Christmas Tag | 2020 Edition
I’m so excited to be participating in Christmas Tag this year! This is my first time doing this and I already love the concept. Connecting with other bloggers is one of my favorite things to do, so I’m so grateful that Camilla, from Plaid & Sugar, thought of me this year. We connected on Twitter and she has been so sweet and supportive. Her blog is absolutely amazing and has great sewing, recipes, and review content so be sure to check her out!
I also linked her responses to her Christmas Tag blog down below so be sure to check out all the amazing things she’s doing or has done for Christmas over the years. Thank you again for tagging me in this year’s Christmas Tag, Camilla! Now, let’s get to it!
The Original Christmas Tag Questions
When do your decorations go up?
I would say the day after Thanksgiving? I don’t put everything up at once, but instead do a little here and do a little there. When I was a kid, my family would always decorate the house all at once, the tree, the living room, and it was pretty overwhelming for me. I dreaded having to lug up the stairs all our Christmas decorations. It was multiple trips worth of decorations and to say I was exhausted at the end of the day was an understatement.
Now that I live on my own with my very own family, I get to decorate whenever and however I want. So I found that doing a little at a time is definitely more my speed. Not to mention I have to buy all my own Christmas decorations this year so that’s a little bit more expensive. But I found some amazing pieces in Targets clearance section and have already put those up.
If money were no object, how and where would you spend Christmas?
I would take my family somewhere cold and with SNOW! I think Canada since that’s where my family would take use during the holidays so we could experience winter. We all live in Hawai’i so you can’t exactly have a “White Christmas” here. It would also be the first time the babies get to experience snow, which would be so exciting for them (and me, haha).
Or Disneyland, because that would just be a dream. I went to Disneyland for Christmas and it was such a fun experience! I think the twins would love seeing Mickey Mouse and all their favorite characters as well. Not to mention all the food and rides. I can’t wait to be able to do all these things someday.
What Christmas film do you have to watch every festive season?
Elf is definitely one of my holiday favorites! I think it’s weird that Santa found a baby in is sack and didn’t think to return him, but Zoey Deschanel’s voice steals the whole show. That, and Will Ferrell’s quirky personality and comedic acting.
I also like How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The meaning of the story, the plot, the character development, and honestly the whole production is so well thought out. Jim Carey’s acting is also pristine, so there is no doubt about that. Those two are my most favorite Christmas films.
Who do you find the hardest to buy presents for?
My mother is literally the hardest person to by gifts for. I bought her a shirt one year that I was convinced that she was going to love and I never saw here wear it once. I have no idea where it even went. She doesn’t really like receiving gifts in general and I think that’s why it’s so hard to find something that she might like. I spend the whole year trying to find anything she might like. My grandma is a close second. She has such great taste and is always so thoughtful with her own gifts that it’s hard to compete.
Would you rather buy lots of little presents, or buy one big/main present?
This is a hard question! I like to budget out my gifts, which may seem weird but I’m broke so I have no choice. So if I find a big present that matches the person I’m gifting then I’ll just do one big gift, but if I find a bunch of little things that I think they might want, I’ll do that instead. It kind of just depends on the situation and the person I’m gifting. But if it really came down to it, I think a bunch of little gifts might seem better than one extravagant present.
What did you leave out for Santa when you were a child?
Milk and cookies, of course! My siblings and I would also make trail mix for the reindeers and leave that in front of the front door. But the cookies and milk would go on the coffee table in front of the fireplace. I think one year we didn’t have milk, so we made coffee for him. My mom justified it by saying he was going to have a busy night and was probably tired so the coffee would help him.
I remember another year when Santa came, he ate the cookies but left a massive mess. The milk was spilled and cookie crumbs were everywhere. My mother was furious to say the least!
Where did you spend last Christmas?
Where I spend every Christmas, at my mom’s house. That’s where we always host our holiday festivities. It’s also the house I grew up in. I love creating new memories there, especially now that I have my own kids to create those memories with.
Which Christmas song makes you cringe?
Baby It’s Cold Outside and its non-consensual undertones. I feel like the person who wrote it originally didn’t intend for that, but that fact that it could possibly be encouraging non-consensual activity is very triggering for some. I’m hoping someone will remake the song with some new lyrics but keep the melody and the duet the same. I know it’s weird since I do like Elf and they sing this song (while Zoey Deschanel’s character is in the shower might I add) but it still makes me cringe. Also, Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer. I can’t be the only one who thinks that song is odd, right?
If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why?
Oh gosh, this is a hard one. I would have to say Kevin McCallister from Home Alone II. Christmas in New York? Yes, please! I mean, I would love to have my family there with me for Christmas, but they make it to New York at the end of the movie anyway so it’s a win-win all around. I have never been to New York so that would be such a crazy experience and I would just love to see the city all lit up with Christmas Lights.
Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Yes, I have! I am so thankful that I can say that considering I live in Hawai’i. When I was in middle school, we took a family and friends trip to Canada and it was so fun. But the most memorable thing was waking up Christmas morning and seeing that it was snowing outside! I really wanted it to snow specifically on Christmas day so the fact that it did was a miracle to me. I’ll never forget waking up to look out the wind and seeing the snowflakes gently fall to the ground.
Camilla‘s Christmas Tag Questions:
Is your tree real or fake?
Unfortunately, we don’t have a Christmas tree yet! I know, it’s horrible. We plan on getting a fake one soon so that we can reuse it over the years. But dang, Christmas trees are so expensive. At least a fake one will be worth the investment.
I’m also not a huge fan of real Christmas trees. They smell amazing, but the bristles or leaves are constantly falling off the tree and it’s such a pain in the butt to clean. Not to mention, any time you put a single decoration up, more of the bristle-leaves fall right off! So yeah, I rather have a fake tree.
Choose a holiday drink: Spiced Apple Cider or Eggnog?
Eggnog! Last year, my sister and I made some really good Eggnog (both nonalcoholic and alcoholic). It was a pretty big hit and I believe we will be making it again this year to bring to the Christmas party. It’ll be just nonalcoholic this time, but we will be providing rum separately for any takers.
My CHirstmas Tag Questions:
What’s the best gift you ever received for Christmas?
One year, my grandma bought me a Nintendo Switch, iPhone X, and an iPad so I can’t deny that those were by far my favorite gifts ever. But there was also one year when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, Santa had given me a Tamagochi for Christmas and I had been so desperate for one that entire year. I seriously loved that toy and played it endlessly (until I lost it).
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
There are so many that it’s pretty hard to choose from. But I’m going to say, Christmas 2019 because that is the first Christmas that I got spend with my babies in my arms and I will cherish that forever.
Tag! You are it!
I’m tagging the following people (and anyone who wants to participate) to do this Christmas tag. Can’t wait to see your responses!
B from Mind, Beauty Simplicity Blog
Bishma from Simple Mama at Home
Courtney from The Okay Mommy
Ell from The Ell Journal
Lindsey from Keeping It Simple-Life Lessons
The Christmas Tag Rules
❄Put on your favorite Christmas Playlist to listen to while answering!❄
❄Have a Christmas drink and/or snack while writing❄
❄Thank the blogger who tagged you and link to their site❄
❄Answer the 9 original questions❄
❄Answer the questions set by whoever tagged you❄
❄Ask 2 questions of your own❄
❄Tag 5 bloggers to take part❄
Comment down below how would you answer these Christmas questions. Do you like participating in tags?
Thank you so much for reading today’s blog! I loved participating in Christmas Tag this year. I hope you enjoyed it and learned a little something new about me. It was nice to write a blog even though I’m technically still on my break. If you’d like to receive more updates from me, please subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on any of my social media accounts.
Have a magical holiday season and a Merry Christmas! I’ll catch you on the next blog in the New Year! (: