Happy Holidays to You!

December 23, 2018   17 Comments

I write this post every year as a virtual holiday card to all my readers. Isn’t it ecologically correct? No tree was harmed for the creation of this card.

Happy Holidays to You!

I started off wanting to share my favorite part of the holidays and then I realized that I was creating a Hallmark version of what can be a very challenging part of the year.

This is my fireplace and I decorate my mantle to celebrate. I call it my “shrine to Santa”.

It is very New England, isn’t it? We use a wood stove to heat our house - approved by the EPA (ecologically correct). I got most of the decorations at various tag sales and I inserted some fun photos of my children at different ages sitting on the laps of mall Santas.

I absolutely love the fun of the holidays - such as cookies, parties, presents, and listening for hoof beats on the roof.

But, I would not say that my holiday looks anything like a Hallmark card. It gets absolutely nuts around here.

When I saw this - I laughed so hard that I couldn’t speak:

There is so much truth in this parody of a family’s Christmas. There are moments when Christmas is fun and moments when it is torture.

One year, when my son was 3, Santa brought him a ceramic piggy bank. He picked it up to look at it, it slipped from his hands and shattered all over absolutely everything. He just stood there screaming and crying while his parents rushed around ensuring all the pieces were off the floor and some unwrapped presents.

Way to go, Santa!

This is just one tiny example of a holiday moment gone wrong. I don’t want to go on about the mess we create when we set unattainable expectations. I suppose I should be grateful we didn’t end up at the hospital with piggy shards sticking out of a foot.

Here is my favorite ornament on my tree right now. I bought it at my local church’s holiday fair.

Isn’t he cute?

I love how his face is hidden behind his beard.

If you can grasp onto the fun of the holidays and accept that things can go very wrong - you are doing well.

My wish for you is many moments of fun and not too many of torture during this holiday season. Here's to that!

Lots of LOVE, PEACE, and LAUGHTER to you and yours,

Lisa (AKA Snack Girl)

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Hi Lisa,

I love getting your email! Your fireplace looks beautiful! I struggle trying to make mine look nice. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's celebration!

Love the Saturday Night parody. Still laughing!

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. ~1 John 4:9. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Lisa! 😊

Lisa ~ Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas & a Happy Healthy 2019! Thank you for sharing your informative and fun health/food blog with all of us!

Merry Christmas, Lisa. Always enjoy your musings about life! Keep up the good work! Have a happy and healthy New Year with your family!

Merry Christmas to you! I love your fireplace. Thanks for the good wishes.

Super post and ornament.

I love my virtual card & your blog. Have a very Merry Christmas 🎄

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I look forward to your 2019 blog.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Praise Jesus for a great year! BTW, Chinese New Year is the year of the Pig (Fat Fortune, Prosperity). Fat Fortune to all of you! LOL

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Merry Christmas Lisa … I appreciate so much your realistic approach to food/nutrition. Thank you for all you do to try to keep us informed and always moving towards better health. May the reason for the season become very real to you this Christmas - God Bless you and yours.

Your fireplace reminds me of the one we has when I was a child. Besides decorating it we would run about 3 rows of string around the fireplace to hang our cards from . The Christmas tree would be off to one side. When I very little there would be no sign of Christmas until Christmas morning when Santa would bring the decorated tree and all the presents. These would be unwrapped. (Boy were my parents busy) Wrapped gifts would come from friends and family. I wish a Merry Christmas to you and your family along with a Happy new year to and all your readers. Keep those wonderful newsletters coming and the great recipes.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy your website and all the practical, helpful advice. Your mantle looks wonderful. So many memories this time of year. Thank you.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thanks for helping me eat a little better this year.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Lisa! Thank you for all the lovely jokes all year, and for the good food ideas, and the laughs and smiles you include in your posts.

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