Party On…. It’s Christmas Eve


Hey Folks. I am SO excited. Christmas Eve has ALWAYS been my favourite day of the year, even more the Christmas day itself. Even as a small child (yeah, I know, I’m still one of those lol) I loved Christmas Eve more. All that anticipation and excitement was often more then I could stand and yes, one year I even fainted because I thought Tinkerbell had caught me out of bed on Christmas Eve, hehe. My kids love hearing that story over and over again and they are all grown up with kids of their own now.


One of the ‘traditions’ we began a good few years back was to track Santa via Norad. If you’ve never tried this I urge you to go there today. We put it on first thing Christmas Eve Morning and watch it all through the day. It is so exciting to see him get closer and closer. I especially love the celebrities that come in to inform us of the latest videos from folk who have spotted him and I think its a fantastic thing that NORAD do this. I hope they never stop. Check it out HERE

Another Christmas Eve Tradition

One of the ‘traditions’ I started a good few years back was to invite family and friends over on Christmas Eve afternoon for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. It became a big hit with my family and something they all look forward to. This year Jays family will be joining us as we are now much closer to them and I’m both excited and nervous. I hope they enjoy this simple yet fun festive ‘tradition’ of mine.


Do you have little ‘traditions’ that have become popular with friends and family over the years? I’d love to hear your stories.

War Horse

….was magnificent. I loved every minute of it and if you get the opportunity to go yourselves, I urge you to grab it. The whole production was breath-taking and totally blew me away. I want to go again….and again….


It’s Christmas Eve, time to Party On

This collection is perfect for both your Christmas AND New Year parties. Check it out HERE



and a little layout from me using the Signature Papers


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Just a bit of fun…

Check out the cards I made for Elly and Jay this Christmas. Can you guess what kits I used for them??



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Here are your Game Rules

  • · Click on the sound bite to listen to the xmas tune, When you think you know the tune just leave your answer in today’s comments box at the end of the daily post. Please only post in that days comment box.

  • · A winner will be chosen at random (using from the correct entries each day and announced in the following days post.

  • · If you are a winner please email Boo stating your name & number of comment along with the date of your comment and your prize will be sent out within 24 hours (usually much sooner)

  • · Have fun, good luck and enter as often as you like but you must make each entry a separate comment.

Have fun with todays quiz folks.

Congrats to our winner Bekki yesterday with this comment

It’s Frosty the Snowman! Merry Christmas to you!!!

Comment by Bekki — December 24, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

Well done hun, be sure to email me for your prize

and for all those who wondered where to get snaps for the crackers I found THIS link useful. In the UK I checked Amazon and found some there. If you google Cracker snaps you should have some good luck finding what you need. Hope that helps ladies and have fun making those crackers.

and again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who took part and left great comments. I really appreciate your time and love reading your stories.

We will have one final tune tomorrow (Christmas Day) if any of you have a moment to yourselves lol.

Let’s have your best caption for this fab pic. Leave them in the comments and the winner will get a super dooper prize from me

Santa Claus prepars his Reindeer and sle

*Winner will be announced after Christmas

Well folks, I’m off to check on Santas whereabouts via NORAD. I leave you with some interesting NORAD facts and a little reminder that Christmas Fayre Sale ends soon. Swing by the store to grab it today if you haven’t already.

Boo’s fun and festive WEB FINDS

Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?


On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado began ringing.

The red phone meant it was either the Pentagon or CONAD commander in chief General Earle Partridge on the other end, and their reason for calling would probably not be pleasant.

U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, director of operations at the center, rushed over to the phone and grabbed it.

“Yes, Sir, this is Colonel Shoup,” he barked.

Nothing but silence in response.

“Sir? This is Colonel Shoup,” he said.

Silence again.

“Sir? Can you read me alright?”

Finally, a soft voice on the other end.

“Are you really Santa Claus?” a little girl asked.

Shoup was stunned for a second. This must be a joke, he thought. He looked around the room, expecting to see his men laughing at their prank, but found stony, serious faces all around.

He realized that there was “some screwup on the phones,” and decided to play along.

“Yes, I am,” he answered. “Have you been a good little girl?”

The girl explained to Shoup that she would leave some food out for both Santa and his reindeer and then recited her Christmas list to him. Shoup thanked her for her hospitality, noting that Santa had a lot of traveling to do. How did he get to all those houses in one night, anyway, she asked.

Apparently, that was classified intelligence in Shoup’s mind. “That’s the magic of Christmas,” he said. If anyone asks her about that, he said, she should tell them to stop asking so many questions or Santa would put them on the naughty list.

“That red phone, boy,” Shoup later recalled. “That’s either the old man—the four star [General Partridge]—or the Pentagon. I was all shook up.”

The red phone would keep ringing throughout the night. Not because of Soviet nukes or fighter planes heading toward U.S. soil, but because of a typo.

That day, Shoup would later learn, a local newspaper ran a Sears Roebuck ad inviting kids to contact Santa.

“Hey Kiddies!” the ad read. “Call me on my private phone and I will talk to you personally any time day or night.” The ad listed Santa’s direct line, but the number in the copy was off by a digit. Instead of connecting to the special line Sears set up with a Santa impersonator, kids wound up calling a secret air defense emergency number.

After a few more Santa-related calls, Shoup pulled a few airmen aside and gave them a special assignment. They would answer the phone and give callers—barring the Pentagon, we assume—Santa’s current location as they “tracked” him on their radar.

From that night on, tracking Santa became a yearly tradition, carried on by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) when it replaced CONAD in 1958. A new phone number, separate from the red phone, was established and publicized, and people were invited to call in and find out how close Santa was to their home. Every Christmas Eve, military service members staff phones and email accounts and the Santa Tracker Twitter account to keep kids up to date on Santa’s whereabouts.

Harry Shoup passed away in 2009, remembered by his peers and the public as the “Santa Colonel” who gave a special gift to millions of kids.

This post originally appeared here

Go on folks, you know you want to….

Track Santa now by clicking HERE

and have yourselves a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

Yes, I will be back tomorrow for those of you who might have a spare moment or two, with a final Christmas tune and one more special ADVENT for you

Until then

Stay safe and enjoy the best day of the year


Boo and the Blossoms


ps, don’t forget to leave Santa some goodies

23 comments… add one
  • Katheirne December 26, 2013, 5:54 am

    Thank you ! Merry Christmas!

  • lizanne December 25, 2013, 7:51 pm

    I guess I should have mentioned the caption is the opening words of my story….

    Santa says, “Darn it, Blitzen… Are you and the crew pulling a prank on me yet AGAIN?! I do NOT find this funny. Now where is my REAL sleigh & the rest of the crew?”

  • Margie December 25, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • PeggyNC December 25, 2013, 7:00 am

    I forgot to write down my caption:

    “Don’t blame me, Dasher! It wasn’t my idea to send the other reindeer on a tropical cruise during our busiest season!”

  • PeggyNC December 25, 2013, 6:58 am

    Thank you so much for today’s gift! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Eve with your kids and Jay’s family! How could they not enjoy themselves with all of your beautiful and most likely delicious yummies?

    I spent a quiet evening at home wrapping presents and cleaning the house. Our Christmas Eve tradition was a big birthday bash for my Dad, who was born on December 24 and his birthday was not celebrated while he was growing up. My Mom was determined this would never happen to him again, and he loved every minute of those formal dinner/birthday parties. She made sure that everyone brought him a wrapped gift to open….no gag gifts allowed!

    Even though I live in the US, I had never heard of NORAD tracking Santa. I will have to share this with the grandkiddos next year! Thanks Boo, I learn the most interesting thing by reading your blog!

    Jay’s photo uses “Jolly Holiday The Complete Works”
    Elly’s photo uses “Party On 2014 – Page Kit”

    I don’t know the song, but it looks like several people did 😀

  • grace December 25, 2013, 6:15 am

    Thank you so much for the lovely advent calendar. Very generous and kind of you to share your beatiful work.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours; and a very happy & healthy 2014.

  • Mary Kappes aka angmag55 December 25, 2013, 4:57 am

    No idea what the song is but it is Beautiful! My kids Daddy worked in NORAD years ago when he was in the Air Force! So this was very interesting to read! Thanks for sharing and A Very Merry Christmas to You and Your Family everyone!

  • JulesW December 25, 2013, 3:25 am

    Way to go Linda for knowing the name of the song!! There is one part that I recognize, but could not place it or put words to it.

    My caption is: “Officer, we’ve been robbed by an over grown elf!”

  • stacey December 25, 2013, 3:11 am

    oops forgot my caption: Sorry boy, not this year. Your nose doesn’t glow.

  • stacey December 25, 2013, 3:09 am

    love the new kit! thanks for awesome gifts today! Love the info on Norad – never done it before, don’t have any children. Hubby’s working, or we’d be watching Christmas shows. I just want to thank you for all the goodies, fun games, and information. I wrote to you about winning day9 – hope you get it! Today’s song is: not sure about this one, but got the rest.

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!! Hope the big day is filled with Love and Joy

  • genie December 25, 2013, 2:48 am

    I have no clue to the song today, thanks for all the freebies and the fun caption is ” eat your Cheerios and maybe Rudolf will let you join the team next year” or my husbands caption is GPS what GPS we’re not lost… Merry Christmas to you and your family

  • lizanne December 25, 2013, 12:39 am

    OMGosh! I have no idea what this one is (though it’s very pretty)… I guess missing 2 songs out of 24 isn’t that bad. =) Merry Christmas, btw (I know you’re 5 hours ahead of me, so about a half hour ago Christmas arrived). Hope you have a wonderful, joyous & merry one!

    I’ve been trying to think of a good caption for that photo….and all I come up is with a story, so here it goes….

    Santa said: Darn it, Blitzen… Are you and the crew pulling a prank on me yet AGAIN?! I do NOT find this funny. Now where is my REAL sleigh & the rest of the crew?

    Blitzen’s reply: Sorry, Santa, but this is no prank. The rest of the crew decided to go on holiday, and I’m the only one that stayed behind. They figured everyone else has Christmas off and, having pulled your sleigh for centuries, they deserved to have it off too. And, well, this is the only sleigh I can pull all by myself… Will it do, Santa? Can we deliver Christmas to all the good boys & girls out there tonight? I really don’t want to let anyone down…

    Santa replied: Blitzen, despite your good intentions there is NO way we would be able to deliver all the gifts we’d need to carry in that tiny little sled. So I guess I’m going to have to cancel Christmas this year… Come on (as he starts leading Blitzen away) – let’s head back to the barn where I’ll reward you for sticking around. 😉

    Afterward, as he recounted the story to Mrs. Claus, he told her that he needed to send the reindeer out for additional classes on “selflessness” so this never happens again…

  • Penny December 24, 2013, 11:28 pm

    Thank you for the gifts posted daily this month. The story of NORAD and the start of tracking Santa is a kick. I’ve just been reading more about it since Google is getting into the mix.

    I have no idea what this song is but a caption.

    “C’mon, Little One. We start small and work our way up to the big time.”

  • Regina December 24, 2013, 10:29 pm

    Thank you for today’s gift. 🙂 I don’t know today’s music. 🙁

    A caption for the picture:
    Reindeer training…”Come on boy! This is only the small sleigh.”

  • Carol December 24, 2013, 10:18 pm

    ooops! Forgot to say thank you for the U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup story. I had never heard about that prior to this. So here’s a great big THANK YOU!

  • Carol December 24, 2013, 10:14 pm

    Have no clue as to what the song is, darn it. We had so many little things we only did at Christmas as far as special cooking and baking specific items, Christmas Eve after we went to Church when we no longer had to wait to go to midnight mass services and could go earlier we each got to open one gift. Always had Christmas Eve open house at my sister’s home and I did Christmas sit-down dinner for all 17 to 20+ members of family at my home. All through Advent it seemed like we would race from one event at Church or a recital or a party. I think what I really loved was our tradition that started the day after Christmas. First thing in the morning on the 26th in our home we would draw one Christmas card we received and place it in a special place of honor and we would remember that person/family in prayer throughout the day with each one of us praying aloud for the sender. We did this each of the following days until all cards were pulled. We loved having the Spirit of Christmas going on and on. When my kids were little ones and in school and each had received their own special cards from their friends those cards were also placed in the special box of cards to be pulled daily–my kids always loved it when one of their special cards were drawn for the day. Rather miss all that with my being the only one in my home now but still love drawing the cards each morning beginning on the 26th.

    Many thanks to all at BooLand Designs for these wonderful Advent daily downloads and all the fun here. May God richly bless each of you and your families with a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

  • Steffie December 24, 2013, 9:06 pm

    What lovely gifts you gave to lucky us! Thanks so very much for your generosity and kindness in freely sharing of your talents, creativity and time with us. Looking forward to what you have in store for us in 2014. All the best to you and your gorgeous family for a very Merry and Bright Christmas filled with love, joy, laughter and memories. Keep safe and healthy.


  • nightshadow December 24, 2013, 8:13 pm

    Hi Boo,

    Thank you for another lovely gift.

    I haven’t a clue what todays song is, but I will offer a caption for the cute image: “Now where did I leave those other seven reindeer”?

    Our tradition for Christmas Eve is to each open one gift before going to bed, although I must admit that some years we’ve not resisted the temptation to open more than one. LOL

    I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas Eve filled with love and the making of more memories.

  • DebB December 24, 2013, 7:13 pm

    No traditions here, really – my daughter is almost 16 and it’s just the two of us. We are baking up a storm today, though! I don’t have the answer to the song, but a caption might be… “Last stop of the night, home sweet home!”

  • Gail Wilde December 24, 2013, 7:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful article about Col. Shoup/Norad. I was 7 years old that Christmas Eve, but have never heard about that before. He was quite a guy.

    Not entering the contest cuz I already won once, but here is my caption: “Ok, I’ll give all of you elves a raise and a bonus for tonight! NOW will you put the presents in the sleigh?”

  • Lisa Stewart December 24, 2013, 6:34 pm

    I love this song. It is Fairy tale of New York by the pogues. My caption for the picture is: “I told you to lay off the eggnog Rudolph! Now I have to guide my sleigh tonight.” I really don’t have any traditions. I use to put Santa’s cookies on a handmade plate but I haven’t done that for a few years 🙂

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