Happy Christmas!


Haaaaaaaaaappy Christmas TOD, have a completely blissful day!

102 Responses to “Happy Christmas!”

  1. 1 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 25, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Merry Christmas to you Chips and the wonderful inhabitants of TOD community! May joy, peace and goodwill continue to dispel sorrow and sadness from our hearts.

    School opened here in September with one of our most beloved early childhood teachers. I went to her school that first day and spoke with her; she was her usual effervescent and smiling self โ€“ a quality that endeared her to everyone, especially her little students. By the middle of the second week, however, she passed away in England. She was only 36 years old. It was reported that she suddenly started to feel unwell, and was thereafter diagnosed with liver cancer. She was immediately sent to England for medical care, but it was too late.

    I went to our Christmas service this morning and saw her mother. Her face was so sad as I greeted her; it was obvious that grief still held her in its cold palms. I came home feeling somewhat down because apart from missing my own mother who died over 50 years ago, I knew someone whose Christmas was not going to be as cheerful as it should be; a mother who was hurting because her first born was no longer around.

    Then I read your post, and it filled me with hope; hope that time will dim the sorrow in our hearts, and that the pleasant memories of those who have left us will certainly endure. Thank you, and God bless you.

    • 2 jackiegrumbacher
      December 25, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Prayer warrior, I’m so sorry for the loss of this wonderful teacher at such an early age. My heart goes out to her mother and to all those who are dealing with loss on this special day. And thank you for the message of hope. Bless you,

    • 3 hopefruit2
      December 25, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Congrats Warrior and Merry Christmas to you and yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 4 a4alice
    December 25, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas Chips and everyone in TOD. May you all have the brightest of Christmases and may I say, Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • December 25, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Haaaaaaaaaaaappy Christmas Alice, have a completely lovely day!!

      • 6 jackiegrumbacher
        December 25, 2015 at 8:27 am

        Chips, I hope you’ve got lots of treats in store at your house today–new toys for Danny, special surprises for yourself, lots of goodies and all the love and happiness of being with family and friends. Or, as you so often say, “Have an absolutely blissful day!”

        • December 25, 2015 at 8:43 am

          Happy Christmas Jackie!!!! I was saying yesterday that my family had threatened to give me for Christmas behavioral classes for Danny – I will find out in a couple of hours if they carried this threat through. If they have, then TOD will be my only family from thereon in.

          • 8 jacquelineoboomer
            December 25, 2015 at 9:50 am

            And we will welcome you with open arms, after that good Christmas morning chuckle you gave us, Chips! Good Christmas morning to you and Danny!

    • 9 hopefruit2
      December 25, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Merry Christmas Alice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 10 57andfemale
    December 25, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Merry Christmas, everyone.

    • December 25, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Happy Christmas 57 – give your gorgeous dogs a festive hug for us!!

      • 12 57andfemale
        December 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

        Back at ya, Chips. Kisses and hugs to Danny. Beautiful story about your dad on the last post.

        We’re still nursing Kasper and I need to call the surgical center with a few questions this morning. Hopefully the scary symptoms are normal. He’s eating and has some energy, thank god.

        • December 25, 2015 at 8:51 am

          {{57}} The main thing is that Kasper is eating, I’d be reassured by that, but for peace of mind that call will do the trick. Give him double hugs for me!

    • 14 hopefruit2
      December 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Merry Christmas, 57! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. December 25, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Merry Christmas TOD Family!

    For those who have already celebrated, I hope your day was all that you wanted it to be.

    For those of us who are just beginning our celebrations, I hope that your day is magical and peaceful.

    I love that we are an international communityโ€ฆand that we complement each other.

  5. 18 Dudette
    December 25, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Merrrrry Christmas Everybody!

  6. 20 sherijr
    December 25, 2015 at 7:58 am

    First time in 37 years that I am up before the kids on Christmas morning… ๐Ÿ™‚ so Ho Ho Ho to one and all- Have a merry happy cheery loving Christmas everyone !

    • December 25, 2015 at 8:09 am

      [Sigh] I remember how strange it felt the first time when, instead of me being awaken at 4 and 5 AM to open presents, *I* had to wait for child to awaken. Today, I am the only one up right now, so I’m sitting back and relaxing to Christmas music.

      Merry Christmas sherijr!!!

      • 22 sherijr
        December 25, 2015 at 9:17 am

        funny, my 16 yr old came out right after I posted my previous comment.. opened things (clothes) with gusto, just like when he was 6 ๐Ÿ™‚ But it was kinda nice being alone for a bit this morning. A very Merry Christmas to you also sw ~ best wishes to you and your loved ones.

    • 23 hopefruit2
      December 25, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Merry Christmas Sherijr! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. December 25, 2015 at 7:59 am

    MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! Love each and every one of you. Hope your day is blessed and filled with HOPE!!!!!! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

  8. December 25, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Merry Christmas to our First Family. POTUS, FLOTUS, Malia, Sasha, Sunny, Bo, and Grandma Robinson.

  9. 32 Dudette
    December 25, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Here’s another great version! I could watch these guys play ALL day, but I need to get to cooking!

    Love you TOD Family! Merry Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒŸ

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      December 25, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Dudette, thank you for this great beginning to the day. And thanks for all the great, enlightening, cheering, hopeful, delightful posts you give us every day of the year. You bring all of us so much joy and pleasure. May your Christmas day be filled with love.

    • December 25, 2015 at 8:30 am

      I sooooooooo enjoyed that, Dudette. Not just the listening but the watching. The two drummers in the middle seemed to really enjoy themselves as well.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      December 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

      That is wonderful, Dudette! Merry Christmas!

    • December 25, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Dudette, have you ever seen these guys? Not Christmas related, but pretty fantastic! My daughter was in marching band from 7th grade through her last year in college. Brass and percussion are my favorites! (She played trumpet).

  10. 39 jackiegrumbacher
    December 25, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Merry Christmas to all in whatever time zone you live. Today is our ‘quiet Christmas’ with a few friends stopping by. Tomorrow the riotous Christmas begins as our little one and her parents arrive. Then it’s nonstop energy for three days. I hope everybody’s day is filled with love and the sense of peace as everyone pauses to savor the magic of this special time.

  11. 42 Dudette
    December 25, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Best scene ever from the best TV show ever.

  12. 48 desertflower
    December 25, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Good Christmas morning everyone! You know your “children” are grown when they are the ones still asleep and I’m the one anxious for them to wake! Love to all:)

    • 49 hopefruit2
      December 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Merry Christmas df! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 51 Dudette
      December 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Yep, I’ve already made Mom mad cuz I didn’t wanna come over exchange gifts then come back home to cook and then go back to their house. I know she just wants the excitement of seeing kids opening gifts. Luckily my sister is on the way over there with nephew and niece. Plus I have food in the oven, so I’m off the hook. ๐Ÿ˜

  13. 52 Dudette
    December 25, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Last one! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  14. December 25, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Dear Chips,

    I was very touched by the story about your father and that you would share it with all of us.

    Much love and Merry Christmas and thank you for this glorious community that you created!


  15. December 25, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Dear TOD,

    Merry Christmas to each of you and to all your loved ones!



  16. December 25, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Merry Christmas Folks……

  17. 64 jackiegrumbacher
    December 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Chips, I missed your post about your father yesterday and when I read it this am, it opened so many memories of my very brief years with my own father (I was five years old when he died) and of my mother, who died in January 1999. My father was the most joyous, generous, loving man I’ve ever known and he would literally open the house on holidays and invite every one he knew. He loved people and I never remember a time when he wasn’t hopeful and cheerful. When he died Christmases were bleak because my mother couldn’t cope and it wasn’t until I had my own family that I was able to recreate some of the joy my father spread around him. The point is fathers make such a profound difference on our lives, imprinting our souls and making us who we are. I’m glad your father gave you the imprint he did.

  18. December 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Good Morning and Merry Christmas Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 68 Vicki
    December 25, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Good morning and Merry Christmas everyone.
    It is not just TOD who are wowed by President Obama singing “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy in SC. The New York Times editorial this morning calls it a highlight of the year!!!

    Today is not about family for me (I”m Jewish) but about friends. I will be having Christmas dinner with my friends who usually do a Christmas Eve Feast of the 7 Fishes menu. This year they decided to do a Christmas Dinner instead.
    The main course will be ham. So I’m a little nervous because while not keeping kosher, still some notions of “traife” persist and I don’t eat pig . Since this is something I never mention because I think folks who are always telling you what they eat and can’t eat for whatever reason are rude and boring, my longtime friends aren’t aware of this. My plan is to eat enough ham so that I call no attention to myself and fill up on all the trimmings.

    Have a beautiful day everybody.

    • 69 hopefruit2
      December 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

      G’morning Vicki and Merry Christmas to you & yours! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoping the Christmas Dinner with your friends goes well!

  20. 70 Vicki
    December 25, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Today’s entry in my Series called “Good News in the News” is NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s using an executive action to provide 20,000 City Workers with 12 weeks paid parental leave.
    The leave will be paid for by these workers yielding 2 of their 27 paid vacation days and by the managers amongst them forfeiting a .47 cent raise that would be due.
    The Mayor hopes to extend this humane and sensible policy to All City workers in the near future.

  21. December 25, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Merry Christmas TODers.

    For me and my son, it is a day of counting our blessings with a deep hole in our hearts. But we are grateful for family and friends. And I want to say thanks to my TOD family for your kind words throughout the year.

    I hope everyone enjoys this day where ever you are.

    I am grateful to CHIPs for creating this Oasis and to NW and all the other blog tyrants for bringing the news about our wonderful family in the White House!!

    Merry Christmas All!

  22. 75 vcprezofan2
    December 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

    A quick “Merry Christmas” since I’m still not at home. Sticking my head in from the family get-together breakfast to say “Christmas Greetings!”

    *wink-wink* Does this ring a bell? Our president and his wife have made such a cool template and smart pols use it, I think.

  23. 79 sabreen60
    December 25, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Merry Christmas TODers!

    I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

  24. December 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I missed your post about your dad yesterday, CHIPS. Thanks for sharing. It speaks loudly to my heart today.

  25. 82 GGAIL
    December 25, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Good West Coast morning & Merry Happy Christmas, to our beloved Chipsticks and my wonderful TOD family.

  26. December 25, 2015 at 10:50 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc, and Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas everyone!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy and pleasant holiday season.

    Special greetings to all the TOD bt’s including Nerdy, Amk, LL, LP, Zizi, and the others who make highly valuable contributions to this site. ๐Ÿ™‚

    A very special greeting to Chips (and Dannystix of course), and all the thanks for creating this space and making it the go-to oasis it has become today!! Thanks Chips for sharing your personal story about losing your Dad. It was very touching, and I’m wishing you peace and comfort at this time.

  27. 84 JER
    December 25, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Merry Christmas BFF and TOD family.

      December 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm


  28. 86 Dudette
    December 25, 2015 at 11:23 am

    First pan of mac and cheese in oven. Mixing up second batch. About to add smoked turkey to the green beans.

    Good thing I skipped breakfast, cuz I’ve tasted more than enough to make up for it.

    Chef’s gotta do what chefs gotta do! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  29. 89 MightyPamela
    December 25, 2015 at 11:43 am

    โค A most blessed Christmas to everyone {{{{{ Chipsticks & TOD }}}}}

  30. 90 Dakota
    December 25, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Peace and Blessings to Chips, the entire TOD Family and our Beloved First Family. May your Christmas be filled with joy and love.

    {{{CHIPS}}} Thank you.

  31. December 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Sending everyone in TODville lots of Christmas cheer! Thanks to all of you for making this community such a great place.
    And Chips, you’re the BEST, as are Nerdy Wonka and all the BTs. Thank you for everything!

  32. 95 Nena20409
    December 25, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Happy Christmas! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Seasonal Greetings!
    Ho! Ho! Ho!
    Hello TOD!
    My 1st time on the Web or no any Public Forum today.
    It’s Nice in MN. It will clock 35F or better today.
    Huge Family gathering, leaving in a jiffy heading for a Feast.
    I am wishing All TOD Villagers Peace on Earth and Good Will To All, however your belief is cherished, practiced and honored.
    Be Merry, Happy and Content. Share your Happiness, Love and Liberty with your fellow earthlings, all creatures are great and wonderful with a designed purpose.
    Congrats PrayerWarriorForObama on your Golden โญ
    Thank you, Chips for being such a Gracious Fun, Kind, Magnificent, Benevolent, Awesome Host!
    See you all later. โค ๐Ÿ™‚ โค ๐Ÿ™‚ โค ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

  33. December 25, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    It’s snow in California! YAYAYAYAYAYYYYYYY!

  34. December 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Lovely and moving Christmas message from the first couple! They communicate and uplift us so well together!

  35. 99 hopefruit2
    December 25, 2015 at 1:31 pm

  36. 100 Dudette
    December 25, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Well if that West Wing scene above made you cry, the scene that explains why Mrs. Landingham went with Toby to the funeral is definitely gonna get you.

  37. 101 JER
    December 25, 2015 at 1:56 pm

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