THURSDAY!! I am so excited and officially on vacation at 5pm today! I’m not working again until 2012 and it is fantastic. I have lots of family things planned and some down time for myself and a trip to Montreal to ring in the New Year with Michael! I hope to relax, recharge and have some fun. Since I’m in the holiday spirit and looking forward to Christmas I thought I share some Christmas Cheer! Athena over at Fitness and Feta did 25 Questions: Holiday Style and I loved her post. I loved it so much I decided to do it here on LiveRunLoveYoga! So let’s play shall we!
25 Questions! Holiday Style!
Eggnog or hot chocolate?
Hot Chocolate! Always! I am a huge fan of hot cocoa and drink it often in the winter months. I love it with a dollop of whip cream!
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa wraps presents. Growing up my entire family (all 20 or so of us) would stay at my Aunt’s house Christmas Eve. In the morning we would wake up to a mound of Christmas presents surrounding the tree…seriously you could only see the top half of the tree. It was essential all things were wrapped and labelled!
Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Colored! We always had colored growing up and it reminds me of my childhood. Now that we are all grown up sometimes my Mom puts white lights on. I think the tree looks gorgeous that way too but still prefer colored.
Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope, not our thing.
When do you hang your decorations up?
The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. When I moved to my first apartment I was 15 minutes from my parents house. My Mom and I went and got all new decorations for my new apartment and made it looks so pretty for the holidays! She still decorates the whole house that weekend, the tree comes in mid-December.
What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
My Mom’s Swedish Meatballs!! They are amazing and are the staple of my Christmas Eve meal!
Favorite holiday memory as a child?
We had a Christmas Eve snow storm one year and my brother and I went cross-country skiing because there was over a foot of snow! We skied until almost 2am! It was amazing and the streets and homes all looked so beautiful decorated for Christmas with the fresh snow on top!
What is on your Christmas wish list?
I don’t have a wish list! My parents always get me gifts that are way better than I would choose for myself!
Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?
Not really, when we were a kid we occasionally got Christmas Pajamas we could open on Christmas Eve. Otherwise no way!
How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
It depends on how my Mom decides. Some years it is white lights and beautiful glass ornaments with ribbons and other years it is colored lights with red and gold garland and Swedish and homemade ornaments!
Snow? Love it or dread it?
Love it! I’m a skier, need I say more?
Real tree or fake tree?
Do you remember your favorite gift?
Way to many good ones to ever have a favorite! If I had to pick, I’d probably chose skis! When I was racing and competing I got them almost every year.
What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Spending time with my family and loved ones! It’s what makes the holiday complete!
What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Holiday Cookies! I can never get enough of them! My Aunt makes snow men cookies that are delicious!
What is your favorite tradition?
The Swedish Smorgasbord! Christmas Eve my whole family gets together and celebrates. We sing Christmas Carols, the kids do holiday skits, my Uncle makes homemade Glugg and we all enjoy the Swedish Smorgasbord! Swedish meatballs, red cabbage, beets, potatoes, fish, it’s all so good!
What tops your tree?
Do you prefer giving or receiving?
Both! I love picking out gifts for people and seeing their reaction! I love receiving because my parents do an amazing job picking out gifts for me. As does Michael!
What is your favorite Christmas song?
All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey! Is there really another option?
Candy canes, yuck or yum?
Favorite Christmas movie?
Miracle on 34th Street
What do you leave for Santa?
We used to leave cookies, milk and carrots. Now we leave nothing. Boring I know!
Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?
When I was kid my parents would give us a Christmas movie as a gift to watch. My brother and I would watch a movie until my parents woke up and then we opened stockings. My whole family (yep, all 20 or so of us!) would have to be awake and then we would eat breakfast and finally open presents! Usually opening presents didn’t happen until 11:30 or 12 in the morning and would take us til about 3 or 3:30 pm. Today it’s just my parents and brother, we keep to a similar routine but it moves along much quicker!
Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall?
Mall! It gets me in the Christmas spirit and I love all the holiday decorations!
Christmas letter or Christmas card?
Card! They are always so pretty!