It is officially the most wonderful time of the year!! This weekend I was in "holiday baking hell" where I made about 6 dozen sugar cookies, 70-something oreo balls, 3.5 dozen caramel truffles, 3 dozen peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies, and around 40-something white christmas white chocolate cranberry oatmeal chunk cookies. Just ask mouse. I kept sending her pics of the sugary goodness on her phone. Why do I call it holiday baking hell? Well...as much as I do love to bake (and I'm quite good at it), I managed to stab myself in the thumb with a tooth pick (ouch) and have no less than three meltdowns during the 3 days it took me to do all of the above. But it was worth it.
I'd also like to add, that our dear, sweet, Leah makes one mean ass sugar cookie. I'm drooling over here just thinking about it...mmmm.....
We're heading to my folks soon, so the only running we've been doing is running around like crazy people to try and get our poop in a group to get ready for the insanity. I can't stinkin' wait! However, I am bringing running stuff with me...so I'm getting a few runs in while we're gone. Even if they're on the dread mill. Blah! Hopefully I can avoid the hills of Cedar Creek.
And apparently, I've been tagged. So here we go!!Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Egg nog is nasty. I just don't get it. Even with Brandy in it, it's grosser than gross. I'm a fan of hot chocolate...with a bit of mint syrup for that extra holiday zest!Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa has his very own special wrapping paper. How else were we supposed to know which gifts were from the big guy and which were from our folks?!Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White. Only white. It's beautiful. It's classic. And it's one of my Christmas pet peeves. Perhaps colored lights will one day make an appearance in our home when we have multiple trees. Yes, you read that right. I want multiple christmas trees in our home.Do you hang mistletoe?
Nah. But I've always thought I'd be fun to hang mistletoe above the bed. And no, I'm not on the naughty list.When do you put your decorations up?
This is where the OOSG and I disagree. I'm sure it comes as a shock, but if I had my way it'd be up Nov. 1st. If he had his way, it wouldn't be until after Turkey Day/early December. Instead we compromise and it goes up the weekend before Thanksgiving.What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
My mom's Christmas morning breakfast casserole. Oh gawd...I GET TO EAT THAT IN A FEW DAYS!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!! Soooooo good. Just thinking about it makes my tummy grumble with delight!Favorite holiday memory as a child?
That is reserved for me and my mom...and the cabin we used to have.When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I'm the Queen of Jing-A-Ling...what are you talking about "the truth" ??How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
With lots of ornaments and lights and strings of red beads. And as you might have guessed, we have an obscene amount of KU and Jayhawk ornaments. Eventually we'll have a tree that is solely KU. My mum on the other hand...has a trillion trees...her grandkids tree (with ornament photos of all the grandkids), her angel tree (only angel ornaments), the golf tree (take a guess on that one), the travel tree (with ornaments from all the places they've visited) and of course, the traditional tree with all of the ornaments I remember from my childhood. And people wonder where I get it from!!! I can only aspire to be so much.Snow! Love it or dread it?
I love the snow. Edit...I love the snow when I can stay indoors and curl up with hot chocolate, my hubby and a good movie while watching all the flake tumble toward the earth. I dread it about 3-4 days after the snow has fallen. It's black and nasty and I'm notorious for sliding on the ice underneath.Can you ice skate?
Hmm...yes. Yes I can. I have skillz to rival Michelle Kwan....when I'm not grazing the ice with my ass.Do you remember your favorite gift?
I've received a lot of really great, awesome gifts at Christmas in the past. I'm not sure I can pick just one. There's the wooden shoes ornament that my grandma just gave me (it was a gift carved for my late grandfather), and then there's my record player, and the MCIS vinyl that I had been coveting for YEARS (Mike, unbeknownst to him, snagged one of the original 5,000 press)...anything with thought behind it, really. There are far too many to count.What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Giving. In every sense of the word. I love giving gifts. I love making people smile. I love putting thought into finding just the right thing. I love spending weeks, even months hunting for the perfect gift to give. I love adopting families and children during the holidays. I love giving!!What is your favorite holiday tradition?
While I'm looking forward to all of the new holiday traditions that Mike and I will start in the upcoming years...I think my favorite tradition that my mum started ages ago was the holiday pajamas! Each year, we all get matching holiday jammies to wear. Oooh...and the opening gifts one at a time thing really rocks, too.Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
Giving. Didn't we establish this already?What is your favorite Christmas song?
A Mad Russian's Christmas by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. You'd recognize it if you heard it. It rocks. Oooh...and I also really like Carol of the Bells...and the Nutcracker Suite. And Christmastime by Smashing Pumpkins. And Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas. And RUN DMC's Christmas in Hollis. Any anything on the "A Very Special Christmas" series. Goooood stuff.Candy canes?
Me gusta mucho.Favorite Christmas movie?
Oooooh...tough one. I really love the standard oldies in claymation and stop animation. My mom would tape Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman during the holidays and I'd be watching it in the thick of summer. And of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas. And The Grinch. In terms of more modern flicks...Elf makes me giggle like no other hoilday movie has before.What do you leave for Santa?
A toasty fire in the fireplace so he burns his rump on the way down. Just kidding! One year we didn't have any cookies (blasphemous, I know) so we left him fig newtons and water with a note about weight loss. But usually cookies and milk...with some carrots for the reindeer.
Five days and counting people...FIVE DAYS. Are you done with your holiday shopping?!?