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Forum topic by pashley posted 11-16-2008 06:10 AM 995 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2008 06:10 AM

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No secret Christmas will soon be here. This year, I’d like to make it a little more meaningful for myself, and more importantly, my family.

Yes, getting and giving the gifts is fun; going to mass is spiritual. But, I find these still lacking. I’d like to do something more…meaningful, ya know?

I think my son and I will be, for the first time, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. That’s a start.

I’m just wondering, what special thing do you do for/with your family that makes Christmas more special and meaningful?

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 11-16-2008 07:44 AM

All 4 generations of our family gets together for about 6 hours. We rotate the event among the 5 siblings in my generation. Since the family has gotten too big for anyone’s house (at least our families houses) we usually have them at a hotel. The day usually has a theme. This year we are to attend as our favorite Disney character. I will go as Grumpy… it’s expected of me.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#2 posted 11-16-2008 08:15 AM

Well, for starters, my wife and I decided to celebrate Advent. It tends to get overlooked. Christmas starts on December 25; now the Christmas Shopping Season has overrun Advent. It’s supposed to be a time of preparation, but spiritual, not material. While not as severe as Lent, it is a time to increase spiritual practices.

Last yearI bought several strings of cheap blue lights. I cut a huge piece of cardboard to fit in the spare room front window upstairs, traced out “Merry Advent” and discovered a #1 Phillips screwdriver punches just the right size hole for a friction fit on the light. And no, it never gets hot. So we have that sign up in the window where the commuter train passengers can see it.

We also start shopping waaay early. We both learned long ago that if you see something that would be perfect for someone, buy it now. Otherwise you’ll forget where you saw it or they will sell out. Catalog orders usually arrive in like 5 days, too, now. The big advantage of it is that we go into Christmas relaxed, not stressing and fighting crowds at the mall. And we can give them something we want them to have, not something we feel obligated to pay. Makes a big difference, the spirit of giving.

We like to go to Midnight Mass, even though you have to get there really early to get a seat and it usually lasts a long time. Then we sleep in a bit before going to gather with the family

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#3 posted 11-17-2008 12:40 PM

I think Christmas is special because of the magic. Remember when you were little and the magic began while waiting for November to be over and December to begin? Frosty is special because of magic! I think that for Christmas to have that special magic it must involve children. If you don’t have children relatives, or if you just need to do for more children ask the groups at church and volunteer to help. Your church will be going to visit or gathering food to give or singing carols. Give to the Marines Toys for Tots, must be purchased new, unwrapped toy. But, look around, now that we are older Christmas magic is harder to find, but it is still there.

-- Berta in NC

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