Saturday, December 24, 2011

20 Questions - Holiday Style

I've seen a variety of Christmas surveys floating around in the bloggy world lately.  I thought it looked like fun and maybe you'd like it?

1.  Eggnog or hot chocolate? 

Hot chocolate for sure.  Add a splash of Bailey's or some peppermint falvour on those special days.

2.  Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? 

Santa leaves unwrapped presents in front of the tree.

3.  Coloured lights or white lights? 

Damian really likes the multi coloured lights and I've always liked the 'one colour' look.  We compromised and for years we had blue lights on the house and multi coloured lights on the tree.  Three years ago when we moved here we didn't have enough lights to line the front of the house properly and have since purchased multi coloured lights for outside and now have white lights for our tree inside.  All that being said, with the chaos of our fall 2011 there are no lights on our tree or house this year!

4.  Do you hang misteltoe? 

Yes we do.  In a high traffic area even... muah!

5.  When do you decorate? 

I like to try and decorate the last weekend in November.  We managed to get the tree up early enough in December this year but with Caelan in the hospital I only put up most of our decorations this past Monday (December 19th at 4 o'clock in the morning!).

6.  Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve? 

I grew up opening only one gift on Christmas Eve - always a new pair of pajamas.  That's a tradition that we continued with our kids.  However, we also celebrate Christmas with Damian's family that day/evening and despite Gramma's protests over the years, we have started opening our gifts with them then too.

7.  Snow.  Love it or dread it? 

LOVE it!  It brightens everything up on those dark and dreary winter days.  The perfect Christmas morning would have huge white snowflakes falling gently all day.

8.  Real tree or fake tree? 


9.  What's the most important thing about Christmas for you? 

Being with family of course.

10.  What's your favourite holiday desert? 

Oh my... it's impossible to choose just one!!  Fudge or shortbread.

11.  What tops your tree? 

Stuffed Tasmanian Devil...  Kind of a long story.  It goes back to our very first tree.  At the time I couldn't find an angel or star that I really liked.  I should also mention that my husband has always been a huge Looney Tunes fan.  McDonald's was giving away stuffed Looney Tunes characters with their happy meals and we had Taz.  I don't remember who decided it should top our tree but it's been there for 15 years now.

12.  Do you prefer giving or receiving? 

Nothing beats giving.  Well unless someone wanted to give my a million dollars, then I think I'd make the exception!

13.  What's your favourite Christmas song? 

Again I'm not sure I can name a fave... Music is background for me and I'm notorious for not knowing who's singing or the name of the song, despite trying to sing along.  I'd like to say Christmas songs were different but not much.  I know that I like to sing "We wish you a Merry Christmas"

14.  Candy canes, yuck or yumm? 

Meh... Well yummy if stirring a steaming cup of hot chocolate. or paired with chocolate.  Otherwise, no thank you.

15.  What do you leave for Santa? 

Homemade cookies or other Christmas baking and milk.  Carrots for the reindeer.

16.  Do you have a favourite tradition? 

Definitely stockings on Christmas morning.  We meet up in the master bedroom and everyone opens their stockings in our bed. We usually try and get a family photo then too before the chaos that is opening gifts begins!

17.  Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall? 

I'm learning to love on-line shopping!  No lines, no crowds, what's not to like?

18.  Christmas letter or Christmas card? 

Usually a Christmas photo card.

19.  Favourite Christmas movie? 

The Grinch who stole Christmas - animated version.  In recent years The Polar Express is near the top of my list.  Although I still really enjoy all the old traditional television specials that we have on dvd - nothing beats Frosty and Rudolph.  There are probably others I just can't think of right now...

20.  Favourite holiday memory as a child? 

I have to say that I have a lot of amazing Christmas memories from my childhood and I'm obviously terrible at picking favourites...  It's a toss up between spending Christmas Eve with the Marquardts, going to church and singing carols... or...   Decorating the tree was always a special family time.  I used to make such a fuss about it only being done after my birthday!  Now, I fight to get it up before!

All the best to you and yours,


  1. 1) Egg nog with a splash of good rum
    2) Santa wraps..however I was asked how come our wrapping paper was the same as Santa's...funny I never asked that question when I was a kid!
    3) Coloured lights....alas the fake tree came pre-lite..made the exception
    4) Nope
    5) Any time after Dec. 15th
    6) Nope
    7) Love snow for Christmas
    8) We have fake but I prefer real
    9) Living home after being away for so long : )
    10) Love shortbread
    11) sparkling star
    12) giving..
    13) Brian Adams - Christmas Time
    14) Like
    15) Milk & Cookies and a carrot for the reindeer
    16) watching a christmas movie/special before bed on Christmas eve
    17) OMG...On Line rates a 10
    18) Card
    19) Not sure if this is actually a Christmas movie but we love Home Alone and Home Alone 2
    20) Family meals with my grandparents...

    Merry Christmas friend

  2. 1- either - with boozie booze
    3-white on tree, color outside
    4-no but want to
    5- first weekend in Dec. starts with lights for "Light up the night" in Almonte
    7- LOVE - but am done with by April 1
    8- real until this year
    9-my kids/family/friends
    11--star (that Lucas does not like!) It was new this year - still looking for hte airloom piece!
    12-giving!!! wish I could shower all my loved ones with gifts every day! Like paying off mortgages/vehicles/ trips of a life time etc.
    13-Bing Crosby's Mele Kalikimake
    14-like if dipped in pure melted chocolate
    15-milk and cookies usually decorted by L and E
    16-decorating xmas tree with #14
    17-on line
    18- nothing - I know, I suck!
    19- Christmas Carol with Alistair Sims and a close second is Rudolph
    20-All of them............xmas eve with you guys, carols at church with candles, twas night before xmas read by my Dad, When Dad got his Maritn guitar and cried, When dad came down in red one piece long johns with a video camera, mom getting a vaccuumm and actually being happy- now I get it! Not as child but when Pat proposed and we were all crying!