Monday, December 20, 2010

Be Jolly By Golly

Today is the Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest, hosted by Jen and Melissa! Check here for more fabulously festive links!

This year my house isn't as decorated as ushe (how do you spell the short word for usual?!), because my house is for sale. But here's a peek at our tree!!Photobucket You only get a peek, because I have a string of lights that are out. And because I've already been to the store twice to replace other LED strings this year, I refuse to go again! It's the principle (and it's cold outside)! My three kids love to help me decorate the tree each year. We put on the Christmas carols (My Chem, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Elvis, and other rockin' tunes of course), trim the tree, and then have hot cocoa.
Our front lawn is sporting our Polar(k) bears, but no other lights outside this time. Photobucket
For a giggle, check out these hilariously crazy nativity decorations at List of the Day blog.

For a special treat, I make these easy Holly Cookies that my kids love. You can also make them into the shape of wreaths, but glopping a spoonful on the wax paper for the holly is much easier than shaping a wreath. It's busy this time of year, you know!
Here's the recipe:

32 large marshmallows

1 stick butter or margarine
1 1/2 green food coloring
red cinnamon candies (my kids don't like those, so I use red sugar sprinkles)

Heat butter and marshmallows to melt. Pour over 3 1/2 cups cornflakes. Stir. Set on greased wax paper. Add red candy. Eat it up!

Here is my favorite holiday tune, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" My fave part is the Simon LeBon part. (I'm a rocker who loves Duran Duran you know!)

Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. See you next year!


Matthew Rush said...

What are you doing to that giant nutcracker? It's looks illegal.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Sounds like there is lots of fun and jolliness going on at your house, Kelly! Fun! A merry Christmas and wonderful new year to you!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I haven't seen this video in years. Still love it. And yep, I had a thing for Duran Duran too.

Have a great Christmas, Kelly!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Very pretty! And good luck on the selling your house! :) Merry Christmas!

Lola Sharp said...

Dude, I remember that video/song like it was yesterday. *sigh*

LOVE the Polar(k) bears...and the play on your name. Fun. :)

Happy Christmas!

DEZMOND said...

love those polar bears! Wishing you a splendid Christmas this year, Kelly!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Man, that has to be one of the best Christmas songs EVER.

Love that you hold to your principles at Christmas, my dear ;) It's not about the string of lights anyway, or even the tree. You've made memories just in putting it up with your family alongside Weezer and hot chocolate...

Merry Christmas, sweets.

Kelly said...

Matthew - The nutcracker was asking for it.
Cynthia - Merry Christmas to you as well!
Stina - I still love Duran Duran after all of these years!
Kimberly- Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you!
Lola - I heart that song too. Good song, good nostalgia.
Dezz- You have a splendoriferous Christmas, too!
Carol- I'm so glad you see it my way. :) Merry Christmas!

Stephanie Blake said...

Merry Christmas! Hope a buyer comes along and snaps up the house. It would be hard to keep the house perfect during the holidays!

Thanks for your friendship!

MG Higgins said...

Polar(k) bear. Heh heh. Have a merry, jolly Christmas, Kelly!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nothing wrong with polar bears on the lawn! And I remember the Band Aid video.

Melissa Gill said...

Oh man, I want some polar bears! Those are so cute. And the holly cookies sound G-RRR-eat!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Your tree is huge! I love the recipe, I love the song, I love the post! ;-)

Elaine AM Smith said...

Look at you ;) You make a great elf!
Celebrating Christmas at yours sounds like great fun. Do they know 84 is a classic - my favourite.
Have a great Christmas. :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Love the polar(k) bears :)

Candyland said...

I'm surprised you don't have an MCR or Slash or (fill in the blank) type of Christmas :)

Kelly said...

Steph - Knowing not many people shop for houses this time of year, I admit it hasn't looked perfect!!Thanks for the good wishes!
Mel- I knew you'd like that pun!
Alex - Sometimes it feels like we are near the Arctic Circle with the freezing cold! :)
Melissa- Thank you! And the holly cookies are sooooo delish!
Thank you, Shannon! The first tree isn't mine, but the middle one is. Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Elaine. You, too!!
Thanks, Sherrie!!
Candace - I'm actually pretty traditional, but I do crank the rockin' Xmas tunes!

Kim Kasch said...

Love that cookie idea - I'm going to have to nab it, by golly ;)

Thanks for the fun

cleemckenzie said...

Did you actually kiss that elf? You definitely have the holiday spirit in spite of the move!

Have a great celebration. See you in 2011.

DL Hammons said...

I'm wondering...would a house for sale that's beautifully decorated for Xmas sell faster then one that wasn't? Hmmmmmm?

Thank you for letting us take a peek! :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

Your decorations look incredible!

You may find your house may sell sooner than you think because of it ... :)

Merry Christmas to you, Kelly, and your family. See you next year!

Bob Sanchez said...

Best of luck selling your house, Kelly, and Merry Christmas!

Carol Riggs said...

Oooo, pretty tree, and what cute little holly cookies!! Merry Christmas!

Mary Vaughn said...

I can't believe those cookies. Thanks for reminding me. I'll do them with he younger grandkids.

Merry Christmas!

J.Tuttle said...

Oh, I love the wreath cookies. I may have to try those. Hope you have good luck selling the house!
Merry Christmas!

Rena said...

Merry Christmas, Kelly. So, do the LED lights not work as well as the old style? We were thinking of upgrading to them soon.

LOL @ the nativities. As you know, I collect them and I like unique sets. Didn't have any of those, but I do have the cookie cutter set. :)

Renae said...

Love the decorations and those Holly Cookies are adorable!

Kelly said...

Kim - They are so easy and so yummy! My mom used to make them for me!
Lee - The nutcracker wouldn't let me kiss him. So I just gave him a hug.
DL- We are supposed to make our house look as roomy and uncluttered so just had the tree up (but not many buyers come through in December anyway!). Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Wendy! You, too!
Thanks, Bob! Merry Christmas to you!
Thanks, and happy holidays to you, Carol!
Mary - Your grandkids will love them!!
Thanks, Janet! And the cookies are sooo easy!
Rena - We've had to replace the LED lights just as often, if not more, so I'm not impressed by them. Some of those nativities were crazy, weren't they?!
Thank you, Renae!!

Angela Ackerman said...

Haha, I LOVE the polark bears!

Have a wonderful Christmas, Kelly!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Jemi Fraser said...

Love your pics - the bears made me laugh out loud - love it!! I'll have to try those cookies - they look great! :)

melissa said...

wow, those cookies look easy peasy. Merry Christmas!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I love the polar bears on the snow...They look so cool! The cookies look yummy too!

Best wishes on selling your house soon. I wish you the best of everything in 2011, my friend!

Merry Christmas!

alexia said...

I love the peek of your tree and the polar bears! Happy holidays!

RaShelle said...

You gor, girl!! Love the pic with the Nutcracker. LOL Also, the holly cookies are so festive. Very fun. Hope your Christmas is very merry. ;D

Jennie Bailey said...

I love those polar bears!! Have a Merry Christmas!!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

You're, like, filled with hypocrisies! A rocker a green x-mas sweater! No wonder I love ya! Merry x-mas! Happy New Year! may all of your holiday wishes come true!

Laura Pauling said...

Sounds yummy and easy! Have a great Christmas, Kelly!

Christina Lee said...

heh heh-- I wouldn't go back to the store either--GEEZ! Writing down that recipe!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I want polar bears! Merry Christmas! :)

Kelly said...

Thanks, and happy birthday, Angela!
Jemi - The bears were my hubby's idea!
Melissa- So easy! Another reason I love them!
Thanks so much, Sharon!
Happy holidays to you, Alexia!
Rashelle- You have yourself merry holidays as well!
Thanks, Jennie, you too!
Sam - It's actually just a plain green buttondown. But I really am more traditional than rocker girl! Have a great 2011!:)
You, too, Laura!
Christina - The cookies are easy and good!
Nicole - Merry Christmas to you!

Anonymous said...

Listening to Do They Know It's Christmas as I'm typing this message. Heard it earlier on the ride home from church.

I've made the wreath cookies, but it's been awhile. I'll have to add them to next years Christmas list of things to do.

Best wishes in selling your home!

Kimberly said...

Nice pictures, nice recipe, I love Duran, Duran too!

Merry Christmas!

Kelly H-Y said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too, Kelly! That portion of your tree looks lovely, by the way! :-) And, have always adored those polar bears!

Anita said...

Pretty the way you disguised the light issue...for those bloggers who skip the text, they'll just think you're a not-so-perfect photographer, right? :) Bears are lovely. We have a snowman that keeps getting blown over. I think I'm past putting the dude back up, but Husband and the kids are still resolved enough. Rock on and have a happy holiday!

Susan Fields said...

Thank you so much for sharing that video! I absolutely loved that thing to death when it first came out. I thought John Taylor was to DIE for! What a wonderful blast from the past. :)

Anonymous said...

Peace, health, and prosperity be to you and yours during this holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Ooooh -thanks for the cookie recipe! I hope your house sells soon. Merry Christmas!!

Patricia A. Timms said...

As soon as I clicked on the video my kids came rushing over to me to watch it. This was great!

You have beautiful decorations. I love the polar bears.

Merry Christmas!

Melissa said...

Those holly cookies look absolutely amazing! What an awesome idea!!!!

Love the polar bears. I wish I had something like that outside!

YES to rocking christmas music!

Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

Merry Christmas!

gideon 86 said...

Polar bears are my fav! The holly cookies look awesome.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, and good luck selling your house.


Tara said...

Wow, doesn't get easier than that recipe. My kids would love those. Thanks.

Happy Holidays.