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The World's Largest Christmas Party -- Again!

Posted 09-16-2012 at 11:20 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Tucked away in a dark corner of the Merry Forums is a discussion area off-limits to most the merry faithful -- a private little get away for the Christmas Crew.

I set the area up years ago. I was attempting to follow the advice of forum managing webmasters who ran big communities. We weren't big, by any stretch of the imagination, but I thought we'd get there and we would need a place to discuss all the thorny issues of running a public gathering place.

Alas, our deliberations over forum member fights, spammers, grossly over-opinionated posters and other nasty elements so often associated with Internet communities never really took root in our crew areas. Folks at Christmas, it appears, are altogether too nice. By and large we don't have many problems to deal with.

So our crew area has become more of a giant brain-storming area for My Merry Christmas. Our prolific Christmas Crew -- the very cream of our membership, in fact -- come by when they...
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Why I love Christmas

Posted 09-11-2012 at 05:52 PM by MichelleluvsChristmas (Michelle's Christmas Blog!)

1. The lights
2. The trees
3. It snows so beautifully in December
4. My house smells of cloves and cinnamon
5. Gifts wrapped in different colorful papers
6. Spending time with family and friends
7. Christmas music on the radio
8. Baking cookies and treats
9. I get to eat Turkey x3!
10. I get to see the smiles on the faces of the children I know when Santa comes
11. It makes me imagine what Christmas time will be like when I have children....
12. I get to meet friends who share the same love of the holidays as I do.


I could go on and on... but dinner is ready!
LOVE YA!
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More Than Just a Day

Posted 09-11-2012 at 12:20 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Over on Facebook I'm seeing lots of images and reminders of 9/11. Most of the sentiments say something to the effect of "Never Forget".

That seems a little too little when it comes to talking about that day. I forget how small my children were then and how young so many folks I know now were on that fateful day.

Maybe it makes me sound old. But I just cannot forget that day. And I think it is important we all share and archive our personal stories from that day.

Everyone has a personal story from that day. You didn't have to be in New York to be affected by it.

For me, the Internet makes the world so much smaller. And it was so true that day, too.

I was in Utah and it was a busy morning. I was preparing for what was called then my "Christmas Meeting". I worked for a retailer whose business was tied to a successful Christmas selling season and it was the biggest meeting of the year for me.

I was new with...
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2013 Thanksgiving Preparations

Posted 09-04-2012 at 03:33 PM by bigbearfla58
Updated 08-09-2013 at 10:48 AM by bigbearfla58 (Updates for Thanksgiving 2013)

Wednesday, Septembear 05, 2012 5:38 p.m. I just wanted to take out time today to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season yet to come.

Here is part 3 of my Thanksgiving Checklist
(see below)

21. Two weeks before Thanksgiving clean your dishwasher with 1/4 cup vinegar and 5 tbs baking soda.

22. Empty washing machine and dryer ready to wash up the linens and tablecloth the day after Thanksgiving and check for stains.

23. One prepared salad or sandwich to eat for lunch. I make my own chicken salad with celery, grapes and tarragon

24. Get a good nights sleep on Thanksgiving Eve and set up coffee maker to make a fresh pot of coffee tomorrow morning.

25. Two or three great cooks to help you out in the kitchen -- make sure they are GREAT COOKS who have at least 13 years of Thanksgiving experience


27. Two cans of Bar Keepers Friend cleanser to help you clean up after
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2013 Thanksgiving Preparations

Posted 09-04-2012 at 03:27 PM by bigbearfla58

Tuesday Septembear 04, 2012 5:38 p.m. I just wanted to take out time today to wish you all very Happy Columbus Day and holiday season yet to come.

Today I am re-seasoning my cast iron skillet and going over my Thanksgiving check list that helps me get myself organized now for Thanksgiving Day.

Here is part 2 of my list Part 3 will be posted tomorrow.

11. Make sure home and carpets are clean before your guests arrive

13. Variety of freshly roasted/toasted nuts, cheeses and crackers to serve as appetizers before dinner to give you more time in the kitchen

14. Clean and dry roasting pan with roasting rack for the turkey

15. Sharp carving knife and sharpening steel -- re-sharpen knives every 4 months

16. Large platters for turkey -- warm them up with hot water before carving your turkey

17. Schedule hair/nail appointments with hairdresser. Your dead line this year is
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