Sunday, December 15, 2013

Old School Blogging ~ Holiday Edition

I love this time of the year, as Ebeneezer Scrooge says in the Classic “A Christmas Carol“,
I will honor Christmas in my heart and keep it all the year.”
So without further ado Elaine and Kir bring you Old School Blogging, Holiday Style!   And I'm linking up with them with my answers to the meme about December HOLIDAYS!

First things first: 1 Holy Night or 8 Crazy Ones? (Do you Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, both?)

In my family Christmas Eve has always been the night for the entire family to get together.  We have a huge meal , unwrap gifts, eat desert and sip cocktails the night through.

Christmas Eve 2012

Peppermint or Chocolate?

I love them both especially together.  Peppermint Bark anyone?

Sing us into the Holiday Season, what is your favorite Carol this time of year?

I love this song because it reminds me of ALL that we have and how much we take it for granted.  My favorite line in the song is 

"Tonight thank God it's them instead of you..."

Whenever I hear that line it completely grounds me and in the same instant almost always brings tears to my eyes.

Tell us about a Favorite Family or Personal Holiday Tradition.

Breaking Oplatek of Christmas wafer is the highlight of Christmas Eve for adults and children alike.  It's the one tradition that has passed unchanged over 6 generations.  

Each person received half a sheet of the oplatek.  We form a line and each person makes his or her way down the line breaking off a small piece of wafer from each others wafer.  A hug, a kiss, a Christmas wish, eating the wafer piece and then moving along the line.  This usually takes about 5 minutes to finish up.  In this way we all have at least 1 small moment with each person.

C'mon you remember your favorite (Christmas, Hanukkah) gift, tell  us all about it.

A radio/cassette player when I was about 12 or 13.

That magical moment?  (Your favorite scene from a Holiday's okay if you have 2)

My favorite Holiday movie is the Scrooge "A Christmas Carol".  My favorite scene is when Ebeneezer wakes at last and rushes out into the streets proclaiming Merry Christmas and then proceeds to shower all who pass in his wake with Christmas Cheer!

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?)

I have no idea why, but I think Pittbull is a very sexy, attractive man. 

Swans a swimming, lords a leaping, golden rings; which gift of the 12 days of Christmas would you like most?

2 Turtle Doves 

Play Secret Santa, what inappropriate gift would you love to give this year?

It's so inappropriate I cannot share, it would be Rated R for Racy.  

Martha Stewart or the Grinch?  What is your decorating style?  (Pictures would be awesome!)

When my boys were growing up I was a definite Martha Stewart.  Now that they are grown and have flown the coop I am somewhere between the 2.

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?

The ability for my loved ones to have ENOUGH.  Whatever enough means to each of them.


  1. I love that family photo! I've never had enough family in one place to have a gathering like that and would love it. The Band-Aid song is one of my favourites. The message is a profound one and, after all these years, hearing the voices of my teen years brings a bout of nostalgia

    1. Thank you! Fortunately we all live within 30 minutes of each other. I think most folks have the same feelings about Band Aid

  2. Enough. I love that - so true. I feel so blessed that I have enough. Although I could always use some peppermint bark :)

    1. I'm with you Dana, I have just Enough of all that I need. Peppermint bark is my favorite!

  3. I love Do They Know It's Christmas always reminds me of Christmas and time to give. Happy Holidays to you and your family!


    1. Thank you Janise. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. You chose a wonderful song. And I love that you shared that family photo and your traditions. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Elaine. Merry Christmas to you too! And thank you for bringing back Old School Blogging.

  5. Your Christmas Eve celebration sounds lovely! And I love your word choice - happiness is so wonderful, especially over the holidays.

    1. Agreed Kim, Happiness is all we need to have a fulfilling life...

  6. Hi Barbara!
    we are kindred spirits, you and me, aren't we? From the oplatek (I love that so many other people do this and enjoy it like I do) to our mutual love of that ending of A Christmas Carol. Plus you're feisty...R for Racy, you're my kind of gal.

    thank you, so much, for joining us at the Holiday Table and bringing us all your favorite things. Reading these have given my spirit a much needed lift...and I am so grateful for the smile you gave me today.

    have a beautiful holiday season, my "new friend" :)

    1. Thank you so much Kir. I had so much fun thinking about Christmas and what it really means to me.

      Merry Christmas Friend!

  7. I love hearing about your traditions--sounds like you all have so much fun. Beautiful family photo, too!

    1. Marcia, we have a blast you and your family would fit right in. Merry Christmas!

  8. What a great family photo! Looks like you had a merry holiday!

    xo, Kay

    1. Thank you Kayla. When we all come together on Christmas Eve we are quite Merry!


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