I was tagged by the wonderful Rebecca from Rebecca Goes Rendezvous to do the Christmas Tag!! She’s an amazing blogger who lives in France. She’s on holiday in Italy (so jealous), so you should totally subscribe to her blog to catch her next adventure.
1. What Is Your Favorite Christmas Film?
Elf will never cease to make me laugh, no matter how many times I watch it. I’m not a huge Will Ferrell fan, but I’ll always love Elf. It’s also the movie that seems to make my parents reminiscence about all the stupid stuff I did as a kid. We watch it every year, so I can practically recite the entire script. Something I should add in the additional skills section on my C.V., right?
2. Is Your Christmas Tree Real Or Fake?
I’d like to get a real Christmas tree at least once, but I also haven’t been in a place for a long enough time to think about getting one. I love the idea of decorating for Christmas, but I haven’t had the time or the money to deck the house out as of yet (pun kind of intended).
My family has a Christmas palm tree, if that counts. Like, lights, ornaments, and all. Unfortunately, it’s fake. It would be pretty spectacular if we had a real palm tree inside the house.
And a part of you probably thought I was kidding.
3. What Is Your Favorite Christmas Song?
I love Pentatonix. Their Christmas albums are always my go-tos during the holiday season.
4. What Is Your Favorite Christmas Scent?
Anything cinnamon. Wreaths, candles, incense – I absolutely love the musky, yet sweet, smell of cinnamon. But cinnamon candles are my favorite.
5. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Back before we all went our separate ways with college and life and stuff, my family used to cook a nice meal and eat while watching A Christmas Story. It’s one of my dad’s favorite movies. Even if I’m not with my family during the holidays, I still make sure to slow down for at least a few hours to cook, pour myself a glass of wine (or two), and turn on a movie. Pjs included, of course.
6. Do You Open Any Presents On Christmas Eve?
Every year we would give each other new pjs, so that’s usually the one present we got to open on Christmas Eve – and then we put on the pjs to watch A Christmas Story. Now we’re not too bothered about the exact time we open presents. Open presents now, sleep in later.
7. What Tops Your Christmas Tree?
It depends. Years ago it was a white angle. Then it was a starry blue wizard hat (the one Mickey Mouse wears in Fantasia) that had the black ears and everything. Now it’s hard to top a Christmas palm with it being curved and all.
8. What Is The Best Thing About Christmas For You?
I love watching everyone get into the festive spirit. And the lights. And the spicy homemade Chex Mix the neighbors sometime bring over.
9. What Is Your Favorite Festive Food Or Treat?
Mulled wine. Mulled wine isn’t really a thing in the States, or at least where I came from. So, when I moved to Europe and the winter season came around, I was absolutely thrilled. Hot wine?? What is this hot wine?? It sounds like heaven.
Now I know that mulled wine isn’t some mystical drink, the novelty has somewhat worn off, but only somewhat. I still get so excited when I see it. In fact, I have a few spice packets from Germany a friend brought back with her.
Here’s her recipe:
1 spice packet
1 bottle of red wine
1 – 2 oranges
1 cup of brown sugar
2 almonds (for good luck)
I have some good memories with mulled wine – exploring Christmas markets, wandering the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Granted, mulled wine has a good 10 minute period of deliciousness before it cools down and becomes a strange sugary glob.
10. What Is On The Top Of Your Christmas Wish List This Year?
I don’t know if it’s just the fact that I’m unfortunately and inevitably growing old, but I’m not attracted to the materialistic aspects of the holiday season as much as I was. I’ve always enjoyed giving more than receiving, but I will admit my Christmas game this year isn’t exactly up to par. The end of this year has been a whirlwind; I moved, I started a new full time job, and I live in a climate that allows shorts all year round. It’s a time of year I’ve always associated with the cold, being generally lazy, snuggling up in cozy blankets, and drinking hot coco. And I’ve done none of those things yet.
I’d rather have more experiences than things, and I’m good on things. Family came in to visit this year, so I’m pretty content right now.
But, you know, I’d never say no to a plane ticket to Spain. Hint hint, nudge nudge.
Thanks again, Rebecca, for tagging me! I had so much fun with these questions!
Happy Holidays everyone,