I love reading about different individual’s holiday traditions, so I thought I would share this survey that has been floating around!
1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate. I don’t like egg nog at all, but I’m not a big hot chocolate drinker either.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Presents are always wrapped! I take on the role of Santa in my family, so I do most of the gift-wrapping and stocking-filling.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White lights only.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope, never have.
5. When do you hang your decorations up?
We have an extensive assortment of decorations so decorating the house is an ongoing process throughout the month of December. We usually begin putting them up the weekend after Thanksgiving, though.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Our menu for dinner changes every year; while my siblings and I attend Christmas Eve mass with our mom, my dad prepares a meal for us. Last year, he made crabcakes wrapped in tilapia alongside roasted asparagus. I’m allergic to fish, so he made me a separate crabcake—it was delicious!
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
When I think back to my Christmases as a child, three memories stick out in my mind. My four siblings and I would all sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve (we would rotate rooms each year) so that we could go to bed excited and wake up together. When I was old enough and knew that Santa wasn’t real, my older sister and I would tiptoe out of the room once everyone was asleep and help my mom wrap presents late at night. I think this sparked my deft ability of gift wrapping!
However, my favorite memory of all is snooping with Jen in the middle of the night (we only did it once!). We had a live-in nanny and housekeeper at the time, and we had repeatedly tried to guess our presents from them. Jen and I were determined to find out, so we unwrapped our presents then re-wrapped them. We clearly didn’t do a great job—our secret was out the next morning!
8. What is on your Christmas wish list?
I’m in the process of building a walk-in closet and remodeling my bedroom, so I kept my list short since a lot of those expenses are part of my Christmas gifts. I am the absolute worst person to shop for because I am very specific and never have much of a Christmas list. I also always accidentally buy myself the things on my list.
9. Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?
No, my family and I only open our gifts on Christmas morning.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
We wrap a gold ribbon around the tree and adorn it with white lights and elegant ornaments. “Silly” ornaments usually go on a smaller tree that we put in another room in our house.
11. Snow? Love it or dread it?
I love the way that snow looks when it first falls, but I don’t like the aftermath of it. My house sits on top of a huge hill with an extremely long driveway, so it can be a nightmare when it snows. When there is an exorbitant amount of snow, we have to park our cars at the bottom of our hill and trek back and forth. It’s not so fun then!
12. Real tree or fake tree?
Growing up, we always bought a real tree, but we have had a fake tree for the past few years. After having the tree topple over on numerous occasions and breaking dozens of ornaments, we bought a 12-foot artificial tree that sits in our foyer.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I absolutely loved my Furby that I had picked out at FAO Schwarz with my aunt, but I was beyond happy when I got a guinea pig. Technically, I begged my dad to take me to PetSmart the day after Christmas, seeing as I had received an empty cage as a present. My parents thought that an imaginary pet would satisfy me, but I was relentless.
14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Appreciating the fact that I have a wonderful family to spend the holiday with each year.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Peppermint bark and Hershey Kiss buttons remind me of the holidays, though I like anything sweet!
16. What is your favorite tradition?
Our traditions have evolved over the years—in fact, my favorite “tradition” is celebrating the holiday a different way each year.
17. What tops your tree?
A beautiful ceramic angel that we have had for several years now.
18. Do you prefer giving or receiving?
I definitely prefer to give gifts to others. I tend to go overboard, but shopping for friends and family and finding the perfect gift makes me so happy.
19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I love the cheesy Christmas songs—especially Crabs for Christmas. I’m a complete Baltimoron.
20. Candy canes, yuck or yum?
I like candy canes, but I like the candy cane Tootsie Pops better!
21. Favorite Christmas movie?
I will watch any and every Christmas movie—I swear I have seen all of the Lifetime and ABC Family holiday movies at least three times each. However, Jack Frost, Jingle All the Way, and I’ll Be Home for Christmas have always been favorites of mine. (Elf is obviously also included, but that has been said far too many times!)
22. What do you leave for Santa?
We don’t set out anything anymore, but we always left out Oreos and milk. I used to be the one to eat the Oreos and drink the milk after wrapping presents!
23. Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?
My entire family wakes up around the same time on Christmas morning (about 8am) and we all head downstairs together—no one is allowed to peek! We play Christmas music while my dad videotapes everyone opening their gifts. After the presents are opened, we make a big breakfast and watch a movie.
24. Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?
I usually know exactly what I want to buy, so it’s generally easier to shop for items online since I don’t need to browse.
25. Christmas letter or Christmas card?
Christmas cards! I’ve always found the “brag letters” to be a bit tacky and narcissistic, though they are fun to read. I prefer pictures to see how friends and family have matured over the years!
Do we have anything in common?
What holiday traditions does your family have?
What was your favorite gift as a child? Did you ever own a Furby?