that's Christmas to me

⛧ twinkle lights
⛧ Hallmark tree ornaments
⛧ presents
⛧ lots and lots of Christmas music
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, One Wintry Night, and other Christmas picture books
⛧ poinsettias
⛧ ribbons 
⛧ nighttime
⛧ evergreen trees
⛧ hot chocolate and peppermint
The Nutcracker 
⛧ family
⛧ choir concerts
⛧ people who put a lot of time and effort into their outdoor Christmas light displays
⛧ wrapping paper
⛧ stockings
⛧ hush
⛧ holiness
⛧ piano playing
⛧ sweet treats
⛧ potato soup
⛧ Salvation Army people
The Nativity Story and other Christmas movies
⛧ blankets and pillows and inflatable mattresses
⛧ candles and shadows
⛧ Advent
⛧ scarves and gloves
⛧ icicles
⛧ fires in the woodstove and the smell of smoke
⛧ seasonal headers
⛧ anticipation
The Sound of Music


  1. My family loves The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey! Growing up we had the book and also an audio version that was narrated by James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader) that was just wonderful.

    1. Oooh, JEJ as the narrator! I bet that was cool. :)

  2. What a lovely list! Merry Christmas, friend <333

  3. A wonderful list, Olivia! Ahh! It made me so excited to see "One Wintry Night" on your list!:D
    And the Nativity Story movie, of course. ;) Merry Christmas!

  4. And hot chocolate with peppermint is about the best thing ever for snowy winter days!...or just winter days in general. Your list was spot-on. Anyways, I'm really going now... Wonderful post!

    1. Thank you! Ahh, yes. ;D The illustrations are so gorgeous!

      Ack, we watched The Nativity Story recently and, <3 <3

      Eeee, yes. I've only had it a couple times, I ought to try it again. ;)

  5. I'm just reading through old posts, trying to catch up from way back! But I couldn't help to comment and say I think it's amusing how some of these I totally agree with, but many of them I can't say I would relate to. ;) I can IMAGINE it, but my list would be more like:
    -Stone fruit
    -BBQ's, salads and cold meats
    -Tanned skin
    -Lounging in air conditioning

    Hehe. Kinda different list. ;)

    1. Haha! I know, it's funny to compare how different our Christmas experiences are. XD Your list sounds fun, though! What is stone fruit, by the way? ;)

    2. Stone fruit is any fruit that has a fleshy part on the outside (often with edible skin) and one big seed in the middle - like plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, lychees, etc. At least, that's what my family call stone fruit. ;)


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