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December 26th, 2006 at 10:56 am

A couple of rants. These are not directed or inspired by anyone here. I'm on a lot of different forums and some of what folks are saying is starting to get me. Better I rant quickly here then hurt someone's feelings there

If someone buys you a gift certificate for hundreds of dollars quityerbitchin' please. You ain't getting sympathy from me cause you really were relying on cash and got the lousy gift card. Yanno if it is that onerous of a gift send it on here and I'll see if I can manage...

And if your family is all fighting, and someone refuses to give you and your kids gifts it isn't going to ruin your kids Christmas unless your attitude is as sucky as I think it is. And then it is your attitude about it all that is going to ruin christmas.

They are called gifts for a reason. If they were obligations they'd be called OBLIGATIONS and not gifts. Be grateful for the company of family and loved ones. That is what Christmas is about not about the gifts. Oh yeah they are nice, but they are the icing on the cake, not the reason for the season Maybe teach your kids about the joy of giving and spending time with family rather than inventorying their "haul". This is called teaching them values.

/end rant

Thanks I feel better now. And again this wasn't about anyone here so please don't take offense.

1 Responses to “Rant”

  1. carol Says:

    No offense taken here(from me at least). And I agree with everything in your rants. Well said.

    Our family didn't even do gift exchanges for Christmas this year. Since my youngest son's birthday is also in December, we(the adults)decided to exchange 1 Christmas gift, after singing happy birthday and cutting the homemade birthday cake. (Courtesy of Mom)

    For Christmas morning, I simply put together 4 tempting baskets loaded with Christmas goodies(soda, cookies, chips, chocolate Santas, chocolate cherry cordial cherries, chocolate peanut clusters, bags of trail mix, candy canes, 2 cans of grape flavored drink, bag of old fashioned chocolate drops) I centered the goodie baskets on the living room table top around the 1 foot tall decorated artificial tree and other tabletop decorations. Needless to say, when boys and dad woke up the next morning and tumbled out of bed, the treat baskets were a smash hit. We kept Christmas dinner very simple: Smoked, precut ham with bone, baked beans, mashed potatoes with gravy.

    Much less stress for mom and dad. Kids ate and didn't get too hungry, no fussing, fighting, arguing over whose Christmas gift was better, etc. No disappointment over gifts or anything like that. Dad only had to take 2 hours to cook Christmas lunch, and with all the snacks for the kids to munch on while watching movies on the VHS, it went much better for everyone.

    Hope your Christmas was a good one.

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