The Christmas Tag

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Season’s Greetings, Friends!

On December 1st, Discovering Your Happiness surprised me with this lovely Christmas tag created by Little DIY Projects. It was just what I needed to get me into the Christmas spirit, and also remind me to put up my Advent calendar 🙂 .

I so enjoyed learning about Discovering Your Happiness’ Christmas traditions and the little things that made and make this holiday special for her. I always enjoy reading her posts, because I so often feel inspired or motivated afterwards. She’s a great writer.

My Christmas traditions changed a bit since I got married almost 20 years ago. My Czech husband and I combined some of his family’s traditions with my more typical American family’s. Though we never had children, we still get excited. My husband, especially, which is so sweet to see. Our pet parrot has a mighty good time, as well. He LOVES to help open the presents!

The rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
  • Add the picture in your blog
  • Copy these rules into your post
  • Add a link to this original post (littlediyprojects.wordpress.com/thechristmastag)
  • Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas-related questions if you want)
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs
  • Have fun!

The Questions:

1. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
2. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
4. What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
5. What’s your favourite Christmas dish?
6. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?
7. What’s your favourite Christmas song?
8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
9. What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

My Answers:

  1. My favorite thing about Christmas is that it has always been the holiday when my whole family gets together. After my mother passed away, we started celebrating other holidays in different places, but we left Christmas day the same. My sweet brother now cooks the dinner, and has continued to make most of the old family holiday dishes.
  2. My favorite Christmas memory was when my sister and brother and I were little kids. We’d wake up very early on Christmas morning, but know we weren’t allowed to leave the bedroom area until our parents said it was OK. My brother would peek into my sister’s and my room and then join us on my sister’s bed. We’d be ultra-excited and talking about all kinds of nice things. It was a real bonding time for us.
  3. Growing up, my family’s Christmas traditions were pretty standard American traditions, I think. I’d say what makes it special now is that my husband and I celebrate the Czech Christmas Eve, as he did. Christmas Eve is actually more significant in some ways in Czech Republic than actual Christmas day. In his country it is “Little Jesus” that brings the presents. He also brings the tree. Czech families open presents a little while after Christmas Eve dinner (when the kids have had time to nap and “Little Jesus” is gone). Since hubby and I have no kids, we open presents right after dinner on this day with the fireplace burning, and the tree lights twinkling. We always get dressed up nicely. Dinner is fish (usually carp in Czech Republic) or seafood. I don’t like carp, so I often make a yummy dish called “Shrimp with Feta”, along with baguette, maybe some special potato salad, and “Company’s Coming Salad”. For dessert, we eat Czech Christmas cookies (yum!) and/or Bishop’s Bread.
  4. My Christmas wish is that someday I will again see my loved ones who have passed away.
  5. I already mentioned my favorite Christmas Eve dishes, but my favorite Christmas day dish is always the homemade turkey stuffing. Or on occasion, if we have prime beef rib roast, I like to eat the cooked rutabaga with homemade beef gravy on it. In my family, there are always at least three homemade pies for dessert. They could be pumpkin pie, apple pie, key lime or lemon meringue pie, coconut custard pie, or maybe mincemeat pie.
  6. My favorite Christmas decoration is an adorable egg shaped ornament covered with beautiful colored beads to form a picture of a parrot chick, as if seen in the egg. My second favorite is one of our hummingbird ornaments.
  7. Probably not many people’s favorite, but I love the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas”. Always have. Actually, it’s one of the few carols I can sing without cracking glasses or making wolves howl.
  8. We celebrate Christmas day at my dad’s house. Bro cooks. Hubby and I spend Christmas Eve alone at home. Romantic.
  9. “Christmas Spirit” to me means feeling love, hope, joy, appreciation, and the spirit of giving/charity.
  10. I would be devastated not to spend Christmas with my husband. He is my greatest treasure.

My Nominees:

I look forward to reading about other peoples’ Christmas traditions. My nominees and/or other bloggers’.

10 thoughts on “The Christmas Tag

  1. Karin, theaustriandish December 3, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Wonderful post to start Advent season. All this Christmas memories… I can almost see the excited children, burning candles, a big family and a parrot who opens presents 🙂 Congratulations, and thank you for the nomination.

    Liked by 1 person

    • updownflight December 3, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      Thank you, Karin. The parrot that opens presents get pretty wild, I must say.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Nel December 4, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Your post made me so hungry! All that food sounds amazing! Thank you for the nomination! I will definitely do this before Christmas. I like learning about the traditions you participate in with your husband. So lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

    • updownflight December 13, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Congratulations! You’re blog is great! I’m so happy I found it a while back.

      Like

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