Happy Monday! I love to read all the holiday-themed posts that bloggers publish around this time, so I’m kicking off the week with my own little Christmas q&a. Enjoy!
A glimpse of our front sitting room – my favorite spot in the house right now!
Real or fake tree? We now have three fake trees in the house – and counting! I think the mess and maintenance of a real tree would drive me nuts. I’ll stick to lighting a balsam candle for the scent.
Favorite Christmas cookie? My mom’s peanut butter cookies.
Home or travel for Christmas morning? We travel to my parent’s house since Christmas also is my dad’s birthday. This probably will change in the future, though when we decide to start a family and want the kid(s) to experience Santa arriving Christmas morning.
White or multi-color lights? White lights all the way for my neutral-loving heart. No shock there, I’m sure.
Christmas cards? Yes to sending and receiving! Ours went out last week.
Favorite gift received and/or given? My favorite gift received in recent years was my new laptop from both Ryan and my parents. It was a total surprise, which isn’t the easiest thing to do with me when it comes to presents. Favorite gift given was a couple years ago when Ryan and me, my brother and sister teamed up to surprise my parents with James Taylor concert tickets at Wrigley Field. We did a whole parody-play gift on his song Fire and Rain, so my parents were seriously like WTF is going on (ha!) until they found the tickets at the bottom of a huge box.
Stockings or no? Hell yes, stockings are the best!
Christmas jammies? Again, hell yes! Growing up, we only got to open one gift Christmas Eve and it always was new pajamas. Now, Ryan and I pick out new ones and wear them while we open our own presents. This will be the first year that we’re doing full-on matching pajamas, and I can’t wait.
Favorite Christmas song? White Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and the Judy Garland rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. All three basically make me bawl my eyes out every single time.
Favorite holiday tradition? After opening presents Christmas Eve, Ryan always makes a fire and we watch a Christmas movie before we head to bed. It’s usually Frozen – not exactly Christmas, but whatever.
Early shopper or last-minute? I’m a little bit of both! I think last-minute shopping is inevitable in some situations.
Favorite Christmas movie? White Christmas and Meet Me in St. Louis – see the theme there with my favorite songs, too? I also of course love The Holiday, The Family Stone and all the classics that you’d expect.
Favorite holiday beverage? My mom makes the most delicious tea this time of year that I always look forward to. Cocktail wise, can’t go wrong with pomegranate juice and prosecco.
Cookies and milk for Santa? Absolutely, I always did this as a kid! Santa even usually left me a note to find the following morning, one of which I recently found in one of my dad’s scrapbooks … 😉