1. egg nog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate, fo sho. It's like heaven in a mug.
2. does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Depends on the gift and how Santa is feeling. Big, awkward gift and a tired Santa? Unwrapped, under the tree. Easy to wrap and feeling festive Santa? Wrapped and pretty.
3. colored lights on tree/house or white?
I'm a white lights kind of girl. BUT, colored lights are growing on me and I love going/driving past homes lit with fun colors.
4. do you hang mistletoe?
We have 4 children. Clearly, mistletoe is not a prerequisite for smooching around here. *wink*
5. when do you put your decorations up?
Whenever the mood hits...which is usually mid-November. Although,
6. what is your favorite holiday dish?
All of it. And I'm not even kidding. The appetizers at my parent's house on Christmas Eve, the entire buffet at J's grandmas, my mom's soup at the Voigt Christmas, Aunt Nancy's caramels, Grandma Nana's ham balls...I love it all.
7. favorite holiday memory as a child?
We lived on a street growing up that was known for it's Christmas lights -- more specifically, the luminaries (empty milk jugs) that lined the entire circle. In my little childlike mind, it was magical. I have very vivid memories of sitting at the window by our front door, watching the luminaries, then rushing out with a lighter when one of the candles in the milk jugs went out.
My list of "favorite holiday memories" could go on and on (much like my "favorite foods"), but a few favs are as follows: putting up decorations with my mom, our house at Christmastime, shopping with my dad for my mom, playing/opening presents with my cousins (Chandra and I used to mark our present opening spots on the floor with tape!), Church on Christmas Eve, and listening to my Grandpa Les read the Christmas story before opening gifts.
8. when and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I honestly don't remember, so it obviously wasn't a big deal. My parents always did a great job of keeping the focus on Jesus' birthday, but still encouraged the excitement that surrounded the magic of Santa. It's a fine balance (I can appreciate that now!), and they did it well.
9. do you open a gift on Christmas eve?
We never did growing up, but we've kind of made it a tradition in our family to have the kids open up new pajamas on Christmas Eve.
10. how do you decorate your Christmas tree?
No theme, really. While I enjoy looking at beautifully decorated trees, it's the ones with homemade, hand-me-down, and sentimental ornaments that are my favorite. I like Christmas trees to tell a story. And our trees are no different. If you looked closely, you'd see that most of our decorations reside on the bottom 1/2 of the tree, have a name and date written with a marker, or have a to and from line. That's just the way I like it.
11. snow! love it or dread it?
love, love, love it. The rain we are currently experiencing sure seems like a waste of a good snow day.
12. can you ice skate?
Like Tonya Harding. Before she turned into a psycho, hire a hit man skater.
13. do you remember your favorite gift?
I don't necessarily remember one in particular. I've always loved getting clothes, so those gifts were probably my favs.
14. what's the most important thing about the holidays for you?
15. what is your favorite holiday dessert?
See # 6.
16. what is your favorite holiday tradition?
Church and Christmas Eve at my parents.
17. what tops your tree?
18. which do you prefer: giving or receiving?
Giving. Although, I'm not one to turn down a gift! :)
19. candy canes: yuck or yum?
20. favorite Christmas show?
Elf. Although, now I'm really starting to appreciate the "oldies but goodies"...Rudolph, Charlie Brown, Frosty. Oh, Christmas Vacation is a classic. And Stepmom, too. Geez Louise. Somebody stop me.
21. saddest Christmas song?
Mary did you Know?
22. what is your favorite Christmas song?
O, Holy Night. Always has been, always will be. Don't even care who's singing.