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Editing a double L word word post to Q of the day ;)
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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 9:53am
Question of the Day ‘Tis the season, and Since I've been seeing holiday decorations up since before the election.  So that begs the question: Holiday decorating: full tilt, minimal, or nothing at all? So far I have some music boxes that have been in my family for years, plus a few little Navaho tchotchkes I never remember to put away.  Oh, and I have a pinecone wreath on the door.  That’s it.

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Thu, 11-29-2012 - 12:57am
Dh spent alot of time in Russia during his Navy career. He brought one home for me and I fell in love. It was the souvenier I always requested. I loved it when I went to visit him once and I got to pick out one for myself. It is my favorite Christmas decoration.
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Leftovers.  Still working on them.  I wasn't going to make soup again.  But it's cold- dh has church tonight, I have a job interview tomorrow and dd won't be home for dinner on Thursday b/c she's got Regional Orchestra Thursday and Friday (concert Friday night).  I thought soup would be easy. 

And now considering whether or not to make a batch of cookies for the kids tomorrow.  It would be a "trial run" for a batch I'd make for the church Living Nativity.  They give out cookies and cocoa and they like hommatde cookies rather than bought ones though they'll take the both). 

Been decorating.  Dh decided to volunteer our house for a Christmas party.  Sigh.  So now I HAVE to decorate.  It's not like I don't have stuff.  MIL was into ceramics for a while and I have 2 dozen Santas and a Nativity set she made. 

Which leads me to this vent.  Love the MIL to death.  But she insists on doing "The 24 days of Christmas" where she buys 24 gifts and we open them every night.  It started when my youngest was just born- before that she did stockings for everyone.  It was supposed to make things easier b/c 3 sets of 24 is easier than 13 stockings of stuff.

And it was cute.  When the kids were little.  Now it's 24 days of Christmas knick-nacks that I have a TON of.  I got Christmas stuff when mom downsized her house last year. I have Christmas stuff that my mom got rid of when my father passed away b/c she couldn't bear to put it out anymore :(

 MIL said she was going to stop last year- but then said she couldn't stop buying stuff so she said she's going to continue until my youngest graduates high school.  In 3 years.  More than half the "stuff" she gives us goes right out the door to goodwill- I just don't have the room to store it anymore.  Though- I have a box full of "nice" things that I wouldn't mind giving away that I think we're going to use as prizes for the silly games we do at our party. 

If I can figure out how to post pictures on this site (if it still lets us) I'll put a picture of the Nativity and Santas MIL made.  Haven't gotten the Santas out yet..........

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Any good groupon-type things for where he is? We always find those fun to give or to receive; places we don't usually go or just want to try, or some of the 'goods' are pretty good deals on things you wouldn't normally consider. We have an artificial tree and any other greenery, but ds introduced me to some pine scented candles (YC) last year that I'm now hooked on year round (cinnamon too).
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I live in an oak pine cedar hammock. So I cut fresh holly, cedar, and pine greens because I love the smell. Do you all use live/fresh trees or artificial?
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Hi Sharon, How unique! Was the Russian Santa collection something you inherited or they just intrigued you to start collecting? The love answer is like mine. The hair dryer is a good idea for me to tell! ;) Mine died a short while back so I have just been sure to shampoo my head with plenty of time to let it dry,
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Hi Sue, I enjoy all the folks out shopping! My favorite time of year is after the Christmas shops are set because as fast as we can get stuff out of the truck it goes out the front door. And after years of doing this I can look at most new stuff and tell what is a weak seller and end up on a clearance rack, so I take it as a challenge to find the weak ones a home before Christmas. Amazing how a little enthusiasm will get folks to buy an item! ;) Our store does complimentary gift wrap so the only folks I find crazy are ones whining about the paper choices ...why we dont have gift bags or a shorter line for this free service! The hardest part for me is the black out for vacations when my husband has his slowest time and wants to go out of town and everyone else gets off and I don't even get my holiday comp day until after January.
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We have our main tree up and decorated, our smaller tree is up with lights, waiting on decorations, My nativity set is up, and my Russian Santa collection is on the mantle.  I still need to put out my snowman collection.  We usually do a few wreaths outside, and some white lights in the front.  We are supposed to get a big storm tomorrow, so I'm holding out on the outside stuff.

DH is getting a new tv for Christmas, and that should be arriving any day.  DD23 has given me so many ideas, and I've bought her a few things.  DD20 has said all she wants is "Love" for Christmas. This is very typical of her.  She hates to ask for anything.  I finally twisted her arm and got her to tell me she'd like to have a sorority sweatshirt and a new blow dryer.

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Hi Lisa what about shopping? Do you wait or shop all year? Everyone started their lists? What do you say when your kids ask you what you want? My husband named 3 things, electric razor, running shoes, and tshirts. I drew a blank. I have been trying to figure out something unique for my oldest. I have zero ideas for him.
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These brownies are too rich for me - you can have them (3 cups of powdered sugar/milk/butter/vanilla on top, then melted dark chocolate/butter on top of that)

How do you stand all the holiday shopping craziness?!

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Hi Kelly, No one can see our house from the road so we dont put up lights. I do advent wreath on the dining room table and the Navaho pieces are similar to a nativity scene. We green our house on christmas eve and leave the tree up for the 12 days. have you always put the tree in the living room and not the family room? We used the dining room a couple years because there was more seating room there for Christmas morning and house guests.

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