My Christmas Survey

by tinareale on December 20, 2012

Christmas. 5 days away. You knew that, right? That means I have quite a bit to do and Christmas filling my head. With little time and extra Christmas cheer the only thing I felt like posting today is the little Christmas blog survey roaming around the internet. You’ll play along with me, right? It can’t hurt that Christmas spirit at the very least. And if reading another one of these posts or celebrating Christmas isn’t your thing, that’s okay too. I promise to still love ya. I just can’t promise much besides holiday talk for the next…ohhh? Week? #itiswhatitis #ilovechristmas

1. Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song? I have a few in all honesty.

  • Favorite Classic & Meaningful Song: Oh, Holy Night
  • Favorite Just for Fun Christmas Song = Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • Song that Makes Me Cry, But Still Love It = One Last Christmas << watch that video and you will bawl like a baby I assure you, but gosh it makes you count your blessings
  • Favorite New Christmas Song = Joseph’s Lullaby by MercyMe

2. Run on Christmas morning or take the day off? I’m not 100% sure. If I’m up early then I may do some sort of workout, but I’m not about to force it.

3. What do you usually eat on Christmas morning? Last year we made homemade cinnamon rolls and I think we plan to do the same again this year. it was just SO GOOD!

4. Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition? Simply having my family come and spend the night Christmas Eve and then waking up all together Christmas morning. I love the morning time when we can relax for a bit before the mad rush of getting to two other places over the course of the day.

5. Real tree, fake tree or no tree? We have a fake tree. Honestly because it’s cheaper and easier. Plus, I always had a fake tree growing up so it doesn’t bother me.

6. Christmas pajamas… yay or nay?I don’t have Christmas pajamas, but we do get a pair to give to the kids every year on Christmas Eve along with a special ornament. Both commemmorate something they loved the recent year. This year is Hello Kitty for Makenzie and Thomas the Train for Braedon.

7. Where do you spend the holidays? A better question would be where do we NOT spend the holidays? Haha! We start the morning at my house with my parents, my uncle, my sister, and her fiance. Then, we head to my G-Pa’s house to hang with the entire family on my dad’s side. After that, we’re off to Peter’s parents’ house for Christmas afternoon and dinner with his family. It’s a busy day, no doubt.

8. Food that you always have during the holiday season? Favorite Christmas food/treat? We always have the same meals for Christmas. Peter’s family does Italian with ravioli, meatballs, and sausage. I’m more game for the desserts at his family’s place, though. For the dinner meal, I fill up at my grandfather’s with our standard fare I have had since I could chew – twice baked potatoes, deviled eggs, ham, and an assortment of veggies and/or casseroles. That’s my kind of Christmas food!

9. Open presents all at once or take turns? We actually don’t do adult gifts at any of our celebrations…so we just let the kids have at it. That’s a present enough for us. I especially cannot WAIT to see Makenzie’s face when she sees this:

10. Favorite Christmas(ish) movie? The only Christmas movie I feel like I have to watch every year is Elf. It cracks me up too much. I’ll watch others if I happen to catch them, but Elf is the only one I make a point to watch at least once during the holiday season. 

Your Turn: Favorite Christmas song? Where do you spend the holidays and what is your favorite tradition for the holidays?


1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 20, 2012 at 7:05 am

We don’t really do too many adult gifts either – we do a grab bag with the siblings and then give our parents gifts, but there’s so many kids to buy for!!

2 Lauren December 20, 2012 at 7:05 am

I love this Christmas survey! SO fun! My favorite Christmas song is Hark the Harold Angels Sing mainly just for the Fa la la la la’s. :)
And we seem to have changed our Christmas locations for the past few years. It has always been at my parents but we’re outgrowing their small living room. Last year it was at my house and this year it will be at my sister’s new house. With Weston, it’s more fun to see him open his presents than anything!

3 Dawn December 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

Only because you said you loved “One Last Christmas” — Have you seen the movie yet? The Heart of Christmas (same story the song was written about) is out on DVD this season or you can rent it through Netflix, I think.

4 tinareale December 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

No, I haven’t seen it! Thanks for directing me to it. I’ll have to look for it.

5 katie December 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

Love Holy Night for a song too, one of my favorites!

She is going to be SO excited when she sees that bike! It’s so exciting when you have little ones, christmas morning is so fun! Anthony is a lot older now, not the same!

Happy Thursday! <3

6 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles December 20, 2012 at 7:46 am

That is an adorable bike – I’m sure she’ll love it!

7 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

A few years ago my dad started the tradition of his famous lasagna for Christmas dinner. I’m so happy it’s stuck because it’s become a favorite Christmas treat! (And it’s even better when I’m made my own vegetarian and dairy-free version). ;)

8 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers December 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

Makenzie is going to be soooooo excited!

I’d be soooooo excited if someone made me homemade cinnamon rolls. ;)

9 tinareale December 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

I guess you will have to come hang out Christmas morning. ;)

10 Holly December 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

Promise you will get a picture of Makenzie’s face when she sees that bike??? I would love to see her reaction :D

11 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

I must always watch The Santa Clause!

12 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 20, 2012 at 8:55 am

I love reading about everyone’s different traditions. I’m sure having kids in the mix makes it THAT much more fun and exciting. Cody and I are the oldest so we’re the first to have a grandchild in our families… Can’t wait for all the kids to start coming in future years! :)

13 purelytwins December 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

Love the song Noel. But really I love all Christmas songs!
yay for holiday talk, we love it!!!
best time of the year :)

14 Kathy December 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

We always have Salmon Chowder on Christmas Eve…it takes a little while to make but so simple and warm to eat. We serve it with seasoned oyster crackers and the Sweet Hawaiian bread and a Birthday Cake for Jesus for dessert.

Sticky Buns aka caramel rolls have always been the breakfast on Christmas Day …. I really can’t remember any thing else. ;-)

15 tinareale December 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

We usually do a birthday cake for Jesus too!

16 [email protected] Palate December 20, 2012 at 9:27 am

She is going to LOVE the bike I’m sure!!! Hello Kitty is such a big kiddie craze at the moment! You should so get yourself a pair of festive PJs! :)

17 Caroline December 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

I love these Christmas surveys!! I did one too:
One of my favorite Christmas carols is “i heard the bells on Christmas day” because i love the story behind it. I also love oh holy night.

18 Amanda @ Romancing the Unusual December 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

I spend Christmas eve with my dad’s side of the family and Christmas day with my mom’s side. We have a busy few days up ahead!

19 [email protected] December 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

My favorite Christmas song is Oh Holy Night, or anything off of the NYSYNC Christmas Album. The holidays is often a bunch of bouncing around for me as well, my mom’s on Christmas eve and in the morning, then my dads, then a family friends. I have a lot of the same things for the feast! Twice baked potatoes, deviled eggs, honey baked ham and homemade meatballs. Can’t. Wait.

20 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

I have always liked “Jingle Bell Rock”

21 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions December 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

We pretty much always spend Christmas at my Grandma’s house. My mom’s side of the family lives in Michigan while my dad’s family lives in Washington, so there’s definitely no splitting time between families on Christmas Day for us! Haha. As far as Christmas songs go, though, I have SO many that I love. Pretty much any classic, traditional song is fine by me. For non-traditional songs, though, I actually kind of really like “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” haha. It’s just so sassy! Gotta love it :)

22 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete December 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

Have you ever made whole-wheat cinnamon rolls? I haven’t yet, but I hear they’re delicious! I think that’s going to be my contribution to Christmas breakfast this year :)

23 tinareale December 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

I haven’t tried them yet but I’m considering some for this year.

24 Marni G December 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

We have always done both families on Christmas day as my hubs & I both have our parents in town. THis year we are doing his family on Saturday and mine are coming Christmas day…looking forward to laying low. We also have the tradition of cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning – yum!…and Christmas ornament from something significant for my boys over the last year – this year it was soccer and starting kindergarten.

25 jobo December 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm

That bike is SO CUTE!! My niece would LOVE IT but I think she might still be too young for it at 2 1/2 ;-) Next year. Mmm I love me some deviled eggs :) Merry Christmas!

26 Emilia December 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Sounds like a lovely set of holiday traditions! That’s really interesting about Peter’s family doing ravioli; I’m living with a host family in Italy this year and when I asked them about their traditional Christmas foods ravioli (besides panettone/pandoro) was the one thing they mentioned.

My favorite Christmas song is always changing, but right now I’m seriously partial to Unwed Mother from Hey, It’s Christmas! vol 3. Amazing christmas album you can download online. Lot’s of the songs are really untraditional, but still uplifting and beautiful in my opinion. Merry Christmas! :)

27 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) December 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Elf cracks me up, too! I also love Love Actually Christmas Vacation and the Grinch :)
PS- Please snap a picture of M’s reaction to that bike. I’ll bet it’s priceless!!

28 [email protected] December 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

O Holy Night is my fav too!! And I think ELF is hilarious!!

29 Allison December 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I had to laugh when I read your favorite movie is Elf. Here’s a funny Elf story…. So my brother had just starting dating a girl (now his wife) and heard her mention she loved Elf. For some reason he thought she said “Alf.” It kinda surprised him, but when he happened upon an Alf toy at a thrift store, he happily purchased it for her. He wrapped it up and told her, “I thought of you when I saw this.” Then she opened this ugly fuzzy alien toy complete with a wart on the nose and thought, “WHAT?” Oy, there was some explaining to do, but now they laugh pretty hard about it. :) My favorite holiday movies are A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott, A Christmas Story, and White Christmas. And I look forward to playing Amy Grant’s Christmas Album & Roger Whittiker’s Christmas Albums every year since I grew up listening to both.

30 tinareale December 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

That is stinking hilarious! I bet her face was priceless when she opened that gift.

31 [email protected] December 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

On Christmas Eve, my family has always taken turns opening up 1 present, before curling up in the living room to watch a Christmas movie, drink some hot chocolate, eat the cookies we made for Santa and enjoy some quality time together by the fire. It is probably 1 of my favorite nights of the entire year!

I love Straight No Chaser’s Christmas CD & Michael Buble’s – I typically start listening to them in November. I can never wait until December to bust them out! :)

32 Bari December 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I love O Holy Night – it’s my favorite Christmas song too. But then, so is pretty much anything from the Straight No Chaser Christmas CDs :)

I’m going to steal these questions – hopefully will post it tomorrow.

33 Sharla December 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

every holiday is jam packed with places to be for us too!! This year my husband has to be at work at midnight so we’re spreading it out over a couple of days. You HAVE to get a pick of Makenzie’s face when she sees that bike and share!

34 Danielle December 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I really like your idea about getting your kids an ornament of something they liked that year. I will have to remember this when I have kids

35 Nick Goodall December 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Problem the Mariah Carey one if I’m honest… Well, even though I’m English, I’ve got a bit of European in me so we celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve instead, still great! Tradition would be, having an almond pudding, with only one whole almond, whoever finds it gets a prize haha :) Merry Christmas!!

36 tinareale December 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

The almond pudding thing is so great! I want to know what the prize is. :)

37 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

My favorite song is Mary Did You Know! I love it! We are like you… we go everywhere on Christmas Day!

38 Bek @ Crave December 21, 2012 at 2:39 am

Love your Christmas tradition of giving an ornament and christmas pjs each year- I’d love to do that with my kids :) one day..

39 Miranda @ Biting Life December 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

I was thinking about making homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, too! I want to start some new Xmas traditions with my boyfriend now that we live together, and that’s definitely a tasty one I’m considering ;)

40 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper December 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

We do cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, too! It’s the only time all year that I have them, and I always associate them with the holidays because of it. :)

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