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#1 hamman OFFLINE  


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Posted October 04, 2014 - 09:08 PM

I am really starting to deplore the holidays. Now before anyone gets mad at me let me explain. As early as August We started seeing marketing from the big retailers about Christmas and their sales. Sitting here tonight watching a movie with the wife and the network comes on and says that in two weeks they will start running 24 hr Christmas / holiday movies.  I am all for Christmas and what it means but it seems that this holiday has lost it's meaning. Now I'm not getting political here, and I will explain further. It seem that anymore it's all about money and the amount they ( retailers ans manufacturers) do or don't make. I realize the economy is dependent on these sales and that is a great thing.

 I have three wonderful grandchildren ( currently) and sometimes I wonder if their lives are going to be money driven or life driven with family and loving the life we have. I see the world changing every day and I pray that the way we used to live is the way we should live. 

I think we need to go back to having seasons and the holidays that go with the seasons.  Okay enough of the rant. Thanks for letting me vent. Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable rest of the weekend. To all those who are or have served and have family and friends serving in the military, including our friends to the north in Canada, Thank You and please thank them for us here at our home for serving, guarding and  sacrificing like they do. May God Bless Them All.




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Posted October 04, 2014 - 09:42 PM

Roger, I agree with you.  It seems as though the Christmas shopping season begins earlier every year.  Not only that, but many of the store clerks can't wish you a Merry Christmas anymore, they only say "Happy Holidays".  To me it's sad that so many are removing Christ from Christmas and there's so much emphasis on the mighty dollar.

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Posted October 04, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Agreed!!! Halloween starts in September (if not sooner). Christmas is right there too. And Thanksgiving is mostly lost in the shuffle because it's not profitable enough for the retailers. Really sad
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Posted October 05, 2014 - 12:28 AM

I agree totally Roger.

I'm not going to comment any further because it would be to long, and it's not good getting the blood pressure up at 12:30 pm.

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 03:57 AM

Yep Roger, that's my mind, too.

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 04:57 AM

Sort of like election day used to be the second Tuesday in November and now in some states election season is two months long.

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 05:59 AM

Last weekend we were at a store Halloween stuff was right in front. This weekend it was in the back of the store and Christmas decorations were up front.

I told my wife we haven't even had Halloween and thanks giving yet!
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Posted October 05, 2014 - 06:44 AM


We only do the holiday things for the young ones on that day, other then that it is pointless spending, the meanings were lost long ago and i mean a long time ago. I personally hate holidays, my mother stopped when we were kids and we chose which ones we wanted to have on off days if at all, it seemed to brew a lot of troubles within families all driven towards nothing but spending money on junk instead of getting together and enjoying the time spent together which is now something we talk about as days gone by.


I want you to know Roger that there are still a few of us that fire emails, make phone calls, send cards and quietly crawl through out the country sides away from all the craziness in our trucks/cars visiting family and close friends and we give the best gifts we could, our love, friendship and trade homemade food.

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 07:03 AM

Christmas is supposed to be about Christ! That fact is buried under tons of Christmas ads and gifts. It's something that every Christian has to wrestle with each year. The gifts are great fun, especially for kids but need to be tempered  with a good understanding of the reason we are celebrating. 

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 07:08 AM

I agree completely with ya Roger!  The meaning of all Holidays has been diminished and centers around spending $'s.  It used to be about family & being thankful for each other and our beliefs.  Now many people seem to think you aren't in the spirit if you don't rack up bills you can't afford to pay.

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 07:14 AM

I've grown to dislike Christmas because of the commercialism of it. It starts in mid to late Sept and ends in Jan. and with the true meaning of Christmas being lost. How many "Happy Birthday Jesus"  cakes do you see on the main table every year at the gatherings? Come to my house and you will find one. Don't take me wrong as like most other people I'm not nowhere near perfect. 

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 07:20 AM

Merry Hallogivingmas! And a happy New Year...

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 08:08 AM

Baa Hum Bug. That is my motto and I'm sticking to it. Every year I used to hear from family members we dint know what to get for you. the looks on there face was priceless when I would say a happy day with family is enough but if you really felt you needed to buy a gift a package of fish hooks would have been nice.


Last year the family gathering on Christmas eve which hasn't been the same since Kare's dad passed away was canceled when every one except Mom lost power for many days from the ice storm. No one really missed it seems, I know I sure didn't. 


:D   Al.



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Posted October 05, 2014 - 08:11 AM

Seems like everything gets pushed earlier as the years pass.

Our distributors for parts require 'Spring" orders to be placed in October !!!! :wtf:

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 08:19 AM

I agree with everyone about how every holiday is driven by money.I guess { me anyway} grew up when if we got some sort of new clothing article for Christmas we were so happy . Now when kids get stuff its never enough and lots of the gifts are broken or only played with for a short time. I also think that now it's Christmas every day for Kid's ,they seem to get anything they want. Don't know whose fault it is, other then the parents they try to please or think that there making there kids happy. I have a few Grand kids as well and they seem to get what they want when they want. But the worse part is !! that they don't appreciate what they get. My rant is over to.

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