It’s Christmas! And I’ve been Tagged!

I do not usually respond to awards as I feel I do not have enough time to give them the credit they deserve. But I was “tagged” by Ben from You Can do It  for the Christmas Tag and in the spirit of the season I thought OK. Let’s go with it.

Thank you Ben for nominating or tagging me. You Can Do It is an inspirational blog that has practical and encouraging posts to help anyone lift their spirits or overcome a difficult phase in their lives. Do click on the links above and take a look at the blog. And another thing…..Ben has a daughter who is mad about horses and wants him to get her a horse.  Hmmmm……..does that sound familiar to any of you riders out there?

Here are the rules for this award:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog √
  • Add the picture in your blog √
  • Copy these rules into your post √
  • Add a link to this original post √ Original Christmas Tag
  • Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas – related questions if you want) √
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs √
  • Have fun!

My Tagged nominees:

Heather @ Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

Avery @ AHA Moments

Jo Ann @ Fearless

Please take a look at these blogs. They are all different and I always. enjoy reading their posts.

 

  • My answers to the  questions :

    1. What´s your favorite thing about Christmas? The spirit of the season; love, joy, forgiveness and compassion.
    2. What´s your favorite Christmas memory? When my children were younger the excitement of Christmas morning. 
    3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas? On Christmas Eve we would all watch the film “It’s A Wonderful Life.” As the years went by it would only be my son and me as my husband and daughter would be wrapping presents. But my son and I loved this film and the wonderful story of a man who, in despair, thinks it would have been better if he had never lived. The people in his home town who know he is in a financial crisis all pray for him and a rather hapless angel ,who has not managed to earn his wings, is sent down to help the desperate man and shows him how much he has done for  people during his life and how different it would be if he had not lived. The whole town rallies round to help him with his crisis and the angel gets his wings. It is a story well suited to Christmas I think. 
    4. What´s your Christmas wish? (can be personal or general). My Christmas wish is for my family, friends and blogger friends to have good health in the coming year both mental and physical.  And I wish for peace for all those suffering in war and conflict zones in the world. .
    5. What´s your favorite Christmas dish?  Mince pies.  
    6. What´s your favorite Christmas decoration?The Christmas tree.
    7. What is your favorite Christmas song? Angels we have heard on high. 
    8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?  With family.
    9. What does the “Christmas spirit” mean to you?   The spirit of hope, love and compassion.
    10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?  I would like to have my family all together. My daughter and her family are only two hours away and my husband and I will spend Christmas with them. But my son is now in Australia so if we could ‘teleport’ him here to be with us  that would be wonderful. 

Additional question for (Ben’s) interest:  Do you believe in Christmas?  That is a tricky question. Do I believe that the son of God was born in a stable in Bethlehem? Do I believe an elderly gentleman who lives at the North Pole and flies on a reindeer driven sleigh delivering presents all over the  world?  Hmm…. well ….I do believe in Christmas. The Christmas I believe in is a joyous time when we can put aside grievances, when wars have ceased fire and opposing sides have sung carols together across the no-mans’ land, when we stop and think about those less privileged than ourselves , when in the dark of winter we put our faith in the light of spring coming . I believe in that Christmas. 

Here are the questions for my nominees .Thank you !

  1. What´s your favorite thing about Christmas?
  2. What´s your favorite Christmas memory?
  3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
  4. What´s your Christmas wish? (can be personal or general)
  5. What´s your favorite Christmas dish?
  6. What´s your favorite Christmas decoration?
  7. What´s your favorite Christmas song?
  8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
  9. What does the “Christmas spirit” mean to you?
  10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. 

Xmas-1454

45 Comments Add yours

  1. this is amazing anne, i loved every bit of it. i hope you enjoy your life the way we enjoy christmas. Bless you and your family.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this lovely comment. Blessings to you and your family as well.

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  2. Avery says:

    ❤ I wish your son could be there too!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Avery! He’s nice and warm in Sydney and we are freezing and snowing up here.

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      1. Avery says:

        Haha true. Crazy to think about

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  3. Best wishes to you and your family. Have a great time.

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  4. Emma Cownie says:

    I just love the photo of your beautiful horse. I just spent a good minute marvelling at all the wonderful browns and oranges in his coat. Happy Christmas.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Aw…thank you! Happy Christmas to you too!

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  5. I wrote a long comment on my phone, and it said that I wasn’t logged in. I so want Mince Pies and Bird’s custard. There are still the odd food items I miss, and sometimes I buy them, but they are so expensive here.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Come up here. We have a local store here that has bakery goods and they make mince tarts that are delicious. I just ate one. And we have Birds custard in the grocery store.

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      1. I can’t even find jars of mince in the stores

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      2. anne leueen says:

        Well you’ll have to come to Canada. Our weather up here is pretty brutal though at this time of year!

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      3. It’s 80 degrees today, so I will enjoy my turkey, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, 8 vegetables, and OXO gravy. Then walk the beach

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  6. Lovely post and answers!

    I had to comment that my family tradition (More like my dad’s tradition and he continues it on all of us if he must) is we watched It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas Eve. I have watched it so much I can pretty much quote the entire film. There were many Christmas Eves though where we got busy or got home late, the film came on too late and I’d fall asleep on the couch. Haha. Glad to hear another family has a similar tradition.

    This will be my first year away from my intermediate family and will be spending it for the first time with my husband and his family. Thinking him and I will have to start our own tradition and pick a film to watch every Christmas Eve. 🙂 I am thinking How The Grinch Stole Christmas the original, but will have to ponder some more before we pick one.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      A few years ago my son was at a conference in Milan and met a woman whose father had written the book Wonderfull Life was based on. She told him her father would have been very happy to know his story had brought a family together at christmas. Thanks for your comment i love hearing your family enjoyed the same film.

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      1. That’s so great for your son! 🙂

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      2. anne leueen says:

        In school he was always in trouble. Mischief maker and very smart. But as an adult it has all worked out well. I will miss not having him here this Christmas.

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      3. Good to hear it all worked out in the end. I had trouble in school too, in the later years of high school it was like I got so bored of the curriculum, that or trying so hard in some subjects to still show up short that I started getting in a lot of trouble. Skipping classes, hanging out with the wrong crowd etc. They let me still graduate with my class, but had to go back for some extra school credit upon graduating. But I did it! 🙂 I think a lot of students get into mischief in school for many different reasons. The curriculum could be better imo. It needs to accommodate all different students, including intelligent students so they don’t get bored to death. Haha But that’s another story, just glad it worked out for him in the end. 🙂

        Sorry you won’t see your son for Christmas, I will also be missing my family this year for Christmas as it will be my first time away from them. But excited to start new traditions and spend it with my husband’s family. 🙂

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      4. anne leueen says:

        Thank you for sharing your school experiences. School curriculums are one size and we know it doesn’t fit all students. But you have come through well and so has my son. Have a happy Christmas with your “second” family.

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      5. Thank you and I hope you have a great Christmas as well! 🙂 Take care.

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  7. Yes, I was one of those girls that wanted a horse. I did get one! Thanks Dad….. Rest in peace. Merry Christmas all!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Ah! you were lucky. I got one too when I was about 11. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

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  8. You are an fantastic soul ma’am, you proved by your wishes. Have a happy time with your family ma’am.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Subbashini for your kind and thoughtful comment.

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      1. Welcome ma’am, my pleasure

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  9. Enjoyed the post…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Have a happy and healthy year ahead😊

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year to you!

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  10. (HorseLover4Ever) Elizabeth says:

    I loved hearing your answers; Merry, Merry Christmas to you and Biasini and your family!!! ❤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      And a very Merry Christmas to you Elizabeth!

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  11. Great answers Anne and we wish you, your family and sweet Biasini a wonderful festive season :o) xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      And Happy Holidays to all of you!

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      1. Thank you Anne! :o) xxx

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  12. Thank you for tagging us Anne. Dizzy is busy planning out her answers now! 🙂 Hope you have a lovely Christmas. 🙂 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      HaHa! That’s great to hear. Biasini has arrived in Florida and has posted photos of himself cantering in a green grassy paddock with no blankets on. Here is is -8 Celsius and going lower! We will head down next week. Have a happy Christmes.

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      1. Awww, I’m so glad he has arrived safely and in time for a warmer Christmas there. 🙂 Tell Biasini that I wish him a Happy New Year when you see him again next week. 🙂 xxx

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      2. We’ve worked fast tonight! 🙂 Thank you so much again. 🙂 xxx https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com/2017/12/21/a-christmassy-tag/

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      3. anne leueen says:

        You are most welcome!

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  13. Great answers! Merry Christmas to you Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Merry Christmas to you and best wishes for good health and improved eyes in 2018!

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  14. Ben Aqiba says:

    Hi Anne,

    thank you so much for this post.Wonderful answers.In Christmas spirit.I’m glad you’re enjoying with your family in Christmas,and that is wonderful. From your answers, even without last one, I could conclude that you believe in Christmas. You believe in Love,you believe in Kindness, you believe in Family.That is Christmas,that is spirit. Merry Christmas to you and to your family and God bless you

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    1. anne leueen says:

      and a Merry Christmas to you too Ben and to your family!

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