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Created on : Thursday, December 11, 2008, 02:53:45 pm
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Do you have someone in your life who makes the holidays more of a headache than a festive, joyful time? Jennifer says her mother, Judy, otherwise known as Grandma Claus, goes way overboard when it comes to Christmas. She says her mother decorates every square inch of her house with her estimated 1,200 snowmen, 1,000 Santas and angels, and tens of thousands of lights! Judy’s Christmas spirit takes up so much space, she can’t even eat at her dining room table. Jennifer says her mother gives so many gifts to her three daughters, that it takes them an overwhelming two hours to open them all -- and at least 75 percent of the gifts end up in the trash or donated to charity. Don’t miss what makes Grandma Claus’ gifts so … special. Then, Dr. Phil’s next guest, also named Judy, is a self-proclaimed Scrooge who hates Christmas and refuses to celebrate it at all. She says the holiday is nothing but greediness and commercialism. Can Dr. Phil break through her "bah humbug"? Plus, don't miss some exclusive backstage moments from Dr. Phil and Robin’s fifth annual Christmas in Washington concert, which airs December 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on TNT. Join the discussion.

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December 15, 2008, 5:31 am CST

gratitude

Quote From: bbwga31

The holidays really ended for me when I was 19 years old.  That is the year my father died at Christmas.  Now I am 41 years old and I wish we could take October through December off the map.  Guess with my mom dying this year it is just too much.  What is really sad - I am scared to death of everything and even more scared to let go of things - including the tree that has been in the family since before I was born or the trimmings for it.  Which makes no sense - I have no one to leave anything to in life.  I think this is one of the reasons it became easy to cancel Cable television - so I could stop seeing the Christmas stuff on the telly and all those silly happy people that you really wish would chock on Christmas goose or turkey.

Oh well - I hope cats in trees is the most people have to worry about at this time of year.

Val
The holidays can be a rough time when we remember those who are not with us.  I have found that an "attitude of gratitude" is the best cure.  There is always someone who is worse off than I am.  Maybe you could give of yourself.  Shop for a child on an angel tree.  If that is not in your budget spend some time in a nursing home, volunteer to serve a meal to the homeless, help an elderly neighbor or a frazzled mother.  I know that your father would not want you to feel this way.  Sometimes it takes action to improve our spirits.   My thoughts and prayers are with you.
 
December 15, 2008, 7:38 am CST

12/17 Huge Holiday Headaches

Quote From: davewriter

You think YOUR cat will come at your Christmas tree?  A few years before I moved here to Winnipeg, Manitoba, my father and I took in two cats that used to belong to a friend of his.  Mind you, one of them is orange with white spots, and orange cats are known to fight.  Peaches (the orange cat) and Cream (his fur is a little on the beige side) love to run around and chase each other and fight to the death literally; I think one just might kill the other.  They even attack each other when standing on end tables and the sofa and loveseat in the living room, put one of the lamps at risk LOL!

 

Anyway, before Dad and I took in the cats, we used to put up a Christmas tree every year.  Now, with the cats, Im afraid one or both of them will knock it over when they whiz past it or fight near it.  We put up the tree once with them around, but I felt that we had to watch over it everyday so that nothing happened.  Since then, we felt it was too risky with them around.

   They need to be outside.  Cats that have to quarrel over territory do not belong indoors.  It disrupts your own lives too much.
 
December 15, 2008, 7:44 am CST

12/17 Huge Holiday Headaches

Quote From: shelly_80

I really have to wonder just how many toys such as that do have subliminal messages.  It's a good thing you got the email before returning to buy the doll. Did you happen to contact Fisher Price? Do you remember, back when Lion King came out in 1994? We bought it and my niece watched it no less than 20 times A DAY! It came to be one of my favorites! Then one day someone brought it our knowledge that there was a really offensive subliminal message in it.  The part were Simba collapses on the cliff after seeing what he invisioned to be his father in the stars, once he collapsed it spelled the word "sex" plain as day. And like you said, if you aren't looking for it, you probably won't notice it.  I watched it time and time again and never noticed it, until that person brought it to my attention. I couldn't believe that was allowed for children's cartoons back then.   There were several other cartoons that had messages of that nature at that time.  I can only imagine what they're allowed to use today.

 

I'm with you, I understand the whole freedom of religion thing but I can't fathum putting a message like that in a toy knowing people of Islam won't be the only ones buying it.  And people want to say us Christians push our religion too much???  Furthermore, if it is your hearts desire to say Merry CHRISTmas, then by all means, say it!  I do! Our rights shouldn't be terminated so someone else can have theirs and vise versa.  Don't let anyone of any other religion intimidate you, unless it threatens your job, ofcourse, in which case I say pick your battles.  Anyway.........

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!

 

       Really?  If someone goes looking for something to be offended about, they are gonna find something to be offended about.   
 
December 15, 2008, 1:23 pm CST

12/17 Huge Holiday Headaches

Quote From: davewriter

You think YOUR cat will come at your Christmas tree?  A few years before I moved here to Winnipeg, Manitoba, my father and I took in two cats that used to belong to a friend of his.  Mind you, one of them is orange with white spots, and orange cats are known to fight.  Peaches (the orange cat) and Cream (his fur is a little on the beige side) love to run around and chase each other and fight to the death literally; I think one just might kill the other.  They even attack each other when standing on end tables and the sofa and loveseat in the living room, put one of the lamps at risk LOL!

 

Anyway, before Dad and I took in the cats, we used to put up a Christmas tree every year.  Now, with the cats, Im afraid one or both of them will knock it over when they whiz past it or fight near it.  We put up the tree once with them around, but I felt that we had to watch over it everyday so that nothing happened.  Since then, we felt it was too risky with them around.

Another animal you might not want in your house with a live Christmas tree? Especially if your floor is carpeted? A goat! 28 years ago, we gave my niece a baby goat for Christmas. "Brownie" started eating the tree. And, pooping on the floor. Too bad I'd run out of film!

 
December 17, 2008, 5:30 am CST

my christmas gift that went

My husbands parents were kind enough to give me their used tupperware. (At least 20 years old)With stains and all. Hidden message...lol 21 years and going. I still laugh about it.

 

This is a family that own 6 homes,  a Rolls, two cars for each home and well....now you know why I laughed.

 
December 17, 2008, 6:32 am CST

Grdma Christmas

I love Grandma Christmas!!! She is great!  Her grandchildren will always remember her with a smile and a warm heart.  She is a beautiful person and her family should treasure the monments with her.  Just grin and bare it!!  One day you will wish you could go back in time.  Sit back and enjoy in your mother's excitement.
 
December 17, 2008, 6:58 am CST

x-mas r wonderful

Hi Dr Phil, I'm watching your program today and i do understand the people who say they hate x-mas. I think the reason they hate it is because of all the stress x-mas can bring to alot of us. Dr Phil this year i lost my job and it's been very stressful for me financially, I decided not to look for a job so i could go to school and get my G.E.D so financially i've been very tight on money. This x-mas i was going to tell my oldest daughter who santa really is, but when she came to me and said mommy you know in school kids keep saying that santa is not real the only words that i could get out of my mouth were, oh! well that might be the reason santa doesn't go to their homes, i couldn't get my self to tell her. X-mas to me is very special is a time when you see kids happy ,laughing, and just being the best they can so santa doesn't skip their home.

 Dr Phil this year I've had deaths in my family, i had my sister get a liver transplant, i lost my 7 year job but CHRISTMAS is still wonderful.       

 
December 17, 2008, 7:01 am CST

I hate Christmas Also

Christmas is a rushed time of year with lots of false expectations.  People feel that it's a kids holiday and that in order for you to have a good Christmas, you have to get your kids whatever they ask for, thank god I don't have any.  My best Christmas was when I lived in Florida and didn't have to deal with any of my family.  Christmas sucks the big hairy.  People mob stores and push themselves into debt in hopes of staying in peoples good graces.  God forbid, you purchase somebody something that they don't like, they'll moan and then bring it back when your not looking, like you care.  It's a time of year when self control slips into insanity.  All you joyful idiots rejoice, the fat man is coming down your fireplace and filling your dirty socks with candy and deer crap.  Oh, and if the kids don't behave, they get rewarded with rocks.  Enjoy!!!
 
December 17, 2008, 7:24 am CST

12/17 Huge Holiday Headaches

Quote From: secureone

My husbands parents were kind enough to give me their used tupperware. (At least 20 years old)With stains and all. Hidden message...lol 21 years and going. I still laugh about it.

 

This is a family that own 6 homes,  a Rolls, two cars for each home and well....now you know why I laughed.

Well at least it was Tupperwear and not the dollar store stuff LOL

 

I laughed when I read this. Reminded me of a few years ago my grandma gave my husband small tin ashtrays.....dirty ashtrays.....the year he quit smoking LOL

 
December 17, 2008, 7:32 am CST

The most terrible x mas gift I received

Dr Phil.

 

I received home made house slippers made from sanitary pads one year from my brother-in-law for a Christmas gift.

 
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