I am linking up with adorable Michelle at Fabulous in First, for this cute and fun linky party! I love reading all about how everyone celebrates Christmas!
Hot Chocolate or Eggnog?
Hot chocolate. I love the SMELL of eggnog, but I do not like the snotty texture. I really hate milk though, so it is sort of like thick milk. Ugh. I do like eggnog flavored ice cream - so go figure.
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them underneath the tree?
He does NOT wrap. But he does work his butt off setting everything up - opening up packages (I am in love with Amazon for their frustration free packaging), putting in batteries, getting it ready to play. Santa does not bring everything though. Mom and Dad wrap. Each of our kids gets their own type of wrap so it is easy to see who gets what!
Colored lights or white?
When do you decorate?
This is a HUGE issue in my marriage LOL! We don't decorate until after December 2nd because that is my oldest son's birthday. I would like to decorate the third. My husband however INSISTS on a real tree, and not getting it until the 15th or so.... so we kind of compromise. The house is pretty much decorated now, just no tree. I find it irritating, but marriage is all about compromise I suppose!
Real or Fake Tree?
Real, always real. Real messy and real. See above.
What Tops Your Tree?
A star or a snowflake.
Favorite Christmas Memories or Traditions?
My favorite memories are Christmas Eve nights at my grandparents house. Our whole family was always together, I can still smell the house. My grandma used to cook a lot of German food (she still does, but we are rarely all together). There were presents from the back wall all the way to the front of the room. My grandpa dressed up as skinny Santa. We always got matching Christmas jammies with my cousins and when it was time to go home my grandma always gave us a Santa plate of fruit and nuts and Santa candies.
Our family has a few advent calendars (I still have the one from my childhood) and the kids love it. I love our yearly trek to see Santa at the mall, and I love that we always make birthday cake for Jesus and sing Happy Birthday.
Do you remember your favorite gift as a child?
Is it weird I don't really remember? I remember what all the presents looked like under the tree, and I remember the feelings.... I just don't remember one specific gift. Maybe nylons. I remember being so nervous to ask for them (I was about 10), but I did and my parents told me I was not old enough for them. But then they got me some. I was happy and embarrassed. I remembered hating them once I had them (I still do), but I was glad to get them. I got so many gifts, but I don't really remember them. I just remember how I felt.
Do prefer giving or receiving?
Giving for sure. I feel kind of embarrassed receiving gifts.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
Be Born In Me. Gives me the shivers!
Candy Canes. Yuck or Yum?
I pretty much like them. I love mint. I just don't really like their shape or texture that much. I LOVE those mint sticks that are kind of soft and chalky (which is weird because I hate chalk so much!).
Favorite Christmas Movie?
I love Christmas Vacation, and Elf and Polar Express.... and Miracle on 34th Street, and Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas.... it just depends on what day you ask me.
Do you shop online or at stores?
Almost entirely on-line. Amazon Prime is my best friend. I kind of keep waiting for them to come out and recognize me as their number one customer, but alas, they never do! I have also become kind of obsessed with www.pickyourplum.com. I have bought all of our teacher gifts through them, and a few other things. I check it constantly. If you have not tried it, check it out. They have amazing deals on a few items everyday until they run out. It is kind of a rush!
Photo, Letter or Store Bought Card?
Hmmm..... I don't do either, is that awful? It just gets so crazy around this time of the year I don't send either. But I love getting photo cards. And I really do pray for all my friends and family and wish them all a very Merry Christmas, I just don't usually get it onto a card.