Merry Christmas Eve friends!
I hope everyone has had a fantastic few days leading up to Christmas! I'm back in El Paso for the week and have had a fabulous week leading up to one of the best days of the year. I just love coming home for the holidays. I know what it's like to not get to spend the holidays with your family (thank you Disney World) and so I know there is nothing quite like being home for the holidays!
Now I've seen quite a few Christmas themed Questionnaires floating around the blogsosphere and I decided that Christmas Eve is the perfect time to share some of my answers! I settled on the 12 Questions of Christmas Tag that I saw on both Ashley from The Wandering Weekenders and Macy's from To Travel & Beyond, the post originated over on Meg's blog My Borrowed Heaven.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
I think my favorite Christmas tradition is opening presents on Christmas morning. Last year we opened them Christmas night because we had been out of town and it just wasn't the same. Every year we do the same thing on Christmas morning. We get up, grab cups of coffee, open stockings, then presents, and while my Mom whips up a Christmas morning omelet I force my brother and dad to watch the Walt Disney Parks Christmas Day parade.
Where do you spend Christmas?
We always spend Christmas at my parents house. Then we do Christmas either before or after Christmas day with some extended family.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
Yikes this is a tough one. I will have to go with Do You Hear What I Hear pretty much any version (except Vanessa Williams version) and Silver Bells by Dean Martin. (Honestly thought I like pretty much every Christmas song if Dean Martin is singing it.)
Who are you most excited to see this Christmas season?
Obviously my family. But I was also really excited to see my niece, Lacey. She's my best friends baby girl, she's 8 months old and this is her first Christmas. saw her yesterday and we had the best day! Look at this little face! :)
Do you decorate before or after Thanksgiving?
The day after. This year I decorated the week of Thanksgiving. But that's only because I was going home for Thanksgiving and wanted to walk into my house at the end of November and have it done!
Tinsel or garland?
Garland, hands down.
What is one Christmas food you cannot live without?
Honestly I don't have one. We don't have a traditional Christmas dinner. We've eaten different things pretty much every year. Last year I'm pretty sure my mom made a pasta dish and this year my dad is making Gumbo.
Peppermint or Gingerbread?
Do you own an ugly Christmas sweater?
Yes I do! And I love it!
Have you ever tried a fruit cake?
Nope. And I don't think I'm missing out on anything to be honest. It doesn't look that appetizing.
What is one thing you asked for this Christmas?
I asked for a Citizen watch, because I have been watch less since I got back from Europe. And pair of Hunter rain boots. I made a whole Christmas Wish list, that you can read here. If you're so inclined! :)
If you could be any Christmas movie character, who would you be?
Ohh!!! I think I would want to be either Natalie in Love Actually OR Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis. Natalie because hello she gets to fall in love with Hugh Grant and Esther because I was born in the wrong era and would love to be part of the Smith family and fall in love with John Truit!
I'm gonna cheat just a little bit and add 1 more question because I want to! :)
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Ok so this is a very strange favorite memory but the story is just so funny that it's my favorite. So my favorite Christmas memory is the year I found out there was no Santa Clause. Now first lemme just say that my parents were the bomb dot com at Santa Clause. I once asked why they didn't get presents from Santa and so my mom wrapped a present for herself and marked it from Santa. So when I say that I was 12 ( YES 12) when I stopped believing in Santa that's why. They rocked. And here is how it happened.
It was the year we our very first computer for Christmas and that was our big gift from Santa. It was later in the day and we were down the street saying Merry Christmas to some of our neighbors. My mom was taking to her friend Maryhelen, and Maryhelen was asking how she had hid the computer. My ears perked up at that question and I started listening a little more intently to their conversation. Mom then proceed to explain it had been so easy! She just put it in the garage with a blanket over it and we never even noticed it. That's when it hit me.
There is no Santa Clause.
My expression must have been pretty stricken because Maryhelen gestured down at me with wide eyes. My mom turns to me and says, "Wait a minute. You don't still believe in Santa Clause do you?" With tears in my eyes, I very quickly said, "NO!" But really I'm thinking. Oh my gosh. Mom and Dad are Santa. The Santa Clause is a big fat lie!
Mom felt horrible about ruining it for me and at the time it was devastating, just devastating. But now 15 years later it's a hilarious story that gets plenty of laughs when I tell it. Thus making it one of my favorite Christmas memories! :)
Well there ya have it. A few of my Christmas favorites.
I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas Ever and of course Christmas Day! I'll be back next week with a 2015 Year in Review and a look at some of goals for 2016! Can you believe we're already looking at a brand new year! I sure can't!
Merry Christmas friends! : )