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2009-12-25 9:45 PM

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Subject: The Aftermath ... Christmas, a reflection ...
So ... even though I live alone, and spend Christmas alone (I have no family) ... I still like to cook a bird and have the traditional dinner on Christmas Day. Memories of my long-forgotten childhood, perhaps ... but I still do it every year. It's a mess. It's a headache. It's a lot of work. And it's a lot of left-overs. Every year I say - never again. What's the point - it's just me and the dog, and although he LOVES his toy from "santa" - he doesn't know any better, it's just any other day to him ...
Yet every year - I keep doing it. I keep keep cooking, and I keep looking forward to it. I loved today. It was a good day.

Today: I 'helped' unwrap my dog's present from "Santa" ... he loved it and played with it for a long while, while I enjoyed Bailey's with my coffee ... then I toddled myself off to the theatres to see Sherlock Holmes (my little tradition - the once in a year I go to the movies!) ... then home to cook my bird, and enjoy a glass or two of wine ...

Not a bad holiday, really. I can't complain. I live in a country where I'm free and able ... to express myself to do and say as I please ... I'm able to purchase the trimmings ... I'm free to complain about it ... I have friends that I consider family, and we chat online (BT included) ...

So ... thanks BT for being a part of my holidays. I appreciate you all - and although I realize most of you have families and better things to be doing over these days .. it's still nice to be a part of your traditions, too. ;-)

Happy Holidays, BT.

TR, and Albert the Dog.

Edited to say: I did all the cooking .. so someone else is going to do the cleaning, right? ... oh no -wait - no I live alone, and the dog refuses to do the dishes. Dammit. ;-)

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2009-12-25 9:50 PM
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COURT JESTER
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Merry Christmas. 

I do believe Albert is eyeing a second helping.



Edited by tupuppy 2009-12-25 9:51 PM
2009-12-25 10:26 PM
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Looks like Albert is willing to participate in some cleanup.

 

Merry Christmas

2009-12-25 10:33 PM
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If you're ever in NJ, you are welcome here! I hate to think of anyone alone on Christmas. No reason for it. We had our neighbors over (their Jewish) and their 8 year old was lamenting they don't get invited anywhere. Fixed that for them. We all had fun.

I hope you had a wonderful day and know you are well loved by us here at BT!

Lani
2009-12-26 6:05 AM
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I never let you come anywhere near to my kitchen! JK

I also spent most of the x-mas day alone, some because of work which I cannot tell anybody around me and also because I was brought up in a moslem family.

After spending half of my life abroad and celebrate both religious date with others, these things doesn't even bother anymore. Sure seeing other people have a good time with their family and friends is something special, but I can live with that.

I do cook a lot, and for the last 7 years I cooked for people in the house during those days. The question whether I celebrate the same tradition as them is nonetheless a mystery. But hey, everybody has a meal and the company is good.

Maybe next year I'll get a dog like your's, but more like a robotic one (with a built in dishwashing and barcode reader for grocery shopping), or ones that carry bottle in their neck

Overall, I think holiday is a unique day, especially when you have different reasons with people close to you. It's a bizzare thing that sometime you can feel so lonely although there are everyone you know within an arms reach.

Now, clean up those mess!!

Happy holiday,

Jati
2009-12-26 8:31 AM
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I'm pretty sure if you held the dishes down where he could get to them, he'd help clean each and every one of them. 



2009-12-26 9:09 AM
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I did spend Christmas alone - just like last year. Certainly tough. This year I was in a hotel on Christmas - boo - I do not recommend it.

Sounds like you have some nice traditions though.

Merry Christmas !
2009-12-26 9:46 AM
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Merry b-lated Christmas.  I'm sure Albert unconditionally LOFed you for all that you did!

2009-12-26 9:58 AM
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Glad you had a great Christmas. I am sure dinner was great! How was the movie?

2009-12-26 11:38 AM
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That looks and sounds fabulous!

As another repeat offender of the alone Christmas, I do have to ask why don't you spend it with others? Friends? Co Workers? I usually have invites to places, dinners, etc (even if they're people I would barely classify as friends) but usually have a good time.

This year for me was spent mostly alone,  mixed with a short holiday "party" with my coworkers. Because none of us are choosing to be here working.


It's what you make of the day and it sounds like you make it great!
2009-12-26 12:36 PM
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I'm atheist, my brother's Jewish, and my mom gets her religion from the new age bookstore. But we look forward to Christmas anyway because it's the only time of year we're guaranteed to be able to get together. Except this year. Thanks, "economy." So this year was the first year ever I didn't spend it with them. I spent it with my partner's family (still am, actually, since we're iced in right now). It's ok, but it's weird.


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