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Christmas 2016

Postby lhb412 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:22 am

2016 has been a real dumpster fire of a year, but I'm trying to make my best of its end with a nice holiday season.

Just put up my kitchy silver Christmas tree with nerdy ornaments all the while watching MST3K's Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Tradition! dadadadadadadada - TRADITION!). Presents are almost all bought. Honestly, got kind of a late start because it hasn't gotten cold until this week. It just hasn't felt Christmassy, you know?
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:38 am

I agree about the year being a huge dumpster fire this probably the worst year of my life. As for Christmas having worked in retail for the past five years I've come to really dislike this time of year people just become unbearable which kinda ruins the holiday for me. I used to love this time of year because our family tradition was to go out on Christmas Eve with my grandmother and look at the lights people put out then come home eat and open up gifts but she passed away 14 years ago and I normally work on Christmas Eve. So now when I get out of work I go to my parents and stay the night then open gifts in the afternoon with my sister, brother in law and their kids.
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby Henry88 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:06 am

it will be this first Christmas with out my mother around and i miss her a lot,but i wont let that make me a Grinch, lest have some music.
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby jellydonut25 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:56 am

My 2.5 year old daughter is just starting to understand Christmas and Santa a little bit, so this could be a pretty interesting year...
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby lhb412 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:44 am

Henry88 wrote:...but i wont let that make me a Grinch, lest have some music.


Stressful at work, probably the cause of this eye twitching I'm having...

But still - gotta cheer up! Christmas! Went driving around looking at Christmas lights with dad and sis (something his dad did with him). The historic downtown houses had luminaries (paper sacks with candles inside) lining the streets. Almost done shopping. I picked up a traditional English Christmas Pudding at the specialty grocery! I've been looking for one of these for years! I'm gonna steam it and serve aflame with brandy as is proper!

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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby lhb412 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:01 pm

lhb412 wrote: I picked up a traditional English Christmas Pudding at the specialty grocery! I've been looking for one of these for years! I'm gonna steam it and serve aflame with brandy as is proper!


Did this last night - lighted brandy and all - and it did not dissapoint! Might have to buy another one before the end of the season.
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby klen7 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:51 pm

Got all the Christmas gifts bought. Still need to wrap them. The tree is up and decorated, but the stockings still need to be hung. So I'm most of the way ready.

My daughter is 4 and she has been learning a lot of Christmas carols at school, so she's been bringing the Christmas spirit to our house this year. It's pretty cool.
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby lhb412 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:24 pm

Merry Christmas everybody.

I wish you all the happiest of holidays, and to truly do that you must open up your heart and let the Patrick Swayze Christmas in...

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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:06 pm

It doesn't feel like Xmas. I mean, the weather is like 50 degrees out. The only snow is what's left from two week's ago.

Anyway, here is what my g/f and I got each other:

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And here is what we got from our friends:

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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby lhb412 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:10 pm

Dr Kain wrote:It doesn't feel like Xmas. I mean, the weather is like 50 degrees out.


Hell, today's high is 70 here! It's sticky humid, too.

Is that Blu-Ray of The Howling front Shout? I know they have an original cover, but I suppose most of the time they have reversible covers with the original posters.

Anyway, got all sorts of cool stuff: the new Marx Bros. Blu-Ray set, as well as Blus of The Mark of Zorro ('40), Buckaroo Banzai, Only Yesterday, Double Indemnity, and the Japanese release of King Kong ('76); The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History; the latest Carl Barks and Don Rosa collections from Fantagraphics; David Bowie 2017 Calendar (to banish 2016 away forever); one of those nice Costco blankets (if you have one you know how great they are); and some new Godzilla toys from Medicom - Hedorah (by Bear Model) and Anguirus (by Marusan)!

My sister surprised me with an awesome Steven Universe shirt (which I'm wearing right now), and two Ghibli 'Art of' books (Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky!)

Maybe the niftiest gift is an awesome book of 3-D illustrations by cartoonist Jim Woodring. Wooding even designed the glasses! It's some amazing freaky stuff!

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But what's even better than getting gifts is giving them, and I'm happy to say that everyone seems to like their gifts a lot. Of course, my Mom gets teary when you get her anything, but I was surprised when Dad got emotional when I gave him a book of historical photographs of his hometown!
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Dec 25, 2016 4:07 pm

lhb412 wrote:Is that Blu-Ray of The Howling front Shout? I know they have an original cover, but I suppose most of the time they have reversible covers with the original posters.


Yes and yes. I always swap the covers to go with the original poster art:

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BTW, did you get the Double Indemnity BD that included the post cards and stuff?
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby lhb412 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 5:01 pm

^Nah, I got the newer reissue that's just the disc.

BTW, I had a monthlong quest to get the new Bugs Bunny as Brunehilda (from 'What's Opera, Doc?') ornament and ended up hitting every Hallmark store in the county a couple of times but it was always sold out. Got some nifty retro glass ornaments from Dillards, though; all pink and gold and mint green (I like a certain amount of kitch in my ornaments - classy white ornaments are lame!).
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:51 pm

I had Christmas at my parents house today with my family. It was nice we had a nice brunch though I didn't eat a lot I've been feeling under the weather recently.

As for gifts I got the following:

-$25 Amazon Gift Card from my Sister, Brother In Law and the nieces and Nephews
-$50 Best Buy Card from my parents
-Two of thos chocolate oranges which I might not eat because they're dark chocolate and I'm not the biggest fan of dark chocolate
-Cloths including socks, boxers and a new hoodie
-Gloves the kind that you can still use your smart device while using
-Game of Thrones Season 6 BD
-Some instant lotto tickets which I won $40 on
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:13 am

Kids had a great day, that's all the matters to me. Christmas has been a little off for me in recent years, with the move to Texas and the weather here being so different, and not having any family in town...but as my kids are getting older and older and beginning to understand Christmas more and more, the magic is returning, and I'm appreciating that more than anything.


And also y'know, I got some fun stuff...like a Godzilla hoodie and tickets to see Book of Mormon and Exploding Kittens and just a lot of cool/fun stuff.
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Re: Christmas 2016

Postby DannyBeane » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:45 pm

Meh, the less said the better.
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