Oh my gosh do I love Christmas or what!?
I love that there is a linky all about sharing our Christmas traditions, because I can guarantee that NONE of you, except my NZ and Aussie buddies, will share these traditions hehehe.
So if you head over to Fabulous in First you will see this awesome linky all about what Christmas is like in your house.
Right so on to the questionnaire!
Hot Chocolate or Eggnog
Ok so first off, can someone PLEASE explain to me what eggnog is???
Secondly, Christmas in New Zealand is in the middle of summer. Only a crazy person would be drinking hot chocolate!! Bring on the daiquiris, or really in my case the ginger beer or punch.
Does Santa wrap the presents or just sit them underneath the tree?
Depends what day it is. If we have an early Christmas, then really he could do anything from turn up on the day, or hide them around the farm! (Check out this post to see what I mean). Really though, he doesn't do anything, because none of us kids (by kids I mean my mum and dad's kids, and we are aged 20-28) have kids yet. Once we do, I guess the traditions will start up again.
Coloured lights or white?
That totally depends on the theme of the tree that year. I prefer white, but sometimes coloured ones really do look better. White as much as possible though!
When do you decorate?
I head home for the holidays a few days after school lets out for summer. If the decorating has not been done yet I do it then, but usually my sister has had a jump start on me. The only decorating we do is the tree though, and even then it's not the prettiest thing you'll ever see in your life.
Real or fake tree?
Real or fake Christmas?
What tops your tree?
Whatever looks ok and isn't broken at the time of decoration that year.
Favourite Christmas memories or traditions.
Last year, my two sisters, my parents, my sisters friend and I met in Oceanside CA for Christmas. My sister goes to school in Oregon, her friend (also from New Zealand) goes to school in Virginia, and my other sister had been in the UK for a year as a gappie. We went to the dollar tree and had a budget of $1 each to spend. $5 each total (plus tax, because the tax system in America is whack, and you have to add it on yourself!). Soooo much fun, and it was really awesome some of the things we were able to get for a dollar! That would have to be my favourite Christmas memory so far. Even if my brothers weren't there to share it.
Do you remember your favourite gift as a child?
I've been trying to think, but all my favourite gifts that I can think of we're birthday gifts - so hmmm
Do you prefer giving or receiving?
I'm a total giver. I love figuring out just what that person would like, then being all secret squirrel about it. I do love getting gifts too, but totally love giving more.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
I love Christmas hymns. When I was a kid, mum used to take us door to door singing carols to the neighbours, and my all time favourites are Away in a manager, and Silent night. I listen to carols all year round.
Candy canes - yum or yuck?
Depends if there are any other lollies around.
Favourite Christmas movie?
I don't really have a favourite, I kinda like them all! Actually I take that back - Love Actually is my favourite, and also the ONLY movie I can stand Kiera Knightly in.
Do you shop online or in stores?
Both. I'm weird, I will look online, then go to the store. Don't ask me why, I don't know myself.
Photo cards, letter, or store bought card?
For what? I don't send letters at Christmas time. I'm pretty bad at giving out cards. And I don't have a family to subject to portraits each year (bad experiences with my dad, not a reflection on any of y'all who take portraits each year!!)
I'll leave you with a few photos of Christmas from last year (because they are the only ones I can find on the iPad, my computer is still broken :( )
My family is strange, but I love them still haha.