These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things…

Christmas is just under two weeks away! Yikes! Is everyone ready?


We can’t let the stress of the holidays rob us of the pleasures and joys of the holidays. So, let’s talk about the good things about Christmas.

Christmas tree

These are a few of my favorite things…

  • Christmas trees – There are few things as beautiful as a lit, decorated Christmas tree. What’s more romantic than snuggling up before the tree with all the lights off?
  • Christmas Eve Church Service – The Poinsettia, the songs, the joy and the love make this service extra special for me. stain glass window
  • Christmas Shows – I love the old, favorites such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (original), Santa Claus is Coming To Town, It’s a Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown Christmas and of course Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. What are some of your favorites?
  • Nutcrackers – We have a large collection of nutcrackers, even a Steelers nutcracker 🙂  nutcrackers
  • Fancy Wrapped Presents – Even though I know the gifts are not the ‘reason for the season’ presents in brightly-colored wrapping paper stir my cat-curiousity. I love to imagine what treasures they contain.  Santa Claus
  • Chex Mix, Nut Roll & Christmas Cookies – Oh, all the goodies of the holidays. What is your favorite holiday cookie?
  • The Children – The simple wonder in the faces of the children. child at Christmas

So, tell us what are some of your favorite things?


Enjoy some of my other Christmas posts:

10 Of My Favorite Christmas Movies

Christmas Pets


Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Reasons To HATE The Holidays

Since I have a cold today and with my head so clogged I couldn’t form a coherent sentence, I thought you might get a chuckle out of this blog post from The Phil Factor.

The Phil Factor

You’re a mean one Mister Grinch. You really are a heel. You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel, Mister Grinch. You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel.

Yup, that’s me; King of sarcasm and hater of all things jolly. I’m not saying that there aren’t things to love about the holidays. There are plenty, but c’mon everybody, if we’re truly being honest with ourselves, there are a lot of things to hate about the holidays. Here’s my top ten, and in the spirit of a gift that keeps on giving, I’m hoping I’ll mention one or two things you haven’t noticed before and from this day forward you won’t be able to not notice them.

10. Candy canes: They’re sticky. That’s pretty much it. I like the minty flavor, but I can get that in a York Peppermint Patty without my lips, tongue…

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10 Of My Favorite Christmas Movies

Here are my ten favorite Christmas movies in no particular order:

Christmas gold & silver

  1. Christmas with the Kranks
  2. A Christmas Carol (classic version)
  3. The Polar Express
  4. Miracle on 34th Street
  5. The Santa Clause
  6. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original version)
  7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  8. It’s a Wonderful Life
  9. The Sound of Music (maybe not a Christmas themed movie but they always play it around Christmas time)
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation


There are hundreds of movies with a Christmas theme, but I enjoy wholesome, family type movies for such a spiritual holiday. Some of the older movies I enjoy because they bring back wonderful memories from my childhood Christmases.

What do you think? Do you like any of the movies listed above? What are some of your favorites?

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Spread the goodwill around to everyone, friend or stranger.

Christmas tree

Click to read My 12 Romantic Days of Christmas

Friday Fun Post #20: Christmas Pets

What is cuter than our pets decorated for Christmas? Let these pictures bring a smile to your face today.

Cat with Christmas necklace


black dog in Santa suit


cat in the Christmas tree

This cat is wearing the Christmas tree.


light brown dog in Santa suit


I’ve always wondered what the pets think of being dressed up by humans 🙂 Our cat, Aggie Girl, will not agree to being dressed up. But she loves laying under the tree and any boxes become hers.

cat under the tree


Do you dress up your pets?

Friday Fun Post #19: Free!

Another Friday that needs some fun injected into it. So how about some fun for FREE! I found these Christmas wallpapers that are free to download and enjoy:

Christmas Gold & Silver

Christmas Reds

Christmas In Blues

Just type in your search engine “Free Christmas Wallpapers” and then click on an image to view and download.

Of these three examples, which one is your favorite?

If you missed the last Friday Fun Post, click here.

My 12 Romantic Days of Christmas

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Now tie that in with romance and you have a win-win situation.

So I thought it would be fun to change the traditional 12 Days of Christmas into My 12 Romantic Days of Christmas.

Here goes:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

a big diamond ring.

diamond ring

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

a pair of Mandarin Ducks.

Pair of Mandarins

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

a three pound box of chocolates.

heart shaped chocolates

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

four cuddly kittens.

four kittens

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

a five-piece string ensemble.

string instrument

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

a six-course meal.

6 course dinner

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

a Pandora bracelet with seven beads.


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

eight chocolate covered cherries.

chocolate covered cherries

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

nine-day tropical vacation

tropical island resort - morgue file

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

ten candles surrounding a bathtub.

candles and bathtub

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

eleven romantic kisses.

ruby red lips

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

twelve long-stemmed roses.

bouquet of red roses


So what are some of your ideas of romantic gifts? I’d love to hear them.

Here’s wishing all my friends and followers a Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

Is a New Rolls-Royce on Your Christmas List?

Tonight’s the night Santa flies all around the world bringing gifts to one and all. Does your Christmas wish list include a brand new Rolls-Royce? Well, if you live in Hong Kong maybe it does. Hong Kong has more Rolls-Royces per person than any other city in the world.

The-spirit-of-Ecstasy--Flying-Lady hood ornament

Over a lunch in 1904, Henry Royce, an engineer, and Charles Rolls, owner of one of the first car dealerships, envisioned the Rolls-Royce Limited. Since then, every Rolls-Royce is hand-built right down to seamstresses, surface finish technicians and French polishers. Sixty pairs of hands are involved in creating each one of the most luxurious motor cars in the world.

Understandably, a Rolls-Royce is a pretty hefty ticket for your Christmas list. A 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost will run you over $250,000 (US) and the Phantom goes for around $400,000 (US).

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Image by Mr. Choppers

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

These cars are also physically hefty weighing around 5,600 pounds each. How would Santa Claus (Sing Daan Lou Yan in Cantonese) ever transport a present that big? Well, ask any 6-year-old and they’ll tell you that Santa has magic. So I guess he would use that magic to get it to your driveway with the traditional big red bow on top.

The Peninsula Hong Kong, a luxury hotel located in Kowloon, has a fleet of fourteen Rolls-Royces to transport their customers, each painted the distinctive Peninsula Green.

Wonder how people in Hong Kong can afford so many Rolls-Royces? It’s most likely due to Hong Kong’s free economy. No sales tax, no capital gains tax. Just imagine it. And their income tax (salary tax to them) ranges from 2% for those earning less than $35,000 (HK) a year to 14% for an annual income between $70,000 (HK) to $105,000 (HK). The richest people pay only 20% for incomes above $105,000 (HK).

So, what’s so special about a Rolls-Royce? Here are just a few of its luxuries:

  • hidden Rolls-Royce umbrella in each door
  • deep, lambs wool rugs under your feet
  • the seats have increased quantity of stitching that improves the rigidity and support for your back
  • heating in all seats comes standard
  • each veneer comes from a single tree to create seamless flow of wood
  • a cool box in the rear compartment with champagne flutes

Oh, how romantic it would be to ride to and from your wedding in a Rolls-Royce. Some how the fairy tale princess dress just seems to belong in a luxury car.

Wouldn’t it make your date feel like a queen if you picked her up  in a Rolls-Royce?

How would you plan your romantic evening in a Rolls-Royce?


Hong Kong Treasure: A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?            Coming in 2014!