Celebrating the holidays differently. What gift can you give yourself?

Posted by MGMolly @Erinmfs, Dec 19, 2020

I’m not old, but then I am, I qualify for AARP! I thought I’d get myself a Christmas gift, I just received an setup an Apple Homepod. I live alone, and now I can talk to Siri for company! I just asked Siri to play the News, and heard from NPR, and now Siri picked out some Christmas music, that I wouldn’t normally hear! Siri played the Temptations! What fun gift are you giving or receiving this year?

@harriethodgson1

I was a caregiver for 23 years and cared for three generations of family members. My husband died on Nov. 28th. I anticipated his death for years and planned consciously and unconsciously for it. My gift to me is a part-time job with the Open to Hope Foundation as Assistant Editor of http://www.opentohope.com
I accepted the job because I have the kind of mind that needs to be busy all the time. Working part-time fits my daily writing schedule and I am thrilled wit h the offer and the timing. Tis a gift I never expected.

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@harriethodgson1 Harriet, I’m so sorry to hear of the death of your husband. That’s great though that you will now be doing something that will be so enjoyable and fulfilling for you,
I hope you have a good Christmas with family and/or friends.
JK

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@harriethodgson1

I was a caregiver for 23 years and cared for three generations of family members. My husband died on Nov. 28th. I anticipated his death for years and planned consciously and unconsciously for it. My gift to me is a part-time job with the Open to Hope Foundation as Assistant Editor of http://www.opentohope.com
I accepted the job because I have the kind of mind that needs to be busy all the time. Working part-time fits my daily writing schedule and I am thrilled wit h the offer and the timing. Tis a gift I never expected.

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@harriethodgson1– My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband.

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@harriethodgson1

Thank you Teresa. I'm dreading Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but will get through them. Sure wish I had family in town, but I don't.

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@harriethodgson1 It sounds like family is really important to you and they will be missed this holiday season. What kinds of traditions does your family have?

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We usually had a live tree with ornaments students have given me over the years. Christmas Eve dinner was oyster stew, though it took a long time for our daughters and cousins to like it. Christmas day dinner was roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding, recipes from my British heritage.

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@harriethodgson1

We usually had a live tree with ornaments students have given me over the years. Christmas Eve dinner was oyster stew, though it took a long time for our daughters and cousins to like it. Christmas day dinner was roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding, recipes from my British heritage.

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Harriet –
Because we will be without family at our table this year, we have chosen to forego some heritage traditions (all time consuming) Toutiere (French-Canadian meat pie), Potica (Slovenian rolled sweet bread) and the giant pot of Polish in kraut. The giant Saturday-before-Christmas allergy-friendly cookie bake was of course cancelled. Tomorrow I will mini-bake – one easy cookie & 2 quick breads. Some will freeze for a remote New Years' celebration with friends.
Sue

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I don't celebrate any holidays regardless of date. This year my choice of rewarding myself for another year is to stop my trying to fix everyone who presents a problem or difficulty. I'm working on my PTSD and recently discovered the origin of my terror of falling. It was a revelation to me and has taken one more horror out of the leftover past. Thank you for being there.However I'm withdrawing from Mayo Clinic Connect. Good bye

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@lolaemma

I don't celebrate any holidays regardless of date. This year my choice of rewarding myself for another year is to stop my trying to fix everyone who presents a problem or difficulty. I'm working on my PTSD and recently discovered the origin of my terror of falling. It was a revelation to me and has taken one more horror out of the leftover past. Thank you for being there.However I'm withdrawing from Mayo Clinic Connect. Good bye

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@lolaemma I sincerely hope you will pop in from time to time, even if just to read some posts from other members. There is no requirement to respond, unless you truly want to. Everyone needs a sounding board from time to time, and I have found many instances where just reading a note from someone may tap something inside you, and validate something you feel.

Very glad to hear you have discovered the origin of your fear of falling. How has it changed your life now?
Ginger

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@lolaemma

I don't celebrate any holidays regardless of date. This year my choice of rewarding myself for another year is to stop my trying to fix everyone who presents a problem or difficulty. I'm working on my PTSD and recently discovered the origin of my terror of falling. It was a revelation to me and has taken one more horror out of the leftover past. Thank you for being there.However I'm withdrawing from Mayo Clinic Connect. Good bye

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Assuming lolaemma is gone, I am sorry to see her go, although I read only her last post, which I found enlightening.

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I give myself the gift of praying as much as I can.

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@cindiwass

I give myself the gift of praying as much as I can.

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I have a wonderful weekly bible study that I attend now. I just love it. I was a computer engineer in my career, and I enjoy looking up engineering terms in the online bible. Epoch time came up yesterday, I was so excited to find epoch in the scriptures. Epoch time on the computer I worked on was January 1, 1970. Epoch time in the scriptures is the 'beginning' . I so enjoy finding the ties to computer system internals in the bible.

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@Erinmfs

I have a wonderful weekly bible study that I attend now. I just love it. I was a computer engineer in my career, and I enjoy looking up engineering terms in the online bible. Epoch time came up yesterday, I was so excited to find epoch in the scriptures. Epoch time on the computer I worked on was January 1, 1970. Epoch time in the scriptures is the 'beginning' . I so enjoy finding the ties to computer system internals in the bible.

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There truly are so many interesting things in the Bible that can encourage us and enhance our faith! 🙂 Thanks, I enjoyed your remark.

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@harriethodgson1

Thank you Teresa. I'm dreading Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but will get through them. Sure wish I had family in town, but I don't.

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@harriethodgson1– I am thinking of you today and hope that the day is easier than expected. We are here!

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