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Christmas In My Hometown

Posted 03-27-2012 at 07:40 PM by caninemom3

I live in a small town in Ohio. Massillon at one time was a very, very busy steel town. My father and a lot of my school friends' fathers worked right here at Republic Steel.

Christmas was in those days and still is an event to remember, from a small town perspective that is. We did not have and do not have the fancy hi-tech floats for our Christmas parade like Macy's has. We had and still have home town folks who decorate their cars and trucks with Christmas themes and then all ride through the main street of town and throw candy to all the kids who are on the sidelines waiting for Santa while also trying to promote their businesses.

Christmas music rings clearly through the air and no matter how cold it gets, nobody's spirit drops. It is the same parade now as when I was a little girl. My mother and father would bring me to the parade to see Santa himself. When at last the time came for Santa to appear I like all the little kids today who come to the parade...
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Exhaustion

Posted 03-26-2012 at 09:20 PM by caninemom3

It is a Monday evening and I am sitting by the fireplace with a fire nicely warming my corner of the living room. My canine kids are all asleep. My 5-1/2 year old, Clancy, is asleep beside me. My 4-month-old baby, Hermione is asleep on the other couch and my dear sweet old man of 15, Wishbone is asleep on the foot stool nuzzled up against my feet and here I sit completely and utterly exhausted yet wide awake.

There are so many reasons why I feel this way I think. One reason is my current job. I have been a transcriptionist for nearly 18 years and no job has ever made me so tired as the one I have now. I just can''t figure out why I am reacting this way. This is just doing the same thing I have done for nearly two decades but never have I ever been so out of it by the time I finish my shift. I just dont get it. I honestly feel this job is killing me, yet I cant give it up. The money is too good.

I have been thinking so much lately about things I have no control...
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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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