Merry Christmas! | The TWELFTH Day of Blogmas

Merry Christmas! | Scribbling in the Margins blog
Merry Christmas! | Scribbling in the Margins blog

On the twelfth day of Blogmas, Leeann's blog gave to me... one Christmas picture!

I hope you all liked the 12 Days of Blogmas! I really enjoyed posting for you all every day. New posts will be coming in the next week. But for now, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday!

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas | The ELEVENTH Day of Blogmas!

On the eleventh day of Blogmas, Leeann's blog gave to me...Christmas Eve traditions Christmas Eve.

No matter where my family is for the holiday season is, Christmas Eve is my favorite part of the festivities. Everyone pulls on their best holiday outfits and we eat until we can eat no more. When we're in Indy, that's seafood chowder full of every shellfish you can name with oyster crackers on the side. In West Virginia, that's french fries and oysters and ham and cookies and root beer and trail mix and crackers...

Spending time with family is the most important part of the evening. With my mom's side, we initially all eat an early dinner before dressing in our best and heading to church for the Christmas Eve service. Afterwards, we all gather around in my grandparents' sun porch by the tree and open our presents to each other while snacking and drinking sweet tea or water. We laugh about the stories behind each other's gifts and shout "thank you!" all around the room. Afterwards we look at our new things and show them off to each other, the "kids" (okay, we're teens/young adults now) running off to play with Leighton's game or flip through Caroline's book. Slowly, everyone drifts out the porch door with bags of goodies, wrapped in wool coats and plaid scarves. Piling into their trucks and SUVs, everyone drives off until it's just my family and my grandparents. We settle down in front of White Christmas and wait for Santa Claus to come.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas | Scribbling in the Margins blog

With my dad's side, we dig in to steaming hot bowls of seafood chowder and oyster crackers while talking about school or work or simply what we did that day. After eating seconds and thirds, we gather into the living room to drink coffee or hot chocolate. After circling up, someone, usually one of the "kids," passes around the gifts to each person until we each have a stack of boxes and bags next to us. One by one, we go around the circle and open each gift, thanking the person for the present and showing it to the rest of the family. Everyone ooos and ahhs until each present is open. Then gifts are further explored: books are flipped through, clothes held up, CDs unwrapped and examined. Then, one by one, each family slips through the front door to the bite outside, waving goodnight with promises to see each other in the morning, decked in Christmas gifts and red, ready for turkey and mashed potatoes.

Christmas Eve is important to my family; it's the tradition we value most. Whether there's snow gently falling on the tips of the brown grass or rain dripping from the window panes, the night before Christmas always results with a "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight."

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On the eleventh day of Blogmas, Leeann's blog gave to me:

Christmas Eve traditions, a Christmas travel storysix final to-readsdecked halls a-twinkling, a Christmas tag of sorts, two Christmas book reads, FIVEEEE FESTIVE MOVIES! Memories filled with snow, one blog tag, the best study tipsand 10 Christmas songs to sing!

Last Books of 2014 | The NINTH Day of Blogmas!

On the ninth day of Blogmas, Leeann's blog gave to me...six final to-reads My Goodreads goal is 45 books and I'm still six short, meaning Christmas is going to involve lots of reading. So I thought I would share with you those six books I must read in an incredibly short amount of time.

(Or I will have to accept failure, something I am not apt to do).

So here it is, the six books I will (attempt) to read in the remaining days of 2014:

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  1. Miracle on 34th Street, by Valentine Davies. I've read this before, but it was awhile ago and I want to dig into it again. It's the novella version of the film, written by the screenwriter, and released only shortly after the movie. (Yup--a book based on a movie. It really does happen!)
  2. Indy Writes Books: A Book Lover's Anthology, edited by M. Travis DiNicola and Zachary Roth. I've already peeked at a few of the selections in here, and I'm already super pumped.
  3. Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. Recommended by a friend and my mom, I'm looking forward to reading this "historical" fiction.
  4. Flappers and Philosophers: Stories, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is my one true writing love and I'm interested to see how his short stories add up.
  5. First Fig and Other Poems, by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Yes, I totally picked this poem collection because it's 46 pages long. Also, Edna St. Vincent Millay has written the only poem I love, "Recuerdo," so I thought maybe her other poems would help thaw this icy blockade between poetry and me.
  6. Looking for Jack Kerouac by Barbara Shoup. I'm really excited to dig into family friend Barb Shoup's latest novel. It's on my Christmas list, so fingers crossed it comes my way in the next couple days!

What books will you be reading before 2015?

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On the ninth day of Blogmas, Leeann's blog gave to me:

Six final to-reads, decked halls a-twinkling, a Christmas tag of sorts, two Christmas book reads, FIVEEEE FESTIVE MOVIES! Memories filled with snow, one blog tag, the best study tipsand 10 Christmas songs to sing!

Deck the Halls | The EIGHTH Day of Blogmas!

On the eighth day of Blogmas, Leeann's blog gave to me...decked halls a-twinkling Nothing spreads Christmas cheer in my family's house quite like Christmas decorations. My mom does a great job every year putting up the stockings, garlands, trees, and other festive decor. It always feels like Christmas in our house, from the tree in the living room to the holiday cookie soap in the bathroom. Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite decorations in the house:

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A few baubles on a side table

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Stockings hung by the chimney with care and a few friends in the foreground

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Garland on the mantle Deck the Halls | Scribbling in the Margins blog

The baby tree in my room with Winnie-the-Pooh, Mickey & Friends, and Santa mini ornaments

Deck the Halls | Scribbling in the Margins blogOur family Christmas tree with a few presents adorning it (and, sometimes, a cat)

What are your favorite holiday decorations?

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On the eighth day of Blogmas, Leeann's blog gave to me:

Decked halls a-twinkling, a Christmas tag of sorts, two Christmas book reads, FIVEEEE FESTIVE MOVIES! Memories filled with snow, one blog tag, the best study tipsand 10 Christmas songs to sing!