Monday, December 11, 2017

~ Winter Wonderland Tag ~

Hello, my little friends! 
I don't know if any of you have noticed, but... IT'S DECEMBER. And December always gets me thinking about Winter.
So, I came up with this cute little tag so that we can appreciate Winter better. Yes, yes... I know that the First Day of Winter isn't technically until December 21st... but hey.
We can still have fun with this Winter weather by doing a tag, right?  
Here are the rules!
  • Link back to The Storybook Journal (Tryin' to get famous over here, peeps.)
  • Answer the questions; think Winter-y thoughts! Include pictures, if you like.
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers, or more if you're feeling ambitious. :)
 Here I go:
1. Name a few things you love about Winter, and a few things you don't love so much about it.
I have a strange love-hate relationship with Winter. It is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite season in the whole year. One thing's for sure, though. Come March, I'm always ready and waiting for SPRING. 
Things I LOVE:
1. Snooooowwww. Especially the kind that clings to the trees. Who doesn't love to wake up in the morning and look out the window to see their yard covered in glistening powdered sugar...? 
2. How grey the sky is (Nah, I'm not a gloomy person; I just like grey.)
3. Cold hands. I am very intrigued by cold hands. Don't ask: you know me well enough to understand that I like strange things for no apparent reason.

Things I DO NOT LOVE:
1. Slushy, dirty, wet, depressing snow. In other words, OLD snow that needs to MELT and DIE.
2. The cooooolllllld *shivers*. TURN UP THE HEAT, WILL YOU?!?!?!?!?
3. It's too long. :( Generally speaking, I like Winter, but too much of one thing is never good (except when you're talking about God, of course). Come January, I'm pretty much ready for Spring.




2. When you were a child, did you "believe" in Santa Claus?
Why no! We didn't "do" the whole Mr. Fatty Claus thing. (*EXCUSE ME* I mean SANTA Claus...). We never did The Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny either. 
We just did God. XD 
Anyways. Last time I checked, Santa didn't die for anyone. He can't save anyone. Or am I somehow getting this mixed up? *shrugs*

3. Is there a book or movie that you really love to read in the Winter as opposed to other times of year?
I like to watch (and read!) Bleak House in the Winter. It's kind of a Winter-y series- complete with oppressive gloom, cloudy, depressing skies and shivering poor people. I mean, Charles Dickens wrote it, so you know it's "bleak" for sure.
I also like to read the Lord of the Rings in the Wintertime. Not the whole series, but I love to pick out my favorite sections throughout the trilogy (#Faramir and Eowyn #aw yiss).
For some reason, whenever I imagine dangerous medieval quests, I imagine them to be in Winter. I don't know why.



4. Is there a particular Christmas movie that you watch EVERY year as tradition?
When I was growing up, we would always watch It's a Wonderful Life (because you know... Jimmy Stewart is the best and why else?) around Christmastime, but I think last year we watched White Christmas instead, which was also pretty enjoyable. 



5. Do you usually get a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Who's in charge of decorating it at your house?
Every year, for as long as I can remember, we've gotten a REAL tree. Sure, you have to clean up the needles. Sure, you have to remember to water it. Sure, you gotta haul it in and haul it out every year. Sure, it's harder to put the lights on because the needles STICK you. Sure, sure, sure. BUT THAT'S WHAT WE LIKE TO DO, OK.
*tosses head*  



6. Does your family usually stay home or go visiting (friends, relatives, etc.) on Christmas Day?
We always, always, ALWAYS stay home on Christmas Day. Sometimes we go places on Christmas EVE, but on Christmas DAY we stay home. I think Christmas would be ruined for me if I had to GO anywhere. :P

7. What does your family usually do on New Years Eve? Any traditions? Do you ever stay up till midnight?
Yes, and yes. We always stay up till midnight. We play games and eat homemade appetizers. We turn on the TV and watch 'The Ball" drop in New York. We go out on the porch and say "Happy New Year". Then, we go to bed. Sound like fun?
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8. Do you get snow where you live? If so, have you ever built a snowman and named him Olaf?
Why, no. I can sing the song, though.



9. If it's snowing outside, would you prefer to go outside and build snowmen and enjoy it, or would you rather stay inside with a blanket and something hot to drink and maybe a movie or a book? 
It depends on the kind of snow it is (such as sticky, or wet and soppy, etc), and what sort of mood I'm in at the time. I usually like to stay inside and look out the window, but I have been guilty of enjoying the snow out-of-doors too.

10. When do you start looking forward to or getting excited about Spring?
Well, every Winter, Spring seems to be in the back of my mind. I ALWAYS look forward to Spring, even in the SUMMER I like Spring the best. But I would say that after my birthday and after Valentine's day, there's nothing else for me to look forward to, so I just keep looking for Spring. 
So yeah, after Valentine's day. :)

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Well, there you go. I hope you enjoy my little tag. :) Have a good Winter, peeps! I tried to post this close to Christmas, but not TOO close so that people would still have time to do it!

Here is the list of questions:

1. Name a few things you love about Winter, and a few things you don't love so much about it.
2. When you were a child, did you "believe" in Santa Claus?
3. Is there a book or movie that you really love to read in the Winter as opposed to other times of year?
4. Is there a particular Christmas movie that you watch EVERY year as tradition?
5. Do you usually get a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Who's in charge of decorating it at your house?
6. Does your family usually stay home or go visiting (relatives, friends, etc.) on Christmas Day?
7. What does your family usually do on New Years Eve? Any traditions? Do you ever stay up till midnight?
8. Do you get snow where you live? If so, have you ever built a snowman and named him Olaf?
9. If it's snowing outside, would you prefer to go outside and build snowmen and enjoy it, or would you rather stay inside with a blanket and something hot to drink and maybe a movie or a book?
10. When do you start looking forward to or getting excited about Spring?


-Amaris

19 comments:

  1. Ooh, tagged or untagged I always "borrow" the questions for tags I like, so I'm going to have to do this one.

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    1. Livia:
      I'm glad you enjoyed! By all means, go ahead and 'borrow'. :) I hope you have fun with it! I will look forward to reading your answers. :)
      -Amaris

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  2. Um, EX-CAH-UUUUUSEEE ME??? Santa died for Scott Calvin!!!

    Haha, really though, our family never did Santa either. In fact, when I was three, I called him "The Lie Guy", and would give a little snotty know-it-all, "why Santa is not real", lecture to everyone who asked me if I was ready for Santa to come. Our family does pretend that St. Nicholas is still "alive" on St. Nicholas day, but actual Christmas is all about Christ. :).

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    1. Victoria:
      *ahem* You must excuse me, I stand corrected. It seems that Santa did in fact die for someone. Well, good for him. :)
      That is hilarious that you used to do that! One time a lady asked me if I was ready for Santa, and I said "No, I don't believe in Santa; I believe in Jesus." :D
      Thanks for the comment!
      -Amaris

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  3. I love this!! I'll do it on my new blog and this one =D
    ~Evie

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    1. Evie:
      By all means! :D I hope you enjoy answering the questions!
      -Amaris

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  4. I think it's hilarious that you don't remember telling me EVER that Santa rearranged is Satan. *folds arms*
    Cause I know you guilty.
    *squints*
    Old disagreements aside, I love this post. :) So wintery, and Christmas-y, and that's "the most wonderful time of the year" for me.
    Ooh, cold hands. Yissss. Hands in general. Yissss. :D
    I always want to read Miracles on Maple Hill, The Book Thief, North and South, and various parts of LotR and the Hobbit. Laketown and the pretty much all of the Two Towers, ya feel me? :)
    Anyway, very nice, my dear. *claps* Scoops.
    -Diana

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    1. I'M SORRY OK I JUST DON'T REMEMBER TELLING YOU THAT. When was it? Last Christmas? Years ago? TELL ME.
      I'm glad you like the post!
      Yep. I know you like them hands. *winks* I like 'em too, friend.
      Miracles on Maple Hill... I have not heard of that one!!

      HOORAY I GET SCOOPS.
      YAY.
      -Amaris

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    2. First time you said that was in CHEC, and I'm pretty sure you told me multiple times afterwards, like whenever we talked about Christmas movies.
      Miracles on Maple Hill is by Virginia Sorenson, and I suppose "technically" it would be considered a children's book. I read it growing up, and it's always been that story that I HAVE to read the first time it snows, and always around Christmas. It has a lot to do with spring and summer too, though, so I read it during the beginning of those seasons too. It makes me think of my whole childhood, wrapped up in one book. It's that sort of magical. :) So while it's probably a children's book, and it may not even be that good to some people, it's always been and always will be a special book to me.

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    3. Hm. Well, saying it at CHEC makes sense because I don't really remember much of what we talked about during those early months of friendship. :)
      Some children's books can be quite nice! Just because it's in the 'kids section' of any given bookstore doesn't mean it doesn't have heart. :)
      And that sounds like a good one!
      -Amaris

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  5. Thank you for the tag, dear!! I'm taking a break currently from blogging. I really appreciate you thinking of me! <3 Merry Christmas!!!!

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    1. No problem, dear! I hope you are enjoying your December. :D
      Merry Christmas to you!!!
      -Amaris

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  6. Thank you for tagging me, Amaris!! I might try to do the questions on my blog if I have time! :D

    "I have a strange love-hate relationship with Winter. It is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite season in the whole year. One thing's for sure, though. Come March, I'm always ready and waiting for SPRING." << I THINK YOU JUST DESCRIBED ME. ;D

    I like grey, too.

    And yuuuuss. Old snow is the worst. Blegh.

    We watch It's a Wonderful Life pretty much every Christmas Eve. I love that movie. <3

    All the pictures you chose are so pretty!!

    Merry Christmas!!!

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    1. Natalie:
      You're welcome! I hope you enjoy answering the questions. :)

      We must have the same opinion about Winter. :D It's not my favorite season, but I do love some things about it.

      FINALLY SOMEONE ELSE WHO LIKES GREY. Seriously, almost everyone I know thinks I'm nuts because I love grey. :)

      Ah yes. It's a Wonderful Life. Good choice, good choice!

      I hope you have a Merry Christmas as well!
      -Amaris

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    2. Really? Yes, I love grey! (Or gray. ;)) It makes me think of the ocean and cloudy days and rain and all sorts of lovely things. :)

      Thank you!!

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    3. I did the tag! :) Thanks again.

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    4. Oh good! :D *goes over to read your post*
      -Amaris

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  7. Thanks so much for tagging me in this! I love the questions. <3

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    1. You're welcome! And thank you. <3
      -Amaris

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