Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Week: Christmas Questions

Since Ten on Tuesday this week is a bunch of random questions, I scoured the interwebs for Christmas questions to keep with my Holiday Week theme.
1. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? How about the worst?
The best is a toss-up between my computer when I was 13 or my iPod Touch last year. Both were surprises and I was thrilled when I opened up the gifts. And both I used a lot.
The worst gift would have to be this paint program my aunt got for me when I was in 8th grade. It was Disney and more on a first-grader level. It’s presents like those that help you realize your extended family knows nothing about you.
2. What is your favorite Christmas movie moment?
I love Elf and towards the end of the movie when Jovie gets in front of the big crowd and starts singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and everyone joins in, including Buddy’s family. It makes me cry every time!
3. When do you open gifts?
Christmas Day! I am so not a Christmas Eve present opener. I love the anticipation that comes with Christmas Eve and wouldn’t change that for the world.
4. Do you believe in Santa? If not, who convinced you he’s not real?
I don’t. I was made fun of in second grade for still believing in Santa Claus and told my mom I didn’t believe in him around that time. But I still received presents from him for a few years after that. I do love how fun it is to believe in him. It’s been fun to talk about Santa with the older kids in my center, because their belief in him is so pure and so strong!
5. What is your happiest Christmas memory?
Those Christmas Eve nights I spent with my brother. It started when I was in 6th grade and we made plans to play games while we waited for 6am to open presents. We kept true to this tradition until he moved out in 2006. We only managed to stay awake the whole night one year when we spent Christmas Eve at my uncle’s house and watched a whole slew of movies.
6. Describe an ornament that has special significance to you.
There’s not really an ornament that I would say has special significance to me. There are plenty of ornaments that I made when I was younger and a few of me at a younger age. And then we have a ton of snowmen ornaments that make me smile.
7. What famous person would you most like to encounter under the mistletoe?
I’m just going to be honest: nobody. There is no way I would do anything but freak out and probably pass out if I encountered a famous person under the mistletoe. While it would be pretty awesome to meet Jake Gyllenhaal under the mistletoe, I would be too shy to ever do anything. So, Jake, if we ever do meet, you’re going to have to make the first move, ‘kay?
8. When it comes to decorations, are you more of a Griswald or a Grinch?
I guess a Griswald but on a lesser scale. Our decorations are nice and festive, but it’s not overdone in any grand scale. Just decorating our living room and patio. They’re nice, though. I like ‘em!
9. What is your favorite version of a Christmas song?
I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of Mariah Carey or Christina Aguilera’s Christmas renditions. They go so big and oversing almost every Christmas song. It’s a little annoying!
I’m not sure what my favorite version of a song is, though. I mostly love any rendition of ‘O Holy Night’, though. It’s such a pretty song!
10. Have you had any traumatic Christmas-related experiences?
No, thank God. I am so nervous this week that something awful is going to happen to my family and Christmas will forever be ruined.
A few Christmases ago, I had a terrible anxiety attack on the night before Christmas Eve that my mom was going to get into a car wreck on her way to work and die. Luckily, she was fine. And she called me just before she was leaving to let me know she was coming home. About 3 minutes after her call, the police knocked on the door, inquiring about my neighbor.
Oh, my gosh, you guys. If she hadn’t called before then, I would have probably thrown up on their shoes.
11. What would be an appropriate gag gift for most of your friends?
Probably Justin Bieber’s new “book”. (Did he really write a book?) I would love to give it to my work BFF just to see her face. Tehehe.
12. Would you rather be a partridge in a pear tree or a lords a-leaping and why?
Confession: I just Googled “partridge” and “lords a-leaping”. Apparently, this is the difference between a bird or a leaping dancer. I guess I’ll choose lords a-leaping because I’ve always wanted to be a dancer. A leaping dancer is just a bonus.
Don’t forget to enter my holiday giveaway – ends Sunday, December 26.


  1. I loved the questions, so I borrowed them. ;)

    I think Mariah Carey's Christmas songs are a bit much, too.

  2. Great questions!

    My most favorite Christmas memories are spending Christmas eve at my great grandma's house surrounded by my cousins and second cousins, opening presents and just the feelings of home that go with those memories. It makes me sad that my younger cousins don't recall those times, my great grandma passed away when they were little.

    Now we go to my grandma's on Christmas Eve, its our big family gathering place now.

  3. Haha, I would pick lords-a-leaping too because I'd get bored sitting in a tree all day! :)

    I am so a Christmas Day opener as well, I've NEVER even been tempted on Christmas Eve!

  4. Would you judge me if I told you I'm marginally interested in reading Justin Beiber's book?

  5. Your comment about the extended family knowing nothing about you made me chuckle... don't you HATE that? I'm a firm believer in asking people what they want or need for Christmas if I'm going to spend money on a gift for them... it may take away some of the element of surprise, but at least they'll LIKE it!

    Also, I'm totally a Christmas morning present opener, as well. I simply cannot fathom why some people would do it on Christmas Eve. That is like, anti-Christmas. The anticipation of Christmas morning is the BEST PART!!!

  6. Haha oh no, you REALLY do love Elf! Sigh. I'll have to give it another shot for you. I am also totally a Christmas morning opener.

  7. I LOVE that scene in Elf, and it always makes me cry, too. Also, I'm totally a Christmas Day gift opener, but I had to succumb to my family wanting to "get it over with" on Christmas Eve. A bunch of Grinches, I tell you! Good thing I have enough Christmas spirit for the four of us. :)


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