The 25 Questions of Christmas

20 Dec

Today while reading a fellow blogger’s blog, Enthusiasticrunner.com, I was inspired. Jocelyn posted “The 25 Questions of Christmas” and I decided I wanted to do it too.

Enjoy my responses to the questions I know you want answers to. Also, please share your responses to these questions in the comment section!

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?

My Grandpa Hat used to LOVE to feed us Eggnog…so I am going to go with that. I don’t think I have had it in years though.

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

Santa gifts are left under the tree, un-wrapped. I think it is weird when people have wrapped presents from Santa. Like the guy really has time to do that!

3. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

I love Thanksgiving dinner, so mashed potatoes, green bean and corn casserole, stuffing, turkey, etc. If I had to pick one of these items though, it would be mashed potatoes. Grandma Hat had the best recipe ever.

4. Favorite holiday memory as a child?

Hard to say a favorite, so I will list a few!

I love to think about is when my brother Michael and I got a triple arcade from Santa. That was the most exciting gift I have ever received! And my brother never thought we would actually get it. I knew Santa would come through though.

I brought Molly (American Girl) to Christmas Eve Church service and almost lit her head on fire during the candlelight singing.

Decorating for Christmas with my Mom is a favorite memory. We would always listen to the Carpenters Christmas CD and sing along.

Holiday baking with my Grandma Hat, and watching my Grandpa Hat work so hard on his homemade chex mix.

Watching Christmas Vacation with my Dad. He laughs so hard during that movie!!

5. What is on your Christmas wish list?

For the past two years I have asked for a Nikon D3100 SLR. I have already been warned I will not be receiving this though….

I already received my AMAZING fur coat from Aunt Holly, check that off!

Other than the camera and coat, I asked for a Tiffany ring and new charm, Glee, a water bottle, scarfs, gloves…and that is it. My list is pretty darn exciting these days!

6. Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?

Last year Zack and I exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve. When we were little we used to always exchange gifts with Grandma and Grandpa Hat on Christmas Eve.

My family always exchanges gifts on Christmas morning. And ‘A Christmas Story’ is always playing in the background.

7. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

Lights, ribbon, ornaments. I love “special” ornaments that have meaning. After my Grandma Hat passed away, I took all of her Hallmark collector ornaments. She had a TON of Barbie’s, which are all on my tree now. It is so pretty. I also have my childhood ornaments I would receive every year on my tree.

Look at those Barbie's

8. Snow? Love it or dread it?

LOVE it!!! Nothing is more relaxing to me than watching snow fall. I think it is so beautiful. Yeah, yeah it might cause problems on the road and with travel,  but if I don’t have anywhere to go I love every inch of it!

Baby Karly loves the snow too!

9. Real tree or fake tree?

I love real, but they aren’t very practical anymore. Too much work!

10. Do you remember your favorite gift?

The triple arcade that I spoke about earlier. My American Girl doll, Molly  and my dollhouse would also top the list.

This thing was badass

11. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?

Being with my family and reflecting on how thankful I am. Life is good.

12. What is your favorite holiday dessert?

Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin roll, chocolate covered pretzels, fudge, cookies. I am a sugarholic. I love almost all sugar.

Robert and I hard at work on the Pumpkin Roll

13. What is your favorite tradition?

Opening presents with my family Christmas morning. PJ’s on and Christmas Story on TV. Through all the years this is the one tradition that has never changed. And I still wake up obnoxiously early every year on Christmas. I just get too excited to sleep!

I also love my Christmas ornament making with Caden. We have made an ornament together every year since he was a 3 month old. It is our little tradition.

Just a few months old...look at that hand!

2010 was a good one too!

I think sparkly flats should also be a holiday tradition

14. What tops your tree?

A bow at my parents and on my little tree. A star on Eileen and I’s big tree.

A bow tops my "girly" tree

15. Do you prefer giving or receiving?

I love to give gifts. I get so excited seeing a gift bring someone joy on Christmas. I think I am a pretty good gift giver. I put a lot of thought into it.

16. What is your favorite Christmas song?

Michael Buble, My Grown Up Christmas List. I cry when I hear that song…it is just so beautiful and the words are so meaningful!

17. Candy canes, yuck or yum?

I am not a fan.

18. Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

I wake up at the crack of dawn and watch A Christmas Story. Then everyone else gets up and we do stockings and start breakfast. Next up are gifts, then we get ready to head to my Mom’s side of the family for brunch (however this year we are doing a lunch!).

Clark side, 2010

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

I hate malls, and get easily annoyed. I like shopping at the Plaza in KC. If I cannot find it there I will shop online.

20. Christmas letter or Christmas card?

Card. Unless you are funny or have an interesting life.

21. Favorite Christmas movie?

The Santa Clause and Miracle on 34th Street.

Am I the only person that thinks “It’s a Wonderful Life” is super depressing?

22. What do you leave for Santa?

When we were little we just left whatever we could find. I remember leaving pop tarts one year!

23. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

White on the trees, colored on the house.

24. Do you hang mistletoe?

No. I never understood it. Unless you are using it at a middle school party as a substitute for ‘Spin the Bottle’, what is the point? The other day at work someone suggested that we hang mistletoe in our cube…I was weirded out.

25. When do you hang your decorations up?

After Thanksgiving when I have time!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!!

xo,

Ali

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4 Responses to “The 25 Questions of Christmas”

  1. Hollis December 21, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Love this and did not know about many of these traditions.

  2. Jocelyn December 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Love this!! We have so many traditions in common!

  3. Jocelyn January 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Dude, you need to update the blog….I KNOW you did stuff over New Years!! don’t lie to me!

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