1. What makes CHRISTmas such a special holiday for you and your family?
I really love how cheery everyone and everything is. I love the decorations, I like the "Merry Christmas" greetings in the grocery store, I love Christmas music! How can you not smile?! I also really love our family tradition of adopting a family. We all go together to buy presents for each member of the family, and it is such a special time. Caleb is old enough now to really get into it too, and it has really taught him a lot about generosity.
2. Were you told the truth about Santa Claus by your parents or did you find out another way? And..do you plan on lying to your kids (if you have them or plan on having them)? Oh yes…I went there.
I found out when I was 4. I heard a noise and snuck out to see my parents putting presents out. Strangely, it never really bothered me. I didn't have a big, "Santa isn't real?!" meltdown or anything. I don't think they ever even knew I saw them!
Ohhhh, this is a bit of a touchy subject for me. Yes, we do Santa...but Caleb knows that the entire reason for Christmas is Jesus and that we give gifts to remind us of the gift God gave to the world. Santa is harmless fun. Why not let your kids enjoy a little Christmas magic for a few years?! (For the record, it really bothers me when parents encourage their kids to tell the "truth" about Santa. It's fine if you don't do Santa, but you don't need to ruin it for everybody else...or chastise because I allow my kid to believe in Santa.)
3. Real tree or Fake tree?
I would love to have a real tree, but fake ones are so much easier. We have a fake tree that is pre-lit. It blinks in random patterns and sometimes parts don't light up at all, but it was free. I keep saying we're going to get a new one!
4. Do you open presents on Christmas morning, Christmas Eve or both?
The kids open one present (of our choosing) on Christmas Eve. Everything else is done Christmas morning. Santa doesn't wrap gifts--he doesn't have time for that! Mom and Dad wrap! :)
5. What is your favorite Christmas movie to watch? Favorite Christmas song to sing or listen to? ( I know…technically two questions)
I love The Polar Express as a cartoon, but I also really, really love A Christmas Story because it just cracks me up! My favorite Christmas songs are "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."