Christmas Love

I love Christmas.  It’s truly my favorite holiday of the year.

Here’s my top five reasons for why Christmas rules.

FAMILY – (Prepare for some bragging).  You might recall my very first grandson was born in September.  Scientists say that a baby can david-charlie-and-heatherrecognize facial patterns about three months and smile and chortle at its parents so as to increase bonding with the people responsible for the child’s safety.  It works on grandparents, too. 🙂  Love his toothless smiles. (That’s my son and his girlfriend, BTW)

I’m the middle child in a large family.  My favorite memories were of the whole family gathered around the big table with a smaller table set in an adjacent room for my cousins and siblings.  Now my family is spread across the country with families of their own.  I’m looking forward to mine expanding 🙂

CHRISTMAS CARDS  – I love them.  I love the colors and the glittery sparkles.  But I’m afraid I am a dying breed.  I tape all the cards to the kitchen door.  My Christmas guests enjoy them.  At the start of the New Year, I take them down, but I can’t just throw them out.  I have a cardsdrawer full of cards from past Christmases.  LOL. I think when my time comes my children will discover that in some aspects, I’m a hoarder 🙂

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS ( and general joyous attitude) – When I was in France, the tour guide told us to always greet everyone with a cheerful “Bonjour.” The greeting is a way to immediately establish that you’re one of the good guys.  This was confirmed by the guy working the register at the France store in Disneyworld :-).  Anyway, at Christmas time, I love how you can say “Merry Christmas!” at the conclusion of a transaction with a sales clerk, postal clerk, delivery guy – and their faces break into smiles.  Have you tried this?  Love reminding a stranger of the magic of the season.

FOOD and INTERNATIONAL –  It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, they celebrate a holiday tbaked-turkeyhis time of year. Generally with a food unique to the holiday.  In my house, we have a big stuffed turkey that has been cooking all day, filling the house with that fabulous smell.  It’s accompanied by a lot of favorite side dishes that appear only at this time of year.  One year, my daughter and I tried to cut back on the side dishes, and someone was always disappointed.  Now we make everything and feast on it for days after the holiday.

MOVIES, LIGHTS, ORNAMENTS and SONGS – Okay, I admit this is a catch up category.  So many things to love about Christmas, it’s hard to restrict everything to five categories.  But I didn’t want to make the blog too long.

So many favorite Christmas movies are showing on the cable TV stations.  Loving watching Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas…I know several of the movies are campy, but atneighbors-lights Christmas, all is forgiven.  Thanks to the warmer than usual temperatures in November and the beginning of December, many, many people put up Christmas lights early.  I love the magical quality of colorful – or even all white – lights outlining the houses and the landscapes.  I’m not fond of the white LED lights that look a bit gray.  They remind me of cobwebs – not a Christmas image. LOL. That pic to the right is my neighbor’s house.  I’m not going out in my nighgown to take a pic of our house.  LOL  I’ve received two new peacock ornaments so far from family and peacock-bulbfriends.  I think I should get a separate tree and do it entirely in peacock. 🙂  I hate to put the ornaments away after the New Year, but unfortunately, we need the space for baby stuff. We have a radio station that plays Christmas songs 24/7, do you?  There’s so many, I haven’t gotten tired of them yet – and I know the words!  I sing along, loudly, with the windows up so no one can hear 🙂  (and I don’t freeze).

How about you?  What do you love about Christmas?  Let’s try a free download or two of Scotland Christmas Reunion.  scotlandchristmasreunion-bn

Tell me what you think?



  • Heidi Howard says:

    I’m up early. I love the smells. Baking a few cakes makes the house feel cozy. And I always try to shop early, but I either put the stuff away where it takes years to find it again, or I end up giving the gifts early. I love all the great bargains I find when I’m shopping.

    • LOL Heidi – For about the first seven years of our marriage, my husband and i always ended up giving each other gifts before Christmas. Couldn’t help it. We were so anxious to see the other enjoy the gift. 🙂

      Then we had kids and had to hide the gifts. I was so good at hiding the purchases that some didn’t turn up until years later! 🙂

      I’m with you on the baking smells. Heavenly.

      Merry Christmas!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Merry Christmas, Donna. You never mentioned WHY this may be your last post. Seems as if all the Banditas are flying the coup. When I first found you there were 25 or so authors, now only a handful remain (I found a bookmark with all the Banditas listed and there were over 25).

    My favorite thing about Christmas is my grandbabies, all 5 of them. This year I am going to do everything in my power to get all 4 of my boys together..

    Just being all together is important to me, although it won’t be happening this year. I know, we all tell the same old stories of Christmases past, but they are our stories. All of my sisters and brothers will tell you I am the biggest snoop. Every year I found our Christmas presents, befote they got wrapped. I was also the one to get up in the middle of the night to sneak into the living room and see what Santa had left and I would tell said brothers and sisters what I’d scoped out.

    I Love Christmas lights and living right next to Santa Claus, Indiana, I get the chance to see many.

    I used to love sending out Christmas cards and mailing them from Santa Claus because they always have a special stamp every year. I save my cards also, and my kids call me a hoarder. I just tell them the cards I save will tell my grandchildern and great-grandchildren about me.


    • Merry Christmas Amy!

      Well, there were 20 or us at the beginning. Then one by one over the years, people left the group. While the the banditas stay in contact with each other, only three of us blog on a somewhat regular basis. Blogging takes an incredible amount of time for few returns. So I think, for me, blogging has run it’s course. But I’ve made so many new friends through this blog that I will always be grateful for the opportunity.

      I remember huddling with my brother waiting for the time we were allowed to go downstairs on Christmas. We’d talk about the things we hoped Santa left for us. I’m one of five kids, but my brother and I were only two years apart and pretty close. I also remember the year my mother did all the wrapped presents in a closet – and discovered that every single one of them had a little hole in the wrapping paper – LOL.

      Love the memories of Christmas past 🙂 . Glad to know I’m not the only hoarder of Christmas cards out there. 🙂

  • Kat Sheridan says:

    And this is why we are friends! Though we no longer decorate as we used to do, and family and friends are all so far away, I still love Christmas. We’re going out tonight to drive around and look at lights (it’s very strange in Florida how much people love putting up inflatable snowmen and penguins and other wintry things! Of course, there are also inflatable Santas wearing hula skirts and sunglasses…) I think one of my most favorite things about the season is that it’s the only time that eggnog is available in stores!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • Merry Christmas Kat!

      Hey – I have a Christmas ornament of a santa in a hula skirt and sunglasses! He hangs right next to the santa riding an alligator 🙂 I call it my Florida section of the tree. If you look at the picture of the peacock ball (which came from my sister that lives in Florida), you’ll see alligator Santa to the upper right 🙂

      Florida is definitely different for Christmas. No snow. No cold. I’m not sure the Christmas feast is quite as extensive as here because the kitchen would be just too hot from all the baking. But there have been years when sending a Christmas away from the ice and snow sounds wonderful. 🙂 I think you have the best of both worlds. I’d say we’d probably join you one of these years, but with the little baby I think we’ll stay put for a while. I’m so excited abut watching him grow.

      Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and get everything your heart desires. 🙂

  • Sandy Loyd says:

    Loved the post, Donna! I love Christmas too, but my son and D-I-L are in Texas this year. We’ll see them in February when I’m done with chemo! Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy that little bundle of joy!

    • Merry Christmas, Sandy!

      Sometimes a quiet, adult, celebration is appreciated. Sometimes a wild chaotic family holiday is fun. My hairdresser told me she’s expecting 47 people to come over for Christmas dinner!, Crazy!

      The great thing is that you’ll see many, many more Christmases once you get this chemo routine over with. Sending hugs for dealing with this over the holiday, but I know you and I know your strength. That February reunion with your son and d-I-l will be the best celebration ever.

      It’s so easy to fall in love with this little guy. He’s only 3 months so too little for toys and the Santa magic. But I’m looking forward to Christmases to come and all the joy of a little guy in the house 🙂

  • Colleen C. says:

    I love being with family… the laughs, the smiles… listening to Christmas music… opening gifts, etc.

  • Beth Rapp says:

    Merry Christmas Donna!

    Christmas with my boy is unbeatable! Other than that, I love the Christmas movies, music, lights, etc… everything about Christmas!

    • Merry Christmas, Beth!

      Family makes all the difference, doesn’t it? As you can see in the photo, my boy. Is all grown up. But I hadn’t realized what a blessing a grandchild would be. I’m in love :). Christmas just makes everything magical.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Donna

    Well it is Christmas Eve here in Oz early morning the sun is just coming up 🙂 our tree is up love it the cards are hanging in the lounge room and tomorrow the family will be together for a big day of food fun laughter and presents so much to look forward to and we will be at one of my daughter’s and she has a pool and it is supposed to be a hot one so the pool will be used.

    I love your list of fave things for Christmas and your grandson is gorgeous enjoy those smile and all the fun that is to come 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and your family hugs

    Have Fun

    • Merry Christmas, Helen!

      Hugs to you for being a friend all these years. Sounds like you have a great celebration planned. You probably think I’m silly gushing over a new grandchild as you have so many :). But I can’t help it. They are true blessings.

      Have a very merry Christmas, Helen, to you and your family.

  • Deb Meredith says:

    Hi Donna! Merry Christmas! I enjoy the holidays but we don’t decorate much at home. My office at work looks like the North Pole moved to Kentucky
    Lol. I love sending out cards and getting them. We get a lot less than we used to. Makes me sad to think of all the friends and relatives we have lost over the years, but also makes me appreciate the friends and family we do have.
    Grandbabies are the best. We have 7 now and I live them all. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Merry Christmas Deb!

      LOL – I don’t decorate as much as I used to. I have a huge Santa collection that I used to use to cover the mantle, and a whole tub of snowmen that I would put up in December and leave up all January. I don’t bother with those anymore – no time! (and no little kids to enjoy the decorations). Maybe next year, I’ll hang the snowflakes in the windows and put Santas everywhere. 🙂

      I’ve lost a few friends, but I think most just don’t send cards anymore. I used to get e-cards, but not even those so much anymore. It’s the passing of a tradition.

      Seven grandkids! Wow! I’m so pleased with one as I didn’t think either of my children planned to have children. I’m thrilled. 🙂

  • Hi, Donna–

    We also put up Christmas cards and enjoy looking at them. I particularly enjoy Christmas music on the radio and the tree in the living room.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Merry Christmas Nancy!

      There’s so many great traditions connected with Christmas, more so than any other holiday…the Christmas tree especially. This year I have a beautiful gold and red detailed Queen of England to add to the tree 🙂

      Hope you have a fabulous Christmas!

  • Jane says:

    Merry Christmas, Donna. There’s a radio station that plays nonstop Christmas music from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Love spending time with family and it’s fun to have our own traditions.

    • Merry Christmas Jane!

      Sounds like the same station we have. While right after Thanksgiving seems a bit early and I’ll switch to a different station, by the second week in December I’m back listening to all the familiar carols. I especially like the old ones – the Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, etc. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Jane!

  • Pissenlit says:

    Merry Early Christmas! I love the general festiveness. Everything looks and feels festive. Even people are festive. And some go out of their way to be nice or extra nice sometimes.

    Btw, snazzy red baby sweater vest! He looks so happy! 😀

    • Merry Christmas Pissenlit!

      He is a happy baby. He’ll cry when he’s hungry but he’ll settle down quickly. My biggest concern is that I wonder if we’ll be able to take down the Christmas tree. He’s fascinated with the lights 🙂 .

      I do love the festiveness of the season, but I also appreciate the sense of starting over with a clean slate that follows after the holiday. A New Year, new challenges and new opportunites. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and an exciting and productive New Year.