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    MapleHill: good luck with the continued drug weaning, that must be super hard! Fantastic results from the surgery for reducing the headaches. Hope it works to get it down even more.

    I feel similar about christmas in that it is mostly either christian or commercial and neither of those suit my values, but my kids love parts of it so we do it every year. They like the decorating, crafts, singing songs, eating treat foods, and going to festive events (our town has a creepy mechanical pixie display every year that they love). But they are not into the commercial or christian sides of it, so I just let them enjoy the parts they do. They do this about every holiday and will gladly appropriate anything that involves decorating, eating, dressing up, singing, or crafts.

    They 100% have always known that santa is made up and its really me and DH. But they love getting into the whole act, deciding what to leave as treats for us to eat on christmas eve etc., and they love the idea of us collecting up little surprises for them. We usually give them treat food they don't usually get, necessaries like PJs and toothbrushes, some little pre-loved treasures we find or a new needed item (DD11 has needed a ukulele upgrade for a couple of years), and experiences (DD6 went to see an ice show this week, DD11 is going to go a ballet summer school next year, and DH and I have Les Miserables tickets for next year). To balance it out, we also do a celebration of the summer solstice and talk about how the christmas date was moved by the christians so it was near the pagan (winter but summer for us) solstice celebration. And we try each year to do a December holidays unit study to cover all the different holidays and celebrations of all cultures and religions to finish off the school year, but we missed doing it this year.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    For anyone that wants a good laugh at the creepy pixies, this article has some good pictures of them. I can't stand them but my kids love them.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/c...nds-pixie-town
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    MHA Great on DHs improvement! I hope he continues to do better!

    NZ Those are creepy! The article mentioned nudists and a caning, but there were no pictures of that (thankfully).
    Theyre creepy in a way like... does anyone find clown faces amusing?

    My boys seem to like the festivities around the holidays too. Especially DS7 who has made some ornaments in his therapies.
    We went all out on decorating this year:
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    (That is a rosemary bush cruelly trimmed to a cone shape. If it is alive next week, we can plant it and I will have a new source of rosemary (the other rosemary bushes are sorta gone wild.)

    Tomorrow I will see how the boys do with ribboning the presents they got for each other, and Tuesday I (we?) will make cookies.
    But they seem more interested in the festivities than either spiritual or materialistic aspects of it. (Any reason to make cookies works for them!)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    I love your rosemary Christmas tree Alexsmom lol! To be honest, I hate Christmas trees. Always have since I was a kid. As an adult, when my big kids were little, I would wait until the last possible minute to put up the tree and take it down the day after Christmas if they will let me lol! Most definitely by New Year's though. Like I said, the only reason we are doing it this year is because ds specifically asked for it.

    NZ_Mom, those pixies would have gave me nightmares as a kid lol!

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    Thanks, MHA! We also didnt do the Santa thing, and this year explained to DS7 that he shouldnt mention it to other kids....
    It is fascinating the traditions we keep and disregard!

    To me it just seems wasteful and disrespectful of us to murder a tree so we can put it in our house with symbolism we dont even understand or observe. Fake trees don’t bother me, and if I had yard pines that needed to be culled, Id probably do that too. (Well, says the person who has let her tomato plants overwinter because it felt wrong to murder it when it was still producing.)

    Back to the holiday, Im thinking I will make a savory and a sweet kugel for breakfast / brunch, a mezze plate for lunch, and we may go to Chinese for dinner. Because isnt chinese what Jewish people do for xmas dinner? Its my form of rebellion.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    @MHA - glad DH is doing better. The last unit I worked on did inpatient detox for pregnant women. You guys hang in there!

    @AM - Chinese and a movie on Christmas. The theaters are empty and wonderful!
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    AM - Yeah, if we didn't have pine saplings encroaching on our septic field, we would definitely do lights artfully strung on the wall or something lol..... And, we still haven't actually done it! lol I'm trying to clear out a space in the living room (it's amazing the stuff that accumulates when you are busy taking care of someone who cannot care for themselves!) so that we can do the tree thing this evening lol! What should have been a 30 - 40 minute trip to the store yesterday took over 2 hours and my anxiety was through the roof from all the people at the store! It made me remember why we don't regularly do Christmas celebrations lol! It's bad when my extroverted son who loves going out and talking to people and is just generally very social is overwhelmed by the sheer number of people and is just ready to go home lol! I was ready to go home from the time we pulled into the parking lot. It only took about 20 minutes in the store before he was asking to go home. He normally isn't ready to leave the store, like ever lol.

    RTB - We considered inpatient detox for dh and we haven't entirely ruled it out yet for the last step down. He was on terminal cancer patient levels of narcotic pain relievers. They couldn't even give him the dose he is regularly prescribed while he was in the hospital after surgery. The computer flat would not let them give him that much medication! But he was somehow still functional on that dose and not completely comatose but still in pain of a 7 on a constant basis. He's down to about half that dose now. He just stepped down again.

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    MHA I hear ya on the people overload! Could you convince your son to wait a week and do the festivities then? For new years instead. You and your house might be in a better state.

    RTB Ooooh maybe we will see Cats! (Hubby would probably want to see Star Wars. I lost Star Wars enthusiasm when I saw that horrid one with JarJarBinks.)
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    LOL, next week is his birthday! His birthday is January 2. I'm sure he wouldn't care but Grandma is already planning on coming to our house so whether I'm ready or not, we are doing a Christmas celebration tomorrow. I'll have everything ready in time but some of the little details that only I would notice probably won't get done. It's something I work on constantly, being content with "good enough". ;-)

    Fingers crossed my oldest daughter and her boyfriend will be here next week for his birthday. I'm really hoping she can make it down. I'm honestly more excited about her possibly coming home for a visit than I am about anything else lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    RTB Ooooh maybe we will see Cats! (Hubby would probably want to see Star Wars. I lost Star Wars enthusiasm when I saw that horrid one with JarJarBinks.)
    Same - I think that is the last one I saw too. We were just ragging on the newer Star Wars - lol.
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