Friday, December 16, 2011

25 Days of Jubilation – Day 16

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Hello party people!  Welcome to Day 16 of the 25 Days of Jubilation!  I’m stoked to have you here.  Today I’m sharing my top 10 favorite things about the holidays.  So kick back, relax and get ready to feel all warm and fuzzy.




10.  Fun Holiday Reads

Two of my current faves are…

Sweet Inspiration  Sweet Magik


9.  Decorating the Christmas Tree

I’ve always enjoyed decorating the tree with my Mom and sister.  To be honest, I kind of miss them now that I have to decorate it without them.  Shhh!  Don’t tell them.  They’ll think I miss them or something.

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8.  My Aunt’s Holiday Cookies

The woman can cook and bake just about anything, but one of my favorite things is her holiday cookies.  There is no end to her imagination.  Like that one time she made eggnog cookies.  Holy crap those were good.  What am I saying?!  They’re all good!


7.  My Dad’s Hot Chocolate

It can revive the dead it’s so good.


6.  Finally Getting to Enjoy Some Cold Weather

Living in Miami you don’t really get to experience “cold weather” per say but, I can’t help but get excited when it dips into the 70’s and the humidity stops relentlessly beating the crap out of us.


5.  Watching Everyone Get into the Holiday Spirit

One of the best places to witness this is at my job.  It is a full on war to see who can decorate the crap out of their desks / rows.


4.  Finding the Perfect Gift for the People on Your List / Watching the Giftee’s Face Light Up with Surprise and Joy

It gives me such a feeling of completeness to finally find that perfect gift that I know such and such will love and then seeing the joy on their face when they open it.


3.  Christmas Music

Crazy, right?!  But I love the stuff.  Especially this little ditty.

2.  Giving to a Good Cause

This year my job did a pajama drive for a local orphanage.  I donated two sets for some for the older kids who sometimes get overlooked because of the younger ones.  It feels good to be able to give back.


1.  Spending Time with Family

Nothing makes me happier during the holidays than to be able to spend time with my amazing family.  It’s what the holidays are all about.



Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me ladies and gents.  Don’t forget to stop by our host ladies’ sites for a complete 25 Days of Jubilation schedule and for information on their awesomesauce giveaways.  Speaking of giveaways, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a book of the winner’s choice from the Book Depository.  You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below.


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  1. Thanks you so much for this international giveaway.

    My favorite things about this holidays are:1) the meal with my family ( my parents have a shop so the others days they are always interruptions- Chritsmas is special we close erly and enjoy time together
    2) the happiness of my dog when he receive his present. We discovered that he started to be depressed when i put something under the tree without saying his name. now he has one and when it's time to open present he try carefully with his pawn ^^ too cute!

    all the best

  2. What a great giveaway!

    What I love most about the holidays is the two week break from school. Unlike summer vacation, where I feel the need to make money or take workshops or enroll in summer classes, Christmas is two weeks of me time! What makes it even better is that many of my friends and family are on a similar schedule, so we can spend time together.

    I also love the hot chocolate and Christmas music!

  3. I love just being able to get together with my family. It's the one time of year we all get to see each other.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. My favorite thing about the holiday is time off from work for sure. Before it was time off from school. Being able to sit back and relax is key to enjoying the holidays with friends and fam. Yay, rest!

  5. I love everything about the holidays! The snow, the fireplace, the tree, the lights, the cookies, the cocktails, taking pictures with my puppies (as they're decked out in holiday gear), and most importantly, spending time with family. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with my family. I've had a few holidays where we were missing a family member (this year it's my brother - again), and so any time spent with my family is precious.

  7. My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with family and having lots of time to READ!

  8. Thank you for your fun pictures and favorite things countdown. Some of those are my favorites too: carols & songs, home-baked treats, Christmas lights/decorations, family together, and giving something to someone who needs it.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  9. I'm with you on the trashy romance reads. I've spent the whole month reading about love at Christmas time...and that book with the shirtless man holding cookies. Yes. Please. lol

  10. Thanks for the giveaway :) I love the overall holiday anticipation and the food! And snow! And Christmas trees!

  11. Spending time with the family is my favorite part of the Holidays. Everyone coming together to celebrate and be together.

  12. My favorite things about the holidays? Spending time with family, giving gifts, baking, Christmas music & watching Christmas movies! Heaps and heaps of fun! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. My favourite things about the holidays is being with family.

  14. My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with all my friends:)

  15. i love the cold and especially snow ^^. all the decorations are great and i love candles. and don't forget the presents ;)

  16. I love being around my family and friends!

  17. Watching Christmas movies is a big favorite with my family-- actually, I'm watching one as I write this :-)

  18. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I love watching movies and baking!

  19. I like the holiday movies. They are usually so happy.

  20. Cooking + Holiday Movies! Love it!

  21. I seriously love everything about the holidays (except maybe the crowds). I love the family gatherings, the whirlwind of activity, the anticipation and excitement, shopping for others, baking/cooking, Christmas music, wrapping presents, Christmas cartoons and movies, lights...for reals, I could go on forever :P

  22. What I love about the Holidays is the happy faces i see especially during Christmas morning. I love how children's faces would light up whenever they receive their Christmas gifts form their relatives and godparents (regardless of how simple or grand that gift may be).
    Christmas also means spending a lot of quality time with my family (without getting stresses about work).

  23. My favorite thing about the Holidays is watching Christmas movies. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. The best part about Christmas for me is the great behavior I get out of my kids when they know the Elf on the Shelf is watching! LOL

    Today is my day to post. Stop by if you get a chance!

    Karis @YA Litwit

  25. My favourite things about the holidays are snowfall, hot chocolate, and presents!

  26. i like baking cookies and wrapping (and unwrapping) presents.

    jennifer k.

  27. Jen....Thanks so much for putting my books on your list...yay! That is awesome!

    My favorite thing is xmas morning....seeing my kids jump up and down with excitement!

    Happy Holidays,

  28. this is a great list!

    my favorite part of the holidays...that's a tough one, because the holidays are kinda like a 'package deal' for me. but i think my favorite-favorite part is the music. not the cheesy music, but the great music. i love some of the remakes of old classics. my favorite christmas album is family force 5's the christmas pageant. i also love christmas wrapping by the waitresses.

    have a lovely holiday. ;)

  29. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    My favorite things about the holidays:

    . Spending time with family
    . Browsing the stores
    . Yummy food

  30. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    My favourite thing about the holidays is that I get to spend Christmas break at my grandma's. Oh and also finally eating some proper food. lol #poorstudentsproblems

  31. The festive air in my family home. Priceless!

  32. Massive thanks for doing this giveaway! :)

    My favorite things during the holidays is that I get to spend time with my family and most of my relatives, who even lives far from our place, come to visit us and we share stories over lunch or dinner.
    I also love receiving gifts, as well as shopping for gifts to give.

  33. I love the family time and cookie baking/eating during the holiday season!

    Merry Christmas!

  34. I love the holiday music, decorating the house, and surprising my loved ones with gifts! ^_^

  35. some of my favorite things is all the decorations everywhere, they really make you get into the holiday spirit, decorating the christmas tree & I love taking a walk at night when the first snow falls :D Thanks for the giveaway! Happy holidays!