My Friend Susan tagged me so here it goes.
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Both, but I can only drink a little egg nog at a time. Must be store bought, no home-made. I love hot chocolate but it has to have TONS of ooey gooey marshmallows on top!
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
This one is hard. Growing up my mom put most of our gifts from "Santa" and left our stockings filled on the couch. I don't ever really remember "believing" in Santa but perhaps I did. When I had my first child I decided that I would not really do the whole Santa thing. We would enjoy the fun of Santa and the reindeer and the Christmas songs but we would celebrate the birth Of Jesus Christ and all that comes with that.
Then I met my husband and we shared our first Christmas together. By this time I was pregnant with my second child, our first. He was adament about there being a Santa Claus an didn't want our kids to miss out on it. Throw in that Grandpa Nick, my father in law is an avid Santa fan and I was outnumbered. We agreed that there could be Santa. I would not tell our kids that there is no Santa but I would not encourage it either. I will teach them about Jesus' birthday and we will celebrate that as well.
Mommy and Daddy bought the kids about 2 gifts each, and the grandparents are ddoing the same. My father in law went CRAZY in KB Toys and "Santa" will be bringing the kids alot of toys Christmas morning. We're undecided how to handle it in the future. I don't really want to be "out done" by Santa every year, and would rather keep Christmas more about family and a few gifts here and there. In other words I don't want my living room looking like Santa's workshop exploded in it!
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White. I think they're so elegant and they don't clash with the ornaments. On the outside I'm really good with either but more inclined to do a variety of colored lights.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, but I really should!
5. When do you put your decorations up?
The weekend following Thanksgiving weekend.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Mashed potatos and gravy. Mmm.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child.
I don't recall a whole lot, which is strange. But I do remember wanting a doll stroller REALLY badly. I saw it in my mom's closet and she convinced me it was for my cousin. I was heartbroken. She wrapped it up in a huge freezer box with TONS of newspaper and I was SO thrilled and surprised to get it Christmas morning!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don't ever really remember believing. I do remember watching my mom stuff our stockings and put them on the cuch.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes, we go to my husband's families house and have their big to do. We don't open family gifts until Christmas morning except the kids get christmas Jammies.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
We have a fke tree this year. Wahh. But we love noble firs. WIt is pre-lit with white lights, star on the top, plastic bulbs this yea and each year we all get one new ornament which represents something we enjoyed or were into that year. Those are the hallmark ornaments usually.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it! Wouldn't want to live in it ALL the time though.
12. Can you ice skate?
Yes, it's fun too!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
As a kid probably an easy bake oven. I LOVED that thing, along with my, My sister doll. Until Chucky themovie came out!
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Reminiscing with family and celebrating the blessings from the year before. Or in this years case, celebrating that we made it through the year. :)
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Umm, don't really have one. Used to be my grandma's Pecan pie.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
We're just starting out our family traditions so to speak, but I'd like to start a tradition of the kids getting new coordinating Jammies or Jammies of their favorite character each Christmas Eve. My husband getting a new pair of funny/christmas boxers in his every year. And watching the polar express the night before Christmas Eve with the kids all snuggled together.
17. What tops your tree?
An ugly, cracked in the back lighted star that isn't lit this year. I'm having a hard time finding a new one that I like!
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
Both, I love watching the joy people get from receiving gifts. I also enjoy hand picking something special for them. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't like tearing open into wrapping paper either!
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant. I was in a Christmas play with this song when I was about 8 and have been in love with it ever since.
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
I like them, not love them.
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