What Day Is It?

Hi there, Kids! 😀

If you have a chance to regularly read the comments here, then you know that Kelly Ann usually gives us a little weekly report on what “holidays” are scheduled for that week. It’s always fun to read the variety on her list, and it’s very sweet of her to take the time to compile it for us.

For example, this week in one of her comments, she let us know that

Monday was National Sausage Pizza Day (along with Columbus Day).

Tuesday was International Moment of Frustration Scream Day (Crystal says: “Gosh, don’t ya just love that one?”)

Wednesday was National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day

Friday (tomorrow) will be Boss’s Day

Of course there can’t be “holidays” EVERY day of the week, but there’s an interesting coincidence about this week’s list!

Did you happen to notice there wasn’t anything for today – Thursday? 😉

Could the reason be that today is . . . .

CAROL’S BIRTHDAY??!!??

Please join me in wishing Carol a very
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – filled with fun and sweet surprises! 😀


(I’d love to wish YOU a happy birthday on your day, too. Just click here to let me know the date!)

Hugs,

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Christmas Quiz

Here’s a fun Christmas questionnaire that I saw last week on caroleknits. Because there are twenty-five questions, my initial idea was to split it into two separate posts. But then I thought you might like to decide whether you want to read it all at once or not. Maybe you’ll read part of it now, and then return tomorrow to pick up where you left off! 🙂

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Your answers to any of the questions would be very welcome, too! Use the comment form if you like. Or if you have a blog and want to post your answers there, please let me know so that I can visit.

OK, here we go . . .

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, package tie-ons! I really enjoy wrapping and love to create a beautifully wrapped gift!

2. Real tree or Artificial?

Real for many years – up until the youngest went off to college. After that we bought an artificial tree and I love the fact that I can now put it up early without worrying that it will be a needle-less stick by Christmas. 😉

3. When do you put up the tree?

See #2. Actually, right after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down?

Usually by Jan 1st. I love having it up for a month or so, but there’s nothing as “over” as Christmas, so I’m usually pretty anxious to put it away by the first of the year.

5. Do you like eggnog?

No, not really. I’ve just never developed a taste for it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

Without question – a Shirley Temple doll when I was about 6 yrs old. I remember running into the room of my sleeping parents at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning and breathlessly exclaiming to two very sleepy adults: “Santa brought the doll I wanted!” They didn’t seem all that surprised. 😉

7. Hardest person to buy for?

My Mum & Dad. They have 6 kids buying them gifts, so it’s a real challenge to come up with original ideas for Christmas, birthdays, and mother’s and father’s day presents.

8. Easiest person to buy for?

My daughters – for everything except clothes, that is.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

Yes, a few of them. One from when we were first married, another one made of plastic that the kids loved to play with when they were young (They’d spend hours arranging and rearranging all the figures!), and finally a beautiful one that my parents gave to us a few years ago. We alternate among them from year to year.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

We mail them. It’s becoming quite expensive to send cards – between the cards and the postage – but I don’t think I will ever email them. There’s just something special about sending a paper greeting.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

Hmmm . . . Can we say “most disappointing”?
When I was in my late teens, my girlfriends and I were all expecting friendship rings from the guys we were dating. On Christmas Eve, we 3 couples were all together to exchange gifts. Both of my girlfriends received sweet little rings and I got a wool hat with matching scarf. It was very pretty, but not quite what a teenage girl was dreaming of. 😉

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

I love “A Christmas Carol”, the version with George C. Scott as Scrooge. For years, we watched it every Christmas Eve. I also love “The House Without A Christmas Tree” which is a 1972 made-for-TV movie. It’s such a heart-warming story and the actors are perfectly cast. I never get tired of watching it.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

I try to be on the lookout all year, but don’t usually get really serious until November.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

I don’t think I have ever given a gift that I received to another person on my gift list. But I have donated unneeded gifts to charity.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

When I was a kid it was that hard Christmas Candy. Each year, the pastor of our church used to give a little box of it to every school child. These days, I would have to say Christmas cookies.

16. Lights on the tree?

Yes – colored lights! Our outdoor lights have been white/clear for several years now, but we hold fast to the tradition of color on the Christmas tree.

17. Favorite Christmas song?

Oh, I don’t think I can choose just one! Even though the radio stations and all the stores overdo it with Christmas music, I still love several Christmas songs. As a kid, it was “The Little Drummer Boy”. Hmm, lets see, for a hymn, it’s “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” which we sang in Latin years ago. But I also love “O Holy Night” and White Christmas and Winter Wonderland and . . . well, you get the idea!

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

Usually travel, but by car as most of the family is in New England.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Why, yes I can – thanks to another favorite Christmas song!

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

We open one on Christmas Eve, and usually it’s a small one so that the best is yet to come on Christmas morning.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

No parking spaces and long lines at the malls. Each year we promise ourselves that “next” year we’ll be all finished with our shopping in September!! Hasn’t happened yet, though.

22. Favorite ornament theme or color?

I love Christmas in all themes and colors and have experimented with different ones over the years! For example, some years our tree is decorated only with handmade ornaments (Most of them were made by my daughters and me). Other years we’ve used just glass ornaments. Then there are years when we use only the Hallmark ornaments that we’ve been collecting since the kids were babies. We do have a tradition that maybe could be thought of as a “theme”. We call it “The Scene”. It’s a little Christmas village that we put together piece by piece, year by year. There are tiny houses and figures and cute Christmas miniatures. Nothing is from a set – it’s all just a collection of individual little pieces that we’ve had great fun searching for and adding to every year.

23. What do you want for Christmas this year?

A new stove. Mine is over 25 years old and it’s just about to croak!

24. Angel on the treetop or a star?

An angel.

25. Favorite Christmas dinner?

I’m flexible. I do like to have shrimp on Christmas Eve though!

Friday Favorites

With the start of snowy weather and the holidays just around the corner, it seems a natural choice to select one of Robert Frost’s most well-loved poems for this week’s *Friday Favorites*. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Happy Thanksgiving

At this time of year, I’m always reminded of a cute poem that my youngest learned in kindergarten. As you read it, try to imagine an enthusiastic 5-year-old reciting it with dramatic gestures, animated facial expressions, and an excited little voice!

~Thanksgiving Day~

“Thanksgiving Day is coming”
So Mr. Turkey said,
“And very careful I must be
or I will lose my head.”
The pumpkin heard the turkey,
“Oh, goodness me, oh my,
They’ll mix me up with sugar and spice
And I’ll be pumpkin pie!”

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!

Warmest wishes to all for a holiday filled with fun and many happy memories . . .

Holiday Gifts in a Tough Economy

With the gloomy economic forecasts of late and the jittery drift of the stock market, many of us are worrying that we’ll see our 401(k)s shrink into 201(k)s!

The timing couldn’t be worse with the holidays just around the corner.

Cheer up though – there’s a silver lining. This year we have the perfect excuse to scale back on the holiday spending spree, once and for all.

“What kind of humbug is that?” you ask.

Fear not! I’m not suggesting we abandon gift-giving entirely, but that we return to basics and emulate our thrifty ancestors by making as many of our gifts as possible.

With a bit of determination and your creative ability, you may be surprised at what you can create on a limited budget.

With only about 65 days until Christmas, there’s not a minute to lose! Begin by making your list and dividing it into gender and age groups. It will save you time and money. For example, if you decide that all of the teenage girls will be getting handcrafted bracelets, you can buy the supplies in bulk, and work on the pieces in an assembly-line fashion.

To further economize, visit the Dollar Store for your wrapping materials. They have a wonderful assortment of papers, gift bags, tags and ribbons; and there’s nothing more festive than a beautifully wrapped gift!

You may be surprised to see more smiles than ever this year, as you present your special handmade treasures. And, who knows, it could just be that you’ll have started a new “back to basics” tradition in your family!

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