Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Challenge #3...."The Holidays"

Happy Holidays all!
We're back with Challenge #3! It's all about the "holidays" this time around.
We want to hear how you celebrate, what your feelings are on the subject.
Maybe your not much of a holiday person, maybe you are, maybe you even celebrate differently.
Tell us about it! :)
We are giving you until the end of December to create a "holiday" layout.
Please be sure to leave a comment here with a link to where your layout or project is, so we can be sure to have a look at it.
A random winner will be picked and will get something from "Scrapbook Takeout". Which is our December sponsor!
Happy Holidays all and we look forward to seeing your creations! :)


~Embrace the HOLIDAY season~
(picture is that of my mother's angel. A friend made it for my mom and it's been on top of our tree for over 20 years! Just love her!)
Christmas to me is a time to spend with family. It's the one time of year where I really enjoy myself.
A feeling of peace, that all is right in the world.
Wish this feeling would last the whole year thru, not just for a season, but for a lifetime.
All the best Christmas wishes to your family and yours.
Merry Christmas! :)



Journaling says:
Memories: Champgen√©teux, its fireplace with trammel, the big banked, infringes on December 24th in the evening, foie gras, salmon, seafoods, frog's legs, ice-cold log, chocolates, glace chestnuts, a beef rib which cooked never, Saint-jean-de-luz, record temperature ( 15°C ), plastic christmas tree released every year (except the year of this photo), West Indian chocolate with Christophe, illuminations of the street, shop windows, cold, race in presents, long slings and eternal photo of the children to wish the happy New Year to our family...



Christmas back home is more than a day, it's a season. You can feel it in the air from early December. Everybody is talking about it, and holiday music is playing on the radio and in the stores. We’re all busy cleaning and fixing our homes up. New curtains, new furniture, even new appliances! We're mincing and soaking our fruit in wine, we're making sorrel, punch-a-creme and ginger beer; we're buying cases of soft drinks and beer; we're making sure we have wine, Harvey’s Bristol Cream and Bailey's Irish Cream. One day you get home and the whole house smells of baked ham with cloves, and you check the fridge to make sure you have Piccalilli. There's always some kind of party, you have your office party, your friend's office party, all kinds of activities to go to. Parang music!!! Not to mention Sparrow's version of "There's no place like home for the holidays", Red Plastic Bag's "Maisie" and The Merrymen's "Santa Got a Sunburn". Friends you haven't seen in ages drop by the house saying "Compliments of the Season!" because they have to taste your ham and cake. Finally you get your tree and set it up, close to the window of course so everyone can see it as they pass by. And one tradition particular to our house: Mummy coming home on the last day of school with gifts from all her students and us trying to convince her she can't open them till Christmas Day. It never worked of course! Then the cake is baked and you break out the sorrel and have it over crushed ice. By Christmas Eve everything is perfect, the gifts are under the tree, you’ve given cake to your friends and family - because everyone has to have an assortment to compare! You’ve also stocked up on Quality Street candies, After Eights and other treats. There’s a bowl of nuts on the coffee table with a nutcracker nearby. Maybe you head to midnight mass, maybe not, one thing is for sure, Santa Claus is on your mind! At some point in the night you might hear singing outside, most likely a group of merry gentlemen and they won’t go until the rum come! Christmas morning arrives, and on the breakfast menu is fresh baked bread with fried ham (with Piccalilli!), maybe some bakes and salt fish souse with cocoa tea. But that is only after the gifts are opened and we all thank each other. Then comes the big preparation for lunch. If the extended family is getting together it’s a bit easier since everyone pitches in and makes one or two dishes. On the menu: Stuffed turkey, more ham, stewed peas, macaroni pie, rice and peas, a big salad, sweet potato casserole, green beans…. No need to ask what’s for dessert – fruit cake of course! Then things calm down, depending on your age you play with new toys, read a book or spend time chatting. By the end of the day talk turns to the next big event: what are we doing for Old Years Night?


Sharmaine said...

Yay I finally got to play :)
Here is what holidays mean to me :)


Thanks for the inpiration :)

Edleen said...

did mine :)


Octopusouphut said...

I did this for the TIM challenge, but it fits in so well here. Can I share it here to? Hope so, 'cause here it is:



Madeleine said...

here's mine
thank you for this challenge!

Lilune said...

Hi, here is my LO about Christmas, made for my Book Of Me.


Journaling is saying : "I'm a Winter Kid and Christmas is one of my favourite holidays. I keep wonderful memories from my childhood. We were always numerous coming to celebrate this day : parents, brother, uncles, aunts, cousins... My mother used a lot of ornaments for home, christmas tree, table. There was also the crib with little Jesus bigger than the donkey and the beef.
I remember of all my family well-dressed, talking and laughing, holy songs, candles in front of the window. My cousins and I were so excited to open our gifts that my bedroom was full of gift papers and toys packages.
I'm nostalgic of these family events. Stpe by step, magic has disappeared. But, today, with my 2 years old son, Paul, magic is back... And Christmas spirit is more beautiful in my son's eyes !"

Thanks !

Creative Creations said...

Couldn't resist this one ... LOVE the Holidays :)

Here's mine ...


My story about Deaf said...

I am back to play again ... here is mine



Claire said...

Hi, this is my LO for this challenge !

Thanks for the inspiration !!!

***Paola*** said...

Wishing you a great holiday season! We usually spend Christmas eve and Christmas day with family and New Year's with friends.
Here's my layout: