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Dear Santa, I Can Explain…12 Links of Christmas Blog Party

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/With the Christmas lights on, it’s less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us. I feel dazed, not contagious. Here we are now, entertain us…I’m worse at what I do best And for this gift, I feel blessed… Our little blogging group has always been. And always will until the end. HoHo, HoHo, HoHo, HoHo, HoHo, HoHo. Ummm, Smells like Christmas spirit?

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In a kind of Welcome-to-the-Christmas-Jungle-type way, it’s been a strange few weeks, so Dear Santa, I Can Explain….

1. I’ve fought a prolonged battle with a vicious cold, it almost won, until I released my dragons, ok, it was chicken soup, but it was epic.

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2. I overindulged in great gently used ‘finds’, tea with seniors, and raffles – if loving Christmas Bazaars is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

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3. I fell out of bed (and not in a fun way), luckily no serious injuries, but it sure knocked the stuffing out of me.

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4. I was baking for Christmas and I had to taste, right? I couldn’t serve it or give it away without tasting, right?

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5. Got the results of my colonoscopy, turns out my colon is a trophy wife, looks beautiful but doesn’t work.

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I love Christmas, always have, but things have changed, become confusing. I feel like I’m being visited by the ghosts of rampant, raging, unrestrained consumerism – past, present, and future. The wraiths of oblivious conspicuous consumption, the specters of overt displays of wealth swirling around, I feel chilled, haunted, saddened – what could all that money be used for, who could be saved, cured, comforted, how much joy could be spread to so many instead of so few? This time of year isn’t about gifts, lights, food, carols, it’s about people, everywhere, whether they celebrate the holiday or not. How can anyone admire, emulate, and/or trust those who consume without a care?

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Having lost so many of those I love in the past few years, the holiday season has more and more become a time of remembrance. Most of the memories are wonderful, but some are tinged with regret and loss; I listen to the carols, the songs sing, yet part of my heart wishes for more as it swells with remembers.

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Here’s my Christmas card to you, dear readers. Let’s share some tidings of comfort and joy. Please join my 12 Links of Christmas Blog Party. It’s ongoing (why put a time limit on fun?), so keep on coming back right up to and after Christmas! The posts you link to don’t have to be Christmas-related and I’m not going to ask you visit other bloggers, comment, or share, but please, if you feel so inclined, give to others: press Like, reblog, share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, etc. No badges (we don’t need no stinking badges).

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If this is your first time joining a blog party, I’ll be gentle. Cut and paste your link. Then in the comment box below, paste that link and tell the readers and other bloggers a bit about your blog and/or yourself (if you wish, not necessary). Leave up to 12 links (one per box please). Here are my 12 Links of Christmas…

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/12/11/the-christmas-carol-awakens/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/12/18/these-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/18/go-home-christmas-youre-drunk/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/07/slightly-less-stupid/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/07/do-you-wanna-build-a-snowman/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/05/we-are-santas-elves/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/12/09/a-charlie-brown-christmas/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/22/how-to-get-away-with-christmas/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/12/19/love-actually/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/12/22/babe/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/14/enhanced-christmas-infusion-techniques/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/30/hello-its-me/

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I’d also like you to tell us what brings you comfort and joy at Christmas or anytime. Here’s an example, I get comfort and joy from doing nice things for people, little things, they’re not truly selfless acts (anyone remember that Friends episode?), because I enjoy them. I also love Christmas movies, the one place in the world where I’m pretty sure everything is going to work out well. Reading, walking, baking, board games, and I find my joy of writing has returned, creeping in. Of course, I find comfort and joy in wonderful son, family and friends, including my amazing blogging family.

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I know everyone is busy, but please, join my holly jolly Christmas Blogging Party!

Nog nog. Who’s there? Virtual eggnog or hot cocoa (with mini marshmallows), take a sip, dip a biscotti or cookie.

Happy Holidays and take time to enjoy what really counts.

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386 thoughts on “Dear Santa, I Can Explain…12 Links of Christmas Blog Party

  1. With you as host, Donna, this party will be the cat’s pajamas. As you know (though maybe some folks here don’t know) a week ago I launched a novella, The Three Things Serial Story; A Little 1920s Story. Learn about it at my blog https://teagansbooks.com/2016/12/02/book-launch-the-three-things-serial-story/
    In honor of that, I’ll bring some bathtub gin to make martinis for your party.
    I’m so very glad you are feeling better, my friend. Mega hugs.

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    1. I was hoping you’d leave that link, dear Teagan, so folks can find your delightful serial, now book! Yahoo, now I know it’s a party! πŸ™‚
      You’re also listed through one of my 12 links https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/12/18/these-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/ (it leads to my review of your wonder-filled book, ‘Atonement, Tennessee’). “_
      Thanks for the bathtub gin, my friend, it will add a kick to the celebration!
      You’re always the cat’s pajamas and please, please, drop by again and leave more links (at least 11 more) so others can experience the comfort and joy that is your blog.
      Mega whoa that gin has quite a virtual kick I think I’ll roll down my stockings and dance the Charleston hugs xoxo

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      1. Donna, your “Sweet Dreams” post is, bar none — my favorite review ever of “Atonement, Tennessee.” I’ll never stop thanking you for that. I had it posted on my office wall, and people stopped to stare in amazement. I wanted to crow “Yes! That’s about my book!” Okay… so I really did say it!
        Here’s an update on the Three Things Serial giveaway. https://teagansbooks.com/2016/12/09/book-launch-giveaway-winners-three-things-serial-story/
        To keep the party going, I’ve brought some Jell-O (it seems gelatin was popular in the 20s). Doing the Charleston with you, my friend. πŸ˜€ More hugs.

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      2. It was my pleasure and honour to read and review ‘Atonement, Tennessee’. I’ve read it so often, my copy is well-loved. πŸ™‚
        Yahoo! What a way to start the day, dear Teagan! Loved this! Congrats to all the winners! πŸ™‚
        I’m glad you could make it back to my blog party to share this. Hope you can keep coming back to share more, more, more of your brilliant writing.
        Hope the week is a relaxing and lovely time, dear friend.
        Mega that bathtub gin you brought to the party sure packed a kick, then John brought the olives and now jello, I’m thinking we may, hiccup, be dancing on the tables, flappers twirling our pearls quite soon hugs xoxo

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  2. I love your posts! Truths, a touch of sarcasm, AND wisdom all in one post! πŸ‘

    My comfort and my joy can be found in my children. All grown and gone for quite a while, I’m happy to have them all nearby for Thanksgiving AND Christmas this year. With military service and job transfers coming up, it could be sometime before we’re all together again. So, we’ll make Christmas candy while watching the ‘Grinch’, then hit up a hardware store to buy each other truly awful gifts…laughing the entire time.

    We raised the kids in Michigan, and always volunteered to serve meals as a family at a shelter or community center, but since we’ve been so scattered, this year we donated turkeys.☺

    Check out my blog site for book reviews and indie author promos –

    https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com/book-reviews/

    or my author page for my latest free read – updated weekly!

    http://feliciadenise.com/2016/10/31/free-a-novella/

    I’m also hosting a holiday giveway, and there’s still plenty of time to win an Amazon gift card or PayPal cash!

    http://bit.ly/2gLiPad

    Merry Christmas, everyone ! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

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    1. Thank you kindly, Felicia! πŸ™‚
      That sounds like a wonderful amount of comfort and joy. You’re so wise to enjoy the time together, laughing, having fun, giving to others, thank you for sharing and hopefully inspiring.
      Thank you for leaving your links so others may follow the blogging breadcrumb trail.
      Hope the week is treating you and yours well. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for the reblog, Felicia!!! So kind of you and I love what you said about dropping by to share links and Christmas spirit, that’s exactly what I was hoping people would do. Thank you again and all the best, always. πŸ™‚

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  3. Your trophy wife colon made me laugh for a short while, but I know it’s not so funny. I hear you with Christmas, I feel people try to press me in a cookie cutter and I just refuse to take on the shape. It’s my Christmas, a mix of European and American traditions…I be damned if I give them up. I just won’t. I wanted to write about it, but I think you did a better job. Stay healthy and warm my friend. Eat and enjoy the treats, we will hurt no matter what.

    I learned to welcome the ghost of the past, they show up unannounced anyway -we might as well smile at them.

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    1. You have to laugh, it makes everything so much easier. πŸ™‚
      You’re so right, do what you feel comfortable and happy with, no need to conform to make others happy.
      I do like some of my ghosty visitors, but I can see right through them. lol πŸ˜‰
      Hope you can pop around later and leave some links to your posts. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks for joining the party, John and thanks for bringing the olives, what a perfect choice for all this free-flowing fun. πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for dropping by and leaving the link to your book. πŸ™‚
      Hope this week is being good to you so far, drop back again and leave more links. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for reblogging this and spreading the comfort and joy!!! I really appreciate the reblog, hope the rest of the week treats you well and the weekend even better. Please feel free to drop by and leave links (as many as 12) to your blog posts so others can find your blog. πŸ™‚

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  4. I probably won’t be able to join your party – this season depresses me too much to be a good party-goer. But I want you to know that I’ve enjoyed your posts over the past year and wish only magical moments for you at Christmas and over the next year.

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    1. No worries, Jan, like I said, I’m not expecting anything from anyone, but if you want to leave some links, please fee free to do so, they don’t have to be Christmas-related and you don’t have to have any fun (well, maybe a little fun). πŸ˜‰

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  5. I’m so sorry you’ve had a ‘bit of a week’ with the cold and then falling out of bed. It’s a good sign you knew it was your bed and hadn’t become confused. (I was going to say “Like I do” but decided against it.).
    Darling Donna, you’re an absolute gem whatever the time of year. I sometimes wonder if you celebrate Christmas in your heart every day you show such generosity of spirit. (Too much spirit sometimes. Put the gin away at least, it’s not good for you and for heaven’s sake lay off the wormwood).
    xxx Sending you Happy Thoughts and the World’s biggest supply of Hugs xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly, dear David.
      Yes, I knew where I was, even when airborne flying rapidly toward the wooden floor.
      Awww, you’re making me blush – please go on! πŸ˜‰ I do have the spirit of Christmas in my heart all the year long and you’re can’t have too much spirit although I admit Teagan’s bathtub gin has quite a kick to it. Hiccup.
      Thanks for dropping by, but you’d better come back and with plenty of post links in tow to share your amazing blog with all who are kind enough to visit here. πŸ™‚
      Massive across the Pond happy Christmas spirit with olives hugs dear friend xox

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  6. Nice to see that you are feeling better and even host a party now, Donna πŸ™‚
    I don’t celebrate Christmas here, more than enjoying candle lights and cozy evenings inside, now where it is more cold outside.
    I create Jewelry, write about Gemstones and sometimes also about life. I have many walks with my dog in the nature here in Spain and post about this once in a while too.
    You are welcome to visit me at: https://www.IreneDesign2011.com
    Thank you for the invite Donna and wish you a happy day.

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    1. Thank you kindly for the lovely reblog, so nice of you to pass this along. πŸ™‚
      Hope you can drop by later and leave some links to your blog so others can find you. πŸ™‚
      Hope his weekend treats you well. Thank you again. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hope you had a lovely birthday despite the dreaded head cold. I really hope you’re feeling better, Terri and that everyday is like a birthday, as wonderful as you πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by and sharing, hope you can come back and share some more links.
      Hope this weekend treats you well. πŸ™‚

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    1. You’re certainly doing a great job of spreading positive vibes, the post about snow arriving was so delightful it almost made me forget the snow also meant snoveling lol πŸ˜‰ Thanks for dropping by, please feel free to pop back and leave more links. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Elaine, for the kind words, the reblog and the follow – my blogging cup runneth over. The best part, I found your blog, now following. πŸ™‚
      Please feel free to drop by the party again and leave some links to your posts.
      Hope this weekend treats you well. πŸ™‚

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    1. So very pleased you could make it, Elizabeth. The links don’t need to be Christmas-related and you can share up to 12 so please come back often, you have so many great posts to share. πŸ™‚
      Yes, the doctor asked if he could use that joke, I told him to fee free. πŸ˜‰
      Hope the weekend treats you kindly. πŸ™‚

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    1. Me too, so convenient. πŸ˜‰
      Hope you can pop back later and leave some links to some of your posts, Barb and indicate more of what brings you joy, besides the present with the bow. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Than you kindly for the reblog, April. I know everyone’s busy around this time of year so I thought this would be a fun, easy way to get together and it’s my Christmas card to my readers. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. Thanks again and I hope you can drop back and leave some links to your posts. πŸ™‚ All the best, always.

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  7. About #4…it’s quality assurance testing, honey, and all the most conscientious bakers do it. Found you at Friday Frivolity and immediately went to The Time-Suck of the Universe (Facebook) to like your page. Found out I already had, so am now feeling wildly on top of the game today. Not sure if I’m doing this right (haven’t slept in 18 years on account of children), but here’s a link…not Christmas related, but add-on item #21 could defintely be “How to Do Everything You Normally Do But Add On 100 Extra Items At Christmas All While Spreading Peace and Goodwill and Not Killing Your Family.”
    http://guiltychocoholicmama.blogspot.com/2016/09/20-classes-moms-would-take-if.html

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    1. Exactly, how to make sure they’re good enough to giveaway, I suppose it’s a matter of the quantity of the quality assurance testing. lol πŸ˜‰
      Isn’t #FridayFrivolity wonderful, Elizabeth, a blogging goldmine.
      You did it perfectly and you’ve got me giggling – #21 sounds just about, er, right? πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for leaving you link so others can find you, please feel free to drop by often, we have new bloggers/readers and you can leave up to 12 links – it’s ongoing.
      Hope this weekend treats you well (P.S. You had me at chocolate). πŸ™‚

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  8. What a great party! Sadly, I am bringing the sugarless treats! But they taste good!
    To start off my Christmas blogging, I have posted a short story I wrote. In four segments.
    First: http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.ca/2016/12/parade-of-impossibilities.html
    Second: http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.ca/2016/12/parade-impossibilities-part-two.html
    Third: http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.ca/2016/12/parade-of-impossibilities-part-three.html
    Four: http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.ca/2016/12/parade-of-impossibilities-conclusion.html
    Thank you for making this a possibility! I’m off now to investigate your other party-goers!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Diane and thanks for leaving your links so others can following your blogging breadcrumb trail. πŸ™‚
      You can post up to 12 links so drop by again. Hope the weekend treats you kindly. πŸ™‚

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  9. Am I too late to this party? I’m Kathy and I host a blog that is intended to be inspirational. What brings me comfort during this season is that people seem to be a lot nicer than they are the rest of the year. I often wonder why they can’t seem to maintain the spirit for the remainder of the yearS? Anywho, in keeping with the Christmas theme and spirit, here’s my post from last year about my love for Christmas movies: https://kwoted.wordpress.com/2015/12/18/christmas-movies/

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    1. No, Kathy, it’s ongoing, my blogdoor is always open – why put a time limit on fun?
      Thanks for dropping by and introducing yourself. Hope you’ll pop back later and leave more links (they don’t have to be Christmas related).
      Hope the weekend treats you kindly. πŸ™‚

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  10. Well, I’m late to the party but happy to show up! I’m volunteering today, which incidentally, is something that makes me happy during the Christmas season. The consumerism is depressing, so I try to focus on the real spirit of giving and kindness and some remembrance as well. No link today as I’m just about to head out. Wishing you a glorious holiday of love in all the little and big things in your life, Donna. ❀ I'll be back to do some visiting.

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    1. Not too late, not at all, it’s ongoing, the last one went on for weeks. πŸ˜‰ Please do drop back, when you have a chance and as often as you like, leave up to 12 links to your posts so others can find you. πŸ™‚
      You’re so right and that’s how I’m laser-focusing right now and enjoying the moments. πŸ™‚
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly. πŸ™‚

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    1. Congrats on your blogathon, it sounds cool, but tiring. Glad to see you back. Thanks for including me in your blog buds, certainly in good company here. Hope the weekend treats you kindly.

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    1. Thank you so much for the reblog, very kind of you to share this with others!!! I’m so pleased that you could drop by the party and leave links to your blog posts as well, please feel free to come back often, you can leave up to 12 links and the party is ongoing – the last one lasted weeks. πŸ˜‰
      Thanks again and hope this weekend is wonder-filled. πŸ™‚
      P.S. You heard right. πŸ˜‰

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    2. Thank you so much for the reblog, very kind of you to share this with others!!! I’m so pleased that you could drop by the party and leave links to your blog posts as well, please feel free to come back often, you can leave up to 12 links and the party is ongoing – the last one lasted weeks.πŸ˜‰
      Thanks again and hope this weekend is wonder-filled.πŸ™‚

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    1. What an amazing edition to the party, you and your post, Rob, thank you! πŸ™‚
      Please feel free to drop by again, it’s an ongoing party, leave up to 12 links and they don’t have to be Christmas-related. πŸ™‚

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  11. Thanks for bringing on the smiles and laughter, D. Even in the midst of your own recoveries, you still find a way to bring happiness to others! I reposted this on my blog, too, to help you spread that cheer even more – *hopefully!*

    A bit about myself: I’m a hybrid author, both traditionally and self-published. My blog is a mixture of writing, humor, music, family and anything else I find interesting to ramble…er…write about. You can check it out here: https://acmelodyblog.wordpress.com/

    As a HUGE advocate for Self-Publishing, I’ve collected all the best & cheapest resources or services which worked or didn’t for me, and a little about my journey into self-publishing to share with other Indie Authors here: https://acmelodyblog.wordpress.com/indie-resources/

    And, because I’m always a writer no matter which direction I go, I started the Wicked Web in order to share free content with my readers: https://acmelodyblog.wordpress.com/the-wicked-web/

    Thanks so much for throwing this awesome Blog Party! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving your links (drop back later, the party is ongoing and you can leave up to 12 links!). πŸ™‚
      And thank you kindly for spreading the Christmas and blogging joy by reblogging the party.
      Hope the weekend treats you kindly.

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    1. Thanks, it’s on till Christmas (and beyond, why put a time limit on fun) so drop back often and leave more links. πŸ™‚
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly and thank you so much for leaving your link. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks and so glad you are enjoying the party, hope you’ve had some refreshments and some fun. So good of you to leave this lovely link and please feel free to drop back again and again, leave up to 12 links, the more the merrier! πŸ™‚

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  12. Happy Holiday season to you, although I’m sorry to hear you’ve not been well. Thanks for throwing such a fun party, too. My comfort and joy this Christmas are my family, my daughter’s face Christmas morning when she wakes up, Christmas songs and movies, plus all the sparkly, sparkly lights – basically, I love this time of year πŸ™‚

    And here’s a couple of links: https://journeytoambeth.com/2016/12/08/30-day-writing-challenge-day-eight-shoes/

    And: https://journeytoambeth.com/2016/05/10/stuck-writing-your-author-bio-try-the-totally-not-serious-author-bio-generator/

    Happy holidays, everyone!

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    1. That sounds like wonderful comfort and joy Helen! I agree, this time of year still holds wonder, especially for the young and the young at heart.
      Thank you for dropping by, sharing and leaving links, hope this weekend treats you kindly. πŸ™‚

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      1. Go to the post you wish to link up. Highlight the address in the bar. Press Crtl + c on most computers or right click on the highlighted address and a menu will pop up that gives instructions, ie. copy.
        Then come back here and in the comment back use Crtl + v or do the same, right click and press paste.
        I promised I’d be gentle. πŸ˜‰

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  13. Wishing you a speedy recovery. I understand very well how illness can knock the stuffing out of you. Christmas is now a bitter sweet taste for many. The rich just get richer… I used to love Christmas and really want to enjoy it but there is too much sadness in the world that tips the balance. I will do my very best. My default setting is as an optimist buried under a layer or two
    Thanks for the invite to your blog party. I am leaving a link to my latest blog post:
    http://skilbey.com/five-inspirational-quotes-that-irritate-skilbey-blogs/ I am a writer editing my first novel and write an eclectic blog post (was once a week, now fortnightly), on topics I find interesting or make me smile.

    Wishing you good health and happiness, the two most precious things in this world. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you kindly.
      I agree and I love your default setting.
      Thanks for leaving your link, please feel free to drop back and leave more.
      Those are precious, and I wish the same for you.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend. πŸ™‚

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  14. Donna, you’re like a breath of fresh air for the season. Glad your germs are gone so the air is clean though, lol. Your words are thought of by many. Yes, commercialism has taken over hugely it seems, but I know at this time of year, many of us do reach into our secret locked part of our hearts where we still keep our lost loved ones. Wishing you and yours much love, health and happiness for the season and years to come. http://dgkayewriter.com/26-affordable-and-practical-gift-ideas-for-the-holidays/

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    1. So glad you could stop by, Debby and leave a link to this great post, lots of good ideas.
      Yes, they’re always there with us, so right.
      Hope the weekend treats you kindly and please feel free to drop by and leave more links. πŸ™‚

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  15. Epic Christmas gifs (I love so many of those movies)! The lights, the music, all the snow outside, it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas. πŸ™‚
    I hope you feel better soon. ❀ Drink lots of hot cocoa!
    I don't have 12 links, but I'll share what I can:

    My mother's Christmas poem was featured over at Solveig's: https://solveigwerner.com/2016/12/09/why-he-came-by-rachel-rawls-day-9-advent-calendar-2016/

    Last year I recreated a tour of the Christmases I used to have when my family was moved to Europe. I dearly miss those festive times! https://rawlse.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/european-christmas/

    And here is a legend about the Icicle Woman, from the A-to-Z legends & myths challenge I did last April: https://rawlse.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/the-icicle-woman-of-japan-atozchallenge/

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    1. Thank you kindly and today, so far, so good. πŸ™‚
      Lovely links, I was enchanted, please feel free to drop by again and add more links, may I be so bold as to suggest the one about the gift of books.
      Hope this weekend treats you well. πŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you for hosting this blog party, it was fun. πŸ™‚
        The holidays have all been good, with lots of snow. I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year’s Eve! ❀

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      2. It sure was, thanks for adding to the fun. πŸ™‚
        We had snow, then it went away, but I feel certain it will be back and in greater numbers.
        Hope the New Year is treating you kindly so far. πŸ™‚

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    1. Frank, so glad you could drop by, there’s no such thing as only poetry and the posts need not be Christmas-related. Thank you kindly for dropping by, please feel free to drop back and offer more links. Hope this weekend treats you well.

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  16. Loved this post Donna. What a fun party! I don’t have to bake anything or buy a meat/cheese tray and put it on a fancy plate pretending I painstakingly cut up all the bite sized pieces. Christmas has changed for me too, trying to keep the magic and leave the consumerism in the background is a constant challenge. As for the magic, my latest blog post will definitely help baby boomers recapture that lost magic as they embrace ‘boomer on the ledge’ a tired little doll with daily surprises. And I’m remembering those lost too with thought of my sister who managed to keep a child-like view of the world. For those who don’t know what to buy those who have everything I’ll include my blog post from last year that focuses on gifts for almost everything that ails us.

    http://www.shallowreflections.com/too-old-for-elf-on-the-shelf-try-boomer-on-the-ledge/
    http://www.shallowreflections.com/its-been-four-years-and-im-finally-able-to-write-about-losing-my-sister/
    http://www.shallowreflections.com/12-christmas-gifts-for-what-ails-you/

    Thanks for being such a gracious hostess!

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving these links, a wonderful blogging breadcrumb trail for others to follow.
      Those who touch our hearts stay in them forever, something to remember each and every day.
      Please feel free to drop back and leave more links, hope this weekend treats you kindly. πŸ™‚

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    1. All things considered I’m finding comfort and joy. πŸ˜‰
      Hope you can drop back later and leave some links to your posts for others to find. πŸ™‚
      Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

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  17. Hi Donna! I hope you start feeling better soon! I have a bad cold right now too so I feel your pain! Thank you for hosting this party! Hi everyone! It’s nice to meet you all! I’m Lisa and my blog is Life of an El Paso Woman. I blog about all kinds of things like stuff in my hometown, music, movies, travel, etc. I like all kinds of things so I blog about different topics. Here’s a couple of Christmas posts I did last year. One is about a yearly family tradition and the other one is about Christmas in 1986. https://lifeofanelpasowoman.com/2015/12/25/our-christmas-tamales/
    https://lifeofanelpasowoman.com/2015/12/03/christmas-in-1986/

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    1. I’m feeling full of comfort and joy today, thank you kindly, Lia, I hope this day is treating you well, hoping you’re fending off your cold demons (those Christmas tamales should help, they look delicious!). I love that you left links so others can find your blog, they will never regret it. πŸ™‚
      Please feel better soon and drop by often, leave as many as 12 links, they don’t need to be Christmas related. All the best, always. πŸ™‚

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  18. “One cannot fall out of bed if one sleeps on the floor.” Ancient Chinese proverb (made up by Ancient American woman)

    Put your mattress on the floor, dude. Sorry to hear about your colon. Maybe ya’ll can get an amicable divorce, but still live together. Or maybe sucking on a peppermint candy cane will cure your colon. Happy Holidays. πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s starting to sound like a good idea, but the getting up from bed might be quite a challenge. lol πŸ˜‰
      Thanks, I think we’ll muddle along, as long as we’re careful how we call on each other. πŸ˜‰
      Happy Holidays, hope you can drop by again and leave some links to your posts (up to 12). πŸ™‚

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      1. Since you don’t like the mattress-on-the-floor idea, how about just stop sleeping? πŸ™‚ I see your party is a success, but I’m not much into crowds. And I already have a hard time keeping up with everyone who visits my blog. I can only remember so many people. If I have too many more new visitors, my head may explode. And wouldn’t you feel guilty if that happened? πŸ™‚

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      2. My last two suggestions are toothpicks to keep your eyes open and/or make-up to hide the effects. [About these ads] For only $99.99, you too can have tanned skin just like Donald Trump. Look healthy, wealthy, and presidential for only $99.99 (plus taxes and shipping). πŸ™‚

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  19. This is a fabulous idea, and I’ve bookmarked this page so I can come back for some wonderful reading. πŸ™‚

    Speaking of reading, this from your post almost made me spew my tea all over my keyboard: “if loving Christmas Bazaars is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.”

    I know the links don’t have to be holiday-related, but here is a short post on an old holiday movie, “Miracle on 34th Street”: https://silverscreenings.org/2013/12/28/natalie-woods-big-screen-miracle/

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    1. Yes, come back again and again, it’s ongoing, the last one went on for weeks, leave up to 12 links. πŸ™‚
      It’s true, Christmas Bazaars rule. πŸ˜‰
      This is one of my favourite movies – I love Maureen O’Hara in anything, she was fantastic and Natalie Wood was simply amazing, great post on a great movie.
      Hope this weekend treats you well.

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    1. So glad you could make it!!! Thanks for dropping by and for leaving your link, feel free to come back again and again, leave up to 12 links (they don’t have to be Christmas related). Hope the weekend is treating you well. πŸ™‚

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  20. Hope I’m not too late! As it’s getting late here in Greece, I’m going to leave a bunch of links here in one comment. We’ve been living here in Greece for almost a year, and we’ve experienced so much! Here are some of my favorites:
    Learning to say β€œI’m Sorry”: https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/11/20/learning-to-say-im-sorry/
    Time to Meet Obama: https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/11/16/time-to-meet-obama/
    Adventures in Parking: https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/10/05/adventures-in-parking/
    White Wine, Please: https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/10/05/adventures-in-parking/
    Adventures in Baking: https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/09/16/adventures-in-baking/
    A steep climb in Livadia: https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/08/14/a-steep-climb-in-livadia/
    A transatlantic flight…with children: https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/07/16/a-transatlantic-flight-with-children/
    Four months in: https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/05/20/four-months-in/
    Random Observations: https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/05/20/four-months-in/
    A Leisurely Drive? I think not. https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/04/02/a-leisurely-drive-i-think-not/
    A dryer? What’s a dryer? https://greeceisthewordblog.com/2016/03/19/a-dryer-whats-a-dryer/

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    1. It’s never too late, my blogdoor is always open. Love the name of your blog, Greece Is The Word, amazing! Greece sounds like a lovely place to live. Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving all those wonderful links to posts. Hope the week ahead treats you kindly. πŸ™‚

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  21. Well, how do, Donna. Haven’t been to a decent party in eons. Leave it to you to shake things up.This place is rockin’. Don’t look at me thata way. I’ll shake whatever I want when I want? Who was that turkey? Music like this, you gotta be dead not to cha-cha-cha, swing or whateva. Can I put a quarter in the jukebox? I may put in more than one–Sonny James maybe. No. I’ll hold off. Lottsa ‘jivin’ tunes already. Might not need that quarter after all.
    “I just want to keep on rocking (I don’t mean the chair, I mean TO the MUSIC!) When I leave this earth, it will not be with a whimper.”

    Do drop in. Come visit sometime. Anytime. I’m open 14/7. Hope you enjoy a read. Here’s a sample.
    https://letscutthecrap.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/blogbattle-week-26/
    Bye Donna. It’s been sweet. Have another party but I expect it’ll be dull compared to this. Talk soon. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Tess, you sure know how to shake up and wake up any party and it’s always, always awesome when you visit! Thanks for leaving a link to your blog – everyone who visits will be happy, happy. πŸ™‚ Drop by later, whenever and leave more links. πŸ™‚
      Hope you have a great time, I know we have with you here. πŸ™‚

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  22. I am glad the chicken broth is helping. A great Christmas present – your writing motivation is returning πŸ™‚ I would be over-joyed to see your health return as well.
    I will share a yummy low carb dessert for Christmas https://www.kathleenaherne.com/no-bake-christmas-cheesecake-gluten-free/
    And then something to fix the Christmas budget https://www.kathleenaherne.com/thriving-on-any-income-expert-interview/

    Keep strong friend,
    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

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    1. It always does. And yes, I feel like I’m getting my writing mojo back (fingers and toes crossed).
      You at me at cheesecake, Kathleen before I even registered the ‘No-Bake’ part, yum and gluten-free – bonus! Love it and had to share. πŸ™‚
      This post about money, stress and budgeting is perfect for this time of year – excellent, practical advice – people need to remember it’s only one day, even a season, no point in breaking the bank, as Jess reminded us in her post shared on here, it’s the thought that counts.
      Thanks for dropping by Kathleen, please feel free to pop back and leave more links (up to 12 and they don’t have to be Christmas related – they can be old, new, yours or by someone else).
      Hope the week ahead treats you kindly, dear friend. xox

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    1. Everyone seems to be in good spirits and you hit the nail on the head with your post, Shannon, laughter is the best medicine. Thanks for dropping back, keep on coming back, my blogdoor is always open and why put a time limit on fun!
      All the best, always.

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    1. I thought we could have some fun and it was a cool way to send out a sort of Christmas card to all my readers and blogging family/friends. πŸ™‚ I as a bonus I got to interact and read all sorts of awesome blog posts. It really is a lot of comfort and joy!
      I love Gremlins, a very unrated Christmas film, or any kind of film.
      This is an amazing post, Jess, so right on, it really is the thought that counts, or should.
      Had a great time at #FridayFrivolity as always, hope you can drop back again and again, leave up to 12 links – they don’t need to be Christmas related, feel free to share, it’s ongoing – why put a time limit of fun?
      All the best in the week ahead. πŸ™‚

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      1. I’m hopelessly distracted by CIA confirmation that Russia worked behind the scenes to install Trump as President.

        This is especially disturbing news because we had plenty of warning and our media still went for the profit by playing Trump as a legit candidate.

        Our lives have become a tacky reality shows directed by a foreign dictator so I’m doing my small bit to have that show cancelled.

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      2. It was so obvious and yet so many seem so easily distracted by Trump and his minions whining that they’re nothing to see here and he’s going to fix everything, yes, he will, for himself and his rich friends. It always confuses me when people of little or no means vote Conservative/Republician, it’s like they think if they plop a sign on their lawn, go to a rally, wear a hat, vote, etc. these people will make them rich – oh yes, you’re invited to the party, your uniforms are in the back. So sad.

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      3. What’s sad about what you describe is that this passion of poor whites for conservatism in the U.S. is rooted in racism. Southern Democrats switched to the Republican Party after Johnson signed the Civil Rights act. They have spent 40 years voting away their economic stake in the nation in order to undo the equal rights of African Americans. Trump doesn’t promise to make their lives better economically. His promise is to restore the illusion of skin privilege that they consider more essential than schools, good nutrition for their children, jobs and jobs training, The premise that we use government to pool our resources and make everyone’s life richer is lost on them. I don’t understand it because it’s so profoundly stupid.

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      4. My first thought when I read your comment is that the hope is always for a better life which is never a terrible so I guess the problem is one of means. How do we show people that everyone’s life gets better when everyone has equal access to the essentials of education, housing and healthcare.

        I don’t understand the dark means that some of our people want to use to improve the quality of their lives.

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      5. Right. Regardles of what they say they want their judgement is so impaired that they vote against themselves.

        Some people call it a peasant mentality and it does seem as if Trump voters are looking for a Noble Feudal Lord to guide them.

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      6. I’m not sure I understand people who refuse to examine the facts even after it is obvious that they were deceived. I can forgive people for being the victims of a conspiracy of lies. I don’t understand why they cling to the lies.

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      7. For many people that’s exactly when they cling to lies, they’re embarrassed that they were deceived, they feel stupid for being taken in and so they stick with what’s obviously lies. I think there’s also many out there who are so low information they don’t even really know what’s going on.

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      8. If what I’m reading is true, and I have more reason to believe the CIA than Fox News or Brietbart, the weapon that Russia deployed is psychological, the aftermath is what you see in abuse victims; shame masked by anger and denial

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      9. Exactly, it’s a brilliant plan, those that believed the propaganda and those that voted for Trump are too ashamed to admit they were abused so horribly so they just deny, deflect, lash out, and try to shame those that are pointing out the truth. It’s a sad and amazing trick the Russians and Republicans pulled off, hijacking democracy and making a mockery of it all.

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      10. The GOP and Putin did to the people of the United States what abusive narcissists do to individuals. They shame, project, prey on your worst fears and torments and smear anyone who tries to free himself or who disagrees with their grandiose delusion of themselves as the best and the brightest. They corrupt everyone who makes the mistake of getting involved with them while taking the moral high ground. And they NEVER ever apologize.

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      11. I hope so too. It’s not as if our media has never before adopted a party line. There was tremendous media resistance to the anti-war demonstrations of the 60’s and let’s not even think about early press coverage of Gay Lib demonstrations.

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    1. This is, I’m struggling to find the right words, Rob, astonishing, moving, thank you. And thank you for bringing this, sharing it with those who visit my blog party. Hope this week treats you kindly. πŸ™‚

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