After seeing so many people doing Blogmas, I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon as well. I know what you’re thinking: Sarah, you’re very late to the party. In order to have a successful Blogmas challenge you’re supposed to blog every day of December up until Christmas.
Well, I’ve decided to make my own rules and do a very short version of Blogmas, which will last 10 days. Also, I’ll try to make every post Christmas related or at least Winter themed.
So my first entry for this very short version of Blogmas is the Christmas tag, which of course I’ve altered a bit because I like to personalize things.
1. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
I don’t think it ever snowed on the actual Christmas day here. However, there were a couple of years when there was still old snow around on Christmas and I loved how everything looked. I love snow and I love Christmas, or at least the holiday spirit, so it would be awesome to have snow and Christmas on the same day. Unluckily, we don’t get that many snow days here, and it just started getting below 0°C these past few weeks, so it’s pretty pointless hoping to have a white Christmas this year. Maybe next year, when I’ll be in Toronto for Christmas.
2. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
I am not that much into movies. TV shows are my thing and I love when they do Christmas specials (they’re doing one for Sense8 this year and I’m so excited). Anyways, the only three Christmas movies that come to mind are How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, and Home Alone. I remember watching them all during the holidays when I was a little kid and I’d say How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favorite.
3. What is your favorite Christmas song?
4. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No. When I was little I used to open all my presents as soon as I woke up on Christmas morning. Nowadays, as I don’t get to find a lot of presents piled up on the floor of my living room anymore, I usually open them as soon as I get them. Or, if someone really insists I have to wait till Christmas to open their gift, I open it as soon as I’m home alone.
5. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
I could, if I googled it. And I’m gonna to google it right now because not knowing their name will bug me. I know just Rudolf.
6. Do you like to stay in your pj’s or dress up for Christmas?
I always like to stay in my pj’s. But I also like to put on a nice Christmas themed outfit and makeup. Last year I’ve also painted my nails with a lot of red and golden glitters. I still haven’t decided what I’ll wear this year.
7. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
My Christmas tree is non-existent. For a couple of years, we had a small fake tree that would sing and dance when you walked by, but then it stopped working.
8. When do you put the tree up and take it down?
Again, I don’t have a tree. But here it’s tradition to put it and all the other decorations and the lights up on the 8th of December. You take everything down on the 6th of January because l’Epifania tutte le feste porta via (Epiphany carries away all festivities).
9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
I really like gingerbread cookies, torrone, and yule log cake.
10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I love to give gifts, but I hate going shopping for them and I’m always worried I’m buying something wrong or not cool enough. Of course, I also love to receive gifts, especially when it’s something I really like, wanted, or needed.
11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
Can I be brutally honest? I’d say money : )
12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
In order of preference: Iceland, Norway, St. Petersburg. In alternative, someplace warm, like Costa Rica or the Caribbean.
13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I love to wrap presents and I love to go overboard with ornaments. Sometimes I’m very proud of the results, other times I give up and ask my mom to wrap presents for me (she’s the pro in the family).
14. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Yes, I do make them. I used to make pretty big and unrealistic ones so I never actually stuck to them. But now I’m setting more realistic goals for myself and I break them down in monthly or even weekly goals, so I get to achieve most of the things I want to do in a year. If you’re interested in how to make your dreams happen, you should get my free workbook.
I also want to add a totally Italian question at the end of this. Many battles have been fought to find an answer to this dilemma. But the debate still goes on and to this day we have no winner.
I’ve always been team Pandoro over here. But I guess I could tolerate some panettone if it’s without candied fruits.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? But, most importantly, are you team pandoro or panettone?