This Week…Getting In the Christmas Spirit

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This Week…Getting In the Christmas Spirit


 With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, the push is on to prepare for the next big holiday. No matter what holiday you celebrate in December, you will probably have food, travel, and family on your agenda.


 My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.
Bob Hope


It would be hard to not be in the holiday mood unless you never leave your home and don’t watch television or listen to the radio. Between all of the Hallmark Christmas movies playing all day and night, Christmas music playing in all of the stores and let’s not forget the Christmas decorations that popped up the day after Halloween…there’s no escaping the holidays.  


It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
W. T. Ellis


We will roll up our sleeves and don aprons to start our holiday baking next week. This always gets me in the spirit. 


Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows.
Edwin Osgood Grover

Going Christmas shopping used to get me in the spirit but it’s not the same when your shopping involves going online, putting an item in your shopping cart and pressing “BUY NOW.”

In a way, after decades of braving throngs of fellow shoppers and waiting in long lines to check out, I’ve come to welcome my quiet shopping trips alone in Cyberville!


 Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.
Dave Barry




The best way to put yourself in the holiday spirit is to give to someone else. You can donate to families who need assistance. If you know someone who will be alone during the holidays, invite them to dinner. 


This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.
Taylor Caldwell


Wishing you a weekend full of the holiday spirit!


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Comments (23)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... it's never hard for me to get into the holiday spirit. I only had a problem one year... it was the year we moved to Abu Dhabi (in November) while waiting for the first Gulf War. At that time, we were still living in temporary housing and none of our things had arrived from Paris. Chris and I decided to spend two weeks in Kenya on safari, as going back to the US was out of question.

Dec 02, 2023 06:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I could handle that!!!  When we lived in Leesburg VA there was one year we did not travel to any of our family's homes out of state or to our friends in FL. It was just the two of us. I made a huge Christmas brunch for us then took some to a neighbor. 

Dec 02, 2023 11:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Kathy. I like your quote selections.

Enjoy the spirt of the holidays.

I'm glad that our family gifts have been selected and will be shipped.

Dec 02, 2023 07:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley that was always the hardest part for me...buying, wrapping, then shipping. Now I purchase the gifts online and have it shipped. 

Dec 02, 2023 11:59 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, I enjoy the whole experience of shopping in physical stores. There's something about the ambiance...the music playing, the people around, and the overall atmosphere that makes the experience enjoyable!

Dec 02, 2023 07:12 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I hear you!!! I used to love it. In fact I made sure I was in a store on Christmas Eve to soak in the atmosphere. 

Dec 02, 2023 12:00 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Love that quote Kathy!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others......Bob Hope

Dec 02, 2023 07:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sham Reddy CRS isn't that a wonderful quote. I miss the Bob Hope Christmas specials. 

Dec 02, 2023 12:02 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is coming so fast, and we have a lot of people coming to our house...i need another two weeks!

Dec 02, 2023 07:59 AM
Kathy Streib

Sounds like fun Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty you cooking???

Dec 02, 2023 12:03 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Decorated tree day after Thanksgiving.  Attended Hollywood Women's Club Bingo as proceeds help the needy.  Had dinner with friends at a 60 year steak restaurant with cheerful decorations for the holidays.  Christmas music on the radio airwaves began Dec 1st.  Now looking forward to wrapping presents and distributing between showings.  Merry Christmas one and all😎

Dec 02, 2023 08:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 wow...that's amazing. What restaurant did you go to???

Dec 02, 2023 12:03 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912

Tropical Acres

Dec 03, 2023 09:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  I need to get the outside lights up but my wife does not want me to get up on a ladder.  We will be putting up our tree maybe tomorrow, but I have a great game to watch tomorrow, and need new wings recipe to make.

Dec 02, 2023 09:01 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm Stay off of the ladder!!!!!!   I'm not making any bets about tomorrow because Wilson is looking better!!!  Although, I like CJ Stroud!!

Dec 02, 2023 12:05 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,
Since I'm leaving next week, I won't be putting up any decorations at home. I do plan to take an evergreen wreath and a few of my Nutcrackers.

Dec 02, 2023 11:01 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams I wouldn't put anything up either. I love Nutcrackers!!!

Our neighbor in Delray had Nutcrackers of all sizes in front of her home. I'm surprised people didn't take them. 

Dec 02, 2023 12:06 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy it is hard for even an grouch like me to not be in a joyous spirit this time of the year.  ☺️

Dec 02, 2023 01:57 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

CHRISTmas is meant for giving freely of ourselves and sharing joy with loved ones. My husband is the real Santa Claus based on Edwin Osgood Grover's quote, Kathy. Mike has already played Santa and has been outside in the yard all day putting up more Christmas decorations. He loves to surprise me!

Dec 02, 2023 03:09 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It seems this year has passed so quickly.  I can't believe we are staring Christmas in the face.  But, we are.

Dec 02, 2023 03:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Dec 02, 2023 03:49 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have already started on the decorations, but they will not be as extensive as they were last year. The spirit comes out a little slower each year, sadly.

Dec 02, 2023 06:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  loved your post and all the comments that you received, now with that said this could be a post for the Active Rain Challenge that Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  is cohosting with  Dr. Paula McDonald  ,just a thought Endre

Dec 02, 2023 09:32 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love all of the Christmas spirit that is on display during the month of December!

Dec 03, 2023 03:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning!

I think we're done with gifts - the grandbaby has some things on the way to her, all of our sons already have their gifts (or they are on the way). The only things left to do are make cookies, get our tree, and oh yeah, I have to buy something for hubby. OK, I'm not totally ready!

Dec 03, 2023 05:43 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

We are enjoying the Christmas Spirit around our home and neighborhood Kathy!  Lots of soft, sparking lights hanging high up on the garlands, soft candles glowing at night, fireplace crackling.......ahhhh I do love this holiday spirit!  And to think, we've 'toned it down a bit' this's still so pretty!

Dec 03, 2023 10:01 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib -  We will be going to Scottsdale to shop in a little over a week.  My husband puts up the decor.  He is almost done.  Later in the month we will put the ornaments on the tree as a family.  Tristan helps me with this.  I do agree with you, shopping on the internet is not the same as going to the mall. 

Dec 03, 2023 04:44 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Love the photos and the quotes in your post for this busy holiday month! The holiday spirit is here!

Most of the shopping is done for family as is much of the decorating we plan to do. Time is flying by, isn't it?!


Dec 03, 2023 05:15 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

We just got home from our month in Germany visiting Ashley and her husband. We had Thanksgiving there and we went with them to cut down their tree. We were there for the decorating of their apartment and the opening of the local Christmas Market. 

I'm just now getting to my Christmas decorating at my home. It is like celebrating twice and we haven't even gotten to Christmas Eve at our other daughter's home. It is feeling very much like Christmas for us!!

Dec 03, 2023 05:53 PM