These are a Few of my Favorite Things

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My top ten favorite Chirstmasy things….

1) Christmas Cards
I love sending and receiving cards.  I know with Facebook and all the online communication there is these days that many people don’t do cards at all, and that’s OK.  Email newsletters have become the norm for some. But I still mail out cards the old fashioned way – address them by hand, include a family photo and a newsletter, and buy the prettiest Christmas stamps the Post office has to offer. It’s a time to catch up with friends and family in a way that just can’t be done through the internet. Each card I get is a little treasure.
2) Holiday Movies
Rudolf, Holiday Inn, Muppets Christmas Carol, Love Actually, The Grinch – it’s just doesn’t feel like Christmas unless I watch them all, even the kid ones.  We have so many Christmas movies that we have to start before Thanksgiving in order to watch them all. They warm my heart.
3) Puppy Chow
Monkey munch, Puppy chow – whatever you want to call it. Peanut-buttery, chocolaty, melt in your mouth yummy-ness.  I make different holiday treats every year.  Some years I bake more, other years I get on a candy kick.  We are never lacking in sweets around here during the holidays, but the one thing I make EVERY year that never changes is the Rice Chex wonder of puppy chow.  The kids love it and my husband can’t get enough, and lets face it…it’s easy! What’s not to love?!
4) Hickory Farms Melt Away Mints
Oh danger. What looks so innocent can add five inches to my waste.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, they are the little pastel colored chocolate chip sized candies from Hickory Farms. They are minty and creamy and delicious and you cannot eat just one……..bag.  I’m refusing to buy any this year.
5) Nativity Scenes
They are my favorite Christmas decoration, although I actually like any and all Christmas decorations.  I collect nativity scenes.  I don’t have all that many yet, but I try to get  a new one every year.  My hope is to one year soon get the Willow Tree Set, it is gorgeous.  What a beautiful way to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
6) Caroling
Does anyone go anymore?  I don’t, but I love it.  I wish some carolers would come to our house. I would treat them to hot cocoa and puppy chow.   hehehe  I’m not sure it’s a popular activity here in Alaska, I’m afraid it might be too cold and dark.  But at least I have fun memories of going caroling when I was young.
7) Christmas Pageants
I love all Holiday performances. School plays, Dance recitals, Sunday School programs – I love them all.  My kids participated in a concert with their drumming class which was fabulous, I just love watching them perform.  My daughter also had her ballet recital in Anchorage last weekend and that was a pleasure as well.  There’s just something about a children’s pageant that really gets me in the Christmas Spirit.
8)  Christmas Shopping
Well that’s a no brainer.  Any kind of shopping is one of favorite activities to begin with, combined with the pleasure of giving to someone else – –  that’s a win/win situation.
9) Live Christmas Trees
I love them. I must have one.  Living here in Alaska we can’t go Christmas tree hunting out in the mountains like we did in Colorado due to the wrong type of pines, so now we get our tree from a lot. I miss the fun of cutting our own, but honestly I don’t care where it comes from as long as it is real! I LOVE the smell and the look.  They have so much more personality than fake trees.  We’ve had more than a couple of Charlie Brown trees through the years, but it’s not what they look like that matters, it’s who’s surrounding them with you.
10) Egg Nog
It’s the only time of year we get this to enjoy this wonderful beverage. Hot or cold, spiked or plain…I love it.  What’s more fun than being curled up on the couch with the kids watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ , enjoying the fragrance of a fresh evergreen tree, and sipping on some Egg Nog.  Ahhh, bliss.

I hope you surround yourself with all your favorite Christmasy things.  Merry Christmas from my oilfield family to yours!

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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