Monday, December 20, 2010

Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest!

Happy holidays writer friends! I hope you have all had a good week. Mine has been a very busy week of holiday parties and many dashings about trying to get all of my shopping done.  Not quite finished, but hopefully I will be soon. 

So, this is my first blogfest! I am super excited. Thanks Jen and Melissa for the great idea. All of the participants were asked to provide a Christmas recipe and also pics of their Christmas tree. Check out Jen and Melissa's blogs to see the other cool participants!

I searched for some Christmas drink recipes, and couldn't find any that I really liked, though I did find some ridiculously awesome names.  Can I interest anyone in a Christmas Elf's Revenge, Sex Under the Christmas Tree, or Christmas Nipple?  I decided I wanted a red drink (of course) and I like fruity martini type things, and then I got really pie-in-the-sky and wondered if there was some cool drink out there named for writers.  Well, I didn't find one, so I made one up.  Here it is:

The Writer's Christmas Stress Reliever


- 2 ounces Absolut Vanilla
- 2 ounces cherry syrup
- 2 ounces pomegranate juice
- Spritz of lime
- Fresh raspberries to garnish


- Mix all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice
- Shake
- Pour into a fabulous martini glass
- Throw a bunch of raspberries in
- Drink and relax

Now, here are pics of my Christmas tree.  I must confess that these were from last year, but my camera has been on the fritz and I haven't taken pics yet this year. Thus, my beautiful Tangerine kitty is in this picture. He died earlier this year so we will miss him this Christmas. Mocha the very cooperative pony is also starring in my pics.

So, I also went a little OC on Google images last night because I wanted to find more cool pics to include. But, what's Christmas if things don't get a little over the top? To me, Christmas is about the magic. Not only is the whole Santa thing terrific and fantastical, but it's the one time of year when everyone really comes together and tries harder to get along and think of other people.  The whole season is infused with specialness. So, my pics are all about the wonder of the holidays. Starting with castles, naturally.

**Photos removed since peeps have been getting sued for posting photos on blogs**

I will not post again til after Christmas, but I will be visiting everyone's blogs!! Have a lovely and awesome holiday, blog friends! Drink lots of eggnog! Eat lots of yummy food! Give and gets lots of presents! Be thankful you can do all these things! Feel the magic!


  1. I adore that you went crazy on the google images! You got some awesome pictures. Hogwarts! Faeries! DIagon ALley! Disney! CASTLES!!!!

    Your cat is also adorable and I love the nutcrackers.

    That drink sounds fabulous. ALso, I am partial to the color red so I love the color too.

    Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

  2. Awesome pics. I'm so sorry about your kitty. I'll share my two with you via the internet, if that helps.

    I hope you have an incredible Christmas and Santa brings you everything you want. It is a magical time of year, after all. =o)

  3. Welcome to the blogfest.
    I'm saving that drink for when all the drop-bys leave.
    Beautiful cat but sure doesn't look pleased.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. What a pretty post!! I love those pictures! Am sorry about the kitty cat though. :( Merry Christmas Alexia!!

  5. Your Christmas tree looked beautiful. The drink is one of my favourites. You made your post very pretty with so many gorgeous images.
    Merry Christmas.

  6. Fairies are awesome! and love the horse! great pics!

  7. I could use a stress reliever right about now! Have a great holiday!

  8. I so wish I lived at Hogwarts! Is that your horse or just one you found on the web? Love the santa hat on him. Have a great Christmas!

  9. Fairies and trees and castles, oh my! All very lovely. Sorry to hear about Tangerine--he was a gorgeous cat, and had a neat name. Merry Christmas!

  10. Wow I love your pictures! Especially the castle one. When I was younger, I used to tell my that when I grew up, I would live in a castle.

    *sigh* I still want to. :)

  11. The drink looks great! Merry Christmas!

  12. Alexia - So sorry to hear about your kitty. He looks so comfy sitting there amongst the presents. Love all your pics. Merry Christmas!

  13. Those pictures are gorgeous! Omg, and SO many presents under that tree!! So sorry your kitty won't be with your this year :( I would love to go to Disney World during the holidays to see the castle like that.

  14. WOWZA! You found some amazing photos/images.

    Oh, what a handsome fellow Tangerine was. I'm sorry for your loss.

    Mocha is gorgeous and patient. :)

    Merry Holidays, Alexia! Here's to a magical 2011.

    PS I haven't forgot about the award...I've just been BUSY. I promise, after the new year I will pimp you properly. :)

  15. Stopping by for the blogfest.

    Love the pic of your cat by the tree! I wish I could get mine to go near ours (I guess that's better than them climbing it, though).

    Happy Holidays!


  16. That stress reliever drink sounds gooooood!
    Love the pics! Merry Christmas!

  17. I agree the stress reliever sounds great! I also love your pictures! Happy Holidays!

  18. I love the magic of your post! The pictures are so enchanting. Thanks for spending the time finding those awesome pictures! Have a Merry Christmas.

  19. Lots of pretty pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Your cat was GORGEOUS! I am so sorry for your loss. I love all your castle pictures!! Have a very Merry Christmas (Mocha too!)!

  21. What gorgeous pictures! Loved them all. I'm so sorry about Tangerine passing away. I'm sure you will miss him this year. Mocha is darling. Merry Christmas!

  22. You must have been on Santa's "Nice" list last year. Look at all those presents! Your tree was gorgeous. I'd be happy as a clam to spend Christmas at Hogwarts. But I suppose the stunning castle at Disney would do, as well :)

  23. What adorable pictures of your decorations and the ones you googled. A lovely post! So sorry to hear about Tangerine :(

  24. Tangerine was beautiful. And Mocha is so cute.

    Happy Holidays.

  25. Wow - I want one of those martinis now! ;) Merry Christmas! ;)

  26. Fantastic pictures! The castle is Neuschwanstein. Yes, it is in Germany.

  27. FANTASTIC pics. I'm sorry about your kitty. Your horse is looking quite fetching in his santa hat.

    Happy Christmas to you and our family, Alexia.


  28. How did I miss this on Monday? The images you posted (including your own) express to me what Christmas is all about (or at least what it can be). Thank you for sharing!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

  29. Congratulations on the award and beautiful pictures-- both yours and the google pics. I love the Neuschwanstein Castle! I was there in winter and it is just as magical inside as out. I love the emphasis that you put on the magic of Christmas because that is just how I feel about it! Lovely entry!!!!

    Be Jolly by Golly!


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