12.15.2008

My Christmas Addictions

Happy Monday to you!  I am belated in getting Thank Yous out to the following people for these awards!
  • Heidi Boos gave me a lovely lovely "Butterfly Award"!
  • Nicole from The Graves' House gave me the "Superior Scribbler Award"!
  • Vintage Girl at Heart gave me the "Kreativ Blogger Award"!
  • JennyKate gave me the "Christmas Spirit Award"!
  • Ruby Red Slippers passed along the "Blog Friends Award" and I just love what she said on her blog about how unexpected it is to be friends with all these people through blogging, that she never thought it would happen, but it did!  I couldn't agree more!
Next, Princess Mimi tagged me to participate in "Five Big, Tall Christmas Wishes to Change the World."  Phew!  That's a tall order!  Not sure I even know what to wish for to change the entire world, but maybe just my little corner of it.

1. I wish for my daughter and unborn baby to grow into kind, confident, and God-loving people.
2. I wish to model to my kids how to have and be a real friend.  My mom modeled this for me, and I think it's why I have such strong friendships today.
3. I always pray that my daughter (and my other children who I don't know yet!) will find a spouse who loves her even more than her father loves her.  I can't think of a man who loves her more in the world, so this standard is pretty high!
4. I wish for a childhood for my kids where they feel safe, loved, and part of a huge community of people who love them.
5. I wish for years upon years upon years to spend with my husband.  That we will get to be empty nesters and parents of the bride and grandparents and old farts together.

Thanks to Andrea Leigh for a fun award called "Your Blog is Fabulous." It asks me to list five of my addictions, which should be easy!  I am going to make this a Christmas-themed list!

1. I am totally addicted to Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with a shot of Espresso.  Oh My Gosh.  You just have to try it to know the goodness!
2. My favorite Christmas movie, which I have to watch at least a few times each season: "White Christmas."  My sister and I sing that song (appropriately named "Sisters") whenever the mood strikes throughout the year.
3. My favorite Christmas song.  It has to be, without a doubt, "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole.  I tear up when I hear it for the first time every Christmas season.  Here's a picture of Nat King Cole...and by the way, it has to be his version of the song!  No Top 40 Remake for this one!
4. Looking at Christmas lights at night.  My mom tells me I was always enthralled by the lights as a kid.  I still am!  We still have to take a nighttime drive through the neighborhood with some hot chocolate to see them all!
5. The way you feel when you wake up Christmas morning, still lying in bed before you get up and start the madness.  I just lie there for a few minutes and take it all in.  I love the anticipation!

OK, so if you are still reading this, please tell me what your Christmas addictions are.  I can always use some more!



33 comments:

Stacey said...

I love your lists. We have lots in common with the things you listed.

Sandy Toes said...

I love this post...but guess what I wrote down???What you order at Starbucks...I am already there!

Happy Monday!
-sandy toes

Carolina Mama said...

Too fun! Your wish list is sweet and I pray it all comes true! Love that salted caramel hot chocolate ;) and Nat, etc. we just did a big lights tour last night.

the undomesticated wife said...

I love that you want to be an old fart! ;)

the undomesticated wife said...

And we also love to drive around looking at lights with hot chocolate! That's one of our traditions too. Though last year we took the dogs with us, and they got into a major scuffle in the back seat almost causing our car to run off the road. They won't be coming this year! ;)

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

I LOVE your Christmas wishes, especially the one about her future spouse loving her as much as her dad...made me cry!

Darlene said...

Great list and congratulations on all your awards!

Jboo said...

Great lists -- I love them both!! Think I will have to try your Starbucks drink!! A couple of our Christmas traditions is luminaries on Christmas Eve all up and down our street -- gives it the most beautiful warm glow!! And fudge -- I always make (and eat) fudge at Christmas -- the kind you make with marshmallow creme! Yum!

Have a great week!
Janet

Mrs. Cup said...

I love all of your lists!

Christie said...

I love your blog! And, White Christmas is my all-time favorite movie -- Christmas or not! My sister and I can recite most of it word for word!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I loved your list!!! I haven't seen White Christmas-I told my husband to pick it up at
Blockbuster-If you like it, I'm sure we will too!
Your wishes for your daughter and future babies was just the most touching! I love them all and echo them for mine...
Great post!

jennykate77 said...

You know me...the Salted Caramel w/ a shot is one of my addictions too, as is a Peppermint Mocha (now Starbucks has a Peppermint Mocha Twist w/ this special whipped cream...YUM). I also like NKC's version of The Christmas Song and any Christmas Song sang by Bing Crosby. We have lots in common. Congrats on all your awards!!

Shannon said...

I love reading your lists. I am definitely addicted to the Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate too. And I won a gift card to Starbucks last night at a Cmas party so I am really excited!!

Shannon said...

Fun post! My Christmas must haves are Elvis Presley Christmas CD, monkey bread on Christmas morning (my daughter tells me this is her favorite Christmas tradition,too- I started it for her years ago), and Christmas Eve Candlelight service with Chinese take-out for dinner (we have a traditional dinner on Christmas Day).

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love all of these! Shannon...I keep trying to visit you but I can't get to your blog anymore from your Blogger page. Did you take it offline? I just want to tell you I am not trying to ignore you! :)
Carrie

Joanna said...

I love reading your lists. I love some of the same things!

Beth Crabtree Hunter said...

I really appreciated your wish list for your kiddos. How thoughtful and what a reflection of a loving-mommy's-heart! My Christmas addictions would have to be buckeyes, hazelnut-ring-a-lings and french hot chocolate for Christmas morning brunch, new Christmas P.J.'s for the kids, and reinacting the Christmas story with the nativity scene that my mother made when we were kids.

Ms. Tee said...

Your list is great, Carrie - I love all those things, too. I just saw White Christmas last year for the first time, can you believe it? I loved it! We sang that song "Sisters" for days! lol
Also, I couldn't agree more on Nat King Cole's version - it has to be that one!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I love when people answer all these random fun things.... :)Too many addictions to start.

Wendy said...

Congrats on all of the awards! My you are a popular girl! I love your wishes for your little corner of the world. Wonderful.

Sweet Simplicity said...

Congrats on all of you awards! Those wishes/prayers are so sweet.

Gray Matters said...

Great lists - I can't handle any more addictions, but if I had to choose one it would be chocolate covered pretzels from Trader Joe's.

Shannon said...

Hey Carrie~ I changed my settings to personal because I wanted to post more specifically about the kids for our family back home and thought it prudent to switch for that reason.

But I would be happy to email you an invite to check in from time to time (I've done that for a few other bloggy friends)- if the signing in isn't a hassle. Just email at:
spokaneshannon3(at)gmail(dot)com
if you're interested. I'll still keep reading yours either way ( :

I loved the cinnamon applesauce ornaments! I forwarded the link to a girlfriend who made it with her kids this weekend and loved it! I think I'm saving the idea for a Winter break activity.

BTW- I haven't tried the Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa yet (just the regular- I'm a creature of habit). But I think I have to at least try now!

Erin said...

what fun to learn more about you! I love looking at the lights at night too!

Holly said...

That reminds me we haven't seen White Christmas this year. I am going to look for it and TiVo it.
Christmas in Conneticut too!
Holly

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I loved both of your lists!! You are such a good Mom! My list of Christmas addictions are similar....but I would have to add Pepperming bark....I LOVE IT!!

Hope you have a great week:)

Lisa

The Graves' House said...

i'm loving the starbucks too!!!
~nicole

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Just the photo of that Starbucks drink made my mouth water!

princessmimi said...

Great list of Christmas wishes!!!! Thanks for sharing.

and...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Starbuck's Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate!!!!! I haven't found anyone yet who loves the "candy bar in a cup" as much as I do.

Sit A Spell said...

I love to sing Christmas carols...which I did tonight with some friends! Why yes, it was followed by treats! The Christmas Shoes is a fav of mine to watch...I always cry my eyes out!
Nat King Cole ROCKS!

Journey on! said...

I just love your blog! Those Salted Carmel Hot cocoa's are awesome- though unfortunately around here- you have to go to the "right" one. Not all Starbucks taste the same=)

The Golf Widow said...

I'd love your Christmas Wishes to change the world for myself. I like a real White Christmas!

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

Your Christmas wishes are wonderful. May they all come true.