1. What is your favorite Christmas film?
Miracle on 34th Street - the original. It's such a classic. I just love, love it. You can see my top five favorite Christmas movies here.
2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes! Although the Midwest does not always cooperate, I have been lucky enough to experience a few white Christmases. Unfortunately with the rain in the forecast for this year, I think it's going to be more of a muddy and wet Christmas than a white one.
3. Where do you usually spend the holiday?
Christmas Day usually starts at my parents for presents and breakfast, then moves to my grandma's for more presents and dinner. With the family expanding and people not all in one place, it is starting to vary a bit every year.
4. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
This is a hard one - I love so many Christmas songs. My two favorites may be White Christmas and Silent Night. I do love The Christmas Song, too.
5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
My brother, sister in law and I usually exchange our presents on Christmas Eve. It's something we have done since we were little!
6. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Yes, although I had to say them out loud as I was writing this to make sure!
7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
All of them? I seriously love traditions, especially around Christmas. You can check out my Christmas traditions here.
8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake. While my mom has told me we had a few real trees in my lifetime, I don't remember them at all, so I have no sentimental ties to having a real tree. Since I only remember growing up with a fake tree, that is kind of what I think of when I think of a Christmas tree. To me, fake is the best. You can put it up whenever, you don't have to worry about watering it, or think about it being a fire hazard. It's just not my thing. I picked up a really great fake tree after Christmas some years ago and have been loving it since.
9. What is your all time favorite holiday food / sweet treat?
Do I have to pick one? Because they are all pretty fabulous. Monkey bread is at the top of the list, as is broccoli, cheese and rice casserole, my grandma's dumplings, my aunt's cookies, my other aunt's fudge...the list goes on.
10. Be honest, do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Definitely giving, although it may be both. I think I love giving gifts so much because I like getting them so much. So the fact that I can give someone the same feeling that I feel when getting a gift just makes me really happy, if that makes sense? I also love shopping and coming up with the perfect gift idea. Granted it's not always "perfect", but the thought behind it is always there for me!
11. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I would love to go to New York City. I went there for the first time earlier this year and I just fell in love. I have heard it is even better at Christmas and I would love to experience that.
12. Are you a pro present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I think I am a pretty darn good wrapper. When I was still at home, I would help my mom with all the Christmas wrapping. She always makes them pretty with added ribbon and such, but the actual wrapping part is definitely my forte. Not to mention, I actually really enjoy doing it, as well.
Christmas is fast approaching, but we still have a few more days to enjoy the season. I plan to do so with lots of Christmas movies and books, cookie baking and Christmas light looking. I can't wait!