Day 9 & 10||12 Days of Christmas Blogging.

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The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge (I nominated some of you on the first day’s post, but please feel free to do it if you weren’t)
  • Have fun!

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Hi,

So I skipped a day, because I was out of town for the family Christmas party! That was a lot of fun and always exciting! 🙂 I do have a weekend of blog posts to read and a couple to write up myself. For this challenge though, I’ll do day nine and ten together.

Day Nine: Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner?

It’s usually my mom, my aunt, my older sister, my younger sister, my niece, my nephew, and my boyfriend at Christmas dinner. Sometimes my mom and aunt’s friend John will come to our holiday dinners as well. This year though, we have family visiting for Christmas. So it’ll be all of us (listed above) and then my brother, his wife, and their three kids. It’ll be one packed Christmas dinner this year! It’ll be fun though, because we were all at the family Christmas party my cousin Michelle was hosting and that was so much fun!


Day Ten: Favorite Christmas movie or song.

I love a lot of Christmas songs, but for the life of me I cannot think of any of the names, lol. So we’ll go with favorite movie. I have a lot of favorite movies, so I will list them all. You may have already seen this list before in another post, but it doesn’t hurt to share twice. 😀

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  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Elf
  • The Santa Clause
  • A Christmas Story
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon one)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

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So far this month I have watched Elf, Christmas Vacation, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I’ll probably watch The Santa Clause tonight while I am wrapping up some Christmas presents and possibly Jingle All the Way too, because that is definitely my top one out of all of these. The boyfriend bought it for my for Christmas last year and then let me have it early since I kept missing it on TV that year.

Who do you spend Christmas dinner with? What are your favorite Christmas movies and songs? Let me know! 😀

I hope you have an amazing Sunday! ❤

ashleychristmas

Day 8||12 Days of Christmas Blogging.

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The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge (I nominated some of you on the first day’s post, but please feel free to do it if you weren’t)
  • Have fun!

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**bigger image in my first post**


Day Eight: Share a local Christmas tradition in your town or country.

I moved to my current town about four years ago and I don’t know too many things that they have going on for Christmas. I know at the beach they have a parade called the Candy Cane Parade. I live pretty much walking distance to the beach and this beach has a little strip of bars and restaurants and then across the little strip is the actual sand and ocean. Every year they have this parade on the strip, which is always cool.

There are tons of Christmas floats, decorated cars, marching bands, etc. Of course at the end of the parade comes Santa! Everyone that is participating in the parade throws out candy canes for all the kids to collect. Who doesn’t love candy canes!? 😀 It’s always fun seeing all the deocrated cars and floats. It’s always so colorful and it’s awesome that it’s right on the beach. I’ve gone a couple times to the parade and enjoyed it the times I’ve gone.

What is a Christmas tradition in your town?

So stoked that it’s almost the weekend! I am off to stay with my cousin tonight and Saturday is the family Christmas party! Some family from Illinois came down, so there will be even more people than last year! Sorry for the lack of bookish posts. I promise to get back into those soon! It’s been a crazy month for me. December usually always is, especially at my work and the fact that I have been so stressed out over Christmas this year! I haven’t been reading as much as I hoped I would. I will hoping finish two books from my TBR before the month ends though.

Day Seven. – Christmas pictures from over the years.

I hope you have a great Friday! ❤

ashleychristmas

Day 7||12 Days of Christmas Blogging.

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The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge (I nominated some of you on the first day’s post, but please feel free to do it if you weren’t)
  • Have fun!

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Day Seven: A photo day, share some Christmas pictures past or present.

I wasn’t able to find lots of pictures of Christmas over the years, besides mostly my decorating over the year. LOL. I love decorating for Christmas, which I have said so many times already! WARNING: Christmas tree heavy! Here you go! 😀

Christmas 2011.

That year were were in a tiny apartment, so we had a super tiny tree!
There’s the boyfriend and Santa Dax! 😛

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Christmas 2012.

We upgraded to a bigger tree! I also had three Christmas trees in my living room that year, haha. Four if you count the picture of a tree on the wall that you can’t see. I love Christmas trees!

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Christmas 2013.

We had a pink mini Christmas tree that year and that’s the year we got ColbyJack! Awww, little baby Colby! 😀
That’s my niece and nephew decorating my mom’s Christmas tree that year.
And ColbyJack and Dax messing with the Christmas tree, of course!

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Christmas 2014.

Oh, hey! I was Santa Claus this Christmas. HAHAHA. This was fun and totally random. I think I make a good Santa, what do you think? The furbabies love Christmas trees too. Dax with my mom’s tree and Colby with ours.

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Christmas 2015.

I’ve shared quite a few Christmas pictures from this year already over here, so feel free to check those out! Here is a really cute one of ColbyJack and my Christmas setup right now.

I am such a fan of Christmas, especially the decorating (obviously)! I really can’t believe Christmas is next week! This must be some kind of joke! 😛 This month flew by!

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! Feel free to check out some of my other recent posts linked down below! 🙂

Day Six. – Childhood Christmas memory.
Day Five. – Christmas wishlist.
Thoughts||Anatomy of a Misfit. – My thoughts on the book Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes.

I hope you have an amazing day! ❤

ashleychristmas

Day Six||12 Days of Christmas Blogging.

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The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge (I nominated some of you on the first day’s post, but please feel free to do it if you weren’t)
  • Have fun!

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Day Six: Share a fond childhood Christmas memory.

I have such a horrible memory, especially with remembering childhood things. Let’s see if I can remember anything! I don’t remember too many actual Christmases, but when I was a kid from when I was a baby until after 2nd grade I used to live in Illinois. We actually kind of lived on a park (South Island Park in Wilmington IL). There was a huge hill (which our house was on top of it) and then it was the park. Our backyard was basically the park, which was awesome.

Anyway, our house was on this huge hill and when it snowed it would be covered in it. So we had the perfect sledding area! It was always so much fun sledding. I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone sledding, sigh. We also built snowmen at the end of the hill. I remember my dad had this awesome idea of putting food coloring in water spray bottles with water. After we would build the snowmen, we would spray them with the colored water and we would have colorful snowmen. They always turned out awesome.

What is one of your childhood Christmas memories? 

Feel free to check out some of my recent posts linked down below! 😀

Thoughts||Anatomy of a Misfit. – My thoughts on the book Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes.
Day Five. – My personal Christmas wishlist.
Top Ten Tuesday. – Ten best books I read this year.

I hope you have a great day! ❤

ashleychristmas

Day Five||12 Days of Christmas Blogging.

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The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge (I nominated some of you on the first day’s post, but please feel free to do it if you weren’t)
  • Have fun!

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Day Five: What is on your personal wish list this year?

I don’t usually ask for gifts on Christmas. I haven’t since I got older. It’s so hard trying to think about what I want for Christmas, when I usually just buy what I want throughout the year. I mainly ask for books and gift cards, which usually means Amazon gift cards and I buy my own books, lol. I also usually ask for anything Doctor Who and Supernatural related.

There were two other things that I did ask for this year though. Those things being a new bed set (sheets, comforter, pillow cases).  I also seen this thing on Shark Tank (I love that show so much) called a Simply Fit Board, so I asked for that. I am horrible with exercising and eating good, so this little exercise equipment thing looked fun and easy. I could totally watch my favorite TV shows and do it at the same time, haha.

They have videos and stuff on their website, but this is pretty much what it is.

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I don’t really ask or expect much, because honestly, I like giving gifts more than receiving them. I usually already have the things that I want and it’s always fun for me picking out gifts for other people. It’s kind of like a game, plus I really love wrapping presents, haha. 🙂

What are things on your Christmas wishlist? Let me know! 🙂

You can check out some of my other days linked down below and feel free to take part in this tag as well! It’s such a fun tag and I love seeing everyone’s Christmas posts!

Day Four. – A Christmas story.
Day Three. – Favorite Christmas food.
Top Ten Tuesday. – Ten best books I read in 2015.

I hope you have a great day! ❤

ashleychristmas

Day Four||12 Days of Christmas Blogging.

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The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge (I nominated some of you on the first day’s post, but please feel free to do it if you weren’t)
  • Have fun!

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Day Four: Share a Christmas story or write one of your own.

I am not very good at writing stories of my own and I’m not sure if I have any good Christmas stories to share. Let’s see if I can come up with something. Mom, if you are reading this, SORRY!

There was one year where all the adults went out and left my younger sister, myself, and two of my cousins at home. It was around Christmas time. They had already wrapped a lot of the presents and put them under the Christmas tree. That year I asked for the Napoleon Dynamite DVD. If you’re not sure what that is, here is the DVD cover.

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I knew my mom got it for me, so we decided to carefully open the DVD and watch it. The movie was so hilarious and it became one of my favorites. It’s been such a long time since I have watched it. After we finished the movie, we wrapped it back up and put it under the Christmas tree. I made sure the DVD was the first thing I opened on Christmas, haha.

What is a Christmas story that you have? Let me know!

Feel free to take part it in this blog challenge too and link me to your posts, so I can see all the things you love about Christmas! 🙂 Linked down below are the other days I have done in this challenge and another recent post that I’ve done! 🙂

Day Three. – favorite Christmas food.
Day Two. – favorite Christmas tradition.
Day One. – favorite things about Christmas.
2016 Read My Books Challenge. – challenging myself to read the books on my shelves collecting dust!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleychristmas

Day Three||12 Days of Christmas Blogging.

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The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

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Day Three: Your favorite Christmas recipe/food.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is of course the yummy food and the pie! My mom usually makes all the food for Christmas dinner, which is usually what we have for Thanksgiving as well. I LOVE THAT, because her Thanksgiving food is the best. Also, I don’t always have Thanksgiving with her, so it’s nice that I get to still enjoy the food at Christmas time!

I am a huge fan of deviled eggs and I do believe that my mom and I are the only ones in the family that eats them, so she really makes them for me! Me trying to help her make them is always a bad idea, because I probably eat a ton of them before we’re done. Haha. For those of you that do not know what deviled eggs are, here is a picture.

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**not my picture, taken from Google**

Another thing that my mom makes that I love so much is ham roll ups. Me helping her make those is always a fail too, because again I eat more than I make. HAHA. I couldn’t find a picture that I liked on Google, so you’ll have to use your imagination. It’s pretty much ham and cream cheese. You spread the cream cheese on the ham and roll it up! Then  you can cut it in little pieces with toothpicks sticking out of them. SO GOOD!

What is some your favorite Christmas recipes/food? Let me know!


I am really enjoying this Christmas blogging challenge! Feel free to take part it in too and link me to your posts, so I can see all the things you love about Christmas! 🙂 Linked down below are my first two days of this challenge.

Day One.
Day Two.

I hope you have a great day! ❤

ashleychristmas