Xmas Traditions

Turkey, ham, spaghetti–it varies among every family with what they eat for Christmas dinner. In this post I will be sharing a few of my family’s quirky, odd, or completely normal holiday traditions.

 

THE FOOD

  • On Christmas Eve, we eat junk. It could be Christmas cookies; it could be cold, leftover pizza, but it’s pretty much always junk. And I wonder why I’m chubby.
  • For breakfast on Xmas morning we always have egg souffle, which is like a sausage and egg casserole. I don’t care for eggs, but my family likes it, so, whatever. I go with it.
  • For lunch, we have scamboli/stromboli??? I don’t know the actual term for it. It’s delicous, whatever it is.
  • For dinner, we generally have scamboli and souffle leftovers

 

THE MOVIES

  • On Xmas Eve we generally always watch It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.
  • On Xmas Day we watch festive movies we haven’t gotten to watch yet or movies that we just got. Sometimes we don’t watch any and just hang around.

 

THE FUN

  • We make gingerbread houses.
  • And many different kinds of cookies.
  • And drive around and look at the pretty lights.
  • We open up a few small presents on the night before, but most during the ‘big day.’

 

THE DECOR

  • We have a lovely little tree that we set up every year unless we get a live tree. I LOVE LIVE TREES. This year we have more furniture so we didn’t have room for a live one…sadness. 😉
  • I have the tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas and it is SO. STINKIN’. CUTE. It’s on top of my piano.
  • My sister and I have matching stockings that my mother made??? for us when we were very young. They also match closely to our tree skirt.

 

What are y’all’s traditions? Comment down below and tell me your favorites!

 

Letting it snow,

Abby

 

 

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Abby’s Top Eight Christmas Movies

The most wonderful time of the year isn’t complete without the most wonderful movies!!! To start off my Christmas posts, I decided to share my favorite festive movies and why I like them. They aren’t ranked in any particular order, just the order I think of them, LOL.

 

wonderful life

It’s a Wonderful Life—I’ve only watched this movie, oh, every year that I can remember? It doesn’t get more classic than this. I even saw a professional stage production of it on December 2nd. SO GOOD.

 

home alone

Home Alone—umm, this is a no-brainer

 

 

white christmas

White Christmas–If I had to pick an all-time Christmas favorite, this would probably be it. I watched it all the time when I was little.

 

charlie brown christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas–All the awws. All of them.

 

christmas in connecticut

Christmas in Connecticut–My sister made me watch this movie over and over again until I fell in love with it. But, seriously, it’s a great movie. “Oh, Roberta!” 😉

 

 

elf

Elf–yeah, yeah, I don’t condone Santa and all that jazz but Elf is HILARIOUS.

 

 

an affair to remember

An Affair to Remember–I don’t know if this *technically* counts as a Christmas movie, but there’s a holiday scene, so I’m going with it. You all know how I feel about this one.*grins* *cries*

 

meet john doe

Meet John Doe—Anne’s speech about “the First John Doe” at the end is my favorite.

 

So, anyway, that about wraps it up! Comment down below your favorites and any suggestions you have for Christmas posts!

 

Merry and bright,

 

–Abby

 

 

Thanksgiving Wishes and New Theme

First off, I would like to wish you all a wonderful (belated) Thanksgiving! Mine was wonderful, and I hope the same for yours.

 

Also, as promised, I changed my theme!!! Isn’t the new one adorable???? Comment down below what you think of it. And, FYI, several Christmas themed posts are in the works–so stay tuned! 🙂

 

–Abby

News+Historical Announcement

Hello, lovely ladies and gentlemen! I would like to interrupt your day only to say that

 

a) my cousin/sister/crazy person who lives with me is getting married!!! and

 

b) I’M CHANGING MY BLOG THEME!!!!!!!!

 

Okay, so, yes, I know that technically the first should be a bigger announcement. But whatevs.

 

Kenzie, a close friend of mine for half of my life/cousin-sister-thing is engaged. WHAT. Like yesterday she was thirteen and I was sitting on her lap arguing with her that horses are better than tigers and now she has a rock on her left hand and is wedding planning????????????????? (But I’m over horses now. #TEAMTIGER)

 

But in all seriousness, I can’t believe we’ve grown up this quickly and I wish Kenzie and Sam (the weirdo who makes her giggle like a mentally ill chipmunk) the best of luck. Congrats.

The wedding is set for May. YAY. I LOVE WEDDINGS. I’ll probably do a photo post after the graduation/vacation rush is over.

 

AND NOW FOR B.

COMING NOVEMBER 24th, 2017.

A CHRISTMAS THEME. *shrieks and throws candy canes everywhere*

And after Christmas…who knows what I’ll do. Shall I change it back to the adorable aquatic theme? Shall I change to something upbeat and funky for 2018? WHO KNOWS????

 

—-Abby

Original Poetry: Winter 2015

I’m just a girl who believes in Jesus

I’m just a nerd who follows Christ

You can’t change me. I’ll follow Him anyway

For He had the love to die

 

He is my Savior

My Kinsman Redeemer

My Master, my King, my Friend

I will serve Him

And I will trust Him

For He had the love to die

 

I’m just a girl who loves her Jesus

I’m just a nerd who worships Christ

Though you can’t change me, He can change you

For He had the love to die

falling in love

well, kindred spirits, the autumn season is upon us. you all know what this means.

this is the time of year that abby goes a little nuts. more than usual.

 

abby loves autumn. the chill in the air. the scents of pecan pie and apple cider warming on the stove. the breeze that makes the leaves dance off of the driveway and into the grass in a charming, fleeting waltz. pumpkin everything. the smell that hits your nose when you first walk outside after the maple leaves start to turn to red, orange, and gold. corduroy jackets. tall brown boots. big sweaters. hot cocoa. fresh apples. cloudy days. starry nights. bonfires. hay rides. roasted marshmallows. flannel shirts. thick blankets. happiness.

 

(abby laughs. she knows it was actually seventy five degrees today where she lives. she wants the chill in the air to come back)

 

In honor of October………

 

 

fall 1

Does it remind anyone of else of what they imagined Quebec to look like? Such loveliness.

 

 

fall 2

 

 

fall 3

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;

We must rise and follow her

When from every hill of flame

She calls and calls each vagabond by name

A Vagabond Song, Bliss Carman

 

 

 

fall 8

 

 

 

 

fall 9

 

 

fall 6

how i love fall rains

 

 

fall 4

 

 

dearest autumn, how i missed you

 

–abby

Abby’s Top Ten Movie Picks

So, as you may have guessed from the title, I’m *finally* making a list of my all time top ten favorite movies. This was not a very hard list to figure out….just hard to narrow it down to ten. These aren’t in any specific order, either, but I’ll make comments about why I love each particular movie.

 

1. The Patriot

the patriot

I’ve loved, loved, loved this movie ever since I saw it when I was twelve. I love the plot, the storyline, the action, the history…. I’m a big history geek, if you couldn’t tell, and the American War for Independence is one of my favorite wars to study. I loved everything about this movie, and cried thoroughly when *gulp* significant people in the movie died. That’s all, I won’t say anymore and spoil it for you.

 

2. An Affair to Remember

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Oh. My. Soul. This is the movie that broke it. I loved this movie until halfway through and then hated it until the ending. I cried. Oh, I cried. But then it became my favorite.

 

3. McClintock

 

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Ok, so this poster stinks, but whatever. Anyway, I’ve watched this probably several times a year since I was two. It’s a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew but staring John Wayne on a cattle ranch. What’s not to love.

(In all seriousness, I can quote half of this movie. Probably more, I haven’t tried lately)

 

4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn

star trek ii the wrath of kahn

“At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance” GAAAH. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I fell in love with the original series of Star Trek when I was eight and later saw this on Christmas. I love how it revives Kahn’s story without making it too familiar. And I love all of the cast, of course. I love the plot twist at the end…sniff sniff. No I’m not tearing up what are you talking about.

 

5. The Princess Bride

the princess bride

I saw this movie while I was snowed in and spent the night at my friend’s house under eighteen inches of snow in January of 2010. It amazed me. My sister and I went on the hunt for our own copy of it shortly thereafter. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched it. I can quote it fluently, however, so if you love this movie too, comment below and we shall engage in a battle of wits…for the princess…to the death…

 

6. Rocky

rocky

DADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADADADAAAAAAAADADADAAAAAAAADADADAAAAAAAADADADAAAAAAAAAA

IT’S THE EYE OF THE TIGER IT’S THE THRILL OF THE FIGHT RISING UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF OUR RIVALS AND THE LAST KNOWN SURVIVOR STALKS HIS PREY IN THE NIGHT AND HE’S WATCHING US ALL IN THE EYYYYEEEEEE OF THE TIGER.

no, i did not have to google those lyrics. incidentally, they’re actually from the second or third movie. just so you know.

 

7. Return of the Jedi

return of the jedi

In all honesty, I hate having to pick a favorite from this ongoing saga because a) I’m a nerd and b) I love them all. Except for maybe the prequels. (I’m kind of sorry…but not really) When I first watched the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi really stuck out to me, so I’m picking it. But, of course, I also looveed The Empire Strikes Back…it’s a hard decision, you know?

*NOTE: Yes, I know the poster says “Revenge of the Jedi”, Google it.

 

8. It’s a Wonderful Life

wonderful life

In December I’m going to do a list of my favorite Xmas movies, but for now, this one will suffice.

 

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” And people who hate on this movie are not angels. (Yes, Lizzie, I’m talking to you)

 

9. The Pride of the Yankees

the pride of the yankees

So, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a baseball fan (go ROYALS!) and history is kind of my thing….it makes sense that I love this movie. Gary Cooper’s portrayal of Lou Gehrig became an inspiration to me, and the real-life Iron Horse has become one of my favorite non-current players.

 

10. Superman II

supermanii

I’ve been watching his cartoons since I was too young to remember and reading his comics when I was five….when I was eleven, I saw his second movie, and loved it. The part where Lois finds out who Clark is is the best….such a good movie!!!

 

 

As a disclaimer, I obviously do not condone everything done in these movies. Some of them are completely clean while others had scenes that needed to be skipped, etc. I just love the plot and characters and what they mean to me and don’t necessarily condone every character’s actions. Just so that’s straight 😉

 

–the one and only abby