Sunday, December 16, 2007


I've been tag.. er hooplahed! Here are the rules:

1. List 12 random things about yourself that has to do with Christmas
2. Please refer to it as a 'hoopla' and not the dreaded 'm'-word
3. You have to specifically tag people when you're done. None of this "if you're reading this, consider yourself tagged" stuff is allowed...then nobody ends up actually doing it. The number of people who you tag is really up to you -- but the more, the merrier to get this 'hoopla' circulating through the blogosphere.
4. Please try and do it as quickly as possible. The Christmas season will be over before we know it and I'd like to get as many people involved as possible.
5. If you want to -- please give me, Andrea, some link-love as the 'Hoopla-Creator'. I love new blog-traffic.

Before I get to my Hoolpla, here is how the hoopla got to me:

Sharon at Sit With Me Awhile started this Hoopla. I think she hooplahed
Denise at Samaritan Women who tag... er hooplahed
Mary at Mary's Writing Nook who tag... er hooplahed me :-)

1) One Christmas gift that stands out in my memory is the beautiful white angora tam that Grandma knitted for me when I was about 11 years old.

2) I don't know how old I was, but I must have been around seven or eight when Grandma took me to Boston on the train. I don't remember much except that we stopped to look in a store window that was set up with a beautiful village. A little locomotive traveled around the village. In another window there were mechanical dolls. One was dressed in a cranberry colored coat with a white-fur-lined hood. I was mezmerized by it all!

3) Although I am a terrible singer, I thoroughly enjoyed the year my older cousin took me along with her friends caroling. We had a great time singing - people came to their doors and windows, smiled and waved. Later we went back to her house for hot chocolate.

4) I was deeply touched by my husband's sister and her husband the Christmas after my husband, Dave, had triple bypass surgery. He had been out of work since October and we didn't have money to buy presents for the children. Kathy and Skip arrived Christmas morning with large bags filled with presents for the children, Dave and me. It was an unexpected kindness and thoughtfullness I will never forget.

5) My Christmas treasures are all the handmade cards and drawings my children and grandchildren have given me.

6) Dave and I laughed so hard we were in tears the Christmas that my son and his girlfriend (soon to be daughter-in-law) gave us a Universal remote and a calculator. The remote, for Dave and the calculator for me. Why did we laugh so hard? They were huge! So huge that we could not possibly lose them, nor did we need our glasses to use them. Kevin and Chrissy thought it was a joke - we still use them!!

7) That same year, Chrissy and I had our own laugh - I gave her a book I had just heard of and she gave me a book she had just heard of - The DaVinci Code!! LOL

8) For many years, my daughter Mariah and my grandchildren, Zach and Keely would gather round the tree. The children would decorate it, which was always interesting with delightful results. Then we would sing Christmas carols and drink hot chocolate in Mariah's special Christmas cups.

9) We have a spare room in the cellar. For a number of years, it became the Christmas room. Mariah, who is very artistic, would help me decorate it. She did all the climbing and pinning. Her ideas always gave the room that special extra magical look. I enjoyed the time with her.

10) My favorite Christmas carol is "The Little Drummer Boy."

11) I watch "It's a Wonderful Life" every year and I always cry. It is so hopeful!

12) Christmas is a time for family and friends to be together and to count our blessing - we are together.

That's my "Hoopla". Now in order to comply with the rules, I just need five volunteers who will let me tag... er hooplah them! LOL


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Tina,

I enjoyed your newest Christmas meme, er, I mean hoopla. Hehe.

Oh, I bet the trip to Boston was wonderful, and you were with Grandma, and that made it extra special.

And unexpected gifts of kindness are always especially memorable, aren't they?

My Christmas treasures are all handmade items as well, made by my kids, and more recently by my grandchildren. I cherish every one of them, and the sweet memories the conjure up, whenever I look at them.

And I love It's A Wonderful Life, and watch it every year and never tire of it.

Anyway, I did enjoy reading your hoopla.

Merry Christmas, dear Tina!



michele tune said...

Hi Tina!

I agree with Renie. This was a wonderful post and I enjoyed it very much! Great hoopla ;0)

Grandma's are special and so is family.

And there's nothing quite like a gift crafted from the hands of someone you love!

Merry Christmas!


michele tune said...

Back to say I participated in this meme. Mary tagged me as well :-)

Here's my:

12 Christmas Things About Me Huppla

Christmas Smiles,

Mary said...


Wonderful memories of Christmas past. I really enjoyed reading it.

A trip by train to Boston? What a wonderful adventure for a Grandmother to take her granddaughter on. You'll remember it always.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. I wish for you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May the Light of Christmas shine in your hearts and home.

Love and hugs,

Tina Coruth said...

Hi Renie,

Thank you for your kind comments! At first I had a difficult time trying to think of what to write. Once the memories started to resurface it was easy. Later, after I posted, more memories popped up in my head and I'd think, "Oh, I should have written that one." I think that is the magic in this meme, er hoopla (lol) - an opportunity to think about wonderful Christmas memories!

Merry Christmas, Renie! :-)

Tina Coruth said...


Thank you for stopping by and reading my hooplah. I am looking forward to reading yours. I will be over very soon.

Merry Christmas, Michele!

Smiling right back at you,

Tina Coruth said...


Thank you for tagging me for this one. I really enjoyed writing it. I enjoyed the memories it brought back to the surface of my mind!

Oh yes, I thought the train ride was a very big deal! It's too bad that there isn't more train travel these days. It's a special way to travel.

Merry Christmas, Mary!

Love and hugs,

Grandy said...

Great Hoopla!! Sorry I missed it before the holiday.

Tina Coruth said...

Thank you, Grandy! It's always good to have you visit! :-)


Writing the Cyber Highway said...

Hi Tina,

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! I've responded over there.

Hope you had a blessed Christmas :-)

Happy New Year!!!