Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Couple Little Games of Christmas and Winter Tag

My daughter, Amy, tagged me to play a couple little games of tag. As I understand the rules, I am to answer the questions, then refer you back to Amy at Living in Faith and Fun.
Game 1
Go see Amy's post here.
– Link back to the 12 Days of Christmas at Faith's blog or use the party graphic
– Answer the 10 questions
– Have fun!

1 // Christmas is the season of hope, joy, and light. What’s your favorite thing to make this season bright?
Candles burning

2 // Reading of the Christmas story, lighting the tree – Which tradition is most special to you? 
We have an Advent book with doors that open. For the last 16 years, we've read it each nice from the first page up to the current date of the month. The book is passed to each child, and they open their door and read to us. It was especially precious during the years when the children were learning to read. This year, they're all in their teens and twenties. We no longer observe this tradition. I must admit I miss it. I expect that we will read the book on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year.

3 // Festive old hymns or glorious new tunes – What are you listening to on repeat? 
I like the old ones best. I play the Bing Crosby Christmas station on Pandora quite a bit. I also play Chris Tomlin's ADORE album on YouTube a lot. I love how worshipful it is.

4 // Fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary – Which Christmas books do you love so much that you just have to re-read every year? 
Annika's Secret WishThe Advent Book, and Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti.

5 // Trees and nativities, bells and bows – Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration? 
It would have to be our tree and the ornaments we've collected for 30+ years.

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?
All of Luke 2 is wonderful

7 // Glittery snowflakes and shimmering balls to angels and one-of-a-kind creations. Do you have a favorite tree ornament? 
Not really, but if I had to choose, it would be a little boy and girl inside a box. It's a first Christmas together ornament from 1986 from Precious Moments.

8 // Red and green, silver and gold, even purple and blue! What's your favorite color scheme this time of year? 
Dark red and green and SNOW white.

9 // Between the old and the new, the classics and the cartoons, which Christmas movie do you come back to year after year? 
See below. I have several favorites.

10 // Pies and cakes, cookies and sweets. What's your favorite Christmas treats?

Frosted sugar cookies, Snowball cookies, fudge, and pecan pie.


A Once Upon a Time Winter

Do you celebrate Christmas?

Do you celebrate any other festive holidays other than Christmas or in addition to?
Yes.  We celebrate New Years and Thanksgiving,  and Easter, too. We observe various holidays throughout the year, but not in a festive way.

When it comes to weather, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10??

Seventy is  nice for most of the year, but twenty or thirty is great for winter, because I want snow!

Rain or snow?
It depends on the season.

On the perfect winter day, would you go shopping or stay home?
I would make cookies, read a good book, watch a good movie, make hot cocoa, and stay home.

Trip to the mall or walk in the park?
I prefer the park. I'm not a shopper.

Favorite Christmas movie?
This question is too hard. I have too many favorites.

I must watch the old black and white Christmas in Connecticut, White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, The Preacher's Wife, The Bishop's Wife, and the old black and white Miracle on 34th Street. If I can fit in The Santa Claus, George C. Scott's A Christmas Carol, and Mrs. Miracle, all the better.

Favorite Christmas tradition?
I couldn't choose just one.

Would you rather say, "Happy Holidays!" or Merry Christmas!"?
Happy Christmas! It drives my kids and husband nuts, but I say it just like Clement Moore in 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. 

What does your Christmas morning look like?
Stockings first.
We make the same breakfast casserole each year, the sides vary.

Then we open gifts one by one and see what each person receives.

Favorite Christmas song/carol?
I cannot choose.

12. Hot cocoa, peppermint tea, peppermint mocha, peppermint milkshake?
I tried peppermint hot chocolate last week at church and found it delicious.

Want to play? Just copy either set of questions, put in your answers, then link to my blog. Then come on back and leave me the link in the comments.
I'm not going to tag anyone, just play if you'd like. 

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
Amy of Living in Faith and Fun


  1. LOL on Happy Christmas.... I read The Night Before Christmas one night this week, and we had to do a google search to see if that line had been changed. I didn't remember it as "Happy Christmas!"


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