Fill in the Blank Friday

December has arrived and we are in full holiday mode! (So much so that I’ve barely blogged this week. Oops.)
Our little town turned on its Christmas lights this past weekend, with the kids singing carols with their school. The tree is up, Alfie (our Elf on the Shelf) has arrived for his annual duty of keeping an eye on the kids and reporting back to Santa. Likewise, etters to Santa have been written, lines for the Christmas play have been learned and costumes readied….and my shopping is nearly done. The calendar is looking full with activities, parties, and the like, but all I have to do today is Fill in the Blanks….

1.   The holiday season is  about traditions and families and counting blessings. I love the memories particular ornaments on the tree evoke, singing Christmas songs with my kids, wrapping presents, baking treats and sharing them with friends.

2.   Snow makes me  cold. Despite living outside of Chicago nearly my entire life, I have no tolerance to the cold. And I dread seeing any snow here, since we only have “grit” to put on the road to our house, and no snowplow will ever see our lane.

3.  The best comfort food to eat when it’s cold out is  grilled cheese and tomato soup. Ooooh – or chili. I love chili and cornbread. Yum. 

4. Winter is the best time for  curling up with a cup of tea in front of the fire and introducing all my favorite old movies to my kids. I’m so much an indoor girl when the weather gets cold..


5.  I can hardly wait for  starting the holiday baking, even though I’ll really miss the annual cookie baking day with my friends Amy and Kristy. I also can’t wait to finish up shopping for my husband, as when I do I’ll be very nearly done!


6.  When it comes to holiday gifts I prefer to   give them, particularly when I can find *just* the right thing for the recipient. I really, really hate giving gift cards, even though I know that is what some people like – it feels so impersonal to me. (I also have a really hard time asking for things, even if it is Christmas.)

7.  If I were to rate my excitement about the holiday season on a scale from 1-10, I would say I am at about an 8. My tree and decorations are up, Christmas cards are in the mail and my Christmas shopping is nearly finished (do you hear me, Mom? It’s hard to tell what you really want from 3,000 miles away). I’m ready to turn on the Christmas music, make some cocoa and start wrapping!

Are you ready for Christmas???   How would you fill in the blanks?


  1. I seriously hate you for being so Christmas ready. I still have to do ALL my shopping. sigh. this is what I get for being a master procrastinator. hate you! 😉

    • Dude…you’re hatin’ on ME?

      YOU spent Thanksgiving in Italy. You’re totally allowed to be behind. Until now. Go shop.

      If it makes you feel better, I have wrapped nothing.
      Not. One. Thing.

      And while I’ve bought everything the Hubs suggested, that basically amounts to 3 teensy things for both Christmas and early January birthday. And I’m stumped.


  2. I miss making Christmas cookies, too. When you come home we have to start again…even if it means travelling!

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