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1. Do you prefer Eggnog or hot chocolate?
Both. Hot chocolate is best for warming up from the cold. Egg nog is good for something cool and sweet... they both have their place.

2. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

3. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Whenever I think to... Sometimes it's stupid early, sometimes stupid late lol

4. When do you put up your decorations?
November 1st. Sometimes the first weekend in November if  we have to work.

5. Do you have a real or artificial tree?
Artificial. We were forced to it by living in an apartment where real trees weren't allowed. So since we had the fake tree we got in the habit of decorating really early. Now we have a house but we like to decorate so early we will stick with artificial.

6. Do you decorate with clear lights or colored lights?
Both.  They balance each other out.  All white looks too... boring?  It's beautiful and elegant and dull!  All coloured is too silly looking... together they look just right.

7. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color?
Nah. It's a mishmash. 

8. What is your Christmas tree topper?
A star that lights up.  I grew up with an Angel topper. Rowland never had any tree growing up but said he liked the idea of a star better.  Since he never had any traditions of his own to bring to our family I decided to switch to a star for him.  I love it. :)

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
No, we celebrate a secular Christmas.

10. What is your favorite ornament?
A sparkly glass heart I got from my friend Liz in 10th grade.

11. What is the most annoying thing about this time of year?
The war on Christmas. It just breaks my heart. I don't care WHAT you say. Just say it with genuine good cheer. Anything else negates the message of the greeting!  

12. Do you send Christmas cards?
Nope. Too lazy.

13. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum?
Both... I don't like peppermint but once or twice a season I will eat one and love it. I mostly like them for decorating.

14. What is your favorite Christmas show?
Charlie Brown Christmas

15. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Silver Bells has always been my favourite.   O Holy Night is my favourite hymn.  I also really love the "Christmastime is Here" song from Charlie Brown. It's just so sweet. It's beautiful and the tune is slightly melancholy. It just really captures a different kind of beauty in Christmas...

16. Do you wrap gifts or use gift bags?
Wrap!  I love to wrap the gifts and make them beautiful. 

17. Why is Christmas important to you?
It brings back a kind of innocence you lose as a kid. There's magic in it.  The land is cold and bare and dark... but we light it up!   There's decorations and good cheer and music....   I hear a Christmas song and I am 5 years old again. I never want to lose that magic. I want to share it with everyone.  It makes me positively giddy.

18. What is your favorite Christmas memory as a child?
Creeping down the stairs Christmas morning with my dad and brother while hiding under the brown blanket. There was a hole in the blanket so we were peeking through it, trying to catch Santa. We caught my mom instead. lol 

That was the last Christmas we had as a single family since they split up the following April.

19. What is your favorite gift received?
George. It was a little early, but on Christmas eve 2009 I had an ultrasound that I was positive would show that I had lost my baby. Instead I heard a strong, steady heartbeat and saw a tiny little blob of 6 week 1 day George.

20. What is your favorite gift given?
The gift of becoming a grandma.  It was something I've wanted to give so badly. I found out I was pregnant a week before Christmas so I bought a tiny onesie that said something like "Who needs Santa when I have Grandma?" . I also was able to put an ultrasound picture in with it since I had one the day before.

21. What is your Christmas tradition?
Decorating on November 1st.  Walking around the neighbourhood on Christmas Eve to see all the lights.

22. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
We open one gift on Christmas Eve. A pair of PJ's to wear to bed. The rest we open Christmas morning.

23. Do you attend an annual Christmas party?
No. Sometimes I go to my mom's friend's Christmas Eve open house party, but not always.

24. Whom do you normally spend Christmas with?
Family.  At some point we see my in-laws. We see my family on the 26th and my dad pops in at some point too.

25. Do you say "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas"?
Both. And I say them with genuine good cheer!   It hurts my heart when people say them with malice, or as a disguised "FUCK YOU!"


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