You know those emails that used to be popular, where a friend would fill out answers to all these questions, and then send it to his/her friends, and they would all reply with their answers? And then you knew everyone’s favorite color and food and what they were most scared of?
I’m going to do a Christmas version of that with my blog. Because I like knowing things about you people. Especially since you already know a lot about me.
1. Christmas music- when should you start listening to it?
Tom and I try to hold off listening to Christmas music until Thanksgiving night. Every now and then we slip up and cheat by listening to a song before then, but we’re pretty strict about saving Christmas music for Christmas time. Same goes for Christmas decorations and movies.
2. When do you put up your Christmas tree? Real or fake?
Tom and I have always gotten our Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving. Until this year. This year I had a photoshoot that had me getting home late, and we were both tired. So we went two days after Thanksgiving.
We always do a real tree for our main one. They smell so good, and I like the tradition of hunting down the perfect tree. (I think I like that more than Tom because I’m super picky. I like BIG trees. Tall, lots of full branches, and only may have one bald spot, because we can make it face the wall.)
Upstairs we do a fake tree. Eventually I’d like a fake tree in every bedroom too.
3. Themed decorations on the tree or a mishmash of ornament memories?
Upstairs, I do a themed tree. This year it’s blue and silver ornaments with peacock feathers coming out the top. And some silvery, glittery thingy I stuck in with the feathers. (It looks good when the tree’s lights are on.)
On the main tree, we do a mishmash. We do like to add a new ornament every year that we’ve been married. It makes it fun for us as we pull those ornaments out each year.
4, What goes on top of your tree?
We have a star on top of our main tree. And some glittery red thing from Hobby Lobby that sparkles and adds pizzazz. Either it adds pizzazz, or it makes me look like I couldn’t decide what would go on top of the tree this year.
5. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
That’s a tough one. My two favorites growing up were Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and A Muppet Family Christmas (which Dad would get us to watch on Christmas morning so mom could get a few minutes to shower and dress before we all went on film opening presents).
Now my favorite is probably Elf. It gets funnier for me every year.
6. What’s your favorite Christmas song?
That’s hard too. I think for Christmas hymns, it’s probably “O Holy Night.” And for secular, I like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “All I Want for Christmas” (Mariah Carey’s version, fo shizzle) and “Santa Baby.” The last one just makes me laugh.
7. Did your family do Santa presents growing up? Will you with your kids? (Not trying to start a debate on Santa vs. Jesus here!)
My family didn’t do Santa as part of our Christmas, but Tom’s did.
Tom and I are really excited to do that with our kids. I think it will be a really fun tradition to do with them.
Since none of Josey’s cousins do Santa either, we are going to start doing Christmas Eve/Christmas morning at our house in the future so that we can do this without any little ones accidentally spilling the beans for her or her future siblings.
8. It wouldn’t feel like Christmas without ________.
Seeing all of my immediate family members and Tom’s family. I’ve been celebrating Christmas with Tom’s family since I was 15, so they are just as much a part of my Christmas tradition now! We do a lot of driving on Christmas day to be with everyone, but it’s so worth it!
9. I will never forget getting ______ for Christmas when I was a kid.
My American Girl Doll, Samantha. I LOVED her and was actually allowed to play with her (some people just collect them). She was loved and played with for many years.
Now she’s been discontinued by the American Girl brand, but I have her (and Felicity, whom I got later) tucked away for Josey and her sister(s) to play with someday.
10. I’ll never forget giving ______ as a present.
Chocolate covered cherries every year for my dad.
Poor dad. I was the youngest in the family, and I had the least money to spend, but it was a big deal to me to buy the Christmas gifts myself when I could. I would always give him a box of chocolate covered cherries– the kind that came stemless and with that yummy gooey stuff all around them inside the chocolate.
It probably cost about a dollar, but he made such a big deal out of them that I felt like I had given him his favorite gift.
And he would put them in the fridge and share them with everyone. He probably only got to eat about 2. Hmm…..I wonder if he even likes those things?
Your turn! Answer the same questions (or as many as you want) in the comments. I’d love to hear about your Christmas traditions!