|Rosedale 2019-I'll likely not be in a mall this year.|
In an effort to give me daily routines that do not just consist of watching multiple episodes of television shows that I never saw on prime time TV but are now streaming on Netflix or Amazon, I'm going to throw myself into Blogmas. Basically Blogas is a countdown to December 25th, sometimes to January 1, with sprinkles of holiday content throughout. I know many of my readers do not celebrate Christmas, and even some that do, are not fans of over the top, Christmas oozing at every turn. My blogmas is more an organizing principle for December, and when I say sprinkles, that's what I hope to keep it at.
I wasn't as tally ho as I thought I would be this past weekend on the decorating. I guess I really needed a weekend to relax but little by little my house will come together to bring me and my family cheer. This year, with the exception of a couple delicious smelling candles I received for my birthday, I'm not buying or using any new decorations. I just do not understand the theme buying and updating and tossing decorations from year to year. My theme is Christmas, and 33 years, plus more, as both DH and I have a few things from our own childhood, of items and memories. With a November 25th birthday, I received a lot of Christmas items over the years as gifts so I certainly will never run out of items to fill any room I wish to decorate.
Then there is the food and recipes we love. I don't know if my MIL will or has made lefse this year, but I know of a few places to get it. If you do not know what lefse is, or krumkake for that matter, if you read my blog in December, you will learn. Both DH and I have a Norwegian heritage, so it comes out, again in sprinkles, through December. Then there are newer traditions of food-things I make that my family loves and over the years have evolved into part of our Christmas food story. Sweet and sour meatballs, lemon garlic salmon (that I don't eat but apparently I make very well), and puffy things. I'll say no more on them.
Will I get to any holiday crafts and gifts? I've never been a great crafter, but it seems like a good way to spend evenings with my daughters. If nothing else, my youngest said she is game to do embroidery as well and I have extra supplies. I have a huge amount of wine corks that seem like they need a project. Think Christmas tree trivets.
Then there is music and movies, and holiday plays and performances. We have our traditional viewing and the versions we love of A Christmas Carol, true holiday classics and more recent movies that are destined to be classics, if at least with my family. We'll watch live streaming concerts this year instead of seeing them live, and recorded versions for this year and years past. Maybe we'll even wander in the snow and sing ourselves.
Mostly, I want you all to join in. If something sparks a memory, or there is a story you want to tell, please use the comments or link to your blog if you wish. If there is a winter getaway that something prompts you to share, please do! Post holiday travel is likely to be on hiatus, but memories are full. I know it is cliche and I don't care, but I need the holiday spirit this year perhaps more than any other year. You, dear readers, have been a special part of my life in 2020 and I hope you will be part of my blogmas fun.