On The 25th Day of Blogmas: And to All, A Goodnight

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Just a quick note to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & if you don’t celebrate, I hope you at least got a day off 😊 It was a quiet day here with some cookie baking, two virtual gift unwrappings, cleaning & spiced wine πŸŽ… Being one of those individuals who experiences a lot of anxiety over expressing enough appreciation, it’s somehow even more stressful over video πŸ˜‚ Am I smiling enough? Am I overdoing it? Probably…it was fun though, gift giving is my favorite part of Christmas.

This will be the final Blogmas post, taking it all the way to the new year sounds exhausting but I hope you enjoyed the festive content. I certainly had a lot of fun & will be getting back to my regularly scheduled Monday, Wednesday, Friday posts.

Let me know what you were up to today. Did you get everything you wanted? Are you planning any after Christmas shopping? I’m debating a LUSH order but simply cannot endure another Candle Day debacle πŸ˜‚ However you spent the day, I hope it was wonderful ❀

On The 17th Day of Blogmas: 5 Favorite Christmas Things

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Quite literally every state around Minnesota has received a significant amount of snow, it’s as though we are living in a weather phenomena that is opposite of the lake effect. This is not what I signed up for when I moved here, in fact I thought that it would be winter all of the time. Nobody ever talks about the miserably hot, humid summers. It is quite cold & overcast but not even a flake in the next 10 days – no snow for Christmas. I’m bitter, I might even take the Christmas dΓ©cor down πŸ˜› I have all next week off, I was supposed to go snowboarding but I think at this point it would be a trip to South Dakota to make it happen. I was going to post the 5 things about Christmas that I loathe but am posting 5 things that love to feel a little more festive instead πŸ™‚

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Shout out to all of the homeowners in my neck of the woods who really showed out this year with the outdoor dΓ©cor! I about drove off the road looking at a stunning tree display on my way home last night. Almost nobody decorated for Halloween & I was expecting Christmas to be the same but I have just been delighted by all of the light displays. Oh, except one, there is this old farm house on my way to work & they just have this 6-foot plastic snowman at the end of their driveway. It must be vintage because it’s face is crazy, appreciate the effort though πŸ˜€

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One could probably enjoy a glass of mulled wine at any time of they year but I’m not sure that it would be quite the same. I love the smell of mulled wine, it smells like Christmas. Honestly, I only drink wine at the holidays so just wine in general is a holiday favorite in my book.

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I started a tradition a few years back of going to a play or concert on Christmas Eve in downtown St. Paul. There is just something magical about St. Paul at Christmas time. The old homes & buildings all decorated up. Sadly, not only will I not be seeing a show this year, I probably won’t venture into downtown for a number of reasons in addition to the pandemic.

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Old movies, new ones, old holiday specials – I love having the television on while I am cooking or cleaning. I didn’t realize how much I would miss this when I got rid of my television a few years ago. However, my tablet does just fine & it’s portable.

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I don’t go to mass very often anymore but I love midnight mass. There is something beautifully calm about walking into an old Catholic church in the middle of the night. The Cathedral of St. Paul is stunning & I’ve had the pleasure of attending a few services there but there are plenty of smaller churches in the Twin Cities as well that hold beautiful Christmas Day services. I suppose I could attend my pick of services this year assuming they are all online.

What are your favorite things about Christmas? Anyone on the east coast here?! I hope you are surviving the storm ❀

On The 15th Day of Blogmas: S is for Santa…?

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Can you believe that Christmas is only ten days away?! It never ceases to amaze me how the first half of the year feels like an eternity & the latter half like two weeks. Not even just this year either with all of the COVID stuff going on, the holidays just fly by. Kids around the world are eagerly awaiting a visit from Santa, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Papa Noel, Babbo Natale or whatever holiday entity they believe in. But what about the kids who don’t celebrate Santa – we get to hang out in the gymnasium with the Jehova’s Witness kids πŸ˜›

It’s true, my siblings & I didn’t grow up believing in Santa. I think I was in first or second grade when I heard talk of this mysterious character & asked my mom about him to which her response was; It’s how non-believers celebrate Christmas. She also made it abundantly clear that I should not tell the other kids that Santa wasn’t real. This didn’t answer all of my questions but I did come to the conclusion that all of my friends were going straight to hell which was a bummer. After this discussion my mother penned a note to my teacher stating that I could not participate in any Santa related activities because we didn’t do the whole Santa thing. In fact, I could not participate in any Christmas activities that weren’t religious. My school was fairly diverse but even with numerous other ethnicities & races, most everyone celebrated Christmas. Except the Jehova’s Witness kids & a handful of Native American kids.

Back in the 90’s especially in rural communities, there probably weren’t a lot of discussions around diversity happening. There weren’t separate activities organized for the non-Christmas kids because like I said, most everyone celebrated your traditional Christmas & there wasn’t a need to recognize anything else. As kids, I don’t recall this being a big deal – I mean, we thought that the Jehova’s kids were a little unique but we all got along. Instead of practicing for the holiday pageant, we played kickball & made reading forts under the library tables. We didn’t feel left out because we had our little anti-Christmas gang πŸ˜€ I don’t remember Christmas being any less magical without Santa, didn’t everyone find out that he didn’t exist anyway?

This experience definitely shaped how I handled Christmas in my classroom, it still amazes me that many teachers forget that a Santa-centric Christmas or any Christmas isn’t celebrated by all students. In all honesty, given the religious overtones of the the holiday, I think that it should be phased out along with Halloween but nobody consulted me. My mom had very black & white beliefs, you were Catholic or you were wrong πŸ˜› But, she also raised me to respect other people’s beliefs because they were just as important as our beliefs were to us. I guess my point is that the holidays can be a wonderful time for everyone no matter what you celebrate!

Were you a Santa kid? Or, someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas? I’m curious to know, thanks for stopping by!