1. When do you decorate?
I usually decorate the week after Thanksgiving. I usually refuse to decorate before Thanksgiving. I broke my own rule this year and put up one of my trees before Thanksgiving because I knew I was having surgery in December and wanted to be sure I had enough time to get it all done!
This is my "big" Christmas tree and some ornaments I've made for it.
My mantel, front door, and side table in the living room.
Lots and lots of trees! I love trees!
Decorations in the Dining Room.
I tried putting lights on the tree outside. Short people shouldn't put lights on trees. :-)
2. Elf or no elf?
I don't have any children, and the dog doesn't care, so I just have an elf in my classroom. Her name is Twinkle Snowflake, and I wrote about our adventures with her last year here and here.
This year was eventful for poor Twinkle! One of my students decided to beat the pulp out of poor Twinkle Snowflake and she was pretty battered!
3. Christmas Cookies or no baking for you?
My mom does tons of Christmas baking, so I usually don't do much. In the past, I have made Peppermint Bark and Chocolate Covered Pretzels. This year, I didn't do anything since I had surgery this month.
4. Favorite Holiday Tradition?
Staying home! When I was a kid, we used to get up, eat breakfast, open gifts, and pack up and leave to sit in the car for 4 hours to go to my Grandparents. It was horrible. While I don't wake up in my own house, at least I don't have to sit in the car for 4 hours anymore!
I also like to make something for my home each year. New ornaments, a decoration, something pretty and festive! These are some things I've made in the last few years.
5. Favorite Christmas Movie?
I guess that would have to be The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! :-) We also have to watch Scrooged every year, because my dad loves it.
6. Snow or no snow?
I hate snow, so I'll go with no snow!
7. Favorite Christmas song?
I am so not a fan of Christmas music. I am one of those people who hates hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving! I will only listen to it willingly if I am at work making Christmas crafts with the kids! We do listen to The Trans-Siberian Orchestra CD on Christmas, and I don't mind that. I'm just a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas music!
8. Favorite Gifts to Give and Get?
I like to give handmade gifts or gifts purchased from local shops or artists. I got a few gifts that I'm giving to family this way! I also like to find great gifts for people. Sometimes I do a great job, and sometimes I don't! I am making a wreath for my mom (once my wrist heals!), and I found a cute handmade hat for my sister. Shhhhh!!!!
These are some gifts I made for my coworkers this year. I filled the mugs with homemade hot chocolate. Some are regular, and some are peppermint. Yum!
For Christmas, I wanted one of these. :-) I know I won't get one, but I still asked Santa anyway!
I also asked for socks and a green sweater, which I got from my fabulous assistant! She's a mind reader, I swear!
I want this for my dog Molly. It was on tv earlier. Isn't it cute? :-)
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