Christmas Time is Here Tag!

Hello Everyone!  It appears the Christmas spirit is all over the blogosphere!  I have been tagged by two wonderful bloggers, my southern belle counterpart, Hope from Beauty & Bliss; and the effervescent Vlog Like a Boss, Kallie from But First, Coffee to do the Christmas Time is Here Tag!  Please go and give their blogs some love.  They are awesome chicks!

Not to bring everyone down, but to me Christmas has gotten way out of control.   In my opinion, it has turned into a retail extravaganza.  We already totally blow Thanksgiving off in lieu of Christmas.  I wouldn’t be surprised if in the coming years, immediately after July 4th, Christmas deco starts hitting the stores.  Not trying to be a total Grinch, but I hate how “commercialized” this holiday has become.  Hope and Kallie, don’t regret tagging me!  I love Hope’s tag, as it brings me back to what the “real” spirit of Christmas should be.  Fond memories and traditions.  I kind of think we are losing sight of that.  Anywhoo, here are the questions!

1. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?  Despite my Negative Nancy preface to this post, I think Christmas brings out the best in people.  It’s the time of year when people realize giving is better than receiving, and we band together to help people in need.

2. When you were a kid, what did you leave for Santa on Christmas Eve?  I always left milk and cookies for Santa, as well as a letter wishing him safe travels.  More important, carrots for the reindeer.

3. Do you and/or your family have any Christmas traditions?  When I was a kid, I was allowed to open ONE small gift on Christmas Eve.  My husband and I have been married for 16 years, and our anniversary is New Year’s Eve, so instead of doing Christmas presents for each other, we take that and put it towards an anniversary trip somewhere exotic for our anniversary.  This year, we will be going to Australia for 2 weeks.  Christmas and anniversary combined!

4. When decorating, do you go all out or just do a small amount of decorating?  I used to go all out.  I have a Dickens Snow Village and tons of decorations.  Now, my decorating consists of putting a Christmas garden flag on my mailbox, and having holiday scents in my home.  Plus, we do not have children, so we keep it simple these days.

5. What is your favorite Christmas dinner food?  Since we have turkey on Thanksgiving, we tend to do a ham for Christmas.  We have done everything from crab legs to a low country boil in seasons past.

6. What is your favorite Christmas movie?  Traditionally, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Films back then were so innocent and sweet.  “Sound of Music” is my favorite musical, regardless of the season.  I totally sing along.  I also love “A Christmas Story”, and when they play it non stop on TNT, I will watch it.   Modern Christmas film favorite is “Love, Actually”.  The stories to me truly echo what the Christmas spirit should be – people loving each other.  I bawl everytime I watch it.  But I LOVE it.

7. What is your favorite Christmas song?  I am a traditionalist.  I love “O Holy Night”, especially sung by Josh Groban.  I love Christmas songs by the Carpenters (“Christmas Waltz”).  And Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, as I grew up listening to those beautiful crooners.

8. What was your favorite gift you’ve ever received?  As a kid, when I was in the fourth grade, I got a camera.  One of those old 110 Kodak’s with the big cube flash.  Once married, my husband gave me our one year anniversary present early for Christmas.  It was a seven day caribbean cruise!

9. What is your favorite Christmas memory?  Being so excited for Santa’s arrival, and not being able to sleep.  I swear it felt like I was up all night in anticipation, but I’m sure I fell asleep within 30 minutes ;)

10. Does it snow where you live?  Not as a rule.  We occasionally get flurries, and the whole town shuts down.  They send kids home from school and people raid the grocery stores for bread/milk.  Generally, the snow melts the next day, so no one has EVER been snowed in.  I guess it’s a tradition for my town to go a bit nuts when flurries come around,

11. Do you own an “ugly holiday sweater”?  I used to.  No longer.  I had a slew of Xmas sweaters.  Don’t do them anymore.

12. Hot chocolate or eggnog?  I’m with Kassie – I like an eggnog with a bit of Captain in it, and a sprinkle of nutmeg :)

13. Have you ever been kissed under a mistletoe?  Yes!  And living in Georgia, the trees in our front yard have mistletoe growing on them!

Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas season!  I am not tagging any bloggers, but if you would like to participate, please send me the post link on Twitter!  I know many of you are going to be busy going forth.

Again, thanks to Hope and Kallie for tagging me :)

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo