Santa Hat Self-Portrait

Merry Christmas Eve!

In the spirit of the fact that I will be cooking most of the day today and tomorrow and will intersperse that with quite a bit of wine, lazing about in pajamas and opening presents, I’m just going to leave you with this survey! Hope your evening is magical … I can hear the reindeer already

Obligatory portrait in a Santa hat!

  1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
    Mostly wrapping paper. I enjoy wrapping but get bored with quickly. I resort to bags for hard to wrap items, things in funky packages, etc.
  2. Real tree or Artificial?
    Artificial, always has been. I don’t have the gumption or will power to do the whole go pick out a real tree and then keep it alive. I’ve got enough responsibility for the dogs and Steve. Plus, I got a screaming deal on the new tree that I bought after Christmas last year so it’ll pretty much have paid for itself by next year.
  3. When do you put up the tree?  
    As soon as I can cajole Steve to get the decorations down – this year it was the day after Thanksgiving. I prefer to spend my Black Friday cozy in my house listening to Christmas music and decorating.
  4. When do you take the tree down?
    After New Year’s, usually within the first couple of weeks. That’s how it supposed to be!
  5. Do you like eggnog?  
    I’m developing a taste for it. Never really liked it much but bought some Vanilla Spice the other week and it’s not half bad. Besides, spiking it with rum certainly makes it a more attractive drink.
  6. Favorite gift received as a child?   
    Probably my Barbie house. I don’t have a picture of it but it wasn’t the dream house – it just had three floors with a spiral staircase and a balcony up top. Loved that thing! Also loved the Mall Madness game I got one year.
  7. Hardest person to buy for?   
    My dad, only because he likes generic enough things (movies, gadgets, etc.) that I’m not sure specifically what he has or doesn’t.
  8. Easiest person to buy for?  
    Steve, but that’s because I make him send me a list. And I keep a running private list on Amazon of things that he mentions throughout the year.
  9. Do you have a nativity scene?
    I don’t but I asked for one for Christmas. I like the tradition.
  10. Mail or email Christmas cards?  
    Mailed to my closest friends and family. Then post a copy on here and Facebook for everyone else.
  11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? 
    I can’t really think of any because people usually know me well enough. Except when they buy me yellow gold (I don’t own yellow gold, I don’t wear yellow gold).
  12. Favorite Christmas Movie (not cartoon)? 
    See here.
  13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?   
    This year I started the week before Thanksgiving but most years, I wait until after Thanksgiving.
  14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?  
    Haven’t we all?
  15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?   
    Is all of it an answer? For real, I love ham and turkey and mashed potatoes. I like my mom’s broccoli cheese casserole and my dad’s peanut butter balls. And my grandma’s sausage cheese balls. And apple pie, with the dutch crumb topping.
  16. Lights on the tree (colored or clear)? 
    Colored – always multi-colored. I love, love, love multi-colored lights on my tree.
  17. Favorite Christmas song(s)? 
    The First Noel, O Holy Night, Silent Night, Carol of the Bells, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (these go back to my choral days!). And I like Transiberian Orchestra’s Carol of the Bells and Christmas Canon(because Pachelbel’s Canon is one of those pieces that makes me all misty-eyed every time I hear it!). Also, go watch this clip from last week’s The Office. SO SO HILARIOUS! Love Creed rocking out!
  18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?  
    It depends. This year we’re staying home. Some years we travel to PA.
  19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s? 
    As a former Chorus nerd who had to sing those songs – absolutely!
  20. Angel, star or ribbon on top of tree? 
    Star on our main tree but the little tree left over from when I lived by myself has an Angel my mother gave me.
  21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?   
    Always Christmas morning but you get one present to open on Christmas Eve (usually a new pair of pajamas).
  22. Favorite children’s Christmas song?
    Frosty the Snowman
  23. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
    Spending money, crowds and traffic and inconsiderate people
  24. Favorite ornament theme or color?  
    We don’t do themes in this house unless you count “Nostalgia” as one but I do enjoy anything that sparkles.
  25. Turkey or ham on Christmas day?   
    Ham. We do turkey on Christmas Eve.
  26. What do you want for Christmas this year?  
    I don’t want anything. I’ll be happy with what I have.
  27. Does anyone in your family dress up as Santa?
    Strangely enough, we never had this tradition when I was kid but I think it was because we weren’t really close to family.
  28. Age you discovered who Santa was?
    Ten. I remember cooking dinner with my Mom and asking her.
  29. Eggnog, hot chocolate, or apple cider?
    Apple cider. Or hot chocolate with little marshmallows.
  30. Traditional colors (red and green) or other colors?
    Both. I like red and green but I like blue and silver to.
  31. Do you have any Christmas decorations on your roof?
    Our rook is very peaked so there’s no room on there for them. We do simple ones in the yard.
  32. How does Santa get into your house?  Chimney or magic key?
    We have a chimney so I assume he’d come down there.
  33. Do you prefer gifts or gift cards?
    Gifts, gifts, gifts. I hate giving and receiving gift cards, especially from people who are supposed to know me well enough.
  34. Favorite children’s Christmas Cartoon?
    Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  35. Favorite smells?
    Cinnamon, Vanilla. Fires burning. Cookies baking. Pine. This candle.
  36. Favorite sights?
    The twinkling of the lights. The way my tree sparkles when I walk past it. The fire all cozy and crackling.
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