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Re: Should you EXPECT thanks??? by tucsonmike on 17 December 2010 10:55am
You should expect thanks and I would not send them anything next year, see if you can teach them a lesson.
Re: Should you EXPECT thanks??? by Loretto on 17 December 2010 12:55pm
Kevin made a decision three weeks ago that we would spend Christmas in Vermont. Sean no longer believes in Santa so we always said when that came to an end we'd travel. Couldn't agree more with Fran and Kazzz, family can be very tough and also take you for granted. That's what happened with us. We are the only married couple with a home on my husband's side, my family are all in Ireland except for my twin sister in Rome. Because of the nature of Kevin's work we could never spend Christmas away from his place of business. Last year was the first time in 17 years we did go to Ireland because Sean won the entrance to Newgrange for the winter solstice.

So I build up this whole dream holiday in my head of us 7 siblings with spouses and children spending Christmas together. It never happened, they all did their own thing.

In the US because we never went back to Ireland for Christmas, Kevin's family just took t for granted that we would always do it. We've had 35 people for Christmas dinner in the past! The first year I decided we would do a Christmas Eve get together and we would go to my first cousin on Christmas Day, his parents went into a huff and never came up from Florida. I wasn't spoken to for 6 months.

That ended the whole "lets get together and be merry" malarky for me. Its just me, Kevin and Sean. We have friends over and family members whose company we enjoy, but that's it

Best Christmas ever, we had my friend Dermot over with his family, played name that tune and then watched Eurovision winners from our childhood on youtube, brilliant laugh!
Re: Should you EXPECT thanks??? by Spursfan on 17 December 2010 5:20pm
Well, I'm not saying we don't have good Xmases, because we do. We both love the whole thing - I STILL believe in Santa, I have been to his tomb in Demre, Southern Turkey!! I put my hand on his tomb (which was broken into in 1087 and his body stolen) and whispered my latest wish list!


If we have small children in the house overnight on Xmas Eve, of course Samta gets mince pies and everything he would need to make himself a coffee - he's probably had enough sherry by the time he gets to ours!! - and the child(ren) put out carrots and a bucket of water for the reindeer. After they've gone to bed the mince pie miraculously disappears, an empty cup of coffee and a thank you note from Santa appear!! The carrots also disappear and there is usually bits of grass in the bucket where they have drank the water.

Last year we had Bethany staying over but she was too young to understand. This year we won't see her until the Monday after, and although Alfie will visit for breakfast on Xmas Day he is FAR too young to understand!!

When our own children were small, after most of the presents had been opened, one of us would suddenly need the toilet (wink wink) and whilst they were away, there would be a knock on the door and there would be Santa !!! He would have an extra present each and sadly, one of us always missed it. I can remember Sinmon saying one year when he was tiny 'Mummy, Santa came while you were in the toilet and he had your slippers on!!!' Hee hee!!

When our 2 eldest grandkids lived with us, it would be Uncle Simon who played Santa, having to visit the toilet 'just' at the wrong moment!!

Such fun!!

Tosun has his own sack of presents from Santa Paws (the cats have a present each from Santa Claws). We try to give him one present at a time and he LOVES ripping them open! But then he wants to go to the next present, he is just like a kid, I tell ya!!

I can't wait!!

Re: Should you EXPECT thanks??? by mrsteabag on 17 December 2010 7:17pm
Best Christmases: when Orion and I volunteered at the nursing home here in town and visited a 100 y.o. lady whose family lives at a distance. :)

This year is up in the air: due to the circumstances with Mrs. Teabag Sr., we don't know what will happen. I do know we'll be inviting Dr. Ben and Dr. Jerry. :)
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