Festive Season Over 50s Lifestyle

The Festive Bon Bons Link Party

December 10, 2021
Festive Bon Bons Link Party

Welcome to the Festive Bon Bons Link Party, co-hosted by Deb from Deb’s World, Jo from And Anyways, Donna from Retirement Reflections and myself.

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.

Festive Bon Bon Cohost

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.

Nonna decorating the Xmas Tree
My MIL helping to decorate at her aged care home

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 Play List

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:

A Highland Christmas – M. C. Beaton
The Christmas Bookshop – Jenny Colgan
Christmas at the Foyles Bookshop – Elaine Roberts
The Santa Suit – Mary Kay Andrews

I love reading with my grandsons

My grandsons and I have read

Macca’s Christmas Crackers – Matt Cosgrove
Santa’s Gifts
Slinky Malinky’s Christmas Cracker – Lynley Dodd
Santa’s Aussie Holiday – Maria Farrer

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.

Christmas traditions?

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.

Christmas traditions
Traditional Tree Decorations for my Grandsons

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

Festive baking
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.

Christmas table dec
A christmas table cloth given to me by Mike’s family in Italy

Christmas memories?

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!

Wish you all a safe, happy and holy Christmas and New Year xx

Now it’s your turn, Share your answers with us & thanks for joining in the Festive Fun

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Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Joanne Tracey December 10, 2021 at 08:49

    A completely joyful post. Love it – it’s full of the sort of spirit we need at this time of the year – and especially this year. Happy Christmas my dear friend.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2021 at 10:09

      It was a fabulous idea of yours Jo and a new tradition for Stunners Inc, I think! x

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    • Reply Jennifer Hones December 10, 2021 at 13:12

      There’s lovely spirit of Christmas in your post Sue. Your Christmas tablecloth is beautiful. It’s such intricate and dainty needlework. Thanks to all of you for the linkup

      • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2021 at 06:00

        Hello Jennifer, thanks for visiting and I do love the embroidered table cloth I also have a table runner which I brought back from Italy in Red,Green and Gold. I should have included that as well. Thanks for linking up for our Festive Bon Bons x

  • Reply Donna Connolly December 10, 2021 at 09:30

    Hi, Sue – You have a beautiful family. Your Christmas Get-Together photo from 2019 is gorgeous.
    I love how you honour memories and traditions from your family and make new Christmas memories for your grandsons. Your Christmas baking, as well as your sharing of Christmas stories, is something that I know they will forever treasure. Beautiful post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2021 at 10:10

      Love Stunners Inc and these posts have certainly brightened my morning. xx

  • Reply Prior December 10, 2021 at 10:12

    Hi – I enjoyed your Festive Bonbon post. The 2019 holiday gathering sounds like such a gift because there was no way to now it would be the last one with MIL – and I liked that photo of her decorating the tree

    The Christmas concerts sound like some fun memories to cherish and how cool that you were a dance teacher –
    oh and your tree is just my size – we have two table-top tress but next year might go a little bigger closer to the size you have so we can add a few ornaments.
    wishing you a nice week ahead

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2021 at 11:15

      Hi Yvette, thanks for visiting to say hello. Our last Christmas together is a wonderful memory which we cherish. We live in an apartment so a medium tree is just the right size for us. Thanks for joining our link up. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au December 10, 2021 at 10:33

    Loved your family Christmas photo Sue – and all the little snippets that make Christmas special for you. Good on Mike for untangling the Christmas lights – always a chore!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2021 at 11:13

      I love this time of year, Leanne and I know that you do too. It is so lovely to have the littlies around us at this time during the year. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan December 10, 2021 at 15:47

    Hi Sue, this is such a lovely heartfelt and very sentimental trip down Memory Lane for Christmas. I loved the story of the cassette player from Santa. We all have embedded Christmas memories and I reckon your dance concerts would be those too. I am sad the last two years have meant major adjustments in your family, particularly with your Mil’s passing. Your two grandsons do bring amazing joy and that keeps the Christmas sprit going in all your lives.

    Thanks for the link up. Brilliant way to almost finish the year.

    Take care and have a wonderful Christmas season!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2021 at 06:00

      Hi Denyse, thanks for your lovely comments and yes, the Dance Concerts were always a highlight of my year. I think we should make the Festive Bon Bons Link Up an annual event to get us in the mood for the Festive Season. Take care xx

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  • Reply Amanda December 10, 2021 at 17:08

    What a wonderful family gathering you had in 2019. So very special given what has happened since. Yes we have Christmas cake and traditions – one that are a mix of Nordic and Australian. I love hearing Bing on Christmas day too, or when decorating the tree but my family are a bit tired of hearing him. I have posted a bit about traditions in my latest two posts. One for the Friendly friday Holiday challenge and have pinged back to your post!
    Merry Christmas to you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2021 at 05:58

      Hello Amanda! Lovely to meet you and thanks for sharing in the Festive Bon Bons Party. Thanks for the ping back and I will try to figure out how to do the same over on your blog. Merry Christmas to you and your family x

  • Reply Debbie Harris December 10, 2021 at 19:45

    What a lovely post Sue, full of memories, family and joyful moments. You are amazing with your cooking and doing a concert sound like a lot of work but fun. I also like the Spotify playlist although I’ll admit I’m not a huge Mariah fan! Your large family photo must bring back many happy memories and I agree it would be lovely to have everyone we’ve lost back to visit just for a day! Thanks for being a fabulous co-host of our group’s linkup 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2021 at 06:01

      Hi Deb, thanks for your lovely comment and also being a co-host for our Festive link up. I think it is a great idea and I’ve loved reading everyone’s answers. We need to make this a Stunners traditional link up each year, what do you think? xx

  • Reply suzanne December 11, 2021 at 02:34

    Sue, what a beautiful, heartfelt post. That table topper from your husband’s family is beautiful, and I love the idea of giving a new ornament to your grandchildren each year. To have had that last photo taken with your MIL at 94 will always be a cherished memory. Thanks for helping to give birth to this wonderful idea of sharing our holiday traditions. You gals are the best. Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2021 at 06:03

      Hello lovely Suzanne and thanks for visiting. I really enjoyed writing this post as it made me stop and really think about my answers, as well as reliving my Festive traditions and memories. Merry Christmas to you and your husband and I’m hoping we can make the Festive Bon Bons link up an annual event. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee December 11, 2021 at 06:56

    Life changes and we need to be flexible. What wonderful advice (or attitude). I only just realised in your post that the fact it was my Dad in charge of decorating he tree was probably unusual. I do it because my husband isn’t into it but I thought that was an odd thing about him. I’ve always viewed it as a ‘male’ domain and never questioned it until now. Isn’t that odd? #FestiveBonbons

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2021 at 06:04

      Hi Lydia, to me it is unusual for the man to decorate the tree as I know it was always Mum and us kids helping her. We all have different traditions don’t we? Thanks for visiting Festive Bon Bons and I hope we can make it an annual event. xx

  • Reply Susanne December 11, 2021 at 07:26

    I really enjoyed reading about your Christmas traditions, Sue! I love how you helped decorate the tree at the aged care home – it must have brought so much joy. And how lovely to have a baking day together with your grandkids!
    Jenny Colgan is one of my favourite authors, although I’ve only read a few books so far. I’ve read most of the Beach street bakery series and I absolutely love it, it’s so inspiring to me!! I’ve read one book about that girl on a Scottish island, and I have one book from the bookshop series but I haven’t started reading it yet.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2021 at 06:05

      Hi Susanne! I loved reading your post about your traditions and living in West Cork. I really loved you Gnome family. I love everything about the Festive Season and of course, my grandsons make it magical. xx

  • Reply Joanne December 12, 2021 at 05:20

    I read the Christmas Bookshop and The Santa Suit this year too. What a lovely family photo.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2021 at 05:57

      Hi Joanne, I enjoyed the Christmas Bookshop and have just finished The Christmas Letters which I enjoyed. x

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt December 13, 2021 at 01:40

    I missed the link-up but I sure enjoyed reading about your festive bon-bons, Sue! I’m sure your traditions changed once your elders passed from the world. I know ours did to some degree! White Christmas movie and song is one of my top faves of the season, too. Love your Spotify playlist! Have a wonderful and probably warm Christmas season! I left my link here if you have a moment to stop by. https://secondwindleisure.com/2021/12/12/sunday-stills-monthly-color-challenge-metallic-taste/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 13, 2021 at 05:22

      Hello Terri, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the Festive Bon Bons and I’m hoping we can make it an annual event. We are going to my son’s for Christmas and they have a pool so if it is warm we can all cool down with a swim. Enjoy your week. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes December 13, 2021 at 23:04

    Hello Sue and happy holidays! While I’m too late for the link-up, I did want to wish you a Merry Christmas. I so enjoyed reading about how you celebrate and reminiscing about my own Christmases past, I may borrow some of these prompt for a blog post of my own. Wishing you and your lovely family all the best this holiday season.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2021 at 09:37

      Hello Christie, lovely to hear from you and yes of course use the prompts for your own blog post. Perhaps I should have left the link open for longer?? Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas and may 2022 be all you wish for. xx

  • Reply Gail December 22, 2021 at 18:09

    Enjoyed this post – love reading about how Christmas is celebrated in other countries. It’s amazing how similar everyone’s Christmas is. Hope to see you in today’s link up.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2021 at 08:11

      Thanks Gail. Australia is very similar to the UK with our traditions although with Christmas falling in the midst of Summer the menus have changed over time to be more seafood and salads. x

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