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Support for People with Mood Disorders => General Discussion => Topic started by: Pleeb on December 01, 2016, 02:34:42 am

Title: Ready for Christmas?
Post by: Pleeb on December 01, 2016, 02:34:42 am
Ready for Christmas?  Looking forward to it?

Luckily, my Christmas isn't tense or traumatic like some peoples'.

Looking forward to people opening my wacky gifts!  We pick one name in our family, but I also exchange gifts with my two younger brothers.

Title: Re: Ready for Christmas?
Post by: Pleeb on December 01, 2016, 03:53:21 am
Cat tail and cat ears for my two younger brothers. (

Peter  :o
Title: Re: Ready for Christmas?
Post by: Peace on December 01, 2016, 07:17:18 pm
Quite the gift for your brothers, Peter.  :P

I'm slowly getting there. I did a lot of online ordering this year. Bought a lot of my stocking stuffers for my daughters, then my oldest daughter asked if her boyfriend could spend a couple of weeks here, so then had to find a gift for him. I've almost got his stocking stuffers finished. This is a feat because I have agoraphobia complicated by OCD.

I started decorating the house yesterday.

I'm anxious. My husband and I are separated, but live in the same house. I try to be upstairs when he's not home, but spend time in my small basement area when he's not. My health is suffering from that. He'll be off work over the holidays for 10 days at the same time my daughter's boyfriend will be here. My daughter and her boyfriend will be spending their time in the other side of the basement, but using my bathroom across the hall from my bedroom, and cooking in my area.

Change is hard for people with OCD, so having my husband home for 10 days, as well my daughter and her boyfriend in my haven during that time will be extremely difficult. As most of you know, I am an abused woman.

I'll do the best I can, though, to make this a nice Christmas for all.
Title: Re: Ready for Christmas?
Post by: paulm on December 02, 2016, 12:33:22 am
Hello Peter. I try my best to keep Christmas low key and not worry about the things that I can't control(crowds, annoying relatives etc). The last few yrs it's worked.  Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: Ready for Christmas?
Post by: Dragonfly on December 05, 2016, 07:38:33 pm
Hi everyone,
 I don't know what it is this year but I am way behind in putting up lights outside. Luckily we draw names in the family and I only have to buy a gift for my oldest daughter. I am wracking my brain as to what to get her.
My two daughter take care of my two grandchildren and I pitch in moneywise.
We will be having Christmas Eve at my son's. That will only be 4 adults and two kids. That is fine by me. It would have been nice to have my son's girlfriend and daughter. It is very hard sometimes to get everyone together. We will see them another time.
I do not like the commercialism of Christmas. I so enjoy Christmas with the family though.

Peace I hope your Christmas will go smoothly. I am sure that as you say you will make Christmas as enjoyable as you can for everyone.

Paul, I like the idea of low key. Smart thinking on your part.

Peter I think it is the thoughtfulness of your gifts that count.

Title: Re: Ready for Christmas?
Post by: Pleeb on December 05, 2016, 08:01:30 pm
Hi, Peace....You have a tough situation!  I've heard of separated people living in the same house before.

One of the gifts for my nephew's wife: (

Title: Re: Ready for Christmas?
Post by: Peace on December 06, 2016, 08:18:43 am
Awesome pouch Peter  ;D

Sometimes the smaller gatherings are nicer. Hope you have a lovely time with your family, Dragonfly. I'm sure you will, you sound close.

Sounds like you've found a way to cope well, Paul.

Maybe my daughter's boyfriend in the house will take the edge off the situation between my husband and I. I can hope, anyway.