Fireside Chat for the Holiday Season

How is it going my fellow readers? Today, I’m stepping aside from a mostly bookish post and inviting you to a fireside chat all about the holiday season. Never fear, there will be *some* bookish talk towards the end. But mostly, this is a cozy chat all about the holidays and traditions. So do please join me around the fireplace for tea and sharing. I am sharing in this post and I hope you will share in the comments. πŸ™‚

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Here in the states, this week is Thanksgiving week. So lots of preparation takes place for many people over the next few days with Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday. Thankfully, we already did all of our grocery shopping. My two oldest kids who are both adults, are each making dishes for the Thanksgiving meal. And my oldest son is actually making the turkey! Our oldest daughter is bringing a dessert as well as making her homemade mac-n-cheese which she has become famous for in our family. πŸ™‚ My dad picked up rolls and will make sure there are drinks. So my hubby and I are only having to make side dishes this year! We’re doing mashed potatoes, dressing, sweet potato casserole, and green bean casserole. The nice thing is the two casseroles and the dressing can be made the day before and that leaves only making mashed potatoes on Thursday. Pretty sweet I say!

We have special traditions on Thanksgiving Day apart from the big family Thanksgiving meal. We put up the Christmas tree, decorate the house for Christmas, have snacky foods and watch Miracle on 34th Street while we do the tree. We do this during the day before the Thanksgiving meal. Then that night, I make homemade hot cocoa (which can totally be made with plant-based milk!) and we watch The Polar Express. Yes, I am 48 years old and still love watching The Polar Express. πŸ™‚

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Thanksgiving Day also marks full on Christmas season for us. We do listen to Christmas music and watch some Hallmark Christmas movies before Thanksgiving; but no other Christmas movies until Thanksgiving Day. So for me, that means the day after Thanksgiving I will be watching Elf…a movie I love! This weekend, we will be watching all three of The Santa Clause movies then we’ll begin the new Santa Clause series on Disney+. Very excited to watch this new series! These are usually the first Christmas, Christmas movies we watch each year. I say Christmas, Christmas because I kind of put Hallmark Christmas movies in their own category. Many of those are similar if you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰ Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Hallmark movie. I have many favorite ones, including favorite Christmas-y ones (like the hilarious The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for instance). I just put them in their own holiday category. πŸ™‚ There will also be me watching The Holiday, my husband and I will watch While You Were Sleeping, and we will all watch White Christmas and a host of other classic holiday favorites. That’s just a few of our seasonal holiday traditions.

And now, for the bookish part. I started Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher this past week. Y’all, reading the first two pages was like the feeling of home. I just wanted to sink back in a comfy chair, cuddle up with a warm blanket and some hot tea, and get lost in the book. I’m reading it in ebook format which works so well for night time reading. The chapters are a bit longer and I’m taking my time with it. So right now, I’m still on the first chapter. But I am loving it so far! I am fast becoming a fan of Pilcher’s writing!

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? And yes, do please add in your favorite holiday movies! πŸ™‚ Reading any winter-y or holiday themed books?


10 thoughts on “Fireside Chat for the Holiday Season

  1. I love your Thanksgiving traditions! We don’t have any traditions yet — I’m still in the “just trying to survive the holidays” phase of life πŸ˜‰ But last night I made three different cookie doughs and I’m planning to have the kids help me roll them out, cut, bake, and decorate them while watching Christmas movies. I’m not sure which will strike their fancy yet. Probably Elf and Home Alone.

    I hope you have a great week, Karen!

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    • I was just thinking we should watch Home Alone! We haven’t see that in years!

      I hope you’ll share about your cookie doughs at some point, letting us know if they are good and how they turn out. I love a good cookie recipe! My daughter wants to make gingerbread cookies this year instead of the traditional sugar cookies we usually make. So we’re going to give that a go this time around. πŸ™‚
      Happy Holidays Katie!

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      • The gingerbread and sugar cookies that we made yesterday went really well! Thanks for the idea to share the recipes — I think I might do that at some point during the holiday season. I hope your week is going smoothly!!

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    • Interesting that you don’t have traditions. My family thinks if we do something once, it is a tradition and since our daughters are almost 40 – that is a long standing thing here πŸ˜‚


      • Maybe we do have traditions and I just don’t realize it? I should think about it more, I guess! Your family is so funny… making EVERYTHING a tradition would make me overwhelmed, ha!


  2. I do love Thanksgiving but I also have a complicated relationship with this holiday. I keep thinking it would make a good blog post but it feels a bit vulnerable. Thanks for the reminder about Winter Solstice. I read it last year and maybe need to reread. Enjoy your celebrations.

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    • So sorry that Thanksgiving is hard for you. 😦 I am sending you big hugs and wishing you all the best!

      And I am loving Winter Solstice! There’s a few us reading it together for December (I started early) if you decide to re-read and would like to read with us. πŸ™‚


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