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  • Rainbow
    Rainbow
    Posted on:
    17th Nov 2011 04:22pm

    Last Post 23rd Dec 2014
    Replies     289

    How do you feel about christmas? love it? hate it?

    Do you wish Christmas would come and go quickly or do you look forward to it with great enthusiasm? Do you believe Christmas has lost its meaning given all the materialistic connotations associated with it or does it still have a special place in your heart?

  • Jade Simpson
    Jade Simpson
    Posted on:
    21st Nov 2011 07:25pm

    Jade Simpson says: I love putting up our tree and decorations and have old timer xmas carols while we do it and I enjoy buying presents for my son to put under the tree. But I don't have any family here to celebrate xmas with, so the actual day is a bit sad really.

  • kath
    kath
    Posted on:
    21st Nov 2011 09:40pm

    Jade Simpson says: I love putting up our tree and decorations and have old timer xmas carols while we do it and I enjoy buying presents for my son to put under the tree. But I don't have any family here to celebrate...

    kath says: Christmas is suppose to be all about family kids opening there presents sadly that doesn,t happen alot family intersate , breakdowns it can be avery sad time for alot of people

  • steve
    steve
    Posted on:
    21st Nov 2011 11:37pm

    kath says: Christmas is suppose to be all about family kids opening there presents sadly that doesn,t happen alot family intersate , breakdowns it can be avery sad time for alot of people

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to make friends becourse I was brought up in opanges were people treated me like I was nothing.The only reason I do not kill myself is becourse my faith teacher that suicide is a sin if you know it is and I know & believe what i am told becourse I believe unlike a lot of people that the church I belong to is led by phrophet.That church is THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS.

  • galsweetie
    galsweetie
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 06:07am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    galsweetie says: Hi steve , I am truly sorrow to hear your unhappy xmas years.
    It is good that you have your faith and have not done any harm to yourself.
    Imagine the pain that it would cause others that do know you , and we dont really know whats on the other side and it could be worse that what its like today.
    I have had the same thoughts in the past when I have had depression in a bad way , but I always think of my family & friends and how they would feel if I had done something .
    I hope that things get better for you & there is always help from alot of qualified people , you just need to reach out and you will get through it like I have.

    Take care and be strong

  • kath
    kath
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 09:41am

    galsweetie says: Hi steve , I am truly sorrow to hear your unhappy xmas years.
    It is good that you have your faith and have not done any harm to yourself.
    Imagine the pain that it would cause others that do...

    kath says: you have very positive attitude it,s good to see alot of people have done it hard including me sometimes it is hard to keep going but because i,ve nearly lost my life 3 times i know i want to live i,ve seen the other side it isn,t nice

  • Fatface
    Fatface
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 07:15am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    Fatface says: Hello Steve, As I understand it, the LDS Church are very close and family orientated, isn't there someone in your church who wold welcome you to their table on Christmas Day?

  • Helen
    Helen
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 10:56am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    Helen says: Steve I too struggle with depression,
    So I would remind you that God has said you are precious and of value.
    He made the Universe, so who is to argue with him.??
    well I guess they are allowed to be wrong !


  • mismoo
    mismoo
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 06:18pm

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    mismoo says: Steve please do feel that way, you would be missed. You don't realise how many people care because they are scared to say so. I know how it feels to have someone take their own life because of how they're feeling and I beg you not to do to others what was done to me. I care.

  • Jade Simpson
    Jade Simpson
    Posted on:
    23rd Nov 2011 12:01am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    Jade Simpson says: Yes it seems to be a very good and welcoming church to belong to

  • twelve
    twelve
    Posted on:
    23rd Nov 2011 12:43am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    twelve says: Steve, I agree that Christmas is a great time for families to get together but, of course , they should get together a lot more often than that. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and to celebrate the greatest miracle of all. It's not about gifts and food which are entirely commercial ideas to make money. You are not alone at Christmas or at any other time as long as you have Christ in your life who watches over you at all times. The truely lonely ones are those who do not have God even if they are surrounded by people, they are alone. Steve, when Christmas comes around all you have to do is talk to Jesus, just as you would talk to anyone. Have conversations with him at anytime and you will be blessed with peace and contentment. Works a treat, I know, I do it a lot. I'll be praying for you and have a GREAT CHRISTMAS WITH THE LORD.

  • aedna
    aedna
    Posted on:
    15th Dec 2014 05:48pm

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    aedna says: I can relate to what you say. I was told I shouldn't have been born. Thank goodness I have had help with that but there were times when I felt like doing something harmful to myself. That's why I am all for family, the importance of valuing and respecting life. No child should feel they are not wanted. I feel happy when I hear that people who don't want children make sure they don't have any. Society shouldn't expect everyone to have a child when not everyone likes children.

  • Disie
    Disie
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 04:14pm

    kath says: Christmas is suppose to be all about family kids opening there presents sadly that doesn,t happen alot family intersate , breakdowns it can be avery sad time for alot of people

    Disie says: I agree with you Kath. I am in the same position and Christmas to me just brings up sad memories. I stay away from as much of it as possible.

  • trix56
    trix56
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 07:31pm

    kath says: Christmas is suppose to be all about family kids opening there presents sadly that doesn,t happen alot family intersate , breakdowns it can be avery sad time for alot of people

    trix56 says: Yes, all my daughters and 5 young grandchildren live interstate. I simply can't afford to visit this Christmas. My 19yo son here with me and partner of 7 years but it still won't be the same. Partner has 4 grandchildren of his own who we may see on Christmas Day but it is very much a "maybe" situation.
    I really wanted to give Christmas a miss this year but the chance of having at least some children around has perked me up a bit.
    I think Christmas is mostly for the kids.

  • shuzz buk
    shuzz buk
    Posted on:
    23rd Nov 2011 07:12pm

    kath says: Christmas is suppose to be all about family kids opening there presents sadly that doesn,t happen alot family intersate , breakdowns it can be avery sad time for alot of people

    shuzz buk says: AGREE

  • steve
    steve
    Posted on:
    21st Nov 2011 11:24pm

    Jade Simpson says: I love putting up our tree and decorations and have old timer xmas carols while we do it and I enjoy buying presents for my son to put under the tree. But I don't have any family here to celebrate...

    steve says: This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules.

  • Jade Simpson
    Jade Simpson
    Posted on:
    23rd Nov 2011 12:05am

    steve says: This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules.

    Jade Simpson says: Gold Coast, where are you from?

  • Helen
    Helen
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 10:53am

    Jade Simpson says: I love putting up our tree and decorations and have old timer xmas carols while we do it and I enjoy buying presents for my son to put under the tree. But I don't have any family here to celebrate...

    Helen says: if you dont have family near by, just ask the people who are.
    our church has a system that if you are alone for Chrstmas you let them know and they find you someone to have you for the day . it great fun and you never know who will arrive.
    Jesus told us to care for the widow, the fatherless chrildren and the Stranger.
    so its his Birthday so we should listen to what he says.


  • shuzz buk
    shuzz buk
    Posted on:
    23rd Nov 2011 07:11pm

    Jade Simpson says: I love putting up our tree and decorations and have old timer xmas carols while we do it and I enjoy buying presents for my son to put under the tree. But I don't have any family here to celebrate...

    shuzz buk says: NO

  • Ziah
    Ziah
    Posted on:
    21st Nov 2011 07:30pm

    Ziah says: I have been liking the Christmas period less and less the older I get. All I see around me is greed and "I want I want I want" all the time. I'm just grateful there are no children in our family - the youngest members are in their 20's now and planning families of their own. My husband and I are childfree and love the fact our cats are happy with new collars, new bowls and a handful of new toys that all come in under $20. Even our parents are asking for more expensive items these days - and we're not bottomless wallets.

    Christmas makes me want to say Bah Humbug all the time. Sure it's a time for being together - but what about the other 364 days a year? If our company isn't good enough any other day of the year, what makes them think we'll welcome them with open arms on Christmas Day? If they can't make the effort any other time, we're not going to make the effort for them on one of the few days we get alone together. Christmas has really lost all meaning - and I'm not talking solely about the Christian/religious meaning, but the general meaning of family, being together and enjoying company and spending real time talking about real things. Instead it is all about how much swag a person got under the tree/in their stocking/from Santa/etc. I wish I didn't have to be a part of it at all - but even at Christmas time we still have to eat, so I still have to go shopping in the madness that is the Silly Season. I'm just glad I'm not working retail this year, as in years past!

  • peterv
    peterv
    Posted on:
    21st Nov 2011 09:08pm

    Ziah says: I have been liking the Christmas period less and less the older I get. All I see around me is greed and "I want I want I want" all the time. I'm just grateful there are no children in our family -...

    peterv says: Oh Ziah,you are so right.It's a real shame it's come to this.I'm 59 and I wish I was a kid again all those years ago.

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