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For the 2nd Game of Christmas...

09
Dec
2008
 

By Jessie

YouPlay gave to me,
An Alphabet Mix 
And a fun Code Cracker -yippee!

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I have to confess that for me, Christmas carries many mixed emotions. On the one hand I love the idea of peace and love and goodwill and family and giving - but sometimes, all those virtues seem impossibly idealistic, forgotten and buried beneath the stresses of the season and rampant commercialism.

So this year, I've decided to change my ways. Yes, it's December 9th and I haven't started my Christmas shopping...or sent out cards, planned a menu, put up the decorations (actually, there may still be a few up from last year!) Yes, things are looking quite grim for me. No matter, for this year, I'm saying farewell to all things expensive, souless and impersonal and embracing the thrifty, home-made and stress-free!

I'd love to hear your thoughts about Christmas - you can comment on this blog post by clicking here. How do you survive the so-called silly season?      

There's a second part to my "Celebrate in-Sanity"™ pact. If, over the next couple of weeks I find I'm tearing my hair out in frustration (over post office queues, traffic, bank closing hours, traffic), I'm going to stop, take three deep breaths, and then click on the YouPlay Christmas Calendar of Events.

I still have items to find in the Holiday Hunt, and Avatar Chris is adding more festive avatar items on Friday (don't forget to enter the competition!) There's also more exciting events due to launch next week - read all the details in our Christmas Calendar.

Plan your YP Christmas - view our Calendar of Events 

Jessie x

Fave Christmas Quote 1: "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph." - Shirley Temple 

 

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5 Responses to

For the 2nd Game of Christmas...

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chookie7 said:
December 09, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Hi Jessie common sense reigns in your choice, I reckon - maybe you will save your sanity by both parts of your Christmas plan - hope so, I dislike the commercialism of Christmas intensely, as well as the rush, stress and pressure it can produce, so for the past few years I've budgeted time and money. I buy some presents during the year and make the rest - more relaxing for me and more unique for the recipients of the handmade with love items. I also focus on the real reason for the season, help with charity collecting, and ensure I have time out for me and my family. That includes my YouPlay time, of course! Happy Christmas everyone :)

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December 09, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Hi, Jessie - I love your take on Christmas, it sounds like the real thing. No matter how we celebrate it, and sometimes it's important to be the host/ess to family or friends, as long as the goodwill is there, the trappings are optional. Good for you! And chookie7 - it's nice to think some people get it right. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas!

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December 10, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Christmas melts my heart. It's a very special time of year, for many reasons, and I just love it. I revel in the joy of giving and I love seeing the surprises on family and friends faces when they open their pressies. All my friends are saying they're not having a tree or decorations this year and to me, it just wouldn't feel the same. We're putting up the tree today(Mum always told me it had to go up on 10th December and come down on 10th January, why? - I don't know.) I can still visualise a time when, as a young child, I looked out of the window on Christmas Eve and saw Santa, his sleigh and reindeers - stopping at my house!!! I had just hoped that Mum and Dad had not forgotten to put the sherry and bickies out for Santa. Aah, the imagination and innocence of a child. I love the lead up to (including the rushing and preparation), the day itself, and the aftermath, which in my case is normally tending to the needs of other over-indulged family members, as I don't drink. It is a time of love and giving and I cherish it.

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December 10, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Christmas melts my heart. It's a very special time of year, for many reasons, and I just love it. I revel in the joy of giving and I love seeing the surprises on family and friends faces when they open their pressies. All my friends are saying they're not having a tree or decorations this year and to me, it just wouldn't feel the same. We're putting up the tree today(Mum always told me it had to go up on 10th December and come down on 10th January, why? - I don't know.) I can still visualise a time when, as a young child, I looked out of the window on Christmas Eve and saw Santa, his sleigh and reindeers - stopping at my house!!! I had just hoped that Mum and Dad had not forgotten to put the sherry and bickies out for Santa. Aah, the imagination and innocence of a child. I love the lead up to (including the rushing and preparation), the day itself, and the aftermath, which in my case is normally tending to the needs of other over-indulged family members, as I don't drink. It is a time of love and giving and I cherish it.

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Mimie60 said:
December 13, 2008 at 7:26 AM

I'd say Jessie sentiments are my sentiments exactly - Have a very Happy Christmas, I am also embracing the stress free, simple Xmas this year!!!