Haven't done one of these in awhile....
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both. I prefer the look of wrapped packages, especially glittery bows and swirls of ribbon, but I'm not that great at the 'perfect wrap', particularily on odd shaped packages, so I often default to a bag.
2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial - when I have one.
3. When do you put up the tree? When the tree goes up it goes up no sooner than the first weekend in December.
4. When do you take the tree down? Usually New Year's Day.
5. Do you like eggnog? Love.it. For my own sake I have to not allow it in my house until Dec. 1st. They keep selling it earlier and earlier each year though! So hard to not buy for most of November.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My cabbage patch doll. I waited so long for one, I even got a fake one that just didn't do.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Technically. This porcelain nativity tealight holder.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Believe it or not, hubby! I've mentioned we don't do gifts for our families, other than kids, and even hubby and I have agreed on a large gift together for many years. Sean just tends to have very little wants, he's a minimalist and what he does spend money on he buys as he wants through the year (like books), or on concerts as they come up - typically not around Christmas time.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My neice Brooklynn, she's pretty creative and now that she likes scrapbooking, this year's present was a cinch! ;)
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? It's a funny story actually. It was the year my sisters got married and mom had bought one of them a toaster oven for a wedding present, but they received another one as well, so mom knew we wanted one and offered it to us as a Christmas present later that year. Mom and dad also happened to move that year, for the first time in 12 years, and it took some looking before mom could find the toaster oven, but she finally did, wrapped it up and gave it to me at our gathering. I unwrapped the box and when I opened it, on top was a lovely Christmas stationary. I love stationary so it didn't register, but as I got deeper into the box (which did have a toaster oven on the side) it was a bunch of miscellaneous items thrown in, some even left over from my grandma's old belongings who had passed away 6 years earlier. A box o' crap. :) It was really quite hilarious. Mom never did find that toaster oven, can't even remember what I did end up getting instead.
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both, and I hand them out in person too, a combo of all 3.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Some people say it isn't a Christmas movie but I've watched it at Christmas just about every year since I was a kid....Sound of Music. I love that movie. Wizard of Oz, second favorite (and yes, it's a Christmas movie for same reason :)
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Well, since I intentionally only shop for 5 each year, and occasionally, as the season unfolds, add another gift or two to the list, I don't feel the need to start early. Also, since those 5 gifts are for children, whose tastes can change as fast as they can, I typically don't start until December.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Not that I know of. I have given old gifts away years later but not as a gift.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Either, it mostly depends on the colour coordination of the ornaments.
17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh Little Town of Bethlehem by Amy Grant.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel. Boxing day in Steinbach every year.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? All nine ;)
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Depends how long I've had to stare at gifts under a tree. Since we haven't had a tree for years, I've been able to wait until Christmas day.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The song Domino the Donkey, PUH-lease! If I never hear that song again it's too soon.
23. What I love most about Christmas? Family. Family. Family.