This is a tangent from my normal posts. I’m not one to join in on thematic link parties. But when I saw the “Festive Bon Bons Link Party” co-hosted by a series of my blogging buddies (Deb from Deb’s World, Jo from And Anyways, Donna from Retirement Reflections and Sue from WomenLivingWellAfter50), I was intrigued. I’m struggling to get into the Christmas spirit this year. For 60 years, it truly was a season of Jack Frost nipping at your nose, hot chocolate, and festive Christmas sweaters. Although my Aussie blogger friends wouldn’t understand, putting up holiday lights in shorts and flip-flops just feels wrong!
So a Christmas focused reminisce was helpful to boost my holiday spirit. As was reading about other folks Christmas traditions. (Link–up here) I do believe we think that the way we do things is the way everyone does things. (I went to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner this year and she did things very different than I do. Quite eye-opening.) So it was fun to see what others do for Christmas and get some new ideas.
I didn’t answer all 10 prompts, but here’s some of my reminiscing:
- The Christmas Tree – When we were first married we went to the tree farm and cut down our tree. It was a tradition I loved. Then, as life happened, we still got a “live tree” (ok, it’s dead, but it was not a fake one!), but usually at the big-box hardware store when they went on sale. This year, we put up our first fake tree as Florida and real trees are not a good mix. And yes, I still miss going to chop one down!
- Christmas Ornaments – This was another moment of realizing other people do things different. I thought themed trees were only in magazines and office buildings, not real people’s houses. And then I saw my friends lovely blue-themed tree. Ours is miss-matched ornaments picked up through the years – everything from ones inherited to those bought on holidays. And our new 7-ft fake tree (tall because we have 10 ft ceilings) took every single ornament and still has space!
- Christmas Carols – I love them; hubby tolerates them. My favorite is “O Holy Night”, but I’ll sing along to lots.
- Christmas Movies – I’ll try and catch an on-TV holiday show or two, but the one we watch together every year is “Love Actually.” Corny, I know.
- Christmas Foods – Again, it’s just me (not hubby) but give me my holiday eggnog, peppermint bark, home-baked sugar cookies, and for New Years, pickled herring. And that typing reminded me to put all of those things on my shopping list!
- New Traditions? – Hoping these becomes new traditions – biking our neighborhood to see Christmas lights (this will be year 2) and watching the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (year 1). We are also going to local “Enchant” (light display) and hoping to check out holiday lights somewhere else in the city one night. New place, new traditions.
I’m off to write holiday cards, another Christmas tradition I’ve been lax on doing it the past few years. You might enjoy checking out other’s posts in the Christmas “bon bon” Link-up!