GrabChat for Occhat 18th December 2012 Christmas Traditions – What they mean to us

Tonight’s Occhat (our last before the Christmas break) looked at the meanings of Christmas traditions. Participants shared their own traditions and reflected on the meanings they attributed to them.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support over 2012 and for sharing your knowledge, skills and interests. It is really great to be part of a community so passionate about OT and passionate about occupation. See you all in 2013

 

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@BillWongOT @clissa89 @otnotes @ShaanOT @THEOTSIPROJECT @Helen_otuk @GentleChaos @pd2ot @LeonoraOT @Cathy_OT @gilliancrossley @claireOT @gcarinlevy @elaamleung @kirstyes @NurChat @ShrimperOT @OTalk_Occhat

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@ShaanOT Hi All, tonight’s #occhat is about Christmas Traditions and what they mean to us(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:00:09 +0000)
@clissa89 Hi all! I’m kind of sharing my attention between #occhat , #NurChat and Never Been Kissed/ice cream tonight.. XD(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:01:05 +0000)
@ShaanOT @clissa89 sounds great 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:01:46 +0000)
@NurChat RT @clissa89 : Hi all! Im kind of sharing my attention between #occhat , #NurChat and Never Been Kissed/ice cream tonight.. XD #NurChat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:01:50 +0000)
@Helen_otuk Good evening looking forward to this evening’s #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:02:21 +0000)
@ShaanOT So what does everyone ‘do’ at Christmas? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:02:41 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @clissa89 multitasking queen. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:02:55 +0000)
@clissa89 @ShaanOT I cook. And bake. A lot. 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:03:03 +0000)
@clissa89 @ShaanOT I’ve just been reading this blog about expectations at Christmas http://t.co/L7CKxWIj – reflecting on my own #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:03:58 +0000)
@ShaanOT @clissa89 is the meaning of baking and cooking different at Christmas? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:04:07 +0000)
@Helen_otuk ‘Do’ lots of ‘stuff’ but most enjoy spending time with family and catching up on quality relaxing time. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:04:20 +0000)
@LeonoraOT #occhat Hi there All, I’m having breakfast & those other tasks to get going for work, so in & out of chat today :)(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:04:40 +0000)
@BillWongOT @ShaanOT good question… typically nothing much… just chillaxing for me if I am not traveling. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:04:46 +0000)
@otnotes We watch most of the college football bowl games and eat leftovers for days #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:04:53 +0000)
@clissa89 @ShaanOT for me baking and cooking often have meanings about sharing/celebrating anyway but my expectations are higher at Christmas #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:05:06 +0000)
@BillWongOT @ShaanOT I do say right now I am prepping for my trip back to HK, leaving tomorrow night my time. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:05:18 +0000)
@ShaanOT @Helen_otuk more ‘being’ than ‘doing’? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:05:22 +0000)
@otnotes My husband and I always end up traveling a lot of places to see every1… this is the last year for that. it’s exhausting #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:05:47 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes sadly I couldn’t watch the USC game this year- can’t watch the game from overseas. 😦 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:05:54 +0000)
@GentleChaos @ShrimperOT #occhat is happening. Check the thread.(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:06:18 +0000)
@clissa89 @ShaanOT I’ve not seen my family for a few months, so really looking forward to spending time with them #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:07:14 +0000)
@GentleChaos RT @ShaanOT : So what does everyone ‘do’ at Christmas? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:07:54 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @ShaanOT yes Shaan, more being than doing. Do lots too, but it is the being that has most ‘joy’ or ‘meaning’ for me. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:07:55 +0000)
@otnotes @BillWongOT DVR… but I’m rooting for the rambling wreck instead in that game 😉 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:08:11 +0000)
@kirstyes @ShaanOT I do getting up earlier than I usually would, sorting the pressies under tree into people piles, food and TV #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:08:17 +0000)
@BillWongOT @THEOTSIPROJECT #occhat is happening now.(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:08:35 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes haha! I wish… I am the only sports fan in my family. So, they don’t believe in DVR’s. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:09:32 +0000)
@clissa89 #occhat oh forgot to say – blog link I posted earlier re Expectations during the holidays is from @natasha_tracy (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:09:36 +0000)
@ShaanOT I’m quite interested in the routines people have for Christmas Day, what has shaped these? We tend to do similar each year 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:10:13 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @ShaanOT I have not seen my relatives since I last left HK 2 yrs ago. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:10:15 +0000)
@otnotes it’s getting difficult to continue our traditions as we get older & married. Hard to squeeze 7 ppl in a 4-room apartment for a week #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:10:24 +0000)
@LeonoraOT #occhat I think abt cooking for pre-Christmas social occasions & generally run out if time! Lots of catching up w ppl ?(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:10:38 +0000)
@clissa89 @BillWongOT @ShaanOT that’s a long time 😦 do you spend Christmas with anyone? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:10:56 +0000)
@BillWongOT @Helen_otuk @ShaanOT yup! The only major “doing” when I am in the US would be going to my church’s Christmas Eve service. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:11:19 +0000)
@otnotes @ShaanOT we have to open presents in turn, hold up, and get a photo. it’s a process 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:11:36 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @ShaanOT I live with my immediate family. But if I start earning paychecks, I may plan to make some visits elsewhere. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:12:04 +0000)
@Helen_otuk We used to have some very similar routines, but these have not been followed the last few years. So nothing ‘set in stone’ #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:12:17 +0000)
@otnotes totally odd tradition that has started is that we listen to an Adam Sandler CD my grandmother finds hilarious. my mom hates it! 😛 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:12:34 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @ShaanOT and previously it was 14 years. Air fare is expensive from LA to HK, esp. as a family. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:13:00 +0000)
@ShaanOT We go for a swim on Christmas morning 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:13:16 +0000)
@otnotes My fam likes to have turkey for thanksgiving and ham for Christmas, but I have managed to get turkey for both now since it’s my fave #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:13:17 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes @ShaanOT well… this “tradition” is replaced by Christkind in my church for me. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:13:50 +0000)
@clissa89 @ShaanOT in South Africa, Christmas was in summer. Swimming usually featured! But more so for New Years – & outdoor eating #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:13:56 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes @ShaanOT Christkind = advent’s version of secret santa, except u get 1 gift for each Sunday of Advent. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:14:23 +0000)
@otnotes some of the things my friends do seem like a lot of work–elf on the shelf, detailed advent calendars with gifts, etc #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:14:25 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @ShaanOT Oh yes… I can understand that part. If I were to go to my aunt’s place in Singapore, it would be the same. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:15:06 +0000)
@ShaanOT @otnotes what’s elf on the shelf? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:16:09 +0000)
@ShrimperOT Church then once home cup of tea & piece of Xmas cake before opening presents.
#occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:16:10 +0000)
@otnotes Christmas Eve used to be the only time we would see my great grandmother and that whole side of the fam. completely died with her 😦 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:16:15 +0000)
@LeonoraOT #occhat We have just lost our last family member from the preceding generation – so we are a smaller family. Prhaps traditions can change?(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:17:06 +0000)
@BillWongOT @ShrimperOT I do say it would be odd sometimes to go to church twice in a day, if Christmas Eve were on a Sunday. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:17:42 +0000)
@otnotes @ShaanOT an elf toy that comes w/ book & has to move every night to report kid’s behaviors. some ppl do detailed scenes everyday #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:17:48 +0000)
@clissa89 @LeonoraOT in my experience holiday period really highlight these changes – can be quite upsetting #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:18:07 +0000)
@ShaanOT @LeonoraOT some of our family traditions come from grandparents who have passed away, it’s become a way of remembering them #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:18:09 +0000)
@BillWongOT @LeonoraOT have you heard of something called blue christmas? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:18:32 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @LeonoraOT our ‘traditions’ have definitely changed not due to loss, but as we have grow up and parents become older etc. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:18:36 +0000)
@ShaanOT @clissa89 For me certainly makes me think back to past Christmas which can sometimes be nice, and sometimes hard #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:19:11 +0000)
@otnotes we have ornaments that remind us of some of our relatives that have passed away, nice to have them still on the tree #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:19:13 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @LeonoraOT and I think it magnifies if you haven’t been w/ the extended family for quite a while. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:19:30 +0000)
@ShaanOT connecting with the past through things we do at Christmas #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:19:56 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @LeonoraOT it was actually quite a site to see my cousins all grown up when I went back to HK 2 years ago. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:20:00 +0000)
@LeonoraOT ? @BillWongOT : @LeonoraOT have you heard of something called blue christmas? #occhat ? No, I haven’t?(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:20:04 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @otnotes yes parents have things we all made as children on the tree every year. Does give us a laugh to recall the times… #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:20:19 +0000)
@pd2ot @clissa89 Interesting read – thanks for sharing. I’m still not a fan of Christmas, but trying to re-frame it without links to past #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:20:48 +0000)
@BillWongOT @LeonoraOT It’s something like this- http://t.co/EYSjSYBw #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:21:23 +0000)
@pd2ot (PS, hello people #occhat -ing)(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:21:27 +0000)
@otnotes @Helen_otuk my parents sent many of my terrible crafts w/ me when I moved, I thought they’d hold onto those for their tree #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:21:27 +0000)
@BillWongOT @THEOTSIPROJECT just follow the #occhat hash tag.(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:21:42 +0000)
@ShaanOT @pd2ot Hi there 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:22:11 +0000)
@BillWongOT @pd2ot @clissa89 well… I think Christmas has more meaning to me than say American Thanksgiving. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:22:27 +0000)
@clissa89 @pd2ot (hiya, glad to see you here 🙂 ) #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:22:34 +0000)
@BillWongOT @pd2ot @clissa89 that said, I felt sometimes businesses use this time of year to try to boost their sales. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:22:56 +0000)
@ShaanOT @BillWongOT Why’s that? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:22:56 +0000)
@clissa89 @BillWongOT @pd2ot I celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time this year. It was Wonderful ❤ #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:23:06 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @pd2ot evening. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:23:08 +0000)
@otnotes Holidays are the only time that we see many of the assorted great aunts, second cousins, and the like #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:23:31 +0000)
@pd2ot @Helen_otuk @clissa89 #Occhat @ ShaanOT #occhat Evening 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:23:33 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @otnotes do you use them, therefore continuing a tradition or use differently? #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:23:41 +0000)
@BillWongOT @THEOTSIPROJECT and when you want to make a comment, make sure you use the hash tag. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:23:44 +0000)
@LeonoraOT Thanks Bill, 🙂 RT? @BillWongOT : @LeonoraOT It’s something like this- http://t.co/n3RlYDgQ #occhat ?(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:23:54 +0000)
@BillWongOT @THEOTSIPROJECT @pd2ot @clissa89 No problem… it’s not late at all. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:24:06 +0000)
@otnotes It was so hard when I started working &had to fight for time off to keep seeing everyone. Worst was working Christmas day #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:24:22 +0000)
@BillWongOT @ShaanOT well… it has to do with the fact that I didn’t grow up in the US. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:24:48 +0000)
@otnotes @clissa89 I think that more people should have a Thanksgiving celebration! I think it’s only 3 countries #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:24:54 +0000)
@clissa89 @otnotes I’ve worked every Christmas for the past 5 years or so. Think more difficult for people with children etc #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:25:11 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @BillWongOT @pd2ot @clissa89 thank you! What are we discussing? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:25:33 +0000)
@clissa89 @otnotes I really liked thinking about things I am thankful for and enjoying good food and friendship 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:25:45 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @pd2ot well… of course, the fact that I am still a student has something to do with that, too. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:25:47 +0000)
@otnotes @Helen_otuk I actually threw out some of them :-X I don’t have any decorations up this year due to our travels and stress. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:26:14 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @pd2ot end of Thanksgiving typically mean finals are coming near for me. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:26:17 +0000)
@pd2ot @clissa89 I think I’d like to work on Christmas! ‘Best’ Christmas day was the year on the TC, I even had psychotherapy at 8am #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:26:19 +0000)
@ShaanOT Do you think your Christmas traditions fit into a doing, being, becoming, belonging framework? Any examples? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:26:53 +0000)
@clissa89 @pd2ot I liked working Christmas 🙂 Will be strange not to this year. WIsh I could work new year’s eve – that’s my favourite to work #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:26:56 +0000)
@pd2ot @clissa89 I think I valued having normal routines rather than the expected lack of structure #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:26:58 +0000)
@BillWongOT @THEOTSIPROJECT @pd2ot @clissa89 Christmas traditions and what it means to us. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:27:02 +0000)
@clissa89 This >> RT @pd2ot : @clissa89 I think I valued having normal routines rather than the expected lack of structure #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:27:09 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @otnotes I agree. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:27:35 +0000)
@otnotes @pd2ot @clissa89 usually just see orthos in hospital. ppl who couldn’t get time off from work or didn’t have family would sched then #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:27:54 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @otnotes If I were not in OT, though, I think it would not be as easy to find things to be thankful for for me. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:28:03 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @otnotes when I lived alone and would travel home to parents for Christmas often did not do decorations at my home. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:28:07 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @BillWongOT @pd2ot @clissa89 My best memories are always those when I could give back. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:28:42 +0000)
@BillWongOT @ShaanOT I think it can be… such as community services to help out needy families during the Christmas season. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:28:47 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @BillWongOT @pd2ot @clissa89 I was blessed with a happy childhood & believe every child deserves the same. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:29:21 +0000)
@otnotes @Helen_otuk this is my 1st year with nothing at all. we’ve done mini trees, or painted windows, or hung ornaments on garland instead #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:30:09 +0000)
@Helen_otuk yes for me RT @ShaanOT : Do you think your Christmas traditions fit into a doing, being, becoming, belonging framework? #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:30:22 +0000)
@BillWongOT @THEOTSIPROJECT @pd2ot @clissa89 yes… and especially in the wake of what happened recently. (Though I don’t want to bring that up) #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:30:23 +0000)
@otnotes @Helen_otuk it’s sad, but I just did not have the energy and would only be able to enjoy about a week #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:30:36 +0000)
@ShaanOT I find Christmas quite a reflective time identify with ‘being’ #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:30:51 +0000)
@otnotes 1 of my fave traditions was shopping for an angel tree child my age. Continued that with my husband when we started dating #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:31:25 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @pd2ot I don’t like working Christmas… unless you count singing in the choir as work. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:31:26 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @otnotes yes i have done small trees and things in the past too. If not with the family etc. Often working over Christmas day etc. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:32:08 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes If I have OT paychecks, I would sure be down to help a needy family listed at my church. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:32:30 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @otnotes Angel Tree is a terrific program, brings many children smiles on Christmas morning. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:33:17 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @BillWongOT @otnotes I heard that. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:33:50 +0000)
@BillWongOT RT @THEOTSIPROJECT : @otnotes Angel Tree is a terrific program, brings many children smiles on Christmas morning. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:34:20 +0000)
@Helen_otuk I often enjoyed working Christmas day. People still need support and it is nice to share what these times can bring for each of us. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:34:53 +0000)
@otnotes @THEOTSIPROJECT seems that many orgs are just asking for general donations now instead of shopping for specific kids #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:34:58 +0000)
@BillWongOT @THEOTSIPROJECT @otnotes I have seen my church done it in all the years I have been there. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:35:43 +0000)
@clissa89 @Helen_otuk This will be my first Christmas in a long time that I’ve not worked – think I will miss it #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:36:14 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes @THEOTSIPROJECT My church is different- we shop for specific families. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:36:23 +0000)
@ShaanOT What would you say are the meanings to you of these ‘giving’ occupations at Christmas? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:36:54 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @clissa89 yes I did at first, but now I really enjoy having time with my family and all the things that not working also offers. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:37:10 +0000)
@LeonoraOT Yes, I do also – a marker – RT? @ShaanOT : I find Christmas quite a reflective time identify with ‘being’ #occhat ?(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:37:30 +0000)
@BillWongOT @Helen_otuk In certain settings, I can definitely see that. The world still goes on in the holidays. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:37:36 +0000)
@otnotes @BillWongOT many places have deferred to Toys for Tots or similar, which still fills a need but I worry not enough for older kids #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:37:45 +0000)
@GentleChaos @clissa89 @pd2ot I used to work right up to Xmas & once popped into work on Xmas day: Important for me to maintain clients’ routine #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:38:02 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @otnotes very true, I started a private angel tree while working at Head Start. More personal. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:38:07 +0000)
@clissa89 @Helen_otuk think what I will miss most is what @pd2ot alluded to – that sense of continued structure #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:38:15 +0000)
@ShaanOT @LeonoraOT Yes taking stock and thinking to the year ahead #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:38:18 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @otnotes donors like to connect with families #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:38:35 +0000)
@BillWongOT @ShaanOT For me, singing in the choir gives me satisfaction in providing a wonderful service experience for ppl. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:38:36 +0000)
@otnotes @ShaanOT Nice to be able to think of a child or family getting something nice they need and wouldn’t otherwise get #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:38:40 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @BillWongOT yes and often a difficult time for many. So can be hard as well as positive to work. just depends on the role. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:39:03 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes My church actually has a specific list for needy ppl- mostly shirts/sweaters, etc. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:39:18 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @otnotes @BillWongOT very true. As a former social worker, I can attest to this. Mostly for the young kids. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:39:26 +0000)
@GentleChaos @clissa89 @pd2ot I like to maintain my own routine too! #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:39:33 +0000)
@otnotes @ShaanOT we (personally) are so fortunate &don’t really need 2 get gifts for our family. Nice to give where it is more needed #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:39:38 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes though some younger kids do want some toys. So one church member bought a gift card for the family. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:39:56 +0000)
@ShaanOT @otnotes What does that mean to you to be able to do that? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:40:16 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @BillWongOT @otnotes Yes, you will find this more with smaller and local organizations. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:40:25 +0000)
@clissa89 @ShaanOT @LeonoraOT this is the bit that I find difficult – looking back and forward #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:40:33 +0000)
@otnotes I also love listening to Christmas music during work, driving, other tasks. Improves my attitude greatly #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:41:03 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes @ShaanOT yup! I know my aunt will sure spoil my family when I get to HK. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:41:10 +0000)
@ShaanOT @clissa89 Yes I agree, can be tough sometimes uncomfortable to stop to do that #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:41:41 +0000)
@clissa89 @ShaanOT the giving and associated tasks e.g. wrapping was so magical as a child #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:41:46 +0000)
@BillWongOT @THEOTSIPROJECT @otnotes you will be surprised… Love Inc actually is a pretty big organization. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:42:05 +0000)
@clissa89 @Helen_otuk @BillWongOT often difficult time for patients, and for staff #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:42:42 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes Yes, I like old school Christmas songs more than new school ones generally. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:42:56 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @ShaanOT oh yes… a bit of folks from my church did that 2 days ago in preparation of delivering gifts to needy families. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:43:33 +0000)
@otnotes @ShaanOT I like to feel helpful and like I am spreading cheer. I had great holidays and try to help as many kids have good ones too #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:44:12 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @Helen_otuk especially if you are in settings where patients can’t really go home for Christmas. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:45:05 +0000)
@otnotes @BillWongOT #occhat You can consider going in with a group to help one family, makes it cost effective. My Girl Scout troop used to do that(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:45:07 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes @ShaanOT I think there are lots of ways we can do that- big and small. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:45:42 +0000)
@ShaanOT @otnotes giving is something many people think is missing from our OT models and framework, for me an important part of what I do #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:45:47 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes that is what my church did… we divide and conquer on what we give to families. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:46:26 +0000)
@GentleChaos #occhat Christmas is much less chaotic than it used to be and I find this easier. It is very much like a Sunday but with cards and gifts!(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:46:34 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT RT @LeonoraOT : 5minutes to?. RT @OTalk_Occhat : #occhat – Christmas Traditions and what they mean to us http://t.co/bvjezsBR? (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:47:17 +0000)
@Cathy_OT @clissa89 @ShaanOT I like to give homemade gifts. And all the preparation and planning associated with it. Makes it more personal #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:47:18 +0000)
@BillWongOT @ShaanOT @otnotes I personally don’t think so. I think it is embedded in our practice. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:47:18 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @BillWongOT or do not have ‘home’ or ‘family’ to go to? #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:47:40 +0000)
@otnotes @ShaanOT I think that generosity is covered in our code of ethics slightly. I try to provide “gifts” thruout yr to clients in need #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:48:09 +0000)
@BillWongOT @GentleChaos For me, that’s why I don’t like to go to mega churches. A small family church that is packed is fine by me. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:48:14 +0000)
@GentleChaos #occhat My Dad finds very hard to refrain from doing.(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:48:31 +0000)
@BillWongOT @Helen_otuk that’s true, too. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:48:42 +0000)
@otnotes @ShaanOT giving in non-tangible ways often, giving of time and helping in little ways that they need. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:48:53 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT RT @BillWongOT : @ShaanOT @otnotes I personally don’t think so. I think it is embedded in our practice. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:49:05 +0000)
@pd2ot Signing out from #occhat to watch Olympia properly. Will read the rest of the tweets later. Night all.(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:49:12 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes @ShaanOT though I think u gotta be careful about that. My last CI constantly did this. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:49:21 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes @ShaanOT She said to me, “Bill, if you ever own a practice, u gotta be very careful about giving to ur clients.” #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:49:50 +0000)
@otnotes @GentleChaos my dad too- always doing something, 2much2 accomplish2 slow down! My husband to a lesser degree due to attention needs. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:50:04 +0000)
@ShaanOT @otnotes I guess I’m thinking more about supporting clients to engage in their ‘giving’ occupations #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:50:20 +0000)
@clissa89 #occhat RT @alisonablank : @clissa89 important too to remember not everyone celebrates Christmas(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:50:39 +0000)
@GentleChaos @BillWongOT #occhat I miss village church.(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:51:10 +0000)
@clissa89 @alisonablank yes absolutely. and even those who do may find it challenging #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:51:11 +0000)
@BillWongOT @ShaanOT @otnotes That’s a good idea, too. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:51:26 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @BillWongOT @otnotes @ShaanOT I can relate. I will need someone else to take care of the financials. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:51:26 +0000)
@otnotes @BillWongOT lil dollar store gifts for the kids once a month or giving of extra time etc won’t break the bank. can’t pay their rent! #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:51:51 +0000)
@BillWongOT @GentleChaos Not so sure if I can talk my family into going into the church I grew up in HK for Christmas Eve, but I will see. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:52:19 +0000)
@ShaanOT RT @clissa89 : #occhat RT @alisonablank : @clissa89 important too to remember not everyone celebrates Christmas(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:52:20 +0000)
@BillWongOT @GentleChaos But I like a small church because it’s nice to celebrate Christmas with people that I connect with. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:52:51 +0000)
@GentleChaos @otnotes A good film can sometimes help, but then Dad falls asleep. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:53:04 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes yes… but hand therapy supplies would be a different story. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:53:38 +0000)
@Cathy_OT @clissa89 @alisonablank It can be a very difficult time. Plus I think some people can even feel guilty for not enjoying the holidays #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:53:49 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @ShaanOT agree, but if you live in England then you will be affected by Christmas. Even if you do not celebrate yourself. 1/2 #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:53:55 +0000)
@BillWongOT @THEOTSIPROJECT @otnotes @ShaanOT haha! Maybe u should hire me then if you own a practice. I was a stats major before going to #OT . #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:54:28 +0000)
@OTalk_Occhat Just coming to the end of the hour now, thanks everyone for chatting and sharing meanings of their Christmas traditions #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:54:33 +0000)
@otnotes @BillWongOT that’s why I was trying to articulate “gifts” … can’t break your bank but even non tangible things are appreciated #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:54:35 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @ShaanOT with changes in opening hours, services etc and the rest of the going on decorations music etc etc #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:54:38 +0000)
@clissa89 @Cathy_OT @alisonablank and may have pressure put on them by others to enjoy etc #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:55:05 +0000)
@BillWongOT @alisonablank @clissa89 that’s true… and not even blue Christmas that I shared earlier. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:55:17 +0000)
@clissa89 #occhat RT @alisonablank : @clissa89 find the greeting ‘happy holidays’ helpful in the multicultural university setting where I teach(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:55:19 +0000)
@ShaanOT @Helen_otuk yes I agree and there will be meanings to what you ‘do’ on that day also #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:55:38 +0000)
@clissa89 #occhat RT @gcarinlevy : we certainly don’t celebrate it fully, we pick and choose but nothing I would call tradition is in the mix(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:55:42 +0000)
@clissa89 @OTalk_Occhat Thank you @ShaanOT for hosting tonight 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:56:00 +0000)
@otnotes @Helen_otuk is there a group in UK that is against ppl saying “happy holidays”? we get a lot in US despite being a “melting pot” #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:56:09 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes if I work in practice and I know a family has some1 w/ #autism , I will go out of my way and provide my email, for ex. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:56:17 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes That’ll be my version of “giving” because I know these families need some1 who can understand what they r going through. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:57:02 +0000)
@Cathy_OT @clissa89 @alisonablank Definitely. I often feel there are too many expectations to enjoy Christmas #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:57:27 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @otnotes not that I am aware of. But I am sure some will object. Can always find those who object to something or everything! #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:57:36 +0000)
@otnotes @clissa89 I always figured saying “holidays” was nicer since it could encompass Thanksgiving to New Years, in addition 2 considerate #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:57:39 +0000)
@clissa89 @Helen_otuk @otnotes I’ve heard “that’s so American” in response but that’s the extent of objection 🙂 #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:58:30 +0000)
@ShaanOT Thanks so much everyone, can I just say thanks to all the @Otalk_Occhat crew for a brilliant year of chatting 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:58:46 +0000)
@otnotes And in the US we give those people microphones RT @ Helen_otuk Can always find those who object to something or everything! #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:58:59 +0000)
@clissa89 @ShaanOT oh my greatness, is this our last one this year? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:59:01 +0000)
@GentleChaos @BillWongOT *Nods* #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:59:02 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes @clissa89 I do say it would be uncommon to say it in Chinese, IMO. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:59:09 +0000)
@gcarinlevy #Occhat @clissa89 @alisonablank we certainly don’t celebrate it fully, we pick and choose but nothing I would call tradition is in the mix(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:59:10 +0000)
@Helen_otuk Thanks to @ShaanOT for this evenings topic and hosting us along. Great job. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:59:13 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @clissa89 @Helen_otuk @otnotes is that a bad thing? 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:59:40 +0000)
@otnotes @clissa89 it’s funny you say that, b/c if you say it in America to certain ppl you get intense backlash #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:59:47 +0000)
@clissa89 @otnotes what’s the reason for the backlash? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:59:59 +0000)
@Helen_otuk TY U2 RT @ShaanOT : Thanks so much everyone, can I just say thanks to all the @Otalk_Occhat crew for a brilliant year of chatting 🙂 #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:00:05 +0000)
@BillWongOT @otnotes @clissa89 For Chinese culture… happy new years is widely accepted cuz we also have Chinese New Year after New Year’s #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:00:10 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT RT @Helen_otuk : Thanks to @ShaanOT for this evenings topic and hosting us along. Great job. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:00:11 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @Helen_otuk @ShaanOT yes, thank you! This is great. Thank you for including me. Happy Holidays to all! 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:00:46 +0000)
@Cathy_OT Another interesting and engaging #occhat . Thank you @ShaanOT for hosting :)(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:00:55 +0000)
@clissa89 @BillWongOT @otnotes now this I know.. gong xi fa cai! and some little red envelopes? 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:00:59 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @otnotes @clissa89 you can’t please everybody. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:01:18 +0000)
@Helen_otuk @THEOTSIPROJECT you are welcome, do come back next year and join us. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:01:39 +0000)
@otnotes @clissa89 b/c they feel you’re devaluing Christianity and Christmas to say “holidays.” I say it unless I know person is doing xmas #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:01:39 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @ShaanOT I know, right? Who knew I now know some of you for a year now. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:01:43 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @otnotes Sadly I don’t go to a Chinese church any more. So, no such luck for me. 😦 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:02:26 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @otnotes and I guess I am happy still single… cuz I would be on the giving end if I have a family. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:02:52 +0000)
@clissa89 @BillWongOT that is a shame 😦 I spent a few Christmases ago in Asia, I thought it was a really special way of celebrating 🙂 #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:02:57 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @Helen_otuk I am looking forward to it! #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:03:02 +0000)
@clissa89 @BillWongOT Christmas on the brain… I meant Chinese New Year #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:03:18 +0000)
@otnotes ah, I forgot about my brother and I’s tradition of watching/reciting Home Alone. 🙂 Hope everyone has terrific holidays, cu in2013! #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:03:34 +0000)
@clissa89 @otnotes oh, I understand. Like how some people dislike “Xmas”? Thank you for explaining #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:03:55 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 Well… If I have #OT paychecks, I could start a tradition for the Sunday School kids. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:03:56 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT RT @Helen_otuk : @THEOTSIPROJECT you are welcome, do come back next year and join us. #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:04:12 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 I do say, though… I would be a giver, not a receiver. That’s a version of “giving” that we talked about today. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:04:20 +0000)
@clissa89 RT @Helen_otuk : Yes big thanks to the #OTalk / #Occhat team and everyone who joins us! It has been a great year. looking forward to another! THANKS! #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:05:00 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 First day of that next year will be 2/10/13. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:05:58 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 I actually was born during Chinese New Year on my birth year- day 7. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:06:22 +0000)
@clissa89 @BillWongOT thank you 🙂 I have the gong xi song stuck in my head now #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:06:26 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @otnotes In Chinese, we would say ????. We don’t have a word for X’mas, I think. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:07:31 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 Maybe I should do an #occhat on this… lol!(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:08:21 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT RT @BillWongOT : @clissa89 @otnotes In Chinese, we would say ????. We don’t have a word for X’mas, I think. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:08:22 +0000)
@ShaanOT RT @Helen_otuk : Yes big thanks to the #OTalk / #Occhat team and everyone who joins us! It has been a great year. looking forward to another! THANKS! #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:09:15 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 This will be a good Chinese New Year song… lol! https://t.co/A8jknPOp #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:09:48 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 I think @elaamleung will probably know what the artist was singing… and me too. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:10:19 +0000)
@clissa89 @BillWongOT @elaamleung aww I don’t understand it. Would you mind summarising? #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:11:22 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @BillWongOT yes! I loved it. Fantastic idea. Thank you so much! #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:11:58 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT Thank you @BillWongOT for including me in today’s chat! Incredible experience. #OT4Life #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:13:35 +0000)
@clissa89 @THEOTSIPROJECT thank you for joinining us tonight 🙂 the next chat will be on 8th Jan #OT4Life #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:14:44 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 @elaamleung so when he comes according to Chinese culture (again I think), he will hopefully bring wealth & good fortune. #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:15:41 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT @clissa89 Thank you for including me. So great! Looking foward ot it. #OT4Life #OTsUnite #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:16:15 +0000)
@THEOTSIPROJECT RT @clissa89 : @THEOTSIPROJECT thank you for joinining us tonight 🙂 the next chat will be on 8th Jan #OT4Life #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:16:28 +0000)
@BillWongOT @clissa89 and here’s another one of Chinese New Year songs. #occhat https://t.co/zIE8hG4I(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:17:38 +0000)
@clissa89 @BillWongOT the one I know goes gong xi gong xi gong xi ?ni (I have no idea how to spell any of the rest of it) #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:18:55 +0000)
@Helen_otuk A big thanks to the #OTalk / #Occhat team. You are all stars, see you 8 Jan @kirstyes @clissa89 @gilliancrossley @ShaanOT @cgenter @claireOT (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:19:41 +0000)
@BillWongOT RT @Helen_otuk : A big thanks to the #OTalk / #Occhat team. You are all stars, see you 8 Jan @kirstyes @clissa89 @gilliancrossley @ShaanOT @cgenter @claireOT (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:21:29 +0000)
@clissa89 RT @Helen_otuk : A big thanks to the #OTalk / #Occhat team. You are all stars, see you 8 Jan @kirstyes @clissa89 @gilliancrossley @ShaanOT @cgenter @claireOT (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:22:10 +0000)
@clissa89 @Helen_otuk and you, Helen! #OTalk #Occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:22:18 +0000)
@claireOT MT? @Helen_otuk : A big thanks to the #OTalk / #Occhat team. Til 8 Jan @kirstyes @clissa89 @gilliancrossley @ShaanOT @cgenter ” yay!(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:22:37 +0000)
@gilliancrossley RT @Helen_otuk : A big thanks to the #OTalk / #Occhat team. You are all stars, see you 8 Jan @kirstyes @clissa89 @gilliancrossley @ShaanOT @cgenter @claireOT (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:28:52 +0000)
@gilliancrossley @Helen_otuk @kirstyes @clissa89 @ShaanOT @cgenter @claireOT #OTalk #Occhat and you helen 🙂 looking forward to #otalk #occhat 2013(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:29:41 +0000)
@GentleChaos @BillWongOT The #occhat crew are awesome @ShrimperOT @otalk #occhat (Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:54:19 +0000)
@elaamleung @BillWongOT @clissa89 #occhat lol came home & saw all these Chinesey talks! Amazin! Pity i missed 2nite’s one! Was busy gettin xmas cards!(Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:34:42 +0000)

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