Category Archives: Holiday

Two Favorite Gifts at Christmas

Well, Let Me Qualify That By Jeff Salter Topic: What are the two best Christmas presents you ever received? Gosh, folks, I’ve strained my brain on this topic. For one thing, we’ve covered this general territory (here at 4F1H) in … Continue reading

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Christmas, Once Again

“How does/did your family countdown to Christmas? Did/do you have any special family traditions?” Ch-ch-ch-changes! My mother decorated early. We always got a huge Christmas tree, one carefully selected and as close to prefect as possible. Seriously, my generally tight-fisted, … Continue reading

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We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute

(I may have said all of this before, but for once, I am not taking time to check. Bear with me.) I was always opposed to Christmas decorations and Christmas music before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving, but in the last … Continue reading

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My Favorite Christmas Films

And “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” is at the Top By Jeff Salter Topic: Do you have a favorite Christmas / holiday novel? What about your favorite movie? Do you restrict reading/viewing of Christmas / holiday themed books / movies … Continue reading

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Holiday Favorites

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “Do you have a favorite Christmas/holiday novel? What about your favorite movie? Do you restrict reading/viewing of Christmas/holiday themed books/movies to the holiday season?”  I’ve mentioned before that I watch very few movies, so we’ll start … Continue reading

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Like? Not Likely

THIS WEEK: If a prospective publisher asked you to compare your work to that of one or two well-known authors, whom would you choose? I haven’t had a prospective publisher ask me that yet, but when I was hoping to … Continue reading

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Anybody Home?

Here I am, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S.A., and without one idea for a post. I was caught off-guard all week for various reasons. Firstly, Son #1 and The Granddaughters (teens) all coming, Secondly, Son and Granddaughter #2 coming, … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Eleven

It’s been another challenging month at our house, with two more trips to the ER and many more doctor visits. Good thing I’ve always got my phone and/or Ipad with me, so I’ve always got something to read. This month … Continue reading

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Changes, But Not All for the Worse

So, in the time of COVID, how will our holidays be different? I can imagine that it has touched all of your celebrations, but take heart, with a story below.  If you need to be uplifted, feel free to skip … Continue reading

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A Virtual Christmas

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “How will you and your family celebrate Christmas this year?” Our house will be quiet, because my husband and I are isolating. We aren’t sick, but even though our kids and grandkids are gathering as usual, … Continue reading

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