Woohoo for Friday!
This is also the last weekend before Christmas… Sad, exciting, crazy all in one! I thought it’d be kinda fun to do a little Christmas survey (thanks Amanda!) to fill you in on how we celebrate Christmas and what our traditions are like over here. Of course some of this may change as Hunter gets older, but this is how it all goes down for now.
How soon do you start shopping?
I typically wait to start shopping until after Thanksgiving, which is when I really start to feel more in the Christmas spirit.
Do you have a lot of gifts to buy?
Not too many. We did handmade gifts for our parents, gifts for my siblings, and then we participate in a few gift exchanges. I hardly bought anything for Hunter this year because he already has so much, and there’s just more coming from grandparents. I don’t think he’ll know the difference this year anyways!
Do you bake cookies?
Yes! I typically like to make a TON and distribute them to friends and neighbors, but that didn’t happen this year. A little boy named Hunter has taken up quite a bit of my time and energy. I did the Christmas cookie decorating party, and that was the extent of my cookie baking this year. I was going to try to do more, but I didn’t want to feel stressed about it all. This is something I’d like to do more of with our kid(s) when they get older though.
Do you put up a Christmas tree?
Absolutely! I LOVE when it’s all lit up!
If so, is it fake or real?
Fake. A real tree would be nice for the smell and all, but the practical side of me likes fake. They’re more affordable in the long run, ours is pre-lit, and it’s less mess to clean up!
Do you like tinsel?
No! It’s a pain in the butt to clean up! Once again, I like clean and easy clean up.
Do you use handmade or store bought ornaments?
Store bought for the most part. We have a few handmade ornaments from others, but not many.
Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?
Yes! Cody does a wonderful job.
Do you put lights on the tree?
We have a pre-lit tree, but yes, I’m all about lights! I prefer white lights on the tree.
How about popcorn and cranberries?
Hmm, not sure I understand this question, but yes, I do like both!
Is there a wreath hanging on your door?
Yep – love beautiful wreaths!
Do you celebrate it?
Yes! Growing up, I always celebrated with my mom and stepdad on Christmas Eve, and my dad and stepmom on Christmas Day. Now that I’m married and have a family of my own, our tradition is to go to a nice dinner and then a Christmas Eve church service. We’ve talked about how we want to do Christmas Eve as Hunter gets older, but we’re not exactly sure yet. Church will always be included though!
Do you hang up your stocking?
Well, of course! Stocking stuffers are some of my favorite gifts!
Have you ever left cookies out for Santa?
When we were kids, we did! And carrots for the reindeer of course!
Christmas Eve dinner last year…
Miracle on 34th Street
Character from any Christmas Movie?
No idea on this one.
Pretty much any Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas song.
I have fun memories of my stepdad being super sneaky about Santa. One year he went on our roof to make it sound like Santa was up there, jingled some bells, and left with a “Ho! Ho! Ho!”. I remember being SO convinced that it was really Santa!
ALL the Christmas cookies!
This or That…
Give or Receive?
Can I choose both? I absolutely love giving gifts, but who doesn’t love receiving some gifts too?
Ham or Turkey?
Honey baked ham for Christmas!
Star or Angel?
White Lights or Colored Lights?
Blinking Lights or Still Lights?
Were you Naughty or Nice this year?
I’d like to think mostly nice!
What do you want for Christmas this year?
Here ya go.
When do you open your gifts?
Christmas Day morning!
What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten?
Going to get totally cheesy here, but I don’t even care. Best gift = a lifetime with my husband. He proposed to me the week before Christmas a few years ago, and it was the best gift I could’ve ever received.
What’s the worst gift you’ve ever gotten?
I couldn’t even tell ya!
Do you like wrapping gifts?
I wouldn’t say I love it, but I don’t dread it either.
Christmas ‘12 – preggo with little Hunter
Can you name all the reindeer?
Yikes – not sure I could!
Have you ever gotten a kiss under the mistletoe?
I don’t think I have… That needs to change!
Do you go caroling?
I have before – it was so fun!
Do you drive around and look at the Christmas lights?
Yes! This is one of my favorite things to do. We just did it last weekend!
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes, and I love it. Although sadly, we’ve never actually had a white Christmas in Utah while we’ve been here. Last year it was all snowy on Christmas Day, but we were in Arizona. I’m really hoping we’ll get some good snow this year for Christmas Day since we’ll be here to enjoy it!
Who do you celebrate Christmas with?
Well, it depends on the year. If we were closer to family, it’d definitely be with them, but this year it’s just Cody, Hunter, and me since we’re staying in Utah. We’ll also go over to our friends’ house Christmas Day evening for a dinner.
Have you ever had your picture taken with Santa?
Yes – several times growing up!
What part of Christmas do you look most forward to?
Christmas Eve service and spending quality time with my family on Christmas Day. And this year, I especially can’t wait to celebrate Hunter’s very first Christmas!
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
White or colored lights?
Do you do anything special on Christmas Eve?
What’s your favorite part of the Christmas season?