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December 06


DECEMBER 23, 2011 11:55AM

Merry Christmas to All

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes. Fortunately, this year I can sing along with absolute conviction in complete agreement. I've had my years of "Blue Christmases", but happily, this is not one of them. Believe me when I say I know how very fortunate I am to be able to say that. I am not so far removed from those tear-filled, weepy holidays that I have forgotten they existed. And that very well may be the reason for my unbridled joy this year.

I have so much to be thankful for - my amazing children, my equally amazing grandchildren (5 and still counting), a husband who loves me and takes good care of me, a wonderful new home, a great job. It's sobering how easy it is to momentarily forget how good I have it and fall into the trap of bitching and moaning about things that aren't just the way I want them. Human nature, I guess. But I digress...

One of the things I am most grateful for this year is the dear friends I have here on OS. I spent part of the morning reading back through some of my old posts. I never cease to be amazed by the level of genuine love and support offered by the incredible people here. I want you all to know how much you have helped me, cheered me on, enlightened me and encouraged me over the last 2 1/2 years, to say nothing of the countless times you've made me howl with laughter, cry, giggle, wonder and reflect.

You are a treasure to me, dear friends. I wish for each of you the very happiest of holidays and that the New Year brings to you a bright and shining new chapter in your life.





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Merry Christmas, Kim! Love to you and your family! It has been good getting to know you on OS. -Erica
Erica - It's been great getting to know you, too. xoxo
Kim- Same to you. I always enjoy reading your posts and comments. Your writing is spot on. You show me that "wonderful" can come back...and will, in time. Be well!
Maureen - Yes, indeed, "wonderful" is often found just out of our line of sight. Here's to your "wonderful" being just around the corner.
Kim, I've been reading your words for a long time now and they never fail to bring me a smile or make me think a little deeper. You are a treasure I found on the Internet and Mel and I love you to death girl. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year, my friend.
I feel the same way about you and Mel, David. Absoute treasures, and I'm so glad I found you. Love to you both and a very Merry Christmas! xoxo
jane -- grandchildren are the BEST. They're God's reward to us for not killing our own kids!!
Merry Christmas to you too, Kim. Glad things are going well for you now. You deserve it.
Right back at you, Kim. I'm so happy to read the words that your "blue Christmases are a thing of the past. Have the most wonderful Christmas with your wonderful family.
Kim, Right back atcha! I haven't been on this board long (though I've been a Salon reader for years), but I can tell you are one nice lady. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Chanukah, Happy New Yeaer 2012 - and all that jazz!
Right there with you, sister. This place has been amazing and always worthy of some gratitude.
I am so glad you have found your happiness and wish you a most wonderful Merry Christmas!
Hey, UB, it's a two-way street, y'know. There's a reason you're on so many favourites list, including mine.
You are a treasure too, Kim. Thank you for the beautiful sentiments.
May your new year bring all that you wish for us.

So happy to hear it is NOT a Blue one. Cheers!! r
I want grandkids someday soon!
Yeppers...I LOVE kids to tell stories to

I also love you, Kim!!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
and a very merry christmas to you and your family! i'm glad this year was full of so many great things for you :)
Aw thanks, Cranky. See? You're not so cranky, are you? xoxo

trilogy - can't wait to hear all about those babies!!!

Deborah - I'm glad you're here on OS with us now.

Beth - absolutely!

LL2 - Thank you, Terri. I wish nothing but happiness for you in the coming New Year. You deserve it. ((Big hugs)) to you!

Boanerges - See what I mean? So many wonderful, supportive people here on OS - like you!

Fusun - thank you, dear Fusun. It has been such a pleasure being a part of this community with you.

hugs - me too!! :-)

JD - just read your Mistletoe post - good stuff. Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours, dear JD. Love you big time.
lemonpulp - I think I finally quit holding my breath about mid-year! ;-)
Same to you my friend. You deserve some peace and joy.
Kim, it's a joy to know you are happy. I remember some of those dark days you shared a little of with us here and it pained my heart. But I had faith that you couldn't be broken, and you proved me right! Brava and Merry Christmas, friend.
kim nothing but the best to you and yours..
Happy Christmas
Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I hope next year is the best year of your life~~
Merry Christmas to you too Kim!!!
Thank you for sharing your life and the support you've shown.
Merry Christmas and all the best.
Merry Christmas to you as well.

Enjoy your holidays.
Linda - thank you - you've always been in my corner all these years and I appreciate you so much. xoxo

Chicken Maaan - I wasn't so sure about that moniker for a while, but I know you've noticed I've gone back to it recently. It just seemed appropriate somehow. Thanks for always being there for me and for your friendship.

Linda - thanks for the big hug! Love your HUUGGGSSS!!!

scanner - my dear friend - you are a treasure to me. Thank you for your very warm wishes. Right back at you, my friend!

desert_rat - I'm always happy to see you here - thanks for the kind wishes! Merry Christmas to you and yours too

Scylla - oh, Scylla, I am praying that your heart finds happiness again and that the coming year is filled with joy for you

alsoknownas - the holidays have been wonderful so far. Hope yours are too!
Hey, girl. I'm delighted to know that the stars have lined up, as ordered, and full-blown happiness surrounds you this Christmas. We go back a ways, you and I, and a better and truer friend on this site I don't have and can't imagine. Wishing you more of the same in 2012, dear Kim.
This is late but the wish is timeless; I'm wishing you much love, joy and happiness in the New Year and beyond. Glad I've gotten to meet you here, Kim.
Candace - OS has brought me many great friendships, but none more treasured than the one I share with you, dear friend. What a bright spot you've been to me. Thank you for your encouragement, your support and, most of all, for your wonderful friendship. Wishing for a fabulous year for you in 2012 and, hopefully, another great adventure together soon in Austin! XOXO

Margaret - thank you for your warm wishes. It's been a joy getting to know you here on OS. Your writing always touches me, brings a smile to my face, inspires me. Looking forward to sharing the coming year with you.
What a lovely post - on a turnabout. My Christmas was small this year, but sweet. Some tears, but not too many. I miss my family, dearly, but I played in the old photos and picked some more to frame for my Memory Wall. Glad yours was a good one, so much can culminate in that Day of Christmas.
Kim, this was so beautiful... Happy new year and continued good fortune in the future. Bea
Songbird and Bea - thank you both!! xoxo
I'm so happy that you are so happy! May it continue throughout 2012 and beyond.
Good Daughter - thank you so much! I wish the same for you.