Before I even started blogging, when I was still an innocent reader, I read book reviews from The Book Wheel. I sheepishly read them, too afraid to comment — too afraid to stand out. Then I stepped into the oh-so-scary world of Twitter and started following @thebookwheel and I slowly worked up the courage to tweet her back. Imagine my excitement when she responded Over the past few months of blogging, I’ve started a friendship with the mastermind behind The Book Wheel. Not only do we have similar tastes in books but she’s good people. Salt of the earth as my mom would say. Allison is definitely a blogger who I bounce ideas off and she has quickly become part of my inner circle, my rockin’ inner blogger circle. When I complied my list of who was making up the 13 Days of Holiday-icious, I knew without a doubt that Allison would be part of that group! I hope you enjoy her favorite holiday memories. Be sure to stop back on Monday when Anita with Anita Loves Books joins us.
Hello! I’m Allison from The Book Wheel, where I blog mostly about books and politics. I’m so honored to be a part of the 12 Days of Christmas and wanted to share a bit about what Christmas means to me. I hope you enjoy it!
Ah, Christmas. So many memories. It’s a time for pine scented everything and 24-hour Christmas music. For me, Christmas has a million different meanings depending on the day that you ask me. First, it’s my half-birthday and I never fail to remind people that I get presents every 6 months – guaranteed. And second, my husband proposed to me during the holidays (technically it was December 4th, but it still counts if you ask me). But because I have so many fond holiday memories, I thought I’d share with you a list of a few of my favorites:
- My husband proposed. It was extra special because he proposed with the diamond that my Gramma left me when she passed and spent my whole life wanting to be proposed to with that ring. I’m lucky to have found a man that understood the sentimentality behind it.
- Gramma’s Christmas Cookie Tins. My Gramma had these tin cookie maker things that were 4 rows of 4 designs: a bell, tree, santa, and star. We always made sugar cookies with sprinkles and, being a bit OCD, I always made sure that each shape had an equal amount of each color of sugar sprinkles. My mom still has the trays and they make them every year.
- The Bandaid Song. You know that early 80′s song by Bandaid called Do They Know Its Christmastime? It was all of the big British 80′s stars and they came together to raise money for Africa. It’s my favorite song. It’s actually pretty depressing, but for me Bandaid season runs the day after Thanksgiving to January 6 and I listen to it, no lie, at least twice a day. People have called me from other countries when they hear the song because it’s “my” song. I even played it at my wedding. And I have it on a 45. You can listen to it here. (If you prefer a more traditional Christmas song, I recommend Josh Groban’s O Holy Night because he actually hits the notes).
- My Dad surprised us. One Christmas, my mom and sisters and I went across the country for Christmas because my dad was deployed…. but when we got the airport my Dad picked us up and shocked the heck out of all of us. Although, he shocked my Gramma more when he showed up at her door two days earlier. It was pretty awesome.
- Christmas movies. Christmas movies are the best. I can easily get sucked into watching cheesy Christmas movies but my all-time favorites are A Mom For Christmas (Olivia Newton-John plays a mannequin that comes to life because a girl wished for a mom for Christmas) and, of course, Prancer and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Oh, and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. See? There are so many!
- Christmas books. When I was about 3 or 4′ish, I got a Christmas book that had ME and my cousin IN IT. As in, we were the main characters in the story. It was AWESOME.
So, you see, I love Christmas. I love waking up in the morning and playing the Bandaid song, followed by watching cheesy holiday movies. This year, my favorite one is about a librarian who tries to save her library with a Christmas tree decorating contest. But it’s still early, so that my change.
But what about you? What’s your favorite Christmas memory?