Quote of the Day:  Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. Please leave a penny in the old man’s hat. from the Nursery rhyme and Christmas Carol.

I start to sing that about this time in December. (I do like the Muppets with John Denver version.) I got my packages off in the mail today. I did a bit more shopping, and have just a few more things to purchase, then it’s wrapping day for me. It is my own personal tradition to watch It’s a Wonderful Life while wrapping gifts. I’ve been doing this ever since I was in high school.

Other favorites of the season:

Children’s books:
Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett – favorite line, “Well, you can’t  just take Christmas…if you want Christmas, you must be generous with each other.”

Kids’ movies:
Dr. Seuss’s HowThe Grinch Stole Christmas the 1966 animated version narrated by Boris Karloff. LOVE the songs!

The kids like Unaccompanied Minors. They’ll watch that any time of the year.

We all love Elf.

That’s too hard. I’ll name a few.
Christmas Carols sung in church – What Child is This? and Go Tell it on the Mountain. My favorite to play is Angels we have Heard on High. Love all those glorias in excelsis deos! 

Pop culture holiday songs:
Hey, Baby it’s cold outside. (But, it has been overdone lately.)
Let it Snow! (Our theme song for Minnesota. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!)

Choir song:
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Blow, Blow thou Winter Wind
And, anything by my favorite choir From Age to Age, directed by my favorite choir director Andy Miller.

promo photo of From Age to Age, used by permission
I will be pausing in the midst of holiday preparations to relax and enjoy their concert on Saturday night. If you’re in the Brainerd area, here is their schedule:
Friday, St. Francis Catholic Church in Little Falls, 7:30.
Saturday, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd, 7:30, with the 9th grade and high school choirs.
Sunday, 1:00, Union Congregational Church in Hackensack.
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Journaling Prompt:  What are some of your personal holiday traditions or favorites?