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Christmas

My mother shocked me Monday night - she's actually being reasonable about
Christmas.

We're going to skip birthday presents (hers and her mother's are the
day before mine), and xmas is going to be mostly gift certificates.
Scaled down, calm and reasonable. Wow.

This impending holiday has filled me with anxiety and dread since
childhood - it's always meant stress, tears and boredom, as we stress
out and fight to get ready to go visit the family in Woodstock, and
then mind-numbing boredom while there, or fight about decorating the
house, or get shoved around in tightly packed malls.

My ideal Christmas has as little Christmas as possible in it.

As a kid, there were two elements that I enjoyed about xmas - playing
board games with a big group as a family, and singing. The former no
longer takes place because some of the family won't play any more, and
not as many people make the trek out to Woodstock any more, so there's
just not enough people any more. The latter no longer takes place
because I'm aware of how awful my voice is, and also due to the
aforementioned lack of crtical mass of family.

It seems that this year is going to be a little less stressed than
usual, though we're still going to have to hit 4+ cities in as many
days, I think.

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pipesdreams
Nov. 16th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Singing
I'm glad your Christmas experience this year will be more manageable - mine have been getting better, too, in recent years. The stress is going to ramp up some as soon as I'm expected to cook for a family, though, so I'll revel in these baby-free years while I can.

It makes me a little sad, though, to think of you not singing. I don't think voice quality matters when it's carols. They are timeless, and easy, and everyone can hear in their head what they *should* sound like, so even if that's not strictly what they are hearing in their ears, it doesn't matter.

Maybe you should try carolling at a seniors residence this year. The joy of group singing is great, and the seniors really appreciate it. I used to do it for my grandmother's home, and I think this year I might do it at my Dad's home.

So, I guess what I'm saying is: keep singing.

Also? I *heart* board games, although mostly just because I'm an underprivileged only child who never had anyone to play with.
bridgeoutahead
Nov. 16th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Singing
I second the motion of singing - especially for others, like those in a Retirement or Senior's home. I think that's a great idea :) I've toyed with the thought of caroling here in KW this year. Though I'm sure I have little talent in the singing department, it's something I enjoy doing.

As for the board games - I can relate to being an only child who had no one to play such games with. I used to get 1-2 board games every year from my grandparents. It always confused me when I got one, because no one would want to play with me. And it's not like you can play these games by yourself. :)
curgoth
Nov. 17th, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
Re: Singing
That's actually where my love of carols comes from - my parents sang at seniors' residences when I was young, and would practice around the house. I haven't the time to do the same thing myself, but I'm going to try to get some lyrics sheets and wander around singing when the time comes.

Also, I may throw a random board game night at some date.
witchicist
Nov. 16th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
Sing! Sing with enthusiasm! And heart!

Also, come to our non-secular-winter-festival-of-your-choice party. We can make up new carols and play board games 'til our eyes fall out. (It's December 17th.)
curgoth
Nov. 16th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I'm already booked for the 17th.
pyralea
Nov. 17th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
I'm skipping out on Christmas this year. I usually spend way too much money on presents and end up with a bunch of crap I don't need. This year, I told people to buy themselves something on my behalf while I spend my xmas money on Peru. It seems like a reasonable plan. I might turn it into an annual tradition... :)
curgoth
Nov. 17th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
I hadn't realised when your trip is. I bow to your superior holiday-fu. :)
pez_minotaur
Nov. 18th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
Hey, I like board games! I second your motion of a board game night! I'll bring some of the ones I have over. Of course, if you want, you could come visit Hamilton on one of your days off and the four of us (if we can kidnap StB) can play board games (and some of you may even have port/scotch). Just an idea....

~Ravynne
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