TDOC {Day Eight} – Twelve Days of Christmas Tag

Hi everyone! Welcome to day 8 of TDOC. πŸ™‚ Kellyn tagged me for this, so thank you so much, Kell! ❀

12 Days of Christmas Tag

Rules

  • Link back to the 12DOC blog party or use the party graphic.
  • Answer the 10 questions.
  • Have fun!

Questions

1 // Christmas is the season of hope, joy, and light. What’s your favorite thing to make this season bright?

Hmmm… We don’t have a lot of traditions at Christmas, but I guess the lights, because they’re bright? Haha jk. OK not really. Well I do like the Christmas carols. πŸ™‚ They’re so beautiful and fun to sing.

2 // Reading of the Christmas story, lighting the tree – Which tradition is most special to you?

Like I said, we don’t have a lot of traditions, but I love reading Jotham’s Journey, and opening our presents on Christmas Eve. πŸ™‚

3 // Festive old hymns or glorious new tunes – What are you listening to on repeat?

I like both, actually! I just did a list of my favorite Christmas songs, and I also love Joy To The World and Once in Royal David’s City. I don’t usually listen to songs on repeat except for songs that I REALLY like and just discovered. πŸ˜›

4 // Fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary – Which Christmas books do you love so much that you just have to re-read every year?

Jotham’s Journey, Ishtar’s Odyssey… other than that, not much!

5 // Trees and nativities, bells and bows – Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration?

Definitely the Christmas lights! They’re so festive and bright and cheery.

6 // From the prophets to the gospels, the timeless story is woven. Which Bible passage that speaks of our Savior birth holds a special place in your heart?

I don’t exactly have a favorite verse, but I LOVE the part about the angels going first to the Shepherds. It’s reminds me of humility. So I’m just gonna have to say the same as Kell. πŸ˜›

And there were, in that same country, shepherds, abiding in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night …

 

7 // Glittery snowflakes and shimmering balls to angels and one-of-a-kind creations. Do you have a favorite tree ornament?

Oh my goodness I feel so boring. Maybe I shouldn’t do TDOC. :/ πŸ˜› I don’t have one…. *slinks away*

8 // Red and green, silver and gold, even purple and blue! What’s your favorite color scheme this time of year?

Red and green for sure! Red and green are the original colors, after all.

9 // Between the old and the new, the classics and the cartoons, which Christmas movie do you come back to year after year?

I don’t usually watch Christmas movies particularly at Christmas time, but (honestly I don’t really like A Christmas Carol please don’t kill me *cowers*) I do like The Santa Claus, and I think I will be watching A Christmas Prince over again. πŸ˜‰

10 // Pies and cakes, cookies and sweets. What’s your favorite Christmas treats?

I’m not really a sweet tooth, but I do like pies, so pies! XD

Thank you so much again for tagging me, Kell! πŸ˜€

I tag anyone who wants to do this. πŸ™‚

Goodnight!

~ Zielle

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TDOC {Day seven} – Things I Want to do Different This Christmas + Christmas Playlist

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry I missed days 5 and 6 of Twelve Days of Christmas! I’ve been pretty busy. My brother broke his leg (both his tibia and his fibula), so please pray that there won’t be any complications with the healing and that it will be speedy. πŸ™‚ Thank you!!


Things I Wanna Do Different This Christmas

Christmas hasn’t always been a big celebration of Jesus’ birth to me. I’ve always just acknowledged the giving, spending, and receiving part of Christmas.

This Christmas I want to focus more on what Christmas REALLY means to me. Whenever I think of Christmas, I think ‘humility’. How humble Jesus was to come down to earth as a baby, to be born in a stable, in a trough, in swaddling bands, surrounded by animals, and the first people to see him were Shepherds. Because God loves even the Shepherds.

I’ve never thought of it this way before, and it just popped into my mind now, but maybe the Magi coming after the Shepherds represents how when Jesus comes again he will be like a majestic King.Β  Anyway, that was side track. πŸ˜‰

I also want to spend more time with family. Last year we opened presents and that was the end of it… Phones, internet, ipads, ipads, just shouldn’t be a part of our Christmas celebrations (unless of course you’re taking a video or a picture haha)

So here is a question for you; what comes into your mind when you think of Jesus’ birth? And what does Christmas mean to you?


My Christmas Playlist

I love this song so much! And if it looks like the girl (Teddy aka her real name, Bridgit Mendler) is just mimicking, it’s because this is a tv show. But she actually is singing it. It’s just she’s mimicking her own voice… haha that was not needed was it….*hides

And if you guys haven’t watched this tv show, you HAVE to. It is SO funny! It’s my all time favorite. #charlieissocute

Aussie Jingle Bells will give you an idea of Christmas here in Australia. πŸ˜‰

I love Home Free!

Whew! That was a lot of videos!Β  Glad that’s over. πŸ˜› Haha jk.

Well, Merry Christmas!!

Oh and take a picture of your presents under the tree, or wherever they are. πŸ˜‰

~ Zielle

Twelve Days of Christmas {Day four} – Things I Love And Don’t Love About Christmas in The Summer

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to be sharing with you things I love and don’t love about Christmas in the Summer.

Recently I just sang carols in the park with my choir, so that was good. It could’ve been better, but it was still okay. πŸ™‚

Things I don’t love

  1. We sing carols about snow. And santa. And stuff we don’t have here down under. Seriously. We need more Aussie carols apart from Aussie Jingle Bells!
  2. No sleigh rides and no waking up in the morning to find snow on the tree outside.
  3. No soup or warm hot chocolate with a candy cane. (seriously though I will still eat soup even on the hottest day #souplover)
  4. No snuggling up in front of the fire in your santa suit with a mug of hot chocolate and your favorite book.

Things I Love

  1. More outdoors.

Because the sun is out for a long time and at the latest the sun will go down at 10PM, I have more time to stay outside bashing up that pinata. And since it won’t get freezing cold when it’s dark, I can STILL stay outside with family writing my name in the air with that sparkler. Or playing some Christmas games, or lying in the hammock under the shade of the trees. And I can go to the pool with my family. Or go to the lake and wade.

2. Beach time!

Christmas is the season for joy; and the beach brings lots of joy!

3.Β  We have carols at the park

Where at around 7PM to 9PM we gather at the park and sing Christmas Carols while holding lit candles. It’s good fun and a great time for community. πŸ™‚

4. Instead of curled up in front of the fire reading my favorite book with a mug of hot chocolate, sprawled across the hammock under the leafy trees sipping lemonade or iced tea while reading your favorite book. *sighs contentedly* (personally I prefer cold drinks over hot ones. (not including tea obviously #tealover)

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed that! What are YOUR favorite and non-favorite things about Christmas in the Summer or Winter?

Photography prompt: take a picture of what your Christmas looks like in the Summer or Winter

Merry Christmas! Only 8 more sleeps till christmas!

~ Zielle

Twelve Days of Christmas {Day Three} – I’m Dreaming of a Wacky Christmas

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day three of my Twelve Days of Christmas series! πŸ™‚


Today I have a mini challenge for you.

I challenge you to write poem or a song, or an article, or a story, or WHATEVER you choose (you could just simply answer the questions), answering one or more of these questions (or all of them!):

  • What is the silliest/wackiest/weirdest Christmas gift you have ever received?
  • What is the wackiest Christmas game you’ve ever played?
  • What is the wackiest Christmas decoration you’ve ever had/seen?
  • What is the wackiest/weirdest/silliest Christmas song you’ve ever heard?
  • What is the wackiest thing you’ve worn at Christmas? Or the wackiest thing a family member/friend has worn at Christmas?
  • (Insert your own wacky Christmas happening here)

Before I simply answer some of these questions – in um… answering questions form, let me just tell you that I ATTEMPTED to write a poem answering one of the questions. Just letting you know that I tried…

  • What is the wackiest Christmas game you’ve ever played?

I haven’t played very many Christmas games, actually… but there is a kind of wacky (but fun) game that I WANT to play. It’s kinda wacky in the way that it will make people laugh, I guess? So it’s the Christmas Drawing Game. All the players are blindfolded, and they have to draw certain things on certain places on the paper. And if they get certain things correct, they get points. I imagine it would get pretty funny, judging by how horrible a drawer I am. XD

  • What is the wackiest/weirdest/silliest Christmas song you’ve ever heard?

Home Free’s “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”. It’s so weird but funny. XD

 

  • What is the wackiest thing you’ve worn at Christmas? Or the wackiest thing a family member/friend has worn at Christmas?

I don’t know. I think the closest to the wackiest thing someone in my family has worn is a Santa suit. XD What? It was wacky at the time! I was like 3 years old. πŸ˜›


I’d love to see you guys do this! If you do, put the link down below so I can see it. πŸ™‚

And your photography christmas prompt: take a picture of something funny. It doesn’t have to be Christmas related.

Merry Christmas!

~ Zielle

Twelve Days of Christmas {Day Two} – Singing Carols For The Elderly + Best Books & Movies For This Christmas

**There is one more spot left on AAWC. Unless one of you decides to recruit ten people for the teams, then there is only one more spot left.**

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Every year my choir sings songs at nursing homes for the elderly. That day I was supposed to do mini golf with my parents’ bible study, but I remembered that I had promised to be there with my choir to sing carols.

So I went there, wishing I were somewhere else, and when we were singing I felt this joy inside of me, that we were putting smiles on their faces. And that put a smile on my face as well. I felt happy that I was making someone happy with the talent that God gave me.

Doesn’t it feel great to do something like that? Have you ever had that feeling where you wish you were somewhere else, and you’re reluctant to help and to spread joy, but then you feel this overwhelming happiness that gives YOU joy?


Best Books And Movies For This Christmas


{Books}*

*i actually don’t know very many christmas books, but i’ll do my best

This is one of my favorite books told in the perspective of the magi (the wise men), and one of the magi’s son. I definitely recommend this book and the other books in this advent series!

 

 

 

 

 

 


I love this book so much. It’s a WII, christmas, Cinderella retelling. And if you’re not fond of retellings, this book is worth the read and a very unique retelling at that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


{Movies}

I think this is kind of like a retelling of Beauty And The Beast, but I didn’t figure that out till the end of the movie. XD This movie has a super sweet story that I think you’ll enjoy.

 

 

 

 

I think there are two more movies after this, and they are all great! I love Tim Allen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


And we’re done! πŸ™‚

Again, here is your photography prompt:

Something that captures community, fellowship, love and warmth among friends and family.

did you enjoy this post? | have you watched any of those movies? | have you read any of those books? | are you part of a choir? if so, have you sang at a nursing home before?

Twelve Days of Christmas {Day One} – 5 Fun Family Christmas Games

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Hi everyone! I’ve decided to do Blogmas. But since I am late, I’ve decided to do the 12 days leading up to Christmas, including Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

To make it a bit more fun, each Twelve Days of Christmas day, I’m going to give you guys a photography challenge relating to Christmas. This is just for fun, but I’ll pick my favorite photo and feature it in my next TDCD post!


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*I feel like I’m in Hunger Games…

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This is a really fun yet sad game to play. πŸ˜‰ The aim of the game is to get the present that you want. Leading up to Christmas, each family member (or guest) buys a present. Our family is doing it that we buy a present 5 bucks or under (or more, depending on how much money we have). It can be any present that will suit your age ranges, and preferably something that can be used by both genders.

When the games starts, each person picks one wrapped gift. When they open it, and if they don’t like their present, they may STEAL a present from someone else in exchange for their gift. However, the person they stole it from cannot steal their present back. Each person can only steal once. But you can alter the rules and change it to three times depending on how you would like to play this game. πŸ™‚

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*no that is not the real name πŸ˜‰

This game is really simple and fun, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money.

The game starts of with each family member giving an equal amount of money. Our family is giving 3 bucks each, but you can give as much or as little as you want each.

You put all the money into a box and wrap it up.

You will also need:

  • A santa hat (or just a normal hat if you don’t have one)
  • Kitchen Mitts
  • A dice

The aim of the game is to open that present. The winner gets all the money inside.

Another variation of the game is to chip in money to buy a present for the game.

To play, you each take turns rolling the dice. When someone rolls a six, they grab the santa hat and the kitchen mitts and they put it on and try to open the present. The rest of the people keep rolling the dice. If someone else rolls a six, they put the mitts and the hat on and try to open it. The person who successfully unwraps the present gets the gift inside.

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This game is pretty self explanatory. We won’t be playing this one because one of us forgot to count the baubles on the tree while putting them on. *looks for someone to blame

So unless you have a way of counting all the baubles on the tree while they are already on there, this game is for those of you who haven’t put up their tree yet. πŸ˜›

Simply guess the amount of baubles on the tree and whoever gets the closest wins a prize (like a pat on the back)!

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Minute to Win it is basically little challenges where the contestants have one minute to do the thing they are supposed to do. Here are some suggestions for Minute to Win it:

  • Pick up as many candy canes as you can with a candy cane in your mouth before the time runs out. No hands!
  • In a minute, dress a teammate up like a Christmas tree with as many decorations as you can. (this one obviously may cause a little more money for extra decor)

And that’s all I got. πŸ˜›


 

Well, I hope you enjoyed that!

Oh! I almost forgot! Your photography challenge today is to take a picture of your christmas decorations. Your lights outside, your Christmas tree, etc. OR, you can take a picture of your favorite Christmas game. πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, at the moment I don’t have a picture, but I’ll try put one up in the next post.

*Bis spater!

*Ja, ich bin lernt Deutsch!
**which means ‘yes, i am learning german!’and ‘bis spater’ means ‘see you later’

will you be trying any of these games? | have you played any of them? | which game was your favorite? | did you understand my instructions??? | do you understand/speak German?

~ Zielle