Monday Notes: Happy Holidays!

I’m one of those people who starts thinking about the holidays as soon as October hits. I looooove everything about the holiday season. EVERYTHING!

So, this year, I’m taking five weeks off from blog writing. I’ll still be reading yours, of course, and I may do a couple re-blogs, but I need a minute.

I need a minute to figure out how to make vegan chocolate chip cookies. If you have a recipe, then drop it in the comments for me.

I need a minute to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Best in Show.

I need a minute to play Black Uno and Taboo for the Culture with my family.

I need a minute to put up our five Christmas trees.

I need a minute to take a boat ride around St. Augustine to ooh and aah over everyone else’s lights.

I need a minute to watch all of my favorite Christmas movies. Maybe I’ll add some new ones this year, since Lifetime and OWN seem to be in a competition for most all-Black casted Christmas films.

I need a minute to spend time with friends turned framily.

I need a minute to drive to Myrtle Beach to spend time with actual family. Of course, I’ll be back, but until then, Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you have a restful time however you see fit 😉

119 thoughts on “Monday Notes: Happy Holidays!

  1. I am finally getting caught up on my blogging Dr. G! Just in time for the Christmas holidays!

    We have two birthdays and a wedding anniversary in December, so John and I have officially claimed the entire month of December as ours… We did the family road rally 20 years ago when we first met and in the past few years, we have re-claimed December as downtime and encourage our families to do the same.

    Btw: 5 Christmas trees! I love your spirit. And all the fun you have set aside include road tripping and rounds of uno.

    Merry Christmas to you and Dwight and your beautiful wise daughters. May you express yourself in all the ways — because the world needs more Dr. G xoxo

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    1. Is the “family road rally” what it sounds like? lol We used to do the same, but it was like 1200 miles away. Now, we stay home and do what we want 😉

      I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and here’s to a Happy New Year!

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  2. Hi Katherin. We got a little Christmas tree, after all. I thought we might skip this year because we’re sardine canned into a pretty small place we can barely move around in (we’re living here while we get our old house fixed up) and also because we’re traveling back to Great Lakes country to spend Christmas with extended family. But my thinking on this was met with spirited displeasure and horror by the Christmas Committee (all other members of the family) My rank of senior elf has been revoked for the season, I fear 🙂 Hope this finds you doing well.

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    1. Aha! You should’ve known your family wasn’t going to let you Grinch-over Christmas, Jason! I’m glad you have a Christmas tree (and thanks for clarifying that)! You can tell I’ve been almost completely vegged out because I thought you had planted a tree lol


      1. You might be almost completely vegged out but I automatically assumed I confused you. Because I’m a confusing person. Funny about the tree, btw. Because I planted a Douglas fir a few years ago, it was autumn and everything was 75 % off at the nursery below our house. Put it in our backyard. It was more of a joke, really. Thought it was amazing that I could buy a giant tree for a buck or two. But we can’t have a humongous tree like that in our backyard, there’s no room. we have something like 3,000 square feet, front and back. They get a couple hundred feet high. But it was only a few inches tall, a seedling. So since I planted it, we’ve been saying every year that we should cut it and make that tree our Christmas tree. Well…..we missed our chance. the doggone thing must be twenty feet high, now. It exploded last summer, had a growth spurt. So there’s a story for you about tree I planted. That should’ve been our Christmas tree.

        Hope you’re well, K. Hope Dwight is well. And the rest of the fam.

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  3. Thank you for sharing!!.. hope you and your family have a wonderful and Happy Holiday filled with love and happiness!!… 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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  4. Happy Holidays to you, too! YESS, take a minute….or two or three. It’s important!!!!!
    I don’t have a vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I have substituted dark chocolate espresso beans for some of the chips and they were DELISH!!!! I’m not a coffee person either and I enjoyed them. Just sharing!
    I’ll see you when I see you, Darlin’n😉🤗😘

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  5. I’m taking December off of blog interviews and cutting back to 2 each month for 2022 (haven’t posted that yet!) it’s been really fun and also a lot of work. Enjoy your month, it’s so important to take time off to reflect and reassess. I’ll still be posting photography because that’s not too much work.

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  6. Are you sure you have enough time for all your planned adventures, or even for Christmas itself? I can see the danger looming that you will return all “fried” on the edges and grave your favourite armchair at home. May all your wishes be fulfilled!

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  7. Oh, joy! All your holiday activities sound like a lot of fun. Quality time with family and friends is super important. Take all the time you need and enjoy your holiday! Many thanks for inspiring and supporting me this year, and always. Much appreciated. ❤

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  8. October? September over here, girl ! hahaha
    Happy Holidays to you and your beloved ones, wishing you a fabulous time.
    While you re-energy and do all kinds of fun stuff, I get a chance to catch up reading your creations 🙂
    Until…. always with love, Patty

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    1. Okay, so about the trees…they’re not that big, and each one belongs to a member of my fam! I came up with the idea a few years ago.

      Matt! I think you’d love Black Uno! A white IG friend asked me if you have to be black to play, and the answer is no. So, it’s like regular Uno, except when you draw four, you can opt to try and answer a Black trivia question, and it’s not like Black History or anything, it’s pop culture. So, like one of the questions was to name all of the people on the I Wanna Be Down remix. If you get the answer right, then you don’t have to draw four.

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    1. LOL It’s not that bad, or at least that’s what I think. I should probably ask my family. Each tree is no bigger than five feet, and each person has their own, so it’s really their responsibility.

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  9. Oh, Kathy, your exuberance and joy in the holiday season is infectious! 😀 Your post has me smiling away. Have fun putting up your five trees and the trip around St. Augustine sounds magical. Wow! What a lot to look forward to – wishing you the best time. hugs xx ❤️

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