Happy Holidays to everyone! No matter which holiday you are celebrating this year, I hope that you are blessed this season. Not just with the material things, but with the important parts of a rich life: family, friends and good times. Whether those good times include traditional family get-togethers, a suprise gift, caroling, experiencing a baby’s 1st Christmas or a stroll through your neighborhood to view house decorations, I hope that your holiday events and activities are joyous and special!
I have a few thoughts from some of our readers I would like to share.
From Jeanne K:
I love to cook a large Thanksgiving dinner (and homemade pies, of course!), then afterwards put up the tree and decorate that and the house. This year I’m working Christmas Eve – most of our Public Relations/Marketing staff is off, but I may be able to leave a little early.
Then home to cook dinner and relax until my 15 year old daughter and I attend Midnight Mass at our church (Roman Catholic) – they have a wonderful choir. A half hour before Mass, they play Christmas hymns on the organ (my favorite Christmas music – I also love to hear it played by an orchestra.) – so beautiful and peaceful.
I live in north-central Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania/New York border – so we always have a nice blanket of snow for Christmas. Christmas Day is another relaxing day (I work a lot of 13 hour days) at home with a home cooked dinner, snacks and movie rentals.
Here at work we celebrate by exchanging small gifts or bringing in baked goods (I do a lot of baking – so that’s what I usually bring. My homemade fudge and no bake cookies are a big hit). Then our Administrative Directors have a department Christmas luncheon catered (this time we had Mediterranean) for us. This year we decided to hold a “white elephant exchange” – it was hilarious!!! The rule was not to buy anything, just bring something that you have around the house that you don’t want. We had quite a few laughs!!
Christmas is my favorite holiday next to Easter. For New Years, I really don’t get into celebrating it too much – I usually end up volunteering to work the day of New Years Eve, then go home, eat dinner, have a glass of white wine and watch the ball drop on tv, then go to bed. This year I really don’t want anything, but have been interested in a coffee maker that a co-worker has (Keurig) – it makes individual cups of the best coffee, tea and hot cocoa!!
I have two favorite Christmas memories. One was when we lived in Saudi Arabia. We weren’t allowed to take a Christmas tree over with us, so I took some brown paper and drew a Christmas tree. We then drew ornaments, colored them, taped them to the tree and put our presents under it. I did miss the snow.
The other favorite memory was when we lived in The Netherlands – the beautiful Christmas decorations, friendly people, food, chocolate, etc. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year!” – Jeanne
From Sarah J (aka ACAnderfan)
Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope everyone has a great holiday. What I like most about Christmas is spending time with family and friends. It’s a time to let people know you love them and appreciate them.
Millie, I would like to say that I really appreciate all you do for this wonderful bog. I hope you have a great holiday. And to Mebz, I love your sense of humor and it’s great that you remember Red 360. Merry Christmas to you.
And to anyone else who reads this blog, I hope you have a nice holiday season and it’s so nice to be around others who like John King as well. And to John King, thanks for being such a GREAT journalist, and I hope you and your kids have a great Christmas!!!
From Mary B. (aka Mebz)
My list of Christmas favorites:
Favorite Christmas Cookie: Springerle- traditional German cookie that tastes like licorice.
Favorite Christmas Songs: I like “O” songs (get your mind out of the gutter) O Come O Come Emmanuel, O Holy Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem.
Favorite Children’s Christmas Special: Garfield’s Christmas-by far the best!
Favorite Christmas Movie: White Christmas (Danny Kaye!) In fact this is my favorite movie, period.
Favorite Christmas activity: Wrapping presents.
Favorite Tree topper, angel, star or bow: Angel
Snowman or Santa: Snowman
Stars or Snowflakes: Stars
Eggnog or Champagne: Eggnog
Ham or Turkey: Ham
Classy Christmas or Tacky Christmas: TACKY christmas!!
From Joan (aka Kitten)
And last (but not least) a message from Joan, who does not celebrate Christmas but sends her greetings to us all.
Have a wonderful holiday everyone!!