I saw this post on someone’s blog (forgive me, I was clicking around and did a quick copy + paste for the blog idea, but then forgot to remember where I found it. Hmpf.) and you might have seen it around too. So, I give credit to whoever came up with this fun little meme!)
1. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
All of them? Ok, I am kidding, but I do love Christmas movies. The one I could watch over and over and over again is “The Holiday”. Hands down my favorite. (I managed to watch 12 Christmas movies this year!).
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas Eve! This is how it is done in Germany and it’s been a really weird adjustment to realize that Christmas Eve is not really the ‘big day’ here in the US. Now we’re combining traditions to make the most of Christmas! We had a fantastic dinner and opened some presents on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas morning, we emptied some stockings and had another great meal later in the day. Oh, and did you know that in Germany, we get not one, but two Christmas holidays? So we declared December, 26 a ‘holiday’ for us as well. Gotta make the most of it :)
3. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?
Not really. My favorite memory is just always being with my whole family on Christmas Eve.
4. Your favorite festive food?
Baked apples with almond splints, cinnamon and vanilla sauce.
5. Your favorite Christmas gift?
That my family is going to come visit next summer. (We skipped presents in my family this year to make this happen!)
6. Your favorite Christmas scent?
Vanilla and cinnamon! (Well, I actually love it all year round!)
7. Do you have any Christmas eve traditions?
Yes! As previously mentioned, Christmas Eve is the most important holiday in Germany and we usually go to a Christmas service in the afternoon and then all gather at my parents house (all being my sister and her family, my aunt and cousin and J and me… and my granddad and great-aunt, when they were still with us, sigh!) and then we would wait for the “Christkind” (christ child) to come and deliver the presents (that is usually just a thing for the kids who have to go upstairs and wait for a little bell to ring). We exchange presents – one at a time, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the gifts – and then sit down to a multi-course meal that my Dad (and Mom) put together every year! It’s always fantastic and never the same. The dinner usually goes into the late hours of the evening and then we’d still hang out until after midnight! It’s the most wonderful night of the whole year, I tell you.
8. What tops your tree?
A straw star.
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Ha, like every girl, I wanted my own pony, but of course, never ever got it.
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
I kind of answered this question in a previous post. I literally love everthing about Christmas, but when it comes down to the wire, time spent with my family is the most precious part!