Merry Christmas from the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 12/23/2016
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Dave and Nora are officially off for Christmas break!

We already opened our family gifts yesterday, the rest of the gifts are ready to take to our upcoming parties, and I even have some of my food for the parties made ahead of time.

As I’ve done for many years now, I’ll be taking the week between Christmas and New Years as a short blogging break. It’s such a nice time to step away from my computer and social media for a few days… and I always come back with so many blog post topics and ideas after the New Year.

I have several self-imposed to-do’s that I’d like to accomplish over Christmas break:

  • finish our family’s 2016 photo album
  • do some freezer cooking
  • can more applesauce
  • purge kid’s clothing and toys (they are always more willing to purge after they get new things!)
  • work on a little project for our mudroom

I just finished reading Life Below the Stairs (true stories of servants in the Victorian era) and I have a ridiculously long list of shows I’d like to watch on Netflix (The Crown, Fuller House, and Gilmore Girls to name a few.)

I haven’t watched one single Netflix show since the summer… I’m not even sure if I’ve watched anything on TV the past 4 months either (so I’m due for a little TV time!)

All of that to say, I’m sure I’ll have plenty to keep me occupied, even without blogging responsibilities on my plate 🙂

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Merry Christmas, friends!

I’ll see you back here next year!

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28 comments

  1. Sandy

    12/24/2016

    Merry Christmas to you all! I enjoyed following you and our family.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Sandy!

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  2. Carrie Kelleher

    12/24/2016

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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  3. Catherine

    12/24/2016

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for creating a helpful and inspiring blog for us to follow. Enjoy your break 🙂

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  4. Sarah

    12/23/2016

    I read your blog every day. Merry Christmas! Enjoy your break and I look forward to seeing what’s new with you in 2017.

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  5. Karen S.

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas to my absolute favorite blogger and your beautiful family!!!!
    Andrea, thank you so much for working so hard to provide us with top notch content.
    You are much younger than I am, but you teach me so much ~ I am so very thankful!
    I pray that you and your family have a blessed Christmas, much needed break, and 2017.
    See you next year!!!!! xox

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    Andrea Reply:

    WOW! Thanks so much Karen! I’m honored to be your “absolute favorite blogger”!

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  6. Iliana

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
    Hope you will have a wonderful year!!
    Greetings from Perú!!

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  7. Belinda

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

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  8. Abbie

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas to the Dekkers! Try Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix (but not in front of the children – no profanity – but it can be very realistic).

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — I’ll put it on my list. Also, we never have to worry about watching TV in front of the kids because we never have the chance to watch anything unless they are sleeping 🙂

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  9. Bonnie'sMama

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas to my favorite blogger! I’ve enjoyed watching you grow and change as a woman and a mom since I started reading your blog before you moved to the farmhouse. I look forward to learning more from you in the New Year. I hope it’s your best year yet

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  10. Jen

    12/23/2016

    Merry Merry Christmas to your sweet family! Hope you enjoy your well-deserved break and accomplish all you hope and maybe even more! (From one Type AAA to another! ;-))

    “The Crown” is simply amazing! Enjoy!!

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  11. KJ

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas Andrea! Enjoy your well deserved break. 🙂 Thank you so much for all the inspiration you provided in 2016. Blessings to you and your family.

    P.S….My Netflix recommendations to you are Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks KJ!
    I’ve already watched all of Call the Midwife (LOVED it!) They have a new episode coming out on Christmas night 🙂
    I haven’t seen any of Downton Abbey, but that’s because I’m not sure I’m ready for such a “long commitment”. Maybe I’ll save that for next summer and Dave and I will watch a couple episodes every night!
    Merry Christmas to you too.

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    Gaynor Williams Reply:

    Downton is wonderful! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Cardiff, Wales, UK

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  12. Maria

    12/23/2016

    Wishing you and your lovely family a blessed Christmas and health and happiness for 2017! Thanks for all your hard work in writing so many great posts.

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  13. Birthe

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas to you! Enjoy your break and greetings from Germany!!

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  14. Mara Yager

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas! Feels good to see the “home stretch” of the holiday season in sight and finally be approaching the actual holiday 🙂 Off to make your chocolate pretzels you featured several days ago! Enjoy your little break!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, everything finally starts to slow down once the holidays are actually here. No more gifts to buy/wrap, no more food to make, no more cards to mail. Just sit back and enjoy it all!

    Hope you like the pretzels!

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  15. Karen

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas! ! Enjoy your break and I look forward to reading your blog in the new year.

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  16. Shan

    12/23/2016

    Andrea, enjoy Christmas with your sweet family!
    God’s rich blessings for the New Year 🙂

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  17. Edie

    12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! I’m looking forward to reading your blog in the next year!

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  18. JoAnn C.

    12/23/2016

    Thanks, Andrea for sharing ideas, thoughts, recipes and most importantly updates of your family this year. Merry Christmas to you, Dave and your beautiful children. See you in 2017.

    JoAnn

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  19. Leanne

    12/23/2016

    the Crown is AMAZING… the first episode has a really bad word in the first 5 minutes, but basically nothing else the rest of the series…oh…and there is a naked bottom in the first episode, too…but, I think they put those in the first episode for shock value…
    otherwise, I never “binge watch”…but that one had be GLUED!
    Merry Christmas and have a restful break!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I watched the first 2 episodes the last 2 nights and I’m already hooked. Dave caught most of the 2nd episode and said he might want to watch it with me now 🙂

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  20. Jamie Wright

    12/23/2016

    LOVE your family photo. I’m always so impressed when I see multiple children all looking the same way….and yours are all smiling!! Enjoy your break. Merry Christmas!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — it only took 80 tries to get them all looking (seriously) 🙂

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