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Welcome to our newest member, elf princess
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 Time of Hope and Healing.

Posted 06-09-2011 at 09:48 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

Now that a week has passed since the devastating tornado destroyed part of my town, you can really start to see the heroes that have helped out this town be it the volunteer firefighters, the National Guard, police, or regular everyday people. The high school finally had its graduation last night (Wed.) and the Governor gave the speech to a great group of kids, many of whom used there own money to buy food for the volunteers, or just volunteered their own time to help people sift through the rubble. It is so refreshing to see the teens step up and help out when this town needed it most. A family in a neighboring town let a family that lost everything, use a house that no one was living in. It has been a terrible thing this town has gone through, but we will be stronger in the end.
As with any tragedy you have the lowlifes who scam the most down on their luck people at their weakest moment. There has been a story of a team of people who help remove trees that were knocked down by...
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Emotional Debris

Posted 06-05-2011 at 07:25 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)
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The pain and the sadness of seeing my town in the state it is in will not subside, I have avoided going downtown the last few days just because I cannot bear to see it right now. We were barely physically affected by this storm, but the scars left by what we have seen will not go away. Our friends and family that have lost their homes seem to be doing so well all things considered but I cannot imagine what they feel when they think about what has happened. My aunt says she feels like she is in a "fog" all the time and she has cried a lot. My boys are doing well, but JP was crying tonight before bed he was scared a tornado was coming tonight. LC doing his "drawings" says it is a tornado coming to "suck you up." This is something we now have to live with, for the immediate future, the scars on the landscape will be here for a long time to remind us what has happened.
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Tornado Nightmare

Posted 06-02-2011 at 10:54 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

I write this tonight as exhausted as I am, but an emotional wreck. As some if not all of you know by now my town was hit by a tornado, at most the damage was 1.5 miles away at it farthest, 2 houses down the closest. I was not home at the time it happened, I was at work when I heard of a tornado warning, I wasn't thinking anything of it at the time, in fact a few co-workers and myself were joking about it. The upper management called a meeting to explain what was going on, and what we were to do if we got word a tornado was bearing down on us. 20 minutes later we get the word to evacuate the staff and customers to the back of the store. I had tried to call my wife before that to warn her of a tornado warning had been posted, I tried to get through but all I got was a recorded message saying all circuits were busy, until I got through and left a message on our voicemail. We were standing in the back of the store, when we started getting rumors from people with cellphone texts that Monson...
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