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Christmas Memories inspired by a friend

I have an invitation...share with me please...Christmas memories, traditions, dreams...your sadness and your joy, your favorite carol, your favorite recipe...whatever strikes your fancy...come ramble with me my friends....

I paroled from prison November 20,1999 and went right into a in-patient treatment program. my kids were still in foster care. I was giving permission to leave the center for Christmas day and was givin my first unsupervised visit with me kids that christmas... I have a picture of the 4 of us in front of a christmas tree at my mom's. I do believe it was the best christmas. I was home, loved, safe,and sober. Thank you for letting me share. Be well friends. Happy Holidays.

The birth of my beautiful angel. Christmas 92- Feb. 7,1993
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Old 12-12-2002, 06:42 PM
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The first Christmas after I got married again and I could give my boys everything their heart desiered after being poor for so long. This Christmas will be specail because I have a son that I can watch grow and will never be taken from me by evil. I'm not as finatually well off as i was, but by being smart, my kids will have a good Christmas. This will also be specail because I have people to relate to!
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Me & my sister always having to decorate the tree. My mom had (and still has) these beat-down ornaments from like 1972 and they are missing arms and legs and eyes and felt. hahahaha. They are so bad. I think I was finally in high school when my sister & I just fell out laughing about these ornaments and had to ask mom what in the world she was thinking with these broke-down 1970's pic-n-save ornaments. They werent even like things we made as kids or anything. We always just threw them in a box at the end of the year & then just took them out again. Oh yah ,and my mom's obsession with TINSEL. Cats always drinking all the water from the tree- knocking down ornaments. A few of them dumb enough to eat the tinsel and then throw it up. Always the cats in our house, wer are CAT people. My dad always buying (year after year mind you) 10 foot christmas trees when we had an 8 foot ceiling, then grumbling cuz he had to cut part of it off. hehehe.
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Old 12-14-2002, 11:53 AM
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Christmas cookies
Stocking filled with snowman poop, candy canes and chocolates
Pumpkin pie
The perfect tree
The ornaments that my great gradmother had
The ornaments that have been added to the collection as my children have grown
Tinsel that reflects the light and beauty of the tree
Mannheim Steamroller
The christmas bells that play silent night that I remember from my childhood
Christmas cards from faraway friends and family.
The crisp morning air that greets me each morning during this season that awakens my senses and lets me know that I am alive and that my HP is with me.
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This one is from along time ago...but........


The kids were little, the tree trimmed, all that....

one Sat afternoon my husband snuck outside went up on the roof and boomed down the chimney "HO HO HO, HAVE YOU BEEN VERY GOOD CHILDREN?"

They stopped dead in their tracks, eyes bigger than saucers!

After pondering it a minute, my son initiated a search and caught his dad coming down from the roof...otherwise he'd have gotten away with it....Son was very proud of himself for uncovering the ruse..........we all loved it and thought it was so very funny.
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When I was a kid we had this cat named PIPPY, she use to eat tinsle every year and it would get caught coming out the other end and we always had to help pull it out! We changed her name to Tinsle Butt!
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Old 12-14-2002, 09:59 PM
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Smile Christmas Joy

This Christmas will be one of the best Christmas's for me because after careful inventory I can see the promises of the Program coming true for me in so much grander way then I ever dreamed. My children and I are living in the place where my family lives, we are getting a tree and keeping life as unstressed and simple as possible. Tomorrow we will start making cookies and candies to share with our neighbors and friends. Thanks for listening! Love in Recovery, Jennifer J.:kisshug: :kisshug:
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This memory is from when I was a child, the fondest christmas time memories........

Watching the tree, christmas lights flickering,
Smelling the air, rich from the pine and fresh baking.
Feeling so warm and anxious to wake,
Falling asleep, hoping to stay awake.
Opening my eyes to be greeted with gifts,
So glad to be alive, so happy to give.
Running down the stairs, to hug mum and dad,
Remembering now, what great parents to have had.
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Old 12-15-2002, 07:21 AM
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((((((s-Henery and Jess))))))))))))). I remember the joy of actally believing in Santa even though I knew he was not real. I believed in the magic and still do! My favorite Christmas show when I was little was the Little drummer boy. He was so poor and was embarrassed not to have a gift to give the lord. He saw what riches the kings were giving and knew he could never give such gifts. I belive it was Mary who said "play your music and that will be te best gift of all because you gave yourself." I was so young, but I understood. I would sing to myself because I just loved to hear and feel the joy of singing. I would sing to the old people in the nursing home where my mother worked and they would be so happy to have young people there umong them. Ha, I sing to my children even though my voice cracks now! My baby boy actally gets up and dances o my singing! My favorite music guess is Christmas music and I do sing it all year long!
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Old 12-15-2002, 07:35 AM
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Opps ((((((((((((((Jenn))))))))))))))))! I always get names confused! I have to go down the list of names for my kids when I'm yelling. It takes me about 3 trys to actally get the name right! Ha, the kid who is getting into trouble will yell back "I'm not Olivia I'm Gabrielle". Then inside I have laugh because of my mistake and it takes the hot wind out of my sails!
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Old 12-15-2002, 07:36 AM
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AAhh, zoomer, that's sweet!
I wasn't sure I was going to look .......after Tinsel Butt. Don't post a picture of that, okay?

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Old 12-15-2002, 08:02 AM
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GG LW, Ha I ca't help but remember when someone els writes about cats and tinsel! I don't buy tensle for my tree as an adult, too much mess! I don't even have a real tree for fear of fire and I'm allergic to pine mold I think! Funny thing is is that I do have pine needles from the fake tree all over my floor! I think they took being reailisic a bit too far!
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Zoomer you can call me anything you want with in reason just keep on calling out my name O.K.!!

Love in Recovery,
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Old 12-15-2002, 10:07 PM
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aw Jenn I needed a hug tonight, how did you know?
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Old 12-16-2002, 08:46 PM
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Exclamation two hugs and kisses for Zoomer

the wonderful thing about this program of ours is that we become more aware of being kind to others and not being stuck in the "Me" sindrome. Zoomer you are special and me having 2 teens helps me to understand how important our hugs are to us.

Keep yourself close to us for the holidays,

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Old 12-17-2002, 05:53 AM
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Kiss, Kiss Jenn!!!!!!!! GG now I'm all in a panic because I forgot this was the last week of school! I thought I had another week! Now i have to find a way and money to bring my boys here for Christmas if they want to come! I put my foot down with smoking pot, so my 15 year old might not want to come. My 16 year old might want to spend the time with his girlfriend that lives up around his Dad's house! If they come, I have to find money to get them gifts as well! I was just going to send money, but I have none to send! Christmas came too fast! Time to talk to my hubby and see what we cn do! Iv been so worried about the kids here and their presents that I forgot the time and forgot about my sons! Guilt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~snicker~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I can have my boys here and teach them the true meaning of christmas. that is all of us being together, but they would know that I was being cheep!!!!!!!!! Where there is a will there is a way and boy do I have a will!!!!!!!!!! Juggling act time again!
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Christmas 1995, My first Christmas sober. sitting at the counter in my moms kitchen and laughing about something??? my godmother coming up to me in tears, hugging me so hard and telling me how wonderful it was to hear me laugh, she said she had not heard me laugh in years!!! that moment has stuck in my mind and in my heart and got me through some rough times in sobriety.

Merry Christmas girls!!!
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Uptight before Christmas, all through these rooms
alcoholics were stricken with holiday gloom.
They prayed, "Santa, please make us happy, joyous &free,
bring us candy and presents and serenity."
Greed filled their minds and envy their hearts and someone said,
"It's time for the meeting to start!"

"Does anyone have a topic for discussion tonight?"
Every face in the place turned wintery white!
They lost all self-seeking, self-pity and self-will
when down through the chimney came the ghost of St. Bill!

He chuckled and said as he sat himself down
"Call the White House and tell 'em there's a new Dubya in town."
Then he looked through a big book and said with a tear,
"Wow! No one rewrote this after all these years! "

Clean house, help your neighbor, be loving and kind,
and don't take the first drink one day at a time."
"How could a message as simple as this be
realized, analyzed and intellectually dismissed?"

There lies the reason this ghost has arrived:
to re-give a gift that has saved all your lives!
Then he set up a big screen and a DVD
so every lost soul in the meeting could see.

He played a movie of drunks at their best and their worst,
what is and what was when blessed and cursed.

There were scenes of a housewife passed out at a bar,
a respectable businessman wrecking his car,
a fight in a kitchen, a fight in bed,
a fight at a reception between newlyweds.

An empty bottle, a desperate man
alone in a motel with a gun in his hands.
He puts down the gun and picks up the phone
and whimpers and blubbers, "Honey, let me come home."

She hangs up as she tells him, "Don't call here anymore."
He reaches for the phone book and falls to the floor.
Somehow that phone book seems to capture his gaze:
it's open to a number under the A's.

Then all of the people in the movie converged
on the poor side of town in the basement of a church.
Driven together in a willing herd
to hear of hope and deliver the word.


The ghost of Bill W. turned off the TV
and said, "The first word of the first step is 'we'.
I suggest you start there and see where you go.
Be thorough and fearless, and please-take it slow!

Let faith set the tone, let love make the mood
'and as for a topic...how about gratitude?'
Just don't drink, go to meetings and pray
and be glad you're alive and sober today.

Be a good woman, be a good man
and be of service whenever you can.
Be a good mother, be a good dad
and try to be good to your kids when they're bad.

Be a good husband, be a good wife...
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good life!"
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