Dishing it in December

It’s been a while since Amanda has hosted a dishing it party.  This month’s topic is Christmas.  Consider joining in the fun, it’s a great way to meet new friends.



Amanda asked these questions to get the party started.

~Do you have any specific traditions that your family looks forward to each Christmas?  Mama fries the best oysters I’ve ever tasted each and every Christmas.  I look forward to them all year long.



~Is your tree real or fake?     I love a real tree, but went with a pre-lit fake a few years ago.  My grandmother made the skirt out of felt in the early 1970’s.


~Do you have any favorite ornaments?  Oh my goodness, how could I pick a favorite??  My absolute favorite ornaments are my Swarovski snowflakes.


Mama gives me a P. Buckley Moss ornament each year.  I love those, too.  I’m getting to the point where those ornaments need their own tree.  This year I’m getting “Clifton Mill.”


~What’s your favorite Christmas treat?  My grandmother made the most delicious very thin iced sugar cookie that melted in your mouth.  Nothing will ever compare to those. 
~Best Christmas gift you ever received?  I can’t pick a best.  My mom and dad made sure that I had a great Christmas every year of my life.  When I was growing up I’d get things for my horse and clothes that I wanted.  I remember the year that I got a new bridle, I kept looking at it and smelling it because I loved it so much.  Once my mom and dad bought a pie safe for me and wrapped it with a big bow.  My mom used to send us on a treasure hunt for our last gift.  We loved looking for the clues.  Mr. SP spoils me rotten each and every year.  I’m a lucky girl!

~Coolest crafty thing you made or home decor thing you tried this Christmas season?  I love the Pottery Barn knock-off garland that I made for our front porch.


I also love the washer ornaments that I created for my friends.


~Your favorite Christmas movie?  Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation makes me laugh.

~Most difficult person you have to buy for?  My father in law is difficult.  Luckily he is happy with books, coffee, or candy.

~What’s the number one thing on your kids’/husband’s/wife’s/significant other’s list this year?  Mr. SP would really like a dock but I don’t think that Santa will be able to fit that down the chimney.

If you are reading this Santa, Mr. SP wants it right here.


~If Santa could bring you one big surprise this year, what would you want it to be?  Anything that sparkles would be a nice surprise…..


Click on the button below to join in the “Dishing It” fun!  I’m looking forward to a cup of coffee and a visit with all of the party participants.



  1. anything that sparkles-lol-sounds good to me! love your tree and those washer ornaments you made-great idea for gifts for friends and teachers!

  2. How wonderful, Paula, for you to have so many good Christmas memories! It makes my heart smile to think of you as a little girl, sniffing the leather of that bridle. And it makes me happy to see all your beautiful Christmas decorations! I’m betting that lots of other people get in the Christmas spirit just from being around you!

  3. Hi I’m visiting from Amanda’s party, I love, love, love those washers! I must see how you made them, I love those snowflake ornaments too! Take care!

  4. Love those snowflake ornaments! I’ve never had fried oysters, on New Years my Grandmother used to make an oyster stew that was really good!

  5. I think your PB knock-off was one of my faves too. 😉 Your home is gorgeous, and I hope Mr. SP gets his Christmas wish. Thanks for linking up with me. 🙂

  6. so fun, thanks for sharing! I love your decor by the way.

    I have a giveaway going on right now that you might be interested in!

  7. The front of your home is beautiful! I love the white lights and red bows. Your Christmas’s sound wonderful! I hope you get what you wish for! Have a blessed Christmas!

  8. I LOVE LOVE your washer ornaments!!! Oh, how I wish I had see that post a month ago…except I don’t think it was written yet! 🙂 I sure hope you don’t mind that I am going to COPY your idea!! Now, if I can just REMEMBER them for next year!

  9. Yay-another Christmas Vacation gal! And we share the memory of treasure hunting for gifts. Have you carried on that tradition! So far I have not. Those sugar cookies sound divine. LOVE the personalized washer ornaments!

  10. Oh yeah…love me some sparkles also!
    I love reading about different things that tell about us. I will have to do this once I get my decor out this weekend…would love to share some of my favorite ornaments.

    Your tree looks real! So big and pretty.

  11. Your snowflakes are beautiful and the outside of your home is wonderful, too! Isn’t Christmas just the best?! Hope you’re having a great week (:

    Stopping by from Amanda’s!
    xo Michaela

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