Jo, came up with the idea of sharing our answers to ten questions about our Festive Seasons and Deb, Donna and I hopped on board the sleigh to bring you the Festive Bon Bons Link Up.
Whether you are a blogger or not, why not take a few minutes to answer the questions and see what you come up with. You can link up with us or leave in the comments below? I’m excited to read everyone’s answers and after a horror couple of years, I think it is high time for some Festive Fun.
Christmas Tree – do you have one, when does it go up, who decorates it, is there a theme or is it miss-matched?
Yes, I do, I mean, what is Christmas or the Festive Season without a Christmas Tree? We don’t have a huge tree as we live in an apartment but I love putting on the Chritmas music and decorating. I stick to a general colour scheme but there are a couple of decorations which have been gifts that I add to the tree. This year, Mr M, my husband, helped which certainly made the job quicker and I gave him the job of untangling the Christmas lights!
When my MIL was alive I enjoyed volunteering at her aged care home to help the residents decorate the tree.
Christmas carols – yes or no, faves? Traditional or modern.
Yes, I like the traditional and modern Christmas songs. One of my favourite carols is Oh Holy Night’ always brings a tear to my eye.
Bing Crosby, singing White Christmas is a favourite as it brings back memories of my Mum and Dad. I was about 12 years old and loved teaching ballet lessons in the lounge room to my imaginery pupils. Mum and Dad or should I say Santa, gave me a small cassette recorder and had recorded a message from Santa and Mrs Claus and then sang White Christmas. Such a lovely memory.
I also love All I Want for Christmas but don’t shoot me for admitting that! LOL 🙂
Christmas books – any faves you want to tell us about?
During December I always read Christmas themed books. They are usually light hearted and quick reads but they put me in the mood. I also love reading with my grandsons. I don’t have a favourite but so far I’ve read:
My grandsons and I have read
Christmas movies – any you watch year after year?
I’m not really into watching Christmas movies although I usually watch a Christmas movie with my grandsons. Last year it was ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ and this year,Ethan has chosen ‘Elf’ for us to watch together.
Christmas cake – yes or no?
Absolutely! I always make a Christmas Cake as it was a tradition I learned from my Mum. As children we would all have a stir of the cake mix for luck. Each year, I bake and it makes me feel close to my Mum, who passed away 36 years ago. It also is the start of the Festive Season and makes me feel excited.
Chocolate nuts or fruit?
This question was asked in my Women’s Circle last Christmas as a fun question. I prefer Chocolate coated nuts but won’t say not to the fruit. Speaking of nuts, Mum used to put out bowls of mixed nuts and a fun memory I treasure is Dad and I both trying to find the cashews to eat because they were our favourites.
My traditions have changed over the years and last year was a huge transition in my traditional Christmas celebrations. For 25 years I had hosted our family Christmas gathering where my children and grandchildren and Mr M’s children and grandchildren came on the weekend before Christmas. After my MIL died last year, and as we had moved to an apartment, I can’t fit everyone in. I will host a mini get-together for Mr M’s side and then we will spend Christmas Day at my son’s home. I’m missing all the planning and preparation that brought joy in the lead up to our family get-together but life changes and we need to be flexible.
Each year I purchase a decoration for my grandsons to hang on their tree as a keepsake from ‘Nan’. We also have a baking day together making Christmas Cookies for them to decorate. It is messy but so much fun.
Despite not hosting a big event, I’m still keeping the tradition of baking my Christmas Cake and goodies. As I mentiioned above, it brings back memories of helping Mum as a child. We would all have a turn at stirring the mix for good luck! I recently wrote a post and shared My Traditional Festive Baking
What’s on the table?
On our first visit to Italy, Mike’s Aunt gave me this beautifully embroidered cloth which I suitable for a small table. I use this each year and think about family on the other side of the world.
I’ve mentioned some my Christmas memories above but for me each year brings new memories to create. When I was a teenager and up until I was 30 I was a ballet teacher, teaching ballet, tap, jazz, highland dancing. Each December, I choroegraphed a Christmas Concert and it always brought me joy to see the children as they progressed throughout the year.
All I want for Christmas is…
I’m sure my answer is similar to others but all I want for Christmas is to spend quality time with my family and friends. I would love to have my parents and parents-in-law back for just one day but know they are with us in spirit. This was the last Christmas family get-together with everyone back in 2019. We had to hold it at the aged care home where my MIL lived. It was her last Christmas as she passed away unexpectedly in October 2020 at the grand age of 94!