Merry Everything, Happy Always!

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve! I can’t believe it’s already here. The holiday season has totally flown by but I’ve been doing my best to make the most of it! Lots of Christmas tunes, Christmas movies, and festive activities. This week I made my family snowball cookie recipe and bagged some up for my dearest friends, did a quick holiday chalkboard that can apply to everyone, I finished my holiday shopping, we celebrated Christmas as roommates, and Mark and I had an ice skating date!

It’s been very busy and so very jolly. My Christmas to do list is almost all checked off! I’m in New York visiting my family now and it’s been so fun, so for now I’ll leave you with this cute holiday questionnaire I made Mark do with me.

Favorite holiday tradition?

M: I don’t have many for this holiday, so it’s either exchanging one present on Christmas Eve with my dad, or just generally hanging out with him all day on Christmas.

L: My family traditions have evolved a lot over the years, but the one that has remained constant for as long as I can remember is the mini slumber party my sister and I have every Christmas Eve night. When I was little and couldn’t sleep out of excitement I would sneak into her room and we would talk for hours about what Santa would bring us. I’m not sure why it felt so special, other than just saying the fun and anticipation of Christmas Eve is best shared between siblings. I know one day this particular tradition will become unrealistic, but I hope I never lose the nature of the tradition which is spending special quality time with my sister.

One thing you want to make a tradition in the future?

M: It requires a little help from Mother Nature, but I’d love the chance to play in the snow on Christmas.

L: Like Mark, I dream of a white Christmas. I’d love the chance to actually go sledding! We had a great Christmas Eve last year chock full of things I’d like to make traditions (the eggnog bake!!!), and I also like the idea of opening one present on Christmas Eve and having them be special Christmas pajamas.

Best Christmas present ever?

M: The Xbox might’ve been the gift I’ve used the most, so I’m inclined to say that. My dad typically relies on my annual Christmas wish list for ideas, so I love being surprised. One year he unexpectedly got us Giants tickets for the following day!

L: My dog Mina was the best surprise ever. But I have to say, last years Kitchenaid was a very very very close second. I only say this because Mina loves my dad much more than she loves me.

Best Christmas present you ever gave?

M: I once got my dad an autographed picture of a baseball player he really loved.

L: When I was 12 years old I secretly saved all of my lunch money for months so that I could save up to buy an iPod shuffle for my best friend.

Favorite Christmas Song?

M: I don’t listen to Christmas music like Lydia does and really only know the classic children songs like Rudolph and Frosty.

L: Baby It’s Cold Outside.

Favorite taste of Christmas?

M: Egg Nog. Also, more Egg Nog.

L: If I could shove my face in the pasta salad with roasted red peppers, spinach, and smoked mozzarella my mom makes every year, I would. But yeah. Egg nog is pretty much the taste of Christmas.

How long did it take until you accepted Santa wasn’t real?

M: What do you mean he’s not real?!?!

L: I’m with Mark, he’s totally real.

Favorite Christmas movie?

M: Elf.

L: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Elf.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

M: Rudolph, Dasher, Donner, Blitzen, Prancer, Dancer, Sven.

L: Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Blitzen, Rudolph

What are you most excited for this holiday season?

M: Being back on the east coast seeing family and friends.

L: A week in New York doing festive things, spending time with my family, and seeing some of my very best friends!

Have a merry one, friends!