Dashing to the Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Do you put Christmas decorations in every room of your house? If not every room, what rooms do you decorate?
I usually do a little something in most of the rooms.  Since I'm on strike this year, I have very little decorated.  I used to have a little tree in each of the boys' rooms, but they weren't too "into" it, so I stopped doing that.  I have a really sad little tree that I put up in the "man cave" that has the boys' hand-made ornaments on it, but it was just one more thing down there, so I wasn't planning on doing it this year anyway. 
2. If you could visit one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) which one would you choose and why?
Well, I've been to Denmark and spent a day in Sweden, but not in the winter.  I have a Norwegian "brother" who was our exchange student when I was in 7th grade.  I hope to get back to Denmark at some point and maybe venture into Norway.
3. What does the word faith mean to you?
4. You can go back to your childhood for one day...what day and age would you choose?
I don't remember just one day from my childhood.  If I have to pick (and I can see Joyce nodding her head and saying "yes, you HAVE to pick!"), I would say a day when we were on vacation in Texas seeing family.   Those were some awesomely good times!  Hot times, but still good!
 (This is us minus the 3 oldest, circa 1973-maybe)
5. When did you last have 'punch'? If it's not too much trouble share your favorite punch recipe.
At my husband's cousin's 20th wedding anniversary over the summer.  It was REALLY good punch!  I don't have a punch recipe; I've never made it.  I do, however, have a picture of CH's family (the ones that were there, anyway):
6. Do you fill stockings at your house? Are stockings opened before or after the bigger gifts?
Again, I usually do.  I usually try to find little things to put in them, but they always get a pair of high quality, wool socks in them.  The boys get into them while they're waiting on everybody to gather.
7. What takes your breath away?
I was looking at pictures the other day to put on pinterest, when I came across this picture:
  The picture is of the "Trinitatis Church" in Copenhagen.  It's right next to the Round Tower; in fact, while you're walking up the circular ramp in the Round Tower, if you look in a window, you can see the inside of it.  I remember my first look...it took my breath away.  We went inside:

 These pictures just don't do it justice!

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Today's prompt for the 25 December Daily Photos is "A decked hall".  Sadly, my halls aren't decked out, but I've been sharing my schools' halls with you this month.  Today I took some more pictures of my "mountain school":
 The Auditorium:

One of the Kindergarten Rooms
The Hallway outside of the Kindergarten Rooms
The Cafeteria

  The Hallway between 2 of the 2nd grade classrooms
  One of the 3rd Grade Doors


  1. How wonderful that you can decorate the classrooms for Christmas! Stopping by from Joyce's Hodgepodge!!

  2. Still on strike? : (

    Many a cathedral have taken my breath away too...it is like you've stepped into another world when you go inside.

  3. That church in copenhagen....WOW!!!

  4. Oh yes.....I can see why this cathedral would take your breath away. My goodness, the photos alone did the same for me, I can only imagine what it's like in 'real time'.

    ATCHAFALAYA SWAMP PHOTOS is my link for today. Hope you can find time to visit with me.

  5. I love how your school can decorate for Christmas! The pictures were adorable. ~ stopping by from Joyce's Hodgepodge

  6. That school auditorium looks like the one in the elementary school the lovelies attended. That school is now in a brand new building. I think it's awesome that you've been to Denmark and Sweden! I've barely left the states, ever.

  7. That church is absolutely breathtaking. I can only imagine how much more breathtaking it would be in person.

  8. Visiting from Wed HP. Your cathedral pictures are beautiful. I remember visiting old churches while I lived in France. They took your breath away. The school is festive. In Phoenix--not goin to happen. and that's too bad.

  9. I really like the hallway outside the kindergarten rooms with "twas the night before Christmas" winter scene. Oh, and the gingerbread house. Thanks for playing along. Blessings, SusanD

  10. Did I miss something? Why are you on strike? BTW, love that fireplace!!!! Soooo cute!

  11. I liked the decked out halls! I like too how there are wool socks in stockings! Kinda of cute!

    Did anyone at your home comment about your strike?


  12. That church does take your breath away! Beautiful. The school looks very festive.

  13. So nice to meet you, I'm new to your blog and have enjoyed looking around, I'm now following you so I can visit you often if you find a spare minute hope you visit me sometime and follow back if you like. I look forward to keeping in touch in 2012, Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family.

    Always Wendy


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