All things Christmas: Favorite Christmas Memories

Today is our final installment of All Things Christmas. It has been a lot of fun joining my daughter from Madi’s Musings and sharing all things Christmas. Madi has a fascinating and fun post this week about Christmas around the world. You’ll want to pop on over and see some interesting traditions that our friends across the globe do to celebrate Christmas.

On my blog, I’m discussing favorite Christmas memories. I reached out to friends and asked them about their favorite Christmas memories. Here are their responses:

Christmas 1969, I was five and my brother was eight. We got up on Christmas morning to see if Santa had paid us a visit and we were not disappointed!After opening all the gifts, my dad and my seventeen-year-old cousin, who was staying with us, told my brother and me to get dressed; they had seen something outside in the snow and thought we might want to see it too.Out in the front yard in the pristine snow were the tracks of a sleigh, numerous tiny hoof prints, and boot prints going to and from the house! (we didn’t have a fireplace, but we did have a front door that opened into the living room where the Christmas tree was located!!!)In 2005 at a family reunion, my cousin sat down next to me and asked, “Do you remember Christmas 1969?” To which I said, “Yes and I don’t want to know!”He got up and walked away laughing!That was nearly fifty-one years ago and I still believe!!!! ~ Jordan M.

It’s impossible to choose. One tradition I fondly remember is “lighting”, where we’d drive around town looking at Christmas lights before voting on which house we liked best. ~ Madi Z.

I remember when I was 8, the first Christmas after my dad had left my mom, it was a lean time for my mom. A local toy drive left toys on our porch Christmas morning. I got a Little Red Riding Hood doll and a clown music jewelry box. I have never forgotten that and after I got married, I have always bought toys for the local toy drives. That was 39 years ago and one of the few toys I specifically remember. ~ Missy S.

I have two favorite memories. One was the year I received a new red bike. The other was the last year my extended family and I were able to spend Christmas together before they moved. ~ Lizzie T.

My favorite Christmas memory isn’t of just one particular year. My favorite memory is all the years my mom and I would spend several hours making cookies for all the neighbors, co-workers (hers), mailman, garbage men and who ever else. It has been over 20 years since we’ve done that. I have all her recipes and tried doing it on my own but it’s not the same. ~ Angel M.

My Grandfathers last Christmas, he wasn’t predicted to make it that long. So the joy and gratefulness of all of us being able to share that moment. It was never somber just a day of love and remembering and he had this burst of health and didn’t feel sick or look as if he was passing on. It was awesome. I am about to celebrate my grandbabbies first Christmas and it makes me think of that circle. ~ Michele J.

Memories are priceless.

Christmas memories…those precious times spent celebrating our Savior’s birth with family and friends. I was thinking about my own favorite memories yesterday and couldn’t narrow it down to just one. There were those times growing up when we crowded around a huge long table at my grandma (Nanie’s) house with all of our relatives. Sneaking Christmas cookies that tempted us from their place on the table before dinner was a highlight. Nanie brought out the “reserve” silverware – ancient mismatched spoons, forks, and knives that hadn’t seen the light of day since the prior year. I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the large homemade welded stocking holder (an ugly metal monstrosity) my grandpa (Papa) made to hold the 23 stockings. Nanie and Papa’s house was very small (a one bedroom/one bath) with limited seating, and it didn’t matter that it was always 150 degrees in the middle of a cold western winter. The important thing was that we were all together.

Fast forward to the more recent precious years of spending Christmas with our own daughters. No longer living near Nanie and Papa, we have made our own traditions. Christmas Eve service, remembering the true reason we celebrate Christmas, the hum of Christmas music playing throughout the day, and lights glowing on the tree and wrapped around the railing create an image I treasure. We open gifts after a treasure hunt designed lovingly each year for our girls.

We never quite get around to breakfast because we feast on goodies beneath the tree that we all surprise each other with. Not a healthy tradition, but a fun one nonetheless, and a precursor to our delicious Christmas dinner with ham, mashed potatoes, corn, and of course, pumpkin pie. And let’s not forget the “trick” gifts that find their way beneath the tree each year.

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Join me tomorrow for my post about the importance of Christmas.

Other All Things Christmas posts you may enjoy:

All Things Christmas: Movies of the Season

All Things Christmas: Christmas Around the World

All Things Christmas: Favorite Songs of the Season

All Things Christmas: Gifts for the Bookworm in Your Life

All Things Christmas: Book Ideas for Christmas Gifts

All Things Christmas: Favorite Movies of the Season

We’re well on our way with our All Things Christmas series, where I’m joining book reviewer (and my daughter!) Madi’s Musings for some highlights of favorite books, movies, and music for the holiday season. This week, I’m showcasing some of my family’s favorite Christmas movies (many of which we watch each year), while Madi’s Musings will be sharing delightful gift ideas for the bookworm in your life.

What’s the Christmas season without snuggling under a blanket in your favorite recliner and munching on popcorn while watching your favorite Christmas movie? Add a steaming cup of hot chocolate with puffy marshmallows and a peppermint stick, and you have the perfect setup.

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for favorite movies to enjoy not only for the Christmas season, but all year round.

*Disclaimer: Please excuse the crazy formatting and size variations for this post. For some reason, WordPress was not cooperating with my plans. 🙂


The Nativity Story
Beautifully produced, realistic, and touching, The Nativity Story reminds us of what Christmas is all about.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
It just doesn’t get any better than timeless Charlie Brown classics! Another one we watch every year, A Charlie Brown Christmas is, for the first time, no longer available on network television. But thankfully it is available for purchase and streaming.

The Christmas Cure
Love this family-oriented story with plenty of humor, love, and some dramatic moments. You can find my full review here.

The Christmas Card
Sweet romance movies just really doesn’t get any better than this. Check out my full synopsis and movie review here.

Christmas Angel
As always, Della Reese provides a command performance in this delightful story of friendship. Add a touch of romance between characters played by phenomenal actors Kevin Sorbo and Terri Polo and you’ve got a must-watch for the entire family.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
A touching must-see movie about how reaching out to others can make a difference. For my full movie review, go here.

Wish for Christmas
When a high school girls makes a wish, she has no idea that it’s going to change everything – and not for the better. A mix of humor and drama, this also includes a great lesson of putting others before ourselves and a great one to watch with teens.

Christmas Oranges
A wonderful story for young and old viewers alike. For my full movie review, go here.

Broadcasting Christmas
A fun story about how competition can lead to love.

Silver Bells
A story with a great lesson about the true meaning of Christmas. For my full movie review, go here.

Silver Bells
One of my absolute favorite Hallmark Hall of Fame Movies, Silver Bells is a classic true love story about second chances.

A Dog Named Christmas
A heartwarming movie for all, but especially those who love dogs.

Christmas With Tucker
Another heartwarming movie highlighting family bonds and a special dog.

The Angel Doll
A little girl with polio and a caring big brother set on making his sister’s Christmas special.

Dashing Through the Snow
Looking for a relaxing evening with a romantic comedy? This one is a must-watch.

Switched for Christmas
When two sisters who are completely opposite with completely opposite goals in their lives switch things up for Christmas, what could possibly go wrong? For my full review, go here.

The Christmas Ornament
A beautiful love story about second chances.

For more family movies, please check out my extensive Mom-Approved Movies Listing on this blog. Now, hop on over to Madi’s Musings for some awesome gift suggestions for that bookworm in your life.

Merry Christmas!

All things Christmas: favorite songs of the season

For the next couple of weeks, I will be joining Madi at Madi’s Musings for our All Things Christmas blog celebration. We’ll be highlighting favorite songs, books, movies, and more.

Our first installment features the best songs of the season. Perfect for any playlist, these awesome songs (in no particular order!) are a mesh of classics and newer sounds all designed to put us in the Christmas spirit.

Enjoy!

Joy to the World – Lincoln Brewster

Light of Christmas – Owl City (Featuring TobyMac)

Winter Wonderland – Newsboys

This is Christmas – Kutless

Best Christmas Ever – Newsong

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Mikeschair

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Rend Collective

Gloria – MercyMe

Angels We Have Heard on High – Reliant K

Born is the King It’s Christmas – Phillips, Craig & Dean

What Child is This – Building 429

Silent Night – NeedtoBreathe

Redemption – Mikeschair

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – LIncoln Brewster

We Three Kings – Building 429

Go Tell it on the Mountain – All Things New

Suddenly – Phillips, Craig & Dean

Mary Did You Know – Kutless (my personal absolute favorite rendition)

Joy – Selah

Little Drummer Boy – Lincoln Brewster (featuring KJ-52)

All I Need for Christmas – TobyMac (featuring Terrian)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – MercyMe

Jingle Bell Rock – Jeremy Camp

Oh What a Glorious Night – Sidewalk Prophets

Jingle Bells – Colton Dixon

All I Want for Christmas is You – Newsboys

12 Days of Christmas – Reliant K

He Shall Reign Forevermore – Chris Tomlin

Offering (Christmas Version) – Paul Baloche

Little Drummer Boy – For King & Country

Christmas Like a Child – Third Day

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo

Oh Come, O Come Emmanuel – Phillips, Craig & Dean

Holly Jolly Christmas – Group 1 Crew

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Join us for the second installment of All Things Christmas at Madi’s Musings as Madi gives us a list of Book Ideas for Christmas Gifts. You’ll want to check it out for the perfect gift for that booklover in your life.

And next week, join me here on my blog for a list of the best Christmas movies.