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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.
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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.
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Posted 05-10-2012 at 09:46 PM by xmas365

As some of you have noticed I have a new quote on my signature for the forums. It is kind of a funny sounding quote, but it has struck a nerve with me as I have thought about it. I have recently discovered it in a cool sounding song called "The Feathered Tiger" it is a lyric toward the end of the song about a feathered tiger and the people who try to cheer up the tiger are basically telling him to be himself.

I have recently decided to be 100% me all the time, as a way to fight this anxiety I deal with. I wrote earlier this year on how I want to defeat my anxiety, and I feel this is the best way to do just that. I have struggled being me from time to time, I always thought of myself as not to good looking, not good enough, a boring person who cannot make small talk, etc... I have friends at work who have shown me I am good enough, and with that I have more confidence than I have had in many years. If I don't mention my wife here it would be wrong of me, as she has been my stone, seeing in me things I could not see in myself, I have always felt strong and safe around her, but it is outside of my comfort zone where my life has struggled the most.

I have recently embraced myself as being a leader/teacher where i work, people have been coming up to me asking questions of many different subjects and leading them towards the right way , and I have felt pretty good about having so many different people asking me for help. I have also have let my sense of humor loose, trying to bring the morale of the people who work around me up, it has been a very bad few months in the store for a lot of people, and if I can make them laugh and let them forget about the other things for a few minutes I feel I have succeeded. Not bad for someone who I think most people never heard me talk until I had worked there for 2-3 years.

I am really starting to like myself again, I owe my reawakening to so many people as I have shut out so many for most of my 37 years, a smile goes a long way towards friendship. I am confident again, not afraid to say things I wouldn't/couldn't say a few months ago. I have never thought clearer, never made so many laugh before, even strangers. I am so happy with the way things are going right now. I truly believe I will beat this again.

"To be yourself is beautiful, to be someone else is strange" is my mantra right now, as being myself has never been better.
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    this is great news. so proud of you!!!
    Posted 05-11-2012 at 04:13 AM by merrymistletoe merrymistletoe is offline
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    Good for you! As Shakespeare said, "To thine own self be true." It can be a hard row to hoe to stay true to oneself, but the rewards can be tremendous.
    Posted 05-11-2012 at 07:12 AM by MerryCarey MerryCarey is online now
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    You are a lovely, sweet, kind, witty, caring young man and I am proud to call you my "little brother" and friend. You should ALWAYS be yourself. The world needs people like you and is such a much better place when you are being you xoxo
    Posted 05-11-2012 at 07:50 AM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    Thank you all for the kind words!!!
    Posted 05-16-2012 at 08:50 PM by xmas365 xmas365 is online now
 
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