Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Merry Christmas Survey!

Can you believe Christmas is in TWO days??? It came so very fast this year! I'm not ready for it to be here because it's going to fly by!

I saw this survey on Jill's blog and knew I wanted to do it too! It's the Christmas season so talking about Christmas is only natural! So here's how I do Christmas! :-)

Egg Nog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate! I love hot chocolate with mini marshmallows!

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa wraps the presents! That's one of the best parts of presents...trying to guess what is inside and then ripping the paper off!



Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I love white lights the most! Although there have been a few times that we've had colored lights.

Do you hang mistletoe?
No. We've never hung mistletoe. Maybe we should.

When do you hang your decorations up?
My rule has always been to not do anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving. So we always put our tree and decorations up the weekend following Thanksgiving. Although this year....I broke that rule and we put our tree up the weekend before Thanksgiving.

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Sweet potato casserole (without pecans), corn souffle, and tater tot casserole. I only have these dishes during the holidays. So yummy!

Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Waking up to presents from Santa on Christmas morning! Then traveling to my grandma's house and spending time with my cousins and the rest of the family.

What is on your Christmas wish-list?
Samsung Galaxy Tab, running skirts, clothes, and a running charm bracelet

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
No. But I'm debating starting that tradition this year with my boys.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
It's very traditional. I don't do themes. We hang a variety of ornaments, some of them store bought and some of them handmade by the boys.



Snow? Love it or dread it?
Because I've lived on the Gulf Coast my whole life I've never really experienced snow. So I don't know if I'd love it or dread it. Although last year we DID get an ice storm here! That was the closest thing to snow we've had!

Real tree or fake tree?
Fake tree! I've had a few real trees in my lifetime and just remember them being more trouble than anything. Plus I have always had cats and real trees and cats do not mix! ;-) Cullen is allowed to play in boxes and wrapping paper though! ;-)



Do you remember your favorite gift?
I hate to say this but I don't. I remember the time spent with family more than the gifts I've gotten. 

What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Knowing that God sent his son Jesus to be born on this earth so that I could be saved. Jesus is the reason for the season. And spending time with my family is super important to me too.

What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Homemade cookies and banana pudding! Cookies are my weakness for sure! Especially when they are warm, soft, and right out of the oven!

What is your favorite tradition?
Andy's parents and sister and her husband always come to our house on Christmas Eve and spend the night. We always bake sugar cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. It's so much fun having everyone there in the morning to see the boys open up their presents from Santa!


Christmas 2013

What tops your tree?
A gold star that we bought the first Christmas we were married. Each year we take turns putting it on the tree. This year it was my turn! :-)



Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
Well I'm not going to lie...I love receiving gifts. But there's something about giving. I just love watching the faces of the ones I'm giving to when they open up their gifts! Especially when it comes to my children.

What is your favorite Christmas song?
Oh my goodness this is hard! I LOVE all Christmas music! I really love Trans Siberian Orchestra. Pandora has been playing Christmas music since Thanksgiving!

Candy canes, yuck or yum?
Yum! But my absolute favorite is the Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses! I haven't bought any this season because I don't trust myself around them!



Favorite Christmas Movie?
Elf! I watch it several times each Christmas season! "Smiling is my favorite!"



What do you leave for Santa?
Milk and sugar cookies that the boys have decorated. And we sprinkle reindeer food in the front yard for the reindeer!



Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?
We bake sausage balls for breakfast. Everyone grabs a few with coffee while we open up gifts.



Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?
Both! I love the convenience of online shopping but I also like the hustle and bustle of shopping at the mall and other places. My hubby and I try to get most of our shopping done on Black Friday! 

Christmas letter or Christmas card?
Christmas cards! Although I think many people aren't sending them out as much anymore. Here's ours from this year!


I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! I won't be blogging the rest of the week. I'm going to be spending time with my family! Don't worry though...I WILL still be running and keeping up my run streak! ;-)

QOTD: What does Christmas morning at your house look like?

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