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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How Early is Too Early??

Growing up my mom was always adamant that we didn't start our Christmas decorating/celebrating until AFTER Thanksgiving. And it made sense...why short change one holiday by looking to the next one pre-maturely. Since I am a product of my mom I have always thought the same....until now. Last year I started decorating prior to Thanksgiving because I wanted our house to be pretty and sparkly for our Turkey day guests. I am not decorating this year in hopes that a miracle will happen and we'll be in our house before Christmas and I can decorate there (wishful thinking maybe??). But just because my tinsel is packed away does not mean I'm boycotting holiday cheer. In fact, I have already changed my ringtone to Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You AND I even sing along when I am scanning through the radio stations and hear a holiday jingle. So in the spirit of celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving is even here I have a Christmas questionnaire to post.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I think wrapped gifts are prettier so I try to wrap anything for family (although I'm not that good at it). But for anyone else, you are getting a gift bag!
2. Real tree or Artificial? I love real trees but we have a beautiful pre-lit tree that doesn't shed pine needles so I can't complain.

3. When do you put up the tree? See my intro:)
4. When do you take the tree down? After New Year's

5. Do you like eggnog? DELICIOUS I wish they sold it year round. When I see it in the dairy section I know the holidays have arrived!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? It is hard to remember what was for Christmas and what was for birthday's.....I do remember one Christmas morning though that the biggest box was for me and that was exciting! Mom do you remember what it was???

7. Hardest person to buy for? My grandparents, they have everything!!!
8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom (even though she always says she wants socks) or brothers-they are easy to please.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No, not yet.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither. I am a slacker when it comes to Christmas cards. Maybe someday when we have kids I will send some out. Blogging is hard enough!

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I honestly don't think I've ever had a bad Christmas present.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Santa Claus, While You Were Sleeping, Love Actually

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In December. I'm a bit of a procrastinator
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes, I think re-gifting is amazing! Especially for gift exchanges. Last year I got a shot glass checker set as a white elephant and I have saved it all year so I can re-gift in this years White Elephant:)

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Russian Tea Cake cookies, breakfast casserole, mashed potatoes, Uncle Bruce's cookies and his wassail, turkey, pretty much anything. I love the feast!
16. Lights on the tree? I grew up with multi colored and thought I would continue the tradition but white lights go better with my tree theme:)

17. Favorite Christmas song? I love them ALL!!! Oh Holy Night is one of my faves. The Mariah Carey song, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Feed the World, So this is Christmas.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? This is a sad answer. My whole life I have spent Christmas in Ohio. I never missed a year even when we lived in Texas or when I went to college. Last year was the first year that I didn't go. Joe and I stayed here in AZ because of our casa. I missed my family terribly but we still had a great day together. This year we will be staying in AZ again:( Sorry family. I wish we were going to be with you!

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? I just sang the song in my head and I think I might be missing a few, Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Cupid and Vixen???? Is there really a reindeer named Vixen or did I create that in my head??
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star but I am open to angels too:)

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning. BUT Tradition is that we open one gift Christmas eve, it's always a pair of pj's. :) I am proud to say that I am the one who got my family to start this tradition. I knew other people that did it and thought it was so fun!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Expensive plane tickets.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Well my favorite ornament is the one that Joe got me to commemorate our 1st Christmas together. I actually never bought one and he had one made at the mall as a surprise. It was so thoughtful it made me cry.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Basically the same think I eat for Thanksgiving!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I haven't thought about it. Anything from Sephora or Nordstrom:) Really I am so easy to please though, anything will do!

26. Favorite Christmas Memory? I like to turn off all the lights and just sit in the glow of the tree. I could do that for hours. It is so soothing and just makes you feel like all is good in the world.


The Jacksons said...

You can never get ready too early for Christmas! I love this post because it makes me realize why we are friends. I love a real tree, have opted for white lights instead of colored, adore WRAPPED presents, and could sit all night in front of a glowing tree.

allison said...

I am going to do this questionaire on my blog too... if thats ok! I loved all your answers! :)

Joe and Melissa Vega said...

Hi Allison:) Of course I don't mind....I stole the idea from someone else:)

Mom said...

I'm pretty sure your gift was a bean bag chair!? I loved reading your memories and I will miss you at Christmas more than words can tell. Love you!

Hannah said...

SO, I see you post your answers here...LOL Well at least you answered! I'll forgive you for not replying in email...wink. Love your answers fyi.