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FReeper Canteen - Christmas Cheer - 23 Dec 2010
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Posted on 12/22/2010 6:15:36 PM PST by AZamericonnie


~Holiday Cheer~

Last Christmas, grandpa was feeling his age, and found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult. So he decided to send checks to everyone instead.

In each card he wrote, "Buy your own present!" and mailed them early.

He enjoyed the usual flurry of family festivities, and it was only after the holiday that he noticed that he had received very few cards in return. Puzzled over this, he went into his study, intending to write a couple of his relatives and ask what had happened. It was then, as he cleared off his cluttered desk that he got his answer. Under a stack of papers, he was horrified to find the gift checks which he had forgotten to enclose with the cards.



A Letter To Santa From Mom--

Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter's girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't flap in the breeze but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, "Don't eat in the living room" and 'Take your hands off your brother,' because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don't forget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colors and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the in-laws' house seem just like mine. If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container. If you don't mind I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn't look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice cream in his pajamas at midnight.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don't catch a cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always...Mom.

P.S. - One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.



What To Give An Optimist And A Pessimist--

A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist.

Just to see what would happen, at Christmas time their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist's room he loaded with horse manure.

That night the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly.

"Why are you crying?" the father asked.

"Because my friends will be jealous, I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken." answered the pessimist twin.

Passing the optimist twin's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. "What are you so happy about?" he asked.

To which his optimist twin replied, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"



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To: Cyber Ninja
Good evening, CN! *hugs*

Merry Christmas!

51 posted on 12/22/2010 7:16:47 PM PST by oldteen
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To: Kathy in Alaska; All

Merry Christmas, TROOPS!

52 posted on 12/22/2010 7:16:57 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can...I earned my wings by flying into things....)
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To: AZamericonnie

Great thread, (((Connie)))

Hope you and T-man and the boy have a lovely Christmas together!


53 posted on 12/22/2010 7:17:03 PM PST by LUV W (Deck the harrs with bowrs of horry. Fah, rah, rah, rah, rahhhhh....rah, rah, rah, rahhhhhhh! :))
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To: oldteen

Thank you, teenie!
(((HUGS)))


54 posted on 12/22/2010 7:17:49 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: oldteen

Evening Teeny, Hugs.


55 posted on 12/22/2010 7:18:24 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: Tanniker Smith

And good evening to you Tann....winter break! WooHoo!

So....I gather your rather looking forward to a few days off? :)


56 posted on 12/22/2010 7:19:41 PM PST by AZamericonnie (No trees were destroyed in posting this message, but many electrons were terribly inconvenienced!)
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To: LUV W
HI D LUVVY! *hugs*

Hope they're not working you toooo hard! ;)

57 posted on 12/22/2010 7:19:52 PM PST by oldteen
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To: writer33

Evening writer.. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


58 posted on 12/22/2010 7:21:10 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: MrEdd

Merry Christmas, Mr. Edd


59 posted on 12/22/2010 7:21:46 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: oldteen
Me too! :)

It drizzled yesterday & cloudy & ominous all day today & finally the rain has started.

It always lessens in strength by the time it gets here.

60 posted on 12/22/2010 7:21:54 PM PST by AZamericonnie (No trees were destroyed in posting this message, but many electrons were terribly inconvenienced!)
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To: The Mayor

Evening, thanks for the inspiration.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


61 posted on 12/22/2010 7:22:31 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Hiya cutie pie....lots of snow your way? *hugs*


62 posted on 12/22/2010 7:22:57 PM PST by AZamericonnie (No trees were destroyed in posting this message, but many electrons were terribly inconvenienced!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Evening Kathy, Hugs.

Merry Christmas.

Pye unhelped me wrapping presents last night.


63 posted on 12/22/2010 7:23:36 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: SandRat

Evening Sandy, Hugs.

Merry Christmas to you and the family.


64 posted on 12/22/2010 7:24:19 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Hiya Tazilla! *hugs*

Fresh pot of coffee? Christmas cookies for a snack?


65 posted on 12/22/2010 7:24:29 PM PST by AZamericonnie (No trees were destroyed in posting this message, but many electrons were terribly inconvenienced!)
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To: sergeantdave

Merry Christmas, Sergeantdave.


66 posted on 12/22/2010 7:25:11 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: MEG33

Oh I’m so glad you can spend some time with your niece.

Well, travel at Christmas isn’t so great this year anyway!:)


67 posted on 12/22/2010 7:26:59 PM PST by AZamericonnie (No trees were destroyed in posting this message, but many electrons were terribly inconvenienced!)
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To: AZamericonnie

*HUG*
Hiya kitten.
It is snowing now, and it is very pretty.
Looks very Christmas card like.
Not a lot of snow expected, about 2-4 inches.


68 posted on 12/22/2010 7:27:30 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Hugs Taz.

The Same to you and yours.


69 posted on 12/22/2010 7:29:41 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: GulfWar1Vet

Merry Christmas.. Very glad you are with us.


70 posted on 12/22/2010 7:30:07 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: AZamericonnie

I am, too!
We had a wonderful all family gathering Thanksgiving.


71 posted on 12/22/2010 7:30:38 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: fanfan

Merry Christmas, fanfan.


72 posted on 12/22/2010 7:30:55 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

MERRY CHRISTMAS, FRoopers


73 posted on 12/22/2010 7:31:23 PM PST by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: MEG33

Evening Meg. Hugs.

Merry Christmas.


74 posted on 12/22/2010 7:31:33 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: Cyber Ninja

Evening Ninja..Big Squeeze.

Merry Christmas.


75 posted on 12/22/2010 7:32:18 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Evening QT Pi. Hugs

Ho ho Ho.. Merry Christmas.


76 posted on 12/22/2010 7:33:05 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Evening, Taz.
A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.
(((HUGS)))


77 posted on 12/22/2010 7:33:54 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Evening Schatzi.. Smooch.

Merry Christmas to you and the Real Mr. B.


78 posted on 12/22/2010 7:33:59 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: AZamericonnie

Hi Connie ... just beautiful!
Happy, joyful Christmas to you
and yours .. enjoy every second!
Hugs!


79 posted on 12/22/2010 7:34:21 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Soaring Feather

Evening Ms. Feather. Hugs.

Merry Christmas.


80 posted on 12/22/2010 7:35:31 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: LUV W

Evening Luvvy, Hugs.

Merry Christmas to you and Mr. Luv.


81 posted on 12/22/2010 7:36:17 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: MEG33

Meg, your post is so AWSOME! Thank you!

God BLESS our troops - near and far!


82 posted on 12/22/2010 7:36:22 PM PST by yorkie
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To: SandRat
I hope everything is ready and you don't have any 'light bulb' moment!

A VERY Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sandy!

83 posted on 12/22/2010 7:36:55 PM PST by oldteen
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To: TASMANIANRED

*smooch*
Merry Christmas to you and Taz Man!


84 posted on 12/22/2010 7:37:49 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: yorkie

(((HUGS)))Thank you, yorkie.

AMEN


85 posted on 12/22/2010 7:38:01 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: MEG33; onyx; potlatch; devolve; PhilDragoo

Meg .. that is absolutely breathtaking!

What gorgeous creations come from your
talents ... that is a feast for the eyes.

God bless you and yours for Christmas .. ;)

(Pinging those who appreciate graphics, etc.,
to see your masterpiece .. ;)


86 posted on 12/22/2010 7:38:04 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: yorkie
Well, good evening, Ms yorkie! *hugs*

Everything OK with you?

87 posted on 12/22/2010 7:38:30 PM PST by oldteen
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To: AZamericonnie

I just made a pot of coffee...Hot and fresh, can’t beat it.

No cookies.

I made lavender bath fizzies for my sisters...First experiement was a bit scary.. Got them a little too moist and they were “ alive”.

2nd batch much better. The tint dried lighter than I would like but I’m very pleased with them.


88 posted on 12/22/2010 7:38:38 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Sounds lovely.


89 posted on 12/22/2010 7:39:26 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: STARWISE

Evening Starwise, Hug.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


90 posted on 12/22/2010 7:40:24 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: yorkie

Evening yorkie, Big Hug.

Merry Christmas.


91 posted on 12/22/2010 7:41:05 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: oldteen

I just did.

I need some cornbread for the stuffing. Well, ... let’s hope that’s all that I have to run out for.

Christmas Joy to you and yours teen.


92 posted on 12/22/2010 7:41:08 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: STARWISE

Aww..That is so sweet, Starwise..Thank you..
May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.


93 posted on 12/22/2010 7:41:35 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: AZamericonnie; Kathy in Alaska; LUV W; BIGLOOK; HiJinx; TASMANIANRED; All

This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows waves from Lake Erie crash onto Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010 as the subzero air temperature causes the water to freeze in multiple layers, coating the entire structure in ice and making it virtually impossible for mariners to see the light. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard - Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)


94 posted on 12/22/2010 7:42:45 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Howdy Ms.B

Hope all is well and Christmass dinner is well planed out!


95 posted on 12/22/2010 7:43:30 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: BIGLOOK

Thank you for your words of encouragement last night, Big Guy!
*Little Devil Hug*


96 posted on 12/22/2010 7:46:14 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

What a stunning....and FREEZING!!!....image, Sis! I had seen
the news about it, but never heard what lighthouse it was.

Hope you are off for Christmas! (((hugs)))


97 posted on 12/22/2010 7:46:48 PM PST by LUV W (Deck the harrs with bowrs of horry. Fah, rah, rah, rah, rahhhhh....rah, rah, rah, rahhhhhhh! :))
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To: NYTexan

BB!!
*HUG*
I have to work about 4 hours early Christmas morning,
but don’t worry, we’ll have a nice dinner!


98 posted on 12/22/2010 7:47:56 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: AZamericonnie

Sounds like a plan to me...if I didn’t have to SELL anything! LOL!


99 posted on 12/22/2010 7:48:53 PM PST by LUV W (Deck the harrs with bowrs of horry. Fah, rah, rah, rah, rahhhhh....rah, rah, rah, rahhhhhhh! :))
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To: LUV W

*HUG*
Good evening, Sis.
I have to work Christmas Eve, AND Christmas morning.
*sigh*


100 posted on 12/22/2010 7:49:36 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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