Melanie has holiday-related questions this week for Share Your World.

  1. What is your least favorite holiday side dish?  (for any holiday)
    Anything with raisins. Also, I am not fond of peas and pearl onions. I like onions, but it’s a dish that’s not worth putting on my plate with so many other more delicious choices!
  2. What is the ugliest or most tasteless decoration you’ve ever seen?
    Those over-the-top decorations with a million lights that light up the entire neighborhood! Also, it’s kind of incongruous to see Santa Claus flying down to the Holy Family in a manger!
This house in Rolling Meadows, IL won the annual Daily Herald (local newspaper) holiday decoration contest in 2020.
Partial view of the same house
  • What is a cherished or unusual (either or both) family tradition from your childhood?   
    Watching the black-and-white 1950s version of the operetta Amahl and the Night Visitors. My siblings & I watched it so many times that we practically memorized it! (You can find the 1951 version, the 1963 version and a newer version on You Tube.)
  • You’re walking down the street, feeling great — what holiday song would be playing in the background? All I Want for Christmas Is You.

GRATITUDE SECTION    (Always optional)

 Feel Free To Share Anything That You’d Like Today!   Wish Someone A Happy Holiday!  Our Moorings choir sang this to end our concert this year for the residents of our community. Of course, the video is not of us!! But it’s the same version we did. It’s a nice, upbeat song, so I wish you…and you, and you, and you, happy, happy, happy holidays!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS (or whatever you celebrate this season) AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!

4 thoughts on “SYW: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  1. Thanks Katie for Sharing Your World! That video is very sweet, and I’m sure your rendition sounded great! We’ll excuse you from eating raisins on Christmas. Nobody should have to do anything they don’t want to on at least one special day! Now you can have my pearl onions and I’ll take plain peas thanks! 😉 That house, while extremely decorated, would get really old really quickly. Their poor neighbors! There is a street on the east side of Salt Lake named “Christmas Street”. Talk about decorated to the nines!! The owners there have to sign something saying they’ll participate in the annual light show too. It used to be a wealthy neighborhood, so it’s not like they couldn’t afford the excess. And we’d go see that every Christmas Eve when I was a child. It was a fun tradition. Your movie (which I’d never heard of before) sounds like a great tradition to have! Enjoy your week whatever you get up to and Merry Christmas to you!

    • Thank you, Melanie, for your kind remarks! We don’t have a Christmas street here (at least not in the NW suburbs, that I know of), but we also (my husband, our kids, and I) used to go to a wealthy neighborhood in Chicago, called Sauganash. It was well known for its elaborate Christmas displays, and there were always other cars driving along slowly to look at them, as we were. In the car, we’d put on a “light rock” station that in December turns into all Christmas songs, all the time. We did that for several years; then our daughter moved out and our son became apathetic. So my husband and I went there a couple more times, but then got tired of it because it was always the same!!

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