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Passing the Black Friday Torch

Posted 11-25-2011 at 11:54 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)
Updated 11-25-2011 at 11:56 PM by Jeff Westover

With every passing day I'm becoming Archie Bunker.

(I said that to my kids once and they said Who?).

I'm grumpy, I'm opinionated, I'm resistant to change and I tend to wax longingly for the past.

At Thanksgiving dinnner my older teenager children eagerly detailed their plans for Black Friday. Try as I might to get them to My Merry Christmas I'm unsuccessful and they had no real idea that Black Friday as they used to know it is no longer.

In years past I was content to get the kids up at 4am and head out the door with them to do some people watching and to go out to breakfast somewhere. I used to think that as a Dad that made me hip.

But this year when the retailers crossed the threshold of midnight on Thursday to start their sales I put my foot down. I'll do 4am. But midnight? No way.

Besides, we've long past the point where the main reason I went was because I had a drivers license. I've got...
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Pain of Change

Posted 11-04-2011 at 11:08 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)
Updated 11-04-2011 at 11:12 PM by Jeff Westover

We live in a sea of change in my home. With kids in various states of chaos -- age 25, 19, 17, 15, 13, 11 and 9 -- change is what life is all about right now.

And I don't have to tell any of you how hard growing up can be.

One of the elements of growing up is dealing with things that have changed beyond our control. Aubree, for example, still helps track Santa on Christmas Eve. That's in her control. Whether we get snow on Christmas is not within her control. And sometimes that is hard to deal with.

I had the other day my teenager daughters (which is code for "shoppers") starting to talk about getting up at 4am on Black Friday and hitting the stores. Like little old ladies they were waxing nostalgic.

I hated to throw cold water on them. But as this week has unfolded with Black Friday news it has become evident that the 5am openings of the past are just that -- over.

Now all stores look to either be open on...
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Howls of Christmas Laughter, Tears of Christmas Memories

Posted 09-25-2011 at 12:11 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

It is a brilliant fall Sunday morning and I'm playing hooky from Church with a couple of the kids who have come down with sore throats. You wouldn't guess that right now if you were here and could hear their howls of laughter on this otherwise peaceful Sunday morning.

Sunday is a no-TV-no-computer-no-video-game day in my house and to occupy themselves they have pulled out a now-vintage camcorder that I last used around the year 1999 and they are watching themselves as babies and wee ones. This morning Christmas of 1996 is playing and I hear once again their tiny voices from the distant past.

And the kids are laughing their butts off.

To be honest with you though I couldn't stay out there with these teenagers of mine. I watched for about five minutes before I returned here to my office and shut the door, effectively leaving the past for them to review this morning. Something about it made me a little sad.

As I was watching...
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A Clumsy Christmas Eve Remembered

Posted 09-19-2011 at 12:48 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

We have so many crazy memories of Christmas Eve that it is hard some times to account for them all. A neighbor next door to me reminded me of a moment I failed to tell anyone about -- because it was a bit embarrassing.

About ten years ago my son asked for a drum set for Christmas.

A wise elf admonished us early in our marriage to always clear a wishlist to Santa with Mom first -- if Mom didn't approve, Santa wouldn't deliver.

There was just no way my son was getting drums. He was eight, all boy, and prone to, uh, enthusiastic activities. We had not one but two little girls under the age of three and life was chaotic enough.

No drums. Mom said no. I said no. And Santa never heard the request.

But a neighbor did and a few days before Christmas, as they cleaned out their basement in advance of a house move, he brought us over a set of used drums. This good man was a musician with years of experience and when I...
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Our Ghost of Christmas Present

Posted 12-27-2010 at 12:36 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Every Christmas Eve, long after the children have gone to bed, he comes. The first thing on Christmas morning the kids look for is whether or not he has been there. They anticipate his coming and have even conspired to catch him in the act.

But they never do.

He is money in the bank. He comes every year.

He is not Santa Claus. He is John, an old friend of mine dating back some 30 years.

Our lives have taken different paths. We became first acquainted as green missionaries attending the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. We were there for language training, to learn Portuguese. We were both headed – we thought – for Brazil. Months later, after our group had all kinds of trouble securing government clearance to go to Brazil, we were reassigned to labor in Puerto Rico.

John and I got together once or twice in the year we were in Puerto Rico. But when we returned home around the same time we found each other...
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