Hello Friends! Welcome to Day Four* of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Party, hosted by the marvelous Faith L. Potts of Stories by Firefly! I’m teaming up with 21 other bloggers to share the true meaning of Christmas – and have a great time while doing it!
For my first post for the 12 Days of Christmas, I’ll be posting a blog tag that anyone is welcome to take part in. You can view the questions here on Faith’s first post.
AND … that is all! I’m leaving my regular blogging schedule behind a bit next week with a post on Monday (and another the Monday after that, Christmas Day!), but otherwise, nothing is changing … except Christmas is here!
*I didn’t do the first 3 days; I’m going to be posting 5/12 days. 12 posts in 12 days is a lot of posts! *applauds the awesome folks who are doing this* *and Faith, who is doing 24!*
The Official 12 Days of Christmas Tag
- Link back to the 12DOC blog party or use the party graphic. Check!
- Answer the 10 questions. Check!
- Have fun! CHECK!
1 // Christmas is the season of hope, joy, and light. What’s your favorite thing to make this season bright?
Christmas music is the first thing that comes to mind! I don’t know about you, but when I hear Christmas music, I’m instantly in a better mood. It’s just so … happy. Even the kind of melancholy/wistful songs are happy. I looooove O Little Town of Bethlehem!
2 // Reading of the Christmas story, lighting the tree – Which tradition is most special to you?
Every Christmas, we have most of our Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve. Most of my family, my mother’s brothers and my grandparents, live very close to each other. We share 100+ acres of land.
And … every Christmas Eve, we go to each of their houses, open presents, have a progressive dinner … it’s loads of fun!
I also really enjoy listening to Christmas carols (I’m a huge music fan … can you tell? 😛 ) and our Christmas concert (I play lead clarinet and mediocre saxophone, hehe) and … other things.
3 // Festive old hymns or glorious new tunes – What are you listening to on repeat?
Everything by the Carpenters is on repeat all Christmas long. 😉 Also, I have a special place in my heart for a CD which has Christmas favorites from Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin AND for basically anything my Michael W. Smith. So pwetty … ❤
And then there’s a band called “Go Fish,” and they have an album called “Snow” which I’ve been listening to a lot.
At the moment, I’m in love with O Come, O Come Emmanuel and O Little Town of Bethlehem (singing them, haha … and, no, I’m not gonna say I have a terrible voice just to be relatable …). As far as listening … just all of them.
4 // Fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary – Which Christmas books do you love so much that you just have to re-read every year?
A Christmas Carol, naturally! Other than that … not really anything! We have a lot of Christmas picture books that we read every year – Christmas in the Country, The Story of Holly and Ivy, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree …
5 // Trees and nativities, bells and bows – Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration?
Ooh, definitely Christmas lights! I love seeing them strung all over the place – whether that’s on the house or on the tree!
Unfortunately, less and less people seem to be decorating the outside of their houses. I encourage y’all to do so … SPREAD THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. (Or rather the Jesus spirit, hehe, though most won’t think of it that way.)
6 // From the prophets to the gospels, the timeless story is woven. Which Bible passage that speaks of our Savior birth holds a special place in your heart?
It’s the most cliche one possible …
And there were, in that same country, shepherds, abiding in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night …
(Linus got to me, I admit. 😛 )
7 // Glittery snowflakes and shimmering balls to angels and one-of-a-kind creations. Do you have a favorite tree ornament?
Every year since my first Christmas, my parents have bought me a Christmas ornament to hang on the tree. And … honestly, I love them all! My favorite would be a little girl dressed in pink holding a teddy bear.
8 // Red and green, silver and gold, even purple and blue! What’s your favorite color scheme this time of year?
Red and green! Particularly red and green plaid.
9 // Between the old and the new, the classics and the cartoons, which Christmas movie do you come back to year after year?
Every single one? Old ones (It’s a Wonderful Life and The Bishop’s Wife), cartoons (we have sooo many; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, lots of Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies …), newer(ish) movies (The Santa Clause), and … others! Quite honestly, we watch dozens of movies every year, and it’s awesome.
10 // Pies and cakes, cookies and sweets. What’s your favorite Christmas treats?
Hmm … fudge is awesome. I also love toffee and almond bark and … basically most Christmas candies. I don’t really like pie all that much (except pumpkin pie), and I get tired of sugar cookies quickly. 😉
I Tag …
EVERYONE WHO IS FOLLOWING ME. Go do it. 😛
Really, though, I’ll tag some random folks.
- Elizabeth @ RedGal Musings
- Charis @ Charis Rae
- Jordy @ Jordy Leigh
- Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook
- Sari @ Penumbra Reviews
- Megan @ Simply Megan Joy
All y’all feel free not to do this, mmkay? I’m not gonna bother to notify y’all … if you see it, you see it, if you don’t, you don’t!
And … that’s it for today! Be sure to head over to Faith’s blog and check out the posts of all the other authors who are participating! It’s going to be quite exciting. 😀
See ya Monday!
How are you enjoying the Christmas season? Will you participate in the blog tag? (It’s fun! Talking about Christmas is always fun!)