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hey everyone! This year has been a mess, maybe you’d like to vent on how annoying your laws for this Christmas are, or maybe you will be continuing your traditional Christmas? Whatever it is put on here, plus I always love to see new ways to celebrate Christmas and new traditions. My family meets up at one of our houses and we have dinner, read the Christmas story from the Bible, sing, and open presents.
 

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And also what is creative way to implement Jesus into this celebration again
 

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Well for the first time in MANY MANY years Keith has Christmas off so I thought we would finally have a “normal” Christmas with everyone here on the actual day instead of celebrating it twice, but my parents will be hauling cows so still going to have 2 lol no if deal though. My sister and her family and my brother and his wife will come over for presents, brother will leave to have dinner with his in-laws, and we will have our big dinner. I was really hoping one of these does would go into labor so I could get out of cooking but doesn’t look like anyone is overly close. Maybe one of the cows will come threw lol
And of course the every day feeding just on Christmas and thanksgiving I get a crew to help me out. We really just keep it simple and it’s nice.
 

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Merry Christmas! Well this year..we are.hopeing to have everyone at a Dinner. One set of kids will.be here on the 22nd for a Christmas Dinner & gifts. Then Christmas day at my Moms , my.oldest son and his family + with 25 on that side...OH BOY! TALK ABOUT GOOD FATTENING FOOD...:cake:YUMMY! ohh...excuse me(blush) and gifts...
Then the 26th..my oldest daughter and family...for Italian food because we are tired of traditional & left overs:heehee:. But I end up cooking for all dinners...plus 10 dozen types of cookies and candy I make homeade.
:eek:mg: while attending the birthings of my wonderfully adept DOE CODE goats. All going to start delivery about that time!:shrug:(rofl):imok:...So everyone knows...I may be late..or missing during this time. But the food will be delivered by my biggest.elf!:neat:
So MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR. BE SAFE & ENJOY!
 

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7 of 8 of my kids will all be home for Christmas lunch, gifts and celebration. My daughter and her family live in Alaska but were down for Thanksgiving..where all 8 kids were home..plus family friends. A house full! This year we have two separate friends who recently have been widowed and we hope to encourage them to come celebrate with us. Its been a tough year and so we like to focus Christmas on the blessings.
 

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And also what is creative way to implement Jesus into this celebration again
My family always shares music on Christmas that has spoken to us over the year. We also light twelve tea lights in the the shape of a cross. It's quite magical.

My family does secret sister on Christmas Eve (like secret santa). On Thanksgiving we pull each other's names out of a hat and then usually (when there's not a pandemic) we go to a local general store and buy gifts for each other without knowing who each other has and then we do the exchange on Christmas Eve. I am so super excited this year for what I got my sister! It really puts the emphasis on giving and not receiving. It's our favorite part of Christmas.
 

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I honestly have no idea what we are doing for Christmas, my oldest brother and his fiancé are going to her Mom's Christmas, and my second oldest brother has Christmas off but the oldest brother won't be able to make it so we haven't made any plans:bonk: Very confusingo_O
 

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@MellonFriend our children do the same. With 8 kids and a son in law its fun..each draw a name and they spend their time thinking of their special person and find the perfect gift. When young they always made a special gift for their person. Its a good time for all. Dad and I tease about being included lol
 

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@MellonFriend our children do the same. With 8 kids and a son in law its fun..each draw a name and they spend their time thinking of their special person and find the perfect gift. When young they always made a special gift for their person. Its a good time for all. Dad and I tease about being included lol
That's awesome! I have four sisters and we enjoy doing secret sister so much. We are so lucky to have this wonderful gift shop called Mast General Store near us that has just terrific gifts for all sorts of ages and interests. Usually we make a day of it, and we will all take turns going into the store with our Mom so she's the only one that knows what all of us are getting each other. The rest of us wait outside or in the car if it's too cold and eat our packed lunch and just have a great time. This year because of Covid we were happy to find out that Mast has an online shop, so we just ordered our stuff this year.
 

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That's awesome! I have four sisters and we enjoy doing secret sister so much. We are so lucky to have this wonderful gift shop called Mast General Store near us that has just terrific gifts for all sorts of ages and interests. Usually we make a day of it, and we will all take turns going into the store with our Mom so she's the only one that knows what all of us are getting each other. The rest of us wait outside or in the car if it's too cold and eat our packed lunch and just have a great time. This year because of Covid we were happy to find out that Mast has an online shop, so we just ordered our stuff this year.
Wow I love that! That's such a neat tradition!(highfive)
 

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Well, we’re in a shut down again and the governor has extended the state of emergency through March. No groups of more than 6.

We’ll have Christmas morning at home, my Brother in Law lives across the field so he comes. We open stockings, do chores, then gifts and breakfast. After breakfast the kids play and so do we!

In the afternoon we’ll go see a couple of our closest friends and bring homemade treats and small gifts. Then home for dinner!

Honestly, this is what we usually do other than that dinner is normally an extended family dinner at my parents and Hubs mom normally comes for breakfast.
 

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When my parents were alive and my grandparents we would all go to grans home. A huge table would be spread for lunch and we would tell the story of Christ. Only late that night would we be alloud to open gifts. The gifts would be useful things not toys. Toys would be given at home.
 

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We had a beautiful candlelight Christmas music concert and caroling thing at church last night. The stage was lit with these beautiful wax LED candles that look totally real with flickering "flames" and everything, but the insides of the candles slowly change colors. I had them all set to change randomly at different timing from each other so it was really pretty. The audience also held small LED candles whose color changed randomly throughout the service. It was so pretty!!! My husband played his violin accompanied by the church pianist who is amazing. I read the history of each song before we sang/listened to it, which really added a lot of deeper meaning to the evening. It was a lot of fun.

Tomorrow night we're doing a Christmas caroling hayride with hot chocolate afterwards. Thursday night our church is having "A Cowboy Christmas Eve" service. Sometime this week we may get our goats and wagon out and decorate them all up and do some kind of little "Christmas parade" by ourselves at the golf course. If we do that, I'll dress in my elf costume and take the reins and my husband will go in his Santa suit and we'll just wave at the houses. We'll see if we get ambitious enough to do that!

On Christmas day my husband and I will at home by ourselves as usual, which is the way we like it. We've been invited to Christmas dinner at a neighbor's house and we'll probably go to that for a couple of hours, but otherwise we'll just enjoy relaxing at home.

We have a fantastic tree this year. We always cut a fir tree from our own property. We have a north-facing slope that I like to call our "Christmas tree farm" because it's covered in small-ish firs (although they keep getting bigger!). We've cut one from that slope every Christmas, but this year we were a little nervous. The terrible drought last summer and fall dried them out so many of them don't look very good this year. They're still alive (and I don't think we'll lose any--firs are very hardy!), but they just look faded, dried-out, and have patches where the needles are brown. But there was this one that looked full, green, and healthy, and it was just the right height. When I looked closer I realized that about four feet up it was cut off. So this was a tree we must have cut down years ago on one of our first Christmases on this property! (We moved here in 2011.) The branches under the part we cut had bent themselves upwards toward the sun and kept growing, and it was a very full, healthy tree! I almost hated to cut it down again but at the same time I figure it must be a pretty big honor for a tree to get chosen for more than one Christmas! It's almost a double tree and it looks spectacular. I happen to love asymmetrical trees and this one definitely fits the bill!
 

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I agree..GG @Damfino wheres the pictures. Sounds amazing
I.love your Christmas service ideas. So neat involving the history of the song. I would live to see your Christmas tree slope...and then the tree in your home.
I do hope you & your hubby get the goats out and be in a parade at your golf course. Im sure everyone would enjoy.seeing that. So bring on that Christmas Spirit and share it with us!
 

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When my parents were alive and my grandparents we would all go to grans home. A huge table would be spread for lunch and we would tell the story of Christ. Only late that night would we be alloud to open gifts. The gifts would be useful things not toys. Toys would be given at home.
i like that
 
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