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I hope to spend this Christmas:

by marto (Bishop)
on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:54 UTC ( #812855=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on I hope to spend this Christmas:

With Family.
[bar] 160/37%
With Friends.
[bar] 21/5%
Alone.
[bar] 28/7%
Partying in pubs/clubs.
[bar] 4/1%
Watching some traditional Christmas films.
[bar] 7/2%
By the fire with a book.
[bar] 5/1%
Playing computer games.
[bar] 14/3%
Working :(
[bar] 20/5%
Hacking :)
[bar] 68/16%
Being visited by four ghosts.
[bar] 15/3%
A selection of the above.
[bar] 73/17%
Something else.
[bar] 14/3%
429 total votes
Comment on I hope to spend this Christmas:
Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by Tux (Monsignor) on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:20 UTC

    I hope to find time to do some hacking, but I'm afraid my family has already tried to arrange to gatherings and wasteful diners.

    I personally don't care about X-mas at all. The money spent on extras and extravagant diners could as well go to the poor and needy.


    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
      I hope to find time to do some hacking, but I'm afraid my family has already tried to arrange to gatherings and wasteful diners.

      Same for me, but at the end of the day, I will like the family gatherings and the extra time spent with my family.

      I personally don't care about X-mas at all. The money spent on extras and extravagant diners could as well go to the poor and needy.

      I like parties and celebrations. I dislike - though - that nobody cares about the reason we celebrate or rather commemorate: the birth of Jesus Christ. Thinking about Gods graceful gift to mankind would change our giving too. Thus more money could be given to the poor and needy... Instead we spend money where we expect to get something back...

        I personally hate that people tend to babble about the birth of some selfproclaimed prophet whose alleged birthday was moved to the date of the winter solstice to steal a holiday much older than their puny cult.

        Jenda
        Enoch was right!
        Enjoy the last years of Rome.

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by Bloodnok (Vicar) on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:50 UTC
       Being visited by four ghosts

    .oO(I've not been visited by any ghosts since I went completely over to Linux ... and I hadn't been visited by many [ghosts] once I dropped Exploder and Lookout in favour of Firefox & Thunderbird :-D)

    A user level that continues to overstate my experience :-))
Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by Ratazong (Prior) on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:54 UTC
    I dream to find a brand-new, final, complete version of Perl6 under the x-mas tree ... and then I hope to have some time for hacking ;-)
    Otherwise staying with the family is also fine ;-)

    Seasonal greetings to all of you!
    Rata
Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by vitoco (Friar) on Dec 15, 2009 at 13:07 UTC

    I'll try to be in two places at the same time: with my family (mother and sisters) and with my wife's family!!!

    I think it's time to stay at home just with my own new family (wife and kids).

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by zentara (Archbishop) on Dec 15, 2009 at 13:08 UTC
    ..... campaining to abolish gift giving :-) .... i can't believe they still push santa on kids.... ;-)

    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth.
    Old Perl Programmer Haiku

      You'll be telling us next that Santa doesn't exist!

        ...no my little grasshopper...... SANTA does exist..... it is actually a masquerade of SATAN.... spreading material desires amoung the innocent little children.....

        gotta drink? .... i'm unhappy, wonder why? :-)


        I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth.
        Old Perl Programmer Haiku
Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by Popcorn Dave (Abbot) on Dec 15, 2009 at 18:46 UTC
    I wish I could be alone just to have some time to do the things that never seem to get done, or at the very least spend the holidays with people that cared about the meaning of goodwill instead of the usual obligatory family celebration.


    To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable - Barry Goldwater

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by pmonk4ever (Friar) on Dec 16, 2009 at 01:10 UTC
    sleeping in, with family & friends, a little reading by the fire, a new computer game, hacking some perl for pleasure, watching football, and playing with the dog!

    pmonk4ever

    "No trees were harmed in the creation of this node. However, a rather large number of electrons were somewhat inconvenienced."

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 16, 2009 at 01:59 UTC
Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Dec 16, 2009 at 13:30 UTC
    I want to spend it with my dogs. Afterall, they're the ones who are always glad to see me. (That I'm the one who fills the food bowls just might have something to do with this.)

    I will be spending it with family, which is good, and eating, which is very good.

    --
    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by talexb (Canon) on Dec 17, 2009 at 18:19 UTC

    With family, certainly.

    However, younger step-son will be recovering from corrective jaw surgery (starts tomorrow at 0800); I'm not sure if he'll be able travel 45 minutes to Burlington with us to see his Nana and cousins on Christmas Eve -- but I hope so.

    And I hope to watch the original Scrooge, with Alistair Sim knocking it out of the park as Scrooge himself. There will certainly be a fire in the fireplace, and egg nog with rum, and there may even be some time fiddling around with computers.

    Happy Holidays (and Merry Christmas, when appropriate) to you and your families.

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    Team website: Forex Chart Monkey, Forex Technical Analysis and Pickpocket Prevention

    "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

      Merry Christmas talexb and I'm sure I speak for all in wishing that your stepson's operation is successful and he is well on the recovery road by Christmas.

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by xiaoyafeng (Chaplain) on Dec 17, 2009 at 18:29 UTC

    I hope I can do some hack about perl6 on X-mas. I'm tired to write those wired macro: dSP,PUSHMARK etc.



    I am trying to improve my English skills, if you see a mistake please feel free to reply or /msg me a correction

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by nimdokk (Vicar) on Dec 17, 2009 at 19:19 UTC
    Fixing things around the house that need fixing (or "improving" :-) I just can't wait to get a circular saw and start cutting plywood. And banging in nails - must not forget about banging in the nails :-)
Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by swampyankee (Parson) on Dec 19, 2009 at 19:42 UTC

    Thanks to the current state of the economy, I'd like to be working. Anybody need a PLM programmer?


    Information about American English usage here and here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting. — emc

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by JadeNB (Chaplain) on Dec 20, 2009 at 04:17 UTC

    Wow, there are a lot of grumpy Perlmonks this Christmas! I am not so close to my family, but I think that, even so, one can get a lot out of visits home—after all, these are the people who made us what we are, and it's a good chance to either thank or blame them, as appropriate. :-)

    Anyway, eventually I decided that an intimate, personal Christmas was better than a 1500-mile trip, so I spend my Christmases (and most holidays) with my wife and my little kitty.

    I'm the one who pushed for the inclusion of Miracle on 34th Street, so I'm happy to be able to give the ‘movie’ option its first vote. (Actually that, and the baking of the traditional gingersnaps—a 6-generations-old recipe—comes Christmas Eve.)

    Oh, here's another one for you: Presents on Christmas Eve, midnight Christmas day, or Christmas morning? My family took almost as much pleasure in delaying the gratification as in the eventual opening of presents, so it's Christmas morning for me, despite all my wife's entreaties.

      Personally, I'm not that big on Christmas, never have been (even as a kid). But other people around me do enjoy it so I try not to be too much of a killjoy. I was the one that around the age of 5 or 6 informed several friends that there was no Santa Claus. What a right little *obscene gerund* *expletive-deleted* I was :-).

      However, when I was really young (up to about age 10 or so), presents were opened Christmas morning. Then we started doing one present each Christmas eve. Later on (after my grandfather died and my grandmother started coming to visit for Christmas), my mom and I would take my grandmother to a Christmas eve service and then look at lights. When we got home, we would open presents. More recently, things have been a bit screwier since my grandmother died a few years ago. I've been working on the tradition of: one year we visit my fiance's family for Christmas, one year my family and then one year just us (no traveling, no family).

      Christmas morning, definitely.

      On Christmas Eve, I get to read the Polar Express and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to our boys (who are 13 and 10 this year), although not sure when we will do that, as my wife, sons, and I are all playing Midnight Mass at our church (with a bunch of other folks). :)

      Happy Holidays, and appropriate holiday greeting to everyone! (Merry Christmas, Happy (belated) Hannukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year!)

      tubaandy
Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by stonecolddevin (Vicar) on Dec 22, 2009 at 18:09 UTC

    With any luck, I'll eat a lot, and get kinda tatered off the egg nog, wearing a santa hat of course, then doze off in a warm bed or something.

    mtfnpy

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Dec 22, 2009 at 19:19 UTC

    No spending for me! I'm waiting for the January sales :)

    More seriously. Alive is good.

Re: I hope to spend this Christmas:
by amresh (Initiate) on Dec 26, 2009 at 07:29 UTC
    spending the christmas alone :)
      I hope to spend this Christmas: spending the christmas alone :)

      and intoxicated, apparently :)

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