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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Decorating Hodge Podge

1. Let's talk holiday decorating. a. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). 

5?  I feel that my decor is average...moderate...okay...enough. 

b. What's your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?

One of my favorite and important spots to decorate is the buffet behind the sofa. It is NOT done.

2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it's special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it's Christmas!

Check out 'Tis the Season a post or two ago for a picture of the Nativity. I have a love~hate relationship with this Nativity. It is a Home Interiors set that I bought many years ago for about $50. It seemed very pricey and dear at the time. I still think the figures are lovely and attractive. Where I am conflicted is...well...Mary is a blue-eyed blonde. That can't be right. Baby Jesus is a curly-headed, blue-eyed blonde as well.  That can't be right either. Yes, my Joseph, Mary, and Jesus are pastel; even the clothing they wear is soft and muted. 

3. Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?

Social? As in visiting each other's homes? I know my neighbors, but only in an informal way...not much visiting at the kitchen table, more like visiting over the fence. Guess that I am content with things as they are. 

4. As the saying goes, 'there's no time like the present'. How does that ring true in your life right now?

In two ways...It would be easy for me to slip into my memories of former, and happier, times. It would also be easy to slip into wishing my life away. There's no time like the present encourages me to be present in this moment, in this time. Secondly, as a horrid procrastinator, life is a whole lot easier when I buckle down and do whatever.it.is from making the phone call to paying the bill or decorating that buffet?

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?

Not since retirement. In fact, Monday is my new Friday.

6.  Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?

I have an Easter cactus, but no Christmas cactus. I also have a poinsettia that I have managed to keep alive for two years now. It even had red leaves last spring. Anyway, it is leggy and all green now. Have always wanted an Amaryllis, but never have had one. 

7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.

In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that, as far as we know, is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.

from A Christmas Story

Why? Because it is so recognizable and my father could. 

And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, "God bless Us, Every One!"

from A Christmas Carol 

Why? I want to be a "Keeper of Christmas" all year through.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'm very excited about tomorrow, literally tomorrow—Thursday. And that's all I'm going to say about that. 

Today is The Greatest Generation's September 11, 2001. I don't know that there are many left who actually remember Pearl Harbor. It was before my time; nevertheless, it is a day worthy of special mention.

Thanks for reading! 

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Thanks to Debby and Lorrie for doing my editing for me!


  1. Thank you Vee for the many smiles...hmm...I wonder what your excited about...smiles. Have a beautiful day friend.

  2. A most enjoyable Hodge Podge. "Monday is my new Friday"... I like that :).
    Can't wait to find out what is causing so much excitement for your Thursday.

  3. Best post I have read this season! I love visting Vee! I am going back and reading it again!

  4. So glad you're part of the Hodgepodge! So tell me, what kind of cactus do i have? I've always called it a Christmas cactus. Inquiring minds want to know! And i too can't read December 7 without think of Pearl Harbor. Have a good Wednesday, Vee.

  5. I really enjoyed all your answers on today's HodgePodge. I struggle with procrastination, but always feel you are doing so much! I have a Christmas cactus which seems to have two plants in it, one very pale pink, the other the orange colored one...It lives on the window sill above my sink.

  6. I enjoyed reading your HodgePodge this morning. I think you're more than a 5...your decorations are lovely and festive!

    We are still learning our neighborhood. Our old neighborhood was rural, and our nearest neighbors were mostly family, so this is quite different. I am hoping to reach out to some neighbors with some Christmas goodies. We'll see how that goes.

    As a lifelong procrastinator, I'm afraid I can relate to your answer in #4. (Hence, "we'll see how that goes" in regards to the Christmas goodies.)

  7. I love the hodgepodge you do each week. I really get to know the YOU behind the blog. I love Mondays, too. Hope you have a good week and looking forward to your special Thursday news. xo Diana

  8. "Have always wanted an Amaryllis, but never have had one." Me too! :)

  9. Love the header picture! We always hang candy canes on our tree too,.

  10. I want to be a keeper of Christmas all year, too. But I fail every year. Maybe this will be my year. :) Your answer to #4 could easily been mine. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  11. What a lovely post Vee, I really am hoping that you will share what you are so excited about...

  12. This is a great hodge podge, Vee. Being "A Keeper of Christmas" all year is a wonderful life theme.
    Procrastination is happening around here, too. I have a couple of hours free from school, so instead of marking or doing lesson plans, I skipped out to buy some groceries and get a few things done at home. And here I sit, in front of the fire, blogging. Time to get up and get moving.
    Looking forward to hearing about Thursday....

  13. Vee, I love your thoughts about living in the moment. This life lesson would serve us all well. I agree totally. Now, I'm intrigued about Thursday! Enjoy. ♥

  14. I'm trying very hard to be a keeper of Christmas. A Christmas Carol is one of my very favorites and the quote from A Christmas Carol is so funny. We also have candy canes on our tree, but our grandson tried to eat as many as he could get away with this weekend. I gave an Amaryllis to someone just yesterday, but have never had one for myself.

  15. We have the same Nativity set and I agree with you.
    Maybe it's time for me to get another one. : )
    I'm not much of a holiday decorator.

  16. I so enjoyed reading this, Vee. You inspired me to link up with the Hodgepodge myself -- first time ever. I echo your thoughts about keeping Christmas -- just what I want to do all year round. Partly why I have a Christmas blog.

    Okay, off to fix supper ....

  17. Enjoy your day tomorrow! Love the feeling of excitement and anticipation.

  18. Enjoyed your hodgepodge, and the story about your nativity! I remember those Home Interior days, lol! Your house looks very cozy for the holidays :) Hugs to you today!

  19. Enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge and now you have me wondering about tomorrow. I hope you let us know about tomorrow after tomorrow. Ahh...to keep the wonder of Christmas all year long...I think of Anna in the Temple...

  20. I had a good look at your aprons hanging on the pegs and I like the neatness of them spread out and ready for use.
    I'll be dropping by over coffee tomorrow morning to hear about your Thursday excitement - hope I won't be too early!

    1. It's funny that you should mention the aprons being tidy, Judith. I looked at that photo again and thought what a mess they were. I have since tucked all those dangling strings into the pockets. They really are at the ready and I do use them.

  21. Really wondering what you've got going on tomorrow! I'll be back to find out!

  22. I love reading your answers, Vee! I'll be back to check on the news for today. xo

  23. I am not going to do much this year, but love seeing others do.

  24. I really enjoyed reading your answers! I know what you mean about your nativity set - I have the same feeling about my tree top Angel - are all angels blonde and blue-eyed??? I am always tempted to paint her hair brunette and darken her eyes to match my daughter and my little angel grand daughter! Can't wait to hear about your special Thursday!!!!

  25. I can usually keep poinsettia's living for a long time. We plant them outside and they do pretty well here. Hope your today went well!!

  26. Enjoyed your hodgepodge.Hope your Thursday went well!

  27. So, you have us all curious as to what you had going on today. :o)) You should get yourself an Amaryllis as they are so much fun to watch grow and bloom. Happy weekend!

  28. I am terribly curious about yesterday!

    This was a fun hodgepodge!

  29. A fun and interesting Hodge Podge, Vee! I'd be all over the place with my answers ;) Hmmm, I wonder what happened yesterday?

  30. You talking about your nativity set reminded me of a Southern Baptist preacher once who pointed out that the mural behind many Southern Baptist baptismal pools had a picture of a blue-eyed Jesus standing beside the Brazos River.

  31. I love the quote from "A Christmas Carol". :)

    My daddy was 4 days old on 7 December 1941. My mama was yet to be born. It was a long time before my own birth. But, when our oldest son was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the mid-2000s, it was very much on my mind and heart.

    I love your dining room set. It looks like one my inlaws used to have many years ago.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  32. Nice answers. I love It's a Wonderlife and A Christmas Carol... I am also looking forward to the new year. xoxo Su

  33. I love your answers...i keep wanting to do this HodgePodge thing but I always forget....shoot...maybe after Christmas...
    I have tubs to take back to the storage room...house to clean...a tiny bit more shopping to do...drink another cup of coffee...oh, and eat breakfast...I am busy and love every minute...I am also tired so may jusst go back to bed..:)

  34. I've been praying for you this Christmas season. (((HUGS)))

  35. I do like these hodgepodges . . . although I'm always late to the party, haha!

  36. Very interesting Hodge Podge answers, Vee. I'm also late reading it--it is such a busy time of the year! I have the same nativity set I purchased when first married 42 years ago.