I apologize in advance. I’m still on a runner’s high I think. I swear the law posts will come back after Christmas.
- Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song? Classic: the Christmas Song by Nat King Cole; Modern: Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses (edited to correct song name. Embarrassing!)
- Run on Christmas morning or take the day off? No run. We are sort of developing a walking tradition though (see #4).
- What do you usually eat on Christmas morning? “Christmas Bake:” potatoes, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, zucchini, garlic & onion, with poached or baked sunny-up eggs on top for PC’s half (I hate eggs).
- Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition? Our cookie party! For the last few years, we have friends over to drink hot buttered rum and mulled wine, eat, and bake cookies. Everyone brings their favorite recipe, batter, or already-baked cookies, and at the end of the night, we fill cookie tins with all the different cookies. As we get older, it’s become less a drunken baking mess and more a of family event with our friends and their kids and parents. This year we’ve added board games and goodie bags for the kids.
Second Favorite: sometimes our parents can’t take time off around Christmas itself, so both sets of parents will come down 2 weeks before Christmas and we’ll have “fake Christmas,” complete with Christmas morning breakfast, gifts, and Christmas dinner.
Third Favorite: We usually have astonishingly great San Diego Winter weather on Christmas day — 75 degrees and sunny — and will take a break from eating on Christmas day to go on a ~2 mi beach walk, followed by bloody Marys at our favorite beachfront bar. It’s not a bad tradition.
- Real tree, fake tree or no tree? Real! It’s a mess, it’s not environmentally friendly, and it’s expensive, but I love it.
- Christmas pajamas, yay or nay? Yoga pants. Because I like to keep it classy when I’m being lazy.
- Where do you spend the holidays, at home, with your parents, extended family, in-laws or friends? At our house. Sometimes our parents come down, sometimes we go to a friend’s house for dinner. This year, we’re considering a movie marathon at the luxury movie theater followed by a nice dinner out.
- What’s your favorite Christmas food? There are so many foods I only allow myself to eat around Christmas, but my favorites are blue cheese mashed potatoes with port wine caramelized onions (you need a subscription to Cooks Illustrated to access. Sorry!), and chocolate ginger cookies.
- Open presents all at once or take turns? Husband and I take turns. I think we’re usually more excited see each other’s reactions than to open our own presents.
- Favorite Christmas movie? The kid movies: claymation Rudolph, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas. I’m trying to watch more classics though. I only saw Miracle on 34th Street last year. I think we’re watching Holiday Inn this year (once I get through back episodes of Homeland).
So that’s it for me. This year I’ve really noticed that traditions are becoming more important to me than parties and gifts. What are some of your favorite traditions? Are you more inclined to spend the day with ALL THE RELATIVES or do you keep things small with just your nuclear family? Finally, is it weird that I’m super excited to go out for Christmas dinner, and not have to shop, clean and cook all day?