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Old 12-21-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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The other Christmas thread made me start this one.

I want to hear some stories about your fondest Christmas memory.

I'll start:

I think I was about 8 or 9 yrs old. Santa Clause brought me my very first BB gun !! I was stoked and ready to get outside and go to war!!

However, I was sick at the time and my Mom put the kybosh on that idea.

After Xmas dinner that day, my parents and older brother decided to go visit the neighbors that lived just 3 doors down the street and my Dad decided that I was a big boy and was able to stay alone for an hour or two until they returned. No worries, I was well armed with my new BB gun.

Being alone in the house, I amuzed myself with the Lionel Electric train set for awhile, but that BB gun kept calling my name, over, and over.

I recall loading a few BB's into the gun and convincing myself to take a shot - my first shot. But what to shoot? I was told to stay inside close to the phone and I knew I could not ignore my Dads instructions.

I looked around for a target, and for some bizarro reason, decided to take out "just one" ornament that was hanging on the Christmas tree.

Well, I missed with my first shot and heard the BB richochet off the plaster wall of the living room. So I tried again, and again, and again. It was like a rapid fire combat mission and all heck broke loose.

Lemme tell you - War is Hell - and there were many innocent victims - including most of the ornaments on the tree and a good number of lights (the big old bulbous ones that really made a loud pop when hit by a BB).

Honest to God - I was so proud of my marksmenship skills that I did not even consider the consequences of my actions.

I was quickly reminded of the consequences when my parents returned home awhile later.

My Mom went a bit ballistic and could not believe I destroyed her ornaments - some of them cherished family hand-me downs.

At that point, I thought I was about to experience a couple of welts from Dad's belt, but for some odd reason he thought the whole thing was hilarious and laughed it off (to my Mom's dismay).

I'm not sure if the Christmas Spirit had a hold of him (or the neighbors homemade wine).

p.s. - I don't think I got that BB gun back from my Mom until Easter.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:58 PM
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I'm surprised you didn't shoot your eye out, with all the ricocheting going on - LOL.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:07 PM
 
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Loved it! Here is one of mine...My last Christmas living home before I got married to my first husband, I wanted a real tree. My parents had an artificial one my entire life so I wanted a "real one"! Anyway, being young (I was 17) I thought we could buy a live tree at 8pm on Christmas Eve. So my fiancee and I go to the local tree lot and they were closed! (duh?). So being the fine up standing citizens we were, we liberated one!!!! Only to bring it back to my Moms and find out it is about 3ft. too tall for her house!

So we haul out the artificial tree and up she goes! It looks gorgeous because my Mom always had an amazing ornament collection! Christmas morning comes and my parents, myself and my fiancee open our presents and are waiting for my sister and her husband to bring and her baby over! We were all in the dining room when we hear a crack and the tree topples over. You see the tree was OLD and the "trunk" cracked and the tree fell over.

Now its about 11 am, and my fiancee is in the back yard hacking off the extra 3 foot of tree that didn't fit the night before!!!! We had it up and decorated before my sister and the baby arrived, and spent the whole day retelling our 2 for 1 Christmas tree story! It was truly a first for ALL of us!
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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Sneaking to the top of the stairs around midnight awaiting the next morning because I had asked for an atari and distinctly hearing the sounds of Combat! Too bad I wasn't a bit younger, I might have thought it was Santa playing it.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:28 PM
 
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Sneaking to the top of the stairs around midnight awaiting the next morning because I had asked for an atari and distinctly hearing the sounds of Combat! Too bad I wasn't a bit younger, I might have thought it was Santa playing it.
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Pocono Mts.
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ha ha, my decision NOT to buy my son a bb gun was just validated...
and, LOL... ATARI?!

Ok, when I was about 7 or 8, my parents put a new wood burning stove in our house. It was a couple weeks before Christmas & we all loved it. On Christmas Eve Eve, my parents sent us off to bed...but a few hours later I woke up. From out of my bedroom door, I could see down the hall toward the living room and saw a red glow and some smoke. Worried, I climbed out of bed to see if there was a fire! I ran down the hall to the living room to see my naked parents, sitting in front of the woodburner. You see, it's the kind of stove where the front doors open, and you can put in a screen, to enjoy a romantical open fire... I might have put a dampner on all that romance. My poor Mom had to stay naked, my Dad took the only item near to cover himself... a wash cloth. Needless to say, I have never lived this down.

Merry Christmas, all.. and if you are ever in a similar situation such as my parents, keep a robe handy
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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ha ha, my decision NOT to buy my son a bb gun was just validated...
and, LOL... ATARI?!

Ok, when I was about 7 or 8, my parents put a new wood burning stove in our house. It was a couple weeks before Christmas & we all loved it. On Christmas Eve Eve, my parents sent us off to bed...but a few hours later I woke up. From out of my bedroom door, I could see down the hall toward the living room and saw a red glow and some smoke. Worried, I climbed out of bed to see if there was a fire! I ran down the hall to the living room to see my naked parents, sitting in front of the woodburner. You see, it's the kind of stove where the front doors open, and you can put in a screen, to enjoy a romantical open fire... I might have put a dampner on all that romance. My poor Mom had to stay naked, my Dad took the only item near to cover himself... a wash cloth. Needless to say, I have never lived this down.

Merry Christmas, all.. and if you are ever in a similar situation such as my parents, keep a robe handy
too funny...and a towel works too! Bet you still wish you could erase that visual! tehetehe
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:56 AM
 
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too funny...and a towel works too! Bet you still wish you could erase that visual! tehetehe
That would have probably scarred me psychologically for life!

I'm soooo glad I never caught my parents literally flagrante delicto or in other words 'bumpin 'uglies' in the night
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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yes, I am scarred. I can't even use a washcloth to this day.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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yes, I am scarred. I can't even use a washcloth to this day.
tooo funny!
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