i was tagged by my cute friend emily... i love these questions! thanks em!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
i LOVE wrapping paper! i have so many different kinds and a million tags to go with all of it!
2. Real tree or artificial?
artificial. i always grew up with an artificial tree... only had a real one once... maybe twice! we just bought a new 7.5 foot pre-lit tree! i love it!
3. When do you put up the tree?
i usually decorate thanksgiving day...or the saturday after! the longer it is up the better!
4. When do you take the tree down?
as i just mentioned, the longer it is up the better... so i usually take it down the middle of january!
5. Do you like eggnog?
i do like it... not something i have very often, but still good.
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
i have had many wonderful gifts, but the first one that comes to my mind is a homemade doll that my mom made for me when i was in kindergarten or first grade. she was simple, but pretty and i loved her! when i took her to school for show and tell all of the other girls had dolls that talked, ate, went to the bathroom and cried... mine just had a hand stitched smile on her face. i was a little sad that the other girls weren't as excited over my doll as i was, but it didn't change the way i felt about her! she was beautiful and made just for me...
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
i have the willow tree nativity. i love it. i am pretty picky when it comes to nativities. it took me a long time to find the one that i felt represented my Saviors birth.
8. Hardest person to buy for?
my dad... he has everything he could ever want... what i am going to give him that he can't get for himself!
9. Easiest person to buy for?
my best friend, ann. she loves anything...
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
i honestly don't think that i have ever gotten a horrible christmas present...
11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
i am all about mailing them! i love the excitement of getting cards in the mail! i can't wait for the mail to come everyday!!
i will be mailing out 120 cards this year... crazy!!!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
i love most all of them... but i have to say my favorite is a hallmark movie that came out several years ago called... "A Season of Miracles". white christmas is my #2.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
probably all year round, but i don't push hard until after my birthday (oct 15th). lol!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
ya... on occasion... don't tell oprah...
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
when i was growing up, my mom would make christmas wreaths out of corn flakes. the recipe is similar to rice crispy treats, but with corn flakes. we used red hots as the holly berries! yummy!
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
i have always love blinking colored lights... but this year (with our new tree) we have solid white lights. i like it... didn't think i would... but i do.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
i am all about the christmas cds... there was a hallmark christmas cd by trisha yearwood a few years ago and i love it! i could listen to it all the time! i really like the song "Mary, did you know?" by clay aiken and am really enjoying celine dion and josh groban's christmas cds too!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
i love to stay home. i never have really had anywhere to "go". so i have made my own traditions and memories just staying home.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
i have a little homemade lace angel. i am not sure if i made it or if my mom did... anyway, i love it! even with my big new tree, i can't bring myself to get another topper...
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
when i was little we were able to open one present on christmas eve. now, i just want to save them for christmas day!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
the stress people feel (including myself) about what to do and when to do it! they get a little grumpy. i work in retail and see it tons! i wish we could all just slow down a bit and remember what it is all about!
24. Do you buy gifts for your pets?
don't have any pets, but don't think i would if i did...
25. Have you ever been Christmas caroling?
yes! it is very fun! i don't think that i have ever been caroled to... though... hmmm!
26. Hot chocolate or hot apple cider?
i am a hot chocolate addict! i love it! matter of fact i am drinking some now! i normally don't like the cold weather, but i don't argue too much when i get to pull out my hot chocolate!