127 Responses to “Holiday Hell Day 10”

  1. Karen December 10, 2008 at 8:57 PM #

    I helped my cousin get some free books on her new Kindle (shhhhh… don’t tell anyone, it’s her Christmas gift and she only had it out “to charge it up” while everyone was out of the house). Now it’s ready for her to start reading as soon as the gifts are opened!

  2. Dana Frye December 10, 2008 at 9:13 PM #

    Last week I ran into a “Wish List” over at the Gather Group.

    Money’s tight…but it just so happened I already HAD..several items on hand that someone else really needed.

    So I pkg them up and shipped them out today.

    Also, over at my LJ I’ve been posting Holiday humor to help De-Stress through the Holiday madness.

    Uh..could we also have a prize opportunity to winning a years supply of Prozak? (J/K)



  3. Elisa December 10, 2008 at 9:35 PM #

    My sister has been having a real crap week due to relationship/living issues with her boyfriend of 3 years. Her boyfriend has a son and they are trying to get things figured out and it’s just been hard on everyone. I sent her a text message letting her know how proud I am of her, including her efforts to take the little boy into consideration since he really is like a stepson to her. She and I had a brief convo about things and she expressed her appreciation for my words of support – I know it’s been tough for her and I just hope it helped to bring as big a smile to her face as it did me to get a message back from her that said, “I love you sis!”

    She and I haven’t always been close and that statement meant the world to me. ::sighs:: 🙂

  4. Patricia Barraclough December 10, 2008 at 9:38 PM #

    I invited my sister and her husband to join us in Florida the first week of January. We are visiting my husband’s family and have rented a condo. It sleeps 8 and there will be just 2 of us. We will get them into Disney World so they can spend the day – they spent their honeymoon there about 27 years ago. Hope they can come down for a few days. We don’t see them nearly enough. We live in Tennessee and they live near Jamestown, VA. Did four classes of preschool story times today – spent extra time with a few of the kids who just needed to talk and have some one-on-one. I love it. Pat

  5. HM Rose December 10, 2008 at 9:42 PM #

    This is such a wonderful idea and I’ve loved reading everyone’s responses. Those alone have brightened my day so thank you for suggesting this! For myself, I treated my friends and family to ‘holiday hugs’ and even ended up hugging a stranger who said he wanted one lol 🙂

  6. Pamk December 10, 2008 at 9:47 PM #

    I have a friend who run a another dept at work that was outsourced. She had been letting me work some ot in her dept. and when they were outsourced she was able to keep letting me work ot by having that company reimburse our for our labor. I sent her an email saying how much I appreciated it since extra money comes in handy especially this time of year. She sent me an email back thanking me for my work and said I made her day.

  7. J Marie December 10, 2008 at 9:48 PM #

    Called a friend long distance, told them I was giving them a big hug.

  8. lee December 10, 2008 at 10:24 PM #

    I emailed my daughter on her brand new email account so she can practice with email. We have to another state on Christmas Eve and I have been trying to keep her excited about the new house and state, even though it means leaving all her family and friends here

  9. Amy S. December 10, 2008 at 10:25 PM #

    I baked my neighbor some peanut butter cookies, which she loves.

  10. Diana December 10, 2008 at 10:51 PM #

    My younger sister has been busy studying for her finals, and I called to share some encouraging words with her during this stressful time in her life.

  11. Angela G December 10, 2008 at 11:08 PM #

    I sent my friends and family text messages with cute heart warming messages.

  12. Julie December 10, 2008 at 11:18 PM #

    I made my brother laugh. He doesn’t do that often enough anymore. He works too hard, and is just too tired and worn down. So I do what I can to make him smile. That usually means I have to do something really silly. ;-0

  13. Julie Robinson December 11, 2008 at 12:10 AM #

    After talking to my parents, I recommended they call this one brother of mine. About 10 minutes later, my brother called me to say that mom and dad had called to tell him they had received and opened their Christmas gift today when it arrived from UPS. He was very down about not planning for it correctly. (He’s very hard on himself). He was down about this and a few other things too. At the end of our conversation, he told me that he had needed to talk to me because I always try to see the positive side of things. sniff, sniff.

  14. Julie Robinson December 11, 2008 at 12:11 AM #

    After talking to my parents, I recommended they call this one brother of mine. About 10 minutes later, my brother called me to say that mom and dad had called to tell him they had received and opened their Christmas gift today when it arrived from UPS. He was very down about not planning for it correctly. (He’s very hard on himself). He was down about this and a few other things too. At the end of our conversation, he told me that he had needed to talk to me because I always try to see the positive side of things and I have a wry sense of humor.

  15. Julie Robinson December 11, 2008 at 12:14 AM #

    okay that was weird. I didn’t think I had gotten through the first time, so I sent it again and remembered something else he had said. sorry about that, Angie.

    I also see there are two Julie’s—both talking about lifting up their brother’s spirits. How uncanny. I thought for a moment I had posted 3 times by accident!

    I see mine has my last name though.
    Sorry for the confusion.
    Julie R.

  16. Larene Theriault December 11, 2008 at 12:17 AM #

    A friend a work has a college aged daughter whose boyfriend “So-n-so” broke up with her yesterday. I know the her and she is a good daugher, sister & student who is now crushed. I left her a voicemail reminding her that b4 she was “so-so’s” girlfriend she was a smart and beautiful young woman, sister, daughter, friend, & student. And she is still all of those things with or without him. I also reminded her that a new year is a great time for new beginnings! 🙂

  17. Tamara B. December 11, 2008 at 12:26 AM #

    They lady who runs the religious class tonight was having a hard time today with everything and she was frustrated. I gave her a hug and told her to go out to CVS or somewhere and I would teach the class tonight for her. She was so taken back by my gesture but immdeiately a smile came to her face. It felt good to do something for someone else. Suddenly my own problems didn’t matter any more.

  18. Juliet December 11, 2008 at 12:31 AM #

    I sent a friend who is living out of the country, and feeling nostalgic, a cheering up email. I also told my dh and ddaughter how much I love them.

  19. Shirley Kirby December 11, 2008 at 12:33 AM #

    I have a “pet loss” sympathy card to express how sorry I am that my friend just lost her cat, she’s having a very rough time with this – her cat was 18 years old. And I just ordered a bag made from recycled Fritos chip bags for her, the cat’s name was Frito. She was named Frito because she was found as a kitten near a trash bin, my friend tempted her with a bag of Fritos to capture her! So I will fill this bag with all the comfort food and other items I can to make her feel just a little bit better during this difficult time. Hopefully in between all the tears (I’ve lost a cat), she will get some laughter and comfort from this gift.

  20. Donna December 11, 2008 at 1:00 AM #

    I sent my sister a text message to cheer her up, she has been have an awful year. Then I found this framed poem that talks about sisters and plays you light up my life so I got that for her for Christmas. I also found this cute hanging picture of a vase with flowers for my mom that talks about how special moms are.

  21. Caffey December 11, 2008 at 1:17 AM #

    It may not seem like much, but having not spoken with a friend in too long with our busy lives, I sent a Instant Message to her saying a big Hi and she wasn’t there but I ended up leaving a message there telling her I was thinking of her alot and often I think more when I’m about to sleep and wished I emailed or something before hand. I got a message after with her saying that it made her day just to hear from me and brought a smile to her face, and it did to me too! So sometimes just a hello and a small note, goes a long way.

  22. Lori T December 11, 2008 at 1:23 AM #

    I stopped by and saw my dearest friend at her job today. Between our diffent work schedules and our crazy (okay, mostly my crazy life) lives…we don’t see each other nearly enough.

    So, I just stopped in unexpectedly to say hi and I am thinking of you! It was nice for both of us.

  23. Nikki December 11, 2008 at 1:26 AM #

    This is an excellent idea. Thanks for letting us all share happy news.

    I just finished making a couple bouquets of ribbon flowers for my grandparents. My grandmother loves flowers but doesn’t have the mobility to care for real ones. I plan to deliver them tomorrow after the kids get home from school.

  24. Heather December 11, 2008 at 3:12 AM #

    I sent an email with pictures i had collected from ‘those’ emails that do the rounds (thank you, waving cat, bunch of flowers) to wish someone farewell from my company. We have worked for the same company for 7 years me in Australia and her in Delhi, India.

    We only met once but worked together closely via email and phone so i am sad she is going.

    She loved the gesture

  25. Jodi S. December 11, 2008 at 4:17 AM #

    I told my dughter that I was proud of her for trying so hard in school. She’s been having a rough time with some math problems and making herself sick over it (not good for a 6 year old!). I told her that she’s doing good and that she should just do the best that she could.

  26. Janet H December 11, 2008 at 7:24 AM #

    I swapped out time with a co-worker so she could go to a doctor’s appointment without losing any of her time.

  27. Carol December 11, 2008 at 9:35 AM #

    My mom. I hugged her and told her I love her.

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