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Wednesday, December 14, 2005


Well the Holiday season is upon us!! Whether you celebrate Christmas or Chanukah or Kwanza or some other winter solstice holiday, Happy Holidays!! I will be going to as many movies as I have time to during the slower time out here. I have already seen King Kong and Narnia both of which I loved.

So what are your plans for the holidays?

All Things Possible!


  • At 8:30 AM, December 16, 2005 , Blogger Pae said...

    We try to keep the holiday season pretty simple, other than the company C-mas party (that my hubby & I have to attend). I give the children an early break from their studies and we spend the week before C-mas baking, and doing arts 'n craft projects. Oh and there is a lot of coloring going on. Even the older two children can be found with a crayon in hand sitt'n with Felicety coloring, while Bing is signing about being home for C-mas. We rent quite a few classic C-mas movies and instead of eating the popcorn while watching the movies, we string it. The children and I have went back to making our gifts for extended family and we are busy finishing up the last of our gifts.

    On Christmas Eve day we invite close friends over for goodies and build a Gingerbread house. That evening we have our C-mas dinner....we live so far from any extended family so we surround ourselves with our "adopive family"...which means Larry is outside with my hubby giving him a hard time about making sure the turkey isn't getting burnt (we bake our turkey in thr BBQer)...or questioning whether or not Mike has cooked it long enough. Cheryl (Larry's wife) has my back in the kitchen. Cooking is so much fun if there is a heep'n amount of laughter. All three children help out with dinner, so it is a family affair. After dinner we gather in the family room where Mike reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas".

    On Christmas morning we make cinnoman rolls and open gifts...but the children have to wait until Uncle Larry and Aunt Cheryl arrive to open the gifts. So if they are not at our house by 7 a.m. the children are calling them....but that has only happend twice.

    It is nothing fansy or showy but I wouldn't change a minute of it. I get to be with the people I love and I cherish every moment.

    I hope everyone who reads this is surrounded by the ones they love, that your holiday season is filled with laughter and joy.

    Merry Christmas everyone....and I hope you have a wonderful new year.

  • At 9:28 PM, December 17, 2005 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Keeping Christmas traditions and enjoying the laughter and love of friends is a wondrous thing. I agree with Pae. We just spent a lovely evening with a group of friends we've known since before our chlidren were born. While it's getting harder to work out getting together each year, we still try, and we all remember and cherish the memories of the annual tradition we had while all our kids were growing up...going to cut our Christmas trees together, and then going back to someone's home for a party afterward.

    Another favorite tradition for my family is going to the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service at our little tiny church, which will be especially meaningful this year for us, because our daughter and her husband will be home from California visiting family on both sides before our son-in-law, who is in the Marine Corps, heads back to Iraq in January for a second tour of duty there.

    Wishing everyone a blessed and beautiful Christmas time with family and friends.

  • At 8:56 PM, December 18, 2005 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    I will be doing pretty much the same thing this holiday as I have for most. Christmas Eve will bring church service and a meal with the immediate family - presents get opened on Christmas day. The day after with aunts, uncles, and cousins. I usually host a small gathering on New Year's Eve and I always take the time between Christmas and New Year's off from work so I can catch up on house cleaning and other things that I've been putting off the rest of the year. Last year I went through all my clothes and donated about 6 bags full to Goodwill!

    I've only seen King Kong so far - I was in a play last weekend and didn't have a chance to see Narnia yet. Also on my list is "The Producers" which opens this weekend - loved the play and hope the movie is good too!

    Happy Holidays to everyone!


  • At 8:33 AM, December 20, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    PERFECT!! I noticed all of you mentioned spending time with the poeple who mean most to you in your lives. That is the greatest gift! My girlfriend's family lives here in Los Angeles, so I plan to spend some time with them and my hand picked extended family out here. I love Pae and Sue's simple keeping with tradition.

    Dave, you'll have to let me know how you like The Producers. What play were you in?? Tell us something about it!


    All Things Possible!

  • At 7:04 PM, December 20, 2005 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    I played "Ernie" in a stage adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" based directly on the classic holiday movie starring Jimmy Stewart. Ernie is a taxi driver in the movie, but a mail carrier in the play - a small but good role (no small parts after all).

    I had planned to take some time off from plays after finishing playing "Albert" in Jeff Daniel's "Escanaba in da Moonlight" this fall - but the director of "Life" had a couple people drop out so, trooper that I am, I stepped in to help out. It was a "wonderful" show and well recieved by the audiences.

    Next up for me is directing Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" this spring (mid-March) and I am casting the show right after the new year starts! This will possibly be the biggest undertaking in our community theatre's history and we are all excited about it.

    Nothing like a new challenge to start the new year off right!


  • At 10:10 AM, December 22, 2005 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    @Dave: 'toi toi' for that, sounds absolutely wonderful! Go for it!

    Christmas eve is not really a big tradition out here, but we'll go see Narnia then so I'm looking forward to that. (We went to see KingKong last night and I loved it!) On Christmasday I'll be over at my parents house and my grandparents will be there too for some quality family time. On December 26 -or the second day of Christmas as we call it- I have my inlaws coming over and instead of a Christmas dinner we'll have a Chrismas brunch/lunch. (Some of us have to work the afternoon shift so we decided to have our Christmas activities in the morning) New Years eve is called 'Old Years eve' over here, hihi, and we'll stay at home with our dogs who always get a bit nervous from the fireworks. Then it's about time to set off for our skitrip to Switzerland! I can't believe it's almost 2006 already.

    Merry Christmas to all of you and a very healthy, happy & INSPIRING new year!! Hugs to all!!!

  • At 1:09 PM, December 22, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am singing Grown Up Christmas List at the chrismas eve service at my church. Going out to eat chinese food and then heading home to listen to Grandpa Vogt (your uncle) read T'was the Night Before Christmas. Then wait for santa to come.

    Christmas morning I will be spending time with the Caswell relatives in town. We will all be heading to Branson for New Year's Eve.

    Your Cuz,
    MO Vogt A

  • At 9:22 AM, December 27, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    What a treat! Is that Amanda? I heard about your Chinese Christmas Tradition - I LOVE IT!! Have a blast in Branson! See you in Sedona, AZ.

    Hey Jaschenka, what did you think of Narnia? Hope you had fun with your family and have a BLAST in Switzerland!!

    DAVE!! Good Luck with Beauty and the Beast! Look for me at the auditions next month. I've always wanted to play Belle. Bravo for tackling such an ambitious project. You set a great example that All Things are Possible!


  • At 3:02 PM, December 27, 2005 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Mmmm - you as Belle...I see you more as a Gaston or Beast type, but...I always say that everyone is welcome to audition! And who knows, if the ball dress fits you might just get the part (LOL).


  • At 9:29 AM, December 28, 2005 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    It's kind of funny how everybody seems to take a sudden interest in cultural activitities (whether it's going to the theatre or movies or putting a play together ;) ) during the holiday season!
    We had great fun watching 'Narnia', and I even spotted an elf (after 'the elf' gave us a clue where to look for him..)! Some other familiar faces in there too.
    Christmas was wonderful except for the fact that my fridge decided to break down on boxing day, just when I had a house full of lunch guests..great timing. Luckily it was cold enough out here to transfer the backyard into a temporary fridge. :)

    @Dave: If I were on the other side of the ocean I would have instantly volunteered to help you with the costumes, and you bet there would be a ball gown to fit Mr Belle!! (Hey, did you know I have a drawing called 'Beauty and the Beast'?!)

    Happy New Year everyone..and Be Inspired!

  • At 4:51 AM, December 29, 2005 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hoping everyone is enjoying the remainder of the holiday season and wonderful times with family and friends. It seems the entire planet is talking about Narnia this week. My California kids, home for Christmas, saw it twice. We'll probably make that a New Year's event. The holiday movies seem to be the major topic of conversation wherever you go this week! Best wishes to all for a beautiful new year in 2006.

    The conversation about Chris and Beauty and the Beast is getting interesting!

  • At 8:51 AM, December 29, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Jaschenka, if anyone could make me a Belle dress, you could! Crazy thing is, it would probably make me look good too!

    Sue, I bet life is good with the California kids back home - makes for a full and festive home! Hope you like Narnia!

    Till Soon!

    All Things Possible!


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