The Meaning of Christmas + Link-Up

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It’s Christmas week already, which is hard to believe! Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year isn’t it? Typically, it’s busy with parties, programs and pageants as well as shopping, wrapping and traveling. What a whirlwind it can be! Yet, amongst all the busyness I am usually reminded of the sweet childhood memories with my family while I was growing up in Iowa.

At Christmas time there was usually a blanket of snow on the ground and the air was crisp. Our family {my mom’s side} would gather on Christmas Eve and attend church together. From there we all piled into Grandma and Grandpa’s house for the best homemade delights to fill our tummies. Being from Norwegian descent we had some traditional food and usually sang I Am So Glad Each Christmas Eve in the native tongue {Norwegian that is}. Here’s what that sounded like.

Okay, they are probably better than we were but it was a sweet time!

There was always some favorite foods too, which were Norwegian, of course. For me, I always loved my Grandma’s lefse and my aunt’s kringla. I made a Pinterest board in case you’re interested in seeing what those are. The one food that I refused to eat was called lutefisk. It’s cod-fish dried {in lye}. It’s cooked in boiling water and served with hot butter. Trust me…the hot butter is the best part.

Follow A Lovely Little Wardrobe’s board norwegian recipes on Pinterest.

We also had a stories, laughs, a gift exchange and a birthday cake for Jesus. Of course we did! He’s the reason that we actually have the blessing to celebrate Christmas. It was one of my favorite days of the year growing up and I cherish those memories.

Now that I’m actually on the empty nest side of life and live far away from most of my family, Christmas is different. I still long for those favorite moments from my childhood and Norwegian food but what’s most important is that I still celebrate the birth of Jesus, Immanuel, God with us.

Yes, I’ll still go to church on Christmas Eve and I like to wear something pretty. I’m not sure what’s going to be this year but this is my ootd from last year.

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I’m sure we all have favorite Christmas songs. I grew up listening to Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis as well as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Some great singers and I loved pulling out the vinyl when I was growing up to hear the traditional carols being sung. Back in the 90’s a country singer {John Berry} released a version of O Holy Night that I simply adore and wanted to share with you.

 The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear…Buddy the Elf said something like that didn’t he? This Flash Mob might just be evidence to support Buddy’s belief. It’s another personal favorite.

Merriest of Christmas to you, dear readers! I not only hope that you’ll enjoy time with precious loved ones and build joyous memories but honestly my hope is that you know the one whose birth is celebrated during this season. Be Merry. Be Bright. Be Blessed! And since it’s Monday, it’s time for our link-up. Thanks to everyone who joined in last week. Whitney, Casey and I enjoyed reading your posts and searching for our favorite looks. Can’t wait to see what you lovely ladies link up this week.   BLOG LINK UP BUTTON FINAL

Hosted by ~

 

Carrie/A Lovely Little Wardrobe ~ Bloglovin/Facebook/Instagram

 

Whitney/Whitney à La Mode ~ Bloglovin/Instagram

 

Casey/A Little Bit of Cheer ~ Bloglovin/Facebook/Instagram

 Each week we choose a favorite…check out Casey & Whitney’s blogs to see if it’s you! My favorite this week is Jennie’s post from A Pocketful of Polka Dots. I thought it was a great post where she collaborated with several other bloggers for holiday wedding looks. Everyone looks absolutely fabulously festive. You can read the post and see all the looks here.

Now let’s get linking! We like to keep things simple around here. Just link up your favorite posts–fashion, beauty, food, DIY, anything goes! Follow your hosts on social media, have fun and be inspired! Thanks for linking up! WehaveaddedaPinterest board where we’ll be pinninglooksandanInstagram hashtag. Feel free to add #lovelylittlealamode toyourlooksonInstagram that you link up with us.

Where you’ll find me linking up.

 

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  • Living on Cloud Nine
    Merry Christmas beautiful!! I loved hearing abut your traditions and O Holy Night is one of my all time favorites, just so calming and beautiful. May your Christmas be filled with all the things you adore you sweet and special lady!!! Hugs!!
    • Merry Christmas to you, precious one! Be blessed and enjoy the days with your family. Be sure to hug your sweet and gorgeous mama! xoxo
  • Carrie, thank you very much for choosing my look from last week! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your holiday traditions and meals with your family. As our boys are older now, Christmas feels different here, too. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    • Merry Christmas, the ever lovely Jennie! Enjoy the time with your family.
  • Thanks for linking up! xox -Patti http://notdeadyetstyle.com
    • Thanks for hosting, Patti. Merry Christmas!
  • Ooh I'll have to check out your Norwegian food Pinterest board. I haven't eaten Norwegian food before so I'm intrigued! I love Christmas music, and it's especially fun to listen to when my little one sings along! :)
    • Kringla is probably the easiest to make and so delicious! Merry Christmas, friend!
  • I love this outfit! I have a similar pair of pants and I am always looking for ways to style them. TFS!
    • Love a good pair of hounds tooth. Enjoy these days and Merry Christmas!
  • Darcy
    I always love all the traditions that come from the holidays. No matter how much I grow up, I always remember the things we did to celebrate when I was younger! www.amemoryofus.com
    • Agreed! Memories from the younger days are the best. Merry Christmas, Darcy!
  • Merry Christmas!!!! :) Jaymie
    • Merry Christmas to you, sweet Jaymie!
  • Emma Peach
    Love your houndstooth trousers, very chic! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :-) Emma xxx www.style-splash.com
    • Thank you, Emma! May your Christmas be blessed and joyous!
  • Merry Christmas Carrie! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
    • Thank you, Shelly! Merry Christmas to you. Be blessed!
  • ADA
    Such a great and well-written post. I think paired with a red sweater your classic houndstooth pants make for a great Christmas outfit. And yes Jennie looked fantastic last week for our special collaboration. Hope you like my special post today, as well. Merry Christmas! <3 Ada.
    • Thank you, Ada! Hope you have a lovely and very Merry Christmas with your precious family!
  • Casey
    Be blessed this holiday, sweet friend!! I love reading about your family memories :) Hope you make a few more this year! XOXOXO
    • You too my friend! Merry Christmas! xoxo
  • jess
    Hi Carrie, my lovely friend. Such lovely writing and sentiment. I took this week off from the blog as to celebrate with family and friends but wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. I loved reading about the traditions your Norwegien food and the music and celebration at church. I miss some of the things we did during this time, such as visit the decorated windows at the dept store, etc Merry Christmas to you and your family! Xx jess www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com
  • hope you have a very merry Christmas!!! Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy