1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate - just the thought of eggnog is disgusting to me
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
This year, Santa left unwrapped presents around our stockings. It seems a little more exciting that way.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I've gone back and forth on this over the years. As a child, I loved colored lights. Then I thought they were gaudy and only wanted white lights. Now, as the mother of a toddler, I think colored lots are lots of fun. We have blue lights on our porch and white/blue lights on our tree.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, but I would if I had access to it. I would if I didn't have a cat who thinks all greenery is edible, anyway.
5. When do you put your decorations up?
As soon as possible. I like to put them up by Thanksgiving, but we don't always get to. We didn't put up the tree until December 23 last year. Sometimes we try to get the tree up before Thanksgiving so we can get our family photo done early and get our Christmas cards in the mail.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
This is really tough. I'm a dessert girl, so I guess my favorite is the red velvet cake and lemon cheese cake that I make for Christmas, even though those are technically not holiday foods.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Perhaps getting the homemade Cabbage Patch doll that my Mama made to look like me. This was when Cabbage Patch was still only the soft-sculpture dolls that come out of Cleveland, Georgia, several years before the mass produced ones were the rage.
8. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes, we exchange an ornament. Also, our daughter exchanges with her cousins.
9. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
With our blue and white lights, sentimental ornaments that we've exchanged over time, and an old fashioned Saint Nicholas-type Santa on top. Next year, I hope to start adding homemade ornaments. Those were my favorites as a child.
10. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
It depends. It seems to only snow when I have plans that I'd rather not cancel. If I can stay home and we have things to do and we don't lose power, it's not so bad. I really hated it in Georgia though, because we always lost power for several days, and there was rarely enough snow to play in.
11. Can you ice skate?
I tried many years ago with the church youth group - I'm really not good at balancing on thin blades of metal.
12. Do you remember your favorite gift?
As a child: that Cabbage Patch doll I mentioned before
As an adult: a beautiful necklace my husband gave me
13. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?
spending time with family and getting letters, notes and photos from friends
14. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
I answered this above, but I'll leave both questions in case anyone else wants to write about non-desserts
15. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
16. What tops your tree?
a traditional Santa Claus
17. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
both - is that so wrong? I love thinking about what someone will enjoy, and I love seeing what other people thought I would like
18. What is your favorite Christmas song?
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan
19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum?
Yum - I love peppermint, but I also like the cherry ones. This year, we also got Spree candy canes and those were good too.
20. Favorite Christmas Show?
This is really tough, because I love so many of them. White Christmas is one of my traditions with hubby, though, so I really like it.
21. Saddest Christmas Song?
River? It's a Joni Mitchell song, but it's been covered a million times.