Catching Up On 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

After a busy weekend filled with Star Wars and cleaning, I got a little behind on this book tag.  So today I will be catching up and completing this fun Christmas tag!

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Day 10 – Favorite Christmas movie or song

Well I love Christmas movies and songs so this one I’m going to draw out a little and do top 3 for each!

MOVIES

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SONGS

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

O Holy Night

Carol of the Bells


Day 11 – What was your favorite childhood Christmas present?

I think one of my absolute favorite childhood presents was this awesome Polly Pocket Jewelry Box from 1991.  I was obsessed with Polly Pockets and this was the biggest one that I had ever gotten.  It was so cool!  I wish I still had them!

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Day 12 – What are you grateful for this Christmas?

I am most grateful that I live near my family so I can spend plenty of time with them.  I’m also thankful that my grandma will be able to spend this Christmas with us as well.

So that’s it for this tag!  I had a lot of fun with this one.  Thanks again to Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm for tagging me to do this 🙂

Day 9 – 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

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Day 9 – Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner?

I have several answers for this since we are having 4 Christmas celebrations and only one of which will have a sit down Christmas dinner.

On Christmas Eve we will be going to church with my parents and Grandma then going back to my parents’ house for Christmas movies, puzzles and cookie decorating.  We don’t usually have a sit down Christmas meal.

On Christmas Day we will be heading out to my grandmother-in-law/uncles-in-law’s farm for Christmas lunch and opening presents.  This is the only sit down dinner we will have.  I usually sit between my hubby and my brother-in-law for dinners out at the farm.  Other people present will be my mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law, and two uncles-in-law.

After this we will be heading to my hubby’s other grandparent’s house to do some presents and catching up.  I’m not sure who will be there besides his grandparents.  They usually have the big gathering on Christmas Eve but we trade off years between that and being with my parents so this year we are missing the Gunderson gathering.

Then we will head back to my parents house to spend more time with my grandma.  My uncle, aunt and two cousins will also be coming over for this.

I am very excited to see all of my various family this Christmas.  My brother and his wife won’t make it up this year though which makes me a little sad.

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

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Day 8 – Share a local Christmas tradition in your town or country.

In our town we celebrate Christmas/winter by having Winter Walk in our historic downtown area.  All of the shops stay open late, there are Christmas decorations everywhere.  There are Clydesdale wagon rides, horse drawn buggy rides, bonfires, hot cocoa and more.

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My mom is the town’s middle school music and choir teacher so her kids always have groups caroling on the street corners and one of her choirs always sings a bunch of carols at Bridge Square.

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Here is her choir at Bridge Square this year!  She is in the red puffy vest with her back to the camera.

And this year we had the pleasure of finding out that there is going to be a Christmas movie filming in our town starting in January!  They had a crew filming around downtown to catch some B-roll footage that will be used in the movie.  I think it’s going to be a Hallmark type movie.  My mom got filmed directing her choir and she loves those kinds of movies so it would be really excited if they used footage of her in this movie!  Here is an article about it!

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This was when I saw them filming her!  I had to take a picture to show her.  She was so excited!  After her choir was done they went up and talked to her for a bit.

So that is how my town celebrates Christmas!

 

Day 7 – 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

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Oh man, this was a fun ride down memory lane!  I found a bunch of old photos.

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This one goes way back to my very first Christmas!  I was only a month old.

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Fast forward a few years to a Christmas we spent at my grandparent’s house with some of my cousins.  I’m the second from the right.

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A year or two after that…  I hated that dress by the way.  So uncomfortable.

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Super fast forward about 20 years to last year when I read Outlander for the first time!

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And here we are back in the present.  I spent the weekend loom knitting scarves for Christmas presents while watching Christmas movies.  It was a very cozy weekend.

Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

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The halfway point is here!  And there are only 10 more days until Christmas!  I love this time of year as you’ve probably seen me say a thousand times.  I’m so excited to give everyone their gifts and spend time with my family.

Day 6 – Share a fond childhood Christmas memory

My grandparents built a beautiful log cabin in the Black Hills in South Dakota.  You may have seen my post in September of my recent trip out there.  It’s a place that looks SO magical during Christmas.  One year, my family was out there along with a bunch of my aunts, uncles and cousins.  It was so much fun.  They used to have the top level as a loft where all of us kids would sleep.  Our Christmas present that year was a trip to the local ski “hill”, Terry Peak.  I had only been skiing once or twice before and was kind of nervous.  But after going down the bunny hill a couple of times with my mom I ventured to one of the bigger hills and had an absolute blast! This is probably one of my favorite Christmas memories.