The Christmas Tag

Thank you to Carly at Message in Stanza for nominating me for the Christmas Tag! Oh, this is going to be so much fun! 😀

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?
    • Celebrating Christ’s birth with my family. ❤
  2. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
    • Two comes to mind: One Christmas at my grandparents when I or my cousin opened a HUGE present, the box it came in was left unattended. So I had this brilliant idea to crawl inside it and close myself up in it and wait to see how long it took for someone to notice I was missing. 😆 It seemed like AGES to young me, but it probably wasn’t that long. But it did get the intended panic reaction that I was going for. 😂
    • There was one Christmas that I thought it was a fantastic idea to refill the hairspray bottle with water and soap. (I was quite a prankster. 😅) When my parents were getting ready to go to my grandparents, they kept on complaining about how the hairspray wasn’t working and it smelled like soap. 😆 Finally, they figured it out after they had soaked their heads with it and my dad was like, “You’re not getting any presents this year!” But they didn’t go through with that and they let me open them anyway when we got there. And we got there late because they had to take a shower to rinse the soap off. And the best part was them explaining to every person who asked them why we were late, and everyone thought it was hilarious, except for my parents. And for some reason, they started buying hairspray in aerosol cans after that… I can’t imagine why… 😂😂😂😂😂 (I was such a mischievous child, I’m so thankful to have parents with so much patience. 😊)
  3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
    • Not really. When I was younger we used to drive around and look at all the lights and decorations.
  4. What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
    • That everyone will have a Merry Christmas and not get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays!
  5. What’s your favourite Christmas dish?
    • Hard question… maybe chicken and dressing? Though I LOVE smoked turkey. However, we only have that on Thanksgiving now, so I guess that doesn’t count.
  6. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?
    • Manger scenes and stars. 🙂 There is one house around here that puts up the biggest star I’ve ever seen. No other decorations but the star. It must be at least eight feet tall, maybe taller!
  7. What’s your favourite Christmas song?
    • I can only pick one?! I really do love O Holy Night. But I have many favorites, as you may or may not have seen from the Christmas countdown posts I’ve been posting.
  8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
    • We used to celebrate at my grandparent’s house, but now we celebrate at home.
  9. What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
    • Being grateful Him being born, and being filled with His peace and joy. ❤
  10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?
    • Jesus – after all, it is His birthday!

Nominees:

Incomplete Thinker

Robyn at Believe

T. R. Noble

Anyone else who would like to participate. 😀

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Book Review: Christmas After All

People are losing jobs. Businesses are closing down. Willie Fae, a cousin from Texas, lost both of her parents and had to move to Indianapolis to live with Minnie’s family. (Minnie likes having a girl her own age around, though.) Her family is having to eat au gratin (which is French for “with cheese” and basically meant that they added potatoes and cheese to everything to make the food stretch farther) for dinner most nights. According to Minnie and Ozzie’s (Minnie’s brother) “vomitometric scale,” or “vomitron” for short, most au gratin dinners rate high, such as the cauliflower au gratin, which rated a solid 8 of 10 on the vomitous scale.

Times are hard. She knows, she has been to the shantytown (which they named Curtisville after the vice president of the time) before and seen people living in little shacks built out of old tires and scraps, burning whatever they can find in large tin barrels to keep warm. She knows that Christmas this year will be different, but she doesn’t know how different. Will they even be able to have a Christmas?

★★★★

(Now that I am on Goodreads, I will be sharing the number of stars that I give each book – soon I will try to connect my Goodreads account to my WordPress account and you’ll be able to see what I’m reading! 😉 In the meantime, if you want to see what I’m reading, here is a link to my Goodreads account: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/74692007-penelope-payne)

Without revealing too many spoilers, and keeping in mind that this is a children’s book: I was a bit surprised that the topic of suicide came up. Perhaps I haven’t read enough children’s books written in the 2000’s, but I’m not sure how I felt about this; I guess I expect a G rating in a children’s book. However, the reaction that Minnie had to it was believable, it was portrayed in the right light, and it was realistic to how it really was back then.

Speaking of how it was back then… I so enjoyed how there was a section at the end of the book that told about the things mentioned in the book, such as the radio programs, movie stars of the era, recipes for foods that they ate in the book (that were not on the vomitron scale!), and photos from back then. It added depth to the story, and I love it when books are educational. It was a really great read for Christmas. 🙂

This was my third Dear America book. The other two were So Far From Home (The Diary of an Irish Mill Girl) and Voyage On The Great Titanic. I plan to get a review up for So Far From Home after I reread it because it has been years since I read it. But I remember enjoying it.)

The Nutcracker

Hello, everyone! The Christmas video for today will be coming up later, but first, here is a Nutcracker that I met yesterday. 🙂 We took my grandma to the doctor for her checkup and this three-foot-tall Nutcracker greeted us. He’s made out of wood, except for his eyes that are made of Coke Cola bottle caps, and the star and beard that are metal. Whoever made him had talent!

(I didn’t get to stay on WordPress long yesterday because I wasn’t home for most of the day, therefore I am so behind replying to comments and reading posts… 😅 I’ll try to catch up today!)