1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until last minute?
I generally start at the end of October/beginning of November. At the very least, I have a very solid battle plan.
2. If you could be in any Christmas movie what would it be?
Alien Sex Party. No, really. It’s a Christmas movie.
3. Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Generally, Christmas day. For the past few years, and this year included, I’ll be working on Christmas Eve, so it’s really no big thing. However, there is a sort of excitement once the sun goes down. You know it’s coming. You go to bed, snuggle up with your sweetie (or, lacking a sweetie, snuggle up under piles and piles of warm blankets all to yourself, which is pretty freakin’ sweet, too), knowing that when you wake up, it’ll be time to have the warmth and snuggles and happiness of the big day itself. The food, the family, the happiness, the gift exchange (and for my family, the post-gifting sausage and cheese snackeon), is just the tops. So yes, I love the excitement of anticipation which comes with Christmas Eve night, but Christmas Day takes first place.
4. When does your family put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it?
Classically, my family always put up the Christmas tree on the first of December, because that’s my brother’s birthday. But that kind of started not happening once us kids grew up and everybody got busy with life, so that tree now goes up whenever Mom and Dad have time to do it (or whenever my brother visits and decides to do it). Our tree here goes up whenever we have the time or energy.
5. White lights or colored lights?
Our tree is pre-lit with white lights. I also like blue lights. No thanks to the mixed colors, though.
6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like surprise?
I haven’t been a peeker for years and years and years. I definitely like to be surprised!
7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or Santa’s Workshop?
Santa’s workshop. Gingerbread houses wig me out. All dry and stale and blah.
8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions!
My family doesn’t really have Christmas Eve traditions. We would open gifts on Christmas Eve, but that was more out of practicality than tradition, and all that has changed over time. As far as Kev’s family goes, we’ve made it a thing to get together on Skype (new tradition) and get buzzed on white Russians (old tradition) while opening gifts we’ve mailed out to each other. It’s a lot of fun.
9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone, who would it be?
Kev of course. I’m boring like that, sorry!
10. What tops your tree?
We have a simple angel we got at Garden Ridge, which is lovingly referred to as the “tree chicken”. Each year she’ll be holding something different in her hands. This year she’s holding the Horde emblem… *sigh*