Have you seen this quick, little Christmas quiz floating around Blogland lately? I think it's the perfect thing to kick off the weekend and to get me even MORE excited for the holiday season than I already am. :)
Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate, all the way. Make it with milk (not water), toss in a mini peppermint candy cane, and sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Mmm. :) I'm warm and fuzzy just thinking about it.
Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I've always thought that colored lights were a little cheesy, but when done right they can be beautiful. Otherwise, I love classic white lights.
Do you hang mistletoe?
We didn't this year, but I'd love to add some mistletoe to our Christmas decor in coming years. Not that we need an excuse to kiss, but it's always a little fun to kiss under the mistletoe. ;)
When do you put your decorations up?
Like most people, we put ours up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Simple tradition.
What is your favorite holiday dish?
It's not really for Christmas, but my favorite holiday dish is green bean casserole. Mmm.
Favorite holiday memory as a child?
I don't have a favorite memory that sticks out, but I do remember seeing Santa at the Burnsville Mall when I was about 6 and my brother was 2. I must have freaked him out about sitting on Santa's lap because the 3 pictures we attempted to take that day are of me smiling while Ian screams in terror. Muahahaha!
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I never really learned about Santa. I've always just known he didn't exist. Kinda like I've always known I'm adopted (random fact about Meagan?).
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
YES! It wasn't always a tradition at my parents' house, but in our teenage years my parents let us open one gift each on Christmas Eve. I always loved sitting next to the tree all decorated and lit when it was dark outside. :)
How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
This year, just with ornaments, considering we have an 8" tall tree. Haha!
Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Growing up all over the Midwest (MI, IN, MN, IL) I'm no stranger to the White Devil. I love the way it looks freshly fallen, but once everyone's played in it and driven all over it...it's gross. I don't mind driving in it though --- I actually got my license in the middle of a Chicago winter!
Do you remember your favorite gift?
My favorite gift was last year's gift from Joshua. :)
What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Again, I don't know if it only applies to holidays, but I love cookies. Chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle. Cookies. Delish.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving, watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, shopping for presents...I love all of it. But one tradition we haven't started that I can't wait to start with our future child is Elf on the Shelf. :)
Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum?
I only like peppermint candy canes in hot cocoa, but I LOVE the Starburst, Jolly Rancher, etc. candy canes too.
Favorite Christmas movie?
I love Elf, It's A Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Santa Claus, and Home Alone. :)
Saddest Christmas Song?
"Christmas Shoes" by Newsong always makes me sad. I do my best not to listen to it.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
"The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole. "Chestnuts roasting on an open fiiiiire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose..."
Well, that was fun! Now on to some more Christmas cheer. :)
In 5, yes, FIVE days we'll be on our way home to good ol' Chicagoland. Wanna know our plans? No? Well, you're going to find out anyway!
On our way home we'll stop in Champaign, IL for a day of apartment hunting. Wanna know why? Because Joshua got ACCEPTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS!
BOOYA! We're officially Fighting Illini and in 7 months time we'll be finished with this enlistment and be residents of Champaign/Urbana/Savoy. It's so exciting to see this next stage of our life come together.
Anywho, next on the agenda? Head home and spend some much needed quality time with our families for two weeks. In that time we'll be enjoying a Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve, Christmas with our families, hosting a game night with our friends, spending New Year's Eve downtown Chicago, traveling to Michigan for a New Year's Day get-together with my extended family, and shoving lots of local foods into our mouth holes to hold us off for the next 7 months.
We're so excited to be able to spend the holidays with our families and we hope you'll have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with yours. :)