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Holiday Exchange - Jingle and Mingle 2016

Celebrate the Holidays of Season with your Cruise Critic Friends -- Thanksgiving - Hanukkah - Christmas - Kwanza - The New Year

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Old December 7th, 2012, 08:07 PM
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Default What is the Best Christmas Present You Ever Received?

I was just thinking about Christmas presents. One thought came to me. I was wondering what was my all-time favorite Christmas present I ever received.

Well, when my nephew was about 14 years old, he gave me a nice Christmas Card. Inside the card he wrote, "Thank you for everything you do for me." He was the sweetest and most loveable young man.
Eddie .
.......................... Every year without a tombstone is a milestone.

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Old December 7th, 2012, 10:25 PM
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Thumbs up When the woman I love said, "Yes!"

On Christmas eve in 1972, I asked the woman I love to marry me!

We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary this past August.

Old December 8th, 2012, 12:45 AM
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What is the Best Christmas Present You Ever Received?

This goes back many years ago. I think I was about 10 or 11 years old when I got my first transistor radio for Christmas. I thought it was so cool to lay in bed at night (during the Spring and Summer) with the earphone in my ear listening to whatever baseball game I could pick up. Sometimes it would be the Cleveland Indians, sometimes the Cincinnati Reds, or the Detroit Tigers. It didn't really matter. I just loved listening to the games. I don't think I ever stayed awake long enough to hear an entire game. Because of that little red radio, I fell in love with baseball.


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Old December 8th, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Old December 9th, 2012, 12:24 AM
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My best gift came this year already - our daughter lives about 1500 miles from here and this will be her first Christmas home in 2 years - costs a bundle to fly, she was planning on staying a week. Her boss contacted her and asked if she was willing to extend her holiday here by another week and do some audits while she is here and they will pay her expenses (flight), rent her a car and pay a per diem. She doesn't have stupid written on her forehead - she jumped at it. I am so excited.

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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:39 PM
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We got married a week before Christmas! It's great theme for a wedding..poinsettias..Christmas music...people are still talking about it..many many years later!

Old December 12th, 2012, 04:03 AM
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My son! Was supposed to be born on Christmas Day but had a C-section on the 18th. He turns 15 next week!

Old December 13th, 2012, 12:28 PM
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My best was my husband proposed to me on Christmas Eve with all the family around.

2nd best was a phone call on Christmas Day from a dear friend. He had surgery a week or so before and alomst died, but hearing his voice on the other end was more that I had ever dream of. Surprise to him, his son was having dinner with us that day.

Old December 14th, 2012, 07:16 PM
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My daughter! She was due December 16, and was a little late, arrived December 31!
Debbie -- 365 nights of sailing!
Spending my kids inheritance 1 cruise at a time and
Working on my "bucket list" 1 port at a time!

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Celebrity-Infinity (Carnaval in Rio! 1-31-16), Solstice (OZ & NZ 1-27-15), Millennium (Western) 2-6-12, Eclipse 1-26-13 (Southern 14 nites), (45 nights sailed)
HAL Ryndam (Hawaii & Tahiti 30 day) 1-4-09, Westerdam (Eastern) 10-29-06 (37 nights sailed)
RCCL - Oasis (Western 9-10-16) Serenade (Southern 2-15-16), Rhapsody (Queensland 2-17-15), Legend (Southern 2-3-14) Legend (Eastern 1-24-14), Independence (Western 2-10-13), Explorer (Bermuda 10-28-12) Serenade (Southern) 1-28-12 Allure (Western) 10-9-11, Oasis (Western) 10-1-11, Liberty (Western) 2-5-,11, Liberty (Western) 2-7-10, Navigator (Western) 1-30-10,Navigator (Western) 1-25-10, Jewel (Panama) 11-7-08, Enchantment (Western) 9-1-08, Radiance (Hawaii) 5-3-08, Enchantment (Western) 1-26-08 B2B, Enchantment (Western) 1-21-08 B2B, Mariner (Eastern) 9-2-07, Freedom (Western) 9-10-06, Empress (Western) 9-3-05, Navigator (Western) 5-14-05, Jewel (Eastern) 1-29-05, Majesty (Bahamas) 3-1-04, Explorer (Western) 5-10-03, (188 nights sailed)
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Old December 15th, 2012, 12:20 PM
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The gift of Love.
Bill & Kathy

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Old December 15th, 2012, 06:06 PM
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Congrats, that's a lovely story. We're only at 36!

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Old December 16th, 2012, 08:27 PM
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My best gift was "my youngest son" born the week before Christmas 44 yrs. ago! I was able to be home in time for the 25th. & placed him under the tree (only for a "photo op" of course). Named him "Christopher". Love him lots along with my oldest also.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 08:54 PM
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I have always been blessed and had amazing Christmas's....but I am going to say that this Christmas has probably given me one of my favorite "material" presents....our cruise! My hubby and I decided that our trip is our Christmas gift to eachother and I must say, I am really looking forward to this gift!
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Old December 18th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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My son! Born December 25, 1985.

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Old December 19th, 2012, 08:10 PM
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Default A painting

People working for me gave me a beautiful painting that covered nearly an entire wall in my office .

Old November 6th, 2013, 12:54 PM
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My best Christmas present was from my daughter, giving me a grandson on my birthday which was Dec. 11th. He just graduated from high school in June.


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