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Welcome to our newest member, RMcGuigan
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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Independence Day Memories

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Posted 07-04-2012 at 08:26 PM by xmas365

July 4, it may not be a favorite of holidays of a lot of people, but for me it is #3 behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. It is the holiday of the summer, and for me it has always struck the right chord going all the way back to my youth. It has always been one of the biggest family holidays for us just like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween when I was a kid. The fireworks are great, but that always seemed secondary to the cookouts and other fare going on. My favorite memory of July 4 goes all the way back to 1984, we had just moved into our house right by Lake Paradise in the town where we live now, my parents were still together at that point and we were having a huge cookout with my cousins, aunt & uncle grandparents and I think if I remember correctly, some friends. It was also the first time I ever saw the Summerfest since we went downtown to fly my uncle's radio controlled airplane, which I thought was so cool.
I don't remember the foods but I don't think I would be guessing wrong if I said hamburgers and hot dogs, but it was after the sun went down that made that night so special. The first time in my life I saw fireworks in my backyard! I live in Massachusetts, where all fireworks not lit off by professionals are illegal, this was just awesome to me because I saw things I haven't seen since. My father and uncle bought a ton of "illegal" fireworks and lit them off that night, I remember seeing Roman Candles, bottle rockets, firecrackers, and a bunch of other things I can't remember the names of, I was in complete awe as a naive 9 year old. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to do that every year, not knowing just a few short months my parents would be divorcing. The excitement carried to the next morning, I got up early went out to the rainy backyard and picked up the empty "shells" of the fireworks because they were so colorful and tacking them to the wall in my room. That was the pinnacle of Independence Day of my childhood, the years would pass, my dad did a few more "illegal" firework displays after he got married to my stepmother. I saw many professional displays but nothing ever shone as bright as those fireworks from 1984, a blazing memory that will always be with me.
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