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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Favorite Holiday Memory Blog Hop





 Today, I'm participating in the Favorite Holiday Memory Blog Hop sponsored by Elaine Kaye who has a new picture book, Sleigh Ride. Check it out! It looks like a cute one in time for the holidays!
  
Blog Hop Question: What is your favorite holiday memory? 


My Memory:

Making and decorating Christmas cutout cookies. It's something I enjoyed doing as a kid, and it's a tradition I passed on with my own kids. The best part was decorating the big gingerbread man shape. We had a blast trying to see who make the fanciest one. Then we baked it and ate it!

What's your favorite memory?
 

New Picture Book Release from Elaine Kaye:





BLURB: On Christmas Eve, Gregory and Sammy get a special visitor—Santa Claus! Santa brings them on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world and to the North Pole. Bundle up and come along for the ride!

General Age Range - Kids 4-8 (Story Picture Book)

Book Links:



PLUS, A FREEBIE!




Get Pea Soup Disaster now!
Kindle / Nook / Kobo






About the Author: Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools. She currently lives in Florida, but has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.



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53 comments:

  1. On Christmas my mom dropped a boiling pot of potatoes all over the kitchen floor.

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  2. Aw, what a great holiday memory! Decorating cookies sounds fun, for sure. Love how you passed this on to your own children!

    And congrats to Elaine! Her new book sounds so adorable...

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  3. Cookies sure are a memory that sticks out indeed

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  4. Hi, Sherry!

    Thanks for introducing Floridian author Elaine Kaye and her new picture book Sleigh Ride. It's hard to believe Christmas is creeping up on us so quickly. Her Pea Soup Disaster looks like another fun book. Thanks for sharing your favorite holiday memory. Mine is waking up first thing on Christmas mornings and knowing (or at least hoping) that Santa had visited the night before. Giddy anticipation, for sure.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. That's another good memory. I made Santa tracks for my kids, so it looked like Santa's prints were on the carpet.

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  5. Congratulations to Elaine.
    Sometimes we frost cookies (after they are baked though) and they usually look like, well, crap!

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  6. We do ever so love the festive spirit, is it yours a bit muted this year or is the sun finally shinning upon your house?

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    1. Yes, it's muted. There's no tree in my apartment this year. But it is peaceful.

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  7. Ah yes, cookies. So much fun during the season.

    I think my favorite memory has to be when I asked if Santa Claus would find me for Christmas. I was 3. It was Christmas Eve, and we had to vacate our house after it had caught on fire. (Sparks from the chimney.) I was assured that Santa Claus would find me for Christmas, and he did. I still remember what he brought. (These are important considerations for a 3-year-old.)

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    1. Wow! I'm glad Santa still managed to make an appearance!

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  8. Congrats, Elaine! I think my favorite Christmas memory is driving into the mountains, cutting a tree, binding it to the roof and stopping for hot chocolate on the way home.

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    1. That's something my family never did, but I can imagine it was a memorable experience!

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  9. Congratulations to Elaine. I’d say baking cookies is my favorite Christmas tradition and memories.

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  10. Favorite memory? I don't know if it's THE favorite, but it's one of them. We made an early Thanksgiving in late October (no, we're not Canadian) so my mother could have her favorite holiday with us. She was going out of the country for the next two months and her only regret was to miss Thanksgiving with us. Finding a reasonable turkey was a challenge, but we did. The photo looked perfect, even if it wasn't tday all of the U.S.A. sat to that iconic meal.

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  11. My favorite memory is getting and decorating the Christmas tree (followed by my least favorite memory, taking it down). Is there a split pea soup week, great for it's a favorite soup of mine. I hope you're doing well.

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. I was just thinking about making split pea soup. I haven't had it in a while.

      (I'm not a fan of taking the tree down either!)

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  12. Great reading about Elaine, loved the holiday memory Sherry.

    Yvonne.

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  13. My mom was good at frosting but I've always just made a mess. One year our gingerbread house was so bad, it had to be condemned.

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  14. I remember decorating Christmas cookies. It was always the one day I looked forward to as a kid. :)

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    1. I think all kids who decorate cookies look forward to it!

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  15. I loved decorating cookies as a kid and when I had kids of my own. I would pick up the sprinkles one by one and place it on the frosted cookie.

    Thank you so much for participating in the hop!

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    1. When I decorated Gingerbread men, I was very meticulous about where each sprinkle went. It had to be a neat masterpiece!

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  16. Great memory. I bet everyone agreed the best part was eating the cookies. ;)

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  17. i am lovin' seeing others memories, because this is one i forgot. i wasn't much of a cook, but i learned to bake really well. don't do it any more, but the memories are still alive and well
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. My mom is an amazing baker. She made at least 20 different kinds of Christmas cookies.

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  18. Beautiful memory. We made haystacks and Tollhouse chocolate cookies instead of traditional cookies.

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  19. Yes, Christmas cookies are the best. Decorating them is a great family bonding adventure.

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    1. Yes. And something to look forward to every year.

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  20. For many years, my sister and I got together at my mom's to make Christmas cookies. You made me recall such a lovely time.

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    1. Glad my story brought back some good memories!

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  21. I loved making the cut-out sugar cookies!

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    1. Yes. It's a lot of effort to roll out the dough and cut the cookies, but they're fun to make.

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    1. We all turn into cookie monsters during the holiday season.

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  23. What a lovely memory. You failed to mention the question of everyone's lips though ... head or feet first; which way do you eat your gingerbread men?

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    1. Feet. I liked the smiling face. But it probably was a little sadistic to keep the cookie "alive" while I munched on its body parts. LOL!

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  24. I have always loved looking at my tree. It was magical as a child and still is today. :) Making cookies sounds fun too- but I would rather eat them.
    ~Jess

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  25. Christmas decorations! I love the tree and all the lights.

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    1. We used to get a new ornament each year when my kids were little. It was a fun tradition.

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