Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Fierce Game of Christmas Tag

Okay, so it's not fierce.  It's more friendly.  I have been tagged by JDaniel4sMom. She has a fabulous blog full of fun ideas for kids.  I have answered her questions below and have tagged a few bloggers at the end of this post who will hopefully continue the game.

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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Anonymous said...

I got you a calendar.

Unknown said...

I had a great time reading your post. I think a movie on Christmas Day is crete tradition to start when the kids get older. I hope a calendar is in your future.

jp@A Green Ridge said...

WOW! I've BEEN TAGGED! Now what do I do, Baby Girl?

Laura @ Green Legacy Farm said...

Fun questions! Glad I'm not the only one who's not big on Christmas music. I was actually on Amazon yesterday looking for something - ANYTHING - that might appeal to me, from Pavorotti to punk rock. Too sleepy on one end and borderline blasphemous on the other, I came up empty. Oh, well!

Tiggeriffic said...

Thanks for including me in your tag questions. Got mine done this morning and tagged my daughter.. Rex22lbs.. I'll be shocked if she answers...but it would be fun reading.
Have a tiggeriffic Christmas...ta ta for now from Iowa.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

This was a lot of fun! Thanks for tagging me!

Anyway, I love your idea of going to a movie on Christmas day. We used to do that with my dad, when my siblings and I were younger. My mom would enjoy the peace and quiet at home while we were out at the movies.

And spending Christmas in the Southwest? Couldn't agree with you more. ;) Mexican food on Christmas is too, too yummy!

Mary said...

I love this! Wha a great idea. Thanks for tagging me :) I'll answer these and post them tomorrow.

I agree that going to a movie on Christmas day would be so fun. Ha funny story... Kyle used to go to his grandma's on Christmas day. One year he wanted to go to a movie by himself. So they said he could. Well he also wanted to eat his pie so they sent him to the movie theater with a piece of pie AND a glass of milk! Lol! So he just sat and watched the movie and eating his pie.

I hope you have a great Christmas!

laughwithusblog said...

My favorite thing is spending time with family too! I enjoyed your post!