Christmas is my favorite time of year...summer time is a close second.
I love the lights! Christmas lights are my favorite. I could drive through neighborhood after neighborhood to look at the lights.
Oh, and the weather is nicer at Christmas than during the summer. I'm from Houston, ya'll. It was sunny and 73 degrees today.
I'm in a festive mood, so I'm linking up with Fabulous in First for her Christmas Questionaire.
1. When do you decorate?
I usually decorate right after Thanksgiving, but this year me and my littles decorated the weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving. My husband and teenage boys were out of town for the weekend and we had the house to ourselves. I feel like I get way more done when the boys (errr...my husband) are away.
Me and the girls went looking for some cute Christms decor items at At Home and ended buying this Christmas tree instead of yard ornaments. My five year old told me it was too tall, but I thought it would work. Ha! I got it home and couldn't even stand it up all the way up. Fortunately, my neighbor is super handy, so I took the top to him and he cut off 4-5 inches so it would fit. I know, I know...you would've just returned the tree, but I'm make-it-work kinda girl. Sheesh!
I want to start collecting Nutcrackers. That's on my bargain-shop-afte- Christmas-for-next-yea- to-do-list.
2. Elf or no elf?
I do NOT have an elf, but I am considering getting one. I know, I know..we are already 12 days into December. I think I could do it for two weeks, but an entire month seems daunting. I'm afraid I would forget to move the elf. I have been "collecting" lots of super cute elf ideas on Pinterest for when I take the plunge though. I can't imagine what the girls would name our elf. Our hamster is Stripey Zander. Yes, for real!
I just saw this!
3. Christmas Cookies or No Baking for You?
I bake once a year. At Christmas. Not cookies. Bread. I bake mini loaves of banana nut bread and pumpkin cranberry bread as gifts. The loaves turn out so super moist and delicious that I just keep baking them up every year.
4. Favorite holiday tradition
I'm all about dem lights, bout dem lights, bout dem lights, no darkness...(seriously THAT song is stuck in my head)...
We take the kids and drive through a few neighborhoods just to see the lights. One year my neices and nephews all came and brought their bicycles and we biked our neighborhood one evening just to look at the all the lights. The kids loved it!
These are just a few of the pics I took at Santa's Wonderland in College Station...it's ALL ABOUT the lights. We went the day after Thanksgiving.
We are going to see Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo again this year.
I recently heard about the Christmas Ranch in Cleveland, TX. I'm going to check it out over the break.
5. Favorite Christmas Movie
I heart the classics from the 1960s and 70s.
6. Snow or No Snow?
I'd LOOOOOVE a white Christmas. I've never experienced it. It doesn't snow in Houston. I have as many Christmas day pics of family in shorts as I do in sweaters.
7. Favorite Christmas Song?
It's soooo hard to pick just one, but I'm kinda into Baby, It's Cold Outside. The link is to the Idina Menzel and Michael Buble version. If you've never heard of Idina Menzle, she's the voice of Elsa in Disney's Frozen.
8. Favorite Gift to Give and Get?
Oh man! I did a ton of Cyber Monday shopping on the Toy R Us and Amazon websites! No less than 10 boxes have been delivered to my house. I'm trying not to be mad that I just found the Barbie Malibu House that I bought for my daughter on the Toys R Us website for about $17 less than I paid two weeks ago! My favorite gifts to give are for my children, but I can't risk listing them all here. Here are few things on my wish list:
I made my husband an make up wish list. Watching make up tutorials on YouTube is my new obsession.
Then he mentioned jewerly (he always gets me jewerly...swoon). I'm totally into rose gold or mixed golds right now.