While I don't take it that far anymore, I still live for the holiday season. There's just a feeling of such joy and kindness everywhere I go in the month of December. So, of course, I had to link up with Amber and Jennifer for Festive Favorites.
Here we go:
Favorite holiday movie. "The Year Without a Santa Claus" followed by Home Alone
Real or artificial tree? Artificial. I'm allergic to pine. I can deal with it for a few days in the mountains, but a month with it in my home is too much!
White or colored lights? Definitely colored
All matching ornaments or more random personal ornaments? Random, personal ornaments. Since my first Christmas, my grandparents gave us a new ornament every year. My tree is covered in them and each holds special memories. I've started the same with Wyatt.
Favorite ornament. A hand carved Santa someone in my hometown made me and Wyatt's first ornament.
Does Santa wrap presents or leave them unwrapped? Unwrapped. Santa always brings one big gift and then the stocking, of course.
Favorite childhood memory. There are so many! I remember one specific Christmas where we did the 12 Days of Christmas for a family that wasn't able to provide a Christmas for their kids. On Christmas Day, my brother and I each picked one of our presents to drop off at their door that morning. I will never forget that experience. A close second would be when my cousin, Phillip, wanted to be the Angel in our Nativity reenactment:
Christmas morning at home or do you travel? At home. Then we head over to Cheyenne to spend the rest of the day with Brad's family.
Traditional holiday meal or something unconventional? Lasagna! My mom grew up in New York in an Italian neighborhood. Lasagna was a big Christmas tradition for all their friends, so I guess my family just adopted it as their own. I make a pretty mean lasagna and you better believe I will be allowing myself a splurge for it on Christmas Eve. Christmas dinner is usually Prime Rib at Brad's mom's house.
Personalized photo Christmas cards, store bought cards, e-cards, or "ain't nobody got time for that"? Personalized Photo Cards. I'm printing ours as we speak! Snapfish has free printable layouts in case you are looking for an inexpensive way to print your Christmas cards.