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My Favorite television Channels During the Christmas Season

Posted by Elizabeth on Sep 6, 2013 in Christmas Movies and Memories

By now, everyone knows what a fan I am of Christmas movies and Christmas Cartoons, and yes, I have to watch them each and every year. Though I have a huge collection of Christmas videos, there is just something about watching all my favorite Christmas shows on TV. I think it’s the anticipation and excitement of knowing they are coming on at a certain time and just looking forward to watching them, just as I did growing up. I have noticed, though, that a lot of the Christmas shows I used to watch on channels, such as ABC, CBS, and NBC, don’t come on those channels now. So, I was excited years ago when I found my first favorite TV channel for the holidays.

ABC Family

I always look forward to ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. It starts on December First and runs through Christmas Day. They have some Christmas movies on there, but they show all those Christmas cartoons from the past, such as, “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year”, “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland”, “The Year Without a Santa Claus”, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, “The Little Drummer Boy”, “Nester the Long-Eared Donkey”, and lots more. If you always wondered where these Christmas shows went and you don’t have them on video, you’ll find them here.

The Hallmark Channel

The Hallmark Channel is one of those channels that starts early with the Christmas movies. Each year, they have a mix of old and new movies with a lot of variety. My husband and I spend a lot of time together just watching movies and enjoying the whole experience. With each movie, there is a heart-warming story, great Christmas traditions, and in some cases, romance!

CBS and ABC

I still like CBS and ABC during the Christmas season because there are some classics that can only be viewed there. For example, ABC has all the “Charley Brown” classics, and CBS has “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty the Snowman”, and “Frosty Returns”. Too, these channels introduce the new and upcoming classics.

I know there are other channels that offer Christmas programming, and I do watch those, but I’ve found most of the originals on these.

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My Very Favorite Christmas Tradition

Posted by Elizabeth on Sep 6, 2013 in Christmas Traditions

I always seem to be ahead of the game when it comes to Christmas. In other words, I like to start early! Yes, I love Thanksgiving, and I let Thanksgiving just be that, but too, it has a way of ringing in the Christmas season.

On Thanksgiving morning, there is a standing rule around our home. I’ll cook the usual Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings, if the TV is left on NBC, and I get to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We never eat dinner until Santa Claus is seen parading by at the very end. Then, I start the madness!

After a hearty and very enjoyable Thanksgiving dinner, I start unpacking the Christmas decorations and getting ready for the next day when the tree goes up, the lights get hung, and all the décor is placed. Of course, after eating the turkey and dressing and my husband takes his usual nap, he awakes to find the living room and den so full of boxes and storage tubs that he can barely walk. Then, he says, “She’s acting like a kid again!”

Do I get any sleep on Thanksgiving night?
No, I don’t because I’m getting ready for the next very important part of my favorite Christmas tradition: the Black Friday sales! For me, it isn’t all about finding great deals on gifts, wrapping paper, or more decorations, but it’s about hearing Christmas music playing in the stores, and hearing the excitement in people when they find that perfect gift for that special someone. Although, sometimes, by the time I do my shopping, have lunch with friends, and get back home, I’m somewhat tired, but then, the excitement kicks in again, and here I go.

Before decorating our home and yard for Christmas, I get out my collection of over 300 Christmas albums, and I make a pot of warm cider or cocoa, and the fun starts. We sing, decorate, and share memories related to our favorite ornaments. We end the day by eating Thanksgiving leftovers and falling asleep because we’re all so tired.

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An Easy Way to Select New Christmas Music

Posted by Elizabeth on Aug 21, 2013 in Christmas Music

As I’ve mentioned before, Christmas music, at least in our home, is an essential part of the holiday season. In fact, I started collecting Christmas music when I was a teenager, and I’m still collecting Christmas albums. I have noticed, though, that when I buy CD’s that I haven’t listened to, I don’t always like the style of a particular song, or in some cases, the whole CD is disappointing. However, with advances in technology, selecting and purchasing Christmas music has never been easier. In fact, I have to watch myself because I spend hours browsing and listening to music samples. Too, I no longer have to order CD’s and wait six weeks or longer for them to arrive.

Christmas Music Downloads

As we all already know, Christmas music is downloadable, and at Amazon, they have over 23,000 MP3′s to sample and download. Whether I’m looking for a specific song or an entire album, I always find it here. Since I do collect Christmas music, I like having the ability to play anything I download on any device I choose, and the downloads are somewhat cheaper than CD’s. Yes, I know Amazon isn’t the only site that has Christmas music MP3′s, and I use some others, but I like the variety and simplicity of using this particular site.

Since I have lots of downloads, I like to do fun things with them. For each occasion, whether it’s a Christmas party or just hanging out with family and drinking cocoa, I create playlists. I never could do that before, and I like not having to pop my CD’s in and out of the player. Anyway, I know I sometimes go a little crazy over these things, but having so much Christmas music at my finger tips is wonderful. Now, if I could just figure out how to convince my husband to let me keep the house decorated year round, I would be doing great!

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I love “Frosty the Snowman!”

Posted by Elizabeth on Aug 20, 2013 in Christmas Movies and Memories

If anyone asked me to choose my very favorite Christmas classic, in terms of Christmas shows, I would probably tell them it’s a tie between “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman”. I grew up with these and other Christmas cartoons, and as I mentioned in another post about “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is that there is more than one cartoon in the set, and the same is true about the “Frosty the Snowman” collection. There are four shows in the Frosty set as well.

Of course, the first cartoon is

Each year, CBS broadcasts this classic, and even though I’m grown and have it on video, I still make time for it.

The second cartoon in this set is one that some people may remember, especially if they watch it on ABC Family.

Of course, Frosty takes a wife, Crystal, and another of the main characters is Jack Frost.

The third cartoon introduced is also part of the Rudolph collection.

I love this one because all my favorite characters are a part of it. Also, Frosty’s twins, Milly and Chilly, are introduced, and that was the cutest part.

The final cartoon in this beloved collection is “Frosty Returns”. At first, I wasn’t real impressed with this one, but after awhile, it grew on me. It’s cute, but it really didn’t seem to fit with the original “Frosty the Snowman”. However, when doing research, I discovered that the original “Frosty the Snowman” and “Frosty Returns” are sold like this:

Those of you who collect Christmas cartoons as much as I do will understand and appreciate these collectors’ items. Not only are these shows available individually, but there are a number of Christmas classics gift sets, such as

If you have children or you are still a kid yourself, these collectible Christmas cartoons will become family treasures.

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Our Favorite Christmas Eve Recipes

Posted by Elizabeth on Aug 14, 2013 in Christmas Recipes, Christmas Traditions

At our house, we turn Christmas Eve into a Christmas party. We don’t make dinner; we prepare a variety of snacks and appetizers. This Christmas tradition started in the 1980′s when I was still living at home, and now that I have a family of my own, I prepare a lot of my favorites for them, and we have added a few more Christmas recipes.

Here is a good appetizer I always make. It’s a bit different than most others like it, but it’s really good. I actually got this recipe from my aunt who got it from her mother-in-law.

Candied Little Sausages

2 packages cocktail sausages
1 small jar plum or currant jelly
1 tablespoon mustard

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and let cook until sauce coats and sticks to sausages. These can be made in a crockpot; however, they don’t always candy right. What I do is make them ahead of time and just keep them warm in the crockpot. These are wonderful served warm with swiss cheese and triscuits.

Another favorite is one that I make in the crockpot and let cook all afternoon. This works well if you have a lot of people to feed.

Best Chile Cheese Dip

2 large cans chile without beans
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 8 oz. package Mexican shredded cheese
2 8 oz. packages cream cheese
1 8 oz. container sour cream

Mix chile and tomatoes in a crockpot and let warm. Add sour cream, cream cheese, and Mexican shreds and let cook until cheese is melted and mixture is creamy. Serve with your favorite cornchips.

I like both of these because they don’t require a lot of effort to prepare. I usually make these first and let them cook while I prepare my other dishes. Later, I’ll share a bunch more of my Christmas favorites!

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“The Little Drummer Boy”

Posted by Elizabeth on Jul 30, 2013 in Christmas Movies and Memories

When I was growing up, I watched all the Christmas movies and cartoons I could watch. I loved them all, and although it’s hard to choose which are my favorites, there is one Christmas cartoon that really stood out then and still does now.

I love this cartoon for several reasons. First of all, the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, were one of the main focuses. Too, although I’m not sure whether The Little Drummer Boy was mentioned in the Bible, the symbolism of this character is priceless. Though he lost his family and vowed to love only animals, Aaron, found that he could love people again as a result of giving to Christ. Yes, the wise men brought their finest gifts to the Baby Jesus, but Aaron, through playing his drum gave all that he had. He used his gift to give to the Baby Jesus. Then, there were the animals which loved Aaron and showed that everybody needs someone or something to love. For these reasons, I’ve always loved this show.

For those who want their children to really know the true meaning of Christmas and how giving of oneself and one’s talents is worth more than material things, “The Little Drummer Boy” would be a great Christmas cartoon to watch as a family and discuss. Too, for those who teach Sunday school or children’s church, this would be a great Christmas story. As for me, I have three small granddaughters, and we’re going to definitely watch this again during the holiday season.

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Christmas Music and Memories

Posted by Elizabeth on Jul 16, 2013 in Main

Christmas music plays a very important role in the holiday season, and for me, it’s the most special part of Christmas. Not only do I enjoy listening to Christmas songs, but I collect Christmas albums. I have over 150 Christmas albums in my collection, and each year, I add more. I would like to share one of my very favorite Christmas albums and the memory I have related to that.

Back in 1979, I was in the second grade, and at school, we had the best Christmas festivities of any year I can remember. Our teacher bought the John Denver and the Muppets Christmas album, “A Christmas Together,” and we loved it because we all enjoyed the muppets. After going and cutting down a Christmas tree, we brought it back and decorated it with homemade ornaments. During the time we were making the ornaments and decorating the tree, the album was playing. Too, when we had our Christmas party, we played this Christmas music again. Since then, I’ve always loved this Christmas album. Listening to it still brings back the wonderful Christmas memories of that year.

If you grew up with the muppets and if you like John Denver, I would encourage you to get this Christmas album. “A Christmas Together” is for children of all ages. Maybe, you have children of your own who have never heard of the muppets, or if they have, maybe just sharing this Christmas album with them will bring back memories of your own childhood. Yes, I know that there is a lot of Christmas music out there, but, in my opinion, some of these old Christmas albums are what makes the Christmas holiday so special. So, go and make some new Christmas memories of your own, and please, enjoy the Christmas carols.

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Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Continued

Posted by Elizabeth on Jul 13, 2013 in Christmas Movies and Memories

As I already mentioned, my favorite holiday classic of all time is “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. In a previous post, I discussed my favorite Christmas Classics giftset that I received from my grandmother, and I just had to show you all some of my favorite Rudolph and Friends décor. Well, that isn’t all.

Did you know that there were more Rudolph classics, besides the original “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”? Yes, there really are, and I have them all, as you might have guessed. I’ll show you.

If you don’t already have

I would love to see you add it to your collection, especially if you have children.

Here is the second of the Rudolph classics:

Yes this is a New Year’s cartoon, but is really cute.

The third in the Rudolph classics is:

I absolutely love this one too because not only did it feature Rudolph, but there was Frosty and his family, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The fourth in this wonderful set of classics is:

There is just something really magical about this one. Yes, in the original “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” the toys got to find new homes, but this movie focuses more on the island and the toys. Too, some of the other original characters, such as Hermey were in this one.

Yes, I know I’m still a kid when it comes to these Christmas movies, but I really do enjoy all four of these, and I hope you do too!

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Christmas Crafts

Posted by Elizabeth on Jul 9, 2013 in Christmas crafts

When I checked my Email this morning, I saw a “Christmas in July” message from a newsletter to which I’m subscribed. I was reminded that this is the time of year when some Christmas lovers, such as myself, start really thinking about Christmas crafts. Afterall, homemade Christmas gifts, ornaments, and other decorations are part of the magic of the Christmas season. Therefore, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite craft sites with my readers.

The first site I would like to share with you is:
All Free Holiday Crafts
This site is one that has a variety of crafts for all the holidays, and I’ve found a lot of wonderful ideas here. I’m subscribed to the newsletter, so I get lots of goodies in my inbox. There are lots of other things here too, so Christmas crafts aren’t all you’ll find. All Free Holiday crafts is just one in several sites I’m planning to share with my readers.

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Christmas Movies and Memories: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Posted by Elizabeth on Jul 2, 2013 in Christmas Movies and Memories, My Favorite Christmas Decor

Anyone who loves Christmas has to love all the wonderful Christmas movies out there. There are so many that watching them all in one Christmas season is all but impossible. Somehow, though, I always manage to watch my favorites and add some new Christmas movies along the way. Here is my favorite set that my grandmother purchased for me before she died.

For me, Christmas movies, especially the classics are special, and as a collector of animated Christmas décor, ornaments, etc., I tend to base my collections on these classic Christmas movies.

My favorite Christmas classic of all time, of course, is “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, which is the longest running holiday classic on television. Yes, I’m an adult, but since the age of three, I’ve never missed a year of watching it.

If you love this holiday classic as much as I do, you will absolutely love some of the collector pieces I’ve found. Now, this Christmas, I’m going to devote one room in my home to nothing but Rudolph and Friends décor. I’m going to use a variety of my collector pieces, and Here are the first two sets I will use. I think I’ll set up the Christmas village and have the Christmas train around that.

Now, I’m going to use a six foot Jackson pine pre-lit Christmas tree, and along with pretty garland and a Christmas tree topper, I’m going to use these beautiful Rudolphe the Red Nosed ornament sets to finish my Rudolph and Friends wonderland.

Here are some of my favorite ornaments, including some I purchased recently.

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