So Christmas has to be one of my favorite holidays. I get to spend time with my family and friends. The house smells incredible from all of the baking happening. There are plenty of opportunities to dress up. Magic seems to come back into the world. I guess those reasons all sound a bit tacky but listen, Christmas always has a hint of tacky to it.
Anyways, with this being one of my favorite holidays, I thought I’d do a Christmas Tag as a part of blogmas. For this tag, I’m combining tags and getting inspiration from Little White Socks, Makeup Savvy, and The Enthusiast.
1. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
The Year Without a Santa Claus has to be, hand down my favorite Christmas movie. At the end of the day, I love all of the Rankin/Bass animated movies but this is my go to. Although it is a close tie between this and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. You can bet that I will be watching these movies over and over again throughout December.
2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Yes! And these are my favorite Christmases. Being from New England, Connecticut specifically, we have a pretty good chance of having a white Christmas most years. Although if you walk into the mall you will always see the jewelry stores taking a chance about if we’ll have a white Christmas or not. If we do, you might be able to get that engagement ring or necklace for free!
3. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Morning?
Both. We have a Christmas Eve party with my mom’s side of the family every year and, while the family is all together, we’ll open some of our presents. Just the ones from aunts, uncles, or cousins though since we’re all together. We also do a family grab bag so we each get at least one present to open from that. Everything else gets opened Christmas morning.
4. Where do you usually spend your Christmas?
We usually do Christmas Eve at my house and then Christmas Day at my uncle’s house. When I was younger, this used to be much more of a challenge with a lot more travel. For most of my childhood, we would go to my Aunt Sally’s house for Christmas Eve Eve on the 23rd where we would help her and my uncle decorate their tree and bake cookies or a Christmas “pie”. The next morning, we would get special gifts from them to open. The night of the 24th, we would head to my Granny’s house (my house now) to spend the night with my mom’s side of the family. We would have a traditional Italian sit down Christmas dinner, play games, and make merry. Christmas morning would be more hectic than you could imagine. Where most kids would be up at the crack of dawn, my brother and I would be woken up by our parents to open our presents at our house. We would then head downstairs to open presents with my Grandma Meg and my dad’s side of the family and have a big family breakfast. From there, we would head back to Granny’s to open more presents from her and my other aunts. AND THEN we would head to my dad’s brother’s house for a family dinner. The day would end with some family friends coming over to the house once we got home… finally! Talk about a long day!
5. What tops your tree?
We have a crystal finial on top of our tree that my parents got for a wedding present. Just like everything else on our tree, it is very sentimental.
6. Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Oh, and Rudolph or course!
And yes, I did have to sing to remember all of them….
7. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, particularly the Judy Garland version.
8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Oddly enough, we go back and forth based on how we’re feeling about our fake tree. Some years we have a real tree, other years we have a fake. Growing up, we had three trees to decorate: my Granny’s real tree with all of the “icicles”; my Grandma Meg’s fake tree with all of the 1950s ornaments; and our 9ft tall fake tree.
9. Be Honest: do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Honestly, as an adult, I love both. I love figuring out the best gifts to give to my friends and family but who doesn’t love unwrapping gifts too?
10. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
When I was in first grade, we made reindeer food in school. It was just pixie sticks, smarties, and other sugary products mixed together. I know, why wouldn’t we just get some carrots or something? Anyways, Christmas Eve came and after getting home from the family party, my parents helped me put out the reindeer food and Santa’s milk and cookies. The reindeer food had to go onto the roof and, luckily, we lived in a two family house where there was some reachable amount of roof from our front porch. We out out everything and went to bed. Well, a few hours later, I got out of bed to see if Santa had come and if the deer had eaten my treat for them. Well, instead I found my parents putting out all of our presents. Oops. There goes the threat of Santa when we were bad! Good thing there was still the tooth fairy!
11. What is the best part about Christmas for you?
I love getting to see my family at Christmas. Even though it is only a few weeks after Thanksgiving, Christmas is different. Everyone seems to laugh more. There’s just something that makes this family gathering a bit more fun! Plus getting to make so many sweet treats to enjoy is always fun!
12. Are you a pro-present wrapper or a failure?
I’m hit or miss when it comes to wrapping. It all depends on the size and shape of what I’m wrapping. Although there have been times when I’ll have to wrap the most awkwardly shaped gift and it’ll turn out perfect but then I’ll go to wrap up a normal box or a book and my corners will rip and it’ll just turn out bad. Sigh….
13. What is your favorite Christmas scent?
Overall, I’d have to say fresh baked cookies. All of them. And we make a lot at Christmastime. But if you’re looking for something to buy: Winter (white woods, pine needles, sparkling clementine, spiced clove), Celebrate (warm mulled apples, cinnamon stick, clove buds, Christmas clementine), and Champagne Toast (glittering champagne, wild berries, tangerine zest) from Bath and Body Works are all amazing!
14. Homemade or store bought gifts?
There is always something special about getting a homemade gift. I try to give a mix of homemade and store bought gifts. Like for my friends, I’ll make some baked goods and then give a nice mug with hot chocolate mix in it or something. Or I’ll do a painting just for that one person.