From Me to You

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My previous post explored the feelings of receiving a gift that leaves a lasting impression.  What about giving?    Here is my December 14th Favorite:

What is your favorite gift that you have given?  This is a hard question to answer, and I’m the one who came up with the idea.  I think the perfect answer to express my thoughts is happiness.  Seeing happiness on the face of the person receiving my gift(s) makes spending time and money worth it no matter the amount.  An even better experience is watching the receiver use that gift.  It feels good to know that the receiver is not only happy but also appreciates your efforts.  Gift-giving should be a selfless act, but everyone wants to feel appreciated in some way.  For me, seeing the gift put to use is enough.

What is your favorite gift that you have given?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness, and tied with love.”  – L.O. Baird

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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The moment when the ornate paper is gently unwrapped, the box opened with anticipation, and the contents revealed to genuine surprise.  I hope all of you have had the pleasure of experiencing such a special moment.  Christmas lists are made, and Christmas gifts are given, the same routine year in and year out.  But, there is always at least one present that leaves a lasting impression.  Here is my December 13th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas gift?  I cannot recall the exact date, but several years ago, my parents gave me and my brother iPod Nanos.  I already had a love for music, but being able to carry my music everywhere in a compact way boosted my obsession.  That small music player has been with me through dance performances, late night vocal sessions, road trips, and college classes; it created memory after memory therefore it truly was a gift that kept on giving.

Do you have a favorite Christmas gift?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”                 – Sigrid Undset

Holiday Literature

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I am not sure if I have shared this before, but I am OBSESSED with reading.  I could not live without books!  In fact, one of my goals after college is to pursue a job in either a library or a bookstore, preferably an independent bookstore; the cherry on top would be an indie bookstore with a coffee shop.  Moving on… Here is my December 10th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas book?  I do not have a favorite book but rather a favorite category: Amish Christmas books.  They make for an intriguing, heart-warming read during the holiday season.  I cannot point out my favorite Amish Christmas book because, unfortunately, I have not been able to do much reading around Christmas time in the past few years.  However, I can tell you the books that have been good enough after one read to purchase.  I will list them along with a link to a summary of the content:  “An Amish Christmas” – https://bethwiseman.com/an-amish-christmas/
“The Sound of Sleigh Bells” – http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/books/novellas/the-sound-of-sleigh-bells/
“White Christmas Pie” – http://www.wandabrunstetter.com/stand-alone-novels/white-christmas-pie/

I want you to note that I like romance books therefore all the listed Amish Christmas books are romance.

Do you have a favorite Christmas book?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”                           – Dr. Seuss

Masha & the Nutcracker

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I cannot seem to get over the theme of memories so I am once again focusing on Christmas memories but through the eyes of a child.  Christmas is so special to me as an adult, and I truly believe that has to do with Christmas being made so special throughout my childhood.  Here is my December 11th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas memory from childhood?  I started ballet at the age of 6 and continued on until I was 17.  When I moved to Texas at the age of 8, I joined a dance school that was involved in the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker every year.  I was an angel my first year and a Spanish divertissement my last year, my favorite part.  Dancing in a professional ballet with ballerinas from Russia, the capital of ballet, was an incredible experience that I was fortunate to have 8 years in a row.  I did not go on to dance professionally, but I will always have a special place in my heart for dance, especially my time dancing with the Moscow Ballet.

What is your favorite Christmas memory from childhood?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads…”                                     – “The Night Before Christmas”

 

Tradition!…TRADITION!!!

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I hope you thoroughly enjoyed my nod to “Fiddler on the Roof” because I thoroughly enjoyed belting out the song.  Moving on to all things Christmas, here is my December 10th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?  My favorite family tradition is not one that has been passed down from generation to generation nor is it one that has been around since my birth.  My favorite family tradition started in 2009 (only 4 years ago); I am not quite sure how the idea came about, but since then, my family has attended the movie theater at least once around Christmas time, usually on Christmas Eve, Christmas day, or the day after Christmas.  The first year we went, it was Christmas Eve; we saw “Sherlock Holmes” and came out to a blanket of snow.  Not too shabby!  This year, we are planning to see “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.”  We saw The Hobbit last year so we are all eagerly awaiting the sequel.  What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.”  – Roman Polanski

Ghost of Christmas Past

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Coming off of a Christmas memory high, I am about to get a little gloomy (temporarily).  We all have at least one horrible Christmas memory.  Why not vent and get it over with???  My December 9th “Favorite”:

What is your worst Christmas memory?  Thankfully, I have never had a horrible Christmas.  However, my answer to this question would be last Christmas and this Christmas combined.  Why?  My dad’s job is in California, and I am still finishing college in Texas; my brother lives with my dad, and my mom lives with me.  My dad came home for Christmas last year, and he and my brother are coming this year.  Why is that bad?  I only get to share Christmas day with my entire family.  It is, of course, a blessing to spend anytime with them, but I miss sharing the entire month of movies, music, shopping, and Christmas spirit with them.  That is why Christmas 2012-2013 is my worst Christmas memory.  May God bless this Christmas and reunite my family next year!

Do you have any bad Christmas memories?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  – Friedrich Nietzsche

Memory Lane

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Let us take a walk down memory lane for my December 8th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas memory?  Me and my mom have a Christmas tradition of watching White Christmas together.  That movie gave me the desire to experience a white Christmas, but growing up in California, snow was nonexistent.  I never complained because, after all, California is pretty special.  However, I wanted to experience a white Christmas at least once; you could say that it was on my bucket list.  On December 24th, 2009, I was pleasantly surprised when my family walked out of a movie theater: North Texas was blanketed in beautiful white snow.  It fell all night and lasted through Christmas day; needless to say, I spent a lot of time outdoors that day.  I have experienced at least one other white Christmas, but I will never forget my first.  What a day!  “Sherlock Holmes” and snow!  Have you ever experienced a white Christmas?

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland”