It sure is nice to link up with others and get to know the blogs that I love to check out each week, as well as check out some new bloggers. Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourselves! So... here it goes...
Hot Chocolate or Eggnog?
I LOVE hot chocolate. We live in Wisconsin, where it is cold and snowy. Let's just say it has snowed a little each day for I think weeks. It makes you feel all warm inside. We have a little station in our kitchen right now with caramel and vanilla syrup, peppermint sticks, a container of marshmallows. Yum! Forget eggnog, this year we bought Snickerdoodle Holiday Milk. Yum!
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them underneath the tree?
When I was little presents were always wrapped. Now, for my own four kids Santa always leaves their gifts wrapped in their own wrapping paper and a guide so they know who's is who's.
Colored lights or white?
White! I love how it makes me feel when just the holiday lights are on. It makes me feel all warm inside.
When do you decorate?
This year was different. Our oldest is in college and so we waited until she was back to decorate. So, this year, December 13th. I put up the snowman collection though.
Real or Fake Tree?
I am allergic to the real ones and so is our dog. So for years, I suffered through it and we cut our tree as a family as a tradition. Now, I am so lucky, I have a tree with the lights on already. I take it out of the box, it folds out, and the lights are already on. Tada.
What Tops Your Tree?
We have an angel that we got as a gift.
Favorite Christmas Memories or Traditions?
We have a Christmas baby...yes the 25th. So, we have a day of traditions that make her feel special about being our best Christmas gift ever. Each year, we open "santa's" gifts in the morning. Then we have Birthday Brunch. We follow that with Christmas Birthday Bingo with tons of gift cards and goofy gifts that we work as a white elephant game. We wrap up the evening with the pickle present. A German tradition that is a bit different in our house. We hide the pickle ornament and all four kids are brought it to find it. The first one to find it gets a family gift. They hide it and then the others try until all four gifts are picked. It is pretty funny to see them all try to find the pickle. Last year, our son jumped into the tree to get the pickle from his sister.
Do you remember your favorite gift as a child?
Who remembers the Cher doll. I loved her. The bionic woman came in at a close second. Does this date me???? I wish I had them yet. They would be antiques.
Do prefer giving or receiving?
My grandpa died right before Christmas. I lived with my grandma for years. After that, Christmas just wasn't the same. It is hard for me to receive gifts. I don't want anyone to spend money on me. Silly, I guess. I would rather make others happy and see them excited. However, I just became the house that everyone comes to so I hope I "get" some help cooking next week.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
Baby It's Cold Outside. Did anyone see SNL's version this weekend. HAHAHA
Candy Canes. Yuck or Yum?
I don't really love hard candy, but I like candy kisses with candy canes in them. Not totally feeling like it is a yum. We always laugh when the kids would suck the end down to make it a weapon though.
Favorite Christmas Movie?
We watch The Christmas Story every year. This year, our son is getting a gun for Christmas. I hope he doesn't poke his eye out. We are having him get clues based on the movie to see if he will guess what he is getting. Chinese anyone?
Do you shop online or at stores?
BOTH. But I sure would love to shop online for everything. I hate the crowds. We bought some gifts at stores earlier this season and guess who can't find those bags. Yikes.