MENTAL NOTE

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Christmas Politics

What I would love to do right now is book a Christmas ticket to the tropics. That's right. I'm so fed up with let's-pick-a-fancy-restaurant politics that I'd rather dine with Gollum on Bora Bora and have an elf for dessert.

"Son, we're family. It's important to be together." Says who, Mom? Santa? Chef-and-owners around the globe who won't hesitate to rip you off when it's — I quote — important to be together? Try and make a table reservation... "It's only $50 a plate, sir." Only $50. Is that so? And that's coming from a waiter who is making, what, $8 an hour? Extortion in the name of everything that's holy: uncle "Big Belly" Bob sitting right next to me staring at the whole left side of the menu talking about how the world used to be a better place and how food used to be so much cheaper ("I know, uncle Bob. I know."); his wife talking about whatever springs to mind until your ears say, No more! and wish they were on Bora too; Mrs. Blue Bollywood Princess dreaming about Diwali ("Yeah, it's just like Christmas, uncle. People decorate their homes with little lights, just like we do."); and Momma Bear barely able to keep her eyes open 'cause she's so used to going to bed at nine and waking up at four. The list is endless. Extortion in the name of family fun.

The thing is... I'd rather stay at home and not be on my best behavior. I'd rather celebrate Christmas far away from strangers who get so annoyed when your little nephew makes more noise than a foghorn because he wants to be at home, too. I love our own Christmas tree. It took me hours to decorate it, for crying out loud.  I couldn't care less about that posh excuse for a Christmas tree in some local restaurant. Christmas shouldn't be celebrated in a stranger's home. It should be celebrated where everybody loves you, and not because you get to pay a hefty sum and the tip had better be good.

Do you know what I mean?

But this year we're going to some fancy place because my vote don't mean shit. Let me rephrase that in the name of family togetherness and grammar fetishists alike: my vote has found itself completely outnumbered (unless I raise my voice, which I don't feel like doing). Christmas is the time of year when we have to be one happy family. It's when lots of otherwise trivial decisions suddenly gain importance, like how much do we spend on gifts, where do we meet up... Boro Bora, why are you so expensive? 

Should I raise my voice and insist that we be a fun and happy family in the vicinity of our own friggin' Christmas tree? Should I tell them that fancy dinners don't define the spirit of Christmas in my book? Am I being difficult again?

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143 comments:

  1. Did you offer to cook and have it at your place? It seems to me that a home-cooked dinner would be much more palatable than restaurant fare. The thing about big family getting together is no one wants the responsibility of preparing the meal.

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    1. Yes, I did. But my brother is allergic to my cats.

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  2. Going out for Christmas dinner seems so odd. Why? Let the poor restaurant workers stay home and enjoy their Christmas. We've never gone out for a holiday. Other than to visit with neighbors who are right around the corner and we can walk.

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  3. Christmas has become a rather sedate affair since my mom died five years ago. Now it's just a get-together between myself and my older sister.

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    1. I can't even begin to imagine what that's like.

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  4. I'm with Alex. I just can't go out anywhere on a major holiday. I mean, I even feel like a dick if I just go to Wal-mart to pick up a carton of eggs on Christmas.

    Unless, of course, you take the A Christmas Story approach and just have dinner at a Chinese restaurant.

    Fa ra ra ra raaa...

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    1. I'm with Alex, too. Chinese? Maybe in my next life. Did like the clip, though. "It's smiling at me!"

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    2. No - "laughing over linguistics"... "Fa ra ra ra raaa.... like the Beer guy said.

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    3. A long, LONG time ago, our friends used a picture of Dark Vader taking a shower with a glass of beer.

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    4. I would have Dark Vader for a nice Chardonay... pity.

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    5. Did I mention I love Chardonay and just watched a movie about American Chardonay (Bottle Shock)? Well, it's true.

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    6. I heard you were snowed under. Just a rumor for now?

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    7. I'm in serious need of a shovel. I work seven days a week wondering what day it is.

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  5. I always stay home on Christmas. We usually do the meet-ups on Christmas Eve or the day before.

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    1. It's the only way... in my book, that is.

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  6. I know what you mean, and I have the answer: Don't go. I stay at home. You can, too.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I sure am considering that option, Janie. You know what I mean?

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    2. Willy Dunne Wooters and I discussed holidays while we were eating chicken noodle soup last night. We agree that it's not a holiday if one feels forced to do something. We stay at home and eat what we like and watch a movie and maybe take a nap.

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    3. I've decided to not have dinner at a restaurant.

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  7. At least you've been to a family restaurant dinner.... not many people have that, Sir Randy Mandy! And it's about who're you with, not where :)

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    1. I knew you would say that. I just don't want to spend X-mas among people I don't know, is all. Not to mention the Special X-mas Bill.

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    2. boohoo sing me a sad song... and I will spend Xmas alone in my bed ...

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    3. Well, at least you've got a bed. HA! Got you there.

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    4. He needs some serious spanking, Wendy.

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    5. Dear god. Don't get him going on 'that'!

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    6. I don't have a bed, actually, I sleep on a couch just like you

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    7. Copycat! I KNEW it. I could smell it a mile away. My couch is gonna break my back one day or my weight is gonna make it collapse. And then I'll break my back.

      See, it's a win-win situation...

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    8. I'm used to it now, because I've never actually had a bed.
      Had to fix it a few times because the wooden bars in it often break or fall apart...

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  8. I almost wet myself laughing so hard - wow - does reality bite or what?
    I love my family but they always do separate Christmases - at each one's home. If I want to see them I spend the whole day traveling from house to house. I feel like Santa - "Hey, I see you got a nice roaring-ass fire there!." My precious indeed... Bora Bora sounds great!

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    1. Don't wet yourself. I don't want any lawsuits coming my way. Not when X-mas means a hefty bill. Separate X-mases... Let's hope there won't be too much snow or you'll feel like Santa, alright. Yep, I've got a nice roaring ass. Wait, let me read that again... ah a roaring-ass fire... Yeah, that too. Why do you think I'm swimming?

      Bora sounds like a cheap whoraaaaa but I love her anyway. Yep, I said it.

      You can wet yourself now. ;)

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    2. dribble, dribble, boil and quibble -
      here's an xmas prize
      give me toys, noisy boys
      and I'll be home for xmas.... Fa ra ra ra raaaaaaa

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    3. Hahaha anyone who says women don't have a sense of humor need to be put on a bus to the North Pole.

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    4. The North Pole - hmm - idea a-brewing in my brain. So maybe it won't be a blue xmas after all.......

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    5. Knock on wood! No, not that kinda wood!

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  9. You'd rather dine with Gollem on Bora Bora and have an elf for dessert. Hahahaha! I do love your turn of phrases, Blue. Classic.

    But all jokes aside, I'm right with you. I like being at home too. Slouched on my own sofa next to the Christmas tree that I decorated whilst watching what I bloody well want on the TV. And I get to eat exactly what I feel like and don't have to tip a passing waiter who would much rather be home with his family.

    Aargh. Bring on the new year ...

    Cheers. Hic hic ....

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    1. I feel classic. Like a-hundred-years-old-classic. Dear Lord.

      Whilst watching what you bloody well want on the TV? Hahaha talk about a classic turn of phrases! Slouched on my couch dreaming about Bora Bora will probably be the best thing I can do... after dinner.

      Now, where's my milk?

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  10. Our family has turned to M&S Christmases the last few years...everything pre-made and picked up the week before, just pop in the oven or on the stove, and ready in time for Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who next to the fire. Good luck standing your ground while maintaining Important Family Bonds.

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    1. Thanks. M&S Christmases... well, considering I can't cok to save my life, I might just do that.

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    2. cok? Would that be a Freudian slip?

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    3. It's ok, we all make a bit of a cok-up sometimes.

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    4. Hahaha! I knew you would say that. I think it was Roger Moore who said, "There's no sense going out half-cocked."

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  11. I love Christmas at home and is in the only place I want to be.
    This is in Christmas's Eve
    Because to the other day usually I have to go where my sister.
    yes.
    On Christmas Eve my dad and mom come here and is nice.
    Many years we make.
    Well and you know I believe in Jesus so we celebrate when He born.Is the most important for the believers:)

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    1. Well, I am staying at home on X-mas eve. That's a fact. Yes, I understand, Gloria :)

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    2. So we have the same Christmas:))
      Christmas is my favorite holidays and you know I love baking.
      I love advent too.4 weeks before christmas we make a wreath with 4:candles.
      xo

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    3. Yes, I know you love baking, and you're very good at it too. I love eating. That's my specialty.

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  12. I love your draws:)
    Why he say : my precious?

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    1. Yes I know him...but I dont like so much he scared me.

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  13. Uggg don't even get me started on that crap. First you have to go and visit this chap, then you have to go and visit this one, then you have to give that a run. Pfffft by the time you are done all the joy is sucked out of christmas and you just want to sleep. Stay at home at my damn keep. I don't eat out any other day, so I won't on when christmas is on display. I don't need anything that urgent that I can't wait. So I don't shop on such a date. I see family all the time, so whoopdi doo to such a chime. Just because its christmas you all have to fake nice and buy/do things at a high price? Pfffft to that. Can do it any time of year, christmas just has a guy that's fat.

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    1. By the time you are done all the joy is sucked out of christmas... So true, Mr. Blue Cat!

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    2. Truth from a cat, how about that

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  14. Interesting dilemma, BG! And not an easy one to resolve. Negotiating all the traditions and expectations of holidays isn't easy, especially as our families grow up and get bigger. I enjoy Christmas with my family and friends at home most of all. But there were times that we have gone out for Christmas dinner, and I enjoyed that too. Especially when many of us were working and didn't have much time off. I spend hours decorating our tree too; so I leave it up a long time to make sure I get the full benefit. However things turn out for you, I wish you a great holiday season.

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    1. Not an easy one to solve if I want to be liked. Well, yesterday I said I wouldn't be going to some fancy restaurant and spend the entire night among strangers I couldn't care less about, friendly as they may me. I don't want to go out for Christmas dinner and guess what.... we're not. I couldn't take it anymore. So now we're dining at home - well, I am...

      So that's how things have turned out for me. Thanks for stopping by. You know I wish you a great holiday season, too.

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  15. Hi Blue...
    I agree totally...100%....with YOU!
    My kids and significant others all come to MY house....
    We eat the dinner that I cooked....
    We chat...laugh...cry.....fun!
    You should stick to your guns....have your very own Christmas...
    With your beautiful wife...in your home...
    Ok...I'm done....let me know how it goes....
    Cheers Blue!
    Linda :o)

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    1. "Extra extra read all about it.... Blue is NOT going out for Christmas dinner!" I agree totally with you agreeing totally with me, Linda! You betcha! No fancy schmancy dinner at some fancy schmancy restaurant.

      Blue is sticking to his imaginary guns. And they're big, too.

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    2. Are you just "shooting" your face off...
      Or are you going to take a stand.......
      Just wonderin'....
      How's your week so far Blue?

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    3. Hi Linda. I've told my family here that I'm not having dinner at some restaurant. I'm having dinner at home. How's that for taking a stand? My week... Well, let's say that working seven days a week can be a bit taxing. :)

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    4. who will do all the cooking if you stay at home?

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    5. 7 days a week?
      Oh my...
      Why???

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    6. Angie is a great cook. I can't cook to save my life, but I'm willing to try on X-mas day.

      Hi, Linda. Let's just say that in my eight-month absence a lot of wrong decisions were made and I'm sort of getting things right on track again. Plus I lecture four days a week so do the math...

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    7. Not very good at math...but...gotcha!
      Hope you are feeling better♥️

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    8. Better than a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for asking.

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  16. We never went out to eat on Christmas, but we do go to my mother in laws house in the afternoon, which I actually look forward to. I like the in laws much better than my family, which we stopped all holiday visits with 4 years ago. It seems they only talked to us on holidays and I got tired of inviting people over for dinner that I spent 2 days preparing for, only to have them scarf it down, pack up the left overs, then leave. It was just stupid. I felt like I was running a soup kitchen instead of trying to enjoy the holiday with family. Now, holidays mean so much more since I stopped hosting!

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    1. Anyone who only talks to you on holidays are unworthy of your attention, Theresa. Good to hear you stopped hosting. They packed up the left overs, too? How rude. Well, at least now you can enjoy the holidays so much more. :) Good for you!

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    2. Totally rude! And, even though they have houses WITH kitchens, know how many times they have offered to host? None! Now, we are known as the funeral family. We only get together when someone dies lol. (Not that it's funny when someone dies, but it really is funny that we only speak at funerals now!)

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    3. Hope mom doesn't read Blue's blog, Theresa :) I've noticed her lurking around your Facebook sometimes :)

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    4. None? Well, I guess I know the type. I've got relatives who are just like that. They love my kitchen but I never get to see theirs. Well, let's say this year I put a stop to it Clint Eastwood style.

      Dezzzzz is there anything you don't know?

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  17. People have different family traditions and I suppose eating out in a restaurant on Christmas could be considered a tradition, although most restaurants around here are closed on Christmas.You have to go up to the big local truck stop to eat out on Christmas day. There ya go..... suggest the local truck stop and it won't be fifty bucks a plate. We also have a rather weird Christmas tradition. We all go to the early movie (as all the new movies are out on Christmas) while the big dinner is home, cooking or almost cooked. We go home and the rest of the day is spent around the dinner table. ........although, I've always wanted to "try" the truck stop. LOL
    I guess one has to "go with the flow," Blue Man.

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    1. Going with the flow isn't always an easy thing to do on this side of the big lake. Which is why I've decided to not have dinner at a restaurant (or the big local truck stop). I'll be enjoying X-mas at home, yes, I will. Right next to our X-mas tree. Christmas dinner at a fancy restaurant... that doesn't make sense at all. :)

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  18. ho ho ho milk and cookies is all you need ho ho ho

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  19. Does my vote count? I say cook, cook, cook! Besides, there is nothing better than a home cooked meal and spending a holiday in a family's home. :)

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    1. Does your vote count? It sure does. I'm staying at home, you betcha!

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    2. Finally my vote counts for something!! Ill vote here more often now. :)

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    3. A little bird just told me your vote always counts for a whole lot ;)

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    4. Pffft a whole lot of strawberries and shampoo
      That is what it counts for at her zoo lol

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    5. Hahaha say it ain't so
      at her Jax in the Box Show!

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    6. Lol strawberries scare me...but the shampoo I will take!!!

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  20. Holy Crap! 67 comments? Stop being so popular! I'm getting lost in the crowd, here!

    I totally understand the desire to stay and home and enjoy Christmas with my family. I've often said that the hardest part about being married is trying to engineer around the holidays between my family and the in-laws. Everyone needs you to be at a certain place at a certain time, and so many things interfere with each other, so you have to choose one or the other...it's all so confusing. Why can't they all just come to us? We have a lovely Christmas tree, and an even lovelier Christmas Village. It's all so damn charming! (But bring your own food...)

    Anyhoo, I feel your pain. And I don't understand why people insist on going to such expensive restaurants. I've only done it a few times, and there's only one place I'd definitely go back to in a heartbeat: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Aw, dang son! Worth every penny, that place is!

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    1. Of course you're not getting lost in the crowd. I can spot you with my eyes closed.

      Ruth's Chris Steakhouse... is that a fact? Well, that must be some special place. Meanwhile I've already decided to stay at home and have dinner right next to my very own X-mas tree. How's that for perseverance and determination? No fancy schmancy dinner when it's X-mas. Not now, not ever again. Except for Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, of course. :)

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    2. It really is nice. I'm a major carnivore, and the steaks at Ruth's Chris are like slabs of absolute heaven. You don't need sauce or anything, it's like butter...but steak! And it's quiet, the service is impeccable, and I could go on, but I'm making myself hungry...

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  21. **Please ignore the superfluous "and" in the second sentence of this comment. And please give me my bonus points for properly applying the word "superfluous" in a sentence.**

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    1. I'm impressed. Ten bonus points coming your way!

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    2. Make it 20 and you've got a deal! :)

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  22. I've never eaten Christmas (or any other major holiday) dinner out - but am at the point where I wouldn't mind going the restaurant route every now and then. Less prep work and clean-up, and being out in public might keep certain people at the table better behaved.

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    1. Certain people... exactly. Let's mention names ;)

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  23. Hey Bud, tell them I said you don't have to do this. Don't make me have to come over there :) Good luck.
    R

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    1. Rick, Blue is sticking to his metaphorical guns. I'm staying at home.

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  24. If it is bothering you as much as it seems to then yes, you should raise your voice. But I completely sympathize with you as far as feeling that your vote means nothing. I married into a family of Italians from the Northeast so the level of stubbornness I encounter goes beyond the norm and well into the level of professional.

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    1. Well, it turns out my voice means a whole lot even when I don't raise my voice... How about that? It's gonna be home sweet home. Just the way I like it. Yes, sir!

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  25. The wonderful thing about being a grownup is that you don't have to go spend time with people when you don't want to - even if they have the same last name as you! I've blogged about it before and will again.

    Life is short. Stay home and eat some pie.

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    1. Exactly. I'm having dinner at home. Home sweet home. Meow!

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  26. Loving the gollum pic! The good thing about this season is there are so many days to do both home and away eating. Both sides for balance.

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    1. Well, what do you know... who is there! How's life?

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  27. I've never been a fan of Christmas. The commercial one that is. The world turns into a chaotic merry-go-round no one seems to be able to get off, buying, buying, arranging, inviting, cooking aaaaaand losing our sanity.

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  28. Family traditions are very interesting. My family would never go to a restaurant on Christmas and sometimes I wish they would! Having the same exact holiday meal every year gets on my nerves. But I will say, I definitely prefer just hanging out in someone's home, rather than the more formal environment of a restaurant.

    You should for sure speak up! It's not being difficult. I once convinced my family that we should just do soup and sandwiches, so we can spend less time and money cooking, or focus more on having fun together and it worked out so well.

    If worse comes to worse, just have it at your house and all of your blogger friends will come over and hang out :)

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    1. You sometimes wish they would hahaha! That can't be good. Yeah, you've got a point there: having the exact same Christmas, including meal and people, every year isn't something that is high on my list.

      I've already decided that I won't be having dinner in a restaurant but at home, where I want to spend X-mas. All my blogger friends are invited, you bet.

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  29. My darling Blue, I'm completely with you on your dislike of the Christmas office party and contrived seasonable celebrations. To me, Christmas (like Easter) is a little bit commercial these days... my local supermarket had Christmas items for sale in August!

    Let's run away together to Hawaii or French Polynesia and avoid the Christmas blues! I'm game, if you are....

    love
    Fanny x

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    1. First of all, it pleases me to find you're very much alive. Secondly, I'm game. When I saw our local department stores sold Christmas decoration in October (August... really), I knew something was amiss. And a whole lot, too. Anything that's contrived makes me sick, Fanny, so let's get ourselves some tickets to the tropics, damnit.

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  30. Yes ~ Christmas is for the family and I am most fortunate this year to be spending it with my daughter and her hubby ~ my son and family are invited to Christmas Meal as well . . . but somehow I don't think we shall be having Gollum Pie !!! . . . lol
    I'd rather spend Christmas with loved ones than complete strangers . . . :)

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    1. What... no Gollum pie? And they call that Christmas haha!!! I'm with you, Eddie. I bet you have a great couple of days to look forward to. I'm happy for you.

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  31. A lot of Christmas's in our family are spent at home with a rare trip to the movies. No one's paying no crazy fancy restaurant bill. You should speak up and let them know your thoughts.

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    1. I already did. I'm staying at home! Thanks for stopping by.

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  32. I let my wishes be known and told everyone that they can come to my apartment for Christmas if they want to spend the day with me. I will not being going out, I will not be going to a restaurant or to their house and we do it at the time I specify. If they don't like it they can stay home.

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    1. Amen. And I'm staying at home too. What do you think about that, Mary?

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  33. Personally i love Christmas, but I'm a sucker for all things that sparkle (and for the whole reason for the season). What I'm not a fan of is the insistence to be 'happy'. Isn't family supposed to be about acceptance of one another? Shouldn't family be the one place where we can be ourselves? At least my family aren't big on spending a lot of money because we are all strapped and know it. Small gifts and home cooked meals. Yum.

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    1. There she is... The one and only Lynda. Yes, I agree. You can't impose cheerfulness on anyone. That doesn't make sense. I, too, want to spend Christmas where I can be my good ole (I mean, young) self, that's right. ;)

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    2. Let's put our feet up on the table and burp!

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  34. I think why I love these months so much (October, November, December and January) is because of the comfort food I can make, the chilly sweater weather that Professor and I can walk in, the smell of firewood burning, and the smell of Christmas trees and wreaths.

    A long, long, long, long time ago I decided that I wasn't buying any more gifts because it was the thing to do. So I slowed the holidays down and really started enjoying time spent alone with the pup(s) and I would meet the family when they came into town from out-of-states for a small gathering at my stepgrandmummie's home and my mom and I would pick up a very small meal at Cracker Barrel or I would fix a small supper.

    Simplicity--that is the key to life.

    And if those around u don't want to do the same then u do not have to join them in their expensive dinner. Merely tell them u will visit them another time and be honest about why u don't want to go.

    We need to learn to communicate what we really feel and then decide even if they don't agree with us to carry on with our lives.

    The Professor and I had a wonderful walk this morning before I had to go to work. I have my candles going at my desk. Professor and I will be meeting Bryan, the Professor's new trainer and behavioral specialist and then I am going in for a few hours at the Coffeeshop. I have really been concentrating on building my small home. I have met twice with my builder friend and he is concentrating on drawing the home on blueprints to work from and I am going for my financial assessment on Wednesday. One step at a time. And I think about I am finally gonna make this goal or at the least I will try very hard. I like living alone. However, I can tolerate "D" until May/1st of June. I don't want to live with her the rest of my life as she is very anal and has a few annoying habits like she obsessively talks to her dog about how pretty she is and finally I have just stopped commenting. I am hoping she stops with that incessant talking to "prove to me" that she loves her dogs. I told somebody to slap the poo poo out of me if I ever did that with my pups. I love them but I don't need to tell u 100 times a day that I love them. It is evident in the way I treat the Professor.

    But I keep dreaming and planning my home. And it has opened new doors for my outlet of decorating etc. I find I don't have much time for blogging anymore.

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    1. Dear Miss. Stormy Marples, I was totally unaware comfort food requires that it be autumn or winter ;) I'm afraid my belly loves comfort food no matter what season - even in July, when we're lounging on our private Bora Beach discussing the essence of life. Yes, I also love the smell of firewood burning, the smell of X-mas, and I only buy gifts if I feel like it. It isn't an obligation whatsoever. Just the way I feel it should be. X-mas isn't about shopping, now is it? Simplicity is the key to life. I also won't be having X-mas dinner at a restaurant. I just won't. So no blue X-mas for Blue. Knock on wood.

      I'm happy for you. Having a new home built... well, I don't even know what that's like, but I bet the feeling is great. All you can do is give it your very best shot. So, basically, what you're telling me is June 1, 2015, is your very own "D-Day"? Well, that sure is something to look forward too. I don't know how you can put up with anal people. I guess there are a lot of people out there who feel they need to prove they're worth more than a penny.

      Do what makes you happy.

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  35. First of all, I have to say that I'm SHOCKED that any restaurant is open on Christmas Day. We started eating out for Thanksgiving about 15 years ago and now it's taken off, but the only things open around here on Christmas are Chinese restaurants and movie theaters.

    I saw that you offered to cook but your brother is allergic to your cats. Good! I knew a guy who complained endlessly that his mom took them to restaurants instead of cooking for Thanksgiving. I said, "Let me guess. The women do all the work while you men go sit and watch football after dinner and just hang out before." He said yeah and saw nothing wrong with that. I said, "Why don't the guys offer to do all the work and let the women rest? Then you can have your meal at home." He was NOT for that idea, at all! Point made...

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    1. I'm shocked too, Stephanie. I feel sorry for all the people who would like to spend X-mas with their family but are told they have to work. That can't be good. I would never let my Angie cook all day while I scratch my butt and daydream about Miss Santa. That would be rude. But I see your point. Does that make me a modern guy after all even though I don't have a Facebook account? ;)

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  36. Here's what I hate about Christmas. And don't get me wrong, I love being with family, but just once I would love to wake up Christmas morning with just my wife and kids and not have to go anywhere. Restaurants are out of the question. I mean having to go visit the extended family, like the in-laws, the brothers or sisters, etc. I just want to spend the whole day in the comfort of my own home, opening presents and stuffing our faces while in our pajamas. Just me and the kids, with the Mrs by my side.

    Can't the rest of the family gather on a different day? Who says we have to meet ON CHRISTMAS DAY?

    But no, the day is too stressful. Just when you start to relax from all the madness from opening gifts and assembling new toys, you gotta drop everything you're doing, pack up everything and go out in the cold to visit with more people and do it all over again. More presents, more toys, more tinkering, more eating and wanting to slip away into a food coma, wishing you were still at home in your PJ's.

    Enough already! Let me relax and enjoy just my family.

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    1. Men want variety. Wait, that came out wrong ;)

      I don't like anything that is expected of me or simply imposed, not even when it concerns my own flesh and blood. It's suffocating, is what that is. We don't HAVE TO meet on X-mas day. I couldn't agree more. They can stuff that food coma where the sun don't shine. You know what I mean?

      Now, where are my PJ's?

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  37. I would raise my voice. Loudly. I believe in family, especially during the holidays. I'd rather have a precooked turkey at Thanksgiving or an already smoked ham at Christmas than be with people I don't know. People have no idea how important time with family is until people are missing from those occasions. Sorry for the rant, it's a sore subject for me, having lost my first husband on Christmas. I'm glad we were at home and not some "fine" dining place.

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    1. And I did: no X-mas dinner at a fancy restaurant full of strangers, no Ma'am! Maybe when penguins know how to stuff a turkey in the middle of a dessert.

      I love your rant.

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  38. Gah, I can so relate. When we lived down south, holiday gatherings were awesome, and fun, and in our house or another relative's. Now that we live up north, they're soooooooooooo stupid. I'm already getting phone calls about Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas gift buying (my vote to draw names and everyone buy one gift was scoffed at because incessantly grouching about not having money to buy for everyone, and then showing up with the most expensive gifts anyway is way more fun I guess). I used to love holidays... and I still do. But the unnecessary junk added to it up here is ridiculous. I stay silent... it's my husband's family... I love them. I love him... I just nod my head and go along with... but I think it's stupid.

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    1. Ridiculous is the word, alright. I remember X-mas a something that was spontaneous, not meticulously planned. Sometimes I just want to buy ourselves two plane tickets and spend X-mas in some cabin on a hill. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes I just don't want to nod.

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  39. No you are not being difficult. I absolutely concur. I shall be at chez moi, dressed in a comfy onesey, a glass of sherry in one hand and a kir in the other whilst my turkey roasts with chestnut butter and gift wrap is strewn around the floor and Bing Crosby croons in the background. Wanna come to mine? :)

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    1. Do I wanna come to yours? Well, let's see... gorgeous Jules dressed in a comfy onesey, a glass of sherry in one hand and a kir in the other whilst her turkey roasts with chestnut butter and gift wrap is strewn around the floor and Bing Crosby croons in the background... Is that some new kind of rhetorical question I need to be filled in on? Do I get to wear my X-mas cowboy hat and add some Elvis tunes to the mix? I do? Dear Lord, no warm-blooded guy would ever refuse such an offer. Only a dead one.

      Yes, that's a compliment.

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    2. It would be a blue Christmas without you, so Santa, bring me my baby back! I believe there will be peace in the valley once we've downed a few christmas cocktails, Randy so ride on over cowboy ;)

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  40. Blue Dude!

    Yes indeed, I have arrived with the party hats, the balloons and just ignore the group of psychotic clowns that came along with me.

    I don't have any "Boxing Day Eve" dilemmas. Most years, I spend the day alone while my son does the family stuff over at my ex wife's place. So, do I care about advanced thumb-twiddling on Boxing Day Eve? Hell no! I stay online and interact with anybody who wants a break from it all, might feel lonely, or just wants to get away from the pungent odour of Grannie's farts....

    Nice to see you, my kind friend.

    Gary :)

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    1. Gary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good to hear from you again my friend! I see a psychotic clown every time I look in the mirror, so I might be a tad biased in the let's-ignore-psychotic-clowns department. Did you say Grannie's farts? Dear Lord, your back alright.

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  41. Leaps of faith is what I am taking now.

    The issue at hand is the square footage that I want to build. Building inspectors have advised it is ok but I now have to have 3 appraisals on homes of similiar size have to be found.

    It is teaching me patience and also as well maintain a steady course and work through any problems that might occur along the way. The goal June 30th, 2014.

    I have advised "current" roommate that I will not be renewing my lease. Meaning u need to be looking for another living situation.

    I want to live alone with the Professor. Life is so much easier when it is only two of u.

    Have redone my schedule at the Coffeeshop only three days a week. Hooray!!! Getting my life more to the way I want it.

    Slow steps but finding that slow steps get me where I want to go.

    Leaps of faith. My dear friend I am living on faith that I am on the right path in my life.

    Hope u are doing well. Professor got to wear his houndstooth coat last night and his sweater this morning. I must say he looks mighty dapper and handsome.

    The Professor has started his behavior training and will soon be on Prozac after his vet visit this Thursday.

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    1. June 30th, 2014? ;) Of course you want to live alone with the Professor... he's my sweet n' furry friend, did you know that? You just need to be patient, is all, Miss Marples. You can do it. Time flies, remember? One minute you're shoveling snow, the next it's so hot you're praying for snow. Well, for a cold drink at least.

      Three days a week.... that's more like it, alright. As for myself, I work seven days a week, and not just for the fun of it. Yep, I'm snowed under again. Now, where's my drink?

      Prozac?

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