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December 22, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things…

My friend Jenn suggested we post about our favorite things this Christmas…and since I am out of time and imagination, here goes.

ps. These pictures are all from Thanksgiving…I have nothing from last Christmas on this pc.

*Getting family in ONE place at ONE time. Being so spread out…we often spend Thanksgiving with  mostly my side of the family and Christmas with Coach’s side.  And during these holidays…one side is always asking about the other…they all love each other. Family; it’s a true wonder. And I love that I am in the middle of all this hub a hub.

*Decorating. Pulling out those dreaded boxes of ornaments…in minutes, they are not so much dreaded as a walk down memory lane! (hence my Lennox unicorn from 1981, the one that survived Mama Kong)

*Making the house smell like a pine tree. I am adamant about a fake tree (some tree hugger huh?) I am so fearful of our house burning down…so bring on the fakie and the Yankee candle scents.

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*Our big Italian dinner. Be it Christmas eve or day. (depends on if my BIL has his kids Christmas eve or day) This tradition came from my Mom…handed down (in divorce)  to my dad. It is all I know. And thankfully, Coach and his family have embraced it. Lasagna…antipasto, ravioli….ummm it is the best.   Bring on the carbs!

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*Relaxing. Since we did away with all the gift giving…just something small for the kids..the stress has just lifted from me. I LOVE this feeling.  So freeing.

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*Charity. We are pretty charitable all year round….but it seems this time of year we get more ‘needs’ in front of us. We give as much as we possibly can. And then some.

*Having a house full of laughing/happy people. This is what I envisioned years ago…and whenever it is present, it makes me giddy inside.

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Just giddy I say!

What are your favorite things this time of year?

Gosh…I hope you have some too.

18 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I really love the fact that I get time off work! And being able to spend it with my husband.

Laurie Brandriet Keller said...

i have so many ... going through and putting up the ornaments is always fun. oyster stew and tamales, not necessarily together, is a good one. shopping and having an elf to wrap is fantastic. having all of us together is way up there too. and those sausage, cheddar and bisquick thingies are way up there with us. xoxo. i love you, girlfriend. merry christmas and lots of blessings in 2010. xoxo.

Lori said...

I love the lights and just being with loved ones whether it be friends that are like family or family. Another of my favorite things are my blogging friends, like you, that I have come to love and I see each of you as gifts.

I love getting snowed in at this time of year...just having everything come to a complete stop...and it looks like we are getting this as a Christmas gift as it is suppose to start snowing this afternoon and dump 1 to 2 feet over today, tomorrow and Christmas and even a little more over the weekend. Since we will not likely get to travel as planned we will build snowmen, have snow fights, go sledding, drinking hot cocoa(with a little peppermint shnops added to ours) and watch some movies and play games and do lots and lots of shoveling! :)

I love all your happy family pictures. I pray that you and yours will have a happy & merry Christmas. I know you will! XXOO Lori

Pam said...

I love the dressing. Why oh why do I only make it twice a year when it's so dadgum easy?! I have no idea. lol I love looking through the ornaments and remembering what was going on when we bought them. I love my little family and we plan on spending some wonderful time together during this Christmas break. : )

I love all your family pics. You light up the blog when you post a pic of yourself smiling and/or laughing. Hugs to you (and yours) and Merry Christmas too!

Colleen said...

Ha! We have the pine spray to make our fake tree smell real!! Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the year...just bursting with anticipation :)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

"This is what I envisioned years ago…and whenever it is present, it makes me giddy inside."

YES!

ChiTown Girl said...

Holy cow, it must have dropped down to 70 for Thanksgiving, you have a sweatshirt on!! tee hee!

I love that you say you have an Italian Christmas. The pastas all sound good, but our traditional Big, Fat, Italian Christmas Eve isn't about pasta, it's about fish. We ALWAYS celebrate with the Feast of Seven Fishes. Yum! I would venture to guess that you'd be able to get some great seafood down there in Florida.

Merry, merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family!!!

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

Love the new header, Suz!

My favorite thing this year was making Christmas for someone else.

I love the way the house smells and the way the outdoors smells to.

And I love the music!!

Unknown said...

I love that you are a tree hugger...and that you have an arificial tree (my husband was a firefighter so no real trees were allowed).

Have you considered having both sides of the family together for the holidays? Any holiday will do....maybe 4th of July.

I love you most for the example you set for your girls with the giving thing. It's a good feeling and a wonderful lesson that they will carry on.

Love you, Suz...

George said...

I love the music of Christmas. We listen to Handel's Messiah every Christmas eve. Being with, or at least talking with, family members is also a wonderful traditional.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Suz, I somehow missed this post... Did Blogger not publish it???? Maybe I just missed it. Glad I did a second check!!!!!

Sounds like you have a great schedule --being able to spend time with both sets of families --on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Interesting that you eat Italian on Christmas... I could never do that--but my tradition is the traditional turkey and trimmings (just like Thanksgiving). I guess I'm too old and old-fashioned to change now!!!! ha

Have a very very Merry Christmas.
Lotsa Hugs,
Betsy

Technodoll said...

It may sound corny but I love reading about happiness, food, decorations and other's lives - makes me forget the blues :)

Life is good.

Life with amazing people in it such as you is much, much better!

(( hugs )) and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Clippy Mat said...

love all of it.
I do love the music.
the carols especially.
and O Holy Night is my favourite.
Have a joyful Christmas Suz.
:-)

Jen said...

Merry Christmas Suz!!! and to all your favorites.
May blessings of giddiness follow you where ever you go, what ever you do when ever possible. :) OXOX

Michelle said...

Wonderful post and I wanted to wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas!

Rebecca Foster said...

Love the pictures, your family all look like such fun people. Yankee candles...mmmm...that brought back some nice memories. I love the sugar cookie candle.

My family used to use live candles on a real tree, can you imagine?? Relics from my parents' time in Germany (Army assignment). I shudder now to think of burning candles on a real tree in the house! Ah, I guess those were simpler days.

I love that we eat Mexican food for Christmas, because we just ate turkey a month ago. Italian also sounds awesome!

HWHL said...

I loved this post! Hope y'all had a great Christmas! We are winding down.

Here is my Christmas secret: I HATE the "lead up" to Christmas Day, but I love the day (and Christmas Eve) itself... (crazy-weird, I know).

Here are my favorite parts:

1) Putting the ornaments on the tree that my kids made in elementary school. I saved all of them. Glitter and dried macaroni RULE! :)
2) Being surrounded by the LOVE and LAUGHTER of my family. My 2 favorite very favorite things.
3) Giving my dogs their requisite big rawhides. Watching one dog eat hers immediately and the other (sensible) dog, go into the backyard, scout a good "secret" spot and bury it for later. This happens like clockwork, every single Christmas Day. :)
4) Seeing how loopy my mom gets. This year my son told her that "Beer is better than wine" and she said "Beer can cure the blind?" (I think it's time for a hearing aid.)
5) GIVING. GIVING. GIVING. Does a person good.
6) Being thankful for Jesus.

Merry Merry Christmas!

HWHL said...

PPS: And the way the real Christmas tree makes the house smell. Love it.