1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
I love gift wrapping and I don’t often use bags, unless it is an oddly shaped item and I can’t find a box.
2. Real or Artificial tree?
Real trees smell amazing, but I always have an artificial one.
3. When do you put up the tree?
Normally the weekend of Thanksgiving, but this year my roommate and I decided that because we would be in town less than three weeks before Christmas that we wouldn’t bother. Now that she discovered mold in her closet, we can’t access any of our stuff, so it works out.
4. When do you take the tree down?
New Year’s Eve, it is a good way to get ready to usher in a new year.
5. Do you like eggnog?
No, never have.
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
The Barbie house my dad made for me. I had always wanted one, and he built this gigantic contraption. It was awesome. I ended up making furniture for it.
7. Hardest person to buy for?
I have a hard time buying anything for my dad, because he never asks for anything. Of course he loves everything I get him (or so he says) but it isn’t easy.
8. Easiest person to buy for?
My mom, all year long I gather gifts together for her.
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes I am really picky with the style, but I finally bought one that has Mary, Joseph and Jesus. I want to get one that includes a stable, shephards, wise men, and everything else, but I haven’t found one set that I love.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
I started sending out Christmas cards as soon as I moved away from home as a freshman in college. It is always lovely to get a card in the mail.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
As a child it was a fake cabbage patch doll. I was in the second grade and I was so embarrassed when I got the generic doll. My friends at school brought their dolls one day to play with at recess and I felt ashamed to bring mine. Of course, I didn't realize how much they cost or what my parents had to do to get it....all I thought about was how different I was from my friends. My parents knew of my anger and for my birthday 4 months later, I got a "real" one.
During my adult years, the worst gift ever gotten was from a coworker. We had the annual "Secret Santa" gift exchange and I dutifully filled out my inventory list of easy items someone could purchase for me and the person had gone to the nearest Deseret Industries and stocked up on $0.25 items (cheap frames and vases). I know how much they cost because the price tags were still affixed to the bottom. I am positive she knew this and wanted to let me know just how much she liked me.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Who doesn’t love a “Christmas Story?” I think I have seen it more than 30 times, but it doesn’t get old. My new favorite movie is “The Nativity Story” it is a beautiful telling of the biblical story.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I think about my shopping all year, but it usually doesn’t start until August or September.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Yes, I think it is perfectly acceptable, especially if you know someone else would love the gift. I don’t recycle anything that is crappy…those things I just donate.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
White chocolate covered popcorn, toffee, cookies, cranberry-orange bread, hot chocolate, and anything else that is sweet. Christmas is a great year to load up on all the yummy treats possible.
16. Lights on the tree?
All white- my favorite thing to do is turn off all the lights in the house and just sit and look at the Christmas tree. Seeing the ornaments glow is magical. Every year I try to wake up early on Christmas morning to look at the tree and all of the gifts before anyone else is awake.
17. Favorite Christmas songs?
“O Holy Night” by Josh Groban or Pavaratti. It always makes me cry. I also love “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Now that my parents don’t live near me, I travel to be with them for Christmas.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Commercialization of the season, tacky displays, rude people, and Black Friday.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
My ornaments are based around a color scheme, white, red and lime green - I enjoy that my tree has a fun, hip look. However, my favorite Christmas was the Christmas of 1991 when my parents decided to get a new tree and ornaments and everything on the tree had to represent Christ. We had so much fun going shopping an decorating that year.
24. Real Reason for Christmas?
Christmas is celebrating the birth and life of Christ. Although we should do this on a daily basis all year, it is nice to have a special time when we can focus a little more intently and recommit ourselves to be like him. It is about love, patience, kindness, forgiveness and charity.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
I would love to connect with my friends who I never get the chance to talk to and to spend some time with my family. I have been blessed this year and that is all I need.