The View From Here

musings by John The Irishman

Happier Holidays !

with 7 comments

A few years ago my wife – we’ll call her Lisa – and I decided that we would stop giving gifts to each for Christmas and other occasions.  The last couple years we decided that we would not exchange gifts with adult family members because we felt that the act had lost it’s meaning.  The kids still get gifts – cash for the older ones and presents for the younger.

As we were out and about running errands recently I couldn’t help but realize how much time is saved and stress reduced due to not “worrying about the holidays”.  It may not be for everyone, but it sure works for us.  People have obviously lost focus on what’s important here – you can see it in their eyes, on their faces.  We spend time with our families during the holidays like everyone else, but we’re certainly in a better frame of mind for what we DIDN’T “get” this Christmas…

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Written by johntheirishman

Sunday, 24 December, 2006 @ 20:40 at 20:40

Posted in Holidays

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  1. I like that… I mean, don’t get me wrong- I look forward to presents for Christmas, but it’s not what it’s about (or at least not what it should be)! Very eye-opening and humbling thought… thanks. Glad I got to spend some time with you guys the other night!

    Chey-

    Wednesday, 27 December, 2006 @ 16:59 at 16:59

  2. Thanks for the comment, Chey ! It was really good to have you over the other night – Krista also ! Always a pleasure – as for P & T, welllll…

    johntheirishman

    Wednesday, 27 December, 2006 @ 20:26 at 20:26

  3. Hey, what’s that supposed to mean?!?!

    Snakeye

    Thursday, 28 December, 2006 @ 0:02 at 0:02

  4. Oh… you’ll be happy to know I’m up by 2 in the bowl-game pool. We still got the ND game to go; and I’m the only dude rooting for them.

    Snakeye

    Thursday, 28 December, 2006 @ 0:04 at 0:04

  5. also, check out what Astro wrote about blogging… may help you out.
    http://www.theastronomicon.com/?p=1381

    Snakeye

    Thursday, 28 December, 2006 @ 9:28 at 9:28

  6. We’ll take all the help we can get – we’ll need it ! Hey – I thought an FSU win put you up by 3 ?

    johntheirishman

    Thursday, 28 December, 2006 @ 11:53 at 11:53

  7. no, only 2 so far. we’ll see after tonight though.

    Snakeye

    Thursday, 28 December, 2006 @ 14:53 at 14:53


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