1.When do you usually know and feel that it's finally the holidays? Around September when the displays go up in the stores. Okay, not really. But that does irritate me. Usually once Thanksgiving hits.
2.What do you want for Christmas this year? Well, I already posted my list about a week ago. We're on a tight budget this year, so nothing really big, just small piddly things that I need to replace other things I've broken/lost. Oh, and I need a new calendar for 2011, to track my running mileage of course!
3.Do you go all out with decorations? Not at all. We have a tree, stockings, 2 wreaths, etc. One year Paul put lights all over the cabin on the outside, and it looked so cool! But he hasn't done it in the past few years, because it takes a lot of time.
4.What are you doing Christmas Eve? We hope to go on a 'lights run' to see the Christmas lights by running with our Striders friends. Also, I'd like to attempt a Christmas Eve service, even though Cort is a heathen and hates church, but it's supposed to be bad weather here. We always opened presents on Christmas Eve in my family growing up, so we'll be doing that (because on Christmas day it's all Santa).
5.What are you doing Christmas Day? In the morning we'll see what Santa brought. And then weather permitting, we'll head to my parents to meet up with family, eat a lot of food, and open gifts. When the boys get older, I'd like to have the tradition of going to see a movie later on Christmas Day. I know several families that do that, and I've always thought it sounded fun.
6.It's Christmas time. What are you reading? I'm reading a Jeffrey Deaver book called The Burning Wire. LOL, not exactly Christmas fodder. I've read 78 book this year, so I'm hoping to get through this one and a couple of others to hit 80 for 2010. That's not anywhere close to Good Girl Gone Redneck's awesome 100, but it's not too shabby either.
7.Favorite movie to watch during the holidays? I love A Christmas Story. I blogged about it last Friday. But I also have really fond memories of going to see Prancer in the movie theatre with my dad and brother when I was a kid.
8.Favorite Christmas song? Okay, so I'm a little Grinchy. I'm not huge on Christmas music.
9.Favorite holiday drink? Diet Pepsi. It's good all year round. Seriously, though, this weekend I tried to make Wolfgang Puck's gingerbread man martini. It ended up so gross. Not even Paul would drink it! So I'll stick with my Diet Pepsi thank you very much!
10.How is your Christmas shopping going? All done. Everything is wrapped too :-) I wouldn't have it any other way. I hate the crowds.
11.If you could spend Christmas Day anywhere else, where would you spend it? I like being home for Christmas. But if I couldn't be home....well...I'm always eager for a trip to the Southwest. Somewhere in Arizona with lots of Mexican food and festive lights.
12.Any holiday traditions? We get our tree the weekend of Thanksgiving. We always have an advent calendar, and this year we have a speaking advent bear too. We also do The Elf on the Shelf. When I was growing up, we always went out to eat for breakfast on Christmas Eve. That was a fun tradition.
13.Favorite thing about the holidays? I love spending time with family. We still haven't made it up to my grandparents' yet this year, due to weather and illness, but hopefully we'll get up there too after Christmas.
I know everyone is super busy this week, so I'll only pick a few. The following bloggers have been tagged:
JP at Home in the Hollow
Myya at Myya Says
Tiggerific at Birds and Nature
Mary at The Englar Family
Sonya from Under the Desert Sky
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