What a bright time, it’s the right time to rock the night away and write a little survey. Inspired by Hayley’s blog post last week and filled with all the holiday cheer that comes at this time of year.
Eggnog or hot chocolate? – Hot chocolate all the way. I tested out eggnog on Saturday (along with some smog not) and it just wasn’t my jam.
Multi-color tree lights or white? – White is quite nice because it carries a calming aesthetic but since we’ve grown up with the multi-colored lights, I have to go with tradition. Obviously.
Do you hang mistletoe? – No, no, no.
When do you decorate for Christmas? – We try to get our tree the second or so weekend in December, just so that it lasts the entire season and doesn’t dry out. As for decorations, they usually go up after Thanksgiving – depending on when we have time – or rather when my mom has time since my sister and I haven’t been living at home for the past few years.
What is your favorite holiday dish? – Hmmm. Popovers? They are rare but delish. Or peppermint bark. I’m a new fan of the Holiday Flat White but that’s a commercialized dish.
Favorite holiday memory? – I love walking around Manhattan and seeing all the street lights, store windows, and decorated trees. A new one is the NYC NP_Carols where we dress up and gallivant around the city singing carols (and even making the NYC Snapchat story)
What’s on your Christmas wish list? – I would really like an updated phone, especially since it’s my lifeline, my camera, my planner, etc. Although, I’m not too picky. Just time to relax and workout with the fam and no drama.
Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve? – Since we spend the afternoon and evening with my dad’s side of the family, we generally exchange a gift or two or open PJ’s from the Christmas Elves.
How do you decorate your tree? – This is my very first personal tree! I have a tradition of collecting ornaments on every trip that I go on or every year that I live in a new place. For the past three years I have picked out a turquoise glazed ornament from the Union Square Christmas Market – each one depicting one of my favorite places around town. So far I have Flatiron District, the East River Path, and the Williamsburg Bridge/One Tower.
Snow: love it or hate it? – Just for a little bit 🙂 I’m more of the sunny and 70 on Christmas morning kind of gal. What can I say? I grew up in Southern California.
^^ More of the Christmas Eve view but you get the idea. Hard life living in Southern California 😉 Remind me why I’m living in New York?
Real or fake tree? – Real! We pick our tree out from the local YMCA lot every year. This is probably more work than it needs to be since my mom spends most days worrying if it has enough water but we love doing it and it helps out the YMCA. This year my mom surprised my sister and I with our own little fake tree from Crate & Barrel so that we could decorate it with our own ornaments and take it with us when we move.
Favorite Christmas movie? – Christmas with the Kranks or White Christmas. I have never been one to re-watch TV shows or movies but boy those two can play on repeat and I would never grow tired of them. Also, Tim Allen is simply the man. So darn funny. I could also see my dad pulling a move like that, so it makes it even more hilarious.
Favorite holiday tradition? – Our traditions or schedule has been relatively unchanged over the years >> driving down to Laguna Beach on Christmas Eve to spend time with my dad’s side of the family, spend Christmas morning with a jog (usually Meghan and I roaming the streets), and then driving up to Santa Barbara to spend Christmas night with my mom’s side of the family.
^^ Lately we have been playing games on Christmas Eve and with a family of athletes and competitive individuals, it’s a hoot!
Favorite Christmas carol? – Mele Kalikimaka. Because in my heart I live in Hawai’i.
Christmas morning tradition? – As mentioned above, my sister and I usually wake up and head off for a jaunt about town. Something about working out in the morning, especially when the town is completely quiet makes the day special. Before setting out, we prep homemade cinnamon rolls and let it sit and rise. Once back, we shower and usually jump back into pajamas, sit around the tree and open presents and eat our way through the cinnamon rolls.
^^ Not a selfie around town but workout partners in crime. We used to runt together on Christmas morning but our speeds have changed greatly so it might end up being a solo jaunt.
Do you write Christmas cards? – I guess you could say we send them as a family and I often take charge of the writing the family letter. There were a few years that my sister and I would send silly cards out simply because my dad wouldn’t let us take those goofy pictures. We might pick up the tradition again if we live together down the road, but for now, it’s a family affair.
What are some of your favorite traditions??