Recently I was tagged by Amaris of The Storybook Journal with a tag of her own creation and I'm here to fill it out because it's fun and I need to bring some Christmas magic to this blog. :D
1. Name a few things you love about winter, and a few things you don't love so much about it.
Well, if you don't count Christmas as my MOST FAVORITE thing about wintertime, I also love...
1) Snow. Icy, lacy flakes and clumps of it stuck on all the trees like sugary frosting.
2) Smoky chimneys and the colors of the sunset behind the black, leafless trees.
3) Warm sweaters and boots and coats.
A few things I don't like:
1) Snow. Cold, messy, grey, slushy snow ugh.
2) Cold, endless gray days. Come spring, it's like I forgot what sunshine is.
3) Putting on fifteen layers of clothing because I can't even feel my fingers I'm so cold.
2. When you were a child, did you "believe" in Santa Claus?
Yup, we did do the "Santa Claus thing". (*waits for people to judge me*) (kidding) Though I probably won't do it with my own imaginary-hopefully-someday children, I still have fond memories of the experience. You know, leaving out the cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. I love fantasy, so the magical side of the Santa Claus tradition appeals to me. It's so fun to believe in elves and flying reindeer and such when you're a kid....but then, it's also kind of ridiculous and detracts from the real meaning of Christmas. You don't need Santa to appreciate the gifts you've been given, and you CERTAINLY don't need Santa to appreciate the gift of Life we've been given by Jesus.
*gets off soapbox*
Sounds of Christmas
Bring Crosby's voice//crackling fireplaces//the indescribable, delicate sound of snow falling to the ground//the oven heating up to bake delicious food//bells at the grocery store//Christmas hymns//wrapping paper being torn apart//George Bailey saying "I want to live again."//
3. Is there a book or movie that you really love to read in the Winter as opposed to other times of year?
Little Women is definitely a Christmastime movie to me, even though it's not a Christmas movie exactly. And winter is always a good time to settle in and watch North and South or Little Dorrit. (But then, every time is a good time for those series. :P)
4. Is there a particular Christmas movie that you watch EVERY year as tradition?
It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, Christmas Carol on Christmas Day. I've also begun watching Eloise at Christmastime every year by myself because it's one of my very favorite Christmas movies and it's kind of fun to have your own tradition. (Plus, I don't think anyone in my family cares for it like I do. :P)
Tastes of Christmas
gingerbread//sugar cookies//sticky peppermint candy canes//cold air that burns and tingles in your lungs//snowflakes from the sky//hot cocoa//
Real tree allll the way. (We used to do a fake tree but thankfully those days are over.) I usually decorate it, with help from my mom or brother. (But seriously, is there anyone who LIKES having a fake tree? Please tell me. I'd like to know.)
6. Does your family usually stay home or go visiting (relatives, friends, etc.) on Christmas Day?
We used to always visit our grandparents when we lived in Florida, but ever since we moved we stay home on Christmas Day.
Sights of Christmas
Christmas lights//snow//pine trees at the tree lot//wreaths on doors//people with packages at the post office//colorful frosting on cookies//black and white movies//nostalgic ornaments on the tree
We are so boring; we rarely do anything for New Year's. :P We usually watch a movie or something. Sometimes we stay up till midnight, sometimes not. *shrugs*
8. Do you get snow where you live? If so, have you ever built a snowman and named him Olaf?
Hahaha. Yes. we live in Michigan. Yes, we get snow. :P In answer to the second question....no. Sorry, Olaf.
Feels of Christmas
the poke of Christmas tree needles as you decorate the tree//soft blankets//the sting of snow on your face//silk smooth, crinkly wrapping paper//hot mugs of tea or cocoa//heavy packages that you shake and still can't figure out what they are :P//
This is hard. What I'd really do is go outside and enjoy the snow THEN come back in and have something hot to drink and read a book. :P So let's just say....both.
10. When do you start looking forward to or getting excited about Spring?
...After Christmas? Haha. Probably sometime around the end of February. :)
Smells of Christmas
chocolate//peppermint//pine trees//fresh, snowy air//gingerbread//
I tag anyone who wishes to do this tag. Please link back to Amaris's blog!! :D
Merry Christmas, my friends!
Do any of you have a fake tree and like it?
What are some of your favorite sights and sounds etc. of Christmas?
PS. Please raise your hand if you're a gift-shaker. I really want to know I'm not the only one.
PPS. Have you seen this video? xD