I needed a break from my December Daily posts. It takes me a lot of time (probably too much time) to write each entry, and my brain (and my heart) needs a break! So, I stole this from Lens and Pens (thank you!) and decided to do it myself!
1) Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper. I think there is something special about actually unwrapping a gift.
2) Real tree or artificial?
Real trees. Yes, you read that correctly. Plural. See here and here. Helmut doesn't know what he started!
3) When do you put up the tree?
As close to December 1st as possible. Usually the first Friday after the 1st.
4) When do you take the tree down?
After New Year's. Sometimes it's on New Year's Day, and other times it's the following weekend. I like to have my Valentine's Day decor ready to go shortly after I take down all the Christmas stuff.
5) Favourite gift received as a child?
Interesting. I don't actually remember any of my Christmas gifts as a child. I can remember some of my birthday presents, but no Christmas ones. I remember family. I remember spending time together. I remember love.
6) Hardest person to buy for?
My parents and Helmut's parents. They buy whatever they want/need for themselves, so come Christmas (or birthdays for that matter) there is nothing left for us to get them!
7) Easiest person to buy for?
The kids. They always know what they want, and they aren't old enough to spend their money by themselves yet.
8) Mail or email Christmas cards?
If I send them at all, they get mailed or hand delivered. I really want to do that this year, but still haven't decided which photo to send out!
9) Favourite Christmas movie?
Well, we actually have a list! The Muppet Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original), Lanny and Wayne in Disney's Prep and Landing, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (made for TV movie), The Christmas Blessing (sequel to The Christmas Shoes...which Helmut loves!) and White Christmas (or Holiday Inn, depending on your copy! Did you know they only changed the name to White Christmas after the song became popular?) I'm sure there are others, but that's all I can think of at the moment!
10) When do you start Christmas shopping?
This varies from year to year. This year I started doing bits and pieces online in November.
11) Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
12) Favourite thing to eat at Christmas?
Ham on Christmas morning, and pretty much anything my Mum makes.
13) Lights on the tree (clear or coloured)?
I want to have warm white (clear) lights on the tree next year, this year, we have pure white, and they are so harsh, they almost look blue.
14) Favourite Christmas Song?
I really really love Enya's "And Winter Came" album. But my all time favourite is Mary's Boy Child. My dad said he liked it when I was a kid, and it's been my favourite ever since.
15) Travel at Christmas or stay home?
I love being at home.
16) Angel, star or ribbon on top of the tree?
Nothing. We don't have a topper for our tree yet. I'd love to have one, but we haven't found anything we love yet.
17) Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We usually open with the kids on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas for my non-Canadian friends), but this year, we get them Christmas morning! YAY! Helmut and I might exchange our gifts on Christmas Eve...maybe. We haven't decided yet.
18) Most annoying thing about this time of year?
19) What do you want for Christmas this year?
I will do a wish list post next week sometime!
20) Traditional colours or other colours?
Mostly traditional. Red and white and wood in the bedroom; red, green, gold, brown and wood in the living room, dining room and kitchen; and blue, silver and wood in the basement.
Let me know if you decide to do it too! I'd love to read it! And thanks again Lens and Pens for the idea and the questions!