Holiday · Nostalgia

12 Days of Christmas: 8 Holiday GIFs {Eighth Day}

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I’ll be the first to admit my love of GIFs, the soundless animated images that seem to have taken the social media world by storm. From Twitter to Facebook to Tumblr, they’re everywhere.

Heck, even the newest OS on the iPhone gives you the ability to text an animated GIF for those times when words and emoticons and emojis just can’t communicate your feelings quite right. It was just a few weeks ago that I discovered this feature on my phone, and when I did, I spent the better part of my evening texting back and forth with a friend, one GIF after another, laughing to myself. (I’ll also admit I don’t have much of a social life.)

But honestly, I’m really not that lame, because let’s face it: some of them are downright hysterical. Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas: 8 Holiday GIFs {Eighth Day}”

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12 Nostalgic Days of Christmas: 7 Underrated Classic Christmas Songs You Will Love {Seventh Day}

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Last Monday we featured 11 modern Christmas songs destined to become classics. For those of us who grew up listening to “classic” Christmas songs from the likes of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, it’s sometimes challenging to listen to modern Christmas recordings and have the same feeling we get when songs like White Christmas or Sleigh Ride come on the radio. 

And that’s even true for contemporary remakes of those old classic standards. For me, it seems like only when the modern versions sound like the classic versions (a la Michael Bublé on, well, pretty much every song he sings) or when a new recording harkens back to a classic style (a la Brett Eldredge on Glow) do I feel that similar sense of nostalgia I have when Nat King Cole sings the Christmas Song. Now I’ve never had roasted chestnuts on an open fire, but when the guitar and strings and piano start playing the first few bars and Nat starts in with his gentle, pitch-perfect voice on his definitive 1961 recording, it takes me back. So many classic songs do that, and this time of year the local radio plays a fair amount of them, interspersed among the more recent holiday efforts by Carrie Underwood, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Justin Bieber.

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Holiday · Nostalgia · Recipes

12 Nostalgic Days of Christmas: 5 Classic Christmas Cookies {Day 5}

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I’ve never met a Christmas cookie I didn’t like.

Well, that’s not true.  Christmas cookies with coconut I can do without. And candied fruit cookies.  Not a huge fan.  

But all other Christmas cookies. I. Love. Them.

My grandmother (we always called her Grandma Bear) loved to bake Christmas cookies.  I swear she must have started in mid-November to make all the dozens of cookies for the family. The anticipation waiting for her cookies to be delivered was almost unbearable. Every day starting early December we would watch out the window, waiting for the mail truck.

Then finally, when the box arrived we would cheer and run around like lunatics until we settled down.  We’d carefully unpack the tins and shoe boxes of cookies from the delivery box, mouths watering and tummies rumbling at the prospect of putting away 3 or 4 scrumptious cookies right then and there.

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Holiday · Nostalgia

12 Nostalgic Days of Christmas: 3 Nostalgic Traditions {Third Day}

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It seems to happen every year. You enter the holiday season with high expectations of having a memorable Christmas. But every year, something seems to be missing from your holiday celebrations. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you are quite certain when you are driving around the mall looking for that ideal close-in parking spot along with 10,000 other harried shoppers that whatever is missing, you hope you find it ASAP.

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If that is you, perhaps what you are missing from your holidays are simple nostalgic traditions. I’ve found that, for me, traditions bring more meaning to the holidays and have better connected me with my friends and family.  And the connections with others makes all the difference in creating those fabled “Hallmark moments” during the holidays. Continue reading “12 Nostalgic Days of Christmas: 3 Nostalgic Traditions {Third Day}”

Holiday · Nostalgia

Christmas Nostalgia

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So you’ve finished your Christmas shopping? Time to wrap up the presents and put them underneath the family Christmas tree . . .

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C.E. Price | Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain

If you’re still shopping, you can check out our Holiday Gift Guides for inspiration!

(Looks like mom needs to vacuum under those potted plants . . . And whose huge present is that behind the tree???)

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