Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's All About Christmas!

201 Edition of

1. What is one new holiday tradition you'd like to establish, or one you've established recently, say in the last year or two?

I would love to re-establish the tradition of all my family getting together like we used to before our parents died; however, that is not reality.  As Hubby and I now spend our Christmas and a good part of the month in the home of our son and his family, we are perfectly content to blend in and participate with whatever traditions they have or want to establish.

2. It's the second week of December. Have you sipped a cup of eggnog yet this month? Wrapped a gift? Opened a gift? Kissed someone under the mistletoe? Lit a candle? Eaten a Christmas cookie? Seen Santa in person? Watched a Christmas movie or special? Read scripture relating to the birth of Jesus?

Oh my, I think I may be behind if these are criteria for being ready for Christmas!  I have lit several candles for entertaining.  Our pastor is preaching on the "Music of Christmas" and we have studied the Magnifcat or "Song of Mary" and that of Zacharias from Luke's account.  Beautiful songs of praise and prophesy.

3. Do you think it's better to be an adult or a child at Christmastime? Explain.

I don't know that there is really a better.  I loved the anticipation of not knowing what was under the tree as a child, but I love the anticipation of seeing someone open a gift I have chosen for them.  I am so enjoying preparing some personal gifts for family members this year.

4. It's often said, 'Good things come to those who wait'...agree or disagree? Why?

I don't necessarily agree with this statement because good things can sometimes be instant.  That being said, I do think it is good under certain circumstances to not rush into something unless one is very certain it is the right thing to do at the time.  Also, one thing I have told my children and grandchildren is to not just settle.  Sometimes by waiting, the best comes along instead of just the good.

5. What's the last sweet thing you baked? Did you keep it, take it to a party/event, or give it away?

I baked cookies yesterday.  I never bake cookies but I saw this recipe called "Almond Joy Cookies."  I couldn't resist and they were delicious.  If you are interested in the recipe let me know and I'll send it to you.  It makes a massive amount.

6.  This question comes to us courtesy of Jhona who blogs over at The Red House at the End of the Lane. Everyone hop over and say hi to Jhona this week!  Here is her question... "I heard an actor talk about how he makes a conscious choice to talk to people in elevators.  He chooses to connect, make eye contact, and converse. Do you talk to people/strangers when you're in an elevator or any other place where you might have to wait together? Why or why not?"

Good question, Jhona.  No, I do not normally engage strangers in conversation at any time.  Elevator time is so awkward, so I choose to remain quiet and stare at the closed door.  A while back Hubby and I were in a hotel elevator and he made a corny remark and they looked at him like he was crazy.  Come to find out, they all spoke a foreign language. So, sometimes its just better to remain quiet.

7. Are you on the naughty or nice list this year? What put you there?

Nice, I think.  I find it is much better to try to stay as close to nice as I possibly can.  I am certainly not always successful, I assure you.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I was out running some errands yesterday and saw this lady.
For those of you who are already shoveling snow, this is how we do Christmas shopping in the south.


  1. Shorts! It was 17 degrees here : ) We had an ice storm yesterday, and snow in the forecast today. But I'd love some of that weather when we head south in January for my daughter's wedding. I'll settle for just no snow/ice/travel delays. Enjoy your week!

  2. Love the picture!

    How funny, the cookies I baked yesterday were the Almond Joy cookies as well and I saw the recipe on FB. I substituted pecans for the almonds and as I said in my blog they were just a "glorified" Chocolate Chip cookie. And, I have containers and containers of cookies.

    Happy Wednesday! Hugs!

  3. Enjoyed this as always. And I am back in capri's! I had maybe a week or two where I was in my jeans, but the heat has been back these last couple of days. Actually yesterday was beautiful. About 78. I honestly can't imagine dealing with snow. Would change everything around here. Enjoy your day!

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  5. I love Almond Joy candy bars, so I'm certain that the cookies would be right up my alley. That photo is too funny! I saw a woman around here wearing flips flops this past Sunday at church. Gotta love the South!

  6. Even though we live in Canada our neighbor insisted on wearing shorts every day even though it was below freezing. Myself I am bundled in extra sweaters. socks, scarves and mitts.

  7. Love that last pic. However, in Colorado we do enjoy our CHRISTmas snow...then I like it to go away.
    I enjoyed what you said about 'by waiting, the best comes along instead of just the good'. We tend to get impatient and settle for less, don't we?

  8. You have a beautiful blog with a beautiful spirit to match. Had to give a wry smile to the shorts picture outside of Ross. I'm sitting here in Colorado with long sleeves, knee socks, jeans and a fleecy vest. My feet are almost perpetually cold in the winter, but I live here by choice for the most part.

  9. Haha! You just reminded me of a funny incident years ago in Seattle. My sil and I were on an elevator with three foreigners and I was talking and so were they. All of a sudden, they began to laugh and one said "Texas" looking at me. We all thought that was pretty funny.

  10. The photo of the Christmas shopping lady is just too funny! On my Tuesday post I have a photo of Christmas shoppers in Minneapolis - all bundled up for winter. lol

    Did you say 'Almond Joy Cookies'??? That sounds fantastic! Feel free to send the recipe my way when you have time.

    Have a wonderful Thursday.

  11. Enjoyed reading your answers. I'm way behind on Christmas this year but I'm very relaxed over it!


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