Of course I can do this. I’m my own boss (except for Scarlet and Des and their obvious control over me).
I’m going to combine two of my favorite link-ups in one post – as a co-host to the regularly scheduled Ladies Only Blog Share, and as a contributor to Old School Blogging. I didn’t want to lose my chance to participate in the last Old School Blogging of the year, as December is rapidly ending. And that brings me to the theme of yet another holiday Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party.
This week’s theme is about relaxing and taking a deep breath, and maybe doing something for yourself in the midst of stress and overbooked plans. Please share a favorite post of 2013, or you can keep it festive with holiday themed posts. Unwind, and enjoy!
And what I’m doing for myself right now? I’m going to take 15 minutes (ok, let’s be honest – up to 60 minutes, knowing the way I blog!) to do some Old School Blogging and answer some holiday questions. I could not resist this month’s holiday theme. Click on this badge to join in and link up. And then scroll down to link up to Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Holiday Reflections!
First things first: 1 Holy Night or 8 Crazy Ones? (Do you Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, both?)
Both! I grew up celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas, and my husband grew up with the same. Within my own household, it was a bit confusing and ever-evolving, but Hanukkah was certainly more forgotten about as we got older (and now). So now we celebrate Christmas with two sets of the kids’ grandparents, and Hanukkah with the third set of the kids’ grandparents. (confused, yet?) At home, we light the menorah and also have a gigantic Christmas tree and Christmas decorations.
Peppermint or Chocolate?
Chocolate! Peppermint mixed with chocolate is nice this time of year too. Peppermint on its own is rarely what I reach for.
Sing us into the Holiday Season, what is your favorite Carol this time of year?
My all-time favorite is “Carol of the Bells” in all versions. In fact, I saw this interesting a cappella version today:
Tell us about a Favorite Family or Personal Holiday Tradition.
I actually just wrote about this on my friend Leah’s post. When we were kids, we’d do Secret Santa within the five siblings and we’d leave sneaky notes and gifts all month long for our Secret Santee, and then reveal ourselves with a gift on Christmas morning. Now that we’re adults and many of us are expanding into families, we still do it within the original sibling core group, and now we include our spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc.. Otherwise, we would all be buying 8-10 gifts to cover everyone!
C’mon you remember your favorite (Christmas, Hanukkah) gift, tell us all about it:
You would think I would, wouldn’t you? My childhood Christmas memories often blend together as many restless, sleepless & long nights, leading into glorious mornings. Probably my favorite Christmas was in adulthood, after my sister-in-law had just given birth to my nephew only nine days before Christmas. She came that morning, hushed and holding a newborn, and we realized Christmas would never be the same. Scarlet was the first grandkid, but now there were grandKIDS. And we will only grow.
That magical moment? (Your favorite scene from a Holiday movie…it’s okay if you have 2)
I love that moment in The Family Man in which he’s playing with his daughter in the snow and he really feels the love for her (even though she’s just a possibility of his life if it had gone a different way) and she looks him in the eye and she just knows..
Kissing under the mistletoe? Who do you hope is standing underneath (We know it’s normally your spouse, if it did not have to be, who would you choose?)
This CRACKS me up. Everyone keeps putting celebrities. It’s rarely enough for me to feel anything at all for someone I haven’t met. Visual is often not enough to want to kiss someone. I kept waiting for someone..anyone..to say that they’d kiss their next door neighbor. Or the UPS guy. Or their ex-boyfriend! Or their best friend’s husband. Not that I don’t believe you all about the Ryan Reynolds/Ryan Gosling answers. I couldn’t resist some of them. So. Um. Captain Hook from “Once Upon a Time.” Yes.
Swans a swimming, lords a leaping, golden rings; which gift of the 12 days of Christmas would you like most?
I would love five gold rings. And then I’d take them to one of those “cash for gold” places, and I’d make some bank!
Play Secret Santa, what inappropriate gift would you love to give this year?
Oh, sexual chocolate probably. There used to be a local chocolate shop that would do things like that! True story: My mom once went to a party at her ultra-conservative friend’s house and made..something ridiculous out of clay. Something I won’t talk about here. What was she thinking? The best part is that they’re still and always very close friends.
Martha Stewart or the Grinch? What is your decorating style? (Pictures would be awesome!)
Well I’m no Grinch, but I will never be a Martha either. I think you all know by now that we have an eclectic style all our own. Doctor Who Christmas, anyone? Tardis tree topper and ornaments.
What is ONE WORD that defines the holiday season for you? (Examples: Believe/Wonder/Bah Humbug?)
If Santa could assure its delivery, what’s the first thing on your holiday wish LIST?
Could Santa ensure a cure for cancer? I’d also really love a fancy new camera lens. I wrote you about it, Santa!!
And now that you’ve (hopefully) relaxed with my Old School Blogging, won’t you take a moment to reflect, relax and link up to Ladies Only Blog Share. These inspiring and hilarious and insightful posts will have you relaxing this weekend.
My spectacular co-hosts:
Michelle from A Dish of Daily Life
Crystal from Mommifried
Angela from WriterMom’s Blog
Kristen from Four Hens and a Rooster
We are also re-welcoming a cherished guest host, Amber from “City Girl On Hicks Farm“.
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