(Winter) Season’s greetings
It’s finally that time of year-when the cold wind blows and the skies snow, covering your doorstep in a magic reminiscent of powdered sugar.
And thanks to the lovely Rachel over at Word of Rachel, today I have the pleasure of completing this Winter Holiday Tag for you all. I’ve reworded the Christmas tag questions a bit to make them more general to all winter holidays. Feel free to do the same!
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What’s your favorite winter holiday movie?
Blood, crime, and mystery are the only movie genres my Mom enjoys. Usually when I’m home we’re centered around these, so I’ve never developed a particular fondness for holiday movies beyond Elf.
Just the other day however, I finally watched The Nightmare Before Christmas at the request of my significant other (who promptly fell asleep as it begun), and the charming film has secured it’s place in my heart. As a diehard fan of Tim Burton and stop-motion animation, this is a no-brainer must-watch for me.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes! While based in North Carolina, I am originally from the Northeastern U.S. and thus have had my fair shares of white Christmas’ and holiday seasons. As Christmas for my family usually entails present-opening, good food, jolly music, and nonexistent expeditions outside, an ice-encapsulated and snow-covered world offers a perfect backdrop.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
I usually spend the winter holiday season at my parents’ up in the Northeast. As an only child with extended family in extended places, it’s usually just the three of us and our cat. This year however, is the first time my significant other has joined us for the holiday season…the poor thing. Just kidding! It’s absolutely wonderful to have him here for the festivities.
What’s your favorite holiday song?
Oh my. Any holiday song sung by Michael Bublé, of course. I know, I know-how cheesy can you get? Pretty cheesy. But ah-having a cheesy holiday season is knowing you’re doing it right.But ah-having a cheesy holiday season is knowing you're doing it right.Click To Tweet
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Nope! As my family does celebrate Christmas, presents are strictly to be opened on Christmas Day! Christmas Eve is the day to bake last-minute cookies, lay out the Christmas stockings and milk, and go to bed early.
Although…I did open a few presents this year a bit early. I’ve been with my S/O for 10 months now, so this is our first holiday season together. After his Black Friday shopping, he kept fawning over this one item he had gotten, asking me what I thought and if I would use it etc. Lo and behold, I correctly guessed that he had bought two, one for each of us! He was a bit sad I had guessed. But I’m excited to officially receive it tomorrow 😉
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Absolutely not. There’s definitely a cheesy song listing them all…let’s see… They’ve got Dasher, Prancer, Donner, Vixen. Comet and Cupid and someone and um. Rudolph!
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Every year without fail my family places Christmas stockings at the base of the chimney in the hopes of receiving small gifts and trinkets from Santa. When we took home our cat from the humane society, we bought her her own small stocking.
This year, my Dad bought 5 new stockings-for my parents, me, the cat, and my S/O. And then my father, an established IT professional and a rather older man who has raised me for 20 years, bought himself some green glitter glue pens and wrote our names on the stockings.
I am rather excited to spill their contents on Christmas morning.
If you celebrate Christmas, is your tree real or fake?
Fake! His name is Fred the fir tree and he’s a poser.
What’s your favorite holiday food/treat/sweet? Be honest.
I like how this is a “be honest” question, as if I must hide my non-guilty guilty obsession with those Reindeer-design sugar cookies from Pillsbury. December is the only time in which Pillsbury cookies beat Nestle.
Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
Now this is the be honest question! I definitely prefer receiving gifts. The pressure there is to be excited and thankful, which is much less stressful than shopping for a loved one and wondering if they’ll like what you got them.
On the other hand, I love shopping for gifts for people when the occasion to gift isn’t high-pressure! Picking up little knickknacks makes me feel warm and fuzzy and excited to show my loved ones that I think of them.
What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?
Ooh. The best? It has to be the year my Dad bought us the original Wii, which dates us back to 2006. I grew up on the Nintendo D.S. but had never had a large video game console before. Thus launched my love for Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart-and took my love for the Harvest Moon series to a whole new level.
What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
For the holiday season? As cheesy as it is, there’s no place like home for the holidays. That being said, I love to visit New York City during December. Layers upon layers of coats and jackets are worth seeing the lights, viewing beautiful window displays, and feeling the warmth and love in the diversity and plethora of people visiting during this time in NYC.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
My parents taught me a sure-fire way to wrap presents when I was little. While managing to cover all the sides and edges of my presents, the method is still sure to never be perfectly beautiful or lined up.
I also can’t “properly” unwrap presents. But that’s okay-where’s the fun in unwrapping slowly and methodically anyway?
What’s your most prominent holiday season memory?
One Christmas, I was determined to meet Santa himself. I set up a makeshift bed on the couch by the chimney, and promptly fell asleep. I didn’t meet Santa, but I remember seeing some figure that slightly represented my father drink some of Santa’s milk and then bring it to the kitchen.
Santa is a very polite guest and tends to wash his own milk mug out, says my Dad.
What made you realize the truth about Christmas?
Surprisingly, not the above experience! Each year, I write a note to Santa and leave it at the bottom of the chimney along with cookies and milk. One year, I asked Santa himself for proof he was real! On Christmas morning, I was greeted by one of those thick hands-on experience books about Santa himself. Equipped with a pouch of faerie dust and a piece of reindeer antler, my faith in Santa-oh wait.
Yeah no, Santa is real.
What makes the holidays special for you?
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of waking up on Easter or Christmas morning and knowing that somehow, the living room or whole house is decked out in a certain way only for a certain amount of time to celebrate something in a certain way. Sounds specific, but that feeling of magic is real. And that’s what I love about holidays.
As this is a holiday season tag, feel free to take the questions and answer them yourself! Don’t be afraid to tweak the questions either. I hope you’ve enjoyed my answers and that you have a safe and fulfilling holiday season.
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