reading all of these posts i realize it isn't about how much you spend it is about how much thought and caring you put into it. my parents always buy so much for my children that it just isn't funny but w/o that my kids wouldn't have very much but they do have a home and a family that loves them so very much. my daughter is at that age were it is name brand and that is just hard to do especiallly since i can't babysit right now so there went one of our incomes. i wish there was some way for here to see just how much she really has and be thankful for all of it ........... if any one has any ideas please feel free to let me know




God bless you all

Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/8/2006 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad that you got that message out of this thread
It is truly about Christmas and being with loved ones
Lyn
God Bless
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