Thursday, November 19, 2020

Monthly Musings: Holiday Preview Edition

While I'm waiting for my Covid test results, I am doing whatever I can to keep my mind occupied and away from the rabbit hole of doom. Luckily, today, I have a chance to link up with Holly at Pink Lady  for the Monthly Musings series; that should help for a while. This month's topic is the upcoming holidays, and, I can't think of a more pleasant distraction, so, here we go.

Favorite Holiday Tradition

When my sister and I were kids, we could not wait for the designated December evening that my mom would pop up a huge batch of popcorn and stir up the syrup for homemade popcorn balls.We would butter our hands and work as quickly as we could to form the balls without burning our hands. My dad was the biggest fan of actually eating the popcorn balls, but, man, did my sisters and I love making them. As we had families of our own, Mom carried on the tradition; my kids, my niece, and my nephews all learned to love it as well. Mom and I plan to make a batch this year, and I can't wait. As an aside, I really miss my Dad.

Must Have Holiday Wardrobe Staples

Doesn't everyone need at least one truly awful ugly Christmas sweater? No? Just me then? Oookayyy...

Favorite Holiday Dish

Stuffing. Hands down. I could eat my weight in it.

What Will Your Holiday Plans Look Like This Year

Well, assuming my damn Covid test comes back negative, we will forge ahead with a family gathering. If it is positive, we will still forge ahead, once I recover and can no longer pose a threat to my loved ones.

Favorite Holiday Song

Currently? Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas Is You. Ordinarily, I would say Oh Holy Night, but, I'm trying to get pumped for the season, so, Mariah it is.

How Is Covid-19 Affecting You Holiday? More Into It? Less?

I am probably more into creating a traditional, family-focused Christmas than ever, and, since that is always my goal, that's saying a lot. I fully intend to go all out on food, fun, and family this year.

Do You Have Any Charities You Like to Help This Time of Year

My favorite charity is the nonprofit that I run, so, that is currently where my efforts are aimed. When the kids were younger, though, we used to ring bells for The Salvation Army. I always loved seeing how generous people were and it was a great lesson for my kids.

Tree Before or After Thanksgiving

Ordinarily, I would say "Day of". Once the last bit of pumpkin pie was finished following Thanksgiving dinner, we would decorate the tree. This year, I started early so that I can focus completely on enjoying the company of my family. Boomer Dog does not seem to mind the early arrival of the tree.

Favorite Holiday Movie

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, without a doubt.

Egg Nog: Yes or No

Yes, but, only in moderation ;)

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