All I Want for Christmas…

It’s a luxury these days to have a moment to take a mindless survey.  I remember this time 4 years ago just having time to kill.  Man, it was awesome.  Though today marks (hopefully) my second to last day at the old office, there is still tons to do around here. 

The Christmas plans have been made.  The fur babies are already at “Grandma and Grandpas,”  Tim’s house is decked out for Christmas Eve, and I only have one more gift to purchase before Tuesday.  Rounding the corner and almost barrelling downhill to Christmas Eve.  And it’s going to come fast. 

Tonight and tomorrow, I am finishing off a lovely run of Nuncrackers here in Lancaster.  It’s been fun playing Sister Mary Robert Anne, but I am truly and utterly exhausted.  I am looking forward to the break.  Well, whenever I can catch one.  Sunday, my family and I make the treck to my Grand Myrtle’s for some fun family time.  Sunday night, I am at Tim’s and we begin the task of making his mom’s pecan fingers ( think that’s what they’re called).  Monday I am back in Lancaster for my cousin’s 26th birthday, and then I have to come right back to Rock Hill for Christmas Eve with Tim’s family.  Annnnd, then we go back to Lancaster Christmas Eve night to spend Christmas Day with my family.  Did you get all that?  Whew!  Glad I wrote that down.  🙂

Eggnog or Hot Cocoa?

It’s just not Christmas without eggnog.  Especially eggnog with a touch of whiskey and nutmeg.  But I have been known to sip on hot cocoa with a peppermint stick in it during the holidays, as well.  Especially if it’s from Starbucks. 

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

When I was little, the big presents from Santa were laid out all pretty-like for us, and then the presents from everyone else were wrapped.  Now that I am older, I guess Santa knows I am able to unwrap presents just fine. 

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

Personally, I love my white lights on the tree and outside.  But Tim’s Christmas tree looks so awesome with his colored lights, it’s hard to make a call on that. 

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

Every year up until this year, we hung mistletoe in the foyer at my parent’s house.  I might have to go out in the wilderness with my hedgetrimmers and find some.  I love kissing under the mistletoe.

5. When do you hang your decorations up?

As soon as the turkey has been cleared off the table on Thanksgiving, I am up in the attic pulling Christmas decorations down.  I buy the Christmas tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  And everything is up before the weekend is over.  I am super efficient like that.

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

Mom makes one heck of a broccoli casserole.  It is amazing!  Snack-wise I love our family’s recipe for Chex Mix.  And if anyone can hunt down a Hickory Farms ranch cheeseball recipe or just the cheeseball itself, I will be indebted to you forever.  They stopped selling them probably about 10 years ago, and Christmas just hasn’t been the same.  I feel like Cartman without his Swiss Colony Beef Log. 

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?

You can read about it here.  It was the year that I didn’t what I wanted for Christmas.

8. What is on your Christmas Wish list?

I didn’t have an extensive list this year.  I really needed a blender.  Boring, I know but that’s what I really wanted.  And a pair of house slippers.  Santa is not too big on getting me what I really wanted for Christmas because, despite being jolly and loving this time of year, he thinks it’s stupid to get engaged at Christmas time. So he’s not bringing me a ring this year.  I am cool with that…I guess…No really!  I am.

9. Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?

 

This is the first year I will be opening gifts on Christmas Eve.  Tim’s family has their big gathering on Christmas Eve and since we are hosting this year, the present pile around his tree has grown to epic proportions.  It’s going to be a lot of fun spreading out Christmas across 2 days instead of just one, which my family is accustomed to.  And then Tim and I have a 3rd day of Christmas with our Inaugural Stocking Day this year.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

Like this

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11. Snow? Love it or dread it?

I like snow when it is outside and I don’t have to go out in it for too long.  It’s great to open the blinds and watch it drift down while sipping on cider and playing board games.  I am not a fan of driving in it.  And I am always dreaming of a White Christmas.

12. Real tree or fake tree?

I am a champion for real trees.  I just like them so much more. They smell better, they are more full and lush, and there is something fun about picking out the tree every year.  Plus they are the gifts that keep on giving once Christmas is over.  If you have a fire pit, they make great fire starters.  Break up the branches and let it burn, baby, burn!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

Yes.  I get it every year when I get to be with the people I love.  Yes, I went for the cheap answer.  But it’s the truth.

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

Spending time with my family and friends, and letting them know how much they mean to me. 

15. What is your favorite Holiday dessert?

My sister’s Crisco cookies are the bee’s knees.  We will be up until midnight Christmas Eve icing those puppies.

16. What is your favorite tradition?

Decorating the Christmas tree with my family is the best.  After Thanksgiving dinner, we haul the ornaments down and get to it.  I have to say that this year was the most fun since Melanie, her friend Faye, Tim, and I were helping mom and dad with the tree.  I notice the more people we have decorating the tree, the more fun it is.

17. What tops your tree?

A star

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving?

I like both.  I love finding or making the perfect gift for the recipient.  I love watching their faces when they open it.  I love going out and giving to the needy during the holidays.  I love giving my time to causes.  But I have noticed that I really like receiving things myself.  Yes, friends, I am one of those people who likes getting gifts and sometimes does more than just hint at what I want for the holidays.  And next year, I am especially doing this wishlist thing Tim told me about so he doesn’t have to guess.  Yes, I am a brat.  I own this fact.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?

O Holy Night

20. Candy canes, yuck or yum?

Yum

21. Favorite Christmas Movie?

I have a list of must watches for the season. 1. Love Actually 2. The Nutcracker Prince(the only place I can find it is on YouTube or a VHS copy of a recording my parents made from HBO back in the early ’90’s) 3. The Muppet Christmas Carol 4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas 5. National Lampoon Christmas Vacation 6. A Christmas Story

22. What do you leave for Santa?

Cookies and milk.  I am thinking about getting crazy and leaving him a white Russian this year.

23. Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

We stay in our rooms (my sister and I) until we hear the “adults” banging around in the kitchen.  Then we hop in to bed together and wait for mom to come in and say “Merry Christmas”.  Then it’s coffee, presents, stockings, mom’s sausauge casserole.  Noms.

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

I do the heavy shopping online.  But I make a mall trip at least once to get in the spirit. 

25. Christmas letter or Christmas card?

I am still single and most of my friends are not into sending cards, so I will take whatever I can get.  It’s always nice for someone to send something just to say “hi”.