Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The 2010 Holiday Spirt Blog Carnival 1st Edition

Welcome to the First Edition of The 2010 Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival. I've enjoyed this time of year for as long as I can remember. First there was all the excitement of the kid wondering what he'd get for Christmas and how much fun you could have in this time of year. Later on this time of year became more about connecting with family and friends and letting them know how much they meant to me. After becoming a parent there was of course the excitement of seeing the holidays through your childrens' eyes and getting all excited again. Over the course of The Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival, I hope that you'll join me in getting excited and spreading some holiday cheer. Two years when I chose the title for the blog carnival, I purposely choose Holiday Spirit because I didn't want to only focus on Christmas, and in fact I'd love to see some submissions on how other faiths celebrate holidays that are meaningful to them that occur this time of year. I'd love to hear how Jewish and Muslim people celebrate their holidays, it would be great if we can use this time of year to bring people closer together.

The first editon of the Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival for 2010 was delayed due to how unbelieveably busy I've been the past couple of months. There should be at least one or two more editions between now and Christmas.

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?

Without further adieau, let the holiday season begin!

Elizabeth Wright presents 50-Point Checklist To Perfect Your Holiday Hosting posted at Education Degrees.

Tim Dalton presents 50 Best Blogs for Kosher Living posted at Theology Degrees Online, saying "Keeping kosher is not always easy, but finding some support online can help enormously. Whether you already know lots about this lifestyle or are just starting out, you will need some kosher recipes, restaurant reviews, gift ideas, knowledge about food and wine, and much more..." I'd imagine that there are probably some good blogs there for people interested in finding out more about how Jewish people live.

Cindy Cullen presents Top 49 Mexican Cooking Blogs posted at Culinary Arts College, saying "Mexican food is delicious, but bringing the recipes to your own kitchen may be tricky. We all love hitting a Mexican restaurant, big or small, and noshing on enchiladas and fajitas and washing it all down with a margarita. These blogs will help you gather the right ingredients and perfect your technique when cooking up something spicy." I have fond memories of how the Tristan family always made Tamales for Christmas. I spent quite a few holidays with good friends in Dallas and think about them all often this time of year.

Cindy Cullen presents Top 24 Pizza Blogs posted at Culinary Arts College, saying "Nearly everyone, young and old, flock to the classic Italian dish that is accessible and easy to make at home. While we don’t all like the same toppings, learning more about pizza is something we all enjoy." A while back when visiting some friends that made a really neat pizza with apples and mustard, so how about a nice Christmas themed pizza?

Carrie Oakley presents 50 Time-Tested Recipes to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner posted at Online Colleges, saying "Thanksgiving brings memories of fun or horror, depending on who you’re talking to. If the job’s yours this year, check out this list of time-tested recipes that will be a hit with almost any crowd. While you can’t keep up with every guests’s eating habits or preferences, you can strive to create simple dishes that are full of flavor and easy to pull off without breaking a sweat in the kitchen..." Thanksgiving is behind us this year but lots of people make some of the Thanksgiving dishes for Christmas or maybe you can use this to get ready for next year.

Wise Bread presents 5 Rules for Planning Your Most Affordable Christmas Ever posted at Wise Bread. With Christmas being only days away don't let your Christmas shopping carry you away and take you beyond your budget.

Tash presents Christmas spirit of giving posted at Love Santa, saying "Christmas is about giving, not fancy wrappings and expensive gifts as such."

Hans Hallanger presents 22 Christmas Organizing Ideas for a less stressed holiday. posted at Organized Way Blog, saying " Ideas to help make the Christmas season be more organized, less stressful and more enjoyable."

Stretching the One Income Dollar presents Stretching the One Income Dollar: Christmas on a Shoestring posted at Stretching the One Income Dollar.

PT presents Christmas Gift Ideas Under $25 posted at PT Money, saying "A huge list of unique Christmas gift ideas under $25, perfect for a more frugal Christmas."

Wenchypoo presents The 12 Cyber-Scams of Christmas posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket. Watch out when you do your holiday shopping.

Wenchypoo presents The One Gift Card Worth Giving...and It's Free! posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket. A great and inexpensive gift idea.

Jerry Rogers presents 12 Great Gadget Blogs for the Smart Holiday Shopper posted at College Crunch.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival 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.

Photo credit: "Snowman Ornament 1" courtesy of pronoya.

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