Seasons greetings!

Jules —  December 3, 2006

I have neglected my blog for some time now, but I am hoping this will be a fresh start for regular postings.

My friend Carl has an easy Christmas Challenge that I’m participating in. Click HERE for the details. I would love for you to do this on your blogs, as well. I am going to start out with just one tonight under the category of traditions.

Each year our family visits a Christmas tree farm where we select and cut down our own tree. My parents started this tradition when I was little. We always had a fresh cut tree to decorate. I am thankful to have a husband who plays along and thrills my heart each year as he lay moaning on the ground trying to saw down my precious tree!

It’s always so much more fun when there’s snow on the ground! We found a beautiful little tree this year. It’s so full and there’s not a bad side to turn toward the wall. Our little tree is perfect!

We rode in a tractor pulled wagon to the field. After selecting and cutting down our tree, we waited by the path to be picked up. The kids pelted James with snowballs as we passed the time. They had a ball stomping through the snow. Anjelia spent most of the time eating snow off of her fingers.

After arriving back, the young men put the tree on a shaker to get rid of all the loose snow and pine needles. Meanwhile we enjoy visiting Santa in the quaint little gift shop, while drinking complimentary hot chocolate. Everyone is always so friendly and the spirit of old fashion Christmas fills the air. I just love this yearly tradition. It’s one that I hope we can participate in for years to come. I think everyone should give it a try at least once!

Here’s a Christmas Meme for you to participate in.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? AE egg nog rocks! Too much makes me feel nauseous.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree? When I was little he set them under the tree unwrapped. It was a thrilling site on Christmas morning. Nowadays he wraps.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? I love white lights. The kids were disappointed i didn’t buy blue. Maybe next year.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No, but the kids would love that!

5. When do you put your decorations up? Sometime after Thanksgiving. Before Thanksgiving is too early for me.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Hmmmmmm. . . Spiral cut honey ham from the Honey Baked Ham store. DELICIOUS! I love the fudge recipe from my friend Karen. It has coffee in it!!! It’s incredible. Cookie exchanges are always a highlight.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: Cutting down Christmas trees. My teddy bear Santa brought. Going to relative’s homes.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I can’t remember. I do remember thinking I heard him on the roof. I KNEW it was him!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes, we often spend Christmas Eve with Mom. We exchange gifts. James usually can hardly wait and will give me one after the kids go to bed.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? lights first then the kids put the decorations on. Later I fill in the bare spots. The bottom is usually heavily decorated!

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I love the snow. It’s so much more fun watching the little ones delight in it. Before kids I didn’t enjoy things like snow nearly as much as I do now.

12. Can you ice skate? Ha! I am the most uncooridinated, unathletic person in existence.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? My best Christmas was a number of years ago before kids. James asked me to make a wish list. I made a long one so he would have plenty to choose from. I thought I’d get a couple of things. He purchased every item on my wish list!!! There were piles of gifts. It was fun!!!

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Teaching my kids about Jesus, without him there would be no Christmas. Enjoying my family and friends. Being thankful.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Manischevitz (sp?) kosher wine at Mom’s. James and I have a bottle of Sherry we’ve been saving to sip together on Christmas. These are so sweet they are dessert.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Cutting down our tree, decorating the house.

17. What tops your tree? A bear angel.

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? I am supposed to say giving. I love giving and I love receiving!

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord by Boney M. I have lots of songs I enjoy. The kids LOVE the hippopotamus song.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? I love licking candy canes, but only the peppermint kind. They are great in tea too!

Jules

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23 responses to Seasons greetings!

  1. I was looking at the last picture, saying to myself, where’s the baby, and there she is all big and smiling in front of Santa! Isn’t it great when noone is afraid of Santa.
    I don’t really like any of the old christmas movies. My favorite is ELF.

  2. I actually was going to do a post on Elf even though I’m sure everyone has already seen it. I can’t wait to watch it this year.

    I feel like a ding dong saying this, but I don’t enjoy all the old black and whitle movies too much. I like movies and sometimes I am in the mood to just sit down and soak in a movie. Most of the time though it’s hard for me to sit still for a whole movie or I fall asleep 10 minutes into it. I’ve been this way my whole life!

    The movies I enjoy the most are ones I can watch with the girls (non-cartoon). We watched 8 Below together the other day. It’s fun to snuggle and watch a kid movie.

    I am so glad that Anjelia is old enough to really enjoy our activities. This year no one melted down!!!

  3. Jules:
    You help me enjoy Christmas again. You refresh me when I read your blog or when I am with you and exchanging conversation.
    I have not liked Christmas ever since Dad passed away and find it hard to put up a tree. I still have not put up a tree but you have enlightened me. I will try this week. I do love Christmas but I do not celebrate it like I used to. I need to get my butt in gear and celebrate Christmas for Ian’s sake.
    Jules you are great!
    K

  4. Did you get your nutcracker out? That should help lift your spirits!

    We had a terrific weekend but as you know I was feeling really overwhelmed by the end of the week. Raising children is such a huge responsibility. I put my pants on one leg at a time, too.

    I am glad I’ve inspired you. I think that was the point of Carl’s challenge!!

    Your Dad would want you and Ian to have a ball at Christmas!!

  5. Oh, man! We have to do a mistletoe! Think of all the kisses I would get!

  6. Jules,

    I don’t like any of the old Christmas movies, either. I was just telling Rob today that my favorite Christmas movie of all time is Prancer. :-)

  7. Hey James, that could be one of my ‘something new’ things for Carl’s challenge. We’ve never done mistletoe!

  8. I feel better Sarah! Do you like Elf? I like that one!

    I enjoy movies but I am not a movie buff.

    I haven’t seen Prancer. I’ll check it out!

  9. Love the pictures. The kids all look like they have grown 12 inches since last year!

  10. Yes he is out Jules!!!!
    I got him out a few days ago :love
    K

  11. 😀 😀
    Someday I will get a fresh Christmas tree….I have always wanted to get one just one year to see what it is like.

  12. Good job Jules. I was thinking the same thing that you typed, that it must be extra special to do the Christmas tree thing when there is snow on the ground.

    My parents did things to make Santa more believable including pretending he was there, etc. so there were times I woke up just knowing that Santa was in the house.

    Thanks for having us over on Sat. Eventhough the game was disappointing it was a very relaxing evening that we really enjoyed. Anjelia was a crack up.

  13. Love the pictures! Looks like the girls had a lot of fun!
    I tried a live tree once, but never again. Too high maintenance! I’ll stick to my pre-lit tree!

  14. I think when we were kids we always had a christmas tree. They were’t the nice soft ones they sell today. Seems like they were stickery, and the needles had to be kept cleaned up. But we enjoyed decorating them. I don’t remember if Dad went out and found them or if we bought them. I remember stringing popcorn to decorate the tree with. I think we ate as much as we strung.

  15. Thanks for rocking her Carl. Sometimes she is very insistent!

    Angela, at least you tried it once!

    Trish, we strung popcorn too. Beth would sneek back behind the tree and eat it off the string. I have to clean up needles a little bit, but the shaking machine seems to really help with that. I water it every few days. It drinks a lot of water the first week but then it slows down. I guess I don’t mind the extra work.

  16. I beg to differ with everyone…..I was brought up on Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story. (You’ll shoot your eye out!) Those are my favorite christmas movies!

  17. James and I watch Christmas Vacation each year. We giggle through the whole thing. I love the dickey under the sweater. That’s my favorite part! I can’t contain myself!

    My favorite line from Elf is, “You sit on a throne of lies.”

    James and I are going to watch A Christmas Story this year. We’ve never seen it! :fish Everyone keeps telling us we’ve got to see it. I guess I like the Christmas comedies.

  18. I like to watch the Christmas story every year, also with the red flyer wagon, and the Lionel train. That is the toys of my time and never got any of them. Too much money, but we did’nt care. We also strung cranberries with popcorn one year. Some one gave them to us I think. Mama had to make a lot of popcorn(we raised it, or the neighbors) because like you all said, we ate more than we strung. Daddy usually went out and got an cedar tree from the woods. There ain’t enough water in the world to keep the tiny stickery needles on them trees. We learned to wear socks when around it. Mama or one of us would sweep everyday, but that makes no difference. But I love the smell, so homey.

  19. We love “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Christmas Vacation” but I personally like “The Grinch””

  20. I also love “Miracle on 34th street” 😉 :indeed

  21. Marilyn alias(Punkie) December 4, 2006 at 10:17 pm

    We just watched Miracle on 34th st. tonight. I don’t think I’ve ever watched “It’s a wonderful life” all the way through, still don’t know what it is all about. Maybe this year I’ll stick with it.

  22. Christmas Vacation is the best movie…

    But nothing beats The Grinch……..
    Oh, and Rudolph…

  23. We missed being part of the tradition this year of going with y’all to cut down a tree. It is always a lot of fun! Being in the Mountains and driving through some small towns we would see some homes decorated with different Christmas lights.

    When my sister and I got older we would pick up our mom and drive around Blue Springs to see all the homes with their beautiful lights. She would have such delight that her face would glow. As you know she was our step-grandmother, but she was mom to us!!!!

    Also she love the Holiday Music and Songs. Back in my day ( what ever that means) we had school programs where we could sing the songs about baby Jesus. Mom always came to them and we would look into the audiance to see if we could see her. She made us smile.