You best Christmas ever.

United States
November 18, 2007 11:10am CST
Hubby and I were talking about this last night and we agreed that our best Christmas was several years ago when we had all of his kids and my kids and all the grand kids, and even my younger sons girlfriend (now wife) crammed into a little apartment we lived in. After dinner and gift opening we all started playing Trivial Pursuit (even some of the younger ones knew a few answers). It was a Christmas Edition my daughter-in-law had seen in a catalog and ordered for me since I love to play Trivia games. We all got to laughing so hard at some of the answers and everyone had a great time. Now a days it is so hard to get everyone together as they all seem to be going in different directions but we still have that memory of all being together safe and happy for one special day.
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• United States
18 Nov 07
I have so many best Christmases...but if I chose one, it would have to be the year that I thought I would be all alone and suddenly the army decided to send my husband back home from Iraq a month early. So at 2 am Dec. 24, 2005 after a year apart, I went to the base and watch as my husband and a few others marched onto the field. Then when they said, go meet your families, I seem to remember running on air to get to him. I had not even put up a tree because I was alone and decided not to, so with him home and the next day being christmas...I hung a decoration on the closet doorknob and we put our gifts under it. So my best Christmas is the year I got my husband as a gift from Iraq and the start of the Christmas doorknob. He is back in Iraq again and he will not be home for any of the holidays, so I will close my eyes and bring him to me in my dreams.
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• United States
19 Nov 07
I think you win the prize so far for the most beautiful Christmas. I am sorry you will be alone this year but you will be in my heart. My son leaves December 10th and they say they may get to come home for a week at Christmas but then head for Iraq January 2 or 3. He will be there for the holidays next year and I already am dreading them. Keep your chin up, I know it is so hard but remember you are part of a very special family of people who will be missing their special heroes this holiday. We are all in this together and if you EVER need someone to share with please let me know and we will talk for hours on here. God Bless you and your husband and hugs and love to you. I will be here it you need someone.
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• United States
27 Nov 07
Thank you, and God Bless you and your family. This is our third deployment, can't say I am use to it, but I do know what has to be done in order to get through it still sane, LOL and you are right, it is a very special family...we see with different eyes, hear with different ears and our hearts are both broken and full of pride at the same time this Christmas, I have already sent tree over, ordered it from Operation Christmas Tree...then I went to Treats For The Troops and ordered him a big stocking full of goodies and a phone card...next week I will be sending him the rest of his gifts...I know him, if he gets them to early, he will tear into them with me not there to stop him LOL
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
18 Nov 07
Years after the gift, my daughter revealed that the best gift she ever got - the coolest gift, was a huge box of books that I gave her. I started in August buying books at the library for 10 cents eacha nd just collected and filled the box. She loved to read so she was thrilled when she opened the box, but years later told everyone that was the best gift ever. That made my christmas that year the best ever!
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@GardenGerty (96745)
• Marion, Kansas
18 Nov 07
You never know what will be impressive. You sound like the kind of person I am. And my kids are definitely book lovers. I have bought books already for the grandkids for Christmas, too.
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• United States
20 Nov 07
I never expected this many responses to this discussion. I want to thank all of you for your responses. I am going down the list to rate each of you a +. But time won't allow me to respond to each one of you at this time. I just want you to know that I have read them and think they are all wonderful responses. Thank you each and everyone.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
19 Nov 07
At first can you tell me about this game? I would really like to buy some game also for christmas since I love to play it when outside is cold and you can be all together at home. My best christmas was probably the last year we i was in my parents house with my fiancee, my brother, mum and dad. we weren't home for long time, just for two days, but if felt so good to be at home. also we were at christmas market in Budapest and it was very nice. Hope those christmas would be nice too, although I will miss my family.
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• United States
19 Nov 07
Oh wow, I am not sure where she got it. She said she found it in one of the (what we call "Junk Catalogs")that she got in the mail. I was about 12 years ago so I really don't have a clue where to tell you to look. It is in a small white box and you use a board from your regular Trivial Pursuit game. It is just a box of the question and answer cards. Sorry I can't be of more help.
@azimsay (545)
• India
19 Nov 07
For christi people only one festival that call christmas it is 25th December.That must be beautiful like Diwali festival so many lights are there in whole house star.Sweets making for each other.
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@usmcsgtwife (4999)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I think one of the best Christmas ever was when my husband then boyfriend was on leave from the Marines and saw our daughter who was three months for the first time
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@hemens (2)
• China
19 Nov 07
there is a happy time that I keep together with my girl.oh,she's lovely!
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@mykmari_08 (2466)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
You're absolutely right! I don't have grandchildren yet, but I also find it difficult to gather the whole family together in one place at this special event of the year. It would be great just like having a yearly reunion; but people have different plans. Christmas time is just around the corner and this year, my husband and I (together with our two-year old daughter) are planning to celebrate Christmas with my in-laws and the New Year's Eve with my parents and siblings. But just yesterday, he suggested that we spend Christmas and New Year with my in-laws. He feels out-of-place in my family circle. I haven't given my decision yet. Somehow, I can't push him to celebrate with my parents and siblings because if I get pushy, his tendency is to get angry; so I just postponed my answer. Honestly, I like being with my in-laws. In the past four years of being married, we've spent a couple of Christmases with them already. It's not despising my own parents and siblings. But in one way, I could relate with what my husband is feeling. Whenever we spend an occasion with my birth family, somehow the spirit of the event tend to evaporate. We become so busy preparing the food, wrapping and giving gifts; but after these things, I don't feel the warmth especially because we don't have material things to share with them. I really don't want to compare them but over in my in-laws' place, recipes and gifts do not overwhelm the occasion. What's important is, we're together in one place. Several years back, when I'm still in my elementary days, I cherish the times when we would go to my grannys' place and spend the holiday season with them. We even used to follow the tradition of hanging socks over the windows with the thought of Santa Claus placing his gift for us in the socks. But now, a lot has changed.
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
my best christmas is last year, all of the member of my family is here and where very happy, coz of that time i experience the first time ever when my family member is finally complete.
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@irene_27 (545)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
The best christmas for me would be those times when we celebrate it as a complete family. Each of us would bring gift to everybody and has a share in the food that's on the table. We really cherish being together completely on such occasions always. For the past two christmases, it's not that happy anymore since we have a sibling working abroad that can't be with us. For this coming season, that same sister will finally be celebrating with us but another sister who just recently went abroad for work will be the one not present again.
@lextoper (573)
• Philippines
18 Nov 07
I always has a best Christmas... and i want it to be best as possible. Spending my christmas with my family is enough to make the yuletide season complete. Although their are times that we fail to enjoy it because of financial problems in which is not good because the center of the celebration is Jesus, not the gift or the foods... but the thought that our savior Jesus Christ is born to save us from our sins. Thanks for opening this wonderful discussion specially christmas is already fast approaching. Happy posting!
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@GardenGerty (96745)
• Marion, Kansas
18 Nov 07
That is the kind of Thanksgiving my family has had for many years, like at least the last ten. Whoever can come does, we eat wonderful food, watch family movies, play board games or color or sing or listen to music. This year one of the scheduled activities is to go through old pictures that my mom had, and make copies on the computer. I will take some scrapbooking stuff, not that I do much of it, but I have some of it. We love games where we laugh until we cry. It will be the first time in three years that my daughter will be with us for Thanksgiving, and her birthday is that week, and so is my son's. We do not know where we will all sleep, but we will be together. Thanksgiving get togethers are priority in my family. My brothers, sister, nieces nephews, girlfriends, grand kids all go to my brother's house.