Saturday, December 25, 2010

The 2010 Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival 2nd Edition

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and welcome to the Second Edition (and final edition) of The 2010 Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival (for this year). I'm glad that you've taken time out of your busy holiday schedule to spend a little of it with us!

For a lot of people this has been a hard year (maybe even the past few years) so many people will be happy to see it go and look forward to the next year with anticipation but now is a good time to also look back at the year and think about the good things that have happened (as well as the things that you might want to change). I've lost two uncles this years, so I'm reminded that all our lives on this planet are temporary and that we do need to let our loved ones know how much they mean to us.

I hope that you're able to spend the holidays with family and friends. Maybe you can even invite that lonely colleague that you know will be spending the holidays by him/herself to spend some of the holidays with you and your celebrations. Having been that colleague once in my life, I can tell you that you can sure make someone feel great if you invite them (even if it turns out that the already have plans and can't join you).

I've been happy with many of the submissions for this year's Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival and look forward to seeing all the great entries next year. My wife wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving this year within some of the holiday dishes she is preparing since I had to work on the American Thanksgiving this year (I have taken it off several times in the past) she wanted to make a pecan pie yesterday but had to settle for walnuts, but boy was it good! That reminds me that there were entries on Mexican food blogs and Pizza blogs. I'd love to see more recipes for those holiday favorites of yours. In the first issue this year there was an entry that talked about blogs on Kosher living, so hopefully I can learn a little more about Jewish living and I hope that next year we can learn more about Muslim and other holidays that we can include in the holiday spirit. It would be great if we can use this time of year to bring people closer together.

This year there are even more ways to celebrate the holidays. is celebrating the holidays from December 1st right up till the new year breaking around the globe. They're holding a Happy Holidays event sponsored by the "If Music Be The Food Of Love....Play on!" group. Why not take a break from your holiday shopping and craziness and stop by? Have thoughts of a snow covered castle gone through your mind? Then maybe you might want to check out their "Castles of the World" group. Do you have a favorite holiday recipe, then why not share it with the Holiday Spirit and Globaljammez's "International Recipe Exchange" group?

Go grab a beverage of choice (warm or cold), enjoy the fire, and lets celebrate the holidays!

Big Cajun Man presents Gifts You Shouldn’t Get Your Kids (ever) posted at Canadian Personal Finance Blog, saying, "Some last minute gift ideas to completely MISS!"

Nancy Smith presents Advice On Choosing Ideal Child Gifts posted at Mothers Day 2009, saying, "Presents for kids are often obvious but at times you might need some extra ideas."

Kerry Fletcher presents How to decorate for a New Year's Eve party posted at Examiner.

Jennifer Miner presents Fun Things to Do NYC Christmas — The Vacation Gals posted at The Vacation Gals - Family travel, girlfriend getaways, romantic getaways, destinations, things to do, travel tips, saying, "We love to see our extended family every Christmas, so we always travel during the holidays. For anyone vacationing in New York City over Christmas, here are some of my favorite, fun, kid-friendly holiday activities in that city."

Steve presents Decorating for a Victorian Christmas Theme | Christmas 2010 Shop posted at Christmas 2010 Shop, saying, "Decorating in Victorian style is great for Christmas when you can afford the items."

MacKenna Stevens presents 39 Awesome Charities to Support This Holiday Season posted at Masters in Social Work, saying, "If you’re stumped for a gift to give loved ones who have everything they need (and then some), think about donating to a charity in their name this holiday season. Many charities have online access for donating and will mail you a small card or allow you to print out a flyer saying you’ve donated to them. Put this in a holiday card and give the gift of giving back to a cause you believe in."

Evelyn Dugan presents 15 Smart-Shopper Tips for Post-Holiday Shopping posted at Earn A Degree Online, saying, "Both online and in-store shopping offer additional markdowns the day after Christmas and well into January and February, so keep this guide handy to help you score during post-holiday shopping."

Tara Snyder presents 40 Tips for Doing All of Your Holiday Shopping Online posted at Online Training, saying, "The holiday season has arrived and stores are already blasting the Christmas tunes and giving us Black Friday-worthy deals in early November. While there’s a lot on your plate during the holidays, shopping for gifts doesn’t have to be one of them. You still have to do a little thinking and planning, but shopping online is worlds easier than trucking it out the store every time you realize you have someone else on your gift list."

Jaybot presents Xmas Holidays in Japan posted at Jaybot7 : Jason Surguine : Music : Audio : Design : Games, saying, "How I recently spent my Christmas holidays in Tokyo and Nagoya Japan. It's split into two parts, so you can choose which one"

Wise Bread presents 8 Gifts the Man in Your Life Really Wants posted at Wisebread.

Katie Sorene presents 7 Most Incredible Department Stores in the World posted at Travel Blog - Tripbase.

HtF presents How to Fix Up Your Christmas Tree to Keep It Fresh posted at How To Fix.

That concludes the final edition this year. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival next year using our carnival submission form. Past and future editions can be found on our
blog carnival index page. I hope that you've enjoyed this edition and we look forward to your next visit. Feel free to submit an article, give us your comments, and spread the Holiday Spirit to others. Look for The Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival to return around Thanksgiving 2011. Be sure to check out our other blog carnivals as well as our other posts. Happy Holidays everyone and I hope that 2011 is a great year for you and your family.

Photo credit: "fireplace 2" courtesy of michalina.

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