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Welcome to our newest member, TAlbritto
My name is Ron, I am a Christmas nut always have been always will be. I am first and foremost a stay at home dad that has an evening job at a retail/grocery establishment. After my second son was born I stepped down from my management position, so my wife and I don't have to pay for daycare. My wife is a teacher in the town we live, so people recognize us everywhere in our little town.
My wife and I have been married for 9 years. We have 2 boys aged 6 and 3, both are young Christmas nuts.

I have loved Christmas as long as I remember
from seeing the lights on all the houses, to seeing if I could stay awake to see Santa.
Christmas has been the one constant in my life it has always been there for me, through the rough times of my parents divorce when I was 10 y/o or my mother's passing when I was 16.
Everyone always tried to make it something special for myself and sister when we were young no matter what was going on. I now believe that is why I love this time of year more than any other because of the efforts of my family to hold it above any other time of year. I get to make the season special for my boys now, whether it be by playing the music decorating the house and yard or just playing the dvd's. The memories the season has brought have always warm and it is no wonder why I look forward to making more of these memories every year. My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story my favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. My favorite Christmas artist is Bing Crosby.
Well if I ran on a little bit I am sorry I am new to blogging, it sounds always better in your mind.
I will try to keep posting and making it interesting for all who read.
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Who Can We Look Up To?

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Posted 09-14-2010 at 09:51 PM by xmas365
Updated 09-15-2010 at 09:47 AM by xmas365 (I did not like original title)
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Watching the world today is just a window into selfishness I wish my children couldn't see. The world is so me, me, me, I worry about who my kids have to look up to as there heroes and role models. I know as a parent the perfect role model would be my wife and I but if you look through the eyes of a child they see the football player, the movie star, Optimus Prime. When I was growing up I had my role models, and most were baseball players, and hockey players. The first one I remember was Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox, he was my favorite player when I was a little kid, I couldn't wait to see him hit, and I finally got to see him play in person in 1987 at 12 years old at Fenway Park against the Baltimore Orioles the first ball that was hit to him he injured his knee and that was that. My father told me stories about how strong Jim Rice was, and how he went into the stands and picked up a kid that got a foul ball off the temple and ran him through the Red Sox locker room, years later I heard that is what probably saved that boys life was Jim Rice's quick thinking. He retired in 1989, and another role model from the Red Sox became Mike Greenwell, I had his poster on my wall, the Starting Lineup action figure, and I tried to copy his batting stance, he was a good ballplayer, but his career ended all to quickly. During the same time I had started following another star with a name I couldn't figure out how to pronounce, Mario Lemieux (Lem-you) he was a star with the Pittsburgh Penguins and his skills were absolutely amazing, I couldn't wait to see him play the Bruins, so I could watch him score a goal or set up another. He was and still is my hero, he won two Stanley Cups, MVP awards, scoring titles. But the most amazing thing he ever did was defeat cancer, in 1993 he was diagnosed with Hodgskin's Disease, and had to take time off from hockey for radiation treatments. It was only two years removed from my mothers losing battle with cancer, so this news had devastated me. Collecting his hockey cards, reading magazines, and looking at the box scores seemed to not matter anymore, I just wanted him to be healthy. He came back I believe two months later, he was behind the scoring leader 20 points I believe, came from behind and won the scoring race, led the Penguins on a record 17 game winning streak, and scored 5 goals in one game against the Rangers. The Pens didn't win the Cup, but Mario was healthy.
My boys will no doubt have role models, but I see so few choices now, you have this guy over here getting paid 5 million dollars a year but wants more money "to feed my family." This guy cheating on his wife every time he turns around, this guy getting caught with drugs, or this guy cheating at the game he was blessed to play. I can only pick a few guys out of sports I see as good roles models, starting with Sidney Crosby, he is 23 years old won an MVP, scoring title, Stanley Cup, and he always is putting others in front of him, like spending time with cancer patients, or just playing street hockey with a family whom he head just delivered season tickets to. I do not know to much more about these other two I feel would be good role models, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Maybe I don't watch sports with the fervor I used to but it is not the same any longer. I hope my boys will have some good role models (besides me) and have that hero that they can always look up to even into adulthood like I still do.
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