T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate

After a short visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington Vanderbilt II, found the perfect location for his COUNTRY HOME! Biltmore Estate is a large (6,950 acres or 11 square miles), private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Chateau-style mansion built between 1889 and 1895 and is…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Christmas Is Over Bring On the New Year!

Come in, come in! We are having a heatwave, it’s up to 48 degrees today, so let’s celebrate with some fruitcake! Remember before Thanksgiving I made two fruitcakes, which were slathered in rum, wrapped up tight, and put in my bedroom closet to ferment? I had set a reminder on my phone because I was…

Christmas Special Writing Prompts: Days 9, 10, 11

Well, I got a little behind this weekend!  I was shopping and watching football, basketball and Season 2 of The Crown, oh my! Got all my runs in too! But, let’s get on to the writing! Oh gee, I would be embarrassed to write a letter to Santa!  It would have to be a more…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 8

Gosh, I don’t think there is just one part to like, Christmas is the entire package! I like the busy-ness of the season, the preparing of the food, the decorating of the house, tree and outdoors, the buying of presents and wrapping. It is getting ready for the Christ Child to renew your heart…… prepare…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 7

I have always wanted to go to Quebec City, Canada at Christmas or for the Winter Carnival at the end of January. I love everything about the city! It is easy to get to from the US. The decorations at any time of year are fabulous. I can practice speaking French. We have been there…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 6

My Christmas decorating starts right after Thanksgiving! This year we even got the tree the day before Thanksgiving because my daughter was here with her big SUV, to lug the tree home, and she was here to decorate it as well! We collect Christmas ornaments from our travels during the year and put them in…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 5

Yes, my husband and I both send out our own Christmas cards. When we got married my husband was in the military and  had a Christmas list of hundreds! This list was built from a twenty-four year career, so I didn’t know many of these people. So we established lists of yours, mine and ours,…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 4

It begins to feel like Christmas to me as soon as I see a Christmas commercial on TV. That starts right after Halloween! However, as it gets into Thanksgiving and we watch Macy’s Christmas parade and there is football, football and more football and more commercials, it seems I steadily get more Christmasy! Then the…

Christmas Special Writing Prompts: One, Two and Three

I just found this in my email and it looked very interesting, so I think I shall participate! Every day of December we will get a Christmas writing prompt so here goes! I will be doing three today to catch up! How did I spend last Christmas? It must have been a quiet day because…

Christmas Foods and Traditions: Stargazy Pie

I watched a good movie this week called Ladies in Lavender. The plot is so-so, and I don’t know where the lavender comes in, but my favorite actresses, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are featured in it, so it makes my Favorites List. The movie was filmed in Cornwall and the coastal scenery is beautiful…

Christmas Foods and Traditions: Cooking With Nigella

Last year for Christmas I gave myself one of the best gifts ever! Yes, I do give myself Christmas gifts, why not? When you get up in years you can do whatever you want. It was a subscription to Acorn TV, the All British TV Series. I love it and have watched nearly every show…

Christmas Traditions: The Poor Chimney Sweep

In Victorian times everyone would want their chimney swept before Christmas. Today we see the chimney sweep displayed on holiday cards as a cherub little boy, broom in hand. But, do we really know what it was like to be a chimney sweep? The chimney sweep was an essential part of London since 1200 when…

Christmas Traditions: The Greenery and Candles

The Victorians loved bringing in the countryside for their seasonal decorations. Fresh greenery, such as berried evergreens, mistletoe, ivy and later holly were made into decorations for many weeks before the holiday. Holly was used in Roman solstice ceremonies and it was believed that the red berries would ward off evil spirits and stormy weather….