1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I really prefer wrapping paper. I truly love carefully wrapping a present and doing fancy wraps with the ribbons.
2. Real tree or Artificial? REAL...I honestly tried to talk myself into a pre-lit artificial tree a few years back and I just couldn't do it. I love the smell and feel of a real tree. I don't even mind cleaning up the needles after the holiday. I have too many memories tied to a real tree.
3. When do you put up the tree? We usually put up the tree between the 10th and 15th...not any earlier because it's a real tree.
4. When do you take the tree down? We take the tree down around January 7th. Epiphany (or the end of the 12 days of Christmas aka when the three wise men visited the baby Jesus) is always on January 6th and we leave our tree up until then.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, I love eggnog. I love it by itself. I love it in coffee. I also love it spiked...yum yum.
6. Favorite gift received as a child?My parents were always great at picking out gifts. I remember loving my Barbie Townhouse and the full set of the Black Stallion books I got.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? I do. It's not my ideal set but I like it.
8. Hardest person to buy for? I honestly don't have anyone that is hard to buy for. Guess I'm lucky that way.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My sons are all easy to buy for.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Snail mail cards
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Dunno, I'm such a sappy sentimentalist that Something about every gift has made me smile.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I really love White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I always mean to start early but I usually don't.
14. Ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? cookies and fudge and stuffing...just not together
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Colored everywhere and I really want some of the new LED lights.
17. Favorite Christmas song? I have a soft spot for all Christmas music...just not until Thanksgiving. One of my favorites is "Mary, did you know?"
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? depends on the year.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Sure can - Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen...Rudolph cam later
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? an angel - beautiful, lacy, and lit
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? I get annoyed when the music and the decorations start in the beginning of November.
23. Favorite ornament, theme, or color? I have no theme. My tree is decorated with everything from imported Italian ornaments to paper ones made by the kids.
24. What do you want for Christmas this year? if my Christmas fantasies came true, I would be the proud owner of a Kindle and either a smoking fast laptop or a tablet computer.
So, can I talk any of y'all into joining me in my Christmas