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12 Days of Christmas Survey

I am all about the holiday spirit this  year. I decorated my house the weekend after Thanksgiving and I’ve just been all lights, trees and celebration every since (although I am still not done with shopping…but that’s pretty standard for me. I don’t remember the last time I wasn’t out on Christmas Eve wrapping up my shopping).


I wanted to do a little holiday survey post to share with you all of my Christmas traditions and favorites. I kind of mixed and matched a bunch of questions I found from random blog holiday surveys to make a 12 days of Christmas 12-question survey.

Favorite Christmas movie? 

elfWhen I was younger I went crazy for the cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In my adulthood, I’ve become especially fond of Elf and it’s now an annual tradition. (I’m watching it right now!)

Favorite Christmas Song?

For whatever reason, I have always loved Carol of the Bells. I actually just love an choir-style Christmas music in general. The Morman Tabernacle Choir Christmas Pandora station is my favorite.

White or colored lights? 


When I was younger we did colored lights…and not just colored but also bubble lights and tinsel. These days I go more for white lights but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for those bubble lights. (Did anyone else love them as much as me!?)

Christmas Eve traditions? 


We do a nice sit down dinner on Christmas Eve and for as long as I can remember it’s been prime rib (on my dad’s Big Green Egg), twice baked potatoes and popovers. We do not open gifts on Christmas eve!

How did Santa deliver gifts? 

When I was growing up we always had to wait in our bedrooms until my parents told us we could come out. My dad had a fire going and all of our Santa presents were arranged around the fireplace with our stockings. They weren’t wrapped. Santa always brought our big ticket items like bikes and X-boxes.

Christmas Day traditions? 



After doing our family Christmas at home we would always go to my grandmother’s house to celebrate with her and my extended family. These days, we just meet at my grandmother’s house and do Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there. I cannot wait to see her in just a few days!!! 🙂


Our routine is to have spread of Christmas sweets and appetizers out on the table. My grandmother has our stockings arranged on the steps. My grandmother and I have been trading the same gift bag back and forth for over 10 years (see it on step above). We do presents and snack and then hang out together for a couple hours before enjoying Christmas dinner.

Favorite Christmas cookie? 


How do you pick just one? I love them all! If I had to pick I’d say I love thumbprint cookies with jam and the traditional peanut butter blossoms.

Favorite Christmas candy? 

There better be a Reese’s tree in my stocking…that’s all I’m saying. (Or a box of Godiva truffles!) 🙂

Eggnog…yes or no? 

YES! I’ve loved it since childhood!

White elephant exchanges…love them or hate them? 



I LOVE WHITE ELEPHANTS! They especially appeal to my (slightly) competitive nature. 😉 Today I received the ultimate white elephant perfection gift…bacon bowls!

Do you send Christmas cards? 

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Not recently but I do make a mean Christmas calendar for my grandmother! 🙂

What do you want for Christmas this year? 

To spend time with my family, rest, relax and re-focus for a happy and amazing 2015!!!

Your turn! Tell me about your holiday traditions. Answer any of the questions above!

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  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner December 21, 2014, 12:53 am

    Love the recap – hits all the main holiday points! I am more of a white christmas light person because that is what I grew up with but now my parents use color lights on their christmas tree. It still throws me off. Happy Holidays!

  • Mac McAlister December 21, 2014, 10:01 am

    I love the big bubble lights, now available in LED. Favorite Christmas movie..Home Alone. Presents open on Christmas Day morning. Favorite Christmas Song…Big E with Blue Christmas! and of course saying Merry Christmas to all the people who say happy holidays!

  • elizabeth December 21, 2014, 10:39 am

    Do you have siblings? I’ve never seen them on your blog. You do post pictures of your parents and grandmother.
    Peanut blossoms, I haven’t made them for years, used to love them. I make a almond thumbprint with raspberry jam that people like. I sent fudge to family.

  • Sarah @ KS Runner December 21, 2014, 2:33 pm

    I love white Christmas lights. That’s what we’ve always had and they just look so clean to me. I’ve been listening to alot of Mary Did You Know this season and I’m loving it. But every time a song comes on, I say I love that too, so I guess I’m not biased. Christmas Even we always go to mass (my favorite of the year), then I watch It’s a Wonderful Life.

    Have fun with your family!

  • Trisha December 21, 2014, 5:02 pm

    Christmas traditions are the best 🙂 That’s awesome you like The Mormon Tabernacle Choir! I have seen them live several times. Have you see this video about Christmas they have with their music? http://www.mormonchannel.org/blog/what-shall-we-give?adbid=10152964104742450&adbpl=fb&adbpr=94574597449&cid=social_20141218_37508167

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