Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Do You Hear What I Hear...

I hear Wednesday Hodgepodge calling me.  That fun time of the week, when our wonderful Hostess Joyce comes up with all kinds of questions for us.  If you want to join in just click on the button above to get this weeks questions and don't forget to link up.  We all want to read what you're thinking about.

Here Is My Version of Hodgepodge...

1.  What does it mean to have the "holiday spirit"?

I personally think it is different for everyone.  People get so stressed out during this time of year, always something else to do.  I think decorating and listening to Christmas music, and of course baking is part of the holiday spirit.  Of course I love to give presents at this time of year, I love to see the look on my grandkids faces when they open their presents.  But it is so much more than the material things, it is remembering the birth of our savior.  I love the song Mary Did You Know?  Can you just imagine how she felt.  In Arkansas we always go to the Christmas Play where I used to attend church.  My grandkids are usually in the play, that is what Christmas is about making sure the younger generation knows about the birth of Jesus and what He did for all of us.

2.  What sits atop your tree(s)?  Why?

We have a lighted star on top of ours.  We bought it our first Christmas together.  I like the star on a tree especially if it is lighted.

3.  When was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back?

I guess yesterday when I finished the calendars for the family.  I made 19 of them with birthdays and anniversaries.  I used different pictures that I had taken.  My hubby got me one of those comb machines several years ago and it sure does come in handy.  The calendars turned out really nice.
But then I guess actually last night was the last time.  Stan and I played Gin in and I kicked him to the curb.  Yeah I did good and I made sure he knew I was quite proud of myself.  lolol

4.  Which of your senses is most sensitive this time of year?

Probably my sense of smell, I love the smell of the house when there is Christmas baking going on.  Love going into shops with the smell of pine  and cinnamon among others.

5.  What do you have too much of in your kitchen?

I consider my kitchen to be in Arkansas.  The kitchen here in Willard is Patt's since she does most of the cooking.  In Arkansas I would say probably old spices.  I need to go through my shelf of spices and toss the old ones out.

6.  What do you do for meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?  Big Meal?  Breakfast tradition?  Open the cookie tins and have at it?

The last few years Stan and I have went to my daughter's house for breakfast on Christmas Morning, usually after the kids have opened Santa Claus gifts.  We usually have scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and chocolate gravy.  Then for our dinner we do sandwiches and finger foods on whatever day is more convenient for them.  They are the ones that have to be in 10 different places at the same time, boy I don't miss that.  Whenever we have our dinner with them we open our Christmas presents up.

7.  What is the best thing about winter?

It is a good time for snuggling, and drinking hot chocolate and playing games or reading, doing things inside the house.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We are off to Arkansas again.  So I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  I am not sure how much blogging time I will get in.  Our internet service is kind of here and there, do not always have connection.  Also, there is a little girl that occupies alot of my time.  I can't wait to see her reaction to one of her presents.  It is a little stuffed duck with a hat on and it sings "You Are My Sunshine," which just happens to be our song.  We always have to sing it the night before we come home.  I plan on telling her when she misses Granny to listen to it and a part of me will be there with her.   Awwwww....

Ain't that the cutest?  I know I am prejudiced but what can I say?

until next time... nel


  1. Your granddaughter is the sweetest little thing. I can see why she occupies your time when you're there.

  2. I just love that sweet picture of those little faces in the Christmas play!

    I think you and I could get a little healthy competition going if we were to play games together : )

    I love your gift to your granddaughter-that is sweet!
    Merry Christmas and safe travels!

  3. Your gift for your granddaughter is SO SWEET. I always sing You Are My Sunshine whenever I am lucky enough to put the littles to bed ... I'll never forget when T#2 was about 2 and sang it along with me. T#3 has decided that he doesn't like that song ... he wants Hush Little Baby (since they're going to spend the night here on Friday, I'd better be learning the words to it because when I've sung it before and cobbled up the words, he's called me on it! ha!).

    Have a safe trip to Arkansas and have a blessed Christmas!

  4. Your granddaughter is adorable! Have a safe trip and a Merry Christmas!

  5. Nice job on the calendars! I understand how much work that is! But, I cheated and just ordered them from Costco. But still-lot of work to figure out all the pictures!

  6. Those calendars are a wonderful gift. How nice of you. Pat-pat!!
    Have a great time, safe trip and a very Merry Christmas.

  7. You have a Merry Christmas Nel! That duck sounds so cute; I know your little grand-daughter will enjoy it so much!


  8. Aww, the little ducky sounds precious! I can just imagine what it must sound like singing, You Are My Sunshine! My dad sang that song to me, I sang it to Daniel and now I sing it to little Jaylon.
    Your little granddaughter is adorable, Nel! And I love those little ones in the Christmas play!

  9. She is a cutie-patooty, for sure! But, I'm wondering...why didn't we see a video of you singing anything? :D
    Have a wonderful Christmas!