Welcome to The Kir Corner.
She’s not only one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met she is also a true lover of the Holiday season like me.
I love this time of the year, as Ebeneezer Scrooge says in the Classic “A Christmas Carol“,
“I will honor Christmas in my heart and keep it all the year.”
So without further ado Elaine and I bring you Old School Blogging, Holiday Style!
Well, I’m Catholic so I celebrate Christmas. My grandma’s family was Russian so we also save a special place in our Holiday for Russian Christmas, (The Feast of the Magi ) in early January. For a girl like me the season can never be too long.
Peppermint or Chocolate?
BOTH? If I have to choose one, at the holidays, it would have to be peppermint.
I love candy canes, peppermint patties and the TWISTED PEPPERMINT scent from Bath and Body Works.
Sing us into the Holiday Season, what is your favorite Carol this time of year?
Sleigh Ride, Do You Hear What I Hear and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are my faves.
Tell us about a Favorite Family or Personal Holiday Tradition?
My family is Polish Catholic, so while Christmas Day is a lot of fun, magic and special time with my family, our HOLIDAY is truly Christmas Eve. Since I was little our Christmas Eve has always been the most special part of the Holiday Season for me. We call it Wigilia (the link tells you all about it) and we during our fasting, (we don’t eat meat on Christmas Eve, only fish, pierogies and sometimes pasta ) we also go around the table breaking bread with one another with a type of communion wafer. We offer the wafer to one another and we each take a piece of it, saying it “MERRY CHRISTMAS” or “I LOVE YOU” and then we eat our pieces from each other. It’s holy, spiritual and my favorite part of celebrating.
(consecrated bread wafer which is similar to that used during Holy Communion in the Roman Catholic Church
C’mon you know you remember your favorite (Christmas, Hanukkah) gift, tell us all about it:
I’ve had lots of lots of gifts over the years that have made me smile…made me believe in Santa (Gio and Jacob are two of them since they held on until AFTER Christmas and into January to arrive) but when I was 17 years old I visited a small clothing boutique in our small town near the holidays with my parents and fell in love with an outfit.
It was red stirrup pants, a cream, button at the neck shirt (military looking almost) with small red/green/gold crests all over it and a cream V-Neck sweater with red/green/gold stripes along the edges. I remember how badly I wanted it and I asked, of course, but they shook their heads. I didn’t make a big deal, oh I talked about that outfit but I knew that it either wasn’t in budget or they’d already spent all the money they were going to on my gifts, I vowed to save more of my after work money (I did have three after school jobs by my senior year) and get it for myself.
So imagine my surprise when I opened my last box on Christmas morning and the whole outfit was in there.
My “OMG ! MomandDadYouDidNOTface” (and my beautiful and gone too soon baby brother Ben) circa Christmas 1997
That magical moment? (Your favorite scene in a Holiday movie…it’s okay if you have 2)
I love when Scrooge wakes up and starts spreading love all over humankind..or when all of Bedford Falls comes out to help George Bailey with his $8000 problem, and then there is the first scene of Love Actually, well ever scene really. I adore how that movie captures LOVE, LAUGHTER and Christmas and gives it back to us in 90 minutes of cinema.
Kissing under the mistletoe? Who do you hope is standing underneath (We know it’s normally your spouse but if it didn’t have to be, who would you choose?)
Pierce Brosnan or Hugh Jackman (this is why….)
Swans- a- swimming, lords- a- leaping, golden rings; which gift of the 12 days of Christmas would you like most?
Two turtle doves…because it reminds of me love. A love would give you turtle doves…that cooing would be so pretty.
Play Secret Santa, what inappropriate gift would you love to give this year?
Ohhhh, I don’t really like pranks…or phone scams…
plus I think the worst thing you can ever give anyone is fruitcake..(Oh How I hate fruitcake) so I’ll think of someone I’m not fond of (not mentioning any names) and say I’m sending them a fruitcake.
A little Martha, a little Kirsten, a little Jesus, a little Santa
that’s the way I celebrate Christmas.
(no Grinches here)
What is ONE WORD that defines the holiday season for you? (Examples: Believe/Wonder/Bah Humbug?)
If Santa could assure its delivery, what’s the first thing on your CHRISTMAS LIST?
This year, Christmas will be bittersweet , because we lost my 34 yr old baby brother to a massive heart attack this week .
I got my present this year, because even though we lost my beautiful brother , he was an organ donor.
Knowing that there will be someone getting his heart, his lungs, his kidneys and big brown eyes is a bittersweet gift, a gift that makes me smile through salty tears. I could say, MORE gift cards, more shoes, a little less stress, my book being published….but when it all comes down to it, this year my gift is one my brother is giving to countless families and people who are ill. The gift of life.
Now it’s your turn to share your memories, traditions and HOLIDAY Spirit with us, You can add your Holiday Link here:
special thanks to Elaine for letting me co-host this month. Love you girl!