Monday, December 20, 2010

Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest

I want to thank all of you who commented on my entry for Francine's Twisted Christmas Fairytale. Again, I apologize for not getting it done. When I finish, I will post it.

My third blogfest in a week, whew. Thanks to Jen and Melissa for hosting this.

Well, I don't have a certain recipe or drink recipe so I decided to make a list. Did you notice, I do that a lot? Here are things to get into the spirit.

1. Decorate a tree. Yep, this is my tree. Some of the ornaments are concentrated in the front. My daughter likes to "set things up." My son just breaks them.

2. Watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with your kids or by yourself (nothin' wrong with that).
Such a cute little fellow.

3. Listen to Christmas music. "Do they know it's Christmas?" and "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" are my favs, along with some classics--"White Christmas" anyone? 

4. Watch your fav Christmas movie (other than cartoons). Mine-Elf (cause it's hilarious) and Love, Actually (British things make me gush. Yes, I love all things British, and it's a romance--double win).

5. Make cookies. Hey, nothing wrong with these.

Although, these look delicious.



6. Spend time with family and friends. Nothing like catching up with these folks.
This is the cover of a childrens book. My family seems to always be silly.

7. Have a theme dinner. We host Christmas dinner and sometimes put a theme to it. This year--Bavarian Christmas. Since we spent time in Munich, Germany over the summer (yes, fell in love with it), we decided to host a Christmas dinner inspired by Bavaria. Of course, we will be drinking this (see below) with our dinner.

Gluhwein (mulled red wine). Tasty when warm.


8. Don't forget to smush those pets. My two monsters.

Leia (the black and white one) and Chloe (the black one). No, Chloe's eyes do not glow. That would be so cool, though.
9. Drive around and look at houses that are decorated.
Not my house, but lots of lights.

10. Enjoy every moment. Take it all in. A year has gone by. Celebrate, love, hope, and dream. A new year is starting, and so many possibilites await.

My posts will be random over the next two weeks. Guests, presents, kiddos, hubs, family time, friends...you see where this is going. It gets busy so posts will not be on schedule. Don't forget, January 2nd is Frankie's 2nd Annual No Kiss Blogfest, I'm signed up for this one. I better get crackin'.

I do plan to start my regular schedule on January 3rd. It turns out it is my first year blogoversary so stay tuned for that, and some other goodies I have up my sleeve--like Writing the Next Line Blogfest. Yeah, you heard me. I also plan to spruce up the old blog. We will see.

What are your plans and holiday traditions?

I want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday. This year has been one that has made me so happy (even though there were a lot of ups and downs). I have found me and my passion and I'm not letting it go.

Enjoy! You guys rock!

63 comments:

  1. I love your little monsters!!! They are so cute!! Your tree is gorgeous, I just hope your son isn't breaking to many ornaments :)

    Merry Christmas Christine!

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  2. Love your tree! Happy Holidays!

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  3. Merry Christmas! I love your tree! It's so pretty. And your wall color! I love it too. I've been thinking about repainting our living room and I think I might have just found my inspiration! :)

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  4. Okay, why don't my cookies every look like that???

    Have a great Christmas, Christine!

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  5. Your tree is radiant with wattage ;) I love it!
    Cookies, cats and a Bavarian Christmas? It sounds delightful and delicious.

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  6. Your tree is awesome. Haven't watched Rudolph yet but we have watched Charlie Brown. It's not Christmas until we've watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. And I so wish my cookies were that awesome looking!

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  7. The Christmas dinner theme is awesome! Such cute kitties you have. I'm glad my kids are older now because I remember that ornament-breaking stage well.

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  8. Happy Bavarian Christmas!

    Your tree is stunning and cats are so cute. And can I have some of those cookies? I'll put the kettle on. LOL.

    Be Jolly By Golly

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  9. I loved seeing your tree, Christine. It's just beautiful. I like that list of yours a lot, too. Merry Christmas!

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  10. Yanno, often those pretty cookies don't taste nearly as good as the boxed ones ;-)

    Happy Holidays.

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  11. I love your list! And LOL! Your cat looks like mine!

    Your tree is so glowy and beautiful! Thanks for sharing~ :o) <3

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  12. Bavarian Christmas sounds amazing! And I'm getting together with a group of my girlfriends to watch Love Actually tonight--can't wait!!!

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  13. I love your tree! We don't put our tree up until Christmas Eve night after the kids go to bed. Santa brings it- yes, it makes for a LONG night, but so worth it the next morning!

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  14. Nice tree. Love the Christmas music too.

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  15. Your tree is beautiful! And you gotta love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! :)

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  16. At least you don't humiliate your cats with antlers! And our Christmas dinner theme is always "food."

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  17. I'm so glad someone else likes those boxed cookies! YUM!!

    Beautiful tree!!

    Merry Christmas Christine!

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  18. Your cats are so cute! i love your tree and I'm right there with you easy cookie making!

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  19. Great list...I was able to tick off a number of them. Your tree is lovely. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Dough Boy! Merry Christmas.

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  20. Happy blogversary, and love your warmly glowing tree. And cats are always a nice addition. Have fun sprucing up your blog!! Merry Christmas!

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  21. Oh, I love your tree! Gorgeous. And the cookies... yum yum yum!

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  22. Did you make those cookies? They're beautiful! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with watching Rudolf (or Frosty the Snowman) by yourself. It's tradition!

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  23. We watch "Rudolph" every year, too. It never gets old! Merry Christmas, dear.

    ~ Bess

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  24. Love the tree and your idea of cookie baking.
    About your monsters -- not so sure I'd want to know what they were thinking/planning when you took those shots. :o)

    Merry Christmas!

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  25. For your wine, do you melt a sugar cone over it with rum and fire? That shtuff is amazing!

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  26. hi miss christine! this was a really nice christmasy post. it got me feeling all warm inside. i hope you and your family have a really happy christmas.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  27. I just LOVED this Christine. :) I hope you have the Merriest Christmas ever. I'll be getting in touch with you soon. And maybe sometime me and you could get together and watch Rudolph and then Elf? Sound good?

    Smiling's my favorite. :)

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  28. What a fun idea to have a theme Christmas. A Bavarian Christmas sounds tasty.

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  29. Your tree is lovely. Your kitties are adorable!!!!

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  30. I love the list! :D

    Your tree is amazing--with all the lights and ornaments, it looks magical!

    Merry Christmas!

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  31. Beautiful Tree, and I love the list.

    Have a wonderful Holiday!

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  32. Very pretty tree. And the cats...they look a little bah-humbuggy, but most cats do.

    Merry Christmas.

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  33. I love your list. Lots of good things to do :) Your tree is beautiful. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  34. We drive around and look at the lights, too. Isn't it delightful? I love Christmas traditions! Those are some sophisticated cats you've got there. They're giving me the where-did-you-get-THOSE-pants look. Maybe for Chloe it's more of a don't-you-wish-your-eyes-glowed-green-too look. I do, Chloe. I do.

    Merry Christmas, Christine!

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  35. Bavarian Christmas? Wow, I'm there! I swear those monsters of yours gave me the evil eye.

    Sounds like you're going to have a lovely warm family Christmas! Enjoy!

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  36. Looks like you have enough lights on that tree to guide a 747 in to land! Love it! And we love to drive around the neighbourhood, too. Ours is an area where everyone lights up their houses.

    BTW with a Bavarian theme, I hope there's some stollen on the table.

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  37. Great pictures and delicious-looking cookies. If you have any left over... well, you probably won't.

    Merry Christmas!

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  38. What a gorgeous Christmas tree and can totally relate to the concentrated focus on the front of the tree. My little son was in charge of decorating ours this year, he loves it! Merry Christmas! ;)

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  39. Those Germans know everything about Christmas, don't they? What country are you from? Are you from Europe?

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  40. I'm a Turkish Van cat and the star of my own cat cartoon at http://avalon-lion.blogspot.com. I had my first movie appearance in the horror film The Strangers Outside this year. Big headbonks to Leia and Chloe.

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  41. wow, that's a bright tree! I love it. Have a very merry Christmas!
    Lyn
    W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

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  42. Hi Christine,

    Stopping by for the blogfest...

    Wow, your tree is stunning! What a great picture!

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  43. Agreed - you tree is absolutely beautiful! And I love the idea of a themed Christmas dinner. I might have to test that one out next year. Happy Holidays to you and yours!! :)

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  44. WOW! Your tree looks absolutely radioactive!! :) I love it.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

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  45. Your tree looks amazing! We love Rudolph at my house too!

    Have a Fantastic Christmas!!

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  46. Your tree is so beautiful! And nothing wrong with cookies from a box...I LOVE those!

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  47. Your monsters are so cute! And your tree is beautiful! Happy Holidays!
    ~Kelley

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  48. Aw, your kitties are SO cute!

    Your traditions sound really neat. We're still trying to figure out what our (married) Christmas traditions are, and I love hearing about others. :)

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  49. Beautiful tree! Your two cats are so cute. I like your list of Christmas things to do.

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  50. Love your warm an fuzzy outlook for the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing them with all of us Christine.

    Happy Christmas to you and your family.


    Michael

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  51. Leia and Chloe are so beautiful! As is your tree! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  52. I'm completely with you on Love Actually! It's the best! We're watching it later this week! We also watch A Christmas Carol the one with George C. Scott on Christmas Eve each year-- it's a classic. Happy blogfest and Merry Christmas!

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  53. I want to squish your cats! They are so cute!!! Your tree is luminescent! I love it!! I watched Rudolph with my mom just last night when we decorated!! You made a great list. Also, I love that you make lists because it makes reading your posts super fast and easy!

    Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

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  54. Your tree looks amazing! Have a great holiday!

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  55. Great list! Your tree is gorgeous and your cats are such cuties.

    Happy wishes to you this holiday season! Oh, and looking forward to your one year blogoversary. Yay!

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  56. Do They Know It's Christmas?! I absolutely loved that song and the video when it came out, but I haven't heard it in years.

    We drive around and look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. This is something my family never did, but a tradition from my husband's family, and I'm so glad we've made it our own.

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  57. Christine, I love your tree. I'm a sucker for lots of lights!! And your cats are adorable. Leia looks like a stuff animal I used to have.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  58. Have a safe and awesome holiday season to you and yours ... enjoy!

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  59. Oh wow your tree is gorgeous!! I love driving around and looking at lights- my daughter loves it too. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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