Fabulous in First has come at just the right time!
Hot Chocolate or Eggnog?
Hot chocolate with extra marshmallows please! I'm no opposed to the flavor of eggnog, but I can't stand the texture.
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them underneath the tree?
Always wrapped. I think Santa had a special paper to help us know who gave us the presents.
Colored lights or white?
I like white on a house but colored on a tree. Growing up, my sister and I would always fall asleep in our sleeping bags with our heads under the tree. We would stare at all the pretty colors as I tried desperately to stay awake to catch a glimpse of Santa. It's one of my favorite memories!
When do you decorate?
When my decorations are not in storage like this year, I decorate the day after Thanksgiving while all the crazies are Black Friday shopping. I also leave it up until mid-January when I can decorate for Valentine's Day because I like to have decorations year-round.
Real or fake tree?
I've only had fake trees, but Joel really wants to try a real one once we have our own place again. I think I will love the smell and look but not the mess.
What tops your tree?
Favorite Christmas memory or tradition?
As far back as I can remember, my dad used to take our family downtown to Magnificent Mile where we would drink hot chocolate, eat Garrett's popcorn, view the window displays at Marshall Fields (before Macy's), and visit the tree. When we were kids, it was a big deal to go to the city (a whopping 45 minutes away), so it felt really special.
Do you remember a favorite gift as a child?
I can't remember anything off the top of my head from my childhood, but my favorite gift of all time was a pair of tickets to my first ever Bears vs. Packers game at Soldier Field on Christmas Eve the year we went to the Superbowl. We won't talk about how cold and disappointing the game was... just the fact that I was SUPER excited to have the tickets.
Do you prefer giving or receiving?
I know what I'm supposed to say here, but I'm gonna go ahead and keep it real. I prefer receiving. Gifts are my love language. Send 'em my way! :) Seriously, though, I stress about gift-giving because I want to find the "prefect" gift, and I'm almost always disappointed with my final selection because it's never just right.
Candy canes. Yuck or Yum?
I prefer the Candy Cane Hershey Kisses.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
"All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey (For sentimental reasons. It reminds me of my cheerleading days back in high school.)
Favorite Christmas movie?
Oh gosh... there are so many good options. But I think A Christmas Story is probably my favorite.
Do you shop online or in stores?
I do a lot of price-comparing online, but most of my purchases are done in stores because I usually wait too long to order things. I'd like to change that, though, because I'm really not much of a shopper.
Photo cards, letter, or store bought card?
I've never done Christmas cards. One year, I wanted to be crafty and bought the stuff to make my own, but my ADHD kicked in after two cards and I was done. :)