1st off, thanks to Daenel over at Living Outside the Stacks for bringing The Blended Blog to my attention by sharing her TBB Asks – Holiday Edition. I’m loving what I’ve had a chance to read so far! And I’m super excited to participate in my first TBB Asks Linkup. It’s 15 questions about the holidays, so let’s get started!
1- Real of Fake Tree?
We always had fake trees growing up, but I married into a real tree family, and they are starting to grow on me. It means that we don’t decorate for Christmas until much later (mid-December, as opposed to Thanksgiving weekend), but I feel like it makes that holiday a bit more special. And my favorite are the years that we get trees dug up, so that we can replant them. We’ve done it a few times and our Christmas tree has been a gift for my step-dad, tho I think this year we will get a tree dug up and plant it as Mil’s first Christmas Tree.
2- Favorite Christmas Cookie?
Making me choose a dessert is evil, there are so many good ones, but I can probably narrow it down to one of two things. It would either have to be my Grandmother’s Divinity, or The Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies from KevinAndAmanda.com. They are very different, and neither is really a cookie, but they are amazing.
3- Home on Christmas Morning or Travel?
I’ve always gotten up at home on Christmas morning. We generally go somewhere (or 3) during the day, but there is something nice about being able to wake up in your own home on Christmas morning.
4- Clear or Colored Lights?
I’m a clear light person, and my husband is a colored-lights person. It was a bit of a problem the 1st couple years we were married, but I’ve come up with a brilliant solution. I usually wrap the tree in both white and colored lights, and unplug the colored lights once my husband goes upstairs for the night. It’s the best of both worlds.
5- Send Christmas Cards?
I’d like to say that I’m a Christmas card person, but I’m really terrible about it. I sent them the 1st year I was married, but I’ve only done it a couple times since then. I am happy to report that I sent cards this year. I had photos of Mildred to send to everyone, so that helped. Hopefully sending pictures of her will be a driving force to get them done every year.
6- Favorite Christmas Present Received?
This is a terribly hard decision, but I think the best thing I’ve ever gotten was the Featherweight sewing machine that my husband got for me a few years ago. I absolutely love using it, and hope to get back to using it more once Mil is a little bigger. As it is, I still haven’t finished Mil’s baby quilt.
7- Favorite Christmas Present Given?
I don’t feel like I’ve ever given anyone a super amazing gift, but I was really proud of myself last year when I sent a shoebox through Operation Christmas Child in each of my sister’s names as part of their Christmas. It was pretty cool, because we were able to see where the shoeboxes ended up (Ecuador).
8- Stockings or No Stockings?
I love the idea of stockings, but I don’t really have anywhere to hang them in out house. I know I could hang them just about anywhere, but I feel like those are the sort of thing that need a traditional place, like a mantle. Perhaps I’ll get a fireplace of some sort one day and we can use them. Until then, we will just have to be a no-stocking house.
9- Christmas PJs?
I’m not a fan of Christmas-themed pajamas, because I feel like you can only wear them at Christmas. But I do love a nice new pair of PJs for Christmas (hint hint).
10 – Favorite Christmas Carol?
We Three Kings. I prefer this song as sung in a church, but there are some beautiful modern versions.
11- Favorite Holiday Tradition?
We don’t really have any family traditions, so to speak. I mean, we play Christmas music while we decorate the tree, but that’s pretty much the extent of it. Perhaps the hubs and I can start some traditions with Milli (and no, it will not be that evil Elf on the Shelf).
12- Early Shopper or Last-Minute?
I like to think of myself as an early shopper, but there are always a few last minute things. I blame my husband for this, as he has an inability to decide what he wants until 2 days before Christmas. Actually, other than his gifts, everything has been purchased since before Thanksgiving. I was not about to drag Milli around shopping after Thanksgiving, because people are crazy.
13- Favorite Christmas Movie or Show?
There will always be a soft place in my heart for all the old classics, like Rudolph, but my absolute favorite holiday show is A Charlie Brown Christmas. There’s something about that little tree that gets me in the feels every time.
14- Favorite Holiday Beverage?
My favorite holiday beverage is a Peppermint Hot Chocolate. I drink hot chocolate year-round. Caffeinated beverages and I don’t get along so well, so instead of coffee in the mornings, I do a hot chocolate. And, I love doing seasonally appropriate flavors.
15- Cookies and Milk for Santa?
I don’t know if we will do cookies and milk or not. I don’t remember leaving cookies when I was little, tho I did believe in Santa Claus. I’m not sure how we will handle that with Mil. There is something beautiful in the idea of Santa Claus, so perhaps we will do it. Tho, I hope that the Santa she believes in will be closer to L. Frank Baum’s version of Santa Claus than the one we see today.
I’d love to know how you feel about these. Pick a topic (or all of them) and chime in!