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Blogmas Day 11: Winter Pictures

We don’t exactly live in the tropics. However, most of our snow usually comes in the months following Christmas.

Except in 2009.  When we drove to our Christmas morning in a blizzard. (My husband drives a dodge truck and those can even drive through tornadoes. See evidence via the movie, Twister.)

My favorite winter picture is from that Christmas:

And in 2013, it also snowed a good amount before Christmas. J spent some time demolishing gingerbread houses with fireworks that year. 

It’s supposed to snow later this weekend. However, it might be quite green and bright by Christmas day.

At least our semi warm (40 to 50 degree weather is not warm to all, I realize), does make holiday outings with friends fun. This year, for the first time, I went with 2 friends to see Winterfest at Worlds of Fun. Such a fun time! 

For those who don’t know, Worlds of Fun is our local amusement park. They fill it with lights and shows and even some of the roller coasters and rides run! And yes, we did ride one of the roller coasters. So much fun! 

Plenty of true Christmas reminders around as well. 

This nativity scene was near the smelling petting zoo portion. They had sheep, camels, etc. there.

Whether your winter is green and bright or white, I hope it’s a good one!

**I’m joining in with Tamy over at Chasing My Life for Blogmas 2019.

Blogmas Day 9: Christmas Meaning

To me, the meaning of Christmas is simple. It’s peace.

Oh, and maybe a lot of Starbucks Mocha while searching for it. Ha!

Really though the meaning of Christmas is about the peace found from this scene:

(Please forgive the blurry image).

I shared this last year but I still think it’s one of the best simple explanations for the meaning of Christmas. So I’m sharing it again.

Don’t forget to go visit Tamy at Chasing My Life for Blogmas 2019. Join in the fun, it’s not too late!

Blogmas Day 5: Favorite Stories

When I think of stories, I naturally think of books. Part of my Christmas decor ever since the boys were little is the book basket.

Each Christmas, their traditional present is a pair of pajamas and a book. This means with them now teenagers, the book basket is overflowing. I’ve expanded to the bookshelf by the front door as well.

For this post, I decided to grab a few of the ones that became our favorites over the years.

We went from board books, C is For Christmas, I think, is the inaugural book basket book. It was here long before the book basket for one of G’s first ever Christmas presents.

We giggled together (and still do!) each year reading The Night Before The Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing. (If you have preschool children, I highly recommend her Night Before series, lots of other holidays).

One year, The Christmas Tree was G’s favorite book ever even into Kindergarten starting the following fall.

J, being more of a math kid, enjoyed The Christmas Story, The Brick Bible one year.  And enjoyed reading the chapter books of Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House when he hit the right ages.

I still do the pajamas and book for Christmas Eve. Admittedly, it’s harder each year to find “Christmas” books. We’ve had a few duds. The book of poems went over as well as a lump of actual coal in a stocking. However, we found success and a new tradition of reading the “politically correct” night before Christmas each year.

This year, I have already set aside a book about Christmas music for J (hoping he likes it) and am still searching for a suitable Christmas book for G.

For me, personally, my favorite Christmas story ever (which we surprisingly do not have in our book basket) is The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.

What’s your favorite Christmas story?

**Want to read more about Blogmas?  Tamy over at Chasing My Life is the one sharing the topics and hosting this fun. Go visit!




Blogmas Day 4: Music Playlist

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go….

Did you sing that sentence?

If not, are you a mean one Mr. Grinch.. kind of person? Did you sing your part?

Today’s all about our music playlist for Christmas.  What are you listening to this season?

I’m listening to a lot of a full-sized version of this:

Well, that might be a tuba. I have a baritone/euphonium player in the house. He practices a lot. And (thankfully) he’s good.

When I’m not listening to my in-house musician, I’m simply pulling up songs on Amazon or Pandora.

I personally prefer either the Christmas classics sung by the original artists (sorry, Mr. Bublé but Holly Jolly Christmas is for Burl Ives ONLY) or instrumental Christmas songs.

And as soon as the local radio station switches over to Christmas music, so do I. So yes, I’ve been listening to Christmas music since before Thanksgiving.  I like all kinds of music so I’m usually good and singing along with whatever they play.

In case you were curious, Holly Jolly Christmas sung by Burl Ives is my favorite Christmas song. However, I also love hearing the old classics like Silent Night, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, and Do You Hear What I Hear (breaking from what I said earlier about original artists, Carrie Underwood does that song right).

What’s on your Christmas play list?

Don’t forget to join in the fun of Blogmas 2019 with Tamy over at Chasing My Life.



Blogmas Day 3: Favorite Movies

Today’s topic is favorite movies.


My favorite classic Christmas movie is It’s A Wonderful Life.  Spent many Christmas Eves watching it.


The Polar Express, of course!

A close second is The Nightmare Before Christmas.


It’s a tie!


and Home Alone


How’s the saying go? Two kinds of people, those who think Die Hard is a Christmas movie and those that are wrong. Well, I’m not wrong 😉


These are movies I like to watch every year but I’m not sure they could count as “favorites”

Santa Claws (it’s actually a bad movie about kittens who take over for Santa but I still enjoy it)

The Santa Clause movies (good movies just not in the favorite category)

Nativity & Nativity 2: Danger in the Manager (Fun British Comedy)

A Christmas Story (Is it even Christmas if this isn’t playing on a TV somewhere?)


There are lots more but I think I’m going to cut this post short and go watch some Christmas movies!

Don’t forget to hop over and check out Tamy’s list of favorite movies. She’s hosting Blogmas 2019!

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