Stole this from halfbakedbrownieguider; I encourage you to do the same! It really made me warm and fuzzy doing it.
1. Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Living at home (up to age 20) Christmas morning for a huge stocking, covered with a beach towel with tons of gifts, and one big present from Mom and Dad, and presents from my brother and sister. Then there was the “overseas package” which contained a myriad of gifts from my Nana, aunts and uncle in the UK. This always included candy that you could only get over there. I remember being the envy of my friends at Christmas because we just had the best Christmas going in town.
As a newly married person, share Christmas between lots of families (husband’s parents are divorced). Realize the stress the holidays can put on divorced families.
And finally as a mom, Christmas Eve, head over to the same friends house every year for some Christmas cheer, bring the kids home way too late, let them open one gift (always new Christmas pyjamas). After kids are in bed, watch a Christmassy movie on the couch. In the morning, watch kids open their gifts, then make a big pancake breakfast.
Ah, the circle of life.
2. Donner or Donder?
3. Turkey or ham?
Don’t mess with my turkey. Ham? WTF?
4. Gifts opened all at once, or one at a time?
Oooh, one at a time. Savour the moment.
5. Christmas tree: live or artificial?
6. Cards: boxed cards, family photo cards, or e-cards?
Before kids – handmade cards with personalized message in each one. Now, boxed, with our names scribbled in them and a picture of the girls.
7. Christmas lights: incandescent or LED?
Incandescent. But Boxing Day I’m planning on scooping up some LED’s at 50% off.
8. Re-gift or not?
9. Gift wrap or gift bags?
I always wrap in brown craft paper and let the kids decorate them. Or, sometime I get carried away do some decorating myself.
10. Best Christmas song?
Gawd. That’s asking you who your favourite child is. I do love Elvis Christmas songs, but if I had to pick two (sorry, can’t pick one) it’s Baby It’s Cold Outside (not the one by Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart) and White Christmas by Bing.
11. Best Christmas movie?
It's a Wonderful Life. But, I always have to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas. I laugh every time. Oh, and does Love Actually count as a Christmas movie?
12. Favourite family tradition?
When I was a kid for while we would go downhill skiing on Christmas Eve and come home and eat tortière. I also have really fond memories of going to church with my mom on Christmas Eve and listening to carols. The only consistent tradition we have right now is the new Christmas pyjamas on Christmas Eve. Gracie just loves this.
This will likely be my last post before Christmas. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Peace.
(a beautiful version of "Baby It's Cold Outside")