Post the picture on your blog. (Neither Deb nor I have any clue what picture this means.)
Answer the questions.
Tag up to 12 bloggers.What is your favourite Christmas treat?
Gingersnaps and mandarin oranges and chocolate everything and nuts and eggnog and peppermint and (gasp) have you ever tried a chai white hot chocolate? You must.
Are there any special traditions that your family has to celebrate Christmas?
How do you normally celebrate Christmas?
This is very much like the above question, which is why I'm properly answering here. On Christmas morning, my mom makes apple scones. We put a candle in each one and sing happy birthday to Jesus (a tradition we've been doing since I was a wee child). Then we take our long, leisurely time unwrapping gifts, all of which is videotaped for posterity. On Boxing Day, we often spend the afternoon building Lego, since all six of us receive sets for Christmas. (Yes, even my parents!)
Do you enjoy getting presents for your friends and family? Do you buy your gifts or go the homemade route?
Of course I do! Some people are harder to shop for than others, but ultimately I love picking out thoughtful gifts. I usually go the store-bought route, because I don't consider my crafting skills to be . . . er, skilled enough to produce good presents.
Is it cold where you live? Have you ever had a white Christmas?
This sort of question I find endlessly amusing. Because yes, it is cold where I live (though it's been unseasonably mild up until this week, during which eight inches of snow fell on us). I've never not had a white Christmas!
What’s on your Christmas list this year?
BOOKS. As always. Also boring, practical, un-Christmasy things like black socks and a back-up hard drive for my laptop. Music and movies are always on the list, too.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is probably my top favorite carol. A modern song that I fell in love with is Hillsong's We Have a Savior. Michael W. Smith's It's a Wonderful Christmas is a beautiful orchestral album, and I also love Chris Tomlin's Glory in the Highest album. (And I'll admit that the Oakridge Boys' Christmas Carol gets me singing every year.)
What is your favourite Christmas memory?
I have too many to recount! As Deborah said in her post, they all kind of blend together. I suppose all my favorite memories revolve around family.
What does your Christmas tree look like?
My parents give my siblings and me a new ornament every year. As you can see, the collection has grown. It kind of looks like a Christmas toy shop exploded on our tree.
What are you reading in December? (Anything festive?)
Currently A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker. It's not exactly festive, but . . . it does occur during Jesus' life on Earth. Does that count?
Are you an organised little elf or are you still shopping/preparing on Christmas Eve?
I am a semi-organized little elf who let the mild weather trick her into thinking Christmas was a long way off. Then the snow came, and the calendar shrieked at me in panic. (Okay, it hasn't been all that bad. I just have a couple odds and ends to finish up.)
How early do you start to get into the Christmas spirit?
December 1st. No earlier. Usually no later. The tree goes up in the first week of December, and out comes the holiday music. I myself didn't really 'feel' Christmasy for the first week or two. But now I feel like a child again, absolutely giddy with anticipation.
Do you make any Christmas crafts? Decorations? Send physical Christmas cards?
Depends on the year. As I said earlier, my crafting skills are not quite prepared for much gift-creating. Though if I took the time (and money to purchase supplies), I think I'd have fun with it.
What’s the menu for Christmas Day?!
Apple scones for breakfast, which I already mentioned. Lunch is late and consists of all manner of snacks. Supper this year will be at my grandma's. Who knows what scrumptiousness she'll conjure?
What makes it FEEL like Christmas for you? (Weather, specific tradition, food, smell, person, etc.?)
I definitely had a hard time getting into the Christmas mood before the snow hit, shallow as that sounds. Decorating the tree, singing carols at church, driving around town and seeing all the beautiful lights . . . I don't know, it's a combination of a lot of things. Mostly it's the cozy feeling of family, nestled in the warm living room on Christmas Day, laughing and enjoying each other while pristine snow blankets the world outside.
Do you have relatives coming? Excited? Nervous?
For Christmas itself, no, nobody's coming. After Christmas, yes. The family continues to expand as cousins grow up and get married, so lassoing everyone into the same spot for Christmas is no longer simple. I'm excited about getting time off to spend with family.
What famous Christmas character do you most identify with? (Scrooge, Elf, Tiny Tim, the Grinch, Santa, etc.)
Um . . . none of them?
If you were to start a new Christmas tradition, what would it be?
What Christmas movies do you like to watch this time of year or what’s your favorite?
I love, love, LOVE Max Lucado's The Crippled Lamb. It's a touching story about an outcast lamb who ends up getting to keep baby Jesus' warm.
I tag . . .
Cassia @ Dimensions of My Universe
Sarah @ Ink and Paper Tall Ship
Emily @ Ink, Inc.
Jack @ However Improbable
Amy @ Little Moon Elephant
And whoever wants to add a little Christmas fun to their blog! Go on. You know you want to snag it.
Questions to use (because I haven't the time to create new ones today):