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Merry Ménage Giveaway Hop (December 1 – 8, 2012)
Welcome to the Merry Ménage Giveaway Hop. Thank you to Mysecretromancebookreviews.com for organizing this event and to you for visiting the participating bloggers who make up this merry ménage.
What makes your household a merry menage for Christmas? Likely you’re decking your home with vestiges of merriment to ring in the Holiday Season. Transforming your home into a merry menage takes three easy steps.
The Christmas Scenery
Furnishing you home in emblems of Christmas is chiefly based on European traditions inciting the visual senses. The evergreen tree in the main parlor with branches decorated in lights, ornaments, and tinsel can be traced back to the German households of medieval times.
Strands of garland draping the walls, boughs of holly, ivy and mistletoe strewn over doorways, and stockings hanging from the mantel on top of fireplaces with wooden nutcrackers flanking the crackling fire have come to represent images of Christmas. A nativity set or diorama under the tree, a Victorian village set up on a sideboard, and snow globes scattered around the home are 20th century additions to the merry ménage.
The Christmas Mood
Creating the Christmas mood excites the aural senses such as the tradition of caroling during Christmastime which peaked in the Victorian Age. Today, music fills the home by means of CD players and home stereo systems. Some folks like the traditional tunage of Burl Ives, Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby. Others might gravitate to modern versions of Christmas classics recorded by the likes of Michael Buble, Blake Shelton, and Mariah Carey.
Christmas movies also put a household into the Christmas spirit adding to the merry ménage. The Christmas catalog ranges from cartoons like Charlie Brown’s Christmas to drama like A Christmas Carol and comedies like Christmas Vacation. Christmas movies are also a 20th century addition to the Holiday Season.
The foods of the Yuletide also contribute to the picture of a merry ménage. The baking of butter cookies, gingerbread houses, and petite fours or square tortes in the kitchen are time honored traditions. Cheese wheels, roasted chestnuts, cooked ham, and smoked sausages often adorn depictions of the Christmas dinner.
When looking for ideas to put together Christmas meals, modern families turn to online catalogs such as Swisscolony.com, Hickoryfarms.com, Smithfieldmarketplace.com, and Omahasteaks.com, unless of course, families have inherited their own customs for Christmas meals passed on from generation to generation.
What traditions do you follow to create a merry ménage during the Holdiay Season? Post your comment and include your email using [dot] and [at] in the address and have a chance to win one of the grand prizes in the Merry Ménage Giveaway hop.
One commenter from my blog will win an ebook copy of The Highlander’s Hope: Book One by Cali MacKay. Good luck to everyone. To continue along Merry Ménage Giveaway Hop, go here: http://www.mysecretromancebookreviews.com/2012/09/merry-menage-giveaway-hop.html?zx=c5c8727c8a8a85da
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