Happy almost-Christmas for all who celebrate! This week, I’m answering some fun and festive questions about myself. My blogging buddy Bill answered these questions on his blog last week, and I thought it would be fun to answer them as well.
Want to get to know me? This is a blog, and I can’t hear your response…so that’s a yes! Let’s do this thing!
What is your favorite winter treat?
That’s a tough one! Probably gingerbread. Whenever I go to a bakery over the holidays, I just have to try their gingerbread. Dan and I have been going to a local bakery every Sunday to get breakfast pastries for the week, and I found out a few weeks ago that they have AMAZING gingerbread. So now I buy several gingerbread cookies along with our croissants for the week. They’re a must.
What Christmas traditions do you celebrate?
I’ve written all about the different holiday traditions that we have, but very few of them are standard! We gather with family for meals and to exchange gifts and we do 7 fishes on Christmas Eve (mind you, we usually only have 3 fish, and 2 of those are usually shrimp), but that’s where the “traditional” traditions stop.
As far as decorating goes, we’re all over the place. Sometimes we’ll have the house decorated the first week of December, sometimes we’re still decorating after Christmas. We tend to fall a bit behind (don’t even ask when my gifts get wrapped — Dad is usually still wrapping those on Christmas morning). Then, in preparation for Christmas, mom bakes like 13 different kinds of cookies, and I wrap all of the presents for my cousins.
Every year, my grandmother (lovingly called Mom Mom) buys us pajamas to open on Christmas Eve. Nowadays, I buy the pajamas and Mom mom pays me back and wraps them, but it’s still great!
We see my dad’s family on Christmas Eve and my mom’s family Christmas Day. For our Christmas meal, we actually don’t have one standard dish. We’ve done ham, turkey, ravioli, and this year will be a prime rib roast!
When I was little, on Christmas Eve when we got home, I’d climb into my parents’ bed and Dad would read How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Those were the days…
Oh, and I of course can’t forget taking pictures with a mall Santa with my dad…classic.
Are you wishing for snow this year?
Not particularly. I don’t love when it gets too cold, and driving in the snow is an absolute nightmare. The only car accident I’ve ever been in as a driver was because of snow on the roads.
I find it hilarious how excited I was about snow as a child in school, only to think of it as a nuisance now. I guess I’m finally an…adult. *gags*
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Honestly, Bad Moms Christmas is probably my favorite. I watch it a bunch of times every Christmas season and will sometimes watch it other times of the year when I want a comfort movie.
Have you ever built a gingerbread house? What is your technique?
Yes! I believe that we built gingerbread houses in elementary/middle school and I’ve gone to an event at a local place where we all made gingerbread houses. My technique is probably the same technique I use for every artistic pursuit — have high hopes for what it will look like, realize that it will never look that good after I start, change directions 1,000 times, have a bit of a breakdown as I come to grips with my artistic shortcomings…then give up and eat the gingerbread.
What is your favorite hot chocolate?
Oddly enough, as much as I love chocolate, I’m not a huge fan of hot chocolate. My guess is that they’re usually not dark chocolate and therefore not rich enough for me. I did have a dark chocolate hot chocolate at a Godiva store once that was absolutely delicious. I’ve been chasing that high ever since…
What gift are you hoping to get this year?
I lost my job in September, so many of the gifts on my wishlist are gift cards. I asked for some massage gift cards, but I mostly asked for gift cards from the local coffee shop! Ideally, after Christmas, I’ll have enough gift cards to buy my coffee at least through March.
Oooooh! Also, more Captain’s quizzes in the upcoming year. You hear that, Paul? Chop, chop!
What is your warmest wintertime memory?
A few stood out for me, but I couldn’t decide on one, so here’s a few!
Back when I was in elementary school and our back patio was being built and our pool wasn’t in yet, we had a HUGE snowstorm. Because our backyard has a bit of a slant, we made a sledding trail from up on the patio down the length of my backyard. We had “sleds” that were essentially like round trash can lids made of thick plastic. We’d run and jump onto our sleds and slide across the yard. It was awesome.
Much later in life, I was dating someone who was in another relationship that wasn’t ideal. Every time he went back home, I would feel overwhelmingly sad and empty. One winter day, after he left, my parents and I went to see the holiday display at Longwood Gardens. At first, I assumed I’d never shake the crappy feeling I was having about our relationship, but after walking around with my parents for a bit, I felt better, started having a great time, and enjoyed bonding with them. The fact that hanging out at Longwood Gardens with my parents could bring me out of that terrible funk made this day really memorable for me. Fun fact: about a month later, that partner and I split in what was the worst breakup of my life!
On a much, much happier note, my last warm winter memory involves my lovely fiancé Dan. We went to Hershey for the weekend a few years ago so we could drive through the holiday lights. Unfortunately, the lights have become a bit of a scene and are not as enjoyable as when they were new and no one else went, but I digress. One night in the hotel, the snow started coming down, and even though our window faced a highway, we stood at that window and just held each other and watched the snow fall. We both knew that we’d remember watching the snow together forever. Do I hate how cheesy I’m being? Kinda. But it’s Christmas! It’s a time to be sentimental.
Aaaaaand that’s it! Please feel free to steal this post and answer the questions for yourself on your own blog…or talk about them at the dinner table with your family! Also, stick around — tomorrow, I’ll be posting my answers to a brand new Captain’s Quiz by Paul. Wish me luck!