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SQ’s Merry Holiday Note: Traditions Anyone?

I love the Christmas season and wanted to write a special note to spread my cheer and appreciation and especially to share my crazy merry traditions. Whatever your denomination or beliefs, this is truly a season for giving, generosity and good cheer.

If you were in the neighborhood, I’d invite you into my home because I have it all decked out for the season. I go all out with the “Deck the Halls” call to action.  (I also don’t do too badly with being jolly and making merry either.)

In fact my halls are so decked that my house looks like a department store the day after Halloween. (Myren, my chauffeur, just rolled his eyes.) I’m also really into Christmas music, playing everything from Bing Crosby’s White Christmas to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. It’s constantly playing in the background. (Myren is making a distasteful face right now.) I think the music helps set a festive mood.

Another of my traditions is to go overboard do lots of cooking and baking. I have this special holiday

party mix that’s to die for. You can get the recipe here. I bring it everywhere I go to share the calories tasty treat.

Who doesn’t watch corny old Christmas movies like It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and the original cartoon version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas?

What’s your favorite Christmas or Holiday movie? My kids love Home Alone, but my favorite newer (non-black & white) Christmas classic is The Santa Clause. Tim Allen cracks me up when he suddenly gets a big belly (I can relate to this–see the part above where I cook too much a lot.)

And of course, no Christmas season would be complete without reading our favorite stories old and new. I read Twas the Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve. The kids used to listen raptly. Now I make Myren listen while he rolls his eyes. Seriously, I love the book and everyone listens.

Please share your Christmas or Holiday traditions with me in the comments!

Merry Christmas, peace & love,

Stephanie Q

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