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.