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Old 11-24-2018, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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My wife and I will be in the middle of a 10-day Southern Caribbean cruise. On Christmas Day I believe we will be in Guadeloupe, which is a French Island in the Lesser Antilles, but we will be having Christmas Dinner back on board the ship that night.

Cruising during the holidays is quite special. Some of the cruise lines go all out, hoping to attract extended families.

One year I brought needlepoint ornaments for everyone. We hung them on our stateroom doors to make it easy to spot our own cabins amidst the long line of identical-looking doors.
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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I am "On Call" for the entire Christmas Weekend so we likely will not/can not go anywhere. One son may be in town for a couple days but the other will not. All family is outside the travel time radius in which I must remain for "On Call" status.

We are hoping I can get someone to cover my duties for Dec 22nd as that is the day my wife's family will be gathering 2 hours away. No volunteers yet..................
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Working in Azerbaijan so I'll do my 9 hours of work, come home and have some French cheese and Italian wine.
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:43 AM
 
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It will be the wife and me, with our adult daughter and maybe our adult son if he can make it.


Christmas Eve - Chinese takeout.


Christmas - Prime rib with roasted root vegetables, and a pecan pie for dessert.


The wife and me have birthdays the week following Christmas which we do not celebrate with meals as we always have a big feast on New Years - chochu pork, pork chow mein, chicken cabbage salad, three types of sushi, egg foo yung, snow crab, alaskan crab, and tuna sashimi.
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:08 AM
 
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Once again, I have no Christmas plans. I'm Jewish, I don't celebrate Christmas, and besides, my dad died on Dec. 25. I just lie low until it's over.
I'm in a somewhat similar boat. Though not Jewish, I do not follow a Christian tradition so the day has no religious significance.

Many years ago after I got free of really strained family obligations I established my own custom of pulling out a few old books from my library that I was curious about again and some music that I had not listened to in awhile and enjoying both in an usually quiet building. It's my custom that goes back about thirty-five years and I plan to do the same this year.
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Old 11-24-2018, 01:23 PM
 
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I'll be cooking Christmas dinner for hubby and me and various neighbors and friends that don't have anywhere to go. It's going to be an Italian food theme. Starting to make my list!
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Old 11-24-2018, 02:12 PM
 
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No Christmas plans and only bad memories from early life. This year will be the first time since 1980 that I don't work the holiday. I imagine I'll, like, eat normally. I wasn't raised in any Christianity so that aspect is irrelevant. Come to think of it, my favorite working holiday was 1979, when I waitressed in a Middle Eastern dinner club for 16 hours. Great food, belly dancers, customers doing the Greek dance around the tables. (Anyone remember the Averhof, in Cambridge MA?)

So I think Christmas will be just fine. I've never attributed anything to it or the observation, whereas Thanksgiving brings up feelings of not belonging anywhere or with anyone. As I would tell people at work regarding Christmas, I think we should have lights and food all year around, and some goodwill wouldn't hurt, either.
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Old 11-24-2018, 02:12 PM
 
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Just my husband and myself and a wonderful homemade prime rib dinner in front of the fire for Christmas Eve and leftovers for Christmas Day. (We usually get a three-bone roast.) We also have a NICE bottle of Cab both nights. We also always watch "A Child's Christmas in Wales" with Denholm Elliott for Christmas Eve, and watch the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol" with Alastair Sim for Christmas Day. We do love our traditions!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BTSQYdBuZY

(Sorry, could not find just the trailer for the above.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpbthuKFuFA
I love this! And also the written version by Dylan Thomas. I've been trying to introduce my family to it for about fifteen Christmases now but I always get down-voted. They don't know what wonderful word pictures they're missing.

Is stargazy pie mentioned in it or did I just see the story with illustrations one time? Anyway, it always makes me think of stargazy pie.

The kids announced at Thanksgiving that they are going to take us to an escape room for a Christmas gift. I think that will be fun. I've been curious.

I meant to bring up some suggestions for a choice of the three or so Christmas dinners we choose from at Thanksgiving but by the time we were done eating I didn't feel like talking about food. So all I know so far is that it will just be the four of us.
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Old 11-24-2018, 02:22 PM
 
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The kids announced at Thanksgiving that they are going to take us to an escape room for a Christmas gift. I think that will be fun. I've been curious.
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What's an escape room?
(I don't get out much)
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Old 11-24-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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Same as Thanksgiving, an everyday-type dinner by myself, though there is a better-than-usual chance my son might be able to visit this year. He's been vegan for almost a decade and I'm a pescatarian, so whatever we make will be fancy, but not include any meat or dairy. We both have some great vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and often try the more time-consuming recipes when he visits, since we like cooking together.

And, I did make some homemade cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving this year, even though the rest of my meal was decidedly "nontraditional." I'll probably do that again on Christmas whether I'm by myself or not.
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