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Travel inspires and brings a new perspective on life. At age 28 I took off for a SW trip which included the Arches National Park and the CA Pacific Coast - God's Best Architectural Design in the U.S..
Christmas can be stressful, especially when one cant afford to buy gifts for the whole clan. I hope this woman DOESNT choose to write a "family story". All too many times, theyre filled with bragging events to those that have to read them. If the woman has a talent for baking, sewing, painting, or anything else she even thinks is just common, there are those that would love a little something. I dont buy for my extended family anylonger as its gotten to large. I love to can various fruits, vegetables ,and presserves.For Christmas, I make up boxes with an assortment of these items, for each family to enjoy. My son in law was ending his long battle with cancer, and he painted each family a picture. It wasnt the greatest painting, but we all appreciated the effort and thought behind it. The grocery store offers various fruits on sale one can make up fruit boxes or baskets, which are much appreciated. Homemade fudge,jams or jelly's, candies,or cookies for those with a sweet tooth also work. Not real crafty, purchase inexpensive boxes of chocolates for around $5 each. It all depends on your budget. Know what you can afford at the most, divide that into how many families, and mix and match items to keep your cost low. Even a small denomination gift card from a local grocer works.
Lol! My comment was censored because I referred to President Obama (and to my own son) as a "Halfrican". At my son's Minneapolis high school, all of the kids who are half white, half black (or "mixed", "bi-racial", "mulatto" or what have you) refer to themselves as Halfrican. I thought it was kind of clever, but clearly too scary a term for the PC Police who run the Strib. Very sad.
The dad disowns them for how they voted? Somehow I doubt this is the wonderful Norman Rockwell family that the writer implies in the beginning.
There is a lot of anger out there over the last election. No doubt about that and it will not go away soon. The father will lose his hate at some point and then perhaps the whole family could discuss the real WHY father is so upset? This is not the only election. There have been many of them and most of them have left a lot of people hot about it. Let some time go by and then maybe, just maybe, the father will see what he has said and back off. It is a hope.
The father is the product of 24/7, 365 hate radio. I spent a week listening to it just to hear what was being said. These people are being lied to on a regular basis, intentionally worked onto a lather, building their anger to keep them tuned in day after day. The amount of truthful information that I heard from radio hosts featured on the Patriot was probably less than 5%. It was sickening.
The best way to save $$$ at Xmas is to shop for it all year. When we were first married and had next to no money I would start shopping for NEXT Xmas on Dec. 26! Just keep a plastic tub in a closet and fill it with gifts all year. It adds up before you know it. Also, sometimes really fancy wrapping is perfect to disguise a not so fancy gift like food, soaps, gloves, books, etc. You can get killer deals on high end wrapping the day after Xmas, then just save it for next year. Pet toys are inexpensive, and every dog owner appreciates an extra chew toy or two around the house. Make Xmas shopping a little hobby of yours throughout the year and you will take all the pain right out of it!
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