Hello friends – I thought it might be fun to answer a few Christmas questions…and I would love for you to join along in the comments. These are just some random questions found online (on YouTube!) and require little to no thinking. Well, certainly no overthinking….which is great because there really is no room for overthinking 10 days before Christmas! But first I wanted to share a simple act of kindness…
I had to run to Walmart yesterday. I am not a fan of Walmart. The one in our area especially makes me want to speed shop. I try to get in and out as fast as I can and one strategy that I always think will help me is to skip the buggy. Just get what I can carry in my arms and be done. However. I always end up with my arms overflowing and often have to resort to using my chin just to keep things balanced and corralled in my arms. Honestly, it happens every time but I never fail to do it again. Yesterday was no exception. I was awkwardly juggling my items when an older gentleman came around the corner, smiled and said, “You should have got the cart!” We laughed and bantered back and forth….and I told him how I am going to one day successfully came into a store and only get three items. As we briefly chatting, I didn’t really notice the 20-something guy in the aisle but, he obviously heard our conversation and then he said, “If you will wait right here, I’ll run up to the front and get you a hand cart. I’ll be right back with it.” What? You will. I honestly could not believe he offered to do that. Maybe where you live that would not be uncommon but most shoppers around here are 1- in a hurry, 2 – try to remain invisible to others, or 3 – really just could not care. It was the simplest of offers but really just made my day:)
By the way, I was wondering in said Walmart far longer than necessary because I was trying to find peanuts. Why are the peanuts not even in a food aisle?? I also needed almond bark. What is almond bark? Isn’t it basically white chocolate? Just curious. But let’s move forward with some fun holiday related questions….
When do you decorate? Typically, the first weekend after December 6th (which is my husband’s birthday). That was “the rule” when the kids were younger and, while I am a tad more flexible now, it seems to work well for us.
Are you an early or last minute shopper? More last minute than early but I don’t wait too terrible last minute. I have tried shopping early and buying things weeks or even months in advance. That has never worked for me – but I applaud those who are organized enough to make that happen.
Do you open present one at a time or all at once? One at a time…for sure and for certain. All at once just sounds like Christmas chaos. No thank you.
Do you enjoy giving or receiving? Giving. I love looking for gifts. Creating gift baskets. Making gift magic. All of it. Wrapping can be fun too but my husband really enjoys wrapping so I usually let him do that part. Receiving gifts is, well, awkward. I’ll just leave it at that.
Best gift ever received? The second Christmas after our third child was born (he would have been 15 months), my husband surprised me with a mother’s ring that he had designed and made by a friend of his who owned a jewelry store. Not only is it a beautiful ring but it was a complete surprise and probably the gift with the most effort and thought required that he has ever given me.
Favorite Christmas song? Not a song, really, but I love the Michael Bublé Christmas album. Love it. Every single song. I could listen to that CD every day. Oh, and I do! I sing especially loud with the Jingle Bells track!!:)
Worst Christmas song? Oh, there will probably be someone who disagrees with me but that’s okay. The Carol of the Bells is not a favorite. At all. But the Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing this song makes me want to bang my head on the wall. It is just the worst! If you love it, go ahead, give yourself a headache but I avoid it at all costs.
Favorite Christmas snack? Cookies. Of course. Oh, cookies are my weakness. I went to Trader Joe’s the other day. The peppermint Joe Joe’s – oh my soul. So good. But I could fill in the blank here with one of any dozen Christmas cookies. I also love Buckeyes! Oh, and Haystacks. I almost forgot about Haystacks. I need to make some of those this week!!
Well, now I have made myself hungry:) I guess I should stop here. I hope the rest of your week goes well. Presents are getting wrapped and excitement is building at your house – if you have little ones in your life! Oh the joy of Christmas that is ours when shared with little ones!!