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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Christmas Day Fun? WWYD?
« Last post by JoW on Today at 06:01:49 AM »
What do your parents want to do? Do you really envision you're going to be sitting around the table being mopey that your brother isn't there? Sure it's hard when family members move to the other side of the country or have to spend holidays with their in laws.  But that doesn't mean that you have to be sad or forgo a nice dinner. 

You can :
*have a nice fancy dinner like always
*have a more casual "dinner and a movie"  evening
*Skype with brother during your meal.
*take parents out to do something,  like visit historical site or museum
*volunteer at a shelter
If you want to volunteer at a shelter you need to sign up now.  Everyone wants to volunteer at a shelter at Christmas.  The shelter where I volunteer occasionally has Christmas sign up scheduled for early October.   They expect to have all slots filled by the end of that month.

I learned this about 10 years ago when I wanted to volunteer for much the same reason - to break the Christmas blues.   It turned out that the only charity that accepts last-minute volunteer help around Christmas is the Salvation Army and the only help they want is bell ringers.  So now I spend Saturdays Thanksgiving to Christmas ringing for the Salvation Army. 
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I've read about that - in an article about the Scandinavian myth of the vardoger.

It works the same way, in that about twenty minutes before the man of the house comes home (as was traditional) you hear everything connected with his arrival, but then nothing. You then hear the same thing again when he actually arrives.

According to the article it was viewed as quite handy since you knew you could get the dinner on.  ;)
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Your DD has absolutely beautiful hair. No one in their right mind would ask/expect her to change it, especially if it meant getting rid of those gorgeous curls.

The coach really doesn't sound very professional at all.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Christmas Day Fun? WWYD?
« Last post by figee on Today at 03:15:53 AM »
I like small Christmases. We usually do a Christmas brunch instead of a big dinner. So, bacon, eggs, croissants, pancakes, fruit, ham, toast, whatever.  We also do mimosas.  This is generally after a relaxed Christmas Eve which will either be a street party with the neighbours, or time on the sofa together with a good bottle of whisky and some movies.

Presents are after brunch.  Books are often exchanged and an orgy of reading commences. We then graze through the afternoon on biscotti, savoury nibbles, alcohol, whatever. One tradition I enjoyed when in the UK was an afternoon walk in the cold to see the lights, or head out to the hills to shake off the inside.

Dinner is then whatever we feel like. Ham, cheese toasties, cold fruit salad, chocolate, bocconcini and tomato tarts....

The real key for us when doing this is to force my mother to relax and enjoy herself, which she doesn't do if slaving over a stove.
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I'll repeat my comment on the photo here: her hair is gorgeous and I am *green* with envy.
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I've been lurking without anything constructive to add, but I had to chime in and agree that your DD's hair is glorious!
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Pokemon Go craze
« Last post by diesel_darlin on Today at 01:16:06 AM »
I got my Vileplume! And I'm on level 20. Looks like the supply of Pokémon around my house has dried up! I'll be out and about tomorrow though!
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Christmas Day Fun? WWYD?
« Last post by cicero on Today at 01:12:23 AM »
What do your parents want to do? Do you really envision you're going to be sitting around the table being mopey that your brother isn't there? Sure it's hard when family members move to the other side of the country or have to spend holidays with their in laws.  But that doesn't mean that you have to be sad or forgo a nice dinner. 

You can :
*have a nice fancy dinner like always
*have a more casual "dinner and a movie"  evening
*Skype with brother during your meal.
*take parents out to do something,  like visit historical site or museum
*volunteer at a shelter
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I'm really confused as to how we got to the point where we are suggesting that Yarnspinner tell her Brother and SIL that they need a financial planner.  That's not her responsibility.  We can all agree that they probably need to but that's overstepping into their business and quite honestly doesn't do a darn thing with the fact that Yarnspinner doesn't have the financial ability to pay more.  Regardless of whether they are frivolous spenders or incredibly frugal.

I still believe that now is the time to sit down with Father and Brother and Yarnspinner and go over FIL's finances and what he has available for his own care and expenses.   Then and only then can Brother and Yarnspinner discuss what they are each willing to contribute if there is not enough available from FIL.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Christmas Day Fun? WWYD?
« Last post by guihong on Today at 12:28:19 AM »
My DH and I live a good two days' drive from his parents, and a flight or two away from my brother in Oregon.  Christmas Eve day it's become tradition to go to the movies-pretty much have the place to ourselves! 

As for the meal, the Christmas after my mother died, no one felt like cooking the traditional meal.  We got Chinese.  These days, we order a ham and sides from Honeybaked Ham and it's much easier on everyone.
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