‘Tis the season.

My season actually starts in the summer (usually on vacation) when I start buying holiday gifts. I keep a list, check it twice–at least–then tuck everything away until after Thanksgiving.

This doesn’t get me off the shopping hook, but I actually love shopping for gifts. 

I actually don’t mind wrapping them–much. My routine is to take a weekend or two, put on Christmas movies in my One More Room, and have at it. By this method? I’m done! Done shopping–some time ago–and now, done wrapping. Woo! Bring it on!

When gifts take over the office.

I go overboard on gifts, and I don’t care! It’s fun, satisfying, and gets me all festive. On Christmas Day, the house will be full of happy faces, ripped paper, empty boxes, scads of ribbons and bows. More fun!

The decorating’s nearly done. I still have the library because BW and Jason are in the middle of changing out the bookshelves lights, and it’s a mess. But when they’re done, I’ll be done.

I haven’t hung the stockings yet as that means no fire until Christmas. Don’t want to risk burning the house down if stockings go flaming. Presents won’t go under the tree yet as Griffin’s coming this weekend. What self-respecting four-year-old could resist going after all those pretty, colorful boxes?

When Kayla’s home for her winter break, we’ll have a marathon cooking baking day. Joining us this year, her boyfriend, J. R. We’ll see how he handles painting sugar cookies.

And still more fun.

I confess, I love Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies. I love their predictability and schmaltz. Why are they popular, year after year? Because I’m not alone in the love.

However, I’m going to highly recommend two non-Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movies.

Ryan Reynolds is one of my movie boyfriends. I doubt he knows this. As I didn’t know he can sing, he can dance! And does both along with Will Ferrell in this totally delightful movie. 

If you catch it, be sure to say: Good Afternoon.

Love Hard.
There is nothing about this movie I didn’t love. It’s so wonderfully charming and funny and sweet. The chemistry between the two leads is just perfect, the acting’s solid, as is the writing.

Both of these movies made me ridiculously happy. I hope they do the same for you.

Now, as I finished a book on Wednesday, and finished my wrapping today, I’m going to do as little as possible for the rest of the day.

Meanwhile, I’m wishing you the happiest of holidays, with lots of cookies, pretty lights and the warmth of friends and family.


10 thoughts on “MERRY, HAPPY EVERYTHING!    ”

  1. the tree is up, and my many snowmen are all throughout the house so it must be Christmas. I’ll be baking 3 types of biscotti, making homemade fudge and little Irish soda breads to prepare goodie baskets for the all the family and sending out Christmas cards this week. Once I’m done time to relax and enjoy the season.

  2. Happy Healthy Everything to you and your family. And thanks for the movie recommendations. We ❤️ Spirited. And Ryan Reynolds.

  3. Good Afternoon! Wasn’t Spirited a fun ride? Ryan Reynolds & Will Farrel together – what a hoot! And then there’s perfect and perfect for me. What’s not to love?

    Tree’s up, Christmas stuff scattered around house, cards addressed, time to kick back.

    Merry Christmas to you & yours and all your fans who follow Fall Into The Story!

  4. Tree is up. Gifts are bought but not g is wrapped-yet. Will be working on that next week. Sounds like you have everything under control.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. Like you, I shop early and wrap early! I have a huge family that requires a lot of shopping! I love all the Christmas movies and have seen some great new ones. The tree is up and my homemade Christmas village and stocking are displayed! I listen to your audio books while I craft! Have a very merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

  6. Thank you for the photos and the fun! Wishing you the best of holidays to you and yours. Sounds like you earned that day of rest and, hopefully, a nice glass of wine. Stay safe.

  7. Merry Christmas! Your decorations are beautiful and as I am just nearing the end of ‘The Choice’ and reluctant to finish it as then it will be done, I just want to say thank you! Thank you for this wonderful book. What a way to enjoy my breaks as I prepare for the holiday season. God Bless you and yours.

  8. Thank you for your movie recommendations…I am looking forward to watching them! And thank you So much for all your hard work and dedication throughout the year(s). I listen to the In Death series a lot – when I need some comfort, some laughs (Eve cracks me up!), or when I’m doing chores around the house. It’s like having a good friend always around. I listen to all kinds of books but I go back to your books the most. I am sure millions feel the same! Thank you too, for sharing your own world with us. I feel quite privileged. Merry Merry and a Happy Healthy 2023.

  9. I am busy enjoying the Blizzard outside in my front and side yard but the wind blew a huge Pine tree down and it missed my log cabin by inches! Thankfully I still have power. it’s well below zero and the wind is howling like a banshee but I prepped early and well so I’m okay. Car is at the bottom of the steep driveway and I stacked a cord of wood on my back porch. I am SO thankful I retired in Mid October. I did the horrible 20 mile drive to and from work for over 29 years!
    It’s going to be a very quiet Christmas with just the 4 Corgis and I but I splurged and got a Prime Rib for Christmas dinner. These are the very best Christmases for me. I wouldn’t traade them for the world.

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