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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

♫ ♫ It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ♫ ♫ and it is the Hodgepodge!


Happy Christmas

It is Wednesday and it is time for the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

Click here to join the fun! 

We answer the questions.

Let's get started.

 1. What does Christmas mean to you? 

The journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, the Nativity of our Lord, and finally, the life of the Holy Family.

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."

John 1:14 

 2. What's your favorite cozy holiday activity? 

Reading our favorite Christmas stories aloud. 

 3. Is all your shopping-wrapping-baking done? Tell us about your holiday plans.

Not yet, but getting close. We will be traveling to my parents for the Christmas weekend. 

  4. If you were Santa what treat would you like to have left for you (it doesn't have to be milk and cookies!) What sweet or savory treat do you most look forward to indulging in around the holidays? 

I love peanut brittle. 

5. Next Wednesday is the first official day of winter (in the northern hemisphere). How does that make you feel? Tell us what you love most about winter?   

The first day of winter makes me giddy, because I know the days will start to get longer. Slowly at first, but by February we can tell we have more daylight here in Northwest Wisconsin.

I enjoy a day of cross country skiing or snowshoeing. 

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

 I found this idea from Charles Swindoll and thought it worth sharing.

Daily Gifts "our Christmas projects" leading up to December 25th.

Mend a quarrel.

Seek out a forgotten friend.

Write a long overdue love note.

Gladden the heart of a child.



  1. Love your answers. I LOVE peanut brittle, too. I don't make it until the last minute because then I eat it before the holiday ever arrives. Love the picture with the pretty tree in back! xo Diana

  2. I love peanut brittle!! I also love what Charles Swindoll had to say, I must give that some thought and try to act on it. Merry Christmas.

  3. I love these tips from Swindoll! How wonderful that you wll be with your parents for the holiday! This tree is beautiful;looks like it is in a pavilion.

  4. A neighbor dropped by with homemade peanut brittle this afternoon and hubs and I ate the whole bag lol. It wasn't a great big bag : ) Merry Christmas to you and safe travels to your family!

  5. Very nice. Yes, it's beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas. We don't have snow (it all melted with the rain), but we're getting more tonight. And then it will be cold. So it sounds like we'll both have a white Christmas this year. :)

  6. I love these posts! And I love Charles Swindoll's ideas. I might need to do some of these!

  7. I love peanut brittle too. I can't wait for the days to get longer. The daylight seems to to be so short. I know you'll have a wonderful Christmas with Family.
    Take care and stay warm.
    Hugs, Julia

  8. It's definitely a snowshoeing landscape here. How wonderful that you can travel to your parents for a Christmas gathering. Enjoy. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  9. I love this post always. Swindoll's ideas are fabulous. Happy Thursday. xoxo Kris

  10. Yum, peanut brittle! I'm almost done too. Time to slow down and relax a bit. I loved your card and the music themed letter so much! Thank you!

  11. I really enjoyed reading your answers. Enjoy your weekend with your parents. I love your random from Charles Swindoll.

  12. I agree with Ricki, I always love reading the hodgepost posts...and the quote you picked lovely. Food for thought...Merry Christmas!

  13. I know I commented on the peanut brittle...musta gone in your Spam folder)

    Happy holidays to you and yours!

  14. Was just thinking earlier that next week the days will start to get longer again. Janice

  15. Number five made me giggle because TG goes ON and ON about the days beginning to get longer on December 21st. He says it at least six times in December, haahaa! I LOVE cooking and baking and making all of the holiday treats. I am on a strict diet so on a daily basis I do not eat sugar (except as it occurs naturally in some foods like grapes), so I am really looking forward to next Friday when I begin making the things we will need for our Christmas Eve buffet and for Christmas Day. I get to cook for a crowd several times throughout the season and honestly that is almost better to me than presents! Merry Christmas, Carla! xoxo

  16. Your answers to these questions are so you! Thank you especially for the last one, nice projects, all of them. Oh how I used to love peanut brittle but I'm afraid that now RH and I both avoid it for the sake of not cracking the tooth of a senior citizen! Enjoy the Christmas weekend with your family, Carla!

  17. Oh Carla, I loved your "daily gifts." They are so special. Peanut Brittle is Yummy, I like it too! Reading your Christmas stories aloud is wonderful. I still try to keep the "Christmas Carols" alive in our house haha. And lastly, what Christmas means to you is very special, dear friend. Thank you for your blog friendship all these years. You are a treasured friend, with lovely character, filling this world with all things good. Merry Christmas to you, dear Carla.


  18. I had the strangest craving for Peanut Brittle today! But, you couldn't fit a toothpick into the grocery store parking lot, so I will have to wait until another day! It made me so happy today to think that they days will start getting longer now. Some winters I don't mind the shorter days, but this winter I am struggling with the lack of sunshine. Looking forward to minute by minute, getting more daylight!

  19. Looks cold, love the purple tree. Not sure I've ever seen a purple tree before. Favorite part of Christmas is our daughter coming home for a nice long visit. We only see her a few times a year. Cozy...knitting with my daughter while Christmas music is on in the background. Treat would be a nice glass of Bourbon to warm you up after being up on the rooftops. Peanut brittle makes my teeth hurt. I dislike everything about winter, the snow, the ice, the sleet, the cold, the gray ugly darkness that is central Ohio 98% of the time. Thankfully the days are getting longer which has me counting the days until spring.

  20. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to the new year, dear Carla.

  21. Hoping you had a Merry Christmas.
    My good wishes to you and your family for 2023.

    All the best Jan


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