1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper - this is pretty much the only time of year that I actually wrap gifts, I normally just go to Dollar Tree and buy cheapie gift bags (or recycle them).
2. Real tree or Fake
Well...real. But I have a fake one. I know, it doesn't make sense. Here's the issue. I live in a large, loft-like apartment with very high ceilings. The first year I lived here, I made my roommate go with me and bought a huge, beautiful tree. It was $80. But it was such a pain in the butt to drag up the stairs to the apartment, then to take down and deposit in the dumpster that it was not worth that much money. So last year, my boss sold me his 7 foot pre-lit Christmas tree for a bargain price. Which means I'll be putting it up again this year, to save myself some hassle. But my parents always have and always will get a real tree, and when I live somewhere that's more tree-friendly, I will go back to buying real. Not sure what I'll do with the fake one then...
3. When do you put up the tree?
Whenever I feel like it. I might put it up tonight after work or tomorrow, but it will probably be this weekend, just because I have time for once.
4. When do you take the tree down?
Whenever I feel like it, or when my roommate gets sick of looking at it!
5. Do you like eggnog?
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Hmmm...I remember being thrilled when I got my own desk, and also when my sister and I both got Dukes of Hazzard matchbox cars.
7. Hardest person to buy for?
Definitely my dad. He never wants anything. Anything he ever buys for himself he gets impulsively and there is never a pattern to what he does and doesn't like. So every year, we try hard and it's truly hit or miss. He also hates us spending money on him, so half the time he'll yell at us for buying him something. Right, like we're not going to buy you a Christmas present!! I already got half of his present and know what else I'm going to get for him, so I'll keep my fingers crossed!
8. Easiest person to buy for?
Every year, I have one, great, inspired gift idea for someone (I'm not terribly creative, so it's usually only for one person). That gift is always the best one to give. This year it's the grab bag gift I'm giving for our "friends" exchange. I love my idea! I can't tell you what it is b/c I think some people stalk this blog but don't comment (grrrrr)....
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Um, I think I bought a cheapie one for the first Christmas I lived in VA Beach, and I'm pretty sure I still have it. But I definitely need to get a better one.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail - but honestly, I always forget to send them until too late, so I haven't sent any in the past few years, which is terrible. I definitely need to get back into it.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Last year we did a "funny" gift exchange at work (the White Elephant thing) where everyone brought something from home that they didn't want. My gift was an Eggstracter and a Hand Lotion Dispenser that kept the lotion warm. While funny, both were useless. However, my assistant loved them and took both home with her....LOL.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Hands down, it's Santa Claus, The Movie - not The Santa Clause with Tim Allen. My sister and I both love this movie, but most people have never heard of it or seen it.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
It changes every year. Usually not until after Halloween, just b/c I can't get my butt in gear or I don't start thinking about it until then.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Umm...maybe for last year's work thing? I can't even remember what I gave, so I just don't know...
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Starbucks Peppermint Mocha - I know you drink that, but that's what I look forward to every year.
16. Lights on the tree?
Yes please!! My tree is pre-lit with white lights, but I also love the colored ones. I'm not really particular about what kind, but there have to be some!
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Very tough...my favorite Christmas CD is 98 Degrees, This Christmas (sad, I know). But my favorite song is probably Silent Night.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Christmas = Pittsburgh, period. I live here now, so I don't have to travel, except to relatives' homes. When I lived out of state and when I move again, I know I'll be coming home for Christmas Eve and Day, at the very least.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Do you really think a girl who loves Christmas as much as I do would say no????
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Doesn't really matter to me...I'm not partial to either....just has to be something up there!
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas Eve we spend with my dad's side of the family, so we exchange presents and open them then. But the main, immediate family gifts are done Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
The crowds at the stores and malls. I HATE them.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
My favorite ornament is a ceramic baby angel with my name on it. I think my Aunt Nancy made it for me when I was born, and I love it. I don't really have a favorite "theme" but I like to look at trees that have been decorated in a particular way.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing...basically, Thanksgiving dinner. We always have ham on Christmas Eve and if Christmas day is at my parents' house, we always have turkey. Love it.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Everything I ever feel I have to have, I usually wind buying b/c I'm too impatient to wait for it. So there's nothing I really need...but a few things I wouldn't mind having. I gave my sister the run down.
26. Favorite thing about Christmas?
Being with family. Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the entire year!