Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Honest Scrap

Since I started this blogging thing over a year ago (I know! Can you even believe it?), I have been given several blog awards. Some I have passed on with great enthusiasm and some I have unintentionally ignored (sorry 'bout that Bloggers) for reasons like... I just didn't have time to blog about it, link and pass it on, or more so, anything thoughtful to say. But still each and every time another blogger takes the time to link to my silly blog, it brings a smile to my face, which I'm sure was the intention all along. Isn't that why we all make our blogs public, so that other people can enjoy them?

That said, Blogger Juli from Wellington Road passed on the Honest Scrap award to me(!) and even though I already posted and passed along the Honest Scrap award earlier this year, her sweet words have convinced me to do it again... with a Holiday twist.

I love reading Juli's blog! Besides her use of Os and Us in words like colour and favourite (Same for you Joey!) her sense of humour keeps my clicking back for more. Plus I love to read about the beautiful springtime weather she's having in New Zealand while we shovel snow and curse the cold weather here. Go check out her blog if you haven't already. Seriously, do it now, I'll wait.

*tap, tap, tap* You back? Wasn't that fun? Now on with the Honest Scrap. First the rules.

1) Must thank the person who gave the award and list their blog and link it. Thanks Juli!
2) Share "10 Honest Things" about yourself.
3) Present this award to 7 (or so) other people whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you.
4) Tell those 7 (or so) other people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving the award.

Holiday Honest Scrap.
  1. Christmas is a magical time. Even if you don't believe in the virgin birth (like me), it is a time of year filled with joy, giving and love. Plus what better way to wish Jesus a Happy Birthday than by buying flat screen TVs at bargain prices and wrapping them up in Santa Claus paper? (After that outrageous outburst of un-Christian-like behavior, I wonder if I'll still have 51 (make that 52!) smiling faces in my followers box. I hope so!)
  2. This year I'm implementing a little something I like to call "Cut the crap Christmas" Which basically is my way of saying if you are over 18 don't expect a store-bought gift from us.
  3. Since I was in Arizona for a week and now way behind on my Holiday prep, I decided that I wasn't going to put out all of the decorations that I usually do, mostly because I would have to clean and dust first, THEN put out the decor. Yesterday the Gardener came down from upstairs carrying our big red and green storage boxes and said "Here, put this crap out."
  4. Fruit cake sucks.
  5. Real vs Fake is never a question in our house. As long as we still put up a tree and my in-laws still have thousands of them growing in their fields, we will continue to cut one down every year and decorate it.
  6. I should be dipping more of these instead of blogging.
  7. I haven't listened to any Christmas music yet (besides what was playing when the Gardener and I went Christmas shopping) but have watched the best Christmas movie ever made National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at least 3 times since Thanksgiving.
  8. I'm excited to meet my brother-in-law's new girlfriend. He's bringing her home to meet the family over Christmas. I just hope we don't scare her away.
  9. Mae has heard rumors that Santa isn't real from the kids on the bus. I have gently reassured her that whether she believes in Santa or not, she won't go without presents. Christmas (to us anyhow) really is for the kids, see #2.
  10. I'm always unsure which Holiday greeting to use this time of year. Since I'm not Christian or Jewish, saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah" seems weird, but "Happy holidays"or "Seasons Greetings" seem too generic. I can never decide but usually go generic with Happy Holidays.
Since I already passed this one along, I won't be tagging anyone today.

Happy Holidays!


CaJoh said...

I get a little frustrated with all the holidays that are around this time of year. Then to top it off we always have to worry about being politically correct. So… my wife and I like to mix it up a bit and say something really inclusive like: "Have a Merry Hanna-Quanza-don".

Thanks for stopping by…

sheila said...

#1. :) Meee too. or either, I should say. GREAT post! LOVE IT!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation too.

Kelly said...

I wish we could get a real tree, but we always seem to be on the brink of financial ruin around the holidays, so I am grateful for the plastic conifer in my downstairs closet. I'd rather spend the $50 on more presents for Violet.

As for the Christmas greeting, my husband and I try purposely NOT to say "Merry Christmas" because it annoys his aunt who buys into all that "war on Christmas" bullshit. It's the most subversive thing we allow ourselves to do in front of the conservatives.

Fruit cake DOES suck.

Riot Kitty said...

Cut the Christmas crap! I love it! We're doing something similar - buying gifts for those under 18 and making homemade presents for the adults, and giving money to nonprofits instead.

Juli Ryan said...

Ha! I love your list and the Cut the Crap Christmas. I'm thinking about making edible gifts for the (NZ) adults on our list. Thanks so much for the link love. Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays!

LL Cool Joe said...

Ha ha, I was going to try and comment with as many u's and o's as possible, but haven't got the time to be that creative.

I find fruit cake and all the usual Christmas food a bore. Santa, gifts etc. yawn. The only part I really enjoy about Christmas is church on Christmas day. Worst part, spending it with the extended family. :D

Call me the Grinch.

Jen said...

I don't have to be Jewish to wish someone Happy Hannakah (though I'm pretty sure I didn't spell it right) and you don't have to be Christian to wish someone Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays works, too.

t.t. millers said...

You always have a way to make me smile. I enjoy reading your blogs! Many Thanks!!!