I went almost an entire year without posting. That’s my longest stretch yet! You wouldn’t believe the ridiculous number of posts sitting in drafts. Really, the number is kind of gross.
*insert 2,478 excuses that nobody really wants to hear or you’ve heard before*
I’m here now. Whatevs.
To entertain myself while I try to get inspired to post more frequently than you know… yearly, I thought I’d do the 2013 Edition of Holidailies. Remember when I tried to do this in 2007 post-divorce then again in 2008 in the middle of moving to Wisconsin, changing jobs and breaking my site after switching web hosts? Yeah, that’s the one.
Anyway, here are my catch up posts.
Day 1 – Introduce Yourself
It’s slightly outdated but mostly accurate, so go here. It’s easier. And I’m lazy.
Day 2 – What is your favorite holiday song (any why)?
When I was young, I used to go to Christmas Mass with my childhood bestie’s family. Every year single year O Holy Night moved me to tears. There was just something about the way the powerful voices of her dad & grandma echoed throughout the church. They both passed while we were in high school but their voices & the memory always stayed with me.
I bought Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas CD when it was released in 1994. I can’t even tell you how many times I played her version of O Holy Night that year. It was the first time I heard a recorded version that made me feel like I was standing in church next to them. The following year I played the CD while decorating the tree with Mom and we sang together. In 1996, her voice joined theirs. No song, or artist’s version, will ever replace it.
Day 3 - Share your favorite holiday recipe. Where/when did you first try it?
Popcorn balls. Oh, the popcorn balls. I haven’t made them since my late teens because they’re such a pain in the ass but the sentimental reasons alone make them my absolute favorite. I wrote about them back when I was packing my house for my move to Wisconsin in 2008 and found the recipe that had been missing for years.
Here is the recipe in Mom’s handwriting, with cooking splotches & everything. My favorite part is the “oops” at the end. It’s totally something I’d do. Can you find it?
Day 4 – What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Oh boy. I really had to think about this because I really haven’t done anything “traditional” since I moved to Wisconsin. Living in the tiny/ugliness that is TheHut really put a damper on many things I loved doing around the holidays. Decorating is almost non-existent. I do very little baking and there are no holiday parties.
The one thing that remained constant since I moved is having a real tree. I mostly decorate it alone every year now because there is too much standing & stretching for D. He tries. It just takes forever because I’m insanely picky. However, we still listen to my favorite Christmas music while I carefully place Mom’s ornaments on the tree.
The ornaments alone hold all of the memories of Christmases past. That’s enough for me.