I’ve done this tag before; I probably have three years’ worth of this exact tag on my blog.
I consider this to be a good thing as that should mean I enjoy it the most, right?
Anyways, I actually went back to my first time I did it, which was 2014, and wrote out the questions from that post and I was smart and didn’t even look back at my original answers, but once I’m done, I would like to compare the two and see what’s changed or not. If you would like to see my other answers, click here.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I’ve always wanted to visit a Christmas market, like ones they have in Germany. I think that would be a lovely way to visit my ancestral home, by rolling around in the older markets and enjoy the comfort of good company, food, and Christmas cheer.
If I couldn’t make it to Germany though, I’d like to visit the second popular destination in Burges, Belgium. I’ve seen way too many photos and vlogs about the beauty that is Burges around November to the end of December. It always looks very majestic and romantic at the same time, so I know I’m not alone with how I feel about them in general.
Favorite Christmas film(s)
I am very hard on myself when it comes to Christmas movies, I’ve never been interested in the cheesy or cliche types, I like the heartwarming but hilarious ones. I am also into the classics too, so they have truly set the standard for me as a whole and if they can’t hold up to these four below then they’re out. Simple as that.
Are you on the Naughty or Nice list?
I hope I’m on the Nice list, but that all depends on which parent you ask at this point. I’m pretty sure my dad would have something to say about that! I fear I may be on the same list as my nephew and that’s the nice but on the very edge of it. 😂
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes, we’ve had several over the years.
For the most part, we can get a couple inches of snow either Christmas Eve or Christmas night, but last year was weird as it was like a comfortable 75 degrees and I could literally spend my entire day outside with my cats and honestly, I want that to happen again because that was really nice! And I absolutely love having snow on the ground for Christmas, but I also enjoyed hanging out with my cats more than 10 minutes at a time.
Where do you usually spend your Christmas?
I spend it at home with my folks. I don’t think we’ll ever get used to having the three of us Christmas morning, but I still have that excitement to open presents at 5-6am, which again depending on which parent is awake, is usually about the same too. I feel like my dad would like it if I slept in a bit, but when I can hear him cooking breakfast around that time, I will always get up at that time.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
In the past, yes, but not in a long time.
Out of everyone in my family, I can wait one more day to open them. Now, my nephew might be a totally different story, but he’s four years old so you can’t blame him too much there!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
I can get Rudolph, Comet, Cupid, Dasher and Vixen but figuring out anybody else is like trying to name all of Snow White’s seven dwarves and I definitely can’t do that either!
What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?
I’m really hoping we are able to do cookies this year.
Last year, mom and I made the cookies, which was nice, but it is one tradition I’d like to continue doing with Nolan. He was around two years old when he was allowed to decorate them with us, so it’ll probably be just as long until Kimber will be able to participate in the activity too.
I love making cookies for the holidays, even though we only ever do sugar cookies. One day I will be able to talk my mom into doing a gingerbread because I absolutely love the smell of them but unfortunately, my mom is not a fan of ginger. I’ve also tried to get her approval on doing a gingerbread house but still not getting anywhere with that.
I really envy people who do cookie parties or surprise people with them as gifts like that is so sweet (no pun intended) and one day I would like to convince my parents into doing this for our neighborhood, it’s always been my dream to do something like this, but I haven’t been able to make it happen yet. I’m still hopeful for everything I’ve mentioned in these last paragraphs to work out for me.
Is your Christmas tree fake or real?
We currently have two trees in our house.
The family tree is 32 years old, and its age is really showing because we have multiple things like the actual stand is on its last legs, one is actually broken halfway and it’s top heavy even without the ornaments on it…My parents say that we need to get a new one every year, but it never happens. They’ve been saying this for the past four or five years now, and like I said, it never gets thrown out at the end of the year.
And then we have my tree, and it’s very unique and my gal pals at the nursing home would probably freak out as it is black. In my defense, I’d like to bring it out for Halloween and decorate it with pumpkins and skulls and then switch it up for Christmas. My tree is also smaller compared so it can fit comfortably on top of my mini bookshelf next to my bed and that’s just perfect for me at the moment.
Hands down, what is your favorite all-time favorite Christmas food and/or sweet treat?
I love candy canes, the traditional peppermint and the fruity ones too. My dad and I go a little crazy trying to find the best and slightly different canes. One year we tried the Oreo canes, and they were awful! We were in agreement that you couldn’t tell it was make with real Oreos. Our absolute favorites are the Jolly Rancher and Starburst canes. They are so good and very potent too; you have to be careful with the sour apple ones sometimes/
Be honest: do you like giving gifts or recieving gifts better?
I love giving gifts the most. I love seeing a person light up while they see something they wanted, especially with children. Nolan is still at that age where I can create my little craft ornaments and it’ll be enough to him because his Aunt Meg made it for him. I think that’s why I enjoy doing them each year because I know everyone who receives them in the mail will know how much they’re loved and appreciated to me.
Does your family have a special Christmas recipe you like to help make?
We don’t really have anything we specifically make homemade for Christmas. We purchase premade cookies from the store and dad rarely allows mom to help him in the kitchen for our annual Christmas breakfast, so that’s definitely out of the question, but I’m okay with it though.
Are you a pro-wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I think after a little practice I am not bad with it and honestly, it really depends on what I’m supposed to wrap in the first place. When mom and I were wrapping up Nolan’s presents last year, I was pretty good with the books but once I moved on to a certain toy, I just sat there wondering the best way to attack it and just gave it to my mom as she has done this longer than I have of course.
Most memorable Christmas moment
When Nolan was a year old and just able to walk around without making too many falls, he found one of the wrapping paper rollers and proceeded to treat it like it was his personal saber and at one point we had four of these large rolls swinging around the living room, probably a little too close to the tree itself but the look on Nolan’s face was priceless. Afterwards, he figured out there was an opening on both sides of it and started to scream into it. It was adorable but once this happened though it was time to put them away.
What made you question the truth about Santa?
I feel like this is not the best answer, but this was my way of finding out the truth.
As someone who writes with their feet, you have a weird interest in watching other people’s penmanship and I had a few Christmases where I would look at the tags and the writing on them looked an awful lot like my mom’s or nana’s handwriting, and they both have distinct ways to write things and that’s when I started to realize something was a little fishy here.
What makes Christmas special for you?
Christmas was always a fun occasion to spend with family, even though we hung out together all of the time growing up, it just felt completely different after Thanksgiving. It’s something that continues to happen in my little family, as we see Blondie and the kids most of the time, but when these holidays get closer and closer, my need to share new traditions with my nephew intensifies and I hope as my niece Kimber grows up, she will understand Aunt Meg’s need to celebrate every part of the holidays.
I think being able to see everything through a child’s eyes is so special. They don’t quite understand the dangers of the world–at least they shouldn’t but for some, that’s all they’ve ever known and that bothers me the most because this season should be about good things, but that’s the world we live in now. It doesn’t have to be this way though. I think being able to ignore the ugly for a moment and showcasing the beauty of Christmas is important for everyone and their mental health.
I know not a lot of people will agree with this mindset but that’s how I choose to be for my own sanity but trust me when I say I know about what’s going on in the world. It never leaves my mind completely. The war between Russia and Ukraine, the protestors’ mission in Iran, and the homeless and hungry in the world. I just want a few moments to see the good in my life and hope for peace always.
Well, that is it for this year’s tag and I hope you enjoyed my answers to the questions. If you’d like to participate, you can certainly list them below in the comments and I will personally read each one and maybe even reply back to you too. For the bloggers out there, checking out this post, if you decide to do this tag on your site, I’d also like to see what you had to say too; just leave me a link to that post so it makes the job easier for both of us.