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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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To Be Yourself Is Beautiful...

Posted 05-10-2012 at 09:46 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

As some of you have noticed I have a new quote on my signature for the forums. It is kind of a funny sounding quote, but it has struck a nerve with me as I have thought about it. I have recently discovered it in a cool sounding song called "The Feathered Tiger" it is a lyric toward the end of the song about a feathered tiger and the people who try to cheer up the tiger are basically telling him to be himself.

I have recently decided to be 100% me all the time, as a way to fight this anxiety I deal with. I wrote earlier this year on how I want to defeat my anxiety, and I feel this is the best way to do just that. I have struggled being me from time to time, I always thought of myself as not to good looking, not good enough, a boring person who cannot make small talk, etc... I have friends at work who have shown me I am good enough, and with that I have more confidence than I have had in many years. If I don't mention my wife here it would be wrong of me, as she...
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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

Posted 04-30-2012 at 08:46 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

Okay, okay, here we are on the precipice of May, and just like every year I am starting to get the first real inkling of Christmas. It's hard to say, and understand since I am on a Christmas website daily that it's my first real thoughts of Christmas sneak up on me in May, but for some reason, years before I joined here it was always the month I started to turn my focus on the approaching holiday season. It may be just the first rough drafts of Christmas lists, or the first real thoughts on how I will decorate. I just know Christmas is coming, and my first bit of excitement is already here.
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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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