Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas favorites

Today is December 1, and this is Merrillee who is starting the countdown to Christmas. One of the best things about being a writer is connecting with our readers. So I'm going to ask you to share with us some Christmas favorites.

What is your favorite Christmas book?
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
What is your favorite Christmas song?
What is your favorite Christmas cookie?
What is your favorite Christmas candy?
What is your favorite Christmas decoration?

And I have two final questions. Do you like to get books for Christmas? If you don't have an e-reader, would you like to get one for Christmas?

Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful readers.


  1. Hi Merrillee, your tree is beautiful! As for favorites, it's hard to narrow down to just one. I like that there are so many new Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies to choose from. Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas was a cute movie. (I like Tom Cavanaugh.) And I really liked the new Janette Oke movie, Love's Christmas Journey. My hubby kindly sits through all the romances without complaining. :)

  2. Karen,
    Good for your hubby. I always forget to watch the Hallmark movies. We record so many shows and watch them later, so if it's not on the schedule to record, I don't remember to record them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I'm going to share my favorites, too.

    Book: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
    Movie: Miracle on 34th Street (new and old version)
    Song: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
    Cookie: Decorated sugar cookie
    Candy: Chocolate nut caramels (recipe from my grandmother)
    Favorite decoration: I have a lot, so it's hard to choose. My blue porcelain Nativity scene

  4. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life.

    Favorite Christmas book? Hmmmm... I love books, but I'm not sure I have a favorite Christmas one.

    And I love the e-reader i got for my birthday. If you don't have one, yes, you want one.

  5. I love books as gifts! Better yet, a gift card so I can pick my own. :)

    song: Breath of Heaven (Amy Grant)
    movie: Elf or The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
    book: I don't know. Love them all.
    cookie: iced sugar cookies with sprinkles :)
    candy: same as Merrillee! A woman in our church makes them each year--a pecan with a blob of caramel covered in chocolate

    Merrillee, can you share the recipe sometime?

  6. Missy, I'm gonna have to look up that song on youtube. There are so many good ones I forget. I do love Carol of the Bells.

  7. Favorites? Hmm, Not real fond of Christmas yet, but I'm working on it. Favorite book? I don't think I have one. Favorite movie? Miracle on 34th street (original version). Favorite food? Pecan Pie. Favorite cookie? Probably old fashioned, homemade chocolate chip. Favorite decoration? My nativity scenes, yes, I have several. I love them all, but the carved one is probably my all time favorite. Your tree is beautiful, maybe it will inspire me to get mine out today. Maybe. :)

  8. What is your favorite Christmas book? A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Try to read it every year around my birthday in December. I started the tradition when I was studying in my college library during exams and found it. It kept me sane!

    What is your favorite Christmas movie? It's A Wonderful Life. I try to watch it multiple times.

    What is your favorite Christmas song? God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. Note: The comma is in the CORRECT spot.

    What is your favorite Christmas cookie? I discovered a gluten free gingerbread recipe that keeps me from missing my gingerbread men.

    What is your favorite Christmas candy? Love the stick peppermints and ribbon candy. Not to eat but to display!

    What is your favorite Christmas decoration? I love my little Chrismon tree.

    And I have two final questions. Do you like to get books for Christmas? ABSOLUTELY. As an aside: I have changed my mind about reading Christmas books until after Thanksgiving. I start in October.

    If you don't have an e-reader, would you like to get one for Christmas? I have a Kindle but would love a Kindle Fire this Christmas.

    Merry Christmas to all!

    Peace, Julie

  9. Naomi, I love my Nook, too. I'm thinking about getting a Kindle Fire, but we will see.

  10. Missy, my caramels are actually chocolate with walnuts, so I don't think it's the same recipe. But I can share the recipe.

    The recipe came from my grandmother who cooked over a wood stove, thus the phrase, "take from the fire."



    2 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cups white corn syrup
    2 cups cream
    3 squares bitter chocolate
    1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
    1 cup butter (not margarine)
    2 teaspoons vanilla

    Directions: Put sugar, syrup, butter and one cup cream in a kettle and bring to a boil. When it is boiling briskly, add the other cup of cream a little at a time so mixture keeps boiling. Boil until a thread of the mixture is brittle in cold water. (Soft ball on a candy thermometer) Take from the fire and add chocolate pieces and nuts. Beat until chocolate is all melted. Stir in vanilla. Pour into a shallow, buttered pan to cool. After cooling, remove from pan and cut into one-inch squares.

  11. Devotedtoquilting,
    I have to confess that the tree in the photo is from last year. I am in the middle of putting up decorations, and the tree is the last to go up. That one from last year is a real tree. I also have a fake tree in my living room. I'm not doing a real tree this year because none of our kids is coming. So we will be emptynesters for Christmas.

    I like to put up my Christmas stuff as early as possible because I have a lot. I figure that I might as well get as much time out of it as possible.

  12. Julie,
    Thanks for sharing. Glad you found a gluten-free gingerbread cookie. I can't imagine having to eat a gluten-free diet.

  13. CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just had to get that out there lol XD I am an avid fan of Christmas, Missy can attest! Here goes nothin':

    Book: WAY too hard. There's too many. Though one of my favorites is The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey. If you haven't read this children's novel, it is a MUST read, I promise you won't be disappointed!
    Movie: Might have to agree with Missy there....Elf, Grinch, Holiday in Handcuffs is hilarious! There's way too many :) LOL!
    Song: Hmmmm I love David Archulet's Christmas album, but right now I'm listening to Bing Crosby croon out his holiday toons to me and am pretty happy : )
    Cookie: Mom's homemade sugar cookies, hands down
    Candy: My sister's peanut butter fudge YUM-O!!!!
    Decoration: Has to be the tree probably...I've got on in my dormroom, one in my living room at home, and one in my bedroom at home LOL! Though it's the combination of the tree, the Nativity scene, the Santa and Nutcracker collection etc that really makes it : )

    LOVE books for Christmas! Who doesn't??? And I already have an ereader lol.
    THanks for SUCH a fun post, Merrillee!!!

  14. Book: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
    Movie: The Polar Express. I watch it every year with my son. Plus, we ride the polar express up in Williams, AZ, at Xmas times.
    Song: "War" by John Lennon
    Cookie: Chocolate Chip
    Candy: Don't have one
    Favorite decoration: Movable part reindeer for outside.

    And, I love eggnog!

  15. Hi Merrille
    ok questions
    What is your favorite Christmas book? I am not sure I just love Christmas books and novellas.
    What is your favorite Christmas movie? Christmas shoes it always makes me cry but its special.
    What is your favorite Christmas song? I have two O Holy night and Mary did you Know.
    What is your favorite Christmas cookie? (this is very American) dont have one but I do make a shortbread cookie which I put cherries on some and I love them.
    What is your favorite Christmas candy? (This is also more of an American question) We have different lollies/candies but not alot special from chirstmas that I can think of but we cant have christmas without liquorice allsorts (gong to buy a big tin today
    What is your favorite Christmas decoration? Not sure. I have several special ones. my bear angle from Hawaii, my operation Santa from a friend that helps your armed forces. an angle a friend gave me. One of the really old decorations like over 50 years old is a bird we use to have about 4 and now only one remains its read and I love it.

    Yes love getting books or book vouchers for Christmas. I already have the kindle but books or a giftvoucher to buy them are wonderful.

    Was going to start making christmas cookies today but work up in the middle of the night feeling sick again. hoping it goes by tonight but not cooking when I cant eat the dough.

  16. At the bookshop I got asked a question why do we have gingerbread at Christmas time and if there was a significance. I really had no answer. I thought maybe its an english or american things that gingerbread is something that is associated with warmth and the smell and a wintery thing more than summer.
    Or maybe its the spice but I really had no idea anyone here know the reason?

  17. Hannah,
    Thanks for sharing. I love hearing everyone's answers. I'll have to check out the children's novel. I loved reading those when I was teaching school.

  18. Jenny,
    It's interesting that Christmas cookies and candy are more of an American tradition. Sorry you aren't feeling well. Hope you are better tomorrow.

  19. Pamela,
    We are going on the Polar express train in AZ next week with our granddaughter. Is there more than one train in AZ? Maybe we will ride on the same one.

  20. Thanks I think its just a 24 hour thing but not really sick just feel off. I just got some ironing dropped of I would say around 20 hours of it! but I am so happy as will cover the hours I loss cos of the house fire over the road.

    We do have cookies at christmas but not sure we have special ones except gingerbread. I always give cookies for gifts. (am going to make some of Jillian Harts fail proof fudge also)


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