Friday, December 18, 2020

Sunday Post #381



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Hard to believe Christmas is in a week! Happy Friday all! Hope everyone has a great start to their weekend. I have some shopping to do this weekend- I decided to go with the meatballs I mentioned last week, so I have to get some last minute stuff. Otherwise just a few gifts to buy. What is everyone's favorite part about Christmas? Do you have a fave holiday song?  

I noticed this week that I added a few IG followers- and I haven't posted there in eons! I appreciate the adds though and I really need to get busy over there. Thanks to everyone who followed! I'm here.   


Song of the week


PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 


BOOKISH LINKS 

This is nice- highlights are the steplights at 15:09 and the skating at 18:20. 

  

This is a beautiful night tour with Christmas lights.

 

  


88 comments:

  1. I used to enjoy the gift exchange, the lights in everyone's windows and tinsel in my house. We don't bother with any of it now except the food!

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  2. It's crazy how fast the year has been passing. Glad you are going with the meatballs. They sound amazing! I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday! Favorite holiday song? Hmmmm, I am very partial to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. It's a total bop, but The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole is another all-time fave.

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    1. I know! Yeah meatballs- once I got it on my mind it was hard to talk me out of it. :)

      Thank you! you too

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  3. Woah! That last image is beautiful!!

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  4. I always enjoy your posts so much! Loved the gif and the Peter Pan poster. And of course the Tokyo waking tours videos. I hope your Friday was nice.

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  5. I can't believe next week is Christmas! I'm mostly done shopping and wrapping, but there's always something you've forgotten, right? I also have a few things I need to buy. Hope you have a wonderful holiday😁

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  6. Happy Friday, Greg! December really has just flown by.

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  7. I can't believe it's the weekend already! Favorite Christmas songs: Mary Did You Know, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, and that David Bowie and Bing Crosby version of Little Drummer Boy. :D

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    1. I know. Ooh I like those- especially Little Drummer By!

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  8. Meatballs sound great, I’m already worried in case I forget to defrost the turkey on time! We go back into lockdown on the 26th as the new COVID strain is spreading quickly here, so this weekend it’s getting in those last few essentials.

    Have a great Christmas!

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    1. I always worry about that at Thanksgiving time too! And yikes- sorry to hear that

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  9. I think the meatballs are going to be a great choice! We just finalized our Christmas day menu and it's a little different from what we normally do, so it should be fun!

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    1. I'm looking forward to it. My aunt usually makes a marinara and Swedish version- I'm just doing marinara this year. Have a great Christmas!

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  10. That Peter Pan art is beautiful! I make NOTHING because I am me, but meatballs sound good! My aunt usually does Christmas and everyone (like the "real" adults, of which I do not consider myself) go to her house to make ravioli, but obviously that won't be happening this year. So, my dad has decided that he is making Christmas dinner, and he is going to take Lena to the store to plan it next week when my mom and I take Sammy to his pre-op appointments at the far away hospital. Apparently my brother is coming even though my dad is still not talking to him. The JOLLINESS, Greg. It never ends. I have ZERO gifts to buy because I am a champ who always finishes shopping super early, BUT I have wrapped NOTHING, not a single thing, and now I want to cry hah. If we were allowed in Japan, I'd say let's go, looks nice there, why am I here with snow and unwrapped gifts?! But alas 😂

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    1. Isn't it? That's actually a book cover (you probably already know this) but I love that art style. Anyway sorry to hear about your brother- hopefully him and your dad can patch things up? But either way hope you have a great Christmas!

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  11. I just had my breakfast walking in Tokyo, thank you :) The Peter Pan poster is beautiful ! We don't watch Christmas programs or listen to Christmas music here, we concentrate on the food ^^

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  12. Christmas this year has completely crept up on me, I didn't bother decorating or going to any trouble to be honest, it's just been that type of year. We'll be having Christmas lunch at home and looking forward to a quiet day of relaxing. I usually cook for the entire family every year and it'll be lovely to just have a break. I hope you have a brilliant Christmas Greg!

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    1. Same. Can't believe we're in Christmas week. It has been that kind of year. That sounds like a lovely day.

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  13. I had to finish my shopping so much earlier this year since everything needed to be shipped. I'm not into Chrostmas music but have always liked Holy Night. Happy holidays!

    Natflix&Books

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    1. Holy Night one of my favorites. And yes it was different this year!

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  14. Happy Weekend, Gorgeous Greg! All my gifts are done, but this postal situation has been a little bit of a bother. A few things I haven't received, and a few of the people I've sent to haven't received. I can't believe we're almost into another year, but 2020 has been something else! Yes, I'm that person who can truly sit and watch a burning fireplace, and I love yours. I enjoy watching the Hallmark Channel one on Christmas Day because there are kittens and puppies jumping around and having. My favorite thing about Christmas is to see the kindness of everyone, and to enjoy the festive light displays that people do. So many creative ideas. Really enjoying the Tokyo Christmas lights too. Meatballs it is! Hugs and hope that you are feeling well! RO

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    1. You too! How is Ro doing? And I love those ambient relaxing vids...

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  15. I am officially finished with gift, just need to wrap the husbands and I am done. I love giving gifts, it's my favorite part. Obviously harder to pick stuff out this year but I did enjoy getting a few things. :)

    I hope you have an amazing week, Greg! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Yay! And yes watching everyone open presents is special.

      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  16. Meatballs are a good choice. I love watching the Christmas tress and decorations. And that is the best part of the festivities, even though I personally do not celebrate it. Love your pics.

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  17. Love that Peter Pan graphic. Look, Wendy - I can fly!! I did my last Christmas shopping this morning when I came from church and if anything is still amiss, we make do without it!

    Have a good week my friend, sure we'll chat again. But by any chance we don't - have a wonderful and blessed Christmas! Enjoy those meatballs.

    Elza Reads

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    1. Right? And same, did my last minute shopping this weekend...

      Merry Christmas!

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  18. I am a great big humbug when it comes to Christmas these days and just prefer to skip right on over to January. I don't have a favorite song I like pretty much all the tradition Christmas songs.

    Merry Christmas,
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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    1. Ha I'm with you and I like most of the songs too

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  19. My favorite Christmas tradition is that my dad and me decorate the tree on Christmas Eve. This year we will do that hopefully too. Wishing you and your loved ones Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Stay safe and well.

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    1. That sounds nice. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  20. I absolutely love those Tokyo walking tours - the Christmas lights were so beautiful.
    Normally I love spending time with family on Christmas, but as that's not possible this year, I'm planning on spending a lot of it watching cheesy Christmas movies with a hot chocolate and a cozy blanket :) Hope you'll have a great Christmas and happy holidays!

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    1. Oh I'm glad someone's watching them! I keep posting 'em because I've been hooked. And that sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day.

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  21. I finished my holiday shipping this week and hopefully everything arrives in time. I watched a Tokyo walking video on Youtube a while ago with the Christmas lights, a different one than the ones you listed here I think, it looks so festive! Happy holidays to you and your family!

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  22. "What is everyone's favorite part about Christmas? Do you have a fave holiday song?"
    Oh, goodness, Christmas music gives me the jitters LOL. I'm a bit of a Grinch...pretty much the only things I like about Christmas are the lights, the extra money and getting a few festive days! It's great that you're feeling the spirit though. I hope your meatballs are delicious!

    "Halt" is great!

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    1. Hey Roberta! I feel like a Gricnh too. :)

      The lights I think are a favorite

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  23. I need to be better about Instagram as well....goal for 2021 :)

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas this week with your loved ones. My favorite Christmas song is probably Tennessee Christmas by Amy Grant.

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  24. It's so hard to believe it's almost Christmas and almost a new year. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  25. I'm weird, I don't like Christmas songs, I think they are all so sad. Or at least they make me feel sad so I don't listen to them. Hey, I never said I was normal. I mostly us Instagram for entering giveaways. There are a lot of them on that site. Merry Christmas.

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  26. Merry Christmas! I can't believe it's less than a week away.

    Favorite Christmas song...
    I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. My grandfather sung this all the time when I was a kid. I also like Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer as it's tied to a silly family tradition (first person to hear it got to go pick out an ornament).... and as horrendous as everyone finds it: All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey is a damned classic.
    I like most Christmas songs actually, except for Last Christmas which I HATE in ALL forms.

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    1. I know.

      That first one I'm not familiar with but I like the rest! Well maybe not Last Christmas- I might be over that one as well.

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  27. We do our own version of a Christmas Light tour each year. We drive through the little towns on the coast going through the streets looking for pretty houses all done up. It's very entertaining for the kids!

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  28. Yes, this is definitely the fastest and slowest going year ever. I love Christmas, and it feels like it is flying to us at the moment. My favorite thing is definitely being with my family and the cooking. I love the cooking :D
    Have a great week and Merry Christmas.

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    1. Exactly! Such a weird year. I also feel like it's flying by and I'm a little sad. But yes those are the best

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  29. Oh I love all the videos of Christmas lights!! That just made my weekend!

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  30. I wish you already a Merry Christmas Greg!

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  31. Tokyo looks so beautiful with all the Christmas lights. Happy Holidays.

    Maura (abookishstar.com)

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  32. Merry Christmas! I love getting gifts for people, so having people finally open them is kind of the best part for me. LOL

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  33. I can't believe Christmas is already here! The holiday season seemed awful short to me this year. Hope you have a lovely holiday, Greg! :)

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  34. Hope the meatballs are a big hit! This year is a bit different as all shopping and wrapping is done, looking forward to just relaxing these next few days before the celebration. Love watching the grandkids pass out the presents, as they hand them to the receiver, they say what they think the present it. Some guesses are hilarious.

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  35. My favorite part of Christmas is the food. I love to eat! Especially sweet things. Happy holidays! Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  36. I love your pics this week. The HALT one had me staring at it. It's almost eerily mesmerizing. Enjoy your holidays.

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  37. I love the Cozy Christmas Fireplace. Coziness is one of my favorite things during the holidays, and luckily, we can achieve that on our own, even without family and friends.

    Enjoy your week and the holidays.

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  38. Yes, everyone was doing last minute stuff this weekend, traffic and crowds were unbelievable! Just days til Christmas, I'm feeling it and it's very exciting!

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  39. Happy Christmas Greg. Favourite part of Christmas for me is the young ones and their belief still in elves and fairies and Santa.

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  40. Such a strange year. We are not getting together this Christmas. I'll miss the food and conversation. I hope your Christmas is merry and bright, Greg.

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  41. My shopping is done. We are only spending the holiday with the kids, but I hope it will still be special for them.

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/12/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-dec-21.html

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  42. Our Christmases tend to be quiet, so this one won't be too different for us. One thing I do love that we do is Jolabokaflod where we exchange books on Christmas Eve. My husband just chooses something off my TBR bookcase and wraps it up! Ha! (Melinda @ A Web of Stories)

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  43. I'm on Instagram, too, as debnance, but I hardly ever remember to post there.

    Thanks for sharing the lovely Tokyo lights. I'm doing the Japanese Lit Challenge this year, so I'm especially glad to venture over there today.

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  44. It’s corny, not the least because I’m an atheist, but I’ve always loved Silent Night.

    Wishing you a great reading week, delicious meatballs and a Merry Christmas 🎄

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  45. I hope the meatballs are amazing. I'm making artichoke dip (which I make every Christmas Eve) but beyond that it's still up in the air. Guess I better figure that out like now. :)

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  46. I'm generally not a big fan of any holiday. I do like Christmas lights and Christmas cookies though. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  47. My favourite part of Christmas is definitely Christmas Dinner, but maybe I'm just greedy!
    I hope you have a lovely Christmas!

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  48. It's just Kevin and I every year so we don't do much. We have ham but this year I'm trying an instant pot recipe for it so we'll see lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  49. It is weird to think Christmas is only a few days away now. I was reading lots of Christmas books but have gone back to normal books, so now it feels even less like Xmas to me lol. Hope the meatballs are good!

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  50. I think my favorite part of Christmas is the build up to it, and not the actual day itself. I love Christmas songs--how to pick a favorite?! I hope you enjoy your Christmas and the meatballs. We will be having spaghetti, which we've done the past several years. My husband and daughter tried making bread this weekend and plan to make more for Christmas. This weekend was their test run. They did really good, if I do say so myself.

    Have a great week, Greg.

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  51. Last minute shopping is my specialty. :-) I think my favorite holiday tradition is that we watch lots of Christmas movies!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  52. Good luck with the final preparations! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Greg!

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  53. I hope you had a great week! Merry Christmas!

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  54. The Peter Pan cover is fantastic - love it.
    Lynn :D

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  55. My favorite holiday song is The Holly and the Ivy which I don't think gets sung nearly enough. It's so pretty. We are scrambling a bit with preparations but we are keeping it just the three of us so I think it will work out. Have a Merry Christmas.

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  56. The last image made me think of the time, almost exactly a year ago, that the transmission started going out in my car. We were in the absolute middle of nowhere in Big Bend National Park as the sun was starting to set. Luckily we were able to baby the car out of the park and we were planning to trailer it behind the RV from there anyway. Whew! That was a stressful night for such a serene setting!

    Merry Christmas!

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  57. Geeze! I was missing on your blog this long?! I was volunteering too much. 😇

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