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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 24, 2011 9:35 PM CST
And the same wishes for the Whitinger family too! May you always wear the beaming smile we see in your Avatar.

Ann
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Dec 24, 2011 10:41 PM CST
Merry Christmas Trish, Dave and Children.
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LarryR
Dec 24, 2011 10:55 PM CST
Thanks, Trish. I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. When do the children get to open their presents, tonight or on Christmas Day?

Here is a table centerpiece I made for our dinner tonight. Everything is recycled. The tree is actually the top of a Dwarf Alberta Spruce that someone discarded at the local landfill. The decorations come from previous projects. There are three strings of battery operated mini lights that are difficult to see in bright light. I tried to photograph them, but couldn't get the light just right. You can probably see them better in the second photo, if you enlarge it. As always, thanks for all you do! Thumbs up

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Bubbles
Dec 25, 2011 12:19 AM CST
Merry Christmas to you and your family. We've just spent the evening with our family opening gifts and having dinner. It's been a good year.
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Dec 25, 2011 12:59 AM CST
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Dec 25, 2011 1:33 AM CST
Merry Christmas Everyone, we just got back from midnight Mass, it was wonderful!!! Smiling
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 25, 2011 2:56 AM CST
Merry Christmas to you all as well. May 2012 bring you peace, health and happiness. Angel Angel Group hug Angel Angel

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Dec 25, 2011 5:33 AM CST
Merry Christmas all!

My guys won't be up for hours.

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Dutchlady1
Dec 25, 2011 5:41 AM CST
A wonderful Christmas for the Whitinger family, and the extended ATP family.
Dave and Trish, you must no doubt be thankful for the 'return to sanity' after the hassles with the new owners of DG, and we are all thankful to you for creating this wonderful new virtual home for us.
I am thankful to have been 'adopted' into two other families this Christmas, having spent a lovely Christmas Eve's dinner with one set of friends, and going to spend Christmas Day with another set of friends shortly.

May all your Days be merry and bright!
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Dec 25, 2011 6:14 AM CST
Thank you Trish and family. Merry Christmas to you and yours and may all your plantings be fruitful.
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Dec 25, 2011 6:52 AM CST
Merry Christmas everybody!!

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Dec 25, 2011 8:01 AM CST
Merry Christmas Dave, Trish and Children
May your day be filled with warmth and memories
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Sharon
Dec 25, 2011 10:09 AM CST
Merry Christmas!
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dave
Dec 25, 2011 11:00 AM CST

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Dutchlady1 said:Dave and Trish, you must no doubt be thankful for the 'return to sanity'...


No doubt about it. It's been almost 2 years since the big ride began and it feels great to be back on a normal track for life again. Gardening and web development are two things that I'll always want to be a part of, so it's natural for me to keep doing what I love.

I am very thankful to be "back in business". We've had a great start this past 6 months and I'm really looking forward to what 2012 will bring for ATP!

LarryR said:When do the children get to open their presents, tonight or on Christmas Day?


We're a bit odd in that we actually don't give each other presents on this day! But we make up for it the rest of the year with big birthdays and presents randomly given. Our children would tell you that they are very well taken care of in the gifts department. Thumbs up
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 25, 2011 11:29 AM CST
dave said:

We're a bit odd in that we actually don't give each other presents on this day! But we make up for it the rest of the year with big birthdays and presents randomly given. Our children would tell you that they are very well taken care of in the gifts department. Thumbs up


IMHO the most wonderful way to go! Random gifts are ever more special & delightful. I tip my hat to you.

Odd? Nah. At least not to me.

I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Dec 25, 2011 12:04 PM CST
dave said:

We're a bit odd in that we actually don't give each other presents on this day! But we make up for it the rest of the year with big birthdays and presents randomly given. Our children would tell you that they are very well taken care of in the gifts department. Thumbs up


It may seem a bit odd in a worldly perspective, but in light of the day's true meaning it really makes the most sense.

Merry Christmas
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LindaTX8
Dec 25, 2011 12:25 PM CST
Merry Christmas. I don't see anything wrong with no gifts on Christmas...it's more important to focus on the true meaning of the holiday. Just had dinner last night with my DD's family over at the house of my DD's other family (her ex's mother and family...she's close to them). After dinner, they did the gift opening thing. And I know I shouldn't feel that way, but it just seemed so excessive, as far as the gifts for the young children. But not my business, of course.
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Dec 25, 2011 12:51 PM CST
I have also decided not to do the wrapped gift thing, now that all the children are grown.
It had gotten to the point to where I agonized about what to get for every one, and it took the joy out of the season with all the stress of getting the right thing, which usually you don't.
Now I don't have to go shopping in the crowded stores, what a blessing!!!
We just give them money or a gift card and they can get what they want, easier for us and better for them.
We still do the gift game where each person brings an inexpensive gift suitable for man or woman, then we draw numbers and steal from each other, that is a lot of fun and stress free. Smiling
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Dec 25, 2011 1:44 PM CST
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Aguane
Dec 25, 2011 2:11 PM CST
Bright and sunny here in Phoenix but not too warm. Beautiful day.

Merry Christmas to all ATP, Dave and Trish. Thanks for all you do to make this so enjoyable.

I was thinking just the other day about the tradition of gifts at Christmas and Hanukkah. Read a little about the Gift of the Maji. Very interesting to read about the tradition of giving gifts at Christmas. Seems to start with an ancient Roman tradition of giving small gifts at the New Year.

Some Christian's around the world have never given gifts by tradition.

Peace to everyone Angel
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