$3.62 worth of HEAVEN! In a to-go cup!

Well, it’s that time of year again…


I am embarrassed that I am this happy about that.

For those of you poor unfortunates that have never had the pleasure, let me regale you with the reality of how Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte can change your life. First of all, I want to establish the fact that I only order the ‘tall’– which in Starbucks-speak means ‘small’– , NOT the ‘venti’ or the ‘grande’, so see, I do have some self-control. And yes, I am well aware that $3.62 for a cup of coffee is ridiculous, BUT THIS IS NOT JUST A CUP OF COFFEE, YA’LL!


1psstar(Apparently in the throes of their excitement these employees forgot about their spelling– jonny, you would have been ALL OVER THIS!)

Now, I realize that on the surface, the words “pumpkin” and “coffee” do not exactly go together like say, chocolate and peanut butter, or meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I also realize that when you walk past a seasonal display of pumpkins piled high in a cardboard carton outside of Krogers, the first thing that pops into your head is probably not, “Dang, I wish I had one of those stuffed into my coffee mug.” But trust me on this, somehow in the magical world of Starbucks they manage to turn an big ol’ orange vegetable and a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove and possibly fairy dust into the world’s best fall beverage.


(You’re totally wanting one right now, aren’t you?)

It’s like a nice big slug of get-up-and-go-maybe-even-paint-your-entire-kitchen-today caffeine all wrapped up in a silky slice of your grandma’s best homemade Thanksgiving pumpkin pie topped with peaks of whipped cream, all warm and comforting… only in a cup that you can get at the drive-thru window after dropping your daughter off at school at 7:55 in the morning with no make-up on, sporting a bedhead ponytail and still wearing your nightie that is tucked into your yoga pants and hidden under a big sweater. Or so I’ve heard.

Now this is not something I do every day– I would gain 50 lbs. and go broke– more like, twice a week or so. But this is not the time to be worrying about calories and fat grams blah blah blah– it’s SEASONAL people, this sweet cup of deliciousness will not be around forever so you’ve better strike while the coffee is hot! Yes, I mean now! Get up, go to your car, find you a Starbucks (you can’t swing a dead cat around here without hitting at least two) and indulge yourself in this lovely, overpriced harbinger of autumn. You can thank me later.

But you better hurry. Because right after Thanksgiving, life gets even better– hello, PEPPERMINT MOCHA LATTE TIME!!!!!


**By the way, Starbucks is not paying me A DIME for this heartfelt testimonial. Though they should. Or at least a lifetime’s supply of lattes. (Starbucks, call me.)

So, what are your favorite holiday indulgences…?

74 Responses

  1. rachelbaker

    You’re the second American I have heard rave about this stuff in as many days. I have no idea if they sell it over here, they certainly don’t have drive through Starbucks! I might have a look in the morning!

  2. rachelbaker

    Oh – the best and only autumnal treat? Toffee Apples!

  3. tori

    OK Rachel, just what is the difference between toffee apples and our American fall favorite, caramel apples? I mean, besides the obvious– your apple is covered with toffee and ours is covered with caramel! But, like how do you cover an apple in toffee? Here, we unwrap a frillion of those little Kraft caramels, microwave ‘em and roll apples that have a wooden popsicle stick stuck in them all around in the melted caramel. Let them dry on a piece of wax paper, and then proceed to pull all of the fillings out of your teeth eating them.
    How do you melt toffee? Is it the kind of toffee that’s in Heath bars? Inquiring minds want to know!

  4. MostlySunny

    HELLOOOO!!!! STARBUCKS!!! My second home!!!

    I budget for Starbucks!

    Starbucks put my son thru college (well, you know what I mean. He worked there forever!) It’s the greatest part-time job that offers benefits! Yes – health insurance, dental, vision! So I started out going there, of course, to “support” his college ambitions (pretty lame, huh?). And I don’t drink coffee or anything with coffee in it. I’m a hot chocolate drinker, specifically, “A venti, non-fat light whip” kind of drinker. Venti – because I drink half of it when I get to work and the other half after lunch. Such indulgence! I love it.

    My son has some great Starbucks stories – the “famous” people who’ve come in – especially when they’re filming a movie nearby. They become “regulars”. One of the best stories – a guy (not famous) came in around 7:00 am, stood in line waiting, got to the counter and bought a $100.00 gift card, then gave it back to my son and said “Use this on everyone who comes in until it runs out. Have a good day!” The best part was the reaction of the people when they were told their drink was free! He said that was such a fun day at work.

    I go thru the drive thru and get the pumpkin latte thing for my co-workers who sound just like you, Tori. They say this is the best time of the year, until Christmas and the peppermint thing starts up!

    I was in Seattle for 5 days for work a couple of years ago and made it my goal to go to a different Starbucks every day – not hard to do there!

    Enough, already. I’m a fan, can you tell?

    I just had lunch. Guess what I’m drinking….mmmmm….

  5. MostlySunny

    Toffee Apples sound wonderful! I’m an inquiring mind too, Rach.

  6. rachelbaker

    Two countries divided by a common language!

    I think they are probably exactly the same thing. However, I do no know what little Kraft caramels are, and also have never seen, nor heard of, a Heath bar!

    I remember making them as a child and think we used golden syrup in the recipe – this is where my Mum is to step in and help me out!

  7. LindaB

    Wow! Starbucks SHOULD pay you something!!!! I’m trying to figure out how I can get to Starbucks right now!!!

    I had one of those pumpkin delights last year for the first time. It does not come in sugar free around here, so I was spluring big time! I figured if I walked 758 miles afterward I’d be okay. It is everything you said it is, Tori!!! (And their pumpkin scones are to die for, too!) I’m looking forward to Christmas ’cause that peppermint number is my favorite!!!!

    Starbucks is quite a ways from my house, so I have made do with McDonald’s iced mocha, which is so loaded with caffeine that I can count on staying awake for three days afterward, but it’s pretty dang good too——and cheaper! And close by. It don’t taste like pumpkin and spices though!

  8. bettyrwoodward

    I can see from this that Rachel has never made toffee apples. She must remember when I made them at home or we bought them ready made! You put a wooden stick in the apple then make the toffee. 1 pound of demerara sugar, 1/2 pound butter, 2 pinches of flour and 2 dessert spoons of treacle. Boil for about 20 minutes until it will set if you put a little in cold water. Then you hold the wooden sticks and put the apple inthe mixture until covered, take it out and leave until set.
    I’m sure these are very similar to yours. Nice!

  9. tori

    Yep, I think they are very close. And caramel apples are one of my absolute favorite treats. When we are in Gatlinburg for Family Fest, I get one every day! I do make them myself sometimes, and I like to double-dip so the caramel is incredibly thick– I also use Honeycrisp apples, my favorite variety!

    Ok, so now I want a caramel apple real bad.

  10. MostlySunny

    Betty – my mouth is watering just reading that!!

  11. auburn60

    Meet you guys in Gatlinburg…I’ll stand outside and watch them make candy till you get there! :)

  12. chillybean

    I love, love, love, love…the pumpkin spiced lattes! I prefer them from our local coffee chain called Caribou Coffee. Caribou offers a smoother coffee and even an iced version of the pumpkin spice. I also love to buy the fall flavored creamers at the grocery store. Pumpkin Pie, Gingerbread! Yumm… and even…the pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen. Oh man, now I need a treat!

  13. tori

    Yep, Madi is a big fan of the pumpkin spice frappacinos. I can’t quite wrap my mind (and lips) around iced coffee… It feels fundamentally wrong to me somehow. When I was a little girl there used to be a commercial on TV where a mom would heat Dr. Pepper up in a saucepan on the stove and serve it to her kids with a slice of lemon in it, like hot tea. Sounded GREAT to me, like any good child of the South I love Dr. Pepper. Tried it. ONCE. *gags at the memory*

  14. chillybean

    Oh yuck, warmed up Dr. Pepper? That just seems so very wrong, and I am a northern girl!

  15. auburn60

    I remember that ad!

  16. rockin robyn

    It’s just not fair!!!

    I see others consuming coffee, and it is such a production to see how one prepares their coffee for consumption… all the specialties – all the extras… there’s “mini-moos”, there’s half ‘n half, there’s sugar, there’s powdered creamers and all the sugar replacements if you convince yourself you can’t have real sugar and yeah there is even cold coffees… flavored coffees….

    My mom says my dad’s family was weaned on coffee. They drank it black.

    I love flavored stuff – teas and cocos… I have tried so many times to try flavored coffees but I just CAN’T drink coffee of any kind. It’s the coffee bean they tell me… it just goes right to my head and stomach. I get a crusher headache and feel immediately sick to my stomach and this is if I take just a sip.

    **I’m pouting now… you all go enjoy your coffee! Have a cup and a smile. It’s just now fair!

  17. jonny

    You’re right Tori, I would’ve probably brought it to someone’s attention. Let’s just hope it wasn’t Mostly’s son! That would’ve been a bit awkward = /

    And Tori, I think you’re now leaving them in there just to make me feel good. Don’t worry, it’s working!!
    “they manage to turn an big ol’ orange vegetable…” I think there may be an extra ‘n’ in there somewhere. Or is it a ‘Southern’ thing??

    OK, no Starbucks in Finland, fave Halloween treat maybe Toffee Popcorn Balls, and Toffee Apples are not the same as Caramel Apples. Toffee Apples have a darker, harder shell and do taste a bit different. I prefer them over Caramel one’s. Actually, my fave in the Apple department would have to be Cinnamon Candy Apples. I was thinking of looking up a recipe on the net the other day. I have not seen one since the eighties at Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk!

    I think I remember the warm Dr. Pepper thing. Wasn’t someone ill??

  18. jonny

    Oh, I drink my coffee cold and/or old. I like vanilla ice cream in mine also. When we were kids I liked the mini-candy bars also. Three Mus. were my faves. I’d also put them in the freezer.

  19. tori

    jonny, I have Three Muskateer mini-candy bars in my freezer right this minute– I am not even kidding!

  20. jonny

    Actually, I through that in there last minute with you in mind! AND I’m not even kidding!! A little voice said, ‘Do this for Tori.’

  21. jonny

    Sorry, “I ‘threw’ that one in there…” My breakfast probably hasn’t kicked in yet = /

  22. LindaB

    HONEY CRISP APPLES ARE THE BOMB!!! I just bought another peck from the orchard! I love it when you bite into one and the juice runs down your chin…….mmmmmmmmmm, delicious!

  23. LindaB

    And I suspect that Michigan grown honey crisp apples are the best around!!!! But I might be prejudice. ;)

  24. LindaB

    Tori, I used to turn up my nose at iced coffee!!!! You’re right—-it just doesn’t seem to be a good idea. But at my advanced age, I’m looking for something NEW to try that’s not immoral or illegal, and iced coffee fit the bill! I like it now! Those iced mochas are growing on me……in more ways than one!

  25. bettyrwoodward

    I couldn’t drink coffee as it gave me migraines but have found that I can get away with decaffinated coffee and starbucks do that so I can now drink it. Stuart doesn’t drink much coffee and says that Starbucks tea (this is in England!) is yuk!

  26. delightedabroad

    That is a topic I can learn a lot from – in terms of content as well as in terms of vocabulary !
    Well, I know there IS a Starbucks in Stuttgart (I’ve heard someone talking about it) but where ? Probably I would try one of this special Pumpkin Lattes; anyway, I guess the peppermint version would fit better for me.
    Other than you, bettyrwoodward, coffee does NOT give me a migraine but can cure it in the very beginning (just as original Coca-Cola). This apple thing is something different: fresh apples i.e. not cooked/baked or treated in any way are the only thing I KNOW that cause migraines !

  27. jonny

    Never heard about apples doing that before. I’ve heard they can play havac on some peoples stomachs, but didn’t know they could mess with the head as well!

  28. delightedabroad

    Oh, I don’t know if they do in general but in fact they do to me!

  29. delightedabroad

    And raspberries as well – at least that’s my experience this year…(uhhh, perhaps it was simply too many ?)

  30. jonny

    Could be… the “too many” part that is.

    OK, I’m going to interrupt our regularly scheduled program for a little ‘old-thread’ up-dating. I discovered an old band I was into on MySpace this morning. There was a wonderful selection of their tunes up there. A line from a song from an album of their’s I liked really worked for me this time round. It inspired me to work on the ‘New’ lyrics again, which some of you helped with earlier. They are now more personal, and I believe fit even better with what we’ve started to do with it musically. Anyway, for those interested… here goes…

    Plunged in the water, an’ felt like new
    Stepped (out) on the grass, (the) frosted dew
    Yeah, my problems they might be the same
    But I lift up my face, embrace gentle rain

    Now just before the dawn thought, “how could it last??”
    No matter what’s been tried, never changed the past
    But, I know that it happened, and it’s not the same
    Stripped off this weight, an’ faced my love again

    Cuz I’ve seen things of another world
    And I’ve seen things through a different light
    And then somehow I knew that
    I’m gonna make it through the night

    I plunged in the water, and felt like new
    Yeah I breathed in tomorrow, an’ felt like new
    All my problems they might be the same
    But I stretched out my hand, an’ touched my love again

    Cuz I’ve seen things of another world
    And I’ve seen things through a different light
    And then somehow I knew that
    I’m gonna make it through the night x3


    Yeah, at first I’m saying, “yuk!”, but as yo go on to ADVERTISE the dang thang, the more i am curious. Sadly, there is not a Starbuck in the little southern town of Pinetops, NC, but I am truly hoping that in my near future travels, i will pass one & can try this! OK – let me read further, then come back again…………………….
    OMG! did you see me this morning?!? i thought i was incognito!……
    girl, if only there was one around here – id be breaking the sound barrier!….i feel i deserve one of those after the past couple of days!………..ok, peppermint & coffee don’t match,either, to me – but youll have me driving all the way to Raleigh to get one b4 the week is out! Ive never even had Starbucks! underpriviledged. Duncan Donuts is the best Ive had, except for Gevalia.

    RAchel – are toffee apples caramel apples? candy apples? somewhere in between? oh, wow, Tori – you got that question covered, and answered, sorry! lets see…………..
    LindaB – AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! 758 miles!!!!AAAAAHHHHHH! ( im so glad yall can’t hear me hollar!)
    jonny – eeeewwww – warm dr. pepper?

    gotta sign out and comeback, guys, sorry!


    Tori – did YOUR dog get shaved? should I be afraid to ask?

    Now back to the blog:
    \I can’t get used to the iced coffees. Coffee just aint coffee if its cold! The best part is the aroma of the steam as you get ready to taste it! Cold stuff doesn’t emit a scent!


    I’m headed to DC this weekend, LORD, PLEASE LET US PASS A STARBUCKS ON THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    PS – i love pumpkin pie, cookies, and roasted pumpkin seeds! can’t wait to drink it!

  34. jonny

    Amen to the roasted pumpkin seeds! I’ll be having my 15th public annual Halloween Happening this year, and one thing I look forward to is giving the seeds to the cook at the venue and then passing them around to all working, performing there that night. Oh, as well as eating some myself of course!

    Glad you liked, loved it D. Still tweeling a little, but that’s basically the new direction.

  35. delightedabroad

    I’m sorry to interrupt your sumptuous dreams…I need a hug (figuratively spoken)! I’m deeply frustrated because of my latest French test. Now I need at least a 3 to even be able to get me applied for the exam. Or I have to forget the state approval and make the exam with English only (which would be a minor approval). If I happen to achieve the ‘3’ (in two tests) and am entitled to do the exam I have to graduate in every subject – otherwise the whole exam is null and void. The main origin of that is the side effects of my difficulties with sleep.

  36. LindaB


    There’s your hug!!!! I’ll ask God to hug you too!

    Hang in there!!!! Nothing of any worth comes easily…….most the time, that is. You can do this!

  37. delightedabroad

    Thanks a lot LindaB ! I’ll try to ‘catch’ our principal and talk about possibilities today (tomorrow at the latest).

    By the way, I googled “Starbucks Deutschland” and found that there is one at the central station. If it’s easy to find I’ll go there later on…


    DELIGHTED…………….. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


  39. MostlySunny

    Delighted – Yes, hang in there! Vous pouvez le faire!

    Et un gros câlin, trop de tout l’étang!

  40. MostlySunny

    Now, before anybody gets all impressed with my written French…

    I just Googled “tranlate from English to French”…and went from there.

    Comme par magie! (like magic! But delighted already knew that)

  41. delightedabroad

    You’re so dear !
    MostlySunny, I’m afraid this translation program did a bit of a mess to what you wanted to say; but I can guess what you mean.
    Btw, Starbucks Germany doesn not have this Pumpkin thing !

  42. MostlySunny

    Delighted – At least you know that! That’s good. That means that you know your French much better the online translators do. Good for you!

    Hopefully what I wrote didn’t insert any “bad” words.

  43. delightedabroad

    No bad words ! But did you really want to say ‘a big tenderness, to much of the whole pond’ ? That’s re-translated.

  44. MostlySunny

    Should be: “And a big hug, too, from across the pond!”

    Lost in translation….!

  45. delightedabroad

    Correct ! That’s why the job of a translator will not be done by machines of any kind in the near future. It’s most of the time necessary to understand and then to translate the sense not the words.

  46. delightedabroad

    And yes, that’s what I thought you would mean.

  47. LindaB

    MostlySunny, that was impressive French—-even if it wasn’t exactly what you wanted to say!

    I just got home from shopping with my daughter and we passed a Starbucks…………and I thought about Tori’s blog………….and we stopped……and I got one of those pumpkin delights!!! It’s so good—–like drinking a piece of pumpkin pie! Now, I have to jog for 47 miles. See ya later! Maybe I’ll just keep going and meet up with Delivered!!!

  48. jonny

    Man, MostlySunny caught me off guard with the French, and following Say it!s! I laughed so much IT HURT!! Thanks girls! And I do hope you’re feeling better by now delighted!

    Actually, former, maybe you and D could start running towards each other and meet in the middle somewhere. If I remember an earlier Say it! correctly, D’s hoping to take her dress size down a few notches.

  49. jonny

    And, yes, Tori’s blog does lean towards making one think about things. So true, LindaB!

  50. Meredith

    *****Mint Chocolate Chip Frappuccino® blended Creme with Chocolate Whipped Cream*****

    I’m with the non-coffee drinkers. I like a few coffee-flavored things but not straight coffee, even “doctored” with cream or sugar. Braums has a Cappuccino Chunky Chocolate frozen yogurt that is TO DIE FOR! And my mom adds just a tablespoon of instant espresso powder to brownies and then makes a frosting with water, sugar and instant espresso. YUMMY!!!

  51. Meredith

    OK, for those who are curious, here is the description of the Mint Chocolate Chip Frap from Starbucks.com: “Classic chocolate and spearmint flavor combined with milk, mocha sauce, Frappuccino® chips, blended with ice, and then topped with chocolate whipped cream and mocha sauce.”

  52. jonny

    Mercy, that does sound good!!

  53. MeaganW

    As much as I hate to say this, I read your blogs much more regularly than I comment on them, Tori. My apologies and I will try and try and change that from here on out.

    As for holiday indulgences, I’m also a weakling for Starbucks and the Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha Lattes. Coffee is my general weakness, to say the least. And what is a latte? Warm milk and coffee. Strangely, I drink a latte and it calms me down. You would think the caffeine would be an upper, but I think it’s the warm milk factor that calms me down.

    I’m also a big fan of mulled cider in the fall and winter months. Peppermint ice cream is my favorite and you can only get it around Christmastime around here. Also, there is a little coffeeshop nearby called Moonstruck that has the best peppermint hot cocoa in the winter months.

  54. jonny

    OOOOoooohhhhhhh, I SO miss peppermint ice cream!! Although I’ve cut down on eating ice cream. Another one I miss looked like a log, with green mint ice cream in the middle shaped like a Christmas tree!

  55. LindaB

    Well, Jonny, I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of a holiday dessert that looks like a “log”, but in the shape of a “Christmas Tree”, and has mint ice cream in the middle……….and you got me stumped on that one!!! Give us another hint, will ya?

  56. jonny

    Is it called Yull(sp?) Log, or ice-cream roll?? It’s ‘fire-place’ logged shaped, roll like thing, has crushed nuts, walnuts??, on the outside of a vanilla ice cream ‘roll.’ In the center of the vanilla ice cream is a green christmas tree shaped thing that is mint flavored ice cream. I haven’t seen one since the 70’s, and it was only at one small local shop. Just a sec. I’ll call my brother and see if he remembers more..

  57. jonny

    Sorry, haven’t been able to reach him!

  58. LindaB

    Oh!!! A Yole Log! I remember those from way back! I remember pictures of them in my mother’s cookbooks, but I don’t think I’ve ever had one myself.

    Tori, you asked what our favorite holiday treats were and I am more than willing to discuss food! Every year I make chess tarts at Christmas, along with several cookie recipes—-lemon bars, whoopie pies, chocolate chip, and apricot bars (a favorite of my husband’s—his mother used to make them at the holidays). And my daugther and I LOVE peppermint ice cream, which is also only available here in December.

    We have a Christmas morning tradition around here—–I make a breakfast casserole Christmas Eve and put it in the fridge. Then Christmas morning and I bake it early. After the kids all get here and before we open gifts, we have the casserole (of eggs, sausage, and mushrooms) for breakfast, along with fruit, toast, and juice. My kids really love that!

  59. LindaB

    I meant “Yule Log”.

  60. LindaB

    Oh, and my mother makes buckeyes, she makes so many—–enough for everyone in the continental United States to have at least two! When you go to her house when she’s making them, on her counter top, as far as the eye can see, they’re lined up in exact rows. There’s a little puddle of melted chocolate at the base of each one where it slid off after they were dipped that keeps them from rolling around and stepping out of their assigned row! It’s a delightful scene! And she will INSIST that you have a couple—-even though she’s lectured throughout the year about watching your weight and staying away from sweets! I guess she’s declared a one month stay on dieting for December. She also has a stash of homemade banana nut bread, pumpkin nut rolls, and date nut cookies in her freezer, all wrapped in foil. And she will tuck one of those, or a couple of them, into your car as you leave to take home. We LOVE our Mom!!!!

  61. jonny

    So, Christmas morning at former’s??

  62. delightedabroad

    Uuhhh, what do buckeyes taste like ???
    Around here stollen and fruitcake are very popular – not for me though. I remember that I liked those ‘caramel coins': flat, round pieces of caramal wrapped in goldfoil.

  63. LindaB

    Sure, Jonny!!!! There’s always room for one more!

    Delighted, they taste very much like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. There’s peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, and graham cracker crumbs formed into balls, then rolled in melted chocolate.


    jonny – i know what youre talking about! my grandmother used to ahve them! don’t where she got them, though!
    LindaB – i GOTTA MEET YOUR MOM! MY KIND OF GAL! Does she need an adopted granddaughter?
    Jonny – i can forget the dropping dress sizes right now – all bets are off during the holidays! Im gaining lbs just reading this blog!
    but, guess what? as i was gong to DC, we did pass a Starbucks, but it was too late for a stop – our bus had a flat tire on the way up, so we were late for the services.

  65. auburn60

    News bulletin: Just had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season on the way back from the airport. As good as I remembered and as good as Tori’s commercial. Aaahhh! October!

  66. bettyrwoodward

    Indulgence! The strawberries and cream icecream in the interval at the Gaither concert in London on Sunday evening. Fabulous icecream! The concert was great as well. Missed Russ though!

  67. Barbara M. Lloyd

    There is no Star Buck in town…and I feel deprived.

    On Christmas Eve the children all come for dinner and the opening of presents. Regardless of what else is being served in the menu, we always have either crab cakes or crab casserole….the other meat varies from year to year. And we always have two to three desserts…one always being Jesus’ Birthday Cake. This used to be a cake made and decorated by our children during their growing up years…then our granddaughter for many years. For a few years now it has been a red velvet cake, decorated only with candles to be blown out by the youngest one there.

    My children are married now and, so, celebrate with me on Christmas Eve, then celebrate with their spouses’ families on Christmas Day. Each year I have invited ladies (okay, so they are old ladies) to come and have dinner wth me. It’s so easy because it is all of those lovely left-overs from the night before…but these ladies’ families live out of town and we have a nice Christmas dinner together. My daughter wants me to come there on Christmas Day, but I tell her I can do that when I get old.

    Back when our children were small and we celebrated on Christmas Day, my parents would come and stay overnight so they could see the children get up Christmas Morning. We always had oyster stew on Christmas Eve back then.

    I remember one year when I finally got that flocked tree I had been wanting…a stomach virus was going around and every member of our family was not at the table together even one time. Ooops, guess I could have left that out. (lol)

  68. MostlySunny

    Barbara – You are an inspiration! Instead of sitting at home and feeling sorry for yourself – that your family is not with you on Christmas day – you invite “the ladies” and have a great time. I want to be like you when I “mature” a bit more.

    So, in the meantime, we have people over on Christmas Eve. We have a wonderful candlelite service at our church then people come over around 9:00 pm for soup (3 different kinds) and whatever else we have around the house. I call it “Soup and Stuff”. I try to find people who don’t have anywhere else to go that night and would just be going home alone. Sometimes we have a dozen people, sometimes we’ll have 30; it’s always different and it’s always fun. We’ve done this for about 15 years and always look forward to the mix of people that we’ll have; and they know to invite people they know will be alone. I love the feeling around midnight when we’re cleaning up and thanking God for the people He brought to us to welcome and hug.

  69. jonny

    Wow! Sounds truly wonderful, MostlySunny!

    Sorry, former, I may have to pass on it this year, but hopefully Christmas 2010!! Lord willing = )

    This year it looks like I’ll be home alone, which I DO NOT mind! I have quite a bit going on from now up to Chiristmas, so often enjoy the peace and quite at home, alone, especially after being so socially active before then. I also just received a rather cool ten CD radio show compelation, “Radio’s Greatest Christmas Shows.” So, looks like I’ll actually be spending this Christmas with the radio versions of It’s A Wonderful Life with Jimmy, Donna and friends, and Miracle On 34th Street with Edmund Gwenn and an extremely young Natalie Wood! As well as Christmas shows with the radio cast of Gunsmoke, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Dragnet, Burns and Allen, The Lone Ranger and even THE Shadow! To name some of them. Mercy!!

  70. delightedabroad

    jonny, how are you ? According to your spelling it is not as bad as it already had been… :-/
    MostlySunny, this is just exemplary in my eyes !
    If I manage somehow (I have NO idea how) to get me applied for the exam (can anybody tell me how you would say this correctly??) I will be busy working in Christmas holidays as well.

  71. jonny

    Better, thanks.

    ‘I will be busy working throughout the holidays’

    ‘I will be busy studying during the holidays’

    ‘Christmas is gonna really suck because I’m already sick to death of studying French!’ ??

  72. delightedabroad

    Uuuhhh, yes, that’s good to know too but I meant the’application part’.

  73. delightedabroad

    Oh-oh, I should perhaps do everyone (including myself) a favour and try to get some sleep. I have difficulties even with my native language at present.

  74. jonny

    ‘How to get myself applied for the exam’

    ‘How to apply for that exam’

    ‘How to apply myself to that exam’ ??

    Yes, please try and get some sleep!!

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