Hope Your Holidays were as Great as MINE!

Uncle Ed ( can you believe he's 94)

Me an Aunty Sally, my surrogate Mom and friend

After a HUGE meal and lots of love from my Kids and Grandkids, and my Aunty Sally and Uncle Ed, we settled down for distribution of gifts and a little bit of "Shaking our Tailfeathers" as Amber demonstrated some of her hip hop dancing to her portable music player. We all did a little dancing and watching. We gave out cards with money to all for buying all the wishes that they didnt get from SANTA. Even the kids didnt know what else they wanted as gifts, and it sure saved a lot of wrapping and carting into the family cars.
I hear Sarah and Matthew got a few games they wanted for their game systems, and even got a Gynny pig and tank for each of them. Amber and Darin bought games and music and all is right in their world.
I went out and spent a little on a couple outfits and a new purse and shoes, and am in a hunt for a new Video camera. Come on Sales!
I hope that everyone had a great feast and will be ready to welcome in a bright and beautiful new Year for 2007!
My camera decided to fail me as the batteries died for Christmas Day. So I didnt get to take all the pics i wanted. Wendy took one of me and Aunty Sally and then one of Uncle Ed. Caroline took regular pics of the pics, so I have to wait till they get developed... but a great time was had by all! Hope yours was the same!
Heres the gynny pigs the kids got.


I guess I'll follow lthe meme bling too! LoL! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to ALL!

Thanks Momma's corner , AND my Caroline for the meme's! It was fun.
1. What is the worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Im not complaining about anything really, but I did get some ugly clothes from my hubby one year, that got returned ) ( Hubbys dont usually have the same taste as we women)

2. Two weeks before Christmas you win $1 million. You have to spend it all by the end of this year and you cannot buy anything for yourself. How do you celebrate the holidays?
Send as many friends and family the money , Im sure they would use it.
3. Do you have any family traditions? What are they and do you continue the tradition in your own household? -
When My kids were little, they stayed up all Christmas eve, just waiting for Santa to come, so we began with making go to bed, (and try to close their eyes). then when we got all the gifts under the tree, we would slam doors, and stamp out feet like he was making a rukus as he left. Then we'd call the kids to tell them he had come and went. Later as we had Grandkids, my hubby would dress in a fake Santa suit and ask each kid if they were good little kids and SLOWLY give one gift at a time for them to open. They love getting treated to Poppa Claus!

4. What is your favorite smell from this season?
I love the scent of Pine trees and Apple pie spices.

5. Do you regift? (That’s when you get something you hate and give it to someone else on another Christmas later) -
No, not as though i had actually bought it for someone, but i would offer it to someone if they thought they could use it.

6. If you have kids, how hard do you try to preserve the myth of Santa Claus? What do you do to keep the Fat Man “alive?”
I tried hard when the kids were little, and since we didnt have someone to watch the kids while we shopped, they would see us buying stuff they wanted, but we would tell them that these were for cousins and stuff. Later when they were older and knew better, we would find inventive ways to give them money, because they didnt like our choise of clothes and stuff. One year i made a bare tree and wired they money like leaves all over it, another i made a 12 days of christmas mobile and hung the money in evelopes decorated for each day, and finally i filled helium balloons with bills and made a big bouquet of them. They had to pop each balloon without using their hands or a sharp object. It was hilarious! Specially when the balloons would stretch and distort instead of bursting.

7. When do you decorate your house and tree? When do you take everything down? I put it up as soon after Thanksgiving as my daughter can help me. I put a lot less now than I did in years past. I just cant climb ladders and do as much anymore.

8. Do you sing along with the Christmas muzak in the stores? What’s your favorite Christmas song and which is the one that you hate so badly that you go postal and run amok in the aisles of Walmart when you hear it? - Of course i sing to music, "it's beginning to look alot like Christmas" and most of the fun oldies. I dont have any I dislike exept for crazy new age stuff coming out.
Joining in the fun of Christmas!

Time for a Meme. Let’s do one about Yuletide. This one has been bouncing around on various sites so I figured I’d do it:

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Chocolate all the time.

2.Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Most are wrapped. and then set under the tree.

3.Colored lights or white on tree/house? Some white lights, but plenty of more color the better!

4.Do you hang mistletoe? No,

5.What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? My stuffed cabbage! I look forward to Christmas just because of that!

6.Favorite holiday memory as a child? The year I got a tobaggon for Christmas was great, Nothing else stands out. Later we got so hurt doing down the hills with that sled, that we sold it to a younger family to enjoy.

7.When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I really cant remember the age, but somewhere about 11 the other kids told me.

.Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? When the kids were young it was on Christmas day, then they started staying up late in waiting, so we did the fake santa stomp and jingle, now with the family we do it Christmas day after the big dinner party.

9.How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? After putting it together i string on chasing lights, followed by red garland, then gold and red beads and white bead., then I put on bows and the ornaments that have been gathered thru the years.

10.Snow, love it or dread it? I love to see snow, but hate having to shovel it or drive in it.

11.Do you know how to ice skate? Not very well, was pretty good when i was a child, but now i would not put skates on at all. I dont even have a pair of skates.

12.Do you remember your favorite gift? I have many favorites, but I really love the glass and wood knick nack shelf stand my daughter bought one year.

13.What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Being with my kids and my grandkids and my elderly Aunt and Uncle.

14.What is your favorite holiday dessert? Cookies and Cakes.

15.What is your favorite holiday tradition? Having the family all together.

16.What tops your tree? A big star with mini lighte.

17.Which do you prefer giving or receiving? I love giving gifts.

18.Favorite Christmas Song? "It's beginning to look alot like Christmas" Here comes Santa Clause

19.Favorite flavor of Candy Canes? peppermint is the best

Happy Holidays to all and Good Tidings for the New Year!


Sarah in Christmas play

Sarah was chosen from her class to be in a musical christmas play about a Moose who wanted to fly like raindeer with Santa, and how miracles can happen. Some of the kids taunted the Moose to say that it would never happen, but it did. Great show Sarah! (Sarah is in the center with a red sweater and black skirt)


Amber and her class won Silver Medals

Amber and her Hip Hop dance class won Silver Medals for their dance routine at a competition in Lansing. They did a great job! Congratulations Amber! (shes on the left with the white hats)