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Finding Christmas

Posted 03-08-2012 at 08:13 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Here it is early March and my Christmas tree is still up.

That sounds like the confession of a crazed Christmas fanatic but the truth is far less romantic. My tree is up because much of my house, my life, my websites (such as this one) has all been in a suspended state due to a family crisis.

I won't detail that event here other than to say I'm sorry I've been gone. It is easy to excuse things when you can claim it is a life or death situation but honestly, it hasn't been life or death, at least not in the traditional sense. It has merely been what some would classify as teenage drama.

I don't suspect anyone will understand that. But these are MY kids I'm talking about and they are simply the world to me. I know they have to grow up and I know they must assume adult issues at earlier and earlier ages. But oh, how I wish I could go back in time and preserve them for just a little while longer, locked in their innocence and purity.

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Life, Love, and the Everyday Family...

Posted 02-22-2012 at 08:03 AM by lauriebear

It has been a while since my last post and well I wanted to let you all know what I have been doing!!!

Believe it or not my husband and I are expanding our business. Yup, you read that right, in this crazy economy we have not only managed to survive but thrive. We are a small business, I still work a full time job outside the home too. I have all along. We are not really married hubby and I but we have been together over 12 years now so we haven't done the deed but we are in it together. I work in construction, it is awesome because it is so busy and each day brings a new issue I love the challenge construction brings!

Anyway back to building a business and making it work. We were never very big even in the crazy boom period we keep it nice and simple, but we decided to expand and merge with his brothers company, that will give us a total of 5 trucks and 3 men plus me handling the office. I am very excited.

Life is very funny that way right,...
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Snow In the Desert

Posted 02-14-2012 at 07:40 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

I am sitting here dejected tonight, you all know my dream of owning, and running my own Christmas store, I just don't know if I have what it takes. I visited a couple of Christmas stores over this past weekend, of course they happen to be a couple of the biggest in the state, with the financial backing of Yankee Candle and Kringle Candle respectively. I just looked around and shook my head, I don't know if or how I can compete with those two heavy hitters just over an hour away from me. I know "mom & pop" stores are a dying breed in this extremely corporate world, and I though I could make a difference, but seeing what they have to offer, just makes me wonder if I am dreaming too big, but what is life without dreams, and what is life without risks. I noticed when I was looking around, they don't offer basic things for Christmas all year long, they don't sell Christmas lights, or garland, which is stuff that could be used for parties, weddings, etc... They seem to aim for...
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One Painful Step Leads To A Rollercoaster

Posted 01-26-2012 at 08:42 AM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

I am 2 weeks into my injury time off due to my foot, I have only worked 5 shifts in the last month, with my surgery right before Christmas and now this. I am going stir crazy being stuck in the house not being able to do much of anything, and I feel a little depression creeping in, I just have no vim or vigor to do anything right now. I sit at home watch TV, surf the net, read the newspaper, etc... I don't feel like myself, and now yesterday with my foot taking a step in the wrong direction, I am now worried I may be out of work for longer, and the prospects of some sort of surgery may be the only thing that may fix this issue. I don't know about that yet, but the whole idea of the doctor prescribing the walking boot was to see if it would help relieve the pain. I don't know what the plans are yet, I am sure I will find out about them tomorrow. I am really nervous and scared about this, we cannot afford for me to be out of work even at 60% pay. I only have a week left of vacation time,...
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Battling Shyness & Anxiety Through My Eyes

Posted 01-16-2012 at 01:25 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

As most of you know I fight through bouts of shyness and anxiety, as my fight against those problems for 2012 is still in its infancy I thought it would be a good idea to explain the things I go through in depth, so here it goes.

1. Over thinking/over critiquing: As in every little thing I do or think. There is not a day that ges by where I have my head wrapped around a comment I say or post, that may be misconstrued as a rude comment, or insensitive comment. The friends I make I always worry that I am too quiet, or I don't make sense on the comments I make. It's a tough situation for me to deal with the things that swirl around in my brain, and have always found it easier to write my thoughts down, when I was dating my wife I wrote constantly, notes, poems, my confused thoughts in a notebook. It was always a struggle but it worked for me.

2. People laughing: Being someone who went to 6 different schools in 6 years, I had trouble making friends and was constantly...
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