Hello, a tag today! Originally I was gonna write a post about Christmasy books, buuuut I realized it would literally be the same thing I wrote the year before. So. A tag instead.
This is a new tag, created this year on youtube by Sam @SamsNonsense. Wasn’t tagged but I NEEDED POSTING MATERIAL MAN. And it looked fun. So here we go!
1) What are your Christmas Traditions/Routine
It starts on Christmas Eve with late lunch/early dinner at my in-laws. There we exchange gifts with my husband’s extended family. Then, we go to second dinner at my friend’s house.
Second dinner (I’m a hobbit, sue me) I started going to about a decade ago. My best friend’s family has a tradition of eating salad sandwiches (tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad, etc) at 9pm on Christmas Eve. My friend invited me one year, and her extended family liked the food I brought (nacho dip) so now they invite me every year and demand I bring food, haha. They extended my invite to my family too, so one year I brought my now-husband and he goes with every year too now.
Christmas morning, when I lived with my parents, we would exchange gifts. I don’t live there anymore though, so now we skip that part and go the next thing: Breakfast at my grandmother’s. My mom’s side extended fam has gotten together for breakfast and gifts for as long as I can remember. It might not happen this year, though. My grandmother moved to an assisted living place, so we’re not sure if she’ll be up to or able to host. We’ll see.
Then, dinner will be at my place. This tradition started last year, after my husband and I moved out the city my and his parents live in. We’re about 40 minutes away now, and instead of having us drive up for breakfast and then drive back up for dinner, we host dinner, and invite my parents and sister and his parents. My fam shows up a bit early to exchange gifts – the ones we used to do in the morning, and then his parents show up a bit later, since we have already exchanged with them.
Aaaand writing this reminds me I need to buy a turkey. And a roaster. Augh. I’m so behind.
And then after that, we sit on the couch and stare at the wall in a daze because we’re both so peopled-out, hahaha. And then we sleep.
2) Favorite Christmas Book (Or one you want to read)
I really like Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. My first grade teacher read it to us when I was 7, and since I’ve re-read it every few years. It’s so adorable.
3) First Christmas memory
I remember being two or three, at my parents’ apartment (which is how I knew I was that young – we moved into a house when I was 3) and trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. My parents had told me to stop sucking my thumb or Santa wouldn’t bring toys. I remember falling asleep, forcibly holding down my thumb with my other hand so I wouldn’t put it in my mouth.
4) Favorite gift you’ve ever received
I got a bicycle one year when I was six or seven. The seat was pink and purple and I remember talking about it for months earlier. I was obsessed with that bike. My parents had made it clear not to expect it from Santa because yada yada. And I about peed when I got it.
5) Your Go-To genre to read at Christmas
Fantasy and Christmas books!
6) Is there a holiday tradition you’ve never tried but want to?
I kinda wanna put a pickle in my tree. What is up with that? Do I put a real pickle in there? Does the finder eat it? I have no idea.
7) Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
8) Favorite Ornament?
When I was little, my parents had this set of glass ornaments shaped like bells. My sister and I broke two of them, because we were dumb kids, but they still have the other two and growing up my sister and I would fight over who got to hang them. There wasn’t really anything super remarkable about them, they were just our favorites. I bought my own set of bells this year, because for some reason, those ornaments in particular really scream “It’s Christmas time” to me. Mine are different colors than my parents’, but I still get the same nostalgic feel from them, so I love them. I hope my future kids fight over who gets to hang them. (but hopefully they don’t break them like I did)
9) Fav Christmas movie & Least Favorite christmas movie
Favorite: A Christmas Story and Patrick Stewart’s rendition of A Christmas Carol
Least Favorite: I don’t really have one. I just tend to like them.
10) Online shopping or in-store
Both have their perks. Price-wise, online tends to be better, but I kinda like the rush of the in-store shopping. It’s so adrenaliney!
11) Favorite Christmas song & Least favorite Christmas Song
Favorite: Christmas Eve/Sarajevo by Trans Siberian Orchestra
Lease Favorite: Baby It’s Cold Outside by literally everyone at this point.
12) Favorite Christmas flavor
Gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread lattes, gingerbread breads! It’s all delicious. I also really like peppermint things. Gah ❤
And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! 😀