{Old School Blogging} – The Holiday Edition!!!

December 13, 2013

I haven’t been able to link up to Old School Blogging in the last couple of months or so but wanted to join the fun this month. This one is all about the holidays and holiday traditions…

1)First things first: 1 Holy Night or 8 Crazy Ones? (Do you Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, both?)

We celebrate a little of both. I grew up celebrating Christmas and so did hubby for the most part but his grandma is Jewish and since I like my kids to know all the family traditions, so we celebrate Hanukkah, as well. We usually pick one night, out of the 8, have a nice traditional dinner with some gelt and dreidels on the table and the kids get one gift from grandma and she gets one from us. We also have a few Menorahs set out among the Christmas decorations!

For Christmas, we have a (mostly) traditional German Christmas Eve (Heiligabend) and a typical Christmas morning followed by brunch with grandma.

2)Peppermint or Chocolate?

I like both, but I’m a complete chocoholic… so chocolate, preferably the German kind! (Sorry, I’m spoiled and biased!) πŸ™‚

3)Sing us into the Holiday Season, what is your favorite Carol this time of year?

One of my all time faves is “Silent Night” (“Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht”)…

4)Tell us about a Favorite Family or Personal Holiday Tradition.

My favorite holiday tradition would be our Christmas Eve… the food, the company, the sparkling lights and the kids get to open one present each – the yearly Christmas Eve pajamas!!!

5)C’mon you remember your favorite Β (Christmas, Hanukkah) gift, tell us all about it:

This is still, by far, my favorite Christmas present ever. I received it years ago from the hubby and only very rarely take it off.

6)That magical moment? (Your favorite scene from a Holiday movie…it’s okay if you have 2)

My favorite holiday movie is “Miracle on 34th Street” – I watch it every year after the Thanksgiving Day parade. I don’t really have a favorite scene though!

7)Kissing under the mistletoe? Β Who do you hope is standing underneath (We know it’s normally your spouse, if it did not have to be, who would you choose?)

I’ve never ever kissed under a mistletoe – something to rectify, perhaps??? If I could choose anyone, other than hubby, I’d go with Keanu Reeves…

8)Swans a swimming, lords a leaping, golden rings; which gift of the 12 days of Christmas would you like most?

Had to look this one up before making a decision — I’d go with the hens, at least they can lay eggs for my family to enjoy!!! πŸ™‚

9)Play Secret Santa, what inappropriate gift would you love to give this year?

An inappropriate gift from me??? Never…

10)Martha Stewart or the Grinch? What is your decorating style? (Pictures would be awesome!)

11)What is ONE WORD that defines the holiday season for you? (Examples: Believe/Wonder/Bah Humbug?)


12)If Santa could assure its delivery, what’s the first thing on your holiday wish LIST?

To be able to spend it with my mom, and bring my sister, her husband and my niece here from Germany and let all of us have a great holiday — together!!!


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  • Beth Ann Chiles December 14, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Great post, Susi!! Sometimes you just have to embrace all that the holidays have to offer and you definitely have! Love the decorations!!! Wish you could have all your family with you, too! I totally agree—-family is what it is all about!

    • Susi December 15, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Thanks, Beth Ann. We definitely try to embrace it as best as we can!!! πŸ™‚

  • Katrin December 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Love the Nussknacker! Are they from Germany?

    • Susi December 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Katrin, one of them is – by way of Epcot!!! The others I got here – I add one to the collection each year!!! πŸ™‚

  • Rorybore December 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    A most excellent choice to kiss under the misletoe for sure!! I approve. πŸ˜‰
    I love that you combine the traditions together. I think it’s a great way to honour all your shared history, and to teach children about various cultures/traditions.
    And I love your necklace.

    • Susi December 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Thanks, Leslie. I’ll have to go out and find me some mistletoe!!! πŸ™‚

  • Claudia December 15, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Love your answers, Susi. David and I also celebrate Heiligabend and do not wait till Christmas Day morning. It felt very weird when we stayed with his parents one year and presents were opened the next day only πŸ™‚

    • Susi December 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

      We split it up a bit. This year will be a strange as my mom won’t be able to be here and we won’t see her until the following week. But I know we’ll make the best of it and the kids still will get to open one Christmas Eve present.

  • Kim@Co-Pilot Mom December 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Family was my word, too – it just embodies the Holidays, doesn’t it? I love your decorations!

    • Susi December 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Thanks, Kim! Yes, it’s all about family and spending time with your loved ones!!!

  • Barbara @ December 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    HaHa Christmas Eve pajamas. That was the one present we were able to open on Christmas Eve. I guess my grandparents wanted to make sure we looked spiffy for our photo ops on Christmas Morn. Love your decorations.

    • Susi December 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you! And yes, what’s better than everyone wearing their new Christmas pj’s in the morning! πŸ™‚

  • Elaine A. December 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    The German version of Silent Night is really awesome! And that is a gorgeous necklace! Merry Christmas! So glad you linked up. πŸ™‚

    • Susi December 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you, Elaine! I love linking up each month but don’t always make it! Merry Christmas!

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf December 18, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I love your decorations and your necklace is gorgeous. Family is such a great way to describe the holidays. It is what it’s all about.

    • Susi December 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Christine. I agree with you 100%! πŸ™‚

  • Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom December 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Loved your post.. and made me smile at times.. we sure love our German Chocolate…hahah ..hope you guys had a Very Merry Christmas… Guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr πŸ™‚

    • Susi December 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Danke, dir auch!!! πŸ™‚

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