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

It’s the Little Things in Life

It’s the little things in life.

 

A few weeks ago, our church had its annual Jubilee (revival meeting), which was amazing, by the way. We had a singing tour group come through and I told Kenzie, my cousin, that I was excited to hear the group because when I had heard them sing during previous years they had sang one of my favorite songs. I don’t know the song on CD or anything so I was super excited because I thought they were going to sing it. I was disappointed when they had an entirely new lineup of songs and it wasn’t on the list.

 

Then, yesterday, we were sitting in church and our pastor asked for the special music. The man got up to sing and as he was playing his guitar and going through the first verse I thought “Hmmm, this sounds familiar. I know this song.” He got a little bit farther into the verse and it hit me. This was my song. I glanced over at Kenzie and she beamed at me. She had noticed, too. I was finally going to get to hear my favorite song again, this time sung Bluegrass style. I loved it.

 

It really is the little things.

 

–Abby