12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

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Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5 HERE, Day 6 HERE, Day 7 HERE, Day 8 HERE, Day 9 HERE, and Day 10 HERE.

DAY 11. What was your favourite childhood Christmas present?

The other day I read an article about a couple who bought ~300 presents for their kids for Christmas. As can be expected, the internet had a lot to say about it. While some were saying they can do whatever they want with their money, others pointed out that spoiling children is akin to abuse.
When it comes to my family, sometimes too much emphasis was put on the presents – when we were little kids. Being a single parent, Mum always felt like she wasn’t doing a good enough job, and tried to show us her love in that way. I still remember being a little kid telling her she didn’t need to buy so many presents. Now I’m not saying we got anywhere near as many (after all, we didn’t have enough money for that, anyway), but this history comes to mind when I read this question.
Despite all the weight Mum put on our presents, I don’t really remember any from my childhood that was my favourite.
I love all the gifts that I get, but what I remember more about the day, are the jokes we share and the games we play.
What was your favourite childhood Christmas present? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: This week’s new followers on Instagram.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5 HERE, Day 6 HERE, Day 7 HERE, Day 8 HERE, and Day 9 HERE.

DAY 10. Favourite Christmas movie or song?

I’ve been waiting for this question. At odd times throughout the year a Christmas song will pop into my head, but it feels different when it’s closing in on December.

MOVIE – 
My favourite Christmas movie would probably have to be Die Hard (1988). I know it’s not Christmas-themed, but it is set at a Christmas party and they do have some Christmas music playing.
TV SHOW – 
I also like to rewatch Christmas episodes of TV shows. There are a few from The Middle (2009-), there’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amends, and any others that pop on the TV.
SONG – 
Choosing my favourite Christmas song is definitely harder. When I was little, my brother, sister, and I used to listen to Christmas carols as we went to sleep. Only this year did I buy a whole bunch of songs off iTunes and really listened to them again.
A few weeks ago I also found a cool band called Pentatonix. They are an American a cappella group that had uploaded some Christmas songs to YouTube.
Two of them made me fall in love with the season all over again.
First we have ‘Little Drummer Boy’:
And here’s ‘Mary, Did You Know’:
What is your favourite Christmas movie or song? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: This week’s new followers on Instagram.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5 HERE, Day 6 HERE, Day 7 HERE, and Day 8 HERE.

DAY 9. Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner?

In my family, our get-together time is at lunch. With my sister and her fiancee getting married next year, I don’t know how long before little kids are added and they are spending holidays away, so I am thankful they will be coming.

My grandma – 93 years old – is having lunch with us, and is always a hilarious companion.
My mum, of course, and my brother has postponed his overseas trip so he can spend Christmas with us.

That’s pretty much it.

Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner this year? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: This week’s new followers on Instagram.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5 HERE, Day 6 HERE, and Day 7 HERE.

DAY 8. Share a local Christmas tradition in your town or country

As far as I know, there aren’t any real differences to how our local community celebrates Christmas. Unfortunately, while a lot of people celebrate it, they don’t seem to acknowledge the true meaning of the day.
In the preceding weeks, there are numerous big-scale Christmas carol events, with Australian singers belting out the tunes (that too becoming less about Jesus and more about Santa and snow).
There are also tours to decorated houses. Some families spend thousands of dollars on Christmas lights and decorations, putting their name in to let people know to come by and take some photos. My family went out looking at them when I was younger, but year after year we were faced with calamities (getting lost, flat tyre, car breaking down, sister getting her hand shut and locked in the car door so spending hours at the emergency room – all of these on different years), so we stopped.
Hopefully more people will let Jesus into their lives and we can have a big Jesus-centred tradition nearby.
What are the local Christmas traditions in your town or country? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: This week’s new followers on Instagram.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5, HERE, and Day 6 HERE.

DAY 7. A photo day, share some Christmas pictures past or present

Wow who knew posting a picture would be so hard for me?

Here are a couple of snaps from this year.
The first one is our Christmas tree. Mum and I decorated it together, and, as you can see, it’s got a fan in front of it because our air conditioner broke and it was incredibly hot!
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And here is the group photo of me with some other volunteers from a school and church Christmas Carols evening the other day.
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(Please excuse my fat face, I was eating a chocolate cupcake!)

Feel like sharing some of your Christmas photos? Share them below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: All my new followers on Instagram!

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, and Day 5 HERE.

DAY 6. Share a fond Christmas memory

There is one story I just have to tell here. While it may sound like a funny little story from my early childhood, it is much to my embarrassment to say that I was indeed older than I should have been. I was probably around 10 years old when it happened.
Although we don’t have a big family, we have an even smaller house, so every Christmas we have lunch out. This year, we were at Sizzler (a buffet restaurant). It was a great atmosphere, with everyone chatting and laughing and gorging themselves on an assortment of delicious foods. Then came the time when someone dropped by. You all know his name: Santa.
I don’t know what about Santa always terrified me (only just getting over it now), but the second I saw him coming, I jumped under the table. Everyone at the table laughed. Thankfully it was a crowded restaurant so no one else saw, but my family make sure to tell everyone, and continue to make fun of me everytime Santa is near.
What about you? What is your fond children Christmas memory? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: RealMarkLandry, Jay, and EatLiveEscape.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, and Day 4 HERE.

DAY 5. What is on your personal wish list this year?

This is a tough one. When were we little kids, mum would always get us to write a birthday or Christmas list, but as we’ve gotten older, things have changed. Not only have we turned away from caring about presents (we were never that ‘into’ it, but there would be specific toys or games, etc.), but most of the time we don’t even know what we want.
So, talking more broadly and worldly, I would say my wishes are:
  • More people come to Christ
  • Worldwide peace
  • No more cancer and diseases and illnesses

As you can see, I want pretty much what everyone else wants. And what’s better is that I can bring my requests to the one, true, God. The only one who has the power to do something about it. Prayer DOES work, and if you place your trust in Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection for the atonement of our sins, then we will get to live in a perfect world in the end.

What about you? What is on your personal wish list this year? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: Brand of Man, Elan Mudrow, and A Calming Tide.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, and Day 3 HERE.

DAY 4. Share a Christmas story or write one of your own.

I thought I would share a little rhyming Christmas poem I wrote a few years ago, inspired by an awesome sci-fi show called Stargate:Atlantis.

*Please Note* This is not a poem for children!
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Christmas Eve in Atlantis

by Michelle Sommerville

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

And Atlantis was beaming;

People tucked into their beds,

All peaceful and dreaming.

The stockings were hung by the Stargate with care,

SGA-1 storming a secret Wraith lair;

Weir still on base, holding the fort,

‘Can Santa find us’, not a far away thought.

The Stargate whirs and the lights turn on,

Like a Christmas star, it brightly shone;

The team runs through with only moments to spare,

Waiting for Santa becoming their only true care.

Tucking into bed, putting head on pillow,

Pretending to be asleep, Santa creeps in a window;

Ronon and Teyla unaware of Saint Nick,

What happened next, just too damn quick.

Thinking an intruder, or possibly Wraith,

If only they’d believed and had a little faith;

Nick’s neck was snapped, and ripped right off,

Ronon’s gun shooting poor little Rudolph.

The blood sprayed everywhere, coating the walls,

No time this year, for decking the halls;

The city awoke with a shot and a cry,

In time to see, ‘rest of the reindeers fly.

Ronon and Teyla imprisoned by decree,

Should they be hung up high on the Christmas tree?

With them now dead and their presents now alone,

Should their presents go back to the Arctic Zone?

With no other way in mind, Sheppard came through,

And took home their gifts, all shiny and new;

With the day almost over and the people tuckered out,

‘Could Christmas even continue?’ McKay thought in horrible doubt.

As sudden as anything, amazingly taking place,

Jolly Saint Nick reborn, for the old one he’d replace;

With a shout as he left, forgivingly he did recite,

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

Hope you enjoyed!

Have you got a favourite Christmas story, or have you written your own?Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: Shut that Negative Noise Off, Momentary Lapse of Sanity, and Gotta Find a Home.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE.

DAY 3. Your favourite Christmas recipe/food.

I’m not really into cooking. No one in my family really is. As I said in my last entry in this challenge, on Christmas we have a normal dinner, but go out for a buffet lunch.

I do like candy canes, though.

What about you? What is your favourite Christmas recipe/food? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: Gareth RodesmrDeeeN, and Virginia.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE.

DAY 2. Favourite Christmas tradition new or old

For as long as I can remember, we have done the same thing every Christmas, and I love it.

  • (When we were younger) When us kids went to bed on Christmas Eve night, mum would put the presents under the tree. We wouldn’t get to see presents under the tree until we were all together on Christmas morning.
  • Morning church service. Nothing revitalises you more than church; especially on Christmas. There is lots of singing, praying, and coming together.
  • Breakfast and chat at a local cafe. Usually Gloria Jeans.
  • Back to the house for opening presents. We open one at a time and go in a round (usually oldest to youngest).
  • Buffet lunch. For many years we had lunch at Sizzler (not cooking and cleaning!) but this year we’re going somewhere else because they renovated and it didn’t feel too nice last time.
  • Back home where Grandma opens her Christmas presents.
  • Hanging out, playing games, and watching TV.

The rest of the night is just normal.

What about you? What is your favourite Christmas tradition new or old? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: Affyyia, HunterGame1216, and Elissa Lynch.