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Old 12-01-2018, 09:20 AM   #21 (permalink)
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One of the most difficult aspects of this time of year is having to hear "All I Want For Christmas Is You" after losing a loved one. I can understand how it can be a difficult time for some in many ways, and it really boils down to being just a distraction as the winter months come crashing in for a lot of people. I try to focus on the positives in life and reflect that back to others, and not waste my time dwelling on the negativity and ultra-consumerism that it's become, as it's very easy to get caught up in a downward spiral and ultimately let a depressive state take hold. There was a time when I was a homeless drug addict and living in a ghetto ready to just end it during this time of year, but through the kindness of others, they plucked me out of that hell and showed me compassion and the true meaning of the word giving, which is what it's all about. Giving freely to others doesn't even have to be something physical, and it also doesn't have to be compartmentalized into one section of time. Even just a little understanding and compassion can go a long way.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:14 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:48 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I love Christmas. A lot of the best moments of my life are associated with Christmas in one way or another. I started dating my wife around Christmas.

If anyone's interested, I make a new Christmas playlist every year on Spotify, and this one is my pride and joy. I'm very fond of the flow of the songs.

https://open.spotify.com/user/126009...SLKk5Kz1ZTijYg
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:50 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Beginning and ending on Stevens is brilliant. Nice job, Blaro.
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Beginning and ending on Stevens is brilliant. Nice job, Blaro.
Thanks! He makes the best Christmas music out there, but I can't just use his albums as my playlist.

If anyone is interested, I'll post all of my others from each year I've been doing it. I'm still working on this year's, so it's not ready to post yet.
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Old 12-01-2018, 01:08 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I see that conservatives like their comforting traditions.
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Old 12-01-2018, 01:46 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I see that conservatives like their comforting traditions.
I'm not conservative, but that don't mean I can't enjoy traditions. Humans are ritualistic. We fall into patterns because they make us feel safer. I'm willing to accept that and enjoy the patterns I have chosen for myself.
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Like it's even anything to be ashamed of. Traditions can be a great thing if you're doing them the right way with the right people.

It's like with music:

Trying new things is pretty sweet.

Tried and true is pretty sweet.
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:40 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Spent all day waiting on the repair man to come fix my busted kitchen sink. By the time he left, it was already dinner time, so I didn't get to put the tree up today with my son as planned.
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