Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Traditions & A Break

My Christmas tree! I still need
to hang the stockings! 
I love this time of year. I love sitting on my couch sipping coffee or tea and staring at my white Christmas tree lights. Quiet mornings. I love shopping for my family (in the mornings and not during the crowded evenings). 

This season is busy, but in a fun, joyful kind of way. Shopping, recitals, talent shows, baking, get-togethers, church events. 

I'm also finishing my WIP (work in progress) I only have about 30K words left. I'm on the downside of the mountain, but I'd like to have it finished before the Christmas week begins. 

In the midst of all that, we still have Christmas traditions. A close friend comes over and helps me ice Christmas cookies--a secret recipe that she begs me for each holiday. She's tried to mix other recipes to match it, but can't! I love teasing her about it.

On Christmas Eve, we take the kids out for lunch and maybe a movie then that evening after looking at Christmas lights in the park, we go home and the kids unwrap a present (PJs), then we make hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies for Santa, snuggle up on the couch and watch  White Christmas then the animated Little Drummer boy (which makes me cry each year). The kids head to bed in their new jammies. The next morning, we open gifts and munch on sausage balls and monkey bread. It's a wonderful tradition and I hope my kids will take some of it into their homes when they grow up!

And with all that's happening, I'm going to take a nice long blogging break for the month of December. Oh, I have a guest spot or two lined up and I'll post those and if I get a wild hair I might throw up a post. But I won't be around the blogosphere until the first of the year. 

Will you miss me? :) I'm going to miss you, but I will be on facebook and twitter! We'll keep in touch. 


Have a wonderful Christmas season! Tell me, what do you put on the top of your Christmas tree? An angel, star, other?


12 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas, dear friend!! December is a wonderful time to take a break and soak in the season.

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  2. I will miss you. Waaaah!! You'd better text me lots. ;)

    I put up a really pretty tree topper that was my mom's. She always made the tree look so nice, so now I use her ornaments as a way to remember all she meant to me at this time of year.

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  3. You do realize we're all just going to text and tweet you more this month. You'll be more sick of us than you were before December. :)

    I have a dinky little angel we've had for ten years. This year we bought a big red star, but it keeps falling off. So I guess we're back to our tiny angel.

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  4. Oh course we'll miss you!! Thank goodness for texts and FB;) Maybe you'll even push me to finally hook up on Twitter - right...

    We have a star this year. Used to be an angel, but she broke, didn't know angels could break;)

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  5. I will miss you! I'm taking a bit of a blogging break myself, still going to be around, but the blog will be much quieter as I try to slow things down a bit and enjoy the season.

    I have a red and white star on the top of my Christmas tree.

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  6. I'll miss you, too! But enjoy the break and definitely enjoy those Christmas traditions. At home, we usually had an angel we put on the top of the tree. Pretty!

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  7. NO!!!! DON'T LEAVE ME!!! WAAAH - ok so text me later :) WE put a tin snowman on the top - for no other reason than it fits :) LOL

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  8. Jessica,

    Good for you. I'm doing the same...incognito, baby!

    Because my family is a bit quirky, we've always gone for the Charlie Brown Christmas trees at the lot. The tradition started because we couldn't afford a big fancy tree...and stuck around. This year, we found another perfect tree. It's 'technically' almost 6 feet tall... but the top two feet are one branch shooting straight up with a little umbrella of branches about halfway up. We're calling it our Whoville tree. All this is to say that the branch won't hold our tree-topper so we're having a contest now to see who can come up with the right tree-topper. And the best part? We only had to pay for a 4-ft tree!!!! Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad!

    When we figure out what we're doing, it's going on the blog, of course, but that will probably be my post for the month.

    Have a merry, MIGHTY Christmas!
    Becky

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  9. Merry Christmas. I'm going to miss you but know you need a break. Your traditions sound wonderful and I'm sure your kids will have some of their own as adults. Blessings, Susan Fryman

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  10. Hey, I'll miss you! I need to be doing the same. Not QUITE on the downhill slope on the MS yet, but nearly to halfway. ARGH.

    I like putting a star at the top of the tree, but it's hard to find stars light enough that they don't flop over!

    See you 'round the bend! Hopefully we'll both be all done by January...

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  11. I hope you're enjoying your break, Jess. I wish you a blessed celebration of Christmas.

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  12. Of course I have to be different with the top of my tree...I should just go out and buy a star or an angel, but for the past couple of years, I've just been fixing a large ceramic ornament of the nativity scene at the top branch. Merry Christmas, Jessica! See you in January!

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