I am pretty much obsessed with wrapping paper. I love picking out new paper every year that is colorful and fun!
Real tree or Artificial?
No, but my Mom does. Funny story about that Nativity Scene: My Mom doesn't put the little Baby Jesus figure into the manger until Christmas morning, so sometime after Christmas one year and before she packed it up for the season, a friend and I were playing with a ball and it hit the Nativity Scene, decapitating Baby Jesus. Yes, DECAPITATING! That was the only piece that broke, and it just HAD to be Jesus and it HAD to be his head. It wasn't a Wiseman's head, or a sheep's leg, no, no, it was Baby Jesus' head. My Mom was able to glue it back on and now it's fine and no one's the wiser but we thought it was
Hardest person to buy for?
My father-in-law... by a mile! He loves gardening but it's often not fun to get someone gardening stuff in December. My husband's Grandparent's are also pretty difficult because I think they are a lot like me where, if they want something, they just buy it for themselves.
Easiest person to buy for?
My husband because we spend a lot of time together and I have the chance to get a lot of ideas. Also, my sister. Every year I have to actually stop buying things for her. I have to tell myself that I am DONE buying gifts for her because I always see things I know she would like.
Mail. No question. I absolutely love getting Christmas cards in the mail and look forward to it every year!
My favorite Christmas Special is Garfield's Christmas Special and my favorite movie is ELF (I've seen it 4 times already this year!) Favorite quote: "You smell like beef and cheese, you don't smell like Santa."
My Mom's Christmas cookies (which we call 'breakfast cookies' because they go really well with coffee!) and my Mother-in-Law's peanut butter fudge (which we made 15 pounds of this past weekend to give to Jason's co-workers!)
Baby, It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin (listen here) as well as anything else from Christmas with the Rat Pack.
Travel at Christmas or stay home?
We always travel home for Christmas so we can spend it with family and friends in Vermont. Living in Boston for the past 6 years has made that easier than it will be this year. We are still flying home though and can't wait to spend time with everyone and have a nice Vermont Christmas.
Neither, I have a big bow. It makes my little tree look like a present! :-)
Christmas Eve at Jason's house and Christmas morning at my parent's house. Christmas morning consists of the whole run-down-the-stairs-way-too-early-in-the-morning-thing and anxiously wait until Dad takes a shower and gets his coffee before we are allowed to open presents. When I was little I swore he would take a longer shower than usual on Christmas morning just to mess with us... I still think that.
The pressure to find the perfect gift. I absolutely LOVE buying gifts for people, but I get super stressed when I can't find that really meaningful gift that I know exists somewhere out there.
Ugliest Christmas Decoration ever invented?
You know those Christmas lights that you put on your house that come in a net-like shape? The ones that are basically a blanket of lights that you drape over whatever you want to cover with lights? Sometimes people put one of those tiny little blankets of lights over a huge bush and it just looks awful. Otherwise, I love Christmas lights and decorations!