Friday FaBOOolousness – December’s MarvelOoous Holiday Mashup

It’s that special time of year – a time when families join together to eat, drink, and be merry.  It’s the time of year when most family traditions come into play, and the time of year for celebration.  For one, it’s Christmas; for another, it’s Hanukah; yet for a few it’s simply the end of the calendar year.

To celebrate this time of year, here are a few links that might just help us get in the true holiday spirit.

Holiday Traditions

What says Holiday Tradition better than the music?  Shannyn Schroeder shares a few of her favorite holiday songs like a rocked out version of Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town, and Julie Glover translates a few of the Christmas Carols for us.

Sonia G. Medeiros talks New Holiday Traditions, including watching movies in pajamas while drinking hot cocoa.  Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

Kathy Owen poses the question, is Santa Claus a Man of Mystery?

 

Sarah at Classy with a Twist catches the Christmas Spirit and tackles the age-old question – do you believe in Santa?

Donna Newton tells a story from her childhood of Father Christmas and Jingling Bells.

Read about Christmas Down Under with Katy Hulme over at Angela R. Wallace’s blog.

Want to spend Christmas at the Happiest Place on EarthTameri Etherton shares her magical holiday at Disney.

 

Deborah J. Hughes wishes everyone a Merry Christmas or Not over at Ghostly Dramas.

Is the term “Merry Christmas” cultural or religious for you?  See Piper Bayard’s thoughts in Merry Christmas or Happy Water Buffalo Day.

Staying Merry with Parties, Food and Beverage

Jillian Dodd mixes up some tasty Holiday Cocktails.

Kate Wood isbaking up a storm in her kitchen this year.  Check out her Yummy Holiday Treat Ideas.

Tameri Etherton shares her Super Easy and Delicious Holiday Treat with us!

Marji Laine offers up her Top 10 Christmas Party Tips.

Giving Gifts

Alica McKenna Johnson asks, do you give Passive Aggressive Gifts?  I might fall into this category with my nieces and nephews….

Kathy Owen blogs an instructional wrapping video in What’s Your Greatest Gift Wrapping ChallengeHere, Kitty, Kitty.

Crafty?  Lynn Kelley shares her scrapbooking ideas for anyone who is in the mood to make some Homemade Gifts this holiday season.

Ellie Ann Soderstrom lists out her Holiday Gift Guide.  Now this is just too funny!

Stacy Green provides a few off-the-wall holiday gift ideas in her Glovers for Lovers post.

What does Jillian Dodd want for Christmas?  For Sexy Santa to come to town…

Holiday Fun

A girl after my own heart, Liz Schulte reminisces about five of her favorite holiday TV episodes.

Julie Glover asks, Are You a Christmas Person?, in this fun quiz…

What’s your favorite holiday book?  Jennie Bennett guest blogs over at Jess Witkins’ Happiness Project and shares a few of her favorite Holiday Books that actually inspire her to be a better writer.

Catie Rhodes started it, and the idea is just too fun to pass up!  So here’s Ten Random Holiday Things About Catie…

And now, me…

  1. I look forward to midnight every Christmas Eve so that I can put baby Jesus in the manger of our family’s Nativity Set.
  2. I love egg nog.  With alcohol.
  3. The only time of year I actually bake is Christmas.  This year, I made my mother’s famous Walnut Muffins and I tried a new recipe – Chai Sugar Cookies.
  4. I love to watch the holiday two-hour movies on Lifetime, LMN, and Hallmark with my mom as we wrap Christmas gifts.
  5. I’m hesitant to drive home on Christmas Eve now, courtesy of a snow storm a few years back that pushed me seven and a half hours off course.
  6. Spending time with my family is the most important thing to me when it comes to holiday celebrations.  I love to watch my nephews play, fight, or whatever it is they feel is necessary to do, and this is my niece’s first Christmas – that’s special in itself.
  7. When I was a little girl, my grandmother gave me a new music box or snow globe every Christmas.  To this day, I look forward to seeing all of my collectibles displayed in my parent’s living room and enjoy remembering one of my favorite people in the world.
  8. I like the idea of giving a child one gift to open on Christmas Eve to help ease their anticipation of Santa coming.  My cousin and I couldn’t wait to choose our one gift to open while the adults partied the night away.
  9. I may be in my mid-thirties, but I’m dying to go have my picture taken with Santa at the mall.  I think my parents have at least twenty-one pictures of me and Santa.  I have no idea why I stopped going…
  10. I love midnight mass – the candles, the smell of incense, and the organ.  There’s nothing quite like hearing a mass of hundreds sing O Holy Night and Ave Maria with the music playing through the organ’s pipes.

Now share a random holiday related thing about yourself. If you’d like to do this as a blog post, consider yourself tagged. 

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions, recipes, and gift giving/wrapping ideas?  I’d love to hear from you!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Friday FaBOOolousness – November’s MarvelOoous Thanksgiving Mashup

Preparing for Thanksgiving as a child was always so much fun.  At school, we’d dress up like the pilgrims and tell the story of the first Thanksgiving.  In arts and crafts, we’d trace our hand, making the design of a turkey and our parents would hang the holiday masterpiece on the refrigerator.

I was a better artist at five years old…

But as adults, preparing for the holiday stresses most of us out, so I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite Thanksgiving blogs to help anyone who may be looking for a bit of holiday history or that special dish.

First, Kathy Owen educates us on The History of Thanksgiving and reminds us of a few popular Thanksgiving Traditions.

Next, a few of our favorite bloggers share family (and Internet) recipes to help make our Thanksgiving absolutely delicious.

Jillian Dodd shares her quick and easy Spaghetti Corn.  Can I say, “Yummy?”  We made this dish Wednesday night, and someone in my house went back for seconds….

Kate Wood provides us with a few Easy and Yummy Thanksgiving Recipes.

Who knew that Jen L. Kirchner not only writes the very creative and thrilling Vote Your Own Adventure series, but can also cook like a gourmet chef?  Well, she can…  Check out her Sausage Stuffing Twist.

 

For those of us in the south, what meal is complete without cornbread?  With that in mind, Catie Rhodes generously shares her Mamaw’s Onion Cornbread recipe over at David N. Walker’s blog.

Don’t worry; we didn’t forget the sweets and treats!

Sonia G. Medeiros gives us a few Recipes for Oh Yeah!

Who said we can’t have Christmas Pudding at Thanksgiving?   Obviously, Tameri Etherton thinks we can.  Thanks, Tameri!

 

Who loves chocolate?  Try Kerry Meacham’s Mom’s Fudge Pie Recipe.  Notice the warning to practice before planning to serve.  To quote Kerry, “I’d hate for you to have fudge soup.”  Fudge Soup.  Doesn’t sound so bad.

What dessert round-up would be complete without cupcakes?  Cupcakes are slowly but surely growing to be a staple in our household.  Amber West knows this, therefore she shares a step by step process for making Pumpkin Cupcakes.

 

To contribute to the recipes, I’ve included my favorite Light and Fluffy Fruit Salad that is perfect for a holiday gathering:

Shopping List:

1 can cherry pie filling
1 container whipped cream
1 can crushed pineapple
1 can mandarin oranges
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup marshmallows

Action –

Now, this is the fun part.  Mix everything together in a large bowl.  Don’t worry about draining the fruit.  Just dump, mix and refrigerate.

Viola.

And when we’ve reached that point of misery where we’ve unbuttoned our pants and dropped down onto the couch afraid our stomach is going to blow, Natalie Hartford has found the perfect Hands-Free Drink Holder so we don’t also collapse due to dehydration.

Before we go, let’s remember one of the most important messages of the Thanksgiving Season – to give thanks.

Ellie Soderstrom is writing down 1,000 things she is thankful for everyday and asks that we share in the spirit and be thankful for even the smallest things in life in her blog: Thankfulness and Ode de Toilet.

Stacy Green reminds us to Cherish the Small Things in life in this very inspirational post about her brother.

Your turn – what are you thankful for?  What’s one of your favorite holiday dishes?  I’d love to hear from you!

On a personal note, I am thankful for the love of my life; my partner in every aspect of the word.  My guy is a true blessing and I thank God every day that He brought Erin into my life.  My mom always tells me that I’m not an easy person to live with; she’s not joking.

Oh, and Erin – he’s thankful for my dad….for raising such a spoiled rotten little princess.  Haha.

Back to being serious, I’m thankful for my family and friends.  I have been blessed my entire life with an impenetrable circle of strength, love, and support.  But most importantly, none of this would be possible without the Man above and the men and women dedicating their lives to keeping all of us safe.

Thank you and Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

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