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Merry Christmas!

It's been an interesting past few months, but I have enjoyed blogging.  I have also enjoyed reading other blogs, as well as getting to know some fellow bloggers.  Thank you all for welcoming me so kindly, and I look forward to blogging more with you in the new year, and getting better at this whole thing! :-)
Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!  (I'll be back in January.)

Christmas Memories

I dug back in my diaries this evening and was reading my Christmas entries in years gone by.  I just felt like sharing something sentimental tonight, so here are some of my little Christmas memories.
   Dec. 2011:  This year I performed in The Nutcracker Ballet for the first time.  It was one of the most exciting times in my life.  There were busy rehearsals, fabulous costumes, and two magical nights of the actual performance.  Also, my youngest cousin was born just a few days before.  It was a very blissful holiday season.  The highlight of my Christmas gifts was the beautiful ballerina nutcracker my mom and dad gave me.  It's really special to me and now sits on my nightstand during the Christmas season.     Dec. 2013:  It was our first Christmas at our new house, and we were still settling in.  It was also the year that my great-grandmother passed away exactly one week before Christmas day.  That was probably the saddest Christmas I can remember.   But we managed to have a cl…

10 Favorite Jane Austen Adaptations

Today is a special day, everyone.  It is actually the anniversary of Jane Austen's birth.  And, since she is the best authoress ever (don't even try to argue with me), I have decided to share my top 10 Jane Austen Adaptations (including movies inpired by or based on her work).  Note: I will only include one adaptation per story - though I know there are more than one for each of her novels.  Here we go:
10. Persuasion (1995)

    Honestly, Persuasion is my least favorite of Jane Austen's novels.  I liked it, but I just didn't love it the way I did with the others.  I couldn't relate to pushover Anne - I mean, I get that she has a heart for serving others, but she has no confidence in her own heart until the end.  Also, Wentworth was not my favorite Austen gentleman.  But enough about what I didn't like!  In any case, Wentworth delivers one of the top most romantic lines she ever wrote, so... And the fact that in the end Anne makes up her own mind and follows he…

I Just Love This Time of Year!

It has snowed two weekends in a row, and my city is a world of white.  You can just imagine how happy it makes me!  Things are looking up like we just might have a white Christmas here.  I have already enjoyed hot cocoa and a book by the window as the snow falls outside. 
  There's just something about Christmastime.  That feeling in the air that affects everything you do, that fills you with peace even in the middle of all the craziness, that  gives you the joy of the real reason we celebrate. 
Our family has been enjoying the fun activities on the Advent calendar my mom made.  We have had movie nights, picnics by the tree, family game time, lights drives, and all that fun stuff.  I can't believe there are just 12 days left!
   It is so nice to be on Christmas break from school now!  But that doesn't make us any less busy.  There's a lot of shopping, baking, wrapping, etc. still to be done before the 25th.  I have some posts planned, but they may be few and far between…

A Very Merry Tag

I found on Naomi's blog, Wonderland Creek, this fun Christmas tag from Abby at Lavender Spring, and I decided it would be a fun way to kick-off December.

   1. Does it snow where you live around Christmas?  (If it doesn't, you have my sincere sympathy.)  How much?  Any special snowy Christmas stories?

Typically, we do get snow, but there have been a few sad Christmases without it.  In 2013, we got our first snow in October and it was a blanket of white clear into April of the next year.  That was a very cold, but lovely Christmas (and Halloween and Thanksgiving) in a winter wonderland. 

   2. Do you get a real tree or a fake tree? 

Oh, we have a fake tree.  Real trees can be a hassle, though they are quite pretty.  

   3. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

I do not know how to choose!  There are so many good ones.
   4. Where in the world would you like to spend Christmas the most?

Hmmm...I think it would be magical to spend Christmas in Vienna, Austria.  It seems that they go …