Monday Night Thread ~ Happy Holidays!

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Unread postby Liz » Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:34 am

Lucky13 wrote: We've come to appreciate that it's not about gifts, but rather time with those we love.

That's what it's all about, Lucky13!
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Unread postby Jackslady » Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:13 pm

Liz wrote:
Jackslady wrote:It's very interesting reading about how everyone celebrates!

I'm a window dresser and Christmas begins for us in August, when my boss (along with input from the team) designs the scheme for our windows. There are four of us to dress 27 windows, it is incredibly hectic and suprisingly demanding! I could be working on anything from high-end fashion mannequin dressing to being presented with various kettles/toasters and vacuum cleaners and told to make them "look festive"! Sometimes if the store director dislikes a particular window for whatever reason, the whole thing will have to be taken apart and done again - this happened to me this year with two windows. However, on the plus side this year I got to do our biggest window, which is like a room set showcasing a bedroom, a dining area and a living room. I did the bedroom like a little girl's room - pink bed linen, cuddly toys and a party dress hanging on the chest of drawers, that was great fun. I was very excited to be given the opportunity!

I will be working on and off throughout Christmas as our store goes into the sale and we gradually strip out every window for the sale banners. I don't have any family so Christmas can be a bit strange but I have developed my own strategy for it. In England we have Boxing Day following Christmas Day, and that is my day for me. I will get up late, go for a walk, cook myself a big dinner, open a bottle of wine and listen to my favourite music. Then I will probably watch Johnny in something on DVD. I have bought some new books to read and have wrapped them so I have a present to open, sounds crazy but it works! Kind friends often ask me to spend time with them, but I have to say with so much Christmas in the store, any holiday I do have tends to be low-key.

Probably because I get so much glitz and glam at work, my choice of Christmas decorations at home is very traditional. My favourite item is a little white fairy made from feathers that my Mom bought many years ago. She always sits on top of my tree. My second most favourite item is a Celtic nativity set, a replica of one similar found in a Scottish church and believed to be over 900 years old. The pieces depict the Holy family, along with the Kings, the Shepherds and an ox and a lamb. I always place this on my hearth where it reminds me of what Christmas means.

Peace to all, wherever you are, all over the world and my best wishes for a wonderful 2007.

Jackslady, I always thought window dressing would be a fun occupation. :cool: And your Christmas decorations sound very interesting. I wish I could see them.

Our windows are always photographed and when I get my copies I'll post a couple here if you like!

DarkAngel, I'm sorry Christmas is a difficult time for you, I think many people find it hard, I know I do. I try not to put too much pressure on myself to enjoy everything - each year there's things I find I enjoy more than I expected to, and things I expected to enjoy, but I didn't. Perhaps because I work in a shop, I'm acutely aware of how commercialised Christmas has become these days - whether one is a Christian or not, I think a lot of people feel the true meaning of Christmas is evaporating. The most important things in life cannot be bought. For those who will be spending the holidays with family, don't forget to tell them how much you love them. I read this the other day:

I shall only pass this way once
Therefore if there is some kindness I can show or some good I can do
Let me do it now
For I shall not pass this way again

Happy holidays everyone!
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Unread postby lizbet » Thu Dec 07, 2006 5:13 pm

I know its not much comfort but we aren't the first generation to feel that Christmas is over commercialized! It all began with the Victorians when the middle and upper classes began 'adoring' their children and had money to lavish upon them. It began harmlessly enough with Christmas cards and the penny post, then Prince Albert brought the Christmas tree 'over' to England with him when he married his cousin the soon to be Queen Victoria, and then as children were more and more set apart and no longer considered small adults with small adult concerns there came the toys! As much as I really want to blame the Victorians, it really isn't until after the Second World War when the toy industry took off that things got outrageously silly on this side of the pond!

It doesn't really bother me though because I know it isn't going to go away unless we have a terrible financial depression like in the thirties and we don't want that just to settle things down at Christmas so I have fun all through the year looking for the perfect gift for the little bit of money I have to spend on each neice or nephew and then come December I'm pretty much out of the mall scene and busy with baking, cards & letters and wrapping the little gifts as creatively as possible to make them feel that they are more than they really are. Having my gifts all bought by the beginning of December isn't actually the best part - the best part is by being at home for the rest of my preparations - I don't have to listen to the bloody awful Christmas elevator music that's played over and over and over again in Canada anyway from the first of November until 4pm on Christmas Eve!!!

This works for me cause I'm on my onesies, tend to be a little on the organized side plus have a bit of a fear of large crowds! Yippie it snowed all through the night and has continued snowing today! I can begin my at home preparations "in the mood"! Hang in there if you feel over or under whelmed - at 46 I firmly believe any holiday but especially Christmas is what you make it so don't let the pressures of everyone else's expectations ruin it for you - carve out your own idea(s) of how to prepare for and spend the holidays. It may take some time and a few tears but trust me I am happy to have the malls decorated for Christmas on the 1st of November just as long as I don't have to be in them! Now to the kitchen - can you smell the gingersnaps?!!?
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Dec 07, 2006 8:32 pm

:hug: lizbet, what wonderful advice! I can definitely smell those gingersnaps! :omg:
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