Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas Traditions Around The World

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This Week’s Topic: Holiday/Seasonal Freebie

Topic I Chose: Top Ten Christmas Traditions Around The World

  1. People in Iceland will often exchange books on Christmas Eve, then spend the rest of the night reading them and eating chocolate. The tradition is part of a season called Jolabokaflod, or “The Christmas Book Flood.” As a result, Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country selling most of them between September and November.
  2. Mistletoe was held sacred by the Norse, the Celtic Druids, and Native American Indians, because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when other plants seem to die. Druids thought the plant had the power to cure infertility and nervous diseases, and to ward off evil.
  3. According to old English folk tales, the Devil died when Jesus was born. So some developed a Christmas Eve traditions of ringing the church bells near midnight to announce the Devil’s demise. In England, this custom was called tolling or ringing “the Devil’s knell.”
  4. In Peru, December 24th, which is known as La Noche Buena (“the Good Night”), is the main day for celebrations. After mass, families go home to feast, open gifts, and toast each other at midnight. The most important decorations are pesebre- Nativity scenes intricately carved from wood or stone. Gifts are spread around the manger rather than a tree, and it’s considered lucky to be the one chosen to put the figurine of baby Jesus into the manger on Christmas Eve.
  5. Roast turkey didn’t appear consistently on Christmas Day menus until 1851, when it replaced roast swan as the favorite dish of Royal courts.
  6. “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” originally written in Latin in the 17th century, has been attributed to King John IV of Portugal.
    One of the most popular American songs in the world, “Jingle Bells” wasn’t intended to be a Christmas carol at all. Composed in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont, the tune was actually written for Thanksgiving, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh.” Although Pierpont was the organist and music direct at a Unitarian Church in Savannah (where his brother was the minister), the song is decidedly secular. It was often used as a drinking song, with revelers jingling the ice in their glasses as they sang.
  7. Spider webs are common Christmas tree decorations in Poland because, according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. Many Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity.
  8. Bolivians celebrate Misa del Gallo (“Mass of the Rooster”) on Christmas Eve, with people bringing roosters to midnight mass to symbolize the belief that a rooster was the first animal to announce the birth of Jesus Christ.
  9. Christmas cards, which originated in England, were first sent in the 1840s.
  10. Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas an official holiday, in 1836. It wasn’t declared a national holiday in the United States until 1870.


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Read Again

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This Week’s Topic: Books I Want To Read Again

1) House Of Night Series by P.C. and Kristen Cast
2) Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
3) Literal Leigh Series by Melanie James

4) The Paranormals of Avynwood Series by Michelle Dare
5) The Giver by Lois Lowry
6) His Dark Materials Series by Phillip Pullman

7) Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Manisalco
8) Innkeeper Series by Ilona Andrews
9) My Life as an Album series by LJ Evans

10) The Complications of Pi by RK Phillips

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Name a Pet After

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This week’s topic: Characters I’d Name a Pet After

  1. Crookshanks: We actually have a cat with this name now. He looks similar to his namesake too.
  2. Scabbers: We had a kitten with this name. I believe she ran away though.
  3. Merry: Many years ago (probably a decade) I had a cat with this name.
  4. Pippin: Had a cat named this one with name too. He was Merry’s twin.
  5. Buffy: Haven’t had a pet named this yet, but totally want to get one now lol.
  6. Willow: I mean it’s just a beautiful name.
  7. Sam: I have had a few cats named Sam growing up. They were all orange and loving and friendly.
  8. Spike: I mean… as long as they are as feisty as Spike is.
  9. Angel: I just love the name, but for the namesake, it should be a protective type pet.
  10. Luna: I mean how adorable with the name Luna be! Especially for a Corgi or Lab!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Make Great Song Titles

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This Week’s Topic: Books That Would Make Great Song Titles

*Disclaimer* Some of these books I’ve read and some I haven’t. I intend to have them all read one day.

  1. Addicted by Krys Fenner
  2. Avenged by Krys Fenner
  3. Sometimes I Lie by ALice Feeney
  4. If It Bleeds by Stephen King
  5. Winter Of The Wolf by Martha Hunt Handler
  6. Athena’s Choice by Adam Boostrom
  7. Raw Honey by Amy Cecil
  8. The Garden Of Longing by Gavin Eyers
  9. The Sharpest Kiss by Elizabeth Myles
  10. Someone’s Listening by Seraphina Nova Glass

Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Bookish Hobbies

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This Week’s Topic: Non-Bookish Hobbies

  1. Coloring: I really enjoy coloring. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I tend to put on an audiobook and just color away. Lately, I’ve been doing digital coloring, but I love actually color as well. I have a weekly segment on my blog that showcases some coloring projects of the week. I haven’t been coloring much lately so I haven’t put any up.
  2. Gaming: I also enjoy gaming. I used to play constantly. I played a game called Conquer Online. These days, I mainly play apps on my phones and tablet, but I collect games from Epic Games every week. I also listen to audiobooks while playing games.
  3. Loom Knitting: This is a hobby I haven’t enjoyed in a long time. I don’t have access to my yarn or tools I need. I also lost a lot of confidence in it. I enjoy doing it, but I am a novice at it. I have no idea how to close them off more than anything. If I could figure out how to be more successful, I would do it more often.
  4. Music: I’m not sure if this counts as a hobby, but I really enjoy listening to music. Especially when I’m feeling really down and depressed. Or when I’m missing a loved one who passed away. Music helps me fall asleep quickly. For the most part anyway.
  5. Puzzles: I love doing puzzles. I’ve loved doing puzzles all my life. There’s just something calming about looking at all the pieces and trying to figure out how they come together. I found out when I was older that my grandfather enjoyed puzzles as well. I never really knew him, but it’s nice to know we had something in common. Hoping to find time and space to do puzzles again one day.
  6. Writing: I don’t know if this counts as a non-reading hobby or not. I do enjoy writing though. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I let fear and doubt keep me from doing it for too long. That’s not going to happen any longer.
  7. Cooking/Baking: This is another hobby that I’m a novice at, but I do enjoy cooking and baking. I enjoy experimenting. I like to find things that I think might work well together. Make a simple meal extraordinary.
  8. Bowling: This is yet another hobby I have not participated in a long time. But I do love bowling. I’m not great at it, but I have fun doing it. That’s what matters in the end, right?
  9. Drawing: This is another thing that I’m not great at, but I enjoy very much. I’ve been attempting to get into a 30-Day Drawing Course. I haven’t been able to squeeze it into my schedule. I’m going to give it another chance in December. I figure with as much as I doodle, but would be great to hone in on the skill.
  10. Photography: There’s just something calming and peaceful of taking photos. Especially ones that just capture the moment. A beautiful sunset. A person looking lovingly at their child or somebody they care about. A pet looking up at their human. It’s just beautiful.

I thought I would have a problem figuring out ten hobbies. I feel like I’m kind of boring and have no life. It’s nice to learn things about myself as well as others. What are some of your hobbies?

Top Ten Tuesday: Super Long Book Titles

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This Week’s Topic: Super Long Book Titles

Note: I haven’t read all of these books. Some of them are on my ever growing TBR list.

The ones that are in a series most likely are for the rest of the series as well. There are a lot of long titles. It was hard to pick just ten of them. I happen to adore long titles!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

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This Week’s Topic: Favorite Book Quotes

Note: I’m not going to include book covers or links. Just the name and author with the quote.

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

You are old beyond your years Zoeybird. Believe in yourself and you will find a way. But remember darkness does not always equate to evil just like light does not always bring good.

Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast

There is no such thing as pure good or pure evil, least of all in people. In the best of us there are thoughts or deeds that are wicked, and in the worst of us, at least some virtue. An adversary is not one who does loathsome acts for their own sake. He always has a reason that to him is justification. My cat eats mice. Does that make him bad? I don’t think so, and the cat doesn’t think so, but I would bet the mice have a different opinion.

Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

If I let myself love you, I won’t throw myself in front of her. I’ll throw myself in front of you.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Most of the heroes of the sagas are men who saved fair maidens from villains and monsters, because the fair maidens could not save themselves. This was a problem. I did not want to be a fair maiden who needed to be saved. I wanted to be the hero doing the saving.

When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald

Alifair has worked so hard to hide that he was given a girl’s name at birth, and has to conceal the fact of his body to be considered as the boy he is. He has done this work, learning to bind himself beneath his shirts, settling his voice as low as the other boys’, and he has done it so well that even this man doesn’t suspect.

Dark And Deepest Red by Anna Marie McLemore

There are some men who enter a woman’s life and screw it up forever. Joseph Morelli did this to me—not forever, but periodically.

One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

Grief was beginning to be overlaid by the first layer of the skin and time. Jordan supposed that layer would get thicker and thicker and in a way she was sorry. Grief cut, but it also made you remember.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

If he’s giving you up, maybe he isn’t worth it.

Flawless by Sara Shepard

Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. it means you go on even though you’re scared.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

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This Week’s Topic: Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

This one will be very easy for me because I have a huge stack of library books that I have gotten specifically in honor to start the new season!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers

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This Week’s Topic: Cover Freebie (choose your own topic, centered on book covers or cover art)

My Choice: Best LGBTQ+ Graphic Novel Choices

Disclaimer: I am judging these purely on the cover. I haven’t read any of these, but they are going on my TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

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This Week’s Topic: Books for My Younger Self

Series that I wish were a thing or that I knew about in high school.

Books that had deep meanings that I could have used in my teens and twenties.

A book that would have helped me determine what I wanted to do for life if it had been around when I was in my teens.