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post #1 of 10
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The spirit seems to be a bit lacking these days! Stores don't seem to buzz with that happy-to-be shopping feel; the news seems to be all bad; everything seems to be rushed. Let's spread some cheer...

This season, I am graetful for:

My family is spending more time together and less time around the TV.

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post #2 of 10
Can't quite put my finger on why, but I'm happy.

My wish for everyone this holiday season is not for goods and services, but for happiness. We'll never know what will make us happy, so might as well just wish for happiness itself.
post #3 of 10
Great thread Jim, thank you so much!
I am usually at sea over the holidays, but asked for December off this year. Been a toughy, have several friends with cancer, have lost a couple, my IRA (carefully planned) is in the toilet.
But friends seem to be feeling closer, ones here in town and by e-mail and phone, those far away.
I too feel contented.
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post #4 of 10
my first born is graduating from Mizzou tomorrow at 27, it was a long road for him and he did most of it himself.

First wedding for that generation is on the 27th, there will be all kinds of family in town this holiday. I'm grateful that I get to visit with many I don't see on an annual basis.
cooking with all your senses.....
cooking with all your senses.....
post #5 of 10
Yeah Jim, you're absolutely correct. I guess for most (especially myself) this year (actually the last couple) have been an endless stream of swift and strong kicks' to the nards. And I'm all outta frozen peas.:suprise::rolleyes::look:

Maybe some of my own advice in another post is a good way to get things back on track.

It's hard to remember the "reason for the season" when you're surrounded by all the doom and gloom and get run over by an endless amount of folks that are even more grumpy than you. Yet it's not impossible so........

What I am grateful for is my family (all of them! Even my pain in the arse brother), a handful of very close friends and neighbors, the fact that I wake up breathing every morning and good company here to nudge us into remembering what we need to. Thanks Jim!
post #6 of 10
I too am grateful for my family; my incredible Dad who at 82 is healthy and happy, all of my brothers and sisters and their kids and grandkids, a couple of friends who during this past year had some pretty tough times and things seem to making a turn for the better for them. My wish for all who are here is a Merry & safe Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!
post #7 of 10
Happy when I wake in the morning and see all that God has given all of us.
post #8 of 10
wow, havn't seen cyber hugs since I was a mod for aol, a million years ago.

Last year, this time, I was recovering from two surgeries; sporting a 2" x 8" gash and a 4" "circle" cut out of my back, both all the way down to muscle. I was really happy (:crazy:thx morphine! :crazy:thx vicodin:crazy:). When docs saw me in ER, they said had I waited another week to come in, they couldn't have helped me.:(

:bounce::bounce:I gotta say, every day I wake up that I am not in a hospital bed is is a wonderful, glorious, happy day!!:bounce::bounce:

I am grateful for my new lease on life, my wonderful, patient and tolerant wife, and the three precious boys she shares with me.

We are broke, struggling, and happier than we ever were. These tough times are just a little "tempering" that is forging our love stronger.

You wanna know something? This year we are not shopping for gifts at all, just cant do it. And it is the least stressful, nicest season I have had in a long time. :bounce:

Oh, for gifts we are giving five different types of cookies and a bunch of different jellys we canned early this year. So I get to hang out in my favorite place, the kitchen. low budget, baby, but I know no body gonna re-gift *my* cookies! :D

{{{{to all cheftalk homies}}}}
Chile today, Hot Tamale!
Chile today, Hot Tamale!
post #9 of 10
i am very grateful that my younger son has recovered from a collapsed lung and the surgery that went along with it. and grateful that he's finally gaining weight, so that hopefully he'll never go through it again.
post #10 of 10
Great thread!!! I can't list all I am grateful for, but here are a few of the top:

I am grateful, everyday, for my 2 year old daughter. After all my wife's pregnancy complications, and 4 "mis-starts," she is our miracle baby

I am grateful for my family and the chance to travel to Indiana to see them.

And in this economy I am very grateful that I finally found a job after being out of work for over 1 1/2 months.
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