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Liebster Award-Holiday Edition

December 19, 2012

Liebster Award 12-12As I was casting about ideas on what to post for your reading pleasure, all the while frantically wrapping presents, baking cookies, and packing my suitcase for another cross-country trek, I was honored to discover that the lovely and talented Vikki at the View Outside has presented this blog with the coveted Liebster Award. Thanks, Vikki!

Me? How sweet! But what about Christmas?

So I’ve decided to combine the holidays and this honor to unveil the first and only Liebster Award-Holiday Edition. Now these awards come with rules—yes I know, so confining—but here at A Scenic Route, we like to twist things around a bit, so expect a surprise or two.

Here are the Official Rules:

1. When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

2. Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!)

3. You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.

4. You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!

5. You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

Sleigh HollyIn keeping with the Holiday Liebster theme, here are eleven things I like most about Christmas:

  1. The smell of fresh pine in my house
  2. Christmas music, all kinds from Mannheim Steamroller to Vince Guaraldi to Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  3. Mulled wine: the taste, the aroma, and the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you drink it
  4. Cozy sweaters
  5. Cars driving around decorated with wreaths and antlers
  6. Wrapping presents!
  7. Random acts of kindness
  8. Gingerbread houses
  9. Streets lined with twinkling white lights
  10. Jingle bells
  11. Sitting around the fireplace with the people I care about most in all the world

SnowmenNow I am to answer the questions Vikki asked:

  1. Are you a punctual person or are you usually late? I come early and bring a book to read while I’m waiting.
  2. How many hours a week do you spend watching TV? Now come on, be honest! Honestly, we turned off the cable a few years ago. I know, blasphemy! We just rent movies a few times a month.
  3. What do you wear in bed? Umm, pajamas. It’s cold outside!
  4. In a heated argument do you walk away or keep at it until you’ve had the final word? I walk away before the argument starts. I usually know how people feel about stuff before they start talking, and no one ever listens to me anyway.
  5. How many times a day do you look in a mirror? Come on, you can tell us. To put my contact lenses in and my make up on. Then I never look back.
  6. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Pet the cat.
  7. Do you consider yourself lucky?  Yes. When I met my husband I knew I was the luckiest girl in the world.
  8. Do you fear death? Of course. But what I fear more is not leaving a mark on the world before I die.
  9. What are your top 3 pet peeves? Impatient people, rude people, presumptuous people
  10. What character in The Wizard of Oz are you most like? The Wizard! I’m the man—or rather, the woman— behind the curtain.
  11. How many pairs of shoes do you own? At least thirty. And that’s not counting boots! But I love them all equally.

Pine AngelMy eleven questions are going to be holiday themed too.

  1. What is your favorite holiday gift of all time?
  2. Which is your favorite holiday special: Charlie Brown’s Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Life?
  3. What is your beverage of choice: Eggnog, mulled wine, or hot chocolate?
  4. What is your favorite holiday song?
  5. Who are you going to kiss under the mistletoe this year?
  6. What was your best holiday bonus from a job?
  7. What is your best holiday memory?
  8. What was the kindest holiday gesture ever made by a stranger?
  9. What’s on your wish list this year?
  10. If you could spend your holiday anywhere in the world just by snapping your fingers, where would you be?
  11. Who would you take with you?

Gingerbread BowAs for my nominees, I’m making a list, checking it twice, and all these bloggers have been especially nice:

Armchairauthor at Ink

Peter Cruikshank-It Is What It Is?

Virginia at Poeta Officium

Rabia Gale-Writer At Play

Anushka Dhanapala at Finding My Creature

T. F. Walsh

Jamie Ayres

Tangent Shell

Melissa Maygrove

Katherine Checkley at The Intrinsic Writer

But wait, you say,  that’s only ten nominees? That’s because the last spot is reserved for you, loyal followers. You are all deserving of this very special holiday Liebster Award, so if you’d like to participate, pull this one out from under the tree and take it home for your very own.

Whew! That was longer than the Twelve Days of Christmas! So, how about you? What do you like most about the holidays?

(Images courtesy of Renate Kalloch @ stock.xchng)
  1. December 19, 2012 11:03 pm

    I love the holiday themed 11 things about you. I’m also a lover of mulled wine! 🙂

    • December 20, 2012 6:40 pm

      I did, in fact, consume some mulled wine today, so my blogging replies might be especially gushy today. 🙂
      Happy Holidays, Rebecca!

  2. December 19, 2012 11:07 pm

    Love the holiday theme. Great idea!
    And thanks for the nomination.
    Merry Christmas. 🙂

    • December 20, 2012 6:42 pm

      You’re very welcome, Melissa. I enjoy your blog, especially the Grammar Police Mondays.
      Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  3. December 20, 2012 5:14 am

    Love your answers honey and the holiday theme. Excellent! 🙂

    You are very welcome!


    • December 20, 2012 7:56 am

      Thanks for the nomination! I love your answer #11 on the holiday list and #6 on the second list of questions. Yay. Happy Holidays 🙂

      • December 20, 2012 6:45 pm

        LOL. Holiday Bonuses, remember those? 😉
        You’re very welcome! Your blog is a lot of fun.

    • December 20, 2012 6:43 pm

      I had fun with this one, Vikki, so I appreciate that you thought of A Scenic Route. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  4. T.F.Walsh permalink
    December 20, 2012 10:39 pm

    Ohhh what a cool award… thank you for nominating me… Great answers:)

    • December 22, 2012 7:27 pm

      You’re very welcome! I hope my answers got into the holiday spirit. 🙂

  5. December 21, 2012 2:17 pm

    Thanks for thinking of me, buddy! I’d love to post on this before Christmas, but I’m not sure if I’ll squeeze it in! Anyway, MeRRy*CHristmas!!!

    • December 22, 2012 7:29 pm

      No biggie if you can’t get to this … but I did want to let you know how much I enjoy your blog.
      And Merry Christmas, right back at ya! 🙂

  6. December 22, 2012 6:44 pm


    I loved your #7 responses on both sets of questions 🙂

    Congrats on the award and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year from our family to yours 🙂

    • December 22, 2012 7:37 pm

      Hi Mark, 🙂
      Yes, I’m very lucky lots of ways! Happy Christmas in the land of aloha. 😀

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