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Welcome to our newest member, PrincipalPankley
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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Posted 10-18-2010 at 09:20 AM by xmas365

I have been thinking about doing something with my professional life for a while now and I keep coming back to one thing I have been thinking about for a number of years now. Unfortunately it would be a seasonal type of job, only from maybe October - January. I would like to do outside design and decorating for the holiday season starting with Halloween right through Christmas then do the taking down of the decorations in January. I read about it in the newspaper, I believe 5-6 years ago and I have thought about it ever since. The job I have now would not be conducive to that schedule and hence why it is just a thought at the moment. I would probably have to have some training in electric work and that would probably take a few years , but I always look forward to doing my own lights and decorating outside, I nearly take a month to do my own, between inside and out. I don't mind working in the cold considering I work in a freezer where it is -20* F to 0*F many days, I spend hours in there. I think it could be fun, but would I start hating doing my own every year, because it would also be my job, or would I try to out do all the ones I get paid to do. What would I do for the other 8 months of the year, that is where I would be lost because I don't think I could live off those 4 months of the year.
I am thinking about these things as Christmas gets closer, am I just being an aimless dreamer or do I try to do something about it.
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    Jeff Westover's Avatar
    Speaking as one who has worked his Christmas hobby for years my advice is to do it -- without delay. Start small, keep investments very conservative and pay as you go. That has worked well for me and I've never regretted it. It may not support your life now but -- who knows? -- maybe down the road you'll have something to really grow.

    I'm a big believer in dreams.
    Posted 10-18-2010 at 09:35 AM by Jeff Westover Jeff Westover is offline
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    [B]Ron, I think it is brilliant !! If you ever do it, let me know, please because you will already have a customer !!!! And Jeff is right.....nothing wrong with dreams ![/B]
    Posted 10-18-2010 at 01:56 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    snowytree's Avatar
    Seems like you have already put alot of thought into it..if you have a passion for this type of work then maybe you could consider it. I spent several years of my life deciding to go back to school...and now here I am going to college. Never give up on the dreams, sometimes they can become a reality. Good luck!
    Posted 10-20-2010 at 01:45 PM by snowytree snowytree is offline
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