I haven’t been blogging much, because I just finished writing a book, and I decided to take a break from putting much thought into creating sentences.
What I CAN do, though, is create lists! I’m a bit of a list freak, always have been, so I thought I’d gift you, my reader, with some Christmas lists. I encourage you to jot down your own lists, too, because in the middle of them, you may find warm memories, new traditions, and a whole lot of joy!
Welcome to My Six Christmas Lists of Six!
My 6 Favorite Christmas Songs (Christian):
*O, Come, All Ye Faithful
*O Holy Night
*Joy to the World
*Go Tell It on the Mountain
*While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
*Away in a Manger
My 6 Favorite Christmas Songs (Secular):
*This Christmas (Donny Hathaway version)
*Up on a Housetop
*Christmas Time All Over the World
*Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
My 6 Favorite Christmas Movies/TV Shows:
*The Homecoming: A Christmas Story
*How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version)
*How the Grinch Stole Christmas (starring Jim Carrey)
*Home Alone (the best!)
*It’s a Wonderful Life! (of course)
*Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (classic TV version)
My 6 Favorite Christmas Foods, Past and Present:
*Aunt Gracie’s Prune Cake (It sounds terrible, but it was yummy, and I miss it terribly!)
*Mama’s Rainbow Salad (a Jello-based concoction with pineapple and cream cheese in the middle)
*Nanny’s Potato Salad– My late husband’s grandmother made this delicious high calorie, high fat dish for the holidays. It was loaded in Miracle Whip (the real stuff!).
*Moravian Sugar Cake– The brown sugar and butter bliss of my childhood!
I can only come up with 4, because I am not a big foodie, and I haven’t been a high fat, high sugar fan for decades!
My 6 Favorite Ornaments on My Tree:
*A glass ball with an “angel” feather, given by a dear friend
*A beaded ornament made by one of my students from long ago and whose name escapes me. She was a less advantaged child, and I pray for her whenever I hang that ornament.
*A brass angel from my friend, Megan
*A painted bell from another friend, Alana
*Any ornament Jamie made
*Any ornament Rhett made
My 6 Favorite Christmas Memories:
*Getting my annual brown paper bag filled with fruits, nuts, and candy at church
* Attending the Moravian lovefeast as a child, then making stops by Aunt Gracie’s and Aunt Frances’ homes before heading to my house to hunker down for Santa’s arrival
*Singing the solo part in junior choir for “Morning Star” at the Christmas Eve lovefeast and candlelight service
*Lying with Russ under our pitifully thin Christmas tree when I was 7 months pregnant with Jamie, listening to Karen Carpenter sing Christmas carols on the turntable
*Sitting by my Advent wreath with my children and now, alone, pondering Emmanuel, God With Us
*Waiting for Santa at any age… even now
Making lists is fun and actually helps relieve stress. Why not make a few of your own Christmas lists? You can savor the memories, jog your brain, and end up in a happier mood. I’d love for you to share a list with me.
Happy listing, and Merry Christmas, my friend!
Amy Walton LOVES lists and makes them daily. Besides being a list maker, she’s a mother, grandmother, life coach, speaker, and writer. She is quite happy being with her family, growing midlfie women, working out, and making lists. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org.