Christmas Thoughts and Traditions

Hello Friends!  I am so Happy Happy Happy that our Christmas break is fast approaching!  We have school until Friday, but I spent yesterday at a workshop, and will be at a different one today.  Tuesday it was for Text Complexity, and today we were looking at visual models for math.  I'll fill you in on that a little later.  Right now, I'm linking up with Michelle over at Fabulous in First.

HOT CHOCOLATE OR EGG NOGG?  Really, I'm a Coffee Girl... I bet you all figured that out pretty quickly.  But when push comes to shove, I'll take hot chocolate.  It's a great treat after being outside in our snowy weather all day!  I love this picture of my son playing in the snow over the weekend.  Our Berner was is heaven too!

DOES SANTA WRAP PRESENTS OR JUST PUT THEM UNDER THE TREE?  Santa wraps presents in our house.  I remember many, many Christmas Eve's where my husband was putting toys together and I was wrapping them.  Fun times.. fun times!

COLORED LIGHTS OR WHITE?  On my tree inside I love colored lights, but outside I like white lights.  I'll admit it though, this year, I am being a total slacker in the decorating department.  I need to be more organized and motivated.

WHEN DO YOU DECORATE?  I usually start after Thanksgiving.  This year we have been involved in several different activities which seem to keep me busier than usual, so I haven't done as much this year.  See the whole, slacker idea above!  LOL

REAL OR FAKE TREE?  For years we had a real tree.  I loved it!  When I was little we always used to go and cut one down ourselves at a Christmas tree farm.  My husband is not a cold weather person.  A few years ago we went to using a fake tree.  

WHAT TOPS YOUR TREE?  A Fleur de Lis  tops our tree.  I wish I had a good picture of it.  We bought it after we visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras.  My husband's band marched in a parade, and the kids and I watched and caught beads.  Over 400 of them!  We string the beads together and use them as garland on our tree too.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MEMORIES OR TRADITIONS?  One thing I love is our Christmas stockings.  When my daughter was born I bought plain red stocking with white fur tops.  Every year I buy a pin that represents something that happened to each of us during the year.  For example, when my husband started his doctoral program at UF he got a Gator pin from the Gator Bowl.  He also has one from the London Olympics in 2012.  My daughter has a pin on hers from when she began playing in Tuba Christmas.  This is another one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  Have you heard of it?  Tuba Christmas began in 1974 by a man named Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his mentor.  During the month of December tuba players gather all over the country and play Christmas music on their tubas.  One of the largest gatherings is at the MIDWEST Music Conference in Chicago.  I am hoping to take my daughter to play there some time.  Meanwhile, we go to the local concert every year where my "24" can play.  Here is video of one of my favorite songs.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FAVORITE GIFT AS A CHILD?  One year I got a new pair of skis and ski boots.  My parents even had my name engraved in them.  I thought that was pretty cool.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG?  I love the Muppets 12 days of Christmas and Sleigh Ride

CANDY CANES.... YUCK or YUM?  I love Candy Canes.. definitely a YUM

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?  National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  It wouldn't be Christmas without Clark!

DO YOU SHOP ONLINE OR IN STORES?  This year I have done a little of both.  I'm learning to love Amazon Prime!
PHOTO CARDS, LETTER, or STORE BOUGHT CARDS?  I do photo cards all the way.  This is mine from this year.  

Enjoy your last few days!  


  1. I agree with the 12 Days of Christmas by the Muppets. Normally, that song makes me crazy, but the Muppets singing it totally takes me back to my childhood :)

  2. Stopping by from the linky party! I just got linked up today. Oh I wish we had some snow! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Come by my blog for the party when you get a chance!
    Many Blessings,

  3. One year, my mom had a New Orleans Saints tree... it was full of fluer de lis... it was beautiful!!! Hope you have a FAB Christmas!!!


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