Hello! I really can’t believe that today is Christmas Eve. Here’s hoping you are spending the day with loved ones celebrating your special holiday.
I saw this survey appear on Jen’s blog last week, and saved it to answer myself today. There’s only one more day to soak in the anticipation of the arrival of Christmas, so I want to take advantage of it. I couldn’t help but to include a few throwback family photos in the mix too. Enjoy!
12 Days of Christmas Survey
• Favorite Christmas movie?
There’s too many! I have been loving Elf and Home Alone lately, but National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is definitely an all-time fav!
• Favorite Christmas song?
I’ve shared this before, but Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree instantly puts me in the holiday spirit! I can’t help but to think of the famous Home Alone scene when Kevin “hosts a party” to scare off the wet bandits.
• White or colored lights?
Both! Over the past couple of years, Scott and I put both strands of white and multicolored lights on the tree.
• Christmas Eve traditions?
Scott and I always go to a Christmas Eve service. We both love the worship songs and look forward to the candlelight. Growing up, my family always went to Christmas Eve service too.
(Yes the grinch at the bottom is me!)
Afterwards, we joined another family to celebrate since as long as I can remember. Every year, we went over to their house, ate appetizers, exchanged presents, and watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Yep. Every single year.
Some of those quotes are ones we bring up and laugh about all year long! #thebest
I’m really going to miss being home for that this year!
• How did Santa deliver gifts?
We usually had some presents under the tree before we went to bed on Christmas Eve, but Christmas morning is when all of the big presents came out! Santa and his reindeer are pretty sneaky…
• Christmas Day traditions?
Growing up, my family went up to Jacksonville, Florida to spend the day with my mom’s side of the family. We would wake up and have Christmas morning at our house, then pack up and go to Jacksonville for a day or so. When my sister started a family of her own, we celebrated Christmas in Jacksonville the weekend before and spent the day at her house in Orlando.
When I started dancing for the Orlando Magic, we had three consecutive Christmas Day home games in a row! One year we had most of the family out at a game and then celebrated after.
This year is Scott and I’s first year spending Christmas in Michigan.
It will feel different for sure!
• Favorite Christmas cookie?
My Nana made the best Christmas cookies. I always used to look forward to driving up to Jacksonville and eating all of them when I got there! I especially loved her Russian tea cakes. <3
• Favorite Christmas candy?
Peppermint bark… hands down!
• Eggnog… yes or no?
Yes! But, diluted with milk. Too much eggnog puts my stomach into twists.
• White Elephant gift exchanges… love them or hate them?
I think they are fun! Depending on the crowd, they can become really competitive and funny with the content of the presents. This year we are celebrating Christmas Eve with friends and I am looking forward to the White Elephant exchange we are doing with them tonight.
• Do you send Christmas cards?
I remember my family sending them out!
Scott and I sent our first card together out two years ago, and we included a letter of updates since it was also the year we moved away from Florida.
• What do you want for Christmas this year?
I may regret saying this, but I really want a white Christmas. It’s certainly been cold enough up in Michigan, but it’s currently raining without any snow in the forecast.
Tell me about your holiday traditions.
Answer any of the questions above!