As Christmas approaches I thought it would be fun to complete a holiday survey inspired by Amanda! Enjoy!
Do you send out Christmas cards?
My family sends one out every year. I’m actually in charge of making them (not hand making, just designing online). My sister and I fight over which Christmas cards we get to open from other people.
How soon do you start shopping?
I would say sometime in November. But I have a note in my phone where I jot down ideas year round.
Do you put up a Christmas tree?
Absolutely! I “decorated” it via FaceTime this year.
If so, is it fake or real?
Real. When we lived in New Jersey we had one real tree with our sentimental, fun ornaments and one fake tree that looked like it belonged Pottery Barn catalog.
Do you use homemade or storebought ornaments?
A mixture of both. One year my mom decided to forgo all of our store-bought ornaments and MAKE every single one. We made dozens of angel closepins, strung popcorn, glittered pinecones and used tinsel. It was very “nature-like.” We went back to normal the next year ;) But we still have some of those angel closepins that we use today.
Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?
Yes, on the trees.
Do you put lights on the tree?
Yes. That’s my least favorite job. Isn’t it everyone’s? My mom is a pro so I let her handle that.
How about popcorn and cranberries?
See above for our “nature” themed tree.
Do you celebrate Christmas Eve?
Yes! We go to mass (usually the children’s mass because my sister and I like seeing all the cute little kids), eat a delicious, traditional dinner, watch a holiday movie and go to bed early. The earlier we go to bed, earlier we wake up, of course!
Do you hang up your stocking?
Before it gets filled, yes. Once it’s filled, it gets moved to the couch.
Have you ever left cookies out for Santa?
Umm…I still do…believe to receive. Although, over the last ten years Santa has started leaving specific requests for what type of cookie he wants. Picky, picky.
Favorite Christmas Movie?
Elf and The Year Without A Santa Claus
Favorite character from any Christmas Movie?
Following in suit with my favorite movies…Buddy the Elf and Heat Miser & Cold Miser.
Favorite Christmas Song?
“Mary Did You Know” and “Do You Hear What I Hear”
Favorite Christmas Memory?
So many it’s hard to choose! The one that sticks out in my mind is when my sister and I walked down the steps (I was in 5th grade) and there were NO presents under the tree. Instead, there was an envelope with clues as to where the presents were hidden. It was a scavenger hunt! I was kind of annoyed at the time that I had to work for my presents, but looking back, it was such a cute idea (thanks, mom :))
When do you open your gifts?
Christmas morning- EARLY. Well, 7ish.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten?
My first American Girl Doll (Kirsten) was really special. That was in 1st grade, I think.
What’s the worst gift you’ve ever gotten?
UGH- business clothes. Like a literal work suit. Those were returned ;)
Give or Receive?
Give. It’s so much fun to watch loved ones open up special gifts.
Ham or Turkey?
I prefer turkey but we usually have roast beef on Christmas Day and fish on Christmas Eve.
White Lights or Colored Lights?
What is your favorite holiday tradition?