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Christmas Questions.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper. It's more work, but those beautiful wrapped packages just look perfect under the tree.

2. Real tree or Artificial? We've done both. The past three years we have had an artificial pre-lit. It's so easy and so pretty, but of course, it doesn't smell like heaven.

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually after Thanksgiving. This year it went up before Thanksgiving but wasn't decorated until after.

4. When do you take the tree down? Whenever we get back home after all the festivities. Usually somewhere between the day after Christmas and New Years.

5. Do you like eggnog? Nope.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Standing chalkboard. EZ Bake Oven.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My Dad

8. Easiest person to buy for? Weebie. ;)

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Snail Mail, Yo.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Well, initially I thought it was a can of soup. Until I realized that there were N'Sync concert tickets taped to the inside lid of the box! So I guess that doesn't count, but if I kept the soup, it would be the soup. But definitely not the tickets. ;)

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Christmas Classic ... It's A Wonderful Life. Also, all the cheesy Hallmark ones. Love 'em!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? December. (And I am so behind.)

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Hot bread dip, cheese ball and all the fun finger foods during "It's a Wonderful Life Night".

16. Lights on the tree (colored or clear)? White lights!

17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night, Carol of the Bells. Love them equally.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel "home" to my folks & the in-laws.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yes, simply because of the song. ;)

20. Angel, star or ribbon on top of tree? None of the above. As I told a friend earlier this week, it's a Christmas Explosion atop my tree. (You'll see when I finally get around to posting pictures.)

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Eve! Santa comes and leaves the "big present" on Christmas morning.

22. Favorite children's Christmas song? Hmmm, I don't know what classifies a song as a "children's song", but I guess I'll go with, Away in a Manger (is that a kid or adult one?). Or, I Want A Hippopotomus For Christmas. ;)

23. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Scrooges. And people throwing fits about "Merry Christmas". I don't care how many times you shove "Happy Holidays" down my throat, I will reply with a big and cheerful, "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" It's the NAME of the HOLIDAY, people. Gracious sakes alive.

24. Favorite ornament theme or color? Old World - all colors!

25. Turkey or ham on Christmas day? Ham

26. What do you want for Christmas this year? I'm having a hard time coming up with anything.

27. Does anyone in your family dress up as Santa? No.

28. Age you discovered who Santa was? I don't know how old I was but I remember it vividly. It wasn't a good day, let's just leave it at that.

29. Eggnog, hot chocolate, or apple cider? Hot Caramel Apple Cider or Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - both from S'Bux.

30. Traditional colors (red and green) or other colors? Love the reds, greens and golds!

31. Do you have any Christmas decorations on your roof? Um, we have lights on the house. So... yes?

32. How does Santa get into your house? Chimney or magic key? Chimney

33. Do you prefer gifts or gift cards? Gifts, although me and the SIL have a throw-down every year for the Dirty Santa gift cards. ;)

34. Favorite children's Christmas Cartoon? How The Grinch Stole Christmas. (I think Charlie Brown is depressing.)

I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. I love the answers...I actually have one of those 'magic keys' on my tree that I got from a yar5rd's super cute.

  2. The Christmas top explosion sounds awesome. Can't wait to see it!

    My version:

  3. #17 = my most favorite Christmas songs, too! I especially love when Carol of the Bells is actually sang, rather than instrumental.

  4. We have a lot of Cmas similarities! My family always opens gifts Cmas Eve too! And those are my two favorite songs. Fun post! I can't wait to see your "Cmas Explosion" on the top of your tree!

  5. #2 Ours is faux, if you will. But I always buy a Yankee Candle that smells like a real tree and light it during the holidays. It fools our guests on a regular basis!

  6. What a fun post! Not a big fan of eggnog myself...

  7. Bath and Body has a wonderful candle that makes the whole house smell like you have a real tree. They also have a spray too!

    And salted caramel hot chocolate are the best!

  8. Thanks for the memories! It was fun to think back. I "jacked" your questions from here and posted on mine. Credited you and linked your blog! Hope that's okay!! We need more JOY in the world!

  9. I did what the lady above my comment did and linked back to your post from my blog. I hope you don't mind, this was fun!

  10. What a fun post! Have enjoyed following your blog -- Merry Christmas!

  11. I'm very excited to see what your mom chose as her christmas theme this year! I'm checking your blog daily for the pictures!!! I have been inspired this year to decorate...and have a tablescape for our christmas meal!

  12. fun fact: I use to be able to read your blog at work. But apparently you are too "adult" for my office lol :-)

  13. I am totally with you on gift wrap vs. gift bags. Wrapping paper almost always looks better. I can't wait to see your Christmas decorations!

  14. This was a very fun questionnaire Whitney! I've posted my answers on my blog but have credited and linked back to your blog! Have a wonderful Christmas!


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