First, and most importantly, I'm sure you've all heard about Travis's house burning down to the ground two nights ago. *shudder* Everyone is okay, but his house is not. Will you go here to lend a helping hand? Please?
I don't know why I'm doing this post this way, but it seems I am. It's a little crazy, I know. I'm way behind on getting out and about on the blogosphere (feeling sorry for myself since Glenn's gone for 3 months, the studio needed a bunch of last-minute work, plus my writing goals are a little time-consuming this year).
So I'm just responding to the last post's comments in a post. I thought it would be quicker, LOL. A new post to follow as soon as I get around to y'all's blogs! :-)
I'm with Janey and Erica on loving a noisy Christmas, with lots of children around. There's a magic to that. When my mother married into an Italian family, I was in heaven on holidays. (Even though I was the quiet one.)
The on-demand thing that Kristin talked about was exactly what I disliked. I do love the sound of all that paper-ripping, Robin B.! Something about it...
I love RJ Keller's way: big-ticket items are done as a family throughout the year, and Christmastime is the time for heartfelt, personal presents. That's beautiful, RJ.
We did it the way Freddie, Sarah's family and Kath's sweet daughter did it, except everyone opened on Christmas Eve, and only the women opened their presents. (I don't know why. The men got to open theirs in privacy, which was fascinating to me.)
Melanie mentioned the difference between Christmases alone and with family, and Robin sounds like she has a blast making the visiting rounds. I loved the sound of the doorbell during Christmas Eve parties! Christmastime with people around is definitely my favorite. When I was growing up, my dad had a group of friends that came over every Sunday and holidays. We had parties and stuff, it was noisy and great.
When I was in high school, I'd pop by my best friend's house, and they played BOARD GAMES, which I thought was the Coolest Thing in the Whole World. And then they're a freakin' four part choir (not kidding, total Von Trapp) and I'd play piano and they'd sing. Totally awesome.
Meljean made a great observation about the LOVE directed toward the game. I think she nailed exactly what bothered me the most. It was startling to me, I have to admit. I do love my Kindle, sort of, and it is the best present (thing-wise) I've ever gotten, but... I don't know. WriteNow loves her cutting board, LOL, but I bet she really loves the man who gave it to her more. ;-)
I think that extreme love directed toward a pile of plastic and metal was exactly what icked me.
I agreed with Edie and Dube (and yes, that "kill" comment from the parent astonished me, too!), in that you could see some of them stop, pause, look at the camera and consider what to do, then continue with their freak-out. McKoala mentioned that she thought it was "pretty artificial and largely induced by adults who want to see appreciation."
Virginia and Charles brought up the commercialism of Christmas, and I think she's got a great point. I've been seeing a movement around the net (who knows if it will catch), of people getting rid of things and downsizing. I seem to have caught the same bug, LOL.
Barbara mentioned it, too: seeing as how the number one thing I wished I knew when I was twenty was that things limit your freedom, I'm not crazy about teaching kids that things is what it's all about. Stewart, you are so right: growing up, not ONE person ever told me that things limit your freedom. It's all buy this, buy that, and do you have a house yet? And Jill: yes, so funny! And true!
Colby, you crack me up!
Rick definitely wins the prize for providing the coolest Christmas for his son, ever: "I spent Christmas with the head of an authentic ninja clan a few years back, and talk about a fun Christmas!"
PS: You guys can totally tell me I'm crazy and should never do this again. I just thought what y'all said was so interesting!