I ran upon this from a friends blog and really liked it so I wanted to do it to.
Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate. I've never even tried Eggnog. Don't really want to either. Sounds like it would taste bad.
Does Santa wrap presents or set them under the tree? My parents wrapped everything and labeled it from Santa when I was a kid. So when I came to know about Santa -- I was highly depressed because everything was still labeled from Santa -- I didn't like it. So in our family we wrap the presents that our from DH and Me and then pick one gift for each child to be the Santa gift. And it isn't wrapped. We want them to think that everything already pretty much comes from MOM & DAD instead of Santa. So that's what we do.
Colored lights on tree or white? Depends on the decorating scheme for the year. I've done colored and White. But a few years ago, the kids really wanted to use our colored lights and we've just done it now for 2 - 3 years. I think it adds more color to the room.
When do you put your decorations up? Right around Thanksgiving or as close to it as possible.
What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? What do you mean that's all I eat around the holidays! But I guess Deviled Eggs would be my favorite anytime of year dish.
Favorite holiday memory as a child: This is sad, but I can't remember anything really. Although I do remember the Christmas's when my grandparents would come by with the gifts for us that they just put inside of big black trash bags. So when we thought we were done opening presents they came over and we got to open more. As a kid that was always GREAT. There wasn't just one gift there was like 5 - 10 different gifts inside each plastic bag and there were 8 KIDS!!
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I think about the time I turned 10 - 12 my Dad had me go with him on a "field trip" and he told me about it, and I got to help that year and be Santa -- so when all the other kids had gone to bed, I got to stay up and help place the Christmas Presents for everyone else. I was pretty sad, when I was putting out the presents but not one of them were for me. So I was surprised when I woke up the next morning and there were a few other gifts placed out that weren't there when I went to bed.
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? As kids we never did. And DH and I haven't figured out if we want to do it with our kids or not. I guess we better figure it out soon, because the oldest is already 9 1/2.
Snow! Love it or dread it? I've always loved having a WHITE CHRISTMAS!! Meaning that you wake up to fresh fallen snow. Not the snow that's been there for weeks and freezing over the driveway making it slippery to drive on. But I too, don't like driving in the stuff. I'm more used to it now that I've been driving in it for 10 years but it never snowed where I grew up as a kid.
Can you ice skate? No -- kind of scared to.
Do you remember your favorite gift? Well my favorite one living at home with my parents was my school jacket and class ring (didn't happen until high school) I also loved the bedding set that they bought me which I now use for my kids. The comforter was so cozy soft and cool. And it was BLUE!! Since I've been married -- my husband bought me a rocking chair when we found out we were expecting Sunshine. So that was Christmas 2001.
What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? Spending time with family and making memories. When I was a kid and even now, of course, we'd always watch the "New MOVIES" we got on Christmas Day and it was always fun. I love getting together with extended family and playing games, and getting some adult time in. We have had one Christmas where my family was all together for the first time since I moved out and that was pretty fun. My brother dressed up as Santa and the kids loved it. I even sat on Santa's lap that year. And so did my GRANDMA!! That was really fun. I don't know when we'll all be together again for Christmas but I'm sure it will be a MEMORY in the making.
What is your favorite holiday dessert? I always make Homemade vanilla ice cream and have it with either hot warm brownies that I've made or Hot Apple Pie. Although I did break my hand when Sunshine was born (Christmas 2002) Because I was trying to make ice cream. I was actually trying to get my sugar jar down loaded with Sugar and it was heavier then I thought and my hand was smashed between that and the cupboard that someone had just opened. "WE HAVE TALL CEILINGS" Like 12 ft. So I have pretty tall cupboards. I went the whole weekend not knowing that I had broken my hand. We also blessed Sunshine that weekend at church and I had a hard time holding her at 3 - 4 months old. It was my right hand too.
What is your favorite tradition? Driving around looking at Christmas Lights. Was as a kid, and is now.
Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? It used to be getting, but I now, like to come up with the best ideas to give to those around me. And seeing how much they light up from it.
What is your favorite Christmas Song? I can't name a favorite. There are so many good ones. But the most recent one I really like is "Christmas Shoes" -- don't remember the artist. But any of the songs that help me feel the "spirit" of Christmas I totally LOVE.
Candy canes! Yuck or yum? Peppermint - not really but the other ones aren't too bad.
Ever recycled a Christmas present? No
Don't Be A Scrooge! Tag 7 friends to Deck the Halls...
I want to tag, Amy M, Amy R, Lorie M, Cassie B, Christina B, Anyone else?? Feel free just let me know you've posted so I can go and check yours out.