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Old 12-16-2009, 06:05 AM   #5001
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I know this is a discussion forum but a card that I made a few days ago goes along with the if you don't believe in santa thread - here is the link if you are interested http://paperrocksscissors.blogspot.c...christmas.html. This is what i have been telling my 9 yo son lately.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:06 AM   #5002
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I had a friend tell me once that her father used to say, "those who don't believe, don't receive." I thought, "hmmm, that's brilliant. When my kids start to question, that will be my response."

So, a couple of years ago, it happened. My oldest told me that he didn't think there was a Santa. So, I whipped out the "those who don't believe, don't receive" line, thinking "a-ha! that will zip his lips for another year." Right? Wrong. He came back to me with, "yeah, well I haven't believed for the last three years and I still receive." DOH! The little stinker.
Ha! Darn those "smarter that we are" kids!
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:44 AM   #5003
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As far as traditions, DH and I have been struggling to establish our own traditions that stick--we seem do do something different each year. My friends and I do get together each year, about a week before Christmas to cook and share Christmas Pasta, and laugh and have a great time. We've been doing it for five years now, so it's a tradition. But DH is very contrary so he never wants to do the same thing, and neither of our families had rock-solid traditions so we don't yet either. I hope that will change when we have kids.

The new Good Eats episode this week was all about how Christmas isn't really about Jesus and the holiday as we celebrate it wasn't established until the 1870s. They repeatedly addressed the paganism in our observation of the holidays. It was really good, and if you get a chance, I highly recommend it. Oh yeah, the recipes looked pretty good too.
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I had a friend tell me once that her father used to say, "those who don't believe, don't receive." I thought, "hmmm, that's brilliant. When my kids start to question, that will be my response."

So, a couple of years ago, it happened. My oldest told me that he didn't think there was a Santa. So, I whipped out the "those who don't believe, don't receive" line, thinking "a-ha! that will zip his lips for another year." Right? Wrong. He came back to me with, "yeah, well I haven't believed for the last three years and I still receive." DOH! The little stinker.
Little Booger!

Same coworker was trying to milk out the Santa thing with her 7 year old, who decided to google Santa!! LOL! Not quite an issue when I was young.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:32 PM   #5005
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I was hoping to start a new thread, as threads get wonky after 5000 posts. I figure I'll keep the same title, maybe add a "II" at the end of it. And maybe repeat much of Chris's first post. I'll post a link after I start it.
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Okay! Here's the new thread!!!

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/fo...4#post15727834
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Hi all! It's so nice to have a place to come to where the people don't cross themselves when you say you're agnostic - like we're the spawn of Satan or something! And it's amazing how many people don't know the difference between atheist and agnostic.

We had a visit from my mom's cousin and her husband, who are pretty churchy people. With all that happened with my husband this past year (near death, emergency brain surgery, rehab, memory loss, personality change - it was awful!) I had a lot of concerned friends and relatives. During the really bad times, I can't tell you how many people told me to pray, have faith, keep the faith, put your faith in God, trust in God's plans, "the power of prayer" etc. I usually just smiled and nodded to those who I'm not really close to. To my closer friends and relatives, I would snap back pretty quickly at them with things that made more sense - medical reasons why this happened, etc. After a while, my mom, MIL etc. knew not to bring the Jesus thing into it.

So now that DH is better, every once in a while, a friend or relative (like before-mentioned cousin) will pop in and ask how we're doing. And they always say, "see, the prayers worked" - which is exactly what my cousin said, and I just gave a little laugh. She said, "what? Why'd you laugh?" I said "because I think Chris is doing so much better because he had phenomenal doctors, nurses, rehab, determination etc. and you are saying he's better because of some chanted words."

She's a pretty cool person - one of those people that you can have a religious discussion with who isn't going to get all pissy if you question her religion, but when all was said and done it came down to the usual - God does all things that are good, and Satan does all things that are bad - so basically, not a very deep discussion. And all the while, my Mom is in the background saying, "I don't know where I went wrong, I didn't raise her like this!"

Oh and lately, my 2 year old has started saying "oh my god!" which comes out "oh my dodd" and it's pretty funny. My mother is less than thrilled with it, and keeps trying to teach him to say "gosh" instead. I said, "geez, mom, if there is a god, I'd think that he would at least have a sense of humor and think it was cute."

When I read this old post I laughed. It was one of the funniest ones I've read. Especially where Mom is is saying "I don't know where I went wrong, I didn't raise her like this"
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