Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Episode Sixteen: Fiesta de Navidad! (or, Holly Jolly Christmas Tag)

Don't slaughter me, I only speak a little Spanish. I'd be better off calling it ein frohes Weinachtsfest oder Worte ähnlicher Bedeutung. Ah, bitte, my Deutsch is showing. Anyways, it is Christmas Eve where I live, and I thought I'd do a fun post while the kiddos watch seasonal television and I wait for bedtime when I will proceed to wrap and drink (not necessarily in that order) followed by my favorite Christmas movie. I got the original tag questions from the blog of Glamourgirl220. I wasn't tagged or anything, and as always I am changing a few of the questions to be better suited to this blog. So on Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen! On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen!

Favorite Christmas movie?

The same one I watch every year, once a year, that I mentioned about. It is Love, Actually and I adore that movie with a passion. I think it is perfect for Christmas.

Are you on the Naughty list or the Nice list?

It's hard to believe but I am on the Nice list! I think... I hope. I mean, I took one of those Facebook quiz things and it said I was definitely on the Naughty list, but those things are hardly reliable, are they?

 Show us an embarrassing Christmas Card photo! Favorite perfume to wear on Christmas?

Y'all are insane if you think I am posting a photo. But I will tell you that I love to wear Dior Addict on Christmas. It's a seriously sexy fragrance - I know. But it also brings back a lot of memories about on of the first "adult" scents my parents bought me, which was Urban Decay's Sin perfume oil. To me, that discontinued oil and Addict smell very similar. It breaks my heart that I don't have any more of the oil, btw.

Have you ever had a White Christmas?

I have! I grew up in the North West (awww, North West. Anyways) and although we didn't always have snow at Christmas, we had it often enough that we got excited about our White Christmases! Word on the street is that my family is having one this year, though. I am jealous!

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

Before we moved, we would spend it at family's house. Now that we are away from everyone, we spend it at home. (Although for the past few years I've been pushing for Christmas at Disneyland. Maybe next year...)

 Play or sing your favorite Christmas song! What scent note reminds you most of Christmas?

I'd rather post a picture than sing, and I am not hunting down any audio files. I will say that there is a tie between "Carol of the Bells" and "Do You Hear What I Hear" for fave song. But what scents make me think of Christmas? Gingerbread, Balsam and Fir, a crackling fire and the crisp, fresh scent of new fallen snow. Those are the things that remind me of home, and Christmas when I was a child.

 Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Growing up we were always allowed to open one, specified gift on Christmas Eve. We don't follow that tradition anymore. We don't follow many of the traditions from my childhood, really. I guess that is what happens when you have your own family and their own traditions.

 Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?

I did it already, but I will do it again because I am generous like that. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. And Rudolph. ;P

 What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?

This year is a disaster, so if there was one thing I am looking forward to it is surprising people with their gifts on Christmas morning. I love giving gifts!

  Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

FAKE

 Hands down, what's your all-time favorite holiday food and holiday sweet treat?

Wassail, Pfeffernüße, holiday roast, and a family recipe passed down simply titled "Christmas Pudding".

Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

Although it is difficult to think about giving, and not getting something in return, I like gifting better than being the recipient. In the end, the happiness of other people makes me happy, and I love finding the perfect gift to surprise and put a huge smile on someone's face. Yeah, sometimes that means an expensive gift, but sometimes it is a gift homemade with love, and finding that difference is so much fun!

 Show us your tackiest Christmas attire! Worst perfume ever gifted on Christmas?

I don't even have any Christmas attire, so unless you want to see my whole wardrobe, yeah, no. The worst perfume was actually a gift from me to an ex-boyfriend. I think I mentioned before, I used to be a big fan of Aspen? Well I decided to give him a bottle, and it turned out he was terribly allergic. One of the reasons I always want you to make sure your perfume gift recipient can wear fragrances! Needless to say, he gave it back to me, and our relationship didn't last much longer.

 What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I want to have Christmas at Disney, but I'd have to say my dream destination for the holidays would be Tokyo, Japan. Christmas in Japan fascinates me, because the celebration was largely gleaned from Western culture, since Japan is not a Christian nation. The differences are so interesting, and since it is quite the holiday for lovers in Japan, I'd want to go with just my hubby and celebrate!

 Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make?

I'm an adult, so if I make something, I make it, ha ha. Growing up though, I loved to help my mom make sugar cookies - she had this crazy cookie press, and we'd press out the designs and then decorate them. No frosting, always sprinkles and colored sugar and cinnamon buttons. To this day frosted sugar cookies seem wrong and un-Christmasy.

 Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

Growing up I was a massive pro-wrapper. I even volunteered at local stores with my Girl Scout troop. I think I used it all up, though, because I am an awful, lazy wrapper now.

Most memorable Holiday moment?

When I was young, probably around six or so, I wanted a rocking horse sooooo badly. I begged and begged for one, but my mom was sticking to her guns. Santa already had his presents for me and that was that. I don't even know if she knew where to get one. So Christmas day came, and my sister and I opened our gifts and they were awesome, but no rocking horse. Then my dad was all "oh, you forgot something" and pulled this rocking horse out from behind the couch. I was thrilled, and I remember the look on my mom's face - I don't even think she knew about it. It was like a super A Christmas Story moment, except we had more presents to open, and I never shot my eye out.

 What made you realize the truth about Santa?

My neighbor told me when I was five. I was heartbroken and my mom was pissed.

 Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

Nope, nope. My resolution ever year is to make the new year better than the last, and it has literally never happened.

 What makes the Holidays special for you?

Making traditions with  my family, using the season to reinforce with my kids the desire to help and give back, and remembering the blessing that we have every day. And all the perfume gift sets - can't forget those. ;)

A little something different on this Christmas Eve. Hope you enjoy this time with your loved ones! Ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute zum neuen Jahr! Pleasant journeys~




 
 

 

 
 

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