My friend Cara sent this to me sometime last week. Now that it’s OFFICIALLY the Christmas season, here goes! I also found some questions in an old survey and added them to this one.

Wrapping paper or gift bags?
I like both, and the pretty boxes which I don’t bother to wrap as well.

Real tree or artificial?
Because I have cats, it has to be artificial.

When do you put up the tree?
I’m going to put it up this weekend! Maybe even today! There will be pictures.

When do you take the tree down?
January 6th, the official 12th day of Christmas.

Do you like eggnog?

Favorite gift received as a child?
I got a lot of great gifts growing up. But the thing I remember most? My mom cooking all the food, and the Christmas that the extended family came over and got snowed in. Those memories are my favorite gifts.

Hardest person to buy for?
Adam’s parents, my step-father.

Easiest person to buy for?
Aidan, Adam, and Jen.

Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes, it’s a Precious Moment ornament that plays Silent Night.

Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?
Mailed, for sure!

Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

Favorite Christmas movie?
A Christmas Story, followed by The Christmas List

Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Mustard/turnip greens! Dressing! Mac & cheese! Honey Baked Ham! GRAVY OVER EVERYTHING!
And Christmas cookies, and those Bing chocolate cherries, and mint M&Ms and cherry cordial Hershey’s kisses and Reese’s Miniatures.

Lights on the tree?

Favorite Christmas song?
This is a hard one. But I like:
– Parade of the Wooden Soldiers – Harry Connick Jr
– Jesus, Born on This Day – Mariah Carey
– Jingle Bells – Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby
– Christmas Canon and Christmas Canon Rock – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
– Christmastime – Michael W. Smith
– You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft

… and many, many more.

Travel at Christmas or stay home?
This year, I’m traveling to see my little Booba! (But shhh, it’s a surprise–he doesn’t know!)

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen. And Rudolph!

Angel on the tree top or a star?

Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas morning is what I prefer, but it depends on the situation.

Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
When people get stressed and cranky. When families manipulate. Not having enough money to give as much as I want.

Favorite ornament theme or color?
Snow people, gingerbread people, candy canes, red, silver, green.

When do you start shopping for Christmas?
A bit before Thanksgiving.

Have you ever ‘recycled’ a Christmas present?
I may have for a white elephant thing.

Clear lights or colored on the tree?

Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Roasted turkey or chicken, dressing, mustard/turnip greens, rolls, macaroni and cheese, Honey Baked Ham, and lots and lots of gravy!

Shopping…Mall or online?
It depends. If a sight is offering free shipping, then online, because Adam is usually home to get packages. I also don’t mind going out sometimes, because the stores are so pretty.

Do you decorate outside for Christmas or just inside (or at all?)
I have an apartment, so I only decorate inside. Adam put lights in the window, though, and I am considering decals. Also, I live in Chicago, anything outside would just get stolen.

Favorite Christmas cookie?
Sugar, and raspberry chocolate chip.

Do you own Christmassy clothing or jewelry?
I have a couple pairs of socks and a pair of earrings.

Do you believe in Santa?
Santa rocks, dude.

What do you want for Christmas this year?
To see Aidan, no bad weather, pajamas, gift cards, a trip to Disney World, a full time job.

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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