Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Twice the Fun {Christmas Linky Parties}

I figure if anything can get me in the blogging spirit again it's a good linky party! Combine that with a Christmas  theme and you had me at hello! Well, I figured go big or go home! I am doing 2 linky parties (because I know the odds are stacked against me that I will post again before Christmas). Today I am linking up with the ever fabulous Hope at 2nd Grade Shenanigans and Michelle at Fabulous in First. I hope you will head over and link up too! 

First up, the holiday wishlist with Hope!

This camera was on my Black Friday shopping list but at the last moment I chickened out. The camera intimidated me. I don't let a classroom of 20 wild kinders intimidate me, yet I let a camera. Go figure! After reading this post from Maria, I am seriously kicking myself! I need this camera in my life!

The Cameo is probably the single most amazing new piece of technology for a teacher. It can assist in creating custom desk art, personalized clipboards, or just about anything you can dream up! The possibilities for crafty creations are endless! I already have a million and one uses for it! If Santa could drop this under my tree I would be one happy teacher!

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a gift card! Just like in the classroom, give people choice and they will love it! Now with gift card malls and e-gift cards, spreading joy has never been easier! Combine the simple gift card with an adorable tag you can find on Pinterest and you have a winner! 

I am a sucker for Christmas candy! I have a serious sweet tooth and those fun holiday candy labels get me every time! Opening a stocking and finding a treat inside always makes me smile. There is something for everyone! My favorite is Wonka candy! Such a kid at heart!


Next, the Christmas questionnaire from Michelle!

Hot Chocolate or Eggnog? 
Hot chocolate! Never had Eggnog and won't touch it with a ten foot pole! Peppermint hot chocolate with fluff on top is where it's at. I have heard this is a New England thing. However, if you haven't had it, you aren't living! 

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them underneath the tree?
Santa wraps presents in Santa themed wrapping paper unless it is a very large and abnormally shaped object that doesn't led itself to wrapping paper and then it just gets a big bow. 

Colored lights or white? 
White lights are my favorite. I love the classic, polished look that makes me think of a winter wonderland.

When do you decorate?
If I had my way it would be much earlier than it is in reality. We decorate the house minus the tree right after Thanksgiving. The tree usually doesn't come until closer to Christmas. We still don't have a tree yet and it is killing me! However, we do keep the tree up until weeks after Christmas so I guess it all evens out.

Real or Fake Tree?
Real tree all the way. We head to a Christmas tree farm and cut one down ourselves. It just doesn't feel like Christmas unless there is a real tree. My mom and I are both allergic but we suffer through in the spirit of Christmas. 

What Tops Your Tree?
A very old angel holding a candle has topped the tree ever year. She is falling apart but we can't bear to part with her.

Favorite Christmas Memories or Traditions?
Every Christmas Eve we get a pair of Christmas pajamas that we wear to bed and then wear to open presents on Christmas morning. It is one of my favorite traditions to date! I have quite the pajama collection which is perfect for pajama day at school!

Do you remember your favorite gift as a child?
I got a Minnie Mouse bike for Christmas and I was obsessed with it! I remember riding the bike around the kitchen table since it was too snowy to ride it outside. Pretty sure my parents regretted buying me that thing!

Do prefer giving or receiving?
Giving is my favorite part of the holidays! Although I am terrible and keeping secrets and usually end up spilling the beans in excitement before they even receive their present!

What is your favorite Christmas song?
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by the Rascal Flatts. Their version is just so beautiful. I cannot get enough of Christmas music! We have been listening to Christmas music all day long during school and it just makes me so incredibly happy!

Candy Canes. Yuck or Yum? 
Yum, yum, yum! I love candy canes! The peppermint ones that are tiny and come in individual plastic pouches like Santa used to give away are still my favorites. I will eat those all day long!

Favorite Christmas Movie?
Undeniably Elf. The best Christmas movie of all time. Cannot stop laughing the entire way through! Best movie to quote ever!

Do you shop online or at stores?
At stores all the way. I really have to go see the object in person before I buy it. Plus I don't like waiting for a package to ship. Ain't nobody got time for that during the holiday season!

Photo Cards, Letter or Store Bought Card?
I love photo cards! There are so many creative ones now that it is so rare you would ever get two that are alike. I love seeing the changes year after year. The collection is already starting to grow on the mantle! 

Thanks so much for hosting ladies! They were so much fun and got me even more in the Christmas spirit! 2 weeks from today is the best day of the year! Merry Christmas! 


  1. I have the Silhouette Cameo and I'm totally obsessed. I can't stop using it! Seriously, it's out of control. I can't stop cutting out letters in new fun shapes for my bulletin boards! Hope Santa brings it to you. :)

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  2. They have that Camera on Zulily! I just looked yesterday!!

    Whole Hearted Country

  3. Finally had time to blog hop, we have a "cold" day here in Wisconsin. My daughter got the Canon camera for Christmas using every penny she got from everyone. She is in 8th grade and in a Photography club. She loves it now that she watched a few videos and practices. Go for it. Cute blog!

    Renee at the Science School Yard


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