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tambor198
12-08-2011, 11:17 AM
Last year I ended up having to work on Xmas Day. This year I'll have a three-day weekend starting on Xmas Eve at 4 PM.

This year on Xmas Eve my family and I will be going over to my brother's house to share Xmas with his family. My brother lives in a town not too far away from me.

On Xmas Day the whole family is up early. Once my kids have divided up the Xmas gifts we open each gift one at a time until all gifts have been opened. Then we usually retire to the kitchen for breakfast while Dad (me)cleanes up all the wrapping paper and scraps. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Then there is a lull in the action until about 5:30 PM when we settle in for one of my wife's great ham dinners. This year the Bears play the Green Bay Packers On Xmas evening. When the game is over I shall call a friend of mine and talk with him for awhile while drinking a bottle 12 year old scotch single malt. This last part is something my dad and I did every year on Xmas night when he was still alive. It's something I still do to remember him by.

To all the members here and friends I want to wish all you a Very Merry Xmas. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Yooperbacker
12-08-2011, 12:33 PM
I will be at home Christmas. The wife works and my daughter will be having Christmas with her boyfriend's relation in California. In the early evening the wife will get off work and we will open presents.
Later I will watch the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers defeat Chicago.

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

swamprat69er
12-08-2011, 01:03 PM
We do the pressies for Christmas the night before and then cook and devour the turkey on Christmas day.

Merry Christmas everybody!

tambor198
12-08-2011, 01:45 PM
Originally posted by Yooperbacker:

Later I will watch the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers defeat Chicago.





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WernherVonTrapp
12-08-2011, 01:48 PM
I'll be working. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

tenakakhan_1981
12-08-2011, 01:52 PM
Well, I have a wonderful 13 days off over Christmas and New Year! My girlfriend is going to be staying with me for the whole show, can't wait, should be a blast. Not entirely certain what our plans are for New Year, but we'll likely be staying in Llangollen (Google it, lovely little Welsh river town) and bringing in the NY on the decking built over the river. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Hope everyone has a blast over Christmas and New Year! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

MWolfe1963
12-08-2011, 07:11 PM
This will be the first Christmas without my mom, so it will have some sad moments. She always did Christmas big at her house, dinner, presents, decorations, etc..and all the family met there on eve. Seems this year we all will do our own thing..

paulhager
12-08-2011, 08:25 PM
We'll be lighting Hanukkah candle number 6.

My wife grew up in a family that celebrated Christmas - strange given that her father is an atheist Jew. However, when he came to the US he found that he really liked the holiday and started celbrating it. To maintain the tradition, my wife does Christmas stockings. My concession is to do a Solstice tree on the 22nd. So, we effectively have 3 sets of observances in December.

Christmas eve, the family tradition is to watch DIE HARD - "Now I have a machine gun. Ho - Ho - Ho." We may be starting a new tradition this year when we watch RARE EXPORTS on Christmas day.

nvrsummer2
12-09-2011, 12:55 AM
Originally posted by MWolfe1963:
This will be the first Christmas without my mom, so it will have some sad moments. She always did Christmas big at her house, dinner, presents, decorations, etc..and all the family met there on eve. Seems this year we all will do our own thing..

Sorry to hear bout your Mom mate. Best way to keep your spirits up would be to keep up the things she would do for you on Xmas. But its you doing them for others. Something im sure she could be proud of.

WernherVonTrapp
12-09-2011, 06:41 AM
Originally posted by paulhager:
We'll be lighting Hanukkah candle number 6.

My wife grew up in a family that celebrated Christmas - strange given that her father is an atheist Jew. Forgive me Paul, but I'm having trouble with the concept of "atheist Jew". I always thought the word "Jewish" denoted a faith while Israelite denoted citizenship.
BTW, I'm Christian and we're lighting our first Menorah candle at sundown on the (I think) 20th of December. Don't ask why. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

HW3
12-09-2011, 06:56 AM
I'll be working, like I do every year, so the ones with family can have it off.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

cmdrmoosicvs
12-09-2011, 07:30 AM
Originally posted by HW3:
I'll be working, like I do every year, so the ones with family can have it off.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

When I was in the military, I did the same for my buds that had kids. 24 hour duties such as CQ (charge of quarters) or SOG ( sergeant of the guard). I was single and would usually get a heck of a home cooked meal out of it later on.

I'm sure this year will be no different than any other, mostly driving 100s of miles to see the vast extended family. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

Happy Holidays everybody!!

Wolferz
12-09-2011, 04:20 PM
I'll be hunting. Got my deer stand set up right next to the chimney and the runway lights are installed and working. Tower to SC 1...you're cleared for landing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

UssSpikefish
12-09-2011, 09:05 PM
I'll be just rolling into bed.

In my teen years I got...funny...about Christmas Eve. Lead to many long nights roaming the roads, away from my family. I don't know why,but I had no care to be at home. My family had a lot going on and it really pushed me away I think.


This year I think the party will keep me up late. I fully expect 17ish at my parents house for Christmas..possibly 21 total counting boyfriends, girlfriends and fiances...just on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day add 10 more to that for breakfast! Going to be a busy morning. These are all cousins, aunts and uncles, 2nd cousins, etc...but all very, very close. A lot of kids under 12 years old who are very excited for Santa to come too...I enjoy watching them freak out over presents.

captgeo
12-10-2011, 02:03 AM
Great Thread Tambor http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I will do what the wife and I do every Xmass since we have been together, stay home ,have the BIG BIRD with her Mom and whom ever else shows up,lol....we watch all those great Xmass movies like Die Hard's, Lethal Weapon, Assault on precinct 13, The Ref....ect.

Merry Christmas all,hope you have a great one.

MWolfe1963
12-10-2011, 09:07 AM
We know what Wern doe's each Christmas, he cleans the crapper out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...6HVs&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6aLiY66HVs&feature=related)

Wolferz
12-10-2011, 09:53 AM
After I get my freezer filled, I'll be heading down to the orchard to paticipate in a wassailing ceremony. I hope I can stumble home.

paulhager
12-11-2011, 10:33 AM
Originally posted by WernherVonTrapp:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by paulhager:
We'll be lighting Hanukkah candle number 6.

My wife grew up in a family that celebrated Christmas - strange given that her father is an atheist Jew. Forgive me Paul, but I'm having trouble with the concept of "atheist Jew". I always thought the word "Jewish" denoted a faith while Israelite denoted citizenship.
BTW, I'm Christian and we're lighting our first Menorah candle at sundown on the (I think) 20th of December. Don't ask why. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

"Jew" in this sense, is cultural/ethnic. (Note - there is also a genetic component but discussing that would be a very long digression,) Cultural/ethnic is certainly the way most Jews use the term. Ultra-Orthodox may have a different view but they are a small minority within the Jewish community. One often hears the term "observant" prefixed to Jew to indicate religious versus non-religious Jews.

For my family, Hanukkah isn't about miraculous improvements in fuel economy. Instead, Hanukkah is a celebration of Jews protecting their right of self-determination. The Macabees kicked Syrian tuchis in order to exercise their right to worship as they saw fit. The idea of self-determination - including religious freedom - is one that found a home in American, so, I think it's perfectly fitting for a non-Jew to celebrate Hanukkah. I wish more did.

So, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.

WernherVonTrapp
12-12-2011, 04:57 AM
Originally posted by paulhager:
I think it's perfectly fitting for a non-Jew to celebrate Hanukkah. I wish more did.

So, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Thanks Paul, same to you. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
BTW, the "Don't ask why." wasn't alluding to my sentiments about it. I just don't have the typing wherewithal to explain it in any discernable detail.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-confused005.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Wolferz
12-12-2011, 05:57 AM
Spin the Dreidle... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Is that anything like shooting craps? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

Wolferz
12-24-2011, 09:08 AM
If anyone is wondering about the abbreviation...Xmas This is where it comes from..

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb295/Wolferz_2007/500px-Simple_Labarum2_svg.png

Greek Chi Ro symbol, the symbol for Christ, found in many churches. The mas is short for mass.
Xmas has been used as an abbreviation for Christmas for a little over a thousand years by more than one religious sect..

May you have the merriest one ever.

cgkstealth
12-24-2011, 11:53 AM
Very neat post Wolferz. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Definitely something that I think most people don't realize.


Story time:
I had a person go off on me the other day for saying "Xmas" instead of "Christmas." She went on this big long speech about how saying "Xmas" is like taking Christ out of "Christmas" and taking Him out of your life, robbing him of his day, being a bad Christian, yadda yadda yadda.
I felt like telling her off in return explaining how and why there is the "X" for "Xmas" and how it came to be etc, but I figured that in the spirit of "Xmas" I'd just take it with a smile. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

WernherVonTrapp
12-24-2011, 11:59 AM
Yes, I do remember (albeit vaguely) learning something to that effect (among other things) in Catholic Grammar School, or maybe it was Catholic High School.http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b456/archangel501/Smileys/cb08fdfc.gif
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Wolferz
12-24-2011, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by cgkstealth:
Very neat post Wolferz. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Definitely something that I think most people don't realize.


Story time:
I had a person go off on me the other day for saying "Xmas" instead of "Christmas." She went on this big long speech about how saying "Xmas" is like taking Christ out of "Christmas" and taking Him out of your life, robbing him of his day, being a bad Christian, yadda yadda yadda.
I felt like telling her off in return explaining how and why there is the "X" for "Xmas" and how it came to be etc, but I figured that in the spirit of "Xmas" I'd just take it with a smile. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

Very tolerant of you stealth my friend. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Besides, it just isn't fair to match wits with the unarmed. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

tambor198
12-24-2011, 04:43 PM
Originally posted by WernherVonTrapp:
Yes, I do remember (albeit vaguely) learning something to that effect (among other things) in Catholic Grammar School, or maybe it was Catholic High School.http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b456/archangel501/Smileys/cb08fdfc.gif
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b456/archangel501/Smileys/ff361252.gif


Someone likes Snoopy. Very classy...... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

swamprat69er
12-24-2011, 05:36 PM
Originally posted by Wolferz:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by cgkstealth:
Very neat post Wolferz. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Definitely something that I think most people don't realize.


Story time:
I had a person go off on me the other day for saying "Xmas" instead of "Christmas." She went on this big long speech about how saying "Xmas" is like taking Christ out of "Christmas" and taking Him out of your life, robbing him of his day, being a bad Christian, yadda yadda yadda.
I felt like telling her off in return explaining how and why there is the "X" for "Xmas" and how it came to be etc, but I figured that in the spirit of "Xmas" I'd just take it with a smile. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

Very tolerant of you stealth my friend. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Besides, it just isn't fair to match wits with the unarmed. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

My granddaddy always told me to never try to match wits with a halfwit. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Mescator
12-24-2011, 06:04 PM
Originally posted by swamprat69er:

My granddaddy always told me to never try to match wits with a halfwit. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

My favourite is;

Never argue with a idiot. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

WernherVonTrapp
12-25-2011, 04:45 AM
Originally posted by tambor198:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WernherVonTrapp:
Yes, I do remember (albeit vaguely) learning something to that effect (among other things) in Catholic Grammar School, or maybe it was Catholic High School.http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b456/archangel501/Smileys/cb08fdfc.gif
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b456/archangel501/Smileys/ff361252.gif


Someone likes Snoopy. Very classy...... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
How can anyone NOT love the venerable, original, Snoop Dog?
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Wolferz
12-26-2011, 08:37 AM
How can anyone NOT love the venerable, original, Snoop Dog?

I don't think the Red Baron likes him. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif