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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.
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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    A Holiday Downsizing

    I know just how you feel, Ron. Last year I had to cut out my best friends of over 40 years and their family because the funds just were not there. They are like family but since it is no longer just my friends, but now includes my two goddaughters (their daughters) a son-in-law and two grandchildren, there was just no way nor is there going to be this year to include all those people.

    Merry is right. The Christmas Spirit DOES indeed live at your home.

    Blessings, my dear Christmas friend xo
    Posted 09-05-2011 at 09:50 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    A Holiday Downsizing

    Regardless of the length of your shopping list, I know Christmas will be special for you and yours. The Christmas spirit lives at your home year round.
    Posted 09-05-2011 at 09:12 AM by MerryCarey MerryCarey is offline
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    Santa Claus & Me

    Nice. Well said!
    Posted 09-01-2011 at 09:01 PM by ballcoach ballcoach is offline
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    Fall-ing Through Summer

    Great blog post, Xmas!
    Posted 08-21-2011 at 06:30 PM by Seawaters Seawaters is offline
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    I Will Never Forget

    Ron,
    God bless you and your family. I was there my husband worked in the towers but was a lucky one who was across town when they hit, we lost so many friends and co-workers, I can't tell you the pain is still real and I guess I now really understand what it means to feel the world come together in love even though it took a horrible act to do it. Thank you, L
    Posted 08-19-2011 at 06:05 AM by lauriebear lauriebear is offline
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    Tornado Nightmare

    I just read this today - and I cannot even immagine what that must have been like for you and your family....although you've helped me somewhat understand through your words. You brought tears to m eyes, Ron. I am so sorry this happened in your town - and on the same note I am so grateful that you and your family are okay!!! God bless you!!!
    Posted 08-02-2011 at 03:26 PM by ChristmasHeart ChristmasHeart is offline
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    Emotional Debris

    Ron, I cannot imagine the pain all this has caused you and your family as well as your community. I am sure in some cases there may be PTSD - posttraumatic stress disorder. I hope can return to normal as quickly as possible for all of you and I pray that you and yours will be kept safe and that you will heal soon. Peace.....xo
    Posted 06-05-2011 at 08:32 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    Tornado Nightmare

    god bless you and your family xxx
    Posted 06-03-2011 at 11:23 AM by elf bazaar elf bazaar is offline
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    Tornado Nightmare

    Do keep us posted. It is gripping to read your experience, your reactions and raw emotions. I so appreciate your candor. There is much to be learned from what you have gone through. All the best to you, your family and your neighbors.
    Posted 06-03-2011 at 08:06 AM by Jeff Westover Jeff Westover is online now
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    Tornado Nightmare

    Ron as caninemom says - I really cant imagine what you, your family and town as a whole have gone through and the amount of strength it will take to get things back up and running again. But we are here for you and you have been in our thoughts over the past few days. I really wish I could do more to help - please let us know if there is anything at all.
    Posted 06-03-2011 at 03:07 AM by happyelf happyelf is offline
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    Tornado Nightmare

    Ron, I am sure the nightmare of what you and your family are going through and have come through will never leave you. I am so glad as are all your Christmas family that you and yours are okay. We are here for you if you need us. You will be in our hearts and our thoughts. xo
    Posted 06-02-2011 at 11:59 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    Lost Treasure in the Woods

    That would be a wonderful find and imagine the excitement if you did find it and had the opportunity to re invent it
    Posted 06-01-2011 at 05:54 AM by elf bazaar elf bazaar is offline
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    Christmas in May?

    I think daily how lucky I am to have stumbled upon these forums I think about Christmas EVERYDAY and I too map my year out racing from one holiday to the next until Christmas is upon the horizon then I want time to run in slow motion so I can savour every second, Starting in May even better
    Posted 05-24-2011 at 01:31 PM by elf bazaar elf bazaar is offline
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    Life Gets in the Way of a Blog

    Life doesn't get in the way of blogging---life is what blogs are made of. Let life come first, then let the blog posts follow when you feel moved to write about something. (And yes, MMC is part of life!) No need to feel guilty about not keeping a schedule. Keep on blogging whenever---we'll be here to read when you post!
    Posted 05-14-2011 at 03:44 PM by MerryCarey MerryCarey is offline
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    Life Gets in the Way of a Blog

    [B]Big ((((((HUGS))))))) To My Dear Christmas Friend, Xmas365 who actually was one of my mentors about blogging. Because you started your blog, I got the courage to start one too. My blog is just so much blah stuff but you did give me the courage to start !!! So glad you are my Christmas friend and come to think of it, I think you are my BEST Christmas friend here. I look forward to your next blog as your thoughts are always interesting !! xo[/B]
    Posted 05-14-2011 at 12:12 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    Life Gets in the Way of a Blog

    Great reading your blogs Ron! BTW I will be a stay at home dad in 2 years when I retire!!! hope you stay around until then..I may have some questions!
    Posted 05-14-2011 at 12:12 PM by gabulldawg gabulldawg is offline
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    Christmas Store Ideas Volume 1

    something i`d really like is an annex to my shop with a christmas style coffee shop i have the name (the fuzzy reindeer) but not the money or the premises!!!
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 01:08 PM by elf bazaar elf bazaar is offline
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    Christmas Store Ideas Volume 1

    hey I have a year round christmas shop and there is not one single day when I don`t love my little shop
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 12:58 PM by elf bazaar elf bazaar is offline
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    Christmas Store Ideas Volume 1

    [B]I LOVE your ideas !!!!!! I am so excited about this !! I hope there will be, maybe one or two Christmas polar bear items for sale ??!! I am so looking forward to this - you will be FANTASTIC as a Christmas store owner !!![/B]
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 11:32 AM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    Christmas Store Ideas Volume 1

    Your ideas sound great!

    How about an in-house Santa one Saturday every month year-round, in addition to Saturdays during the Christmas season?

    A special Christmas in July open house with eggnog or some other seasonal treat, plus carollers?

    Maybe a suggestion box for customers to suggest merchandise that they don't find.
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 07:10 AM by MerryCarey MerryCarey is offline

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