It seemed like an appropriate time for me to do another Three Things post since my last one was a year ago. Plus, I also had nothing else planned for today and I was in the mood for something light and sentimental. Funny how things work that way, right? Anyway, without further ado, three more things about me with a holiday flair.
3 Things I Love about Christmas
1.) Wrapping presents. While I’m not the best present wrapper, I love getting my inner Martha Stewart on. My frugal friends would roll their eyes but high-quality wrapping paper, bows and various accoutrements that add some sizzle are my jam.
2.) The decorations. I sadly do not decorate my apartment since I don’t celebrate in California and Max would destroy the tree.
3.) Seeing my family (I go home to Minnesota, don’t cha ya know).
3 Things I Dislike about Christmas
1.) The pressure to make everything perfect.
2.) Busyness of the season (I enjoy having lots to do but not necessarily every day).
3.) Shopping (sort of). I actually like Christmas shopping because finding the “right” gift for my loved ones gives me a thrill. I just hate crowded malls and parking lots. But I do love the scent of cinnamon almonds roasting at the mall, like a moth to a flame …
3 Favorite Christmas Movies
Elf, White Christmas and Love Actually.
3 Favorite Christmas Treats
Homemade caramels. I make them every year and love them! Shortbread cookies and hot Cocoa with whipped cream and candy cane sprinkles.
3 Favorite Christmas Traditions
1.) Decorating my family home on Black Friday. In my small hometown Black Friday wasn’t anything special so instead of shopping, my Mom and I would decorate the house and my Dad would put up all the outside lights and decorations.
2.) Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s home. Grandma always served oyster stew, which most of the kids did not like. We (my cousins and I) made fun of my brother for eating those gross, slimy things. My Grandma eventually added chili and sloppy joes to the menu to accommodate the non-oyster stew eaters.
3.) Waking up super early Christmas morning to see what Santa brought me. My parents would not allow my brother and I to open presents until they got up. And they would not get up before the sun came up. I pretty much stood over them and breathed on them until they finally gave up and got up. 😀
3 Favorite Christmas Songs
For a long time, I loved almost everything about Christmas except for Christmas music, outside of what you would sing at Church. But rocking Christmas music 24/7 was not my jam. It’s still not, although I actually play Christmas music during December since becoming an old coot. 😀 I still refuse to wear the ugly Christmas sweaters though.
1). Christmas in the Car by Mulberry Lane.
2). Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Lady Antelbellum
3). Christmas in Heaven by Scotty McCreery
Weirdly all these songs are by Country performers and I don’t like country music. But my Mom does. And I make holiday mix tapes for her so … yeah, I like Christmas music by Country music performers. Now I’m positive the end is nigh.
3 Favorite Christmas Gifts Received
1.) Barbie! Barbie! Barbie! Old Barbie meet New Barbie. Old Barbie warns New Barbie that I will her brush her hair until her head pops off.
2.) When I was 14 or 15, I wanted a big, fancy boombox with a dual cassette player AND a CD player. I begged and pleaded. Showed my parents the exact one I wanted at the store. They bought it for me and hid it plain sight. I walked by it every day and never noticed it and was an anxious wreck Christmas morning when there was no big box under the Christmas tree. They still laugh about it. 😀
3.) I wanted a telephone like most teenage girls did. My parents were less enthused so I convinced my brother who worked at Radio Shack to buy me one. But he didn’t just buy me a telephone, he bought me the one that lit up with hot pink florescent lights when the phone rang. He is also wrapped it in a bath towel because apparently Scottie doesn’t wrap gifts.
3 Gifts I Want to Give the World
Some days I say a little prayer before seeing what’s going on in the world since almost every day brings bad news. It’s not an easy way to live but I refuse to give up hope. This world is imperfect, full of imperfect people of which I am one. It is also an amazing place, full of amazing people who are capable of doing amazing, kind, generous, loving things every day. I chose to focus my energy on being amazing.
1.) Compassion and empathy. The world would be a much better place if we treated one another with compassion versus the need to be “right”. To recognize that people have hidden truths and secret pains that deserve compassion versus ridicule and suspicion. To want to help each other thrive and succeed versus be the one to get ahead at whatever the cost, even your soul.
2.) Appreciation of diversity. Diversity is a strength and not something to eradicate or evil. Intolerance, hate and fear are what makes us weak. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
3.) Peace and serenity. As someone who at times lives with an almost intolerable amount of anxiety inside of her, I wish deeply for peace in every single one of us. To feel at peace with who we are, our place in this world and those around us. To not feel threatened by others because we appreciate our own greatness and see how we interconnect and thrive because of each other’s individuality and greatness.
Tell me 3 things about Christmas or the holiday season that you love.