Posted in A-Z Challenge, Creativity, Family, Holidays, Y

A-Z Challenge-Y = Yankee Swap

Are you ready to learn how to play a cool, party game?

This game has many names and many ways to play. One name for it is Yankee Swap and that’s how I am referring to it since we are on the letter Y. This game is not only played at Christmas, but can be played at other occasions, too.

Here is how I/you/most people play:

Get a group together and have each person bring a wrapped gift. Set a budget or bring something from home.. this is where you can get rule creative. When the person arrives, put the gift on the table and give the person a number. Don’t number the gifts. Once everyone has arrived and has numbers, the game can start. The amount of gifts will equal the amount of people, unless you bring extra.. just in case. Person 1 picks their gift and opens it. Yay, it’s a clock!..No, it does not have to be a clock. It probably won’t be. Let’s not get overly literal, here… 2nd person gets called, they can take the clock…or whatever it is… or open a new gift. If they take the clock…or whatever it is…, Person 1 opens a new gift..and so on .until all gifts are off the table. Gifts can be swapped 3x and once you have had a gift in your hands, you can’t get it back.

Some people don’t like this game, but, I think it’s fun! We played it at my Wedding Shower, though and my relatives were holding on to everything so when my turn came, I turned to my new Aunt and said, “I love you Aunt Jod, but I really love your candle.” and took it; thereby causing her to Swap. My mother got annoyed saying I was terrible and should not have done that because I was the Bride; but, that’s how you play the game!

Usually, you get some funny and some serious gifts, which is what makes it even more fun. At my church Swap, someone even brought a Betta Fish with bowl and food.

So, now you have a new party game to try! I hope you play it, sometime and find it fun.

And tomorrow is Z. The last letter of the alphabet. Endings always make me sad.

But, don’t worry, I have come up with tomorrow’s word, and will do this again next year.

Posted in A-Z Challenge, Family, Holidays, Life, U

A-Z Challenge-U = Understanding & Underwear

Christmas can be extremely stressfull, as mentioned previously. So, we need to be Understanding when parents, relatives or even strangers lash out. Not everyone gets to experience a peaceful, quiet, Christmas. Some people are homeless and others have to work. It’s hard to have that Holiday spirit.

When it comes to Underwear; Please remember what a terrible gift that is.

As a young adult, my sister gave me Underwear for Christmas one year. I am sure they were pretty, but, they were opened in front of the entire family, and I got super embarrassed. If you or your significant other want to get each other Underwear or Laungerie, that’s different. But, keep in mind, when and where the gift will be opened.

Monday is V and we have almost finished.

Monday morning is my 2nd Covid vaccine and I pray I don’t have side effects. Just know that if I miss a day or so due to sickness, I will still finish this challenge… although it might be a little late.

Posted in Creativity, Focus, Holidays, Humor, R, Writing

A-Z Challenge-Q = Quest

Have I mentioned lately that I have super, smart, Followers? Well, my favorite, recovering slob nailed it, this time. If you haven’t checked out her site, you should

PurpleSlobinrecovery20.design.blog.

, I believe. She can correct me in the comments, if I’m wrong.

Anyway, onto our Christmas Quest:

Have you ever been on the Quest to find the perfect gift? Maybe, you want to get something unique, that noone including the recipient would think of, or maybe it’s something specific they asked for.

When I was young, I believe it was the Cabbage Patch Doll. My parents had to go to store after store discovering they were sold out before finally finding one. This was before the internet and cell phones… when people simply waited in lines at stores hoping the popular toy was in stock.

Or, even going to the mall with friends at Christmas time was a Quest. You had your list of people and possible ideas, but there was a time frame and budget to get it all done.

And tomorrow is R. It might be a little advice to help you out. I’ll give you a hint. It’s not Rudolph! Lol

Posted in A-Z Challenge, Holidays, I, Writing

Use Your Imagination

I think a key requirement of believing in the non-biblical aspects of Christmas such as Elves, Talking Snowmen and even Santa Clause is having a good Imagination.

Who was it that ruined or tried to ruin your belief in Santa Clause by telling you he isn’t real?…. Before you go blaming me, I am confirming or denying nothing! I refuse to ruin anyone’s beliefs…. Truthfully, I don’t remember when or how I was told or gained knowledge. I know at some point Santa’s presents stopped coming. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t real.

Maybe he focuses more on the younger set because they hang onto their Imaginations a little bit longer.

Posted in A-Z Challenge, Creativity, F, Holidays, Life, Movies, Uncategorized

A-Z Challenge-F = Frosty & Family

No, I am not talking about Frostys Family.

We all know the story of Frosty-The-Snowman made with a corncob pipe, a button nose and his eyes made out of coal. We saw how the Magician lost his hat and the children put it on Frostys head before he came to life. For a while, the adults didn’t believe them. Then he came back in Frosty Returns and helped a little girl to stay warm while at the North Pole and having Santa give her a ride home, only to melt before she leaves. It teaches us to hang on to the magic of Christmas even as adults. One thing I just learned, is that Frosty-The-Snowman movie or cartoon was released on my 5th Birthday! Maybe that’s why it’s one of my favorites.

As far as family, our family met every year at my parents for Christmas.. sometimes with a few friends. I won’t say we all got along because there was always some sort of drama, but we managed and had fun making memories. Since both parents are gone, we have all gone our separate ways and sometimes I miss even those forced family celebrations.

As far as family being related to Frosty; just go back to the drama, I just mentioned.

Posted in A-Z Challenge, Creativity, D, Holidays

A-Z Challenge – D = Decorating & Department Stores

And, it’s Monday!  Back to the Challenge and my favorite Holiday… Christmas!

Let’s talk about Decorating:

I love Decorating for Christmas.  If I had a big house and a bit of money, I would love to Decorate the entire yard for people to drive by.  Some people take months to Decorate their homes.  Decorating for Christmas inside or outside is easy and doesn’t have to be expensive.  Use ribbons, bows and fabrics, use stuffed animals and dress them for the season…Add cardboard or even pictures of Christmas related items such as Santa and Reindeer.. Maybe, put a Nativity outside to remind people of the real reason for the season, and play some Christmas music out the window to add to the ambiance.  As for inside, string popcorn, tape cards or pictures on the walls, hang socks beside the fireplace or draw one to hang near them.  If you have a tree, decorate that.  Or, just put out anything you own in Christmas colors of red, green, silver and gold.

Now, let’s visit the Department Stores, or at least the catalog:

Sears was a big, Department Store when I was growing up…long before the internet, computers, etc…when children played outside until the street lights came on…but I digress…Anyway, the Sears (and Robucks, I believe) catalog came out every year just for Christmas.  We children, would go through that catalog until the pages were worn making lists of things we wanted from our parents, relatives and Santa Clause.  After Christmas, we…most girls, anyway… would cut pictures of people out of the catalog and have paper families to play with…Oh, you never did that?  Well, to bad.  It helped develop my imagination… Anyway, Christmas was the best time to visit Department Stores because of all the fun Decorations they put up.

Tomorrow is E.  Bet you can’t guess where I might go with it.  I’ll give you a hint… it’s Christmas related. HA!  Sorry, if that wasn’t Helpful.

Posted in A-Z Challenge, Holidays

A-Z Challenge-C=Cookies, Cartoons & Clothing

My mother used to make Christmas Cookies to share with the hospital staff..I was in the hospital for check-ups a lot due to my disease..and teachers. She made Butter Balls, Bourbon Balls and more! The Bourbon Balls were deliciously strong and you always had to gargle before driving and carry extra in case a policeman pulled you over. I also love Gingerbread Men..Hey, when you get annoyed just bite it’s head off, and Maple Leaves.

So many cartoons were on during Christmas time! Santa Clause Is Coming To Town, Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph, and one of my favorites..A Charlie Brown Christmas. …No, I am not getting into the controversy…But, I love the idea of the sad little tree that needed love, the Christmas play with Lucy wanting to be the Christmas Queen and Linus explaining the true meaning of Christmas. What’s your favorite Christmas cartoon?

As for clothing, I love to have reason to dress up. So many clothes are themed now with reindeer, snowmen, Santa, elves and even cats singing carols; and if you don’t like dressing up with themes, the colors of the season are fun, too.

While I know this is my month to share about Christmas…Never mind Christmas in July…Tomorrow is Easter and I hope you all have a good one, however you choose to celebrate.

Posted in A-Z Challenge, B

A-Z Challenge-B..Bells & Baubles

When I was growing up, most of us children would go to bed on Christmas Eve listening for the sounds of Bells from Santa’s Sleigh. Of course, sleep would come long before we heard or imagined to hear anything. Jingle Bells or Sleigh Bells produce a distinctive sound. Many Christmas songs are written about Bells for this time of year like ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ plus, even movies reference it, as shown in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ with the famous line of “Every time a Bell rings, An Angel gets it wings.”..See what I did there? I tied yesterdays word with todays!..Anyway, church services have also been known to incorporate Bells. In some churches in the U.K.., it’s traditional for the largest Bell to be rung in the hour before midnight on Christmas Eve, and all the Bells rung afterward in celebration!

What’s a Bauble?, you ask? Bauble is another name for ornaments or Balls that hang on the Christmas Tree. It was developed from Old-English.

Posted in Me, Self-Care, Thoughts

What & Why I Watch

Ever since my BFF made a weird comment, I’ve been analyzing my interests and why I watch what I do.

I am interested in Cooking Shows because I like the creativity and competition. They encourage me to try new things. Plus, Worst Cooks In America makes me feel like a Pro. I like True Crime and Serial Killer documentaries because I was in an abusive relationship and don’t ever want to do that again…it was mental, but still abusive…., plus, it’s amazing how long it takes to catch these people. I like true stories about Polygamy, Cult Survivors, Homelessness and Weight Loss because I have never lived those situations

And lastly, I like shows and documentaries about Hoarding and Hoarders because I have had and have friends that are. I am learning how people think and process, as well as, how to be around them in their environments for long periods of time, also, as how to support them and help to encourage a healthier lifestyle. I don’t understand how so many Hoarders go from clutter to becoming slobs or why they don’t have pride in the items they possess. I mean, if you want to save it, wouldn’t you want whatever it is to be accessible and seen verses on the floor in a pile?

I collect certain dolls and knick-knacks. They are packed in boxes now for a future move but they are usually kept in a China Cabinet where I can see them and they can’t get ruined. I grew up in a very clean home. Heck, we had a Living Room we were rarely allowed to go in and two chairs in that room were antique and we were rarely allowed to use them. My BFF on the other hand, had the complete opposite upbringing and the smell from dirty dishes penetrated the environment. She is now a mother of 5 and I think two of the 5 have gone the clean route, one to the extreme, one is just like her or worse and the other two I can’t tell yet because they still live at home.

Anyway, I think I watch a lot of shows to learn and keep my brain cells firing, as I age.

Posted in Creativity, Humor, Life, Me, Thoughts

Gifting Obsessed

I admit it. I am Obsessed. I love getting gifts for people. I have so much fun finding the perfect gift for a Birthday or Holiday. One that reflects me yet, helps the recipient to have a wonderful celebration!

My friend Bri and I used to always try to top each other with weird gifts..at least until a few years ago. However, I have done it now! He is turning 60 and I am sending him a Potato Parcel. Yep, it’s exactly as it sounds..a funny box containing a potato with a message on it. I also added a plush potato since I am sure the real one will rot eventually.

Anyway, I keep lists of friends likes and dislikes as well as lists of what I’ve given the year before so as not to give duplicates. I would probably make a good personal shopper via internet for those that don’t have time. But, I would need to figure out how the payment aspect would work..or I suppose I could simply make recommendations.

I used to put boxes together for victims of fires, floods, etc..I would mail them to the city that was damaged and then started asking for acknowledgments of where they were received. I remember the first box I mailed contained a skirt and a flower pot. My mother thought I was being ridiculous..but you don’t know what people miss when they have lost Everything! Anyway, after 9/11 hit, I couldn’t mail my boxes without a specific name or address.

I did help a few locals after nearby fires but I had to sneak so the Red Cross didn’t see me. Now with COVID, that’s not possible. That was another possible at home idea, but of course, that’s charity and no way to make money.

I recolored my hair today and I love it!