For several years I posted daily in December. My friend and I do an Kindness Advent Calendar and the posts tied into the activities. It was, I felt at the time, a chance to connect with readers and encourage them to see the season in a Kindness frame. It was fairly taxing pulling together a post every day along with the activities so this year I am switching things up. I am still committed to the Kindness Advent Calendar but I am attempting a multi blog challenge here with this one post that will cover “all bases”.
So my first blog challenge is hosted by Terri over at secondwindleisure.com where you take the usual lyrics and give them a twist and add photos for a SundayStills. Mine is actually a riff off of the one that debs-world.com did called the “12 days of an Aussie Christmas”. I was inspired to do a Canadian animal version. I kept it to winter time animals and perhaps my stanzas don’t quite work but oh well. Then I skipped the whole repeat it a zillion times in between each line just because.
On the 12th day of Christmas my prairie view gave to me
- 12 elk droppings
- 11 mouse tracks
- 10 chickadees flitting
- 9 coyotes howling
- 8 grouse a rising
- 7 magpies squawking
- 6 deer a leaping
- 5 white weasels
- 4 fleeting foxes
- 3 moose munching
- 2 hares hopping and
- an owl in an aspen tree
Then I decided to do a second take on the same song using a different theme from Deb over at the widowbadass.com and Donna over at retirementreflections.com highlighting the 12 most likely goodies to hit our plates (ok truthfully we just stand and eat at the tins but sometimes they are on fancy plates!). So here is that take. Again the stanza rhythm is
odd off but hey it taste good! So here’s my #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge December edition.
On the 12th day of Christmas the baker gave to all
- 12 dozen shortbread
- 11 Nanaimo bars
- 10 cinnamon twists
- 9 gingerbread men
- 8 butter tarts
- 7 pecan turtles
- 6 cookie dough truffles
- 5 golden lefse
- 4 tins of poppycock
- 3 mini marshmallow squares
- 2 peanut butter jewels
- and a gingerbread house on a silver board
And then, being Canadian of a certain age, I could not publish this post without adding a link for Bob and Doug’s 12 Days of Christmas. I watched 4 versions to pick the best and I chuckled each and every time. It’s dated but it’s still funny. Fancy that though I actually didn’t include any of those items in my own lists!
The last blog challenge is being hosted by a group of women (Donna, Jo, Sue & Deb) and it is called Festive Bon Bon’s. That theme of how we celebrate ties in nicely here. As you can see I get hugely into baking as I must make everyone’s favourites. Hopefully there will be a batch of ice cream churned up on Christmas Day as that is a tradition that dates back to when my dad was little and one we have kept going for many decades. There is always a real tree; the Engineer is very grounded in traditions and seems he does 90% of the decorating I am ok with it. I usually ante in with the outside decour. There are times when the Christmas music is going; usually the night we do shortbread. A favourite is Fred Penner’s Holiday Season (it’s an oldie) and more recently I fell in love The Hunter Brothers Silent Night (and I think they have a few more Christmas ones out now). As to reading -not so much until Boxing Day and then I tie into whatever book comes out of the stocking. But the party days are over – we used to host both his workmates (about 20 to a sit down meal) and my work pot luck that usually was around 40 to 50. Life is a lot quieter and simpler these days. We do hope to do a Christmas light tour with our grandchildren as one of the activities from our calendar (it’s a challenge to keep the youngest awake on the drive into and out of the city!)
The calendar I referenced above is the Kindness Advent Calendar . My friend and I saw an article about this several years ago and used that one as a template. It has a community focus and a self care background. Both so needed at this time of year. The expectations of the holidays can weigh heavily no matter the economic income. It’s supposed to be a perfectly magical time of year but it takes time, effort, some luck and money to make that happen and for many those items can be in short supply for many reasons. Which makes kindness and a helping hand so important which is why we create our own calendar to ensure that we are doing our part. So without further ado (I know it’s becoming a LONG post…)
On the 12th day of Christmas my blessed life gave to me
- 12 acts of gratitude (24 really)
- 11 gallons of “real” eggnog (with or without rum!)
- 10 tins of baking
- 9 games of cards (or more!)
- 8 garlands hung
- 7 strings of lights (x 13!)
- 6 adults eating
- 5 crazy dogs
- 4 stockings hung
- 3 gingerbread houses
- 2 lovely “littles”
- 1 turkey on a platter
So while the pandemic still rage on s the fourth wave has diminished here (although we now have our first case of the Omicron variant – oh
yeah poop) so we can have unrestricted gatherings. Not that we are going to do that but we are definitely celebrating by being together as a family after we do rapid testing. No video links, real hugs. No outside visits, real hugs! Last year taught us not to take the little things for granted even if it means over salted gravy (inside family joke — my son once dropped the open salt shaker into the gravy as he was making it!).
I may go into blog withdrawal but I have bundled it all together into this crazy long post. So as we ease toward Christmas I will sign over and out until the New Year, allowing myself a lot more downtime. Which is good because I could probably do a blog post about the 12 handmade gifts of Christmas that I am still in the middle of creating.
Time to close off with best wishes for a happy holiday season that fills your soul. Whatever that is for each of you, for my loyal readers.