Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to all my readers and their family.

All the very best for 2016.

Merry Christmas

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

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Tag/ The Christmas 2015

I promise this is my very last Christmas tag for this year.

I have tagged ALL of you guys to do this  so don’t forget to do this tag and then comment below with a link so I can read it! I look forward to seeing your replies to the questions.

Have fun and Merry Christmas.

1. Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?

I prefer a real Christmas tree. Growing up we always had a real tree so that is all I really know. I love the smell of it when it comes in and throughout the Christmas holiday.

2. You’re in a coffee shop, it’s December, what do you pick?

I would probably get a hot chocolate (depending on where I was) otherwise it would be the Starbucks Carmel Brulee latta. I love that drink.

(this is our tree last year)

3. Whats your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?

For the past 14 years we have used multi colored lights on the tree but next year I am going for white ones because I would love to do my tree in white and red. I love that color scheme for a tree.

4. Giving or receiving?

I love giving presents at Christmas. I think everyone deserves to get a little something during the Christmas season no matter what it is. Its the thought that counts.

5. To mince pie or not to?

OMG I love mince pies. I make them every year. This was something I grew up with and to this day I continue to make them every year. Christmas isn’t complete without them.

6. What’s your traditional Sunday lunch?

I  would think you  are talking in reference to Christmas day. We don’t go to my in laws until dinner time so we tend to have a brunch which consist of eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, toast or fresh baked buns with orange juice and coffee and a bowl of fruit.

Christmas dinner is the whole works of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, salad, potatoes and desserts.

7. Christmas day fashion?

We go to Christmas eve mass so we always dress up. Christmas day I always wear something new that I bought for the holiday. Not sure what it is this year as I haven’t really found what I am looking for but we always dress up Christmas day.

8. What’s your favourite Christmas song?

My all time favorite Christmas song is “Last Christmas” by Wham although I do like all versions of it. I love Christmas music and nothing beats the classic songs of the holiday season.

9. What’s your favourite Christmas film?

We have so many favorites from the classic cartoons to Miracle on 34th Street.

10. Open presents before or after lunch?

Christmas presents are opened before lunch. I have a child so there is no way he is going to wait much longer to open them up. When he was much younger we could literally do half before lunch and the rest after lunch but as he got older they are opened rather quickly.

Tag/ Christmas Cheer 2015

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Favorite holiday movie?

My favorite holiday movie has to be Miracle on the 34th Street.

Do you have any holiday traditions?

One holiday tradition that we have stuck with since Michael was a baby was each year we buy  special ornaments. At first I would buy a special  ornament for him but once he got old enough to pick his own he would pick that one he wanted. We have a bin for his ornaments so when he moves out he will have his own set of ornaments for his tree.

Favorite holiday candy?

My favorite holiday candy hands down is the barley candies and chicken bones.

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Favorite winter candle scent?

From Bath and Body Works it has to be Frosted Gingerbread and  the cookie one. Smells so good this time of the year.

Favorite holiday memory?

My favorite memory has to be when I was a little kid and we didn’t have alot of money but a neighbor made it a point to go out and spoil us. He said that Santa mistook the packages to his place instead of ours. It was a wonderful Christmas.

Do you stay in your pajamas or get ready for Christmas morning?

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What is your favorite Holiday song/album?

My favorite holiday album is Michael Buble’s one. My favorite song is Last Christmas by Wham.

Who is the hardest person on your list to shop for?

The hardest person to shop for on my list is usually my sister. I always have a hard time thinking of what to buy her. 

Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?

I love having Eggnog but on super cold days its gotta be the hot chocolate.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Dasher, Cupid, Comet, Blitzen, Rudolph and Donner.

Any New Years resolutions and do you actually stick to them?

Some of my New Years resolutions is to loose some weight (this will mean watching what I eat and exercising more), cleaning up the house and getting rid of things we no longer need or use, budgeting and sticking to it (no more impulsive shopping and getting things I really don’t need) and blogging/vlogging more (this means sticking to a plan and following it through)

Do you have a real or fake tree?

We always have a real tree.

Do you buy your presents in advance or wait until the last minute?

I always buy my presents in advance because I hate the crowds of people this time of the year.

Where you live do you get a White Christmas?

I live in Canada and yes we do have a White Christmas. I can recall there being one year that we had a green Christmas.

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The Broke & The Bookish Secret Santa (Reveal)

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This is one of my favorite Secret Santa exchanges that I take part in pretty much every year.  With the exception of missing one year.

In the secret Santa you have a few options that you could select a) 1 book and a small gift/candy b) 1-2 books and a couple goodies or c) 2-3 books and goodies and I opted for c and I was matched with someone who requested the same thing.

I was lucky enough to receive my gift Friday afternoon and I was going to wait to open it but then decided that I was because it was a rough week.

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As you can see it arrived all nicely wrapped. I almost didn’t want to open it. The candy canes were yummy. 

My Secret Santa is a fellow Canadian and her name is Kelsey and she blogs from her home in Ottawa region (which is super close to me roughly about two hours away from me and her blog is Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf . If you click on her button it will take you directly to her blog. I invite you to go and check out Kelsey’s blog and say hi.

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Here is the lovely goodies she sent me. The candy canes were yummy as was the chocolate “C” which I managed to hide before anyone got home. I wasn’t as lucky with the jelly beans though. I thought they were hidden some what on the desk but someone spotted them. Not included was the Christmas card she sent because I hung it up already.

The books were all books I have posted on wishlists which Kelsey said was a huge help to her.

  • The Boy With The Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset (This is book 2 in the Otherworld Series)
  • Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood (book 2 in The Cahill Witch Chronicles)
  • Sister’s Fate by Jessica Spotswood (book 3 in the Cahill Witch Chronicles)

I am super excited to read these fantastic books.

Thank you Kelsey I love my package. Merry Christmas to you and your family.