A Merry Merry Christmas Survey

I came across this Christmas Survey on a blog I follow – Road Runner Girl and I thought it was such a good idea that I wanted to do it too! It turns out, that is what she thought as well because she got the idea from Jill Conyer’s blog who stole borrowed the idea from Running With Spoons. See? Good idea, right?

Egg Nog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate for sure. Currently, I am obsessed with the Starbucks Double Chocolate hot cocoa mix.

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Unwrapped by the fire place (the tree is too close to my girls’ bedrooms.


Our railing with giant colored LED bulbs. (And yes, our cat Phineas loves to look at the lights!)

Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Both! I like the clean and simple look of white lights on the tree. This way the ornaments can do the talking! I also LOVE The giant multi-colored led bulbs on our banister. They are just So. Much. Fun.

Do you hang mistletoe?
No. I am not even sure where to get mistletoe….


When do you hang your decorations up?
We decorate after Thanksgiving — Sometimes the weekend after Thanksgiving and sometimes a week afterwards.

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
It’s not really a holiday dish, but we always make soup on Christmas Eve. When I was growing up, my mom made oyster soup (yuck!) and we HAD to eat at least a little bit in order to open presents. Now, we make chicken noodle and a sort of jambalaya on Christmas Eve.

Favorite holiday memory as a child?
My brother, sister, and I used to all sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve. We’d “camp out” in my sister’s room and sneak out to the living room to see if Santa had visited yet. The anticipation was a killer!

What is on your Christmas wish-list?
I really need some wind-proof running pants. I’m trying to run outside this winter and I’m such a wimp! I also really want some no-heel, black ankle boots. Other than that, I just want to be able to relax with family.

Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve?
We typically open our gifts on Christmas Eve. That was my family tradition. My husband’s tradition when he was growing up was to wait until Christmas Day, so sometimes we wait.

Howgirls christmas do you decorate your Christmas tree?
We just let the girls put their ornaments on wherever they want. This year my husband created a “man section” and hung all his manly ornaments in one section. Goofball!

Real tree or fake tree?
We bought a nice fake tree that is pre-lit a few years ago and I will never go back! You don’t have the mess of the needles or the water spilling. The only thing I miss is the smell and I have a Scentsy that takes care of that!

Snow? Love it or dread it?
I like a white Christmas. What I don’t like is a super cold and blustery Christmas. Just snow, peaceful and white, but nice enough for sledding and building snowmen.

Do you remember your favorite gift?
Oh, that’s a tough one! I remember one year we got sleds from Santa and we snuck out to the living room in the middle of the night and pulled them back to my sister’s room. We then slept in our sleds the rest of the night!

What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Spending time with family.

What is your favorite holiday dessert?
My mother-in-law makes this Golden Graham Snack Mix that is really delicious. We make it every year for Christmas.

What is your favorite tradition?
This is more of a New Year’s Eve tradition rather than a Christmas tradition: we celebrate NYE as a family and for the past 3 years we’ve done a variety of activities on the hours leading up to the big moment. We make time capsules and read last year’s capsule. We make a snack, do a craft, and then have a dance party – in the dark – with glow sticks, glow balloons, and flashing headbands, etc. Then we “camp out” as a family in the basement.

What tops your tree?
We have an angel on the top of our tree.

Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
I love giving gifts to others. There is nothing better than watching someone open up a gift that they truly love. I especially love to watch my children’s faces as they open their gifts.

What is your favorite Christmas song?
Do I have to choose a favorite?! I love Christmas music! The Little Drummer Boy, Frosty The Snowman, Silent Night,…I love them all!

Candy canes, yuck or yum?
I like them okay. I don’t eat them often, but we did get some this year.

Christmas vacation

Favorite Christmas Movie?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

What do you leave for Santa?
Milk and cookies and sometimes a note from the kids.

Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?
We wake up early to see what Santa brought. I need to think about starting a Christmas morning breakfast tradition…. Not sure what we’ll have this year!

Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?
I prefer to shop in person, however this year, I did some shopping online. We live rather far from any shopping and I didn’t get everything on the one and only trip we made.

Christmas letter or Christmas card?
We send a Christmas photo card. I’d love to write a letter, but it never gets done! This year, I actually got the cards out a week before Christmas and that hasn’t happened in a while!


This is our Christmas Card this year. We had a year of Jumping for Joy!


I’d love to hear some of your Christmas traditions and memories!

Until Next Time,



3 thoughts on “A Merry Merry Christmas Survey

  1. I love Christmas music too! There is such a small window of time that you can listen to Christmas music without it being weird (Jingle Bells wouldn’t be the same in July) so I start listening right after Halloween 🙂

    Happiest of holiday wishes to you Meg!

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