Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I spend weeks preparing.

I’m a nut for Christmas lights. I put tons of lights outside, and add pieces of yard decor. When darkness comes, I flip the switch, and the whole yard lights up. It’s beautiful.

I also love to wrap gifts, so I find pretty paper after Christmas in which I wrap gifts for the following year. I match the ribbons and bows to the paper, and add a personalized card to each gift.

I bake and share goodies with the neighbors, friends and family. There’s nothing more “homey” than the smell of freshly baked cookies and cakes.

Christmas music always gets me in the spirit. I love to play it when I decorate the tree. Many of our ornaments “tell a story”, and between reminiscing and listening to Christmas music, I am reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

Unfortunately, with my overloaded schedule at this time of the year, it’s not always easy finding time to post to my blogs.

However, with this being the first Christmas I have a blog, I’m beginning to see some similarities.

Setting up a blog, and blogging, could be compared to decorating for the holidays.

First of all, you may spend weeks in preparation for a blog, as you would for the Christmas season.

You first think of your lights. Plugging them in, as your would, put a blog online. Your blog and lights shine brightly for all to see and admire.

Christmas music is beautiful to listen to, as are the comments you receive, are to read.

Cookies and candy are handmade, just as posts are written.

Similar to friends and family coming to visit for the holidays, we also invite those in blogosphere, to come and visit our blog.

We keep an eye on our holiday budget, just as we watch our stats.

Christmas cards get sent to friends, just as we post comments on the blogs of our cyberspace friends.

Presents get wrapped in pretty paper. Blogs are “dressed up” in their themes

As we add bows to presents, we add plugins, addons, and widgets to blogs.

As you begin to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, sit back and remember why you started blogging.

It’s time to celebrate!

With your blog, you are giving others, a “present” they can “unwrap”, one post at a time.

Cheers!

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  1. CatherineLNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – great comparisons. I wish I could be like you – I just can never seem to get into Christmas at all, and I always do my Christmas shopping v last minute. I will try my v hardest to be more Christmassy – I just hate all the commercialism (and I hate shopping). Have you got any tips that could motivate me into the Christmas spirit?

  2. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Catherine,

    You have motivated me to write a post on my other blog. Here’s a link: http://observationmountain.com/how-to-get-in-the-spirit-of-christmas/ blog about getting into the Christmas spirit.

    When you have a chance, check it out. Hope it helps. 🙂

  3. Ian DennyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve always loved Xmas and got into the spirit of it – until that is I got into business about 8 years ago!

    I fear I’ve become a bit of a scrooge! Each year I hate the build up. There’s always so much to do with so little time.

    And this year, work-wise it’s been arguably the busiest. I think (or rather hope!) it’s just beginning to settle down.

    I do though manage to cast off the scrooge mentality just in time for a bit of panic shopping and then switch off. So catching up with an article or two on a couple of my favourite blogs is probably the medicine I need!

    So I do understand Cath’s inertia. I do get there in the end though. And then I have the opposite problem. Trying to switch on again in the New Year and hating that work gets in the way of extending Xmas for a further 358 or so days.

  4. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    HI Ian,

    At this time of year, we all have so much on our plates, but I do find it amazing that we figure out a way to get it all done. I think it comes down to priorities, and realizing what is really important.

    Christmas helps to remind us to count our blessings, and to reach out and help those less fortunate. If we could bottle that, can you imagine how rich our lives would be?

  5. AsakoNo Gravatar says:

    Merry Christmas!

    This Christmas will be a major catch up time for me… so that next time when I get too busy, I have enough articles to last on…

  6. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Asako,

    I’ve missed you, but I also knew you were very busy.

    Merry Christmas to you. too!