Thinking About Christmas
I’ve been looking forward to sharing a few things I’m loving right now but decided to wait. The chance to blog a Christmas theme is limited. Sure, I could blog about Christmas anytime of the year but that would just be weird and out of place. A Christmas post in August just isn’t the same.
So, instead, I decided to take advantage of the seasonal opportunity and share an idea I
stole borrowed from Amanda at Running With Spoons.
Egg Nog or hot chocolate?
Neither, but one of my favorite holiday memories is making big red cups of hot chocolate for my kids when they came inside from playing in the snow.
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Definitely wrapped! Part of the fun on Christmas morning is the unwrapping.
Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Decorating inside we might use color lights every now and then but my preference is white. Outside? Always white! Classic white with wreaths and red bows.
Do you hang mistletoe?
No and I don’t think I ever have. Come to think about it I’ve never actually stood under mistletoe.
When do you hang your decorations up?
We have December 5 and 8 birthdays and a soon as the birthdays have passed and the celebrations are over we’re ready to deck the halls. Not a day before.
What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Turkey (especially with my new crockpot recipe) and stuffed acorn squash rings. Yum! I make enough to be sure I have leftovers.
Favourite holiday memory as a child?
Opening a gift on Christmas Eve with the excitement and anticipation of Santa coming the next morning.
What is on your Christmas wish-list?
Nothing really. Time with my family is always on my wish-list.
Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?
Yes! It started when I was a kid and I’ve continued the tradition with my kids.
How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
I love themed trees. My family loves the hodge podge of decorations we’ve collected over the years. I either decorate multiple tress to have both or we alternate year to year.
Snow? Love it or dread it?
Honestly, as beautiful as it is, I’d be happier without it. I’m meant to be back in California where a chance of snow is slim to none.
Real tree or fake tree?
Fake tree in the Conyers’ house. I love the fragrance of a real tree but I don’t love the mess and clean up. A fake tree and candles work well to have the best of both worlds 🙂
Do you remember your favorite gift?
A pink bike. I remember thinking it was the most beautiful thing under the tree.
What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Family and tradition.
What is your favourite holiday dessert?
Without a doubt pumpkin pie. I love the traditional pumpkin pie but my gluten free, Perfect Pumpkin Pie with Crumbled Crust Topping recipe is just as good, maybe even better!
What is your favourite tradition?
Our Christmas Eve dinner party. The hustle and bustle, errands, and shopping are all done. The focus is 100% on good food, family and relaxing.
What tops your tree?
A star that I’m not fond of. It’s just too small for the tree but it’s the only topper we have that goes with the decorations this year. I already have plans to hit the sales and buy a new one the day after Christmas.
Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
I admit receiving is nice but I love the giving, especially to my kids.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
I love love Christmas music and play it constantly. I seem to be into Jazz Christmas music this year but my all time favorite is anything by Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Candy canes, yuck or yum?
Take it or leave it. I haven’t eaten one in years.
Favorite Christmas Movie?
Albert Finney’s Scrooge. Every year we watch it on Christmas Day.
What do you leave for Santa?
Milk and Christmas cookies my kids make with their grandmother.
Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?
We’re up early to open gifts, have a special breakfast together, watch Christmas movies and do Christmas puzzles together. Breakfast includes fresh squeezed orange juice. It’s a tradition my husband started with our son when he was small enough to sit on the counter.
Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?
I love everything about the mall during this time of year. The crowds, music, decorations and energy!
Christmas letter or Christmas card?
Christmas cards and for many years I made my own.
I’m linking up with Thinking Out Loud at Running with Spoons. I wonder who else is thinking out loud about Christmas?
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