Let's get started shall we?
~ Rules ~
– Link back to the 12 Days of Christmas blog party or use the party graphic
– Answer the 10 questions
– Have fun!
~ The Questions (And the Answers) ~
1 ~ Christmas is the season of hope, joy, and light. What’s your favorite thing to make this season bright?
Spending time with family and friends, from near and far, is the best way to brighten the holidays. With the tragedy the Simoa's went through still fresh on my mind, having all my siblings and cousins around me is even more precious. I don't know how much longer I have them with me here on earth and I plan to make the most of it every day. ^_^
2 ~ Reading of the Christmas story, lighting the tree – Which tradition is most special to you?
I would say gift giving is my favorite tradition at Christmas. Not only is it an excuse to see your friends and family's faces light up when you give them the perfect thing, but also it serves as a beautiful picture of the greatest Gift: that baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger.
3 ~ Festive old hymns or glorious new tunes – What are you listening to on repeat?
Can I say both? Because I have a mix of old and new that I listen to as a mix with the family. I love the traditional hymns, but there are so many beautiful new songs written also that I will listen to as I fall asleep or go about daily chores.
4 ~ Fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary – Which Christmas books do you love so much that you just have to re-read every year?
I love the collection of stories in L. M. Montgomery's "Christmas with Anne". From the adventures of mischievous kids to the sweet romance of young couples, this collection has everything you need to lighten your heart on a snowy winter afternoon with eggnog, apple cider, or hot cocoa in hand. :)
5 ~ Trees and nativities, bells and bows – Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration?
I like Christmas trees, wreaths, and lights. :) So basically everything. XD
6 ~ From the prophets to the gospels, the timeless story is woven. Which Bible passage that speaks of our Savior birth holds a special place in your heart?
Luke chapter 2 is what our family always reads on Christmas morning, so that's my favorite version of the Christmas story.
7 ~ Glittery snowflakes and shimmering balls to angels and one-of-a-kind creations. Do you have a favorite tree ornament?
Our family each has our own ornaments, as well as some that the whole family owns. My personal favorite of the ornaments that I own is my "first Christmas" Ornament that is an adorable groundhog hugging a stocking. It's super cute! On a less personal level, I really like any sparkly or glittery ornaments, no matter what the shape.
8 ~ Red and green, silver and gold, even purple and blue! What's your favorite color scheme this time of year?
Blue and silver. :) I love how it can be classy or homey depending on how you use it to decorate. That also happens to be the color scheme our church used this year and I'm super happy with how festive it makes our sanctuary. :)
9 ~ Between the old and the new, the classics and the cartoons, which Christmas movie do you come back to year after year?
"It's a Wonderful Life". Far and away my favorite Christmas film, this is a classic that NEVER gets old. ^_^ Pretty much every year our family watches it without fail, this year we watched it with our cousins. :)
10 ~ Pies and cakes, cookies and sweets. What's your favorite Christmas treats?
I love gingerbread anything. Just the taste brings back so many memories of helping bake goodies at my grandma's house. :) Also butter dream cookies and frosted sugar cookies. Peppermint bark and fudge too. I'd better stop now before my list gets even more carried away.
If this tag looks like something you want to do, go ahead and do it! It was a lot of fun to answer the questions, and it helps get you in the mood for the season. :)
Well, that's all for now, folks! Be sure to check out the many other awesome blog posts on this, the first day of Christmas! I'll be back day after tomorrow to share some of my favorite Christmas songs! :)
Until then, let everything you do be done for the glory of God!