Christmas Craptacular

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Blog entry by Shawn Sealer posted 12-29-2010 07:50 AM 986 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Remember when Christmas was fun? Every year I would get ready for Santa with my Christmas list clenched in my fist. Mommy, mommy can we send the list. My mom would always send that list off to Santa for me. Right there is where my Christmas workload ended. The only other thing I had to do all season long was to eat Christmas cookies and wait for Santa to arrive. As I got older and holiday responsibilities increased, Christmas became less magical and more and more a hassle, almost to the point of hatred. Long lines in that dreaded place called the mall left me with a bad taste in my mouth, and all the Christmas cookies I ate couldn’t wash the taste out of my mouth. Last year Christmas around my house was hard. With my mother’s failing health and my hours cut at work I needed a way to get gifts for my nieces and nephews, as well as something to focus my mind on to help relieve the depression from dealing with my mom’s situation. So, I turned to the shop to help me with both. I made a couple of projects mainly for my nieces and nephew. One of my favorite toys as a kid was this block of wood that was turned into a tic tac toe game it had to holes drilled into the side to keep the marbles in. I made a bunch of those and the kids loved them. Unfortunately, this Christmas season is no better then last, with the passing of my mother this past summer. I know this year is going to be hard. So this year once again I turn to my shop for comfort, making hand made gifts for family and friends. Making gifts instead of buying them seems to have done a couple of things, one it keeps me out of the mall, which is always a good thing, second it has seemed to have restored my faith in Christmas. And that is the best gift of all.

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 02:05 PM

I agree with you 110%. I had grown a hatred for Christmas too. For me, it was that it had became too commercial. My wife and I had been struggling for several years to come up with the cash in time to get the kids nice presents that they’d enjoy. We have a big family with eight kids, so things got very exspensive very quick. This year we seen there was no way we were going to afford a nice Christmas. Luckily, we seen that writing on the wall in plenty of time for me to make a lot of the Christmas present.
We spent less money this year than I think we have since my wife and I were married. Yet, I also think it was the best Christmas we’ve ever had. The toys I made the little ones actually lasted longer than a day without soneone’s being broken. I didn’t have to fight crowds on the 26th for batteries that we never bought enough of. The kids have something that they seem proud their Daddy made.
Like you though, I noticed something else. Usually by Christmas morning I can’t wait to just get it all over with. I wound up being as jolly on Christmas morn this year as St. Nick himself. I truly loved Christmas this year. Needless to say, if the good Lord’s willing, I’ll be building presents next year too.


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#2 posted 12-29-2010 03:21 PM

I know how you feel about the malls. Whenever I need something I usually order it. I can hardly stand the malls at Christmas time and if I ever go with my wife or daughters I usually end up sitting on one of the benches watching all of the people walking by and thinking in my mind “how do they possibly enjoy this”. Yes, it is a joy to make things for loved ones.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 05:19 PM


-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 01:14 AM


First, sorry hear about your mother and I hope that you are getting along alright this Christmas. Second, I couldn’t agree more with you about materialistic Christmas “burden”. At some point I think we all cross that line from being the recipient of the magic to being responsible for providing it. I have always considered myself a bit selfish and felt bad that I still feel the “need” to get something special at Christmas even though I know I don’t really “need” anything more from anyone (aside from love and well wishes of course). Fortunately I, like you, have found a place to bring back some of the magic…namely the workshop. Over the past few years I’ve been gradually making more presents that I give rather than buying them. I guess my going the extra step of making or buying something special, and targeted, to someone helps me overcome some of my selfish guilt.

Thanks for the post and Merry Christmas.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#5 posted 01-01-2011 11:39 PM

I am always intrigued by the comment about Christmas being too commercial. I guess I live in my own little bubble and watch the world go by, doing its thing and I do mine.
I love Christmas.
As a child I loved Christmas morning and all the presents.
When I became a parent I loved it even more – the giving was better than the receiving. Watching people’s faces as they opened a gift, something I had picked out or made specifically for them is priceless.
Perhaps I am lucky in that it has never been about money or getting the latest gadgets.. it is all about family.

And that is what I hear you saying Shawn – family is the key. Your Mom (bless her soul) must be so proud of you, for caring so much, for taking care of her, for making gifts for your niece and nephew… giving from your heart. Can’t get more priceless than that.

I wish you well for 2011.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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